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The Watchtower Society teaches that the person of Jesus is not the person of Jehovah.  This teaching is the foundational building block upon which all of their assertions are made.  They believe that Jesus is not divine and they boast in their proof-texts to support their dogma.  They explain that Jesus is a lesser god like the demigods of Greek mythology.

However, their deception is made manifest through the way in which they perform exegetical somersaults in order to prove this teaching from the Holy Scriptures.  The Bible clearly reveals that there is only One God and Jesus is God.  Over the years, the Watchtower organization has developed a method of explanation in order to refute these clear passages.  Understand that the organization has been knocking on doors for over one hundred years.  They train their witnesses to bear witness to the organization’s teachings.

First, they admit that the Greek word for god (theos) is used for Jesus.  Thus, they can proudly say that Jesus is a god.  Note the indefinite article and the lower case letter.  Here they make a false dichotomy between the God and a god.  The Society falsely teaches that Jehovah is the God while Jesus is a god.  They define the term theos as a mighty one.  Therefore, Jesus can be called a mighty one just like Jehovah or others can rightly be called mighty ones.

Second, they create a false dichotomy between Almighty God and Mighty God.  After all, Jesus is given the title Mighty God in Isaiah chapter nine.  Due to their false teaching, they have invented a dishonest contrast between almighty and mighty that can easily be exposed.  The Hebrew word for almighty (shadday) is not even related to the Hebrew word for mighty (gibbor).  There is absolutely no etymological connection between these two Hebrew words.  The Watchtower organization is using a difference that is found in English vocabulary.  They are treating the word almighty as the superlative of mighty.  In this way, one that is almighty is mightier than one that is mighty.  This line of logic is rather comical considering that Jehovah is called the “Great God” (Ezra 5:8; Nehemiah 8:6; Psalm 95:3; Daniel 2:45; Titus 2:13)  If there if an Almighty God that is mightier than a Mighty God, then there must be a Greater God who is greater than a Great God.

This magician’s trick is complete nonsense.  Recall, that their working definition for theos is “a mighty one”.  Now if the word god merely means “mighty one,” then why on earth would there be a need for clarification that Jesus is a Mighty God since gods are mighty.  It would be redundant to say that Jesus is a mighty one who is a mighty one.  On the other hand, if Jesus was a demigod, like the Watchtower teaches, then He would never be called merely a mighty one.  There would need to be a distinction between Jesus the mightier one and all other mighty ones.  He could only be called Mighty God.  Likewise, if Jehovah is the Almighty God, then He would never be called Mighty God let alone God.  He could only be called Almighty God to distinguish Him between Jesus the Mighty God and all other mighty ones.

The Spirit of Truth leads us into all truth through the prophetic and apostolic scriptures.  Throughout the Bible the Hebrew word for God (el/elohim) and the Greek word theos is used for the One True God.  Jehovah is called God and Jesus is called God.  Sometimes there is a definite article and sometimes there is not.   Psalm 18 teaches, “For who is God, but the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God?—” (Psalm 18:31, ESV) Isaiah 45 teaches, “Declare and present your case; let them take counsel together! Who told this long ago? Who declared it of old? Was it not I, the Lord? And there is no other god besides me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none besides me.” (Isaiah 45:21, ESV) Psalm 91 teaches “I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”” (Psalm 91:2, ESV)  John 20 teaches, “Thomas answered him [Jesus], “My Lord and my God!”” (John 20:28, ESV)  Romans 9 teaches, “To them belong the patriarchs, and from their race, according to the flesh, is the Christ, who is God over all, blessed forever. Amen.” (Romans 9:5, ESV)

