|Charles Taze Russell (1852–1916).|
What are these heresies?
Heresy Number 1: Denying the Divinity of Christ.
Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Jesus is God's "only begotten" son, and that his life began in heaven. He is described as God's first creation and the "exact representation of God",but is believed to be a separate entity and not part of a Trinity. Jesus is said to have been used by God in the creation of all other things. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that Archangel, Michael, "the Word" of John 1:1, and wisdom personified in Proverbs 8 refer to Jesus in his pre-human existence. His birth on earth was accomplished when he willingly allowed himself to be transferred, by God, from heaven to the womb of the virgin, Mary. While on earth, Jesus was executed as a sacrifice to atone for mankind's sins, becoming the "eternal father" to the human family.
They believe that after his death, Jesus appeared to his disciples and convinced them of his resurrection, and then ascended into heaven to sit at Jehovah's right hand until he would become the promised king of God's heavenly kingdom. Jesus acts as the mediator of a "new covenant" referred to in Jeremiah 31:31, Luke 22:20, and Hebrews 9:15; 12:24, directly mediating only for those going to heaven (the 144,000). Those with an earthly hope are said to be beneficiaries of that covenant. Even as king of God's kingdom, Jesus remains subordinate to God.What is the Truth?
The Bible clearly says that Jesus is God Incarnate. He came down from Heaven to free us from sin. He is the Word described in John 1:1-14. Jesus was already in the beginning when God the Father created Heaven and made us in His image. In Genesis 1:26, we see a conversation between the Father and the Son. Some people may say the Father is talking with the angels, but we know that we are created in God's image, not from the angels' image. In Genesis 5:1 affirms that we are created in God's image. In Genesis 1:26 we know that we are only created in God's image, so what Genesis 1:26 meant is that there is a Trinity.
What the Bible teaches
Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to celebrate Christmas, birthdays, Easter, Thanksgiving, or any other holidays, claiming they all have pagan roots.
Christianity is centered on Easter. Easter just shows that Jesus is truly the Son of God. Everything He said and predicted by the prophets was fulfilled.
Jehovah’s Witnesses do not believe in the bodily resurrection of Christ. They believe that after the crucifixion, Christ died and was resurrected as an invisible, non-material, glorious, spirit creature. They believe that Jesus appeared on earth after his resurrection in a special body that Jehovah created for him.The Jehovah's Witnesses are clearly heretics and has perverted the Gospels. To deny Christ's Resurrection is like saying that Christ died in vain and that He lied. That belief is similar to Docetism. Docetism believed that Christ was only a spirit and that rejected His death on the cross. This we can see in the Jehovah's beliefs. In the Gospels we see Christ affirming to the Apostles that it is really Him, in flesh and bone. Easter is not copied from Paganism. If they say it's a pagan holiday, then Christ never did resurrected and that the Apostles just copied it from the Pagans. Jesus' body was Resurrected not recreated, He affirmed to His apostles that He is not a Ghost.
What the Bible Teaches