The Watchtower Gospel -VS- the True Gospel
Are You Preaching the One and Only True Gospel?
Copyright © 1996 by Natalie Pappas
The gospel that the Bible teaches is found at
1st Corinthians 15:1-11. There are three main points as to what
a person believes about Jesus for salvation. 1) Jesus
died for our sins. 2) Jesus' body was buried. 3) Jesus was
resurrected (brought back to life).
By the end of this article you will understand that the WTB&TS
does not preach even one of these three things about the Gospel.
Are you willing to be a good berean (Acts 17) and read this article?
The Watchtower Gospel teaches:
- Jesus only died for Adam's sin
of eating the forbidden fruit
- Jesus' body was buried and his
- Jesus' body wasn't resurrected from the dead.
- Jesus returned invisibly to rule in 1914.
- Jehovah's Witnesses
are called to preach a 1000 year "Paradise Earth" which might earn
them a chance to live on "Paradise Earth" where they might earn another
chance of proving that they are worthy of Eternal life in that time
known as "Eternity".
Sound a little complicated? It is! Does it sound like the simple
Gospel the Apostle Paul preached? No!
If you believe the Watchtower Gospel, the first thing you must do
is carefully read and study the first chapter of Galatians. Look up
the nouns and verbs by using a Strong's Concordance. Read their definitions.
Look at how Paul uses the same nouns and verbs in the same book and other
Epistles he authored. This will be the first step in your learning
how Scripture, and not the private interpretation employed by the
WTB&TS, interprets Scripture.
Paul teaches very systematically that the gospel absolutely cannot
be added to or changed in any way. Paul goes as far as to write
that if he, himself, or even an angel of light tried to come back
at a later time and change the gospel, that he, himself (and the angel of
light) would be eternally (forever) condemned. Therefore, any
mention of Jesus' invisible return in 1914 is automatically
disqualified, as is the call to "preach a 1000 year "Paradise
Earth" as part of the Gospel. However, I will go into
detail later in this article
about why the Watchtower teaching on getting a chance to earn salvation
while living on "Paradise Earth" is completly and totally unBiblical.
First of all, the WTB&TS teaches that their Jesus (Michael the
Archangel) came to die for Adam's sin of eating the forbidden
fruit. They teach that if Jesus (the only-begotten Son--the 2nd
person of the Trinity) had died for everyone's sins that it would
have been too much, that such a huge payment would not have been
needed. Don't believe me? Well, how about some documentation?
"The 'living soul' Adam, who forfeited life for
mankind, was a perfect human. In exchange for
what he lost, another human soul, equal to
Adam, was needed, one who would offer his own
perfect life as a sacrifice on behalf of mankind."
(emphasis not in text)
--The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life, pg 51
I emphasized the "equal" in the above quote to get you to notice it.
This is one reason a devoted JW does not want to believe Jesus is God; If
Jesus was God, Jesus would have been more than Adam. So in the
passages of Scripture where Christ's deity is clearly taught, the JW
thinks to himself, "Wait a second, Christ can't be more than Adam, therefore
Jesus must not be God! There must be another explanation for this passage",
thus they accept
whatever explanation the Watchtower gives about deity passages. To
back up its teaching that Jesus is not God, the Watchtower elaborates:
"Jesus was born as a human, because it was a
human life that was required. But he was born
without the aid of a human father, so that he
would be perfect as Adam was. God alone was
the Father of the human Jesus, as he had also
been Adam's Father."
--The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life, pg 51
How can this definition of Jesus, who was no more than Adam,
take away the world's sin? Well, the fact is, that a Jesus of this
type of definition absolutely can't. If this Jesus died, who would
he take the place of: you? me? The little woman down the road?
This Jesus can only take the place of one person and that person
is Adam (except according to WTB&TS books Jesus' payment can't even do that!).
"Thus Jesus was fully qualified to offer his life
as a 'corresponding ransom.'"