We should not play games like the Watchtower and say that Jesus is a god and Mighty God, but not Almighty God.   The title Mighty God is used for both Jehovah and Jesus.  Again, if Jehovah is Almighty God, then He cannot be called Mighty God or god (mighty one).  In Isaiah chapter nine, Jesus is called Mighty God.  In Isaiah chapter ten, Jehovah is called Mighty God.  Isaiah teaches, “In that day the remnant of Israel and the survivors of the house of Jacob will no more lean on him who struck them, but will lean on the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth. A remnant will return, the remnant of Jacob, to the mighty God.” (Isaiah 10:20–21, ESV)  Bible teaches us to confess that Jesus is Jehovah.  The Watchtower teaches that Jehovah is a person.  However, the Bible does not teach that Jehovah is a person.  Instead, the Bible teaches that God is One in divine essence.  Moses teaches us, ““Hear, O Israel: Jehovah our God, Jehovah is one.” (Deuteronomy 6:4, ESV)  Likewise, the Bible teaches us to make a distinction in the plurality of persons of the Blessed Holy Trinity.  The Father is a person.  The Son is a person.  The Holy Spirit is a person.  The Father is Jehovah.  The Son is Jehovah.  The Holy Spirit is Jehovah.  Yet, there are not three Jehovahs.  There is One Jehovah and three divine persons.  Jesus teaches us, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19, ESV)  There is only One Name, yet there are three persons that are named.  Each person of the Holy Trinity is given equal honor, glory, and praise.

Lecture 39- The Written Word and Fellowship with the Apostles

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The Written Word and Fellowship with the Apostles

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

How does the written word correspond to remaining in fellowship with the Apostles?  Is there such thing as once in fellowship with the Apostles always in fellowship with the Apostles?

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Watchtower (“Jehovah’s Witnesses”) Deception on the Worship of Jesus

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On the Watchtower ONLINE Library, one can read an article entitled, “Is It Proper to Worship Jesus?”  In this article, the Watchtower organization teaches their students the “Jehovah’s Witnesses” that it is not proper to worship Jesus.  The organization teaches in this article, “THROUGHOUT the centuries, many in Christendom have worshiped Jesus Christ as if he were Almighty God. Jesus himself, however, directed attention and worship only to Jehovah God.”  Take note of the way in which the organization argues.  They start off with a teaching that Jehovah is Almighty God and that Jesus is not Jehovah.  Instead, Jesus is Mighty God.   Yes, they declare Jesus to be a lesser god like the demigods of Greek mythology.  As a demigod, they believe that Jesus is the Son of the person of Jehovah Almighty God and Mary the human giving Jesus more powers than a mortal, but less power than Almighty God.  Similar to Greek mythology, the Watchtower believes that Jesus is a half-god who can receive only half-worship.  Thus, they make a false dichotomy between worship being given to Jehovah Almighty God and obeisance given to Jesus Mighty God.

Therefore the article states, “Is Jesus worthy of such obeisance?  Most decidedly, yes!”  And then it goes on to proclaim, “The Bible clearly indicates, however, that our worship—in the sense of religious reverence and devotion—must be addressed solely to God…  …Accordingly, true Christians do well to direct their worship only to Jehovah God, the Almighty.”  Now to say that the “Bible clearly indicates” is a typical trick of the Watchtower organization.  This means that their translation clearly indicates their teaching.  In their “New World Translation” efforts in the 1950’s, they translated the Greek word “proskyneō” as “worship” if it is directed to Jehovah Almighty God, but as “obeisance” if it is directed to Jesus Mighty God.  Thus, the New World Translation has Jesus say to the devil,   “It is written, ‘It is Jehovah your God you must worship, and it is to him alone you must render sacred service.’” (Luke 4:8)  Then in Hebrews 1:6, the Watchtower translation has the Father say to all the angels, “And let all God’s angels do obeisance to him.”  Both passages in Greek use the same word proskyneō.

This is the same type of scam that they play with the Greek word for Lord (kyrios) in the New Testament Scriptures.  They teach that Jesus is not Jehovah Almighty God, thus every time the word kyrios is used for Jesus Mighty God in the New World Translation of the Greek text it is translated as Lord.  Yet, every time that the word kyrios is used for Jehovah Almighty God it is translated as Jehovah.  In this way, a student using the New World Translation can blindly say that the Bible clearly indicates that Jesus is not Jehovah.  These followers of the organization don’t even realize that the Greek text of the scriptures never makes such a false dichotomy.   This translation is pure human cunning and craftiness.

