Blood That Eternally Saves Lives


But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:7

The Bible Teaches That  Life Is In the Blood

When sin entered the world, death also entered, for the wages of sin is death.

The Hebrews first learned of blood that saves when they were told to kill a lamb and place the blood of the lamb over the door post of their homes. On the one night of passover in Egypt, the death angel passed over the land. The first-born son died in every house where there was no blood on the door post, but those who obeyed the LORD were saved by the blood on the lintel or door post.

The Bible teaches us that these knew a day was coming when there would be a lasting covenant written in blood – blood that would save mankind from the death penalty brought on by sin. The prophet Zechariah spoke of it:

As for you also, because of the blood of my covenant with you, I will set your prisoners free from the waterless pit. Zechariah 9:10-11

In Matthew, we learn that this blood is the blood shed by Jesus, the Christ, the promised Messiah and the precious and only Begotten Son of God:

26 Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is my body.” 27 And he took a cup, and when he had given thanks he gave it to them, saying, “Drink of it, all of you, 28 for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Christ blood is blood that can cleanse from sin. We have redemption by the blood of Jesus. The Holy Spirit of God bears witness that Jesus our Saviour came by water and by blood to save us. This is why He is called the Lamb of God and is precious in the sight of the Father. Christians are called to serve our living God by the power of the Holy Spirit within, because we are cleansed by His precious blood.

The Bible is true. Scientist know that truly life is in the blood. Doctors are able to help people live longer lives with life-saving transfusions and vaccines and other uses of blood products, but only the blood of Christ our Savior gives eternal life.

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Grace and Knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ


Jesus prayed for those who followed Him:

And this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3

God reveals Himself to those who trust Christ. “In Christ’ we can have a personal relationship with the One true God.

In the miracle recorded below, we can see the understanding of the man who was unlearned in the Scriptures compared to the Pharisees, who thought they alone knew God. This is recorded in John’s gospel. Here we see the religious leaders  condemning Christ and the common man recognizing Him. Also, we see the religious group seeking to put believers in Christ our of their synagogue. They have turned truth, inside out. The religious leaders should be teaching the people who Jesus is, the Christ, the Son of the Living God, but it is the common man, who recognizes Jesus. Jesus came to give life to a lost and dying world. The true church will seek to lead people to Jesus.

Jesus, had stated earlier, “Therefore the Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath” when He, on the Sabbath, had given sight to a man who was blind from birth:

Now it was a Sabbath when Jesus made the clay and opened his eyes. Then the Pharisees also asked him again how he had received his sight. He said to them, “He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and I see.” Therefore some of the Pharisees said, “This Man is not from God, because He does not keep the Sabbath.” Others said, “How can a man who is a sinner do such signs?” And there was a division among them. They said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him because He opened your eyes?” He said, “He is a prophet.” But the Jews did not believe concerning him, that he had been blind and received his sight, until they called the parents of him who had received his sight. And they asked them, saying, “Is this your son, who you say was born blind? How then does he now see?” His parents answered them and said, “We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind; “but by what means he now sees we do not know, or who opened his eyes we do not know. He is of age; ask him. He will speak for himself.” His parents said these things because they feared the Jews, for the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue. Therefore his parents said, “He is of age; ask him.” So they again called the man who was blind, and said to him, “Give God the glory! We know that this Man is a sinner.” He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” Then they said to him again, “What did He do to you? How did He open your eyes?” He answered them, “I told you already, and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become His disciples?” Then they reviled him and said, “You are His disciple, but we are Moses’ disciples. “We know that God spoke to Moses; as for this fellow, we do not know where He is from.” The man answered and said to them, “Why, this is a marvelous thing, that you do not know where He is from; yet He has opened my eyes! “Now we know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is a worshiper of God and does His will, He hears him. “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind.“If this Man were not from God, He could do nothing.”

The religious leaders treated this man terribly.

  • They abused him (they reviled him)
  • They insulted him (You were completely born in sins)
  • They rejected him (they cast him out)

Notice: Jesus never abused, insulted, or rejected those who came to Him. He did not do that then, and He will not do that today.

John 9:14-33 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out. John 6:37

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Knowing That Our Redeemer Lives


Jesus began His ministry by reading from the book of Isaiah. This is how He introduced Himself. This shouldn’t surprise us when we read the many prophecies concerning Messiah and that Isaiah prophesied how God, Himself, would be our Redeemer.