--The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life, pg 51
(emphasis in text)
How does the Watchtower define the word "corresponding ranson"? The
Reasoning Book provides a helpful illustration (the text in the
square brackets are my comments):
"A family head [Adam] may become a criminal and be
sentenced to death. His children [the human race]
may be left destitute, hopelessly in debt [we have
an irresistable urge to sin and do all sin]. Perhaps
their kindly grandfather [Jehovah God] intervenes
on their behalf, making provision through a Son
[Michael the Archangel] who is living with
him [Jehovah God] to pay their debts [die for
Adam's sin] and to open up for them the possibility of
a new life. Of course, to benefit the children [the
human race] must accept the arrangement, and the grandfather
[Jehovah God] may reasonably require certain things as
assurance that the children will not imitate the course of
I do not see how the WTB&TS could be more clear: they blatantly teach
that their Jesus/Michael did not die for your sins! They teach that
Jesus/Michael died to give you the POSSIBILITY of a new life
in "Paradise Earth" where
you will have to be perfect in your own power to assure Jehovah
God that you would never imitate Adam and willfully sin.
I don't mean to deliberately confuse manners, however, it must be
pointed out again and documented that the WTB&TS actually teaches
that Adam was not deserving of Salvation, therefore Jesus' payment
for Adam's sin wasn't enough to save Adam. (comments in the square
bracket are mine).
"Since one man's sin [that of Adam] had been
responsible for causing the entire human
family to be sinners, the shed blood of
another perfect human [in effect, a second
Adam], being of corresonding value, could
balance the scales of justice. Because
Adam was a willful sinner, he could not benefit;
but because the penalty that all mankind was
due to pay for sin wuld in this way be paid
by someone else, Adam's offspring could be
delivered....Jesus died on behalf of mankind."
--The Reasoning Book, pg 308
Then the Reasoning Book continues that Jesus gave his life for "mankind",
not for Adam. Has it dawned on you yet what this means? In case it
still hasn't, the answer is this: Jesus died for the chance for all those of a good
heart to have a second chance in "Paradise Earth" to show Jehovah God
that we are good enough, sincere enough, perfect enough to earn eternal
life in the future time period called, "Eternity".
Completely ignored is the passage in Hebrews 9:27 which says, "And
inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this
comes judgement" There are no second chances, folks. It's either
this time or no time to get right with God.
"Paradise Earth" as
defined by the WTB&TS can be likened to a bunch of Unfallen Adam and
Eves with the potential to sin, like Adam and Eve were. If we can
somehow go 1000 years without sinning than the Watchtower God will
then will FINALLY give us the ability to not sin and we will then all live in
the time period called, "Eternity" (Eternity means forever).
Let me explain it again: In the Watchtower, if you accept "Jesus'
payment for your sins", this simply means that you now have the chance
to enter into the 1000 year "Paradise" Earth. During this 1000 years,
if you can go the entire time period without disobeying God, then you
will be granted eternal life. As you can easily see, it is not "freely
given", this eternal life is earned through pure obedience and effort
on your part.
There is a major problem with this view. The Bible doesn't teach it.
We are either resurrected to life or to judgment according to Acts 24:15,
"having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall
certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked." The
"righteous" are those who accept Jesus as their Savior, and the "wicked"
are those who reject Jesus as their Savior.
The other problem with this view is that those who are resurrected to life, and
not judgment, are resurrected "Immortal" and "Imperishable". This means
that our resurrection bodies can never die (or be murdered) and that we
are without the ability to sin. We're actually more than Adam or Eve were
in the beginning! We won't undergo temptation! See 1st Corinthians chapter 15 for the
Bible's definition of the resurrection body. The Bible does not agree
with the WTB&TS' doctrine on the resurrection!
To further confuse things, the WTB&TS attempts to teach there are those wicked
that are SO wicked that they will not even be resurrected. This
statement appears in the "You Can Live Forever In Paradise On Earth",
"This does not mean that everyone will receive
a resurrection. The Bible shows that Judas Iscariot,
who betrayed Jesus, will not. Because of his
willful wickedness, Judas is called "the son of
destruction." (John 17:12) He went to the symbolic
Gehenna from which there is no resurrection. (Matthew 23:33.
Persons who willfully do what is bad after knowing God's
will may be sinning against his holy spirit. And
God will not resurrect those who sin against his
holy spirit. (Matthew 12:32; Hebrews 6:4-6; 10:26, 27)."
