• Answering Watchtower Misconceptions About Jesus - Some time ago, a subscriber to my blog wrote and asked me to do some posts about the differences between the Jesus of the Watchtower and the Jesus of the Bible. I thought that was a great idea, so today we begin a new blog series entitled “Answering Watchtower Misconceptions About Jesus.”
  • Refuting Modalism - The usual formulation of modalism is the idea that in the Old Testament, God revealed himself as the Father; in the gospels, he revealed himself as the Son; and after his ascension back to heaven, he reveals himself as the Holy Spirit. That’s not what Christians believe, but because the Watchtower lumps the definitions together, if you tell Jehovah’s Witnesses you believe in the Trinity, they may think you are a modalist. You will want to watch for this possibility so as to be able correct their misunderstanding.
  • Either / Or Thinking - One of the problems that we face in talking with Witnesses about Jesus is that the Watchtower engages in a great deal of Either / Or thinking and rejects Both / And alternatives. Because of this, Jehovah’s Witnesses usually don’t realize that there are biblical alternatives to Watchtower teachings.
  • Answering Watchtower Misconceptions About Jesus - Some time ago, a subscriber to my blog wrote and asked me to do some posts about the differences between the Jesus of the Watchtower and the Jesus of the Bible. I thought that was a great idea, so today we begin a new blog series entitled “Answering Watchtower Misconceptions About Jesus.”
  • Is the Watchtower a False Prophet? - In this post, I will show you what the Watchtower itself has said about false prophesying and false prophets. I’ll follow their statements with my responses.
  • The Effect of False Prophecies on Watchtower Credibility - In last week’s post, I looked at the harm the Watchtower’s false prophecies has done to Jehovah’s Witnesses who, in faith, oriented their lives around those failed end times predictions. But what has it done to its own credibility and to that of Jehovah’s Witnesses who work tirelessly to spread the Watchtower’s message door-to-door?
  • Real Life Consequences of False Prophecies - If you were truly convinced that Armageddon and Christ’s millennial kingdom were coming in the next couple of years—because “the faithful and discreet slave” told you so—what radical changes would you make in your life? For the Watchtower organization, it meant increased meeting attendance, increased revenue, increased witnessing activity, and increased membership. But what was the impact on ordinary Jehovah’s Witnesses?
  • The 20th Century and the End - Projection is the attribution of one's own ideas, feelings, or attitudes to other people. Here is a prime example from the Watchtower. "Down through the centuries since Jesus’ day, so many unfulfilled predictions have been made that many no longer take them seriously. … Undeterred by previous failures, some seem to have been spurred on by the approach of the year 2000 and have made further predictions of the end of the world. … The flood of false alarms is unfortunate. They are like the wolf-wolf cries of the shepherd boy—people soon dismiss them, and when the true warning comes, it too is ignored." (Awake! “Why So Many False Alarms?,” March 22, 1993, pp. 3-4)
  • 1975—An Appropriate Time for God to Act - In 1931, Watchtower president Joseph Rutherford wrote that after 1914, 1918 and 1925, Watchtower leaders “learned to quit fixing dates for the future and predicting what would come to pass on a certain date.” (J. F. Rutherford, Vindication, pp. 338-339) That is, until Watchtower vice president Fred Franz (as he then was) declared that 1975 would be an appropriate time for God to act. (Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God, 1966, p. 30)
  • A Prophetic Sabbath Day Rest - Despite the failure of its prediction and accompanying disappointment, the Watchtower continued to teach that 1914 was a marked year in Bible prophecy but that God’s prophetic Sabbath day rest—Christ’s millennial kingdom rule would begin later. But when? In 1943, the Watchtower changed its chronology and recalculated.
  • Return of the 1914 Generation Which Now Extends by Overlapping - In 2010, in order to revive a sense of urgency, the April 15 Watchtower announced yet another change to the generation doctrine. So, what does “this generation” that “will by no means pass away” mean now? The “anointed”? The generation of 1914? Both—but with a twist!
  • Refuting Modalism - The usual formulation of modalism is the idea that in the Old Testament, God revealed himself as the Father; in the gospels, he revealed himself as the Son; and after his ascension back to heaven, he reveals himself as the Holy Spirit. That’s not what Christians believe, but because the Watchtower lumps the definitions together, if you tell Jehovah’s Witnesses you believe in the Trinity, they may think you are a modalist. You will want to watch for this possibility so as to be able correct their misunderstanding.