There are serious main differences between their system of beliefs and those of true Christianity. These differences are so extreme, this group has to be considered a cult and false religion.
I will first start out by giving you some basic general facts on who they are and what they believe in, and then go ahead and highlight the main differences between their system of beliefs and those of true Christianity.
Basic Facts of Jehovah’s Witnesses
Jehovah’s Witnesses are also known as the “Watchtower Society” or “Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.” They were officially founded back in 1884 and were initially called the “Zion’s Watchtower and Tract Society.” They did not officially adopt the name of Jehovah’s Witnesses until 1931.
They currently claim a worldwide membership of approximately 9 million people in 205 countries. Approximately 4 million of them live in the United States. They also allege they are averaging 200,000 new members each year.
They tell their flock they are the only true, sole, Christian religion on the earth today and that only their interpretation of the Bible is correct. They have their own interpretation of the Scriptures which they call the “New World Translation.” As you will see in the differences I will list below, they are really off in their interpretations.
God the Father will in no way honor or accept this false belief system as one of His own due to some key main differences between their interpretation of the Bible and what I feel are simply the basics of true Christianity. Here are some of the main differences.
Main Differences Between Jehovah’s Witnesses and Christianity
1. The Trinity
They do not believe in the Trinity. They believe that Jesus Christ is St. Michael the archangel. They think the Holy Spirit is an “impersonal force” and not actually God and Lord Himself.
They believe that Jesus, as St. Michael the archangel, was God’s first created being. However, our Bible says that Jesus was never created, but is “co-eternal” with God the Father. In other words, Jesus has always been just as His Father has always been. Neither one of Them has ever been created. Here is the verse from our Bible that specifically proves this point:
Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:58)
The words “I AM” are telling us that Jesus “always was” and thus was never created. This makes both He and God the Father co-eternal in the Trinity – which means that neither of Them have ever been created, but have always been in existence.
They believe that the Holy Spirit is an “active force of almighty God which moves His servants to do His will.” Our Bible specifically tells us that the Holy Spirit is God and Lord Himself and that He is referred to as “He” in the Bible – which tells us that He is a Person and not some type of “force” that God uses.
2. Jesus Christ Coming in the Flesh
They do not believe that Jesus Christ was God coming in the “flesh” to our earth to save mankind from their sins. This one right here completely disqualifies them from being a pure true branch of Christianity. Here is the verse from our Bible that completely nails them on just this one issue alone:
“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God.” (1 John 4:1-4)
Any man, religion, or system of belief that does not preach, teach, and believe that Jesus Christ is truly the Son of God who came down to our earth in the flesh to physically die on a cross for all of our sins cannot be accepted as anything that is truly coming from God the Father. End of discussion!
3. The Bodily Resurrection of Jesus Christ
They do not believe in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Our Bible tells us that when they went into the tomb to see if Jesus was still there, that His entire body was no longer there.
They believe that Jesus was “annihilated” by God, not risen. They believe that after 3 days from His death, that He was resurrected as a “spirit creature” rather than being resurrected having a new “glorified spiritual body.”
In other words, they are taking out the word “body.” Our Bible tells us that when we die, we will all be given a brand new “glorified spiritual body.” Here is the verse:
“The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.” (1 Corinthians 15:42-50)
Put all of these key words together in the above verse, and we will all be getting new “glorified spiritual bodies” when we die and enter into heaven just as Jesus was given when He fully resurrected on the third day from His crucifixion.
4. The 144,000 Witnesses
They believe that only 144,000 people are going to make it into heaven. They actually believe that most of the 144,000 out of their group are already in heaven. The rest of the Jehovah’s Witnesses still living can only hope to inherit the earth, not actually make it into heaven, since this is only reserved for the special 144,000 chosen ones.
However, our Bible tells us in the Book of Revelation that the 144,000 people being talked about are 144,000 Jewish witnesses that God marks and seals during the 7 year Tribulation to help proclaim the Gospel during this horrific time.
The Bible says that this 144,000 are 12,000 Jews taken from each of the 12 main tribes of Israel. They are called the “firstfruits” of God, as they are the first set of Jews who get officially saved and accept Jesus Christ as their true Messiah.
These 144,000 Jewish witnesses are obviously going into heaven since they are saved, but so does everyone else who accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Here are three key Scripture verses proving that the gift of eternal salvation is for all who will accept it – not just for 144,000 special chosen ones.