It must be understood that the students of the Watchtower are not following the teaching of the Holy Spirit revealed in the written text of the Holy Scriptures.  They have become dunk on the doctrine of an organization that has changed its own teachings over the years.  In fact, Charles Taze Russell, the original founder of the Watchtower religion, never made a false contrast between obeisance given to a demigod and worship given to a god.  Russell taught that the same worship that is given Jehovah is the same worship that is given to Jesus.  In the January 1880 edition of Zion’s Watch Tower, Russell quotes Hebrews 1:6 as, “Let all the angels of God worship him.” (p. n57)

Russell goes on to teach his students, “There is and ever has been but one Christ.  A change of nature does not change identity.  Whether as the pre-existent One, as the Word mad flesh, or as the High Priest who can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, He still is Lord, and as such we worship Him….  And again, “The wise men came at His birth to worship Him. (Matt. 2)  The leper worshiped Him.  They in the ship worshiped Him, as did also the ruler and woman of Canaan.  Yet none were ever rebuked for it.” (p. n83)

Russell declares, “To worship a false Christ would indeed be sin, but to worship Christ in any form cannot be wrong, for when He bringeth the first Begotten into the world, He sayeth, Let all the angels of God worship Him.” (p. n89)

Furthermore Russell says that Jesus, “…never reproved any one for acts of worship offered to Himself, but when Cornelius offered such service to Peter—the leading apostle—“he took him up, saying, stand up: I myself also am a man.”  Acts 10:26. (p. n320)

Russell goes on to say, “Had Christ not been more than man the same reason should have prevented Him from receiving worship.” (p. n320)

Now as students, that is, disciples of Jesus Christ our LORD and Savior, we do not follow the teachings of a man like Russell or an organization like the Watchtower; instead, we learn from the revealed knowledge of salvation given to us in the word of God.  The Holy Spirit gives to us the gift of the written scriptures so that we can be certain and sure that our teachers are teaching the very word of God.  In the written scriptures we are warned about false teachers like Russell and the Watchtower who teach the doctrines of false spirits and not the truth of the Spirit of Truth.  The Apostle Paul warns us, “For such men are false apostles, deceitful workmen, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no surprise if his servants, also, disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their end will correspond to their deeds.” (2 Corinthians 11:13–15, ESV)

The written word gives to us the assurance that our teachers are teaching the same prophetic doctrine of the Old Testament and the same apostolic doctrine of the New Testament.  We are cautioned throughout the written scriptures that the devil comes to peddle his false teaching supported by misquoting the written text itself.  The devil loves to proof-text.  The devil’s trick is to ask the question did God really say that.  His inquiry leads to doubt, disbelief, and despair.  On the other hand, the Holy Spirit comes to us in and with the word of God to enlighten is in the truth affirming that God really did say that.  His instruction leads to certainty, faith, and hope.

The Old Evil Foe uses his teachers to question if Jesus is really the Only Begotten Son of God.  To be begotten is to be of the same essence.  A human father begets a human child.  The child is of the same human essence as the human father.  On the other hand, a human father can make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that would not be of the same human essence as the maker; rather it is the work of his hands.

The written scriptures clearly reveal that the Son of God is begotten, that is, of the same divine essence as God the Father.  The Son is not a created being.  He is very God of very God.  There are no demigods like there are in Greek mythology and the imagination of the Watchtower organization.  The Father speaks clearly that Jesus is His Son with the affirmation of the Holy Spirit in the waters of the Jordan River.  The devil immediately questions this truth in the wilderness and says, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.” (Luke 4:3, ESV)  The devil then goes on to say, “If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” And Jesus answered him, “It is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and him only shall you serve.’ ”” (Luke 4:7–8, ESV) Now the Greek word used in this text for worship is proskyneō which means to bow down.  The devil is instructing Jesus to bow down to him.  Jesus then quotes from the written text of Deuteronomy chapter six which declares that the devil should bow down to God alone.  Later in the last chapter of Luke’s Gospel, we are told that the disciples bowed down to Jesus.   “And they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy, and were continually in the temple blessing God.” (Luke 24:52–53, ESV)  Again, this is the same Greek word proskyneō which is translated as “worship.”  The written text teaches us that Jesus will not bow down to the devil for one should bow down to God only and then the disciples bow down to Jesus and this is proper.

