Extract from Countdown book written in 2010
Jehovah’s Witnesses have done more to discredit the teaching about the return of Jesus Christ than any other group, by making frequent predictions of the imminent end of the world or Armageddon. They have given 13 different dates for this to happen between 1877 and 1975. After the failed prophecy of 1975 it was believed that Armageddon would come by the year 2000. Jesus made it clear that we would not know the date of His return and therefore should not speculate on this matter (Matthew 24.36).
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus Christ is a person distinct from God the Father. They teach that before His earthly life, Jesus was a spirit creature, Michael the archangel, who was created by God and became the Messiah at His baptism. According to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jesus is a mighty one, although not almighty as Jehovah God is. According to John 1:1 in their Bible, The New World Translation, ‘the Word’ is ‘a god,’ but not ‘God.’ They teach that Jesus ‘was and is and always will be beneath Jehovah’ and that ‘Christ and God are not coequal’. Jehovah’s Witnesses have recycled the Arian heresy of the 3rd century, which said of Jesus, ‘There was, when he was not’ (i.e. Jesus was a created being).
In fact John 1 reads:
‘In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made.’
In case there should be any doubt that John is talking about Jesus when he refers to the Word, he goes on to write:
‘And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.’ (John 1.14)
The deity of Christ is the central point of the New Testament. It clearly teaches that Christ is God. The teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses concerning Jesus Christ clearly contradict the teachings of the Bible. Passages such as Philippians 2:5-11 tell us that Jesus Christ, who existed as God, took the bodily form of a humble servant so that He could die on the cross in our place:
‘Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord (kurios), to the glory of God the Father.’
Numerically Jehovah’s Witnesses are quite small, but their followers are very dedicated. They often target weak and ill-informed Christians in their door-to-door evangelism, with the aim of sowing doubt and confusion on the subject of salvation through Jesus Christ. They fit exactly into the warning given by John of those who ‘went out from us, but they were not of us’ and deny that Jesus is Lord, the Word of God who became man in order to redeem us. By diminishing the status of the Lord Jesus to a created being who is a ‘second in command’ to Jehovah, they manifest the spirit of Antichrist of which John spoke in 1 John 2.18-23 and 1 John 4.1-3. The same applies to a multitude of cults which have arisen over the past hundred years and are increasing all the time – Mormons, Unification Church, Scientology – to name a few. To go into detail on each one would take another book to write. There are a number of websites which give information showing why these groups do not lead to God but away from Him. http://www.christiananswers.net , www.reachouttrust.org