The first Christian hymn I learned to truly love was, “I Know That My Redeemer Liveth.”

There are several places in the Old Testament, especially the book of Isaiah, where God, YHWH, Yahweh declares that He is our Redeemer. Yet, the Bible teaches that our Redeemer will stand on the earth.

Job looked to the Redeemer as One who would stand upon the earth:

For I know that my Redeemer lives and at the last He will stand upon the earth. Job 19:25

Gill gives a good explanation of how we know that the Redeemer of whom Job spoke is Christ. Here is an excerpt: “God the Father, to whom the character of a Redeemer is seldom or ever given, nor did he ever appear or stand on earth, nor was his shape seen at any time, John 5:37; but the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, who is our “Goel”, the word here used, our near kinsman, and so our Redeemer, to whom the right of redemption belonged; and who was spoken of by all the holy prophets, from the beginning of the world, as the Redeemer of his people, who should redeem them from all their sins; from the law, its curses and condemnation…”

“Jesus said, I and my Father are One.

Through the prophet Isaiah, God speaks and He includes descriptions of Himself as LORD of hosts, Holy One of Israel, Savior, Maker, husband, Redeemer, and God:

For I am the LORD your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. Isaiah 43:3

For your Maker is your husband,
the LORD of hosts is his name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth he is called. Isaiah 54:5

God, or Yahweh is certainly our Creator/Redeemer God. To know Him more fully, we must understand what is meant by the “fullness of the Godhead.”

Who is this Holy One of Israel? We just saw that the Bible teaches He is the same Person as our Redeemer.  Isaiah 29 describes Christ, the Lord Jesus and identifies Him as the Holy One of Israel.

In that day the deaf shall hear the words of a book, and out of their gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind shall see. The meek shall obtain fresh joy in the LORD, and the poor among mankind shall exult in the Holy One of Israel. Isaiah 29:18-19

“Jesus said, I and my Father are One.”

Who is our maker? We know that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Yahweh is our Creator/Redeemer God, and in the person of Christ He called all things into being. The Bible tells us that:

All things came into being through Him, and without Him not even one thing came into being that has come into being.  John 1:3

The term for God is plural. We know that the word went out and called all things into existence and that the Holy Spirit breathed life into mankind. Jesus is the word. Also, we find that those who are “born again” are made in Christ Jesus.

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:20

“Jesus said, I and my Father are One.”

Since the LORD of hosts is His name, then if there is a scripture naming Jesus as LORD of hosts, the case is closed concerning the fullness of the Godhead or what others call the Trinity/three in One. Consider Isaiah 8:13-14

But the LORD of hosts, him you shall honor as holy. Let him be your fear, and let him be your dread. And he will become a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling to both houses of Israel, a trap and a snare to the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

So who became a sanctuary and a stone of offense and a rock of stumbling?

One of Jesus’ disciples answers that question. Peter wrote of Christ:

He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you…As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious,…For it stands in Scripture:
“Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
a cornerstone chosen and precious,
and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame…So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,
“The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone,”and
A stone of stumbling,
and a rock of offense.” They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do. 2 Peter 1:20 , 2:4, 6,8-9

Clearly, without question, Jesus is the Sanctuary and the stone of stumbling and rock of offense. Hence, Jesus is LORD of hosts.

“Jesus said, I and my Father are One.”

God, (Yahweh) says He is our only Savior:

Isaiah 43:11 I, I am the LORD,
and besides me there is no savior.

How can this be when the angels spoke to the shepherds near Bethlehem on the night of Jesus birth and said:

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

“Jesus said, I and my Father are One.”

When Yahweh describes Himself as our husband it may seem like a mystery because Christ is the bridegroom:

Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready; Revelation 19:7

And in Revelation it is Christ who is declared to be the husband:

And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:2

“Jesus said, I and my Father are One.”

There are those who cannot understand the mystery of Christ. Christ called God His Father, yet we clearly see that He is God. Concerning the mystery of Christ, Paul wrote that it is only when we worship the Father and have the revealing power of the Spirit that we have strength to comprehend Christ and the fullness of God:

To me, though I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ, and to bring to light for everyone what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things, so that through the church the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places. This was according to the eternal purpose that he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through our faith in him…For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:8-12, 14-19

The Fullness of God is found in the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – Three in One.  We see it in Isaiah 48:16 when the Messiah speaks through the prophet Isaiah:

16“Come near to Me, listen to this:
From the first I have not spoken in secret,
From the time it took place, I was there.
And now the Lord God has sent Me, and His Spirit.”

