Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christians?

Are Jehovah's Witnesses Christians?

“Oh, we’re Christians too!”. This is the phrase I often here from Jehovah’s Witnesses when I engage them in conversation.  “We believe in Jesus too!” is another claim that is often made.  This makes it sound as if Jehovah’s Witnesses are just another denomination of Christianity. But are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christians? 

I’ve had many missionaries come to my door from many different religions.  When I tell them I am a Christian, I get one of two reactions. They either thank me for my time and leave, or they continue to engage me.  The group that leaves are usually from other denominations (Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, etc.).  The ones that stay and engage are usually not Christians.  If they were, they wouldn’t be trying to convert me to their belief system.

Who Are The Jehovah's Witnesses?

Jehovah’s Witnesses fall into this second category. While they claim to be Christian, they don’t recognize the teaching of classic Christianity.  In fact, they deny several of the main tenants of classical Christianity. Here are some key doctrines of Christianity that are denied by the Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

The Trinity

The Watchtower Society has a completely different view of who God is that classical Christianity.  While Christians hold to God being trinitarian in nature (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the J.W’s only recognize the Father as God.  Jesus was the first created being of God but is not God Himself.  The Holy Spirit is not seen as a person in the Trinity, but rather a representation of God’s power. 

The Trinity

Eternal souls.

While Christians believe that our soul lives on after death, the J.W’s do not.  They believe the soul dies with us, and then a new soul is refashioned for us in the resurrection. Those who are not believers will stay in a non-material death forever. 

Hell

Fiery Devil

Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in hell. The dead only exist in God’s memory.  They are annihilationist’s in their thinking that rather than go to hell, people will simply wink out of existence.  They do not believe in eternal conscious punishment.   

The Resurrection of Jesus

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that Jesus was not physically raised from the dead.  Instead he was raised as a spirit creature and went to live in heaven.   Jesus’s sacrifice on the cross alone is not enough to save us.  We must work to be reunited with God by living a life worthy of God.  This is all in direct conflict with the Christian doctrine of attornment that states that Jesus’ death on the cross was sufficient to save us from our sins. 

The Second Coming and Millennial Reign.

There are different Christian interpretations of the end times and millennial reign of Jesus. According to the J.W’s, the second coming of Jesus occurred in 1914.  Jesus returned with an “Invisible spiritual presence” at that time.  They also believe that at the same time Satan and his demons were expelled from heaven. According to the Watchtower Society, the increased chaos in the world since 1914 is evidence of this expulsion. 

You Must Be A Member of The Jehovah’s Witnesses To Be Saved

Are Jehovah's Witnesses Christians?

While Christians recognize that different denominations within Christianity are still saved, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not.  Unless you are a member of the Watchtower Society, you are not covered by God’s grace. 

Eternal life requires more than just faith in Christ

According to the Watchtower magazine, there are four things required to be saved;

  1. Knowledge of God and Jesus Christ
  2. Obeying God’s Laws
  3. Being Associated With God’s Organization (The Watchtower Society)
  4. Loyalty to God

Again, Christians simply believe that placing trust in the sacrifice of Jesus for our sins is sufficient to gain access to heaven. There are no additional requirements, and you don’t have to belong to a certain denomination of Christianity to be saved.

These are just a few of the key differences between classical Christianity and the Jehovah’s Witnesses. As you can see, the beliefs of the two groups are stark even in this short list.  It is difficult to see how the two systems could fall under the pale of the same religion. We are therefore safe to say that Jehovah’s Witnesses and The Watchtower Society do not fall into the realm of classical Christianity.  

Discuss your thoughts for this post on our Facebook Group here.  

Catagories
Archives
Calendar
February 2021
S M T W T F S
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
28  
RSS Listen to Our Latest Podcast Here
  • QCQ: How Can We Trust The Bible If It Was Written By Men? February 25, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity QCQ Podcast, the team answers the question "How can we trust the Bible if it was written by men?". 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • John Frum And Cargo Cults February 23, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team discusses John Frum and cargo cults from the Pacific Islands. 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • You Should Doubt Everything February 18, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team answers the challenge that "You should doubt everything". 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Was Jesus Wrong About The Time Of His Return February 16, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team discusses passages in Matthew 16 that seem to imply Jesus was wrong about the time of His return. 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Who Created God? February 11, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity QCQ Podcast, the team answers the question "Who Created God?". 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Critical Theory Pt. 2 February 9, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team continues their discussion on Critical Theory. 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Religion Is The Cause Of All Wars February 4, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity QCQ Podcast, the new line up at Tent Making Christianity answers the challenge that "All Wars Are Caused By Religion". 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Critical Theory Pt. 1 February 2, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team discusses critical theory. 
    Drew Covet, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • We Can Only Know Things Through Science January 28, 2021
    In this episode of the Tent Making Christianity QCQ Podcast, the new line up at Tent Making Christianity answers the challenge that "We Can Only Know Things Through Science". 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean
  • Responding To Objections To Creationism Pt 2. January 26, 2021
    In this episode of The Tent Making Christianity Podcast, the team responds to objections to creationism in a science text book. Part 2 of 2. 
    Drew Covert, David Johansen, Paul Yearyean