Jehovah’s Witnesses On The Worship Of Jesus Part 1

Jesus Was Worshipped

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Praise And Worship To God Alone

The belief of the Watchtower Society (WBTS) on the worship of Jesus, is that doing so, would be an error. [1] This position is understandable within their Arian worldview since they teach that Jesus is part of creation (a created being) and not God himself. Concerning Colossians 1:15 they state that Jesus is Jehovah’s most precious Son—and for good reason. He is called “the firstborn of all creation,” for he was God’s first creation. [2] Clearly in the mind of a Jehovah’s Witness, worshipping Jesus would be an act of idolatry; rendering sacred service to anyone (or thing) other than the Almighty. They boldly state that the Bible does not portray him as an object of worship. [3]

With such a definitive stance, would it be safe to say that they have always held this position? In a word, no. Unbeknownst to the majority of JW’s–all that I have ever talked to–the WBTS has a charter, that is still valid today, which implores the Witnesses to maintain public Christian worship of Almighty God and Christ Jesus. [4]In the same year this charter was established, they affirm that there is a divine command for the angels to bow down and worship Jesus. [5] In reality, from the inception of the WBTS in the late 1800’s, they have taught that Jesus is to be worshipped. It’s only been about the past fifty years or so that they had reversed this belief.

Interestingly enough, though this teaching has been changed, they still have referenced their charter, but not without misquoting it! In their 1969 Yearbook they quote the charter as saying public Christian worship of Almighty God…; [6] but with ellipses entirely leaving out the mention of “Christ Jesus”. Just a couple of years later they added the public Christian worship of Almighty God [through] Christ Jesus, [7] hoping that the bracketed “through” will clarify their position. This blatant misrepresentation of their own charter should make one pause and wonder what other material that they have done this with (from my research the list is plentiful, I’ll discuss this at a later time). In the next installment, we’ll continue exploring their writings on the worship of Jesus and bring to light some of their inadvertent admissions that, he in fact, is to be worshipped.

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Endnotes

1. 1959 Watchtower July 15th pg. 421 [IMAGE]

2. What Does The Bible Really Teach? pg. 37

3. 2007 Watchtower Library g 2/06 pg. 29

4. 1945 Charter pg. 2 (This entire charter was also printed in the 1945 Yearbook starting on pg. 32) [IMAGE]

5. 1945 Watchtower October 15th pg. 313 [IMAGE]

6. 1969 Yearbook pg. 50 [IMAGE]

7. 1971 Watchtower December 15th pg. 760 [IMAGE]

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Rich Christian who is the founder of Razor Swift, seeks to open hearts and minds through the platform of apologetics. It's his desire to approach Biblical, faith, and other issues from a different perspective rather than just preaching to the choir in the Christianese dialect. He maintains that faith and reason mustn’t necessarily be at odds with each other, but can be complementary. May no stone lay unturned.
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