 

 

 

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‘Science’ and Planned Parenthood vs DNA and Morality


The “scientific community” has come out in favor of funding planned parenthood in spite of the illegal, unethical behaviors that have recently been caught on tape.

Their reasoning is as follows according to a CBS news report:

University laboratories that buy such cells strongly defend their research, saying tissue that would otherwise be thrown out has played a vital role in lifesaving medical advances and holds great potential for further breakthroughs.

Fetal cells are considered ideal because they divide rapidly, adapt to new environments easily and are less susceptible to rejection than adult cells when transplanted.

For me, these remarks,  rather than answering questions, raise questions. First, how can selling tissue or organs be justified when Planned Parenthood is supposed to be in the business of aiding families in family planning rather than aiding science in research? How are they expected to be honest and straight-forward while counseling women concerning adoption or keeping and raising a child if they gain monetarily from each abortion they perform? Are scientists overlooking the fact that at least 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancies end in miscarriage and this fetal tissue can ethically be used for research with the parent’s permission.

The second question is this: What does fetal tissue research have to do with the illegal selling of the organs of late-term aborted babies?

“Science”, it seems, is blowing a smoke screen here that clouds the real issue. They say the tissue will be discarded anyway, so why not use it for research.  This is not the issue! This is not the same as what we see Planned Parenthood doing on the videos, however, that presents a question that should be answered. Is it ethical to use tissue obtained through planned, performed abortions of viable, unborn children for medical research?

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Related image       Before answering this question, we should remember that:

Planned Parenthood was established in 1916 when Margaret Sanger opened the first “birth control’ clinic in New York. Here are three quotes found on-line attributed to Margaret Sanger’s publications:

“The most merciful thing that a large family does to one of its infant members is to kill it.” Margaret Sanger, Women and the New Race (Eugenics Publ. Co., 1920, 1923)

 “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,” she said, “if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” Woman’s Body, Woman’s Right: A Social History of Birth Control in America, by Linda Gordon

The purpose in promoting birth control was “to create a race of thoroughbreds,” she wrote in the Birth Control Review, Nov. 1921 (p. 2)

Planned Parenthood is touted by progressives as a women’s health clinic where poor women can get mammograms, pap smears, birth control devices, counseling and other health services free of charge. Planned Parenthood, according to the Washington Examiner, reported that they performed 333,964 abortions in the year 2011 and received $542 million in taxpayer funding.  Within three years three million abortions were performed and since 1916 Planned Parenthood alone has been responsible for 6.6 million aborted babies.

Now back to the question of ethics. Much has been written since the funding for research using fetal tissue began during the Clinton Administration. Most people who care about this have already formed their opinion, so I am not going to go into a lengthy discussion of the pros and cons of the matter here.  I think the heart of the matter is where we must go and that is the violation of human rights. We now know that each person created at conception contains their own DNA. Sadly, 55,772,055 people have died since Roe vs Wade went into effect. These died before they had an opportunity to live outside the womb. Some would have become doctors, some scientists, some evangelists, some teachers, some farmers, and on and on. It is safe to say that the mothers suffered and grieved at their loss. Are we, as a civil society, or a people, able to justify putting to death those who are the most innocent and those who have no voice? Many Americans have been able to rationalize a justification for this. Will these people now rationalize and justify the selling of organs and tissue of these unborn to make a better society for those who are fortunate enough to survive prenatal existence? Will we allow an organization that is supposed to offer better options to the mother the right to sell their organs and even use our own money to fund this?

What will you decide? If you decide that the unborn should have the right to life, will you speak for them since they are unable to speak for themselves?

Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked. Exodus 23:7

Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20

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Watchtower, Jehovah’s Witness, and the Truth


For those who read the Watchtower publications, please know the following: There are some correct facts throughout their teaching. Their problem is with what isn’t said and with what is omitted or changed! There is so much information in their tens of thousands of written Watchtower teachings, yet important Biblical teachings are left out. With so much man-made doctrinal focus* and opinion, and no emphasis on saving faith or salvation by grace through faith, a person who enters this organization will not be led by them to know Christ in a personal relationship.

