Comparing Tenet 12 of Watchtower to the Holy Bible – How are we saved?


Tenet 12 – Salvation is a “gift” but is given conditionally to those who must still prove themselves worthy. Only those who use and proclaim the name of Jehovah, accept the direction and teaching of the Jehovah’s Witness leadership, are baptized (as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses), observe the organization’s taboos (against various “pagan” activities), and faithfully engage in the preaching of the Watchtower’s message of the kingdom are true Christians today and have the hope of being saved.

Watchtower’s claims as listed above are not biblical. These cannot be found in scripture. Jesus does say some people are found to be worthy of the eternal life and others are not. Checking the scriptures on all the above we find:


Throughout the Bible we are taught that to be saved we must repent of our sins and turn to the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only way to be saved.

Luke 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God…Ephesians 2:8

Rom 4:5: But to him that works not, but believes on Him that justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.


In Luke 21:36  Jesus says ‘to keep awake and pray always that you may be ACCOUNTED WORTHY to escape all these things and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man.”

Nothing is mentioned about keeping taboos, or using the name Jehovah, or accepting JW’s doctrine, but rather Christ admonishes us to “keep awake and pray always.”

In Matthew 22, Jesus tells a parable about a king who gave a marriage feast. Those who were invited guest did not come. The king:

Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy.

After this, the king told his servants to go into the highways and byways and ask those they found, both the good and the bad to come to the feast.

So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

These, both good and bad, accepted the invitation and became worthy of their calling. Yet there was one who was cast out because he did not have on a wedding garment. He was not clothed properly.


We do well to ask how to be clothed when we appear at the Wedding Supper of the Lamb with His bride.

Isaiah 61:10 says the Lord God will cloth us:

I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, My soul will exult in my God; For He has clothed me with garments of salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.


Romans 13:14 we are told to put on the Lord Jesus Christ. When we are clothed in Him, we no longer walk in the flesh:

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 His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Instead, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the desires of the flesh.


Galatians 5:1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be encumbered once more by a yoke of slavery.

Romans 14:5 One man regards a certain day above the others, while someone else considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind.


We should turn from sin, place our trust in Christ, and accept Him into our lives. If we do this, His blood will cleanse us from all our sins and we will walk in the light of Christ. If we receive Christ and are clothed in His righteousness we will able to stand before Yahweh and be counted worthy to receive eternal life because Christ is worthy and He takes away our soiled garments and covers us with His righteousness. We should pray and always be looking for Christ to return.

 The most accurate name of God is actually, I AM. God did not give us the pronunciation of His name, YVHV, but revealed to Moses that He is the Great I AM or I AM that I AM. He did not say that we must use this name to be saved, but rather that we must come to Him through the Messiah and Mediator, Christ Jesus. When we enter into the New Covenant written with Christ’s blood, we enter the Kingdom of God. 

Then the seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and loud voices called out in heaven: “The kingdom of the world is now the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15 


Romans 10 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them. But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. 11 For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in Him will not be put to shame.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on him. 13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

14 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” 16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Acts 15:7-11 After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brethren, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles would hear the word of the gospel and believe. “And God, who knows the heart, testified to them giving them the Holy Spirit, just as He also did to us; and He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. “Now therefore why do you put God to the test by placing upon the neck of the disciples a yoke which neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear? “But we believe that we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, in the same way as they also are.”

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 5:6-8 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will hardly die for a righteous man; though perhaps for the good man someone would dare even to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

“And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12

Hebrews 2:23-25 The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing, but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.

16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.



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