I have looked up every one of these verses, read the surrounding
content, considered the historical content. All of these verses deal
with judgment. However, none of them mention that some will not be
In fact, in Heb 10:26-27
and Revelation 20:11-15 no one is thrown into the "fury of fire/lake of fire"
until they are first "resurrected" and THEN judged. The steps the
Bible teaches are these: 1) resurrection of the wicked (it doesn't
say anything about those especially more wicked then others, it
just says, "wicked"). 2) Judgment (now the Bible makes the distinction
that the wicked are judged according to their deeds) 3) the casting of
the resurrected wicked into the "fury of fire/lake of fire".
You would have to imagine that those who are especially wicked
are not going to receive resurrection in order to believe it, because the
Bible teaches that ALL will be resurrected.
When you imagine things in Scripture are there when they are not,
it is called: "reading into the Scriptures" or eisegesis. It's a no no.
We either take from
Scripture what is already there (Exegesis) or we imagine things
are there when they are not (Eisegesis). The WTB&TS has to employ
the faulty method known as Eisegesis in order to come up with its doctrines.
The WTB&TS teaches eisegesis when it teaches that most people
(even non-JWs) will get a second chance to earn
salvation on Paradise Earth and that those who are especially evil will
not be "renewed to repentance" during the 1000 "Paradise Earth".
However, Hebrews 10:27 definitely puts the "Judgment" before the
being cast into "the fury of fire", not before. In order to be
judged, one must first be resurrected. The Bible also
puts the wicked as being resurrected at the *end* of the 1000 years,
not before. (Revelations chapter 20).
If you accept the Watchtower's definition of who Jesus is, then contrary
to what the Bible teaches, you do not believe that Jesus died for your sins.
You have not believed the first thing you need to about Jesus
Christ. If you have not believed the whole gospel, then you have believed
none of it. You are still in your sins, you
are still under condemnation by the Father of Jesus Christ! You will
face a Christless eternity because you believed, that in your own strength,
you could earn God's favor by what you have done here on this earth and
on "Paradise Earth".
You have instead believed that you can earn your own savlation. This
WTB&TS' teaching completely disagrees with Ephesians 2:8-10:
"For by grace you have been saved through
faith; and that not of yourselves, it is
the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ
Jesus for good works, which God prepared
beforehand that we should walk in them.
Below are just a sample of verses which disagree with the Watchtowers'
teaching that Jesus death wasn't sufficent to grant you eternal life
right now. I urge you to get your Bible and look these verse up. Read
them in their surrounding context: a good rule of thumb is 20 verses
before and 20 verses after.
John 3:16,36; 5:24,39; 10:28
Romans 4:8; 5:6,8,12; 6:23; 8:2
1 Cor 8:11; 15:3;
2 Cor 5:21
1 Th 5:10
1 Tim 1:16
1 Pet 3:18
1st John 1:2,7; 2:2,12,25; 5:11, 13
Did you notice through this entire article so far that I have repeatedly
used the word "chance"? I did that for a specific reason. Nobody
for sure in the Watchtower Organization how much they will have to
do in order to qualify for this "chance" to enter "Paradise Earth".
I find it heartbreaking that the WTB&TS teaches one can't be sure
if they will earn the chance to earn another chance to enter "Eternity".
The Bible refutes this teaching. It does give Christians the assurance
about Eternal Life in 1st John chapter 5:13
These things I have written to you who believe
in the name of the Son of God, in order that you
may know that you have eternal life
The newest WTB&TS' teaching book, which replaced, "You Can Live
Forever in Paradise on Earth" is named, "The Knowledge Which Leads
to Everlasting Life". I have a copy and am currently addressing some
key issues which this newest book raises. One that I will be addressing
is the teaching that the WTB&TS does say the only ones who have a
GOOD chance of making it through the 1000 years are the ones who
survived Armageddon. It writes on page 187, "Like the great crowd
of Armageddon survivors, the resurrected ones will become fully alive
when they reach sinless perfection." So, if you are "perfect" enough
to make it through Armeggedon, then you will earn the chance to
be sinless on "Paradise Earth". However, Eph 2:8-10 still applies
to you. If you could be good enough to do this, then you sure would
be good enough to be boasting! Ask yourself: Are you your workmanship
or God's workmanship? What does the Bible say? Ask yourself: If you're
boasting in yourself, isn't that pride? How can one be perfect and be
Pause a moment and thing about that.