Watchtower doesn’t emphasize that in Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. In all of their thousands of pages, they fail to teach that the Word was with God and the Word was God. In fact, they have rewritten this passage by their own admission and added a word to make it read the Word was “a god”. This they do to support their doctrine. Watchtower teaches their victims that it is alright to add to the word of God here because Watchtower speaks with the authority of God and they say this supports scripture. If they teach that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, it is hidden beneath layers and layers of Watchtower’s writings. Without knowing the essentials of the gospel, a person will not come to saving faith in Christ, but rather will have a continuous learning, but never coming to a knowledge of the truth.**

Watchtower never mentions that the Messiah will be called “Everlasting Father.” They explain away, using their ‘technically speaking’ argument, how Mighty God doesn’t mean “Almighty God” in Isaiah 9:6. They just do not deal with the fact that he is called “Everlasting Father!”

Isaiah: 9:6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Since the Messiah is also Everlasting Father, this fully explains Christ statement in John 10: 30 when He said, I and the Father are one.”

*This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’
.’” Matthew 15:8-9

**2 Timothy 3:7 …always learning and never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.

Jeremiah 21:8 “Furthermore, tell the people, ‘This is what the LORD says: See, I am
setting before you the way of life and the way of death.

John 14:6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.  

Change in their teachings and doctrines can frequently be found when researching the original archives. For further reading concerning Watchtower try: A Long and Dusty Road Paved With Lies

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What would be the most certain path to the Whitehouse for Hillary Clinton?


After spending many hours thinking about who will live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, DC after the 2016 election, I have reached a conclusion that seems to me, to be certain.  Hillary Clinton, who is not doing so well right now, needs a hand-up. And she hasn’t actually had to answer any difficult questions from her opponents! She does, however, have two certain paths she can choose and (humanly speaking) either will probably lead to her being elected.

One path of course, is nation-wide voter fraud which would have to include allowing unregistered, illegals (Undocumented immigrants to be PC) to vote.

The other, and easier, path for Hillary would be to have a third-party candidate in the running, as Bill Clinton did in 1992.

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Ross Perot was much like Donald Trump. He was an independently rich businessman who appeals to voters who think a businessman could run the country better than a politician. Perot is currently worth 3.7 billion $$. Trump’s worth has been reported to be 10 billion.

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It probably isn’t too hard to find supporters when you are worth billions of dollars. Who knows why Perot and Trump make the decisions they make, but the end result will be the same, unless….unless men and women who trust God get serious about repentance and prayer for our nation.

I am not sure that any person knows at this time who would be the right president for our country. Our nation is in trouble financially, but having a rich president isn’t the answer. Even having a businessman as president isn’t the answer.

The Bible teaches us that:

Unless the LORD builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1

We also know that the God of the Bible says:

I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling. 1 Timothy 2:8

Nothing is done without our Creator/Redeemer’s knowledge and permission. I believe as Asa did:

2 Chronicles 14:11 “O LORD, there is none like you to help between the mighty and the weak. Help us, O LORD our God, for we rely on you.”

May we say with Jehoshaphat:

“O Lord God of our fathers…We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on You.”2 Chronicles 20:6,12

It is God who puts leaders of nations in place and if we respect and obey His laws and pray for His will to be done, I believe He will place a person at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. who will help turn the hearts of the people back to Him.

Please pray.

 

 

 

 

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What Is Really Going On With Those Who Support Trump and Trash Megyn Kelly?


True Conservatives who watched the debates know that FOX News broke records and set new standards for debates on August 6, 2015. A record 24,000,000 people watched the debates. Those who watched know what a great job the moderators did and how tough they were on all the candidates.

Donald Trump did get called out, as any candidate should, for his remarks about women and his switching, not only his position on abortion and other issues, but he has switched parties. Social media and liberals are all over the internet with headlines such as the one seen here:

Bloomberg: Fox News Couldn’t Kill Trump’s Momentum — May Have Only Made It Stronger

Drudge, Breitbart, and other sites that are traditionally conservative sites are filled with comments that are suddenly anti-Fox and anti-Megyn Kelly. These just have to be liberal plants that are attempting to pump-up Trump for a third-party ticket.

There is good reason to question if Trump is actually conservative.  There are reasons to wonder if he is ‘really’ real? For example:

Trump’s contributed money to the campaigns of Frank Lautenberg, Ted Kennedy, Patrick Kennedy, Harry Reid, Arlen Specter and Dick Durbin — so much for the “lower taxes” concern. Could a true “conservative” have brought himself to sign any of those donation checks without slitting his wrists with the pen afterwards?

