First off, this is not a attack against Jehovah witnesses. In fact I really respect them. Of all the denominations out there I believe they have the most convictions about their faith and would be among the very few people on earth that would truly die for their belief. Unlike most Christian denominations out there they still stand by what is right in scripture. They don’t break and bend for what’s popular in homosexuals acts and they don’t accept adulterers and fornicators, allowed among their members without exile. I also love their peace and absolute oneness in their faith and spreading the gospel around the world(truly). However, this absolute conviction comes with a price. They blindly follow without questioning things that aren’t supported in scripture simply because they ruling body said so. Example of such thing above is found in their study journals. This particular article is about Melchizedek. We all know the scripture. The scripture that explicitly defines Melchizedek as a forerunner of Christ, while some say Yahweh himself. Hebrews 7:3 without doubt describes this man as one who had no mother, no father, no beginning or end of days and being made like the Son of God. The Hebrew/greek language uses the term “Like” the Son of God to mean, in most cases, that he was. So right away, those who know the Jehovah’s witnesses, know that they can’t use these terms or accept this because it’s too many attributes of Jehovah being applied to Christ. So what is there statement about the scripture(highlighted in yellow)? Well basically…”IT DIDNT SAY THAT!” That’s right! What you just read, that is clear as day, the best thing they can come up with is the total opposite of what is being said in scripture. In fact, there is no scripture that counters these statements not even hints to these statements being false or misunderstood. Melchizedek facts are that he had no mother or father….so how can he be born? Yet they say he was born. Then it says he had no beginning of day or end of days, which they define to mean that he died???How the blue moon do you get out of this scripture that this man died? It is absolutely crazy and downright insane for someone of a educated mind to come up to this conclusion, if you believe in scripture. To know that Jehovah’s Witness go this far to avoid statments that are spelled out this clear in scripture, simply because they know if they accept it, it means they are wrong about some facts that they have taught about Christ and God, is flat out scary. And again, this isn’t the only scripture they have done this on. The sad thing here, is that I know they see things like this but because they don’t want to be exiled they won’t tell others or question something they know is off. But to be fair, no other denomination does this either, they just don’t follow scripture about exiling members like the Witnesses do. I guess my issue with this is that they have so many other things in place that show they are being steadfast about his word and study, why can’t this be more consistent?
The debate has gone on for hundreds of years. The birth place or breeding ground for all Theologies starts with The Council of Nicea. The challenge that exists in all denominations is what to do with God and his Son. We have a need to define them even when they don’t ask for it. We have made this need a defining moment in people’s salvations. We no longer ask if they simply believe in the Son of God/Messiah and his Father. We now need them to confess that God is a Trinity( that somehow the Son is really equal to the Father), or that The Father and Christ are the exact same person, or that Joseph Smith is a profit, or that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are the “Only” Gateway and Organization that God trust and uses in all his ways. None, I repeat “none” of this is a required step for anyone’s salvation. This is when man’s ego gets the best of him and he feels that his theology replaces Salvation requirements for those who wish to be saved. To reiterate again, it does not. The reason why The Father never required such a requirement from anyone was that he being God is much more than anyone can possibly understand let alone come up with a Theology that explains Him. His Son even confirmed that only he truly knows his Father and only the Father could truly reveal his Son as our Savior. Truly I say today, you will be with me in paradise. These true words were spoken by Christ and further proves that no such requirement of Baptism in water, confession of Trinity or Oneness was ever done and yet just by accepting that Christ didn’t belong on a Pole/Tree and that he just might be the Son of God and Messiah, this man received salvation and was granted internal life with Christ. This proves that really every single thing granted or removed is in Christ’s hand’s thanks to His Father and God Yahweh. There is no separate and different path but Christ. There is no extra set of rituals but Christ. And ultimately, according to 1 Corinthians 15:28 there will be no other but the Head over all things, offices, positions and over all people even the Son, The Father (seated as God and Master) when all is done. This one fact alone is hard to deal with if you stand on what you were told to believe instead of what the scripture really say. Men that believe in the trinity try their best to explain away things like this but can’t. Men that believe in Oneness try and do the same thing but also fail. Nobody is just willing to allow the scripture to speak for themselves. And when I say scripture I mean the original writings, not some bible that has pushed out lies in hopes of furthering a particular Theology that Roman put in place. So what is the right thing to do here? Honestly, I have been seeking that my whole life. I still haven’t found out one perfect church or teacher that teaches and knows all things. The last one that I heard about took off in the middle of the air to go back to his Father and God. All I do know is what the bible says. Christ is the Son of the Living God. He is our enthroned King and we await his return. His Father and God is our Father and God who has granted his Son Life and in turn, through our faith in his son and the Son’s sacrifice, we will have eternal life through his Son relying solely on God’s Holy Spirit to power us through our life’s trials and challenges as we witness to all of mankind about the wonderful Gift of Salvation and our responsibility of keeping and honoring that gift of Salvation by remaining Holy for our God is Holy. Amen!
If you can ever get this simple truth it will free you from all that you have ever felt wrong with organized religion or man’s influence in churches.
“LONG BEFORE THERE WAS A CONCEPT OF THE TRINITY, A ONENESS DEBATE, A MORMON, OR JEHOVAH’S WITNESS, SALVATION WAS ALREADY FREE, AVAILABLE, AND GIVEN TO ALL THROUGH CHRIST.”
Stop and think about this! Really think about it! Put aside you assumptions, fears , and or biaisness. Do you really understand the weight of this statement? I truly believe God has allowed me to see this fact that has existed for thousands of years and yet not focused on enough by his people. I pass this too all who will listen, not as new revelation but a reminder of His doctrine not man’s. Mankind are the ones creating theories and new doctrine to make themselves more relevant. To make others look up to them as if they have more knowledge. They strike with great anger at any who challenges their ways because they hold on to it as need for affirmation. All along they’re souls of men that are confused and feel lost when they see for themselves the existing holes in the ways of men which is taught as God’s doctrine instead of what it is…man’s doctrine. We only need God’s Only Begotten Son, Christ who died and was raised up to bring us salvation, forgiveness, and a New Convenant so we may