To defend the WTB&TS teaching that those who are resurrected can still
sin, JWs point to Revelation 20:7-10. Because the JWs confuse themselves
with the nation Israel they misinterprete this verse. The entire Old
Testament is about God's promise to the nation of Israel about how
their Messiah would come and rule over them as their king! The New
Testament shows how Jesus, in his first coming, came to die for the
sins of the world. Jesus, in his second coming, will be the reigning
king! The nation, Israel, and those surviving Armegeddon will enter
the millennium in their nature bodies still with the capability of
sinnning. They do not have "resurrection" bodies. Therefore, they
are capable of being misled when Satan is let out of the pit."
Sorry, Jehovah's Witnesses, you are not Spiritual Israel!
This next section addresses the issue of soul sleep, which the
WTB&TS promotes. The idea of this section is not to actually
refute "soul sleep", there are plenty of other articles on this
web-site which do this very well. However, when the Watchtower
literature teaches that Jesus was "buried" they not only teach
that he was "buried" but that his soul went to sleep (or died)
for three days. There is not one Scriptures to support this belief.
The Scripture at 1st Corinthians 15:1-11, verses 3, 4 says
Jesus died for our sins, was buried, and rose on the third day.
This verse does not teach soul sleep. It is only talking about
Jesus' physical body: he died. His body was buried,
and his body rose on the third day. The WTB&TS does not
teach that Jesus' body was simply buried, they teach that his soul
died along with his body. There is simply no scripture given by
the Watchtower to promote this: it is just stated. I urge you to
read the articles on this web-site which refute "soul-sleep".
A key verse to consider until this is Matthew 10:28 where Jesus
explained that one can kill the body without killing the soul!
Jesus Rose From The Dead
The WTB&TS teaches that Jesus' body wasn't resurrected, that it was
"manifested". The word "Resurrection" means to "again stand up" "to wake" "to rouse".
So what dies has to "again stand up". If Jesus' body died, then
his body would have to "again stand up". Instead, the WTBT&S
teach on page 68 of the book, "The Knowledge that Leads to
Everlasting Life" that God "...resurrected him to life as a
mighty spirit being. -- 1 Peter 3:18". We've already established
that Jesus' soul did not die, therefore it would not need to
"stand up again" "to wake" "to rouse". However, lets address 1st Peter 3:18: "For
Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the
unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the
body but made alive by the Spirit" This verse does
not teach that Jesus' soul came alive, but that the Holy
Spirit resurrected his body. Please not that it also, teaches
that Jesus died for everyone's sins, that no further sacrifice
would ever have to be made to bring us to God.
The Bible is very clear that Jesus' resurrection would be a
physical resurrection. One chapter you, as a JW, need to read
is John chapter 2 where Jesus describes and defines his
resurrected body as being physical and the disciples echoing
this thought. The other chapter you need to consider is chapter
20 of John where Thomas inspects Jesus' hands and side. Was
Jesus saying to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my [fake]
hands? Read out your hand and put it into my [fake] side.
Stop doubting and believe!" Doesn't that sound just a bit
unrealistic? Jesus would have been lying if he had meant that
his body wasn't real. He would have been actively deceiving
Thomas and that wouldn't have been very truthful, would it?
If you are a JW it should be clear to you now that you have not
believed the Gospel Paul the Apostle preached. You do not
believe Jesus died for your sins, you do not believe he was
simply buried, and you do not believe in His resurrection. Instead,
you believe Jesus died for Adam's sin, that Jesus' soul died too,
and that Jesus' spirit manifested itself in many different bodies
after the third day. When you go door to door you preach a different
Gospel and then add onto it as well! Scripture condemns you for this
However, if you repent and believe the true Gospel, God will save
you and make you His child.