My suggestion is that Republicans and conservatives begin to call liberals (progressives) out on this issue and let the nation know that Trump should be running as a Democrat against Hillary if he truly wishes to see Hillary Clinton defeated because he really doesn’t have the credentials needed to run as a conservative or even a Republican.

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Is Watchtower Organization For Christ Jesus or Against Him?


Recently I decided to be sure that, concerning my opposition to Watchtower, I am doing what the Bible teaches I should do. The verse,  Mark 9:40 kept coming to my mind: “For the one who is not against us is for us.”

I would not want to be guilty of being against a group who are for Christ, so I decided I should look more closely at the teachings and doctrine of Watchtower to see if Jesus would say this to me concerning this ‘sect’.

First I looked at the context of Mark 9:40. Jesus is speaking to his disciples, specifically John. John had seen someone casting out demons using the name of Christ and John asked Christ if he should rebuke the person. Here is the rest of what Christ said:

But Jesus said:

“Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us is for us. For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. Mark 9:39-43

Is Watchtower doing mighty works in the name of Jesus? Are they causing little ones to stumble? To determine this, the only fair place to look is at the JW official web-site and this is where I searched. Here is what I found:

Concerning doing mighty works in the name of Jesus, I can find nothing on their web-site to indicate that they do anything in the name of Jesus. Those who call themselves “Jehovah’s Witnesses” do everything in Jehovah’s name. Certainly, the name Jehovah is the translation some give to the name of Yahweh, or the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the great I AM.  Jesus, is a member of the Godhead, meaning the fullness of God (Ephesians 3:19) so Christ is a part of Jehovah:

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. Colossians 2:8-9

So doing works in Jehovah’s name could be considered as also doing them in Jesus name for those who understand Colossians, however, Watchtower does not acknowledge this truth. In fact, they call all who believe this idolaters and teach that those who believe the Trinity are worshiping three gods rather than the One true God. For this reason, I do not believe that they do any mighty works in the name of Jesus.

As to the second part of the passage, do they cause “little ones” to stumble, a person must look at thousands of pages to know all that Watchtower teaches? This should be a heads up for most people. The Bible doesn’t contain a thousand pages. Here is a short summary.

Watchtower, who speaks through men called the governing board for the group who call themselves Jehovah’s Witnesses, teach certain things as indisputable doctrine to their members. Some of what they teach is or appears to be biblical. To spot error requires knowing the scripture and knowing it well. Remember that those who are seeking are usually not familiar with the Holy Scriptures.

Here is what they teach about Jesus. They teach that Jesus is a created being, one of many sons of God, who came to give his life as a ransom and quote Matthew 20:28. To deal with the first part of this will require another post, but at this time we will look only at the teaching that he came to give his life as a ransom for many. This is a truth found in the Bible. They teach original sin of Adam and that God, (Jehovah) paid a price or ransom to release us from slavery to sin and death. This appears to be sound and much like what other Christians teach. They do not, however, give Biblical passages, but rather isolated verses to support each statement they make and rather than giving multiple scriptures to support what they say, they give statements from the governing board. As a person continues to read Watchtower’s version of the gospel one finds this:

One of the first diversions from traditional Christianity found is that Watchtower refuses to accept Christ died on a cross, but insist a stake was used. They give a long explanation that basically says the word for cross was mistranslated and that the cross has become an idol to people who are outside of the Watchtower organization.  Personally, I do not think that it is necessary to defend the translation of the word cross. It can be translated tree, and Watchtower acknowledges this, but want to say there were not enough trees, so it had to have been a stake.  I believe the method of the crucifixion is less important than this truth:

Romans 5:6-8 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die—but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.)

I am willing to overlook their refusal to acknowledge Christ death on the cross, although there are arguments that can be made for this.

Their next diversion is not just from tradition, but this one is from the teaching of the Bible. The Watchtower lesson gives the result of the ransom and at first glance, they sound as if they get it right. A close look at what Watchtower teaches, however, gives another picture.

They say three things were accomplished and I list them here as a., b., and c.:

a. Forgiveness of sins – (Watchtower quote.)

Certainly the Bible teaches Christ died so that our sin can be forgiven. No argument here.

b. A clear conscience before God (Jehovah)-(Watchtower quote.)

