Sadly, in spite of the many instances of people worshiping Christ, in spite of Paul’s clear statement that “at the name of Jesus every knee will bend and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father,” in spite of Jesus name being the Name above all names, Watchtower still teaches that:
Tenet 9 – As a created being, Jesus Christ is inferior to Jehovah and is not to be the object of Christian prayer or worship.
THE BIBLE TEACHES
John 5:23 – …that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
For the glory of This One (Jesus) is much greater than that of Moses, as much as the honor of the builder of the house is greater than his building. Hebrews 3:3-4
He received worship from men:
Matthew 2:2 – “Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”
Christ did not refuse the worship as angels do:
John 9:38 — “You have already seen Him,” Jesus answered. “He is the One speaking with you.” Then he said, “Lord, I believe!” And he worshiped Him.
Hebrews 1:6 — But when He again brings the firstborn into the world, He says: “Let all the angels of God worship Him.”
Matthew 28:17 — When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.Matthew 14:33 — Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.”
John 10:29-30 – “My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
John 20:27-28 Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and see My hands; and put out your hand, and place it in My side. Do not disbelieve, but believe.” Thomas answered him, “My Lord and my God!”
Luke 24:52 And they worshiped Him (Jesus) and returned to Jerusalem with great joy.
Matthew 14:33 And those in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”
Matthew 28:09 Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” They came to Him, grasped His feet, and worshiped Him.
Ephesians 1:20-21 … which He exerted in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come.
The Jews understood He was claiming to be God.
Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I am.” Therefore they picked up stones to throw at Him; but Jesus hid Himself, and went out of the temple.” John 8:58-59 (I notice that He did not say, “You are wrong. Instead He hid Himself.)
Watchtower wrote Tenet 9 into their doctrine because they only accept verses showing Jesus prays to the Father and acknowledges that God is His Father.
They either do not understand or do not believe Philippians 2:8-11:
8 And being found in human form, He humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted Him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We must accept all that the Bible teaches about Christ Jesus the Lord. He tells us who He is – He said, ‘I AM the life, the truth, the way, the light, the Messiah, the living water, the bread of life, the Son of God, the Son of man, the ONLY begotten Son, the resurrection, the Christ.’
Other scriptures tell us that He is also – Wonderful, Mighty God, Prince of Peace, King of kings, Lord of lords, Emmanuel, LORD of Hosts, Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, Savior, Redeemer, Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.