Dear Jehovah’s Witnesses,
You may be wondering why you haven’t seen us recently. We have been working through some things and thought we would let you know what they are. We know how important it is to “make sure of all things” and “always make a defense for the faith that is in you”.
1. Who is my mediator? Who is your mediator?
"Likewise, the Greater Moses, Jesus Christ, is not the Mediator between Jehovah God and all mankind. He is … to only 144,000 members" Worldwide Security under the Prince of Peace, p10 “There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:5 “Christ is a mediator of a new covenant.”Hebrews 9:15
Moses was the mediator of the Law covenant between Jehovah God and the nation of Israel. –Insight on the Scriptures under Mediator God’s prophet and channel of communication to the nation of Israel was Moses… Later, the anointed faithful followers of Jesus Christ were to serve as a “faithful and discreet slave” in communicating to Jehovah’s people how to apply Bible principles in their lives. Watchtower 1993 2/1 p. 15
Moses helped the nation of Israel to keep the covenant and to receive its benefits…–Insight on the Scriptures under Mediator The “great crowd” of “other sheep” that is forming today come under benefits that flow from that new covenant … by associating with the “little flock” of those yet in that covenant. Watchtower 1979 4/1 “No one comes to the Father except through me.” —John 14:6
We have decided to accept Christ as our one and only mediator, as the scriptures state. Can you reconcile this with the doctrines of Jehovah’s Witnesses?
2. Believing or Exercising?
Another discrepancy: “It is for the reward of eternal life that every last person on earth should now be working… [Jehovah’s Witnesses] are working hard now for the reward of eternal life… making themselves eligible to receive the reward of eternal life.” WT, Aug. 15, 1972
When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners. Romans 4:4,5
It is clear that Paul wrote to the Galatians, people who had already accepted Christ’s sacrifice, in order to correct them of their erroneous view of adding works as a requirement for righteousness. “You are parted from Christ, whoever you are that try to be declared righteous by means of law; you have fallen away from his undeserved kindness. How foolish can you be? After starting your Christian lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? For the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” This way of faith is very different from the way of law, which says, “It is through obeying that a person has life.” For such freedom Christ set us free. Therefore stand fast, and do not let yourselves be confined again in a yoke of slavery.” Galatians 3:3,12; 5:4;1
Upon using the Kingdom Interlinear translation I found that at John 3:16,18,36 and similar Scriptures, the Greek word is “believing”. The word “exercising” has been added in the New World Translation.
3. The Anointed and the Other Sheep Class
The Watchtower says: "Only a limited number are born again. The great crowd does not need to be born again. Their life is earthly, not heavenly." - Watchtower 4/1/1988, p. 4
But wait, the Kingdom of God is not just in heaven!!!"Manifestly, God’s kingdom comes to earth and his will is then done on earth "-- Watchtower 1/1/1959 p.25-29
Look at the parable of the wheat and the weeds. When the wheat are left over: “At that time the righteous ones will shine as brightly as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” Matthew 13:43 Only righteous children of God are allowed in the Kingdom, whether in heaven or on earth. There is no other sheep class in Romans 8, Matthew 13, or 1 John 3 only two classes of people are mentioned and if they are not Children of God, being led by Holy Spirit and guaranteed a reward then they are not part of God's people at all. I think that apostate doctrines are dooming the Great Crowd of Jehovah’s Witnesses to the fate of no mediator, no Heavenly Father, and no hope. “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” Psalm 37:29 “Everyone who practices righteousness has been born from him.” 1 John 2:29
I also see that if one is a Child of God, then one is part of the kingdom covenant as well. Romans 8:17; There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeman, there is neither male nor female; for YOU are all one [person] in union with Christ Jesus. Moreover, if YOU belong to Christ, YOU are really Abraham’s seed, heirs with reference to a promise. Galatians 3:28,29
4. Is Michael the Archangel Jesus, the only begotten Son of God?
I think that the identity of Jesus Christ is the most important doctrine one must get right. If you do not believe that I am you will die in your sins. John 8:24 Everyone that denies the Son does not have the Father either. 1 John 2:23 I am ἐγώ εἰμι, John 8:24 Kingdom Interlinear.
Who is Jesus Christ? The Apostle John has this to say about Jesus Christ: he was also calling God his own Father, making himself equal to God. Look at the context with the quotes. This was John speaking, not the Pharisees, but John saying this at John 5:18. John also has this to say: He that confesses the Son has the Father also. Whoever has the Son has eternal life Jesus Himself said: in order that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He that does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.. 1 John 2:23; 5:11,12; John 5:23
‘Michael the great prince’ is none other than Jesus Christ himself.— Watchtower 12/15/84 I cannot agree, after reading Hebrews chapter 1 and 2 that Jesus is Michael the Archangel. To which one of the angels did he ever say: “You are my son; I, today, I have become your father”? But with reference to which one of the angels has he ever said: “Sit at my right hand, until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet”? Michael the Archangel? For it is not to angels that he has subjected the inhabited earth to come, about which we are speaking. But we behold Jesus, who has been made a little lower than angels, crowned with glory and honor.
