The answer to the question is, “No. It is
not Christian.” Like all non-Christian cults, the Jehovah’s Witness organization distorts
the essential doctrines of Christianity. It denies the deity of Christ, His physical resurrection,
and salvation by grace. This alone makes it non-Christian. To support its erring doctrines,
the Watchtower organization (which is the author and teacher of all official Jehovah’s
Witness theology), has even altered the Bible to make it agree with its changing and non-Christian
teachings. Typical with cults that use the Bible to support
its position is a host of interpretive errors: Taking verses out of their immediate context.
Refusing to read verses in the entire biblical context.
Inserting their theological presuppositions into the text.
Altering the Biblical text to suit their needs. Latching onto one verse to interpret a host
of others. Changing the meanings of words.
Proclaiming some passages to be figurative when they contradict their doctrines.
Adding to the Word of God. Additionally, the Jehovah’s Witness organization
requires of its members regular weekly attendance at their “Bible Study” meetings where they
are repeatedly indoctrinated with anti-Christian teachings. This is done by reading the Watchtower
magazine, following along with what it says, reading the questions it asks, and reciting
the answers it gives. In other words, the Watchtower Organization carefully trains its
members to let the Organization do their thinking for them. For confirmation of this, please
read Does the Watchtower organization control the JW’s thinking? The Witnesses are told they will be persecuted
when they go door to door teaching their doctrines. They are further told that this is simply
the enemy fighting against God’s organization because they are in “the truth.” So, when
someone disagrees with them, they are conditioned to reflect on what the Watchtower has told
them. They then feel confirmed in being in God’s true organization on earth (like all
cults claim). They are strongly encouraged to have friends and acquaintances that are
only JW’s, thereby keeping outside examination to a minimum. They are told to shun those
who leave their group, for in this way there is no way to see why someone has left and
no way to find out that they are in error from those who have found the truth in Christ.
They are conditioned to shy away from any real biblically knowledgeable person. An example
of this is frequently found on the Internet. I was once banned from a Jehovah’s Witness
chat room after I not only answered their objections to the Trinity and deity of Christ,
but challenged them in return. Subsequently, my name was passed around to all other Jehovah’s
Witness rooms where I was banned from them as well. This is a frequent occurrence on
the Internet where the Jehovah’s Witnesses are alive and well. It is obvious that critical
examination of their doctrines is not encouraged by the Watchtower Organization. The Jehovah’s Witnesses consider themselves
to be Christians because they believe they are serving the true and living God. Like
many cults, they think they are the only true church on earth. Yet, they deny the Trinity,
the deity of Christ, the personhood of the Holy Spirit, Jesus’ physical resurrection,
and salvation by grace through faith. The Jehovah’s Witnesses are discouraged from
looking into Jehovah’s Witness history or old Watchtower literature which is replete
with contradictions, altered doctrines, and false prophecies. Instead, they are indoctrinated
repeatedly against basic Christian doctrines (Trinity, deity of Christ, etc.) and into
the notion that they alone are the true servants of God and that all others are either in “Christendom”
or simply unbelievers. Primarily, the Jehovah’s Witness organization
is a mind-control organization that uses its people to pass out literature and send in
“donations” to the headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. “Thus the Bible is an organizational book
and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless
of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible.”1 The Watchtower organization of the Jehovah’s
Witnesses is a non-Christian organization that uses its people to promulgate false doctrines,
and collects “contributions” for distribution of a multitudinous amount of literature, and
expand its grip into the lives of its members and their families. It is a non-Christian cult.