.. rce of Almighty God that moves his sevants to do his will (Martin 102). This is the basic belief of Jehovahs Witnesses concerning the Holy Spirit. Witness doctrine teaches that the Holy Spirit is under the control of Jehovah and is not equal to God. They even go as far as to say it can be likened to electricity, a force that can be adapted to perform a great variety of operation (Martin 102). One argument against this doctrine is in Acts 5:3-4.
Peter accuses Annanias of lying to the Holy Spirit. Peter then follows that up by saying Annanias lied to God. In Acts 13:2-4 and 21:10-11, the Holy Spirit speaks and sends. Only a personality can do these things, not an invisible active force. In John 14:16-17, 26 and 16:7-14, Jesus himself speaks of the Spirit at a he, as if it is a real person.
Jesus would not have spoken of the Spirit as a person unless it had a personality. The doctrine that the Holy Spirit is an active force, has no personality, and is not equal to God is totally unbiblical. It is easily refuted with just a few verses. The Witnesses’ beliefs mentioned in the past few paragraphs lead to a very important question: Do Jehovahs Witnesses believe in the Trinity? The Trinity doctrine was not conceived by Jesus or the early Christians (Martin 101). This is a statement, taken directly from a Witness publication, describing Witness doctrine on the Trinity. Witnesses believe the idea of the Trinity came from Satan and, as mentioned before, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not equal with God.
The idea Jesus and the Holy Spirit are not equal with Jehovah have been clearly disproved earlier with Scripture. Further verses proving biblical basis for the Trinity are found in Genesis 11:7 and Isaiah 6:8. Both times God uses the word us, speaking in the plural form. God is using us to refer to himself, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. In the Great Commission in Matthew chapter 28, Jesus commanded us to go preach in the threefold name of God.
The concept of the Trinity is clearly biblical and Jehovahs Witnesses are undoubtedly wrong on the subject. One other doctrinal issue that needs to be mentioned is their belief that there is no Hell. Witness philosophy on the existence of Hell is as follows The doctrine of a burning hell where the wicked are tortured eternally after death cannot be true, mainly for four reasons: (1) Because it is wholly unscriptural; (2) it is unreasonable; (3) it is contrary to Gods love; and (4) it is repugnant of justice (Martin 105). This doctrine is clearly contradicted by the verses Matthew 13:42, 50 and Revelation 14:9-11 and 19:20. All these verses speak of the evil being tormented for eternity in the lake of fire.
The previous doctrines mentioned of Jehovahs Witnesses are just a few of their unbiblical beliefs. There are many more not mentioned here. Now that some basic Witness doctrine and proof of its biblical inaccuracy has been submitted, it is time to move on to the moral character of Charles Russell, the man upon whose ideas Jehovahs Witnesses have built their house of unbiblical beliefs. Charles Russell was a known liar, cheat, and perjurer. Russell was involved in many lawsuits during his life.
In at least one, he was caught as a perjurer. Here is the story of that lawsuit. Reverend J.J. Ross, pastor of the James Street Baptist Church, Hamilton, Ontario, published a pamphlet entitled Some Facts about the Self-Styled Pastor Charles T. Russell, in June of 1912.
Russell quickly brought a libel suit against Ross. Under oath, Russell denied all the charges brought against him in the pamphlet. Some of these charges brought against him included that he had lied about having theological training, knowledge of the dead languages (specifically Hebrew and Greek), and valid ordination under a recognized body. Upon cross-examination by Reverend Ross lawyer, Russell admitted all the charges were true. The court threw out the suit and Ross charges were proven true.
Another example of Russells lack of integrity was the Miracle Wheat scandal. Around 1910, Watchtower publications ran advertisements for Miracle Wheat, asserted to grow five times as much as any other brand of wheat and priced at $1.00 a pound. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle published a cartoon aimed against Russell and his Miracle Wheat. Pastor Russell brought a libel suit for $100,000 against The Eagle. Government departments investigated the wheat and agents testified under oath that the wheat was low in the government tests.
The Eagle won the suit. One other true story proving Charles Russell was a liar is his so-called World Tour. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle exposed Russell again on February 19, 1912, and January 11, 1913. Russell went on a World Tour, mainly to the Orient. He took out space in American newspapers and advertised the tour.
He also published sermons he delivered while on the tour, only he never delivered the sermons! The Eagle ran these two articles, stating Russell never gave any sermon he claimed to give. This was substantiated by reliable eyewitnesses. The whole tour was just an advertising hoax! This story just further proves Russell was a lying, immoral man. The house Charles Russell built and which he laboriously erected between 1874 and 1914 was completed according to contract in 1914. There was only one thing wrong with it. It had been built upon the shifting sands of human interpretations. The movement it housed was born in rebellion and nurtured in witchcraft and was full of unclean things and heresies (Schell 65).
This is a quote from W.J. Schell, a former Jehovahs Witness. This helps sum up how the religious group Jehovahs Witness was birthed. The group was founded by Charles Taze Russell. Their doctrines come directly from the teachings of Russell.
These doctrines go totally against New Testament Christianity. With a few scriptures, their beliefs are quickly proven false. It has been proven Charles Russell was a lying and immoral man. Jehovahs Witnesses have volunteered to carry out what to them is a divinely inspired mission to deliver a special message to all the inhabited earth. To that end they are organized and trained, but the true end product of this cult is a denial of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Bibliography Works Cited The Bible.
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