“… that WHOEVER believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:15-16)
Notice the word “whoever.” This applies to all who will believe in Jesus and His sacrificial death on the cross!
“… God our Savior, who desires ALL MEN to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:4)
Notice God the Father is very clearly stating that He would like “all men” to accept the gift of eternal salvation through His Son Jesus, not just 144,000 specially chosen people.
For “WHOEVER calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:12)
Again, notice the word “whoever.” God is not making any exceptions either by race, color, creed, or gender. Our Bible also tells us that God is no respecter of persons and each person is looked upon equally by our God, not just 144,000 specially chosen people.
They do not believe in a literal hell where the unsaved and evil people will suffer eternal torment. They cannot believe that a loving God could create such a horrible place of eternal punishment. They tell their followers that hell is the “grave” where we are buried in when we die, and that the wicked will simply cease to exist and will not have to suffer any type of eternal punishment and torment.
However, our Bible teaches just the opposite. Our Bible says that there will be a Great White Throne Judgment at the end of the 1000 Year Millennium Kingdom. All the unsaved and wicked people will have to appear before the Lord for this final judgment. This verse says that whoever’s name is not written in the Book of Life will be cast into the Lake of Fire and Brimstone where the smoke of their torment will ascend forever and ever.
The Lake of Fire and Brimstone will be the eventual end of Satan, all of his demons, the Antichrist, the False Prophet, and all the rest of unsaved humanity who has ever lived. I believe this passage is literal interpretation! The Bible says exactly what it means and there is simply no other way you can spin or re-interpret these words out of Scripture. The verse on this is found in Revelation 20:7-15.
As you can see from all of the above main differences, Jehovah’s Witnesses can in no way qualify as being a pure true branch of Christianity. I personally believe that God the Father will in no way honor or accept this false religion.
For those of you who are ever led by the Lord to try to witness or debate with some of these people, this article will give you some of the main basic differences between their false beliefs and those of true orthodox Christianity.
Sunday 12th of July 2020
I do not believe this article I mean why would God want wicked to burn in hell forever I mean that's just wicked, Take for example u were a father and ur son stole from u would u put his hand in fire and leave it there forever? this article talks about the obscene which I cant even imagine 2: I do clearly see that the JW's are the true religion because Jesus did say that his followers would be persecuted right? But the only religion I see being persecuted is the JW's please comment if I'm right
So your article is wrong
Monday 22nd of February 2021
Ben,I have a neighbour who is a JW,we often talk about the true word of GOD which is written in the kj.Bible,the bible they use is so very wrong,they also believe that this world we live in is everlasting,read Isaiah 66:22,Rev 21:1--5, 2Pet 3:13, heb 1:10--12,,God is going to create a new heaven and earth,this one is going to be destroyed,I can go on with many other scriptures
Wednesday 9th of December 2020
Remember, God never created Hell for people. He created it for the devil and his angels. But because God loved us, Jesus became a man and sacrificed himself as the payment of our sin. God has given us an escape from hell. If He’ll is real, why would take the chance you are wrong? Eternity is a long time, and Hell is not a place I would want to be in. If it’s not true, you have nothing to loose, but if or is true, you have everything to loose! You don’t take those chances here on earth, why would you take an eternal chance of being in hell? Doesn’t make any sense to me why anyone would not choose to escape Hell.
Thursday 29th of October 2020
Just because you don't believe it, does not mean that it isnt true, beloved, It is true, for the word of God is faithful and true, nothing can be added to it, and nothing can be taken from it, and that is just what the JW have done, they have distorted and trampled on God's Holy word, they have exchanged the true word of God for lies, and their "bible" the new world translation is blasphemy and will in no way, shape, or form ever be acceptable for it is a heresy, spewed right out of the pits of Hell, for the devil doesnt want anyone to know that hell exists or that he even exists, for the biggest trick the Devil ever played on humanity, was convincing people he is a fable and doesnt exist..... do not be deceived by this false religion or any other doctrine of demons, for the JW is a cult, and an abomination to God..... I hope that God removes the spiritual scales off of your eyes so that you can see the truth, and the glory of the Gospel of Christ Jesus....
