The Watchtower’s Twisted Translation Regarding “Jehovah”

Twisting Translation JehovahAs I noted in the previous post, “twisted translation” can be defined as follows: “The biblical text is retranslated, not in accordance with sound Greek scholarship, to fit the preconceived teachings of a cult.”[1]

Last time, I looked at two of its mistranslations with regard to the identity of Jesus.

Today, I’m going to look at the fact that the Watchtower has inserted the name “Jehovah” into the New World Translation of the New Testament 237 times, despite the fact that the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) does not appear in any existing Greek New Testament manuscript. Continue reading

The Watchtower’s Twisted Translation Regarding Jesus

Twisting Translation Jesus“Twisted translation” can be defined as follows: “The biblical text is retranslated, not in accordance with sound Greek scholarship, to fit the preconceived teachings of a cult.”[1]    

The Watchtower publishes its own version of the Bible, calling it “New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures.” Jehovah’s Witnesses consider it to be the best translation of the Bible available. It is the only one they will really trust.

Unfortunately, key passages have been mistranslated in order to support Watchtower theology. Continue reading

How the Watchtower Misquotes the Bible

Twisting Misquoting BibleRarely—if ever—do Jehovah’s Witnesses compare the Watchtower claims to what the Bible texts actually say. Rather, they trust the Watchtower organization implicitly and assume that when the Watchtower quotes or cites Bible texts that those passages fully support the points the Watchtower is making.

Often, that is not the case at all. The Watchtower frequently misrepresents the Bible through use of inaccurate quotations. In his book, Scripture Twisting,  James Sire defines this error as follows: “A biblical text is referred to but is either not quoted in the way the text appears in any standard translation or is wrongly attributed.”[1]         

Here are some examples of how the Watchtower misleads through inaccurate quotation: Continue reading

Beware of Scripture Twisting

Twisting BewareThe late Walter Martin, author of The Kingdom of the Cults, once said in a lecture, “There are basic rules of language that God himself observes, so we need to learn what they are and teach and apply them.”

The apostle Peter put it this way, “There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.” (2 Peter 3:16-17)

In his excellent 1980 book, Scripture Twisting, James W. Sire spells out specific ways in which various groups go wrong in the way they understand and teach Bible doctrine.

Most of his categories are applicable to the Watchtower, so I have decided to do a series on this topic, giving my own examples of where the Watchtower goes wrong. Continue reading

The Faith and Works Approach Video

16 VIDEOOn Saturday, September 28, 2019, I gave a talk entitled “The Faith and Works Approach” at the Witnesses Now for Jesus conference in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

It included a simulated dialogue between a Christian and a Jehovah’s Witness, with my wife playing the role of the Witness (even though she never was one).

Here is a video of that talk.

Feel free to share it with anyone you think might find it helpful. Continue reading

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