Ten Teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses that Will damn Them - Part 4
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3. Jesus should not be worshipped but only respected as king.
Note: The Witnesses want to convert the world. They would rather all human beings were Witnesses. They believe they only hold the truth; and that everyone else is damned. Whether they like it or not, they do judge non-Witnesses; either actively or passively. This being the case, they should be open to criticisms; because if they do answer these critics calmly and accurately using God's word, they prove that they are what they claim to do. However, if they get hostile at critics and insult them, they only prove false to their claim of being true Christians.
When I was in the ministry one day, I was asked ‘Why don’t you allow us to pray. Why is it that only you should pray?’
I still remember my answer and it haunts me up to this day. I said:
“Because we worship only Jehovah and should only pray to him. You on the other hand worship Jesus. And that is not right.”
What gave me the confidence to utter such a thing? Well, I believed that the Father is greater than Jesus, according to John 14:28, and therefore, only him should be worshipped.
I also recalled the time Jesus was tempted by the Devil into worshipping him, and he said:
“ Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.”—Mathew 4:10
I also tied this to Revelation 4:11 and concluded that only Jehovah should be worshipped because he created all things, and because of his will they came into existence.
Furthermore, believing that Jesus is but a creature, I refrained from ascribing him any praise, honor and worship in the capacity of God, because it is a great folly to worship a creature. (Romans 1:25)
Therefore, I believed as many Witnesses believe today, that if any form of reverence should be shown Jesus, it is limited to respect or homage as is shown to a king. He having been created, and being only a son of God, should not at all be worshipped. That would amount to idolization.
Is this true?
Are all those who worship Jesus wrong? Are they guilty of idolization?
Let’s see what God says about Jesus:
“ Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
This scripture reveals that God exalted Jesus Christ and gave him a name above every name. Look how elevated this Jesus is. His name is above all names. Not even the name Jehovah. So the name of Jesus is the highest name that exists as at now. No other name comes close.
So powerful is this name that at the mere mention of it, every knee of all created things should bow. And every name should confess that Jesus is Lord, and this to the glory of God the Father.
Is Jesus a mere King? No, he is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God expects us to bow down and openly confess his name. And not only that, but to call upon his name (Romans 10:9-13)
So important is this that not doing so, not calling upon the name of Jesus will result death. In order to get saved, we need to call upon the name of Jesus.
Now, does Philipians 2:9-11 mean we are just giving Jesus respect as our king and not actually worshipping him?
Come with me to John 5:23:
“ That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.”
Jesus was here saying that all men should honour the Son as the honour the Father. The question is, how do men honour the Father? Is it merely respect? No, men accord the Father with the highest honour; and this is what Jesus is saying we should accord Him!
And no man, no matter how great he is can say: "Honor me the way you honor the Father."
No! That would be blasphemy. Only God can say that.
Let’s look at Revelation 4:11, which is used to prove by some that we should only worship God because he created all things:
“Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.”
So the Lord should receive glory and honour and power. And that no one disputes is worship; and this should be directed towards God.
Now, how about Jesus, what should we give him?
Read for yourself:
“ Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing” –Revelation 5:12
Yes, you read correctly. Jesus, the Lamb, is worthy to receive power, and riches, and wisdom and strength and honour and glory and blessing—the very things which only God should receive! Is this not worship?
Now read further:
“And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.” –Revelation 5:13,14
Yes, the Lamb (Jesus) and the Father are ascribed the same amount of worship! And what is more, the four elders fall down and worship.
So dedicated to Jehovah the Witnesses are that that dedication naturally overrides the will of God, that we worship his son Jesus Christ and call upon him (Romans 10:9) in order to get saved, to the glory of God the Father.
As a point of fact, no Witness will ever come knocking on your door and show you the scripture of Romans 10:9 as important as it is and tell you to call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ in order to get saved.
Interestingly, Witnesses do not listen to Gospel music and one of the reasons is because it reveries Jesus along with his Father. But isn’t that what God expects of us? (Hebrews 1:6; Philipians 2:10)
And worship Jesus we do, not because we assume it but because the Father expects it from us. If we do not do that, then we are damned.
And remember Jesus is God(John 1:1-3). Should we not worship God?
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