Sunday 12th of April 2020
Have you ever talked to a Jehovah's Witnesses? You based your comments on what you know about them. This is so one sided. I just leave you one Bible text where they are very committed . Just check their brotherhood (John 13:34,35) different nationalities, races and languages. They don't engaged in war or politics. Well as Jesus said cast the first stone if you didn't sin, check out the history of Catholicism. How they spread the gospels, was it the same as the early Christian did? Shame on you. Check your religions background and history before you concluded their teaching is wrong.
Thursday 25th of June 2020
You need to read the scriptures not a rewritten book that serves as a guide to how some want it to be! Shame on you. In your comment and I quote" You based your comments on what you KNOW ABOUT THEM. That kind of tells it all.
Thursday 23rd of January 2020
I am now dealing with 2 jw's. They want to do bible study with me. I know that our beliefs are deeply deeply different. I don't judge them, however I believe this is a false religion and could easily lead people astray. They hinder what is meant to be a real relationship with God. Also when u take away the divinity of who died on the cross I believe there will be serious consequences. Jesus's divinity matters! What if we are meant to share the truth with them. I pray Holy Spirit leads me while I point to some undeniable facts in the bible. At the very least I pray they will rethink what they believe. I say this as graciously and respectfully as I can.
Thursday 25th of June 2020
Do a Bible Study with them as long as it's not using their bible. That would only lead to arguments regarding what they want to push on you.
Thursday 28th of May 2020
Yes! I pray it went well. When given an opportunity to share our faith I pray we take advantage of it, without judging! Hear them out and share what God is teaching us. Then we can spread his love and light! God bless you and stay encouraged!
Saturday 18th of January 2020
You know I make it a point to never criticize or judge other religions because God, Jehovah, Allah, etc. depending on your belief gave everyone free will. So if someone wants to practice a religion different than mine that is there choice. I would love nothing more than for everyone to come to The Christ. But it has to be a free will choice. Not because I call their religion false or try to condemn them as a people. I believe my responsibility is to promote Christianity, to live in a way that attracts others to my faith. It would be very easy for me to debate many comments I've read here but as LW says "Just do some reading"
Thomas C Gotcher
Monday 7th of September 2020
I know a JW, and I want to share the truth with him, as I believe that all JW’s are deceived. I wanted to understand the differences between JW and Christianity not to argue or build barriers but to gently and accurately explain the truth as led and directed to by Holy Spirit, I’m praying for this person and his family and trusting God to open the eyes of their understanding to reveal His Truth to them. I need to be equipped with an understanding of the doctrinal differences to accurately define them, and adequately describe them in a gentle and healthy loving way. TC Gotcher
Thursday 13th of February 2020
Austin, I can definitely appreciate your reluctance to criticize or judge. However, God's word does warn of false religions. I feel we have a responsibility to identify these so it does require judgement according to the Word. We have to do so with love and consideration.
Saturday 18th of January 2020
It’s either heaven or hell, how you live here on earth as long as you have breath determines where you will spend eternity (Romans 6:23) (Hebrew s 12:14) we must live holy unto God because he is holy (Leviticus 19:1) (1 Peter 15-16)........ you can continue to live the way you live in sin or live fore God in obedience to his holy word......(Revelation 22:19) it is written. One ? Where in the scripture s did God,the Profits the,Jesus or the Apostles day to be any thing alse but holy as talking about your faith (Jude 1:20)
Thursday 9th of April 2020
This article is so full of misleading information. I'm a Babtist but I had JW coming to my house for a while and we had long chats about their beliefs. We studied through their guide book. 1. Trinity, they dont believe in trinity as God being 3 in 1 because why would God split himself if he can be Omnipresent and how can God be Jesus, God be God and God be Holy Spirit. There is 1 GOD - 1! However all 3 of these beings have the knowledge God has. 2. they do believe that JESUS came to earth in real flesh. They believe in his existence. And they also believe that he is the SON of GOD. But not God. Otherwise why would he pray to the Father if he himself was the father? It doesnt make sense. And this is not the case of - this is not for human mind to coprehand. God never meant for this to be too complicated for us. 3. Resurrection - yes, they believe that 144000 will go to Heaven to rule with God, however it is wrong to say they dont believe in Eternal Life. They believe in Eternal Life on Planet Earth, the Eternal Garden of Eden for our eternity! We as human were created on the Earth so we will stay here, with our Spiritual bodies! This will be our Paradise as it was supposed to be from the very beginning!