Insight on the Sciptures, Under Michael: “Scriptural evidence indicates that the name Michael applied to God’s Son before he left heaven to become Jesus Christ and also after his return.” To which name should every knee bow? Michael? No, it is to God’s name. Is it not I, Jehovah, besides whom there is no other God; a righteous God and a Savior, there being none excepting me? By my own self I have sworn—out of my own mouth in righteousness the word has gone forth, so that it will not return—that to me every knee will bend down, every tongue will swear. It is to Jesus. so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground, and every tongue should openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord Isaiah 45:21-23 Phil 2:10, 11
“I, Jehovah, am doing everything, stretching out the heavens by myself, laying out the earth. Who was with me?” Isaiah 44:24 But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.” Hebrews 1:8-10
“You are my witnesses,” is the utterance of Jehovah, “even my servant whom I have chosen, in order that you may know and have faith in me, and that you may understand that I am the same One. Before me there was no God formed, and after me there continued to be none. I—I am Jehovah, and besides me there is no Savior.” Isaiah 43:10,11 In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god. John 1:1 Hmmm…
“This is what Jehovah has said, the King of Israel and the Repurchaser of him, Jehovah of armies, ‘I am the first and I am the last, and besides me there is no God. And who is there like me? Isaiah 44:6 “‘Look! I am coming quickly, and the reward I give is with me, to render to each one as his work is. I am the Al´pha and the O·me´ga, the first and the last, the beginning and the end. Happy are those who wash their robes, that they may gain entrance into the city by its gates. Outside are the idolaters and everyone liking and carrying on a lie. I, Jesus, sent my angel to bear witness to you” Revelation 22:12-16
5. Destroys families and deceives
In contrast to “No one should be forced to worship in a way that he finds unacceptable or be made to choose between his beliefs and his family.” of Awake! July 2009 p.29, “Does the study of the Bible lead to family breakup? No.” We have examples in the Watchtower of parents deciding to obey the organization instead of allowing their natural feelings for their children: But they love their son so much! Strong emotions might cause them to reason: ‘How can we help our boy return to Jehovah if we severely limit our association with him? Would we not accomplish more by maintaining regular contact with him?’ But what will those dear parents do? Will they obey Jehovah’s clear direction? Or will they rationalize that they can have regular association with their disfellowshipped son? July 15 2011 However, because he did not receive even the slightest communication from any of his family, the burning desire to be with them became one motivating factor in his restoring his relationship with Jehovah. Think of that if you are ever tempted to violate God’s command not to associate with your disfellowshipped relatives. April 2012 Page 12, paragraph 17
No where in the Bible do I see these commands. Once again I remember to obey God: “For men will be having no natural affection, and from these turn away. 2 Tim 3
6. False Christs:
I have decided to listen to the Bible and to Jesus, rather than to men, to the writers of the Jehovah’s Witness literature. “But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts.”--1 Peter 3:15 His name should therefore be sanctified, or set apart as holy. -- Watchtower 1991 9/15 p. 7…the title “Christ” means “Anointed One” --Watchtower 1969 1/1 p. 29 "First, though, these anointed Christians needed cleansing. As Malachi 3:1-5 had foretold, Jehovah God and his 'messenger of the covenant,' Jesus Christ, came to inspect the spiritual temple in the spring of 1918." Watchtower 1993 5/1 p. 15
Religious history is also full of charismatic leaders who inspired people to be devoted to them but who brought disaster upon their followers. “Be careful that no one misleads you,” warned Jesus, “for many men will come in my name saying ‘I am the Christ’, and they will mislead many.” (Matthew 24:4, 5, Phillips)—Watchtower 1998 2/15 p. 23
At that time if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Messiah!’ or, ‘There he is!’ do not believe it. For false messiahs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and wonders to deceive, if possible, even the elect. See, I have told you ahead of time. Matthew 24:23-25
"The book You May Survive Armageddon into God’s New World, released last June, and the article “Jehovah Is in His Holy Temple,” published in the November 15 English issue of The Watchtower, prove that Jehovah came accompanied by his Angel of the covenant, Jesus Christ, to the spiritual temple in the spring of 1918."--Watchtower 12/15/55 p. 748
How could we listen to this instead of Jesus Christ? “So if anyone tells you, ‘There he is, out in the wilderness,’ do not go out; or, ‘Here he is, in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. For as lightning that comes from the east is visible even in the west, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Matthew 24:26,27
God, who long ago spoke on many occasions and in many ways to our forefathers by means of the prophets, has at the end of these days spoken to us by means of a Son, For if the word spoken through angels proved to be firm, and every transgression and disobedient act received a retribution in harmony with justice; how shall we escape if we have neglected a salvation of such greatness in that it began to be spoken through [our] Lord. Hebrews 2:1-3For one is your teacher. Neither be called ‘leaders,’ for your Leader is one, the Christ. Matthew 23:8-10 And as for you, the anointing that you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to be teaching you; but, as the anointing from him is teaching you about all things, and is true and is no lie, and just as it has taught you, remain in him. 1 John 2:27
If you are reading this, we want you to know that we love you. It is our sincere hope that Christ may dwell in your hearts and you will know the breadth and length and depth of His love. We will be bowing our knees before the Father asking for His intervention in your lives. Ephesians 3:14-21; Matthew 5:43-44
We will no longer associate ourselves with an apostate cult.