Pastor, Why? #20: Why Are Jehovah's Witnesses A Cult?

How can one distinguish between genuine Christianity and counterfeit cults? Much confusion has been created by the appearance of many groups with widely differing and even contradictory beliefs, yet all claiming to be “Christian.” Among the better known are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons (“Why...” #21) and Catholicism (#22). The confusion increases when evangelical leaders neglect to take a public stand against the unbiblical teachings of these sects, refuse to identify them as false cults, and even unite with them for campaigns and social causes. 2 Peter 2:1 warns, “There shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.” Paul commands us in Romans 16:17, “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark [identify] them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them,” and in 2 Thessalonians 3:14 he says, “If any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him....” In the next three articles we will use four core Bible doctrines (the Bible, God, Jesus and salvation) to help us learn how to identify and avoid the counterfeits.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses are wrong about the Bible

  • They teach that the Bible cannot be understood without the aid of a teacher or another book (which can only be from their Watch Tower organization).

Charles Taze Russell was the founder of Zion’s Watch Tower Magazine and Tract Society, the mother organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Kingdom Halls. Russell wrote, “People cannot see the divine plan by studying the Bible for themselves. One who reads only my writings will come to the light, whereas one who reads only the Bible will come to darkness” [The Watch Tower Magazine, September 15, 1910, p. 298]. Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught to believe only what the Watch Tower writings and teachers say about the Bible, and are forbidden to even study anything else.

SCRIPTURES: Acts 17:11 - They searched the scriptures daily, whether those things [what Paul said] were so. 2 Peter 1:20 - prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation...;

The Jehovah’s Witnesses are wrong about Jesus

  • They teach that Jesus was the first being Who was created by God;
  • …that Jesus is the son of God, but not God the Son;
  • ...that Jesus was the Archangel Michael before He came to Earth as a man.

SCRIPTURES:  Isaiah 9:6 - For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace.

                -- Jesus IS the mighty everlasting God, Jehovah.

                Also Isaiah 43:11; 44:6; Matthew 1:23; John 1:1-2; 8:58-59; 10:30-33; 20:28; 1 Timothy 2:5; 3:16; Hebrews 1:8; 13:8;

  • They teach that Jesus’ spirit was raised from the dead, but not His body.

SCRIPTURES: John 20:27; 1 Corinthians 15:3-8; Luke 24:13-15; 36-43 -- In verse 39 Christ emphatically denied that he was only a spirit, “...handle me, and see; for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.”


The Jehovah’s Witnesses are wrong about salvation

  • They teach that everyone will one day live in Paradise. “Every person since Adam will be raised by Jesus when He comes to Earth to rule. They will be educated and will choose to follow Christ. By responding to the education provided, even those who once were dangerous as wild animals will change their ways” [The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life, 1968, pp 110-111, Watch Tower Society].

SCRIPTURES: Matthew 25:41; Rev. 20:15; 21:8;

John 3:36 - He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life, and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

J.W.’s do not believe what the Bible teaches regarding the Bible, Jesus or salvation.

  If the Witnesses are right, then all of us, Witnesses and non-Witnesses alike, will go to paradise. But if the Bible is right, those who follow the J. W. doctrine of works and universal salvation will spend eternity in hell.


  • They teach that the most zealous 144,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses will be selected to help Christ rule over Paradise.

SCRIPTURES: Revelation 7:4-8 and 14:1-14 clearly state that the “144,000" are virgin Jewish male evangelists.


According to the Bible, the Jehovah’s Witness organization is a false cult which we must identify and warn others about.