Later on in the book of Acts, Luke will use the same Greek word proskyneō when Stephen rebukes the idolatry of the people of God in former days.  Idolatry is false worship.  In particular, Stephen is referring to the worship of angelic beings which is the precisely what the devil tempted Jesus to do.  Stephen quotes God who said through the mouth of the prophets, “You took up the tent of Moloch and the star of your god Rephan, the images that you made to worship; and I will send you into exile beyond Babylon.’” (Acts 7:43, ESV)  Rather than bow down to the God who created them, they bowed down to angelic beings created by God.  Throughout word of God we are warned about the direct correlation between false spirits, that is, fallen angels and false worship.

The Prophet Moses warned the people of God about the temptation to fall down before fallen angels in a song.  Moses wrote, “They sacrificed to demons that were no gods, to gods they had never known, to new gods that had come recently, whom your fathers had never dreaded.” (Deuteronomy 32:17, ESV)  Rather than fall down before these fallen angels, all the fallen angels are commanded to fall down before God.  In the same song of Moses we are taught to sing, ““Rejoice with him, O heavens; bow down to him, all gods, for he avenges the blood of his children and takes vengeance on his adversaries. He repays those who hate him and cleanses his people’s land.”” (Deuteronomy 32:43, ESV)  These so-called gods are really not gods at all.  It is fallen humanity that bows down to them as if they were God.

In Psalm 97 God proclaims, “All worshipers of images are put to shame, who make their boast in worthless idols; worship him, all you gods!” (Psalm 97:7, ESV)  In the Greek text of this psalm the verb for worship is proskyneō and the word for gods is “angeloi” which we typically transliterate as angels.  Thus, all the angels, including the fallen ones, are to bow down to God.   Now in the New Testament book of  Hebrews, we learn that the speaker in Psalm 97 is God the Father and He is talking to all the angels who are created beings.  We read, “And again, when he brings the firstborn into the world, he says, “Let all God’s angels worship him.”” (Hebrews 1:6, ESV)  The person of the Father tells all the angels to bow down to the person of the Son.  Again, this is the same Greek verb proskyneō.  Thus, the Father tells the devil, who is one of the angels to bow down to the Son.  Both the Father and the Son receive the same worship (proskyneō), honor, and glory.

Jesus says, “The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.” (John 5:22–23, ESV)  When the followers of the Watchtower do not give the Son the same worship, they do not worship the Father at all.

And again Jesus says, “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”” (John 10:27–30, ESV)  In this passage, Jesus claims that He and the Father are one in divinity.  Jesus is Jehovah and the Father is Jehovah; yet, there are not two Jehovah’s for Jehovah is One.  When Jesus says that no one can take His sheep out of His hand, He claims to be Jehovah who said, “I, I am the LORD [Jehovah], and besides me there is no savior. I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and I am God. Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?”” (Isaiah 43:11–13, ESV)  These same words Jehovah spoke through the mouth of the prophet Moses in his song saying, “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god beside me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand.” (Deuteronomy 32:39, ESV)

The True God makes it clear that there is no other god beside Him.  There are no demigods like there are in Greek mythology and the imagination of the Watchtower organization.  There is no truth to the lie of the Devil that Jehovah is Almighty God while Jesus is Mighty God.  The True God also makes it clear that there is no Savior beside Him.  Yet, the Watchtower teaches that Jehovah Almighty God is a savior and Jesus Mighty God is a different savior.  The reason why the followers of Russell and the Watchtower do not believe Jesus at His word is because they are not His sheep who listen to His voice.  They listen to the words of demons.  They have fallen for the tricks of the fallen one.

As Paul writes, “In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:4–5, ESV)  To proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord is to proclaim Jesus Christ as Jehovah the only God and Savior.  There is no god or savior beside Him.  For this reason, no one can say that Jesus is Jehovah without the Holy Spirit.

Lecture 38- As It Is Written in Paul and Psalm 44

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As it is Written in Paul and Psalm 44

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

How does the Apostle Paul use the written word from Psalm 44 which states, “…we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered”?  In this lecture, we discuss Paul’s use of the written word which will take us from Psalm 44 through Psalm 119 to Isaiah 53.

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Lecture 37- As it is Written in Paul and Habakkuk

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As it is Written in Paul and Habakkuk

Rev. Brian L. Kachelmeier

How does the Apostle Paul use the written Word from Habakkuk the prophet?  In this lecture, we investigate Paul’s use of Habakkuk 2:4 in Romans 1:17.

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