While this is true, Watchtower’s indoctrination concerning the interpretation of this is very incomplete and shallow. They teach that a guilty conscience can easily lead to hopelessness and make us feel worthless. Here is what they say: “Through the forgiveness made possible by the ransom, though, Jehovah kindly enables us to worship him with a clean conscience despite our imperfection. (Hebrews 9:13, 14) This makes it possible for us to have freeness of speech with Jehovah. Therefore, we can freely approach him in prayer. (Hebrews 4:14-16) Maintaining a clean conscience gives peace of mind, promotes self-respect, and contributes to happiness.”

Here is what they miss! They totally leave out the aspect of faith and justification by grace through faith and the cleansing effect of the precious blood of Christ Jesus. It isn’t found at this place on their web-site. What is found instead is an emphasis on Hebrews 6:12 “Be imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” They emphasize a faith that produces works, but omit a saving faith that is taught in so many places in the Holy Bible.

While they may occasionally refer to the scriptures* below as they have them written in the New World Translation, they do not teach that salvation comes by grace through faith in the shed blood of Jesus Christ:

Ephesians 2: 8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

Romans 4:3 …Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness. (Gal. 3:6 and James 2:23)

Romans 3:28 For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.

Romans 5:1-2  Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 9:30-32 What shall we say, then? That Gentiles who did not pursue righteousness have attained it, that is, a righteousness that is by faith; but that Israel who pursued a law that would lead to righteousness did not succeed in reaching that law. Why? Because they did not pursue it by faith, but as if it were based on works. They have stumbled over the stumbling stone, as it is written, “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”

They seem to miss the New Covenant:

“This is the covenant that I will make with them
after those days, declares the Lord:
I will put my laws on their hearts,
and write them on their minds,” hen he adds,
“I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” Hebrews 10:16-17

And while they do acknowledge the need for a blood sacrifice, it is after a long lesson on not accepting blood transfusions, rather than being taught as the power of God to purify our conscience.

Hebrews 9:14 … how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God, purify our conscience from dead works to serve the living God.

I should mention, the Watchtower organization uses only one translation of the Bible and it is called New World translation. It was done in the mid-twentieth century by unknown “translators” with unknown “credentials”, so I do not refer to it. Watchtower always refers to it and this causes a good deal of confusion when those who do not know the Bible are listening to their spiel because in it, the writers have added words and phrases not in the original manuscripts to see that it fits the Watchtower doctrine. All Christians agree that the blood of Christ cleanses us from all our sins. The Bible clearly teaches this. It also teaches that Christ presents us before God with a clean conscience. The diversion comes from their third comment and how they teach a person receives salvation. (Frequently a reader will be referred, not to the Bible, but to what Watchtower teaches concerning Scripture.)

c. The hope of everlasting life on paradise earth.  (Watchtower quote)

Here we see that the removal of a hope for eternal life in heaven has been replaced by the hope of everlasting life on paradise earth. While Christians know that the Bible teaches there will be a new heaven and a new earth, we also believe verses such as the following should not be ignored or changed:

Philippians 3:19-21 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.

Luke 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.

Luke 18:22 When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”

Matthew 18:3 Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ”

Believers know that God created heaven for his born again believers.

Another teaching of Watchtower that differs from the Bible is that Christ did not arise in his earthly body, but rather as a spirit being. To this I would simply ask them: Why was the tomb empty and why does Watchtower ignore the following?

(The resurrected Jesus speaking!) See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me, and see. For a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.”Luke 24:39

The information given above is by no means a complete list of how Watchtower departs from the true teachings of the Holy Bible. It is a short list I found when looking for an answer to the original question: Is Watchtower organization for Christ Jesus or against Him? Would Jesus say that they are for Him?

It appears to me that the answer would have to be ‘No’ when answered in light of the complete context and passage of Jesus’ answer to John. I would say that those who call themselves “Jehovah’s Witnesses” are actually ‘Watchtower witnesses’. Watchtower has done exactly what the Pharisees did during Jesus time. They teach as doctrine the commandments of men. They have literally thousands of pages published by the governing board of the Watchtower Organization. They frequently up-date and change their doctrines. They remind me of the people the Bible describes in 2 Timothy 3:7 “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”, because they are constantly revising, changing and rewriting the ‘truths’ they expound.

*Hebrews 11:7, Acts 15:9, Acts 26:9-18, Romans 3:25, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Galatians 2:16, Galatians 3:8, Galatians 3:24, Hebrews 10:38, 1 Peter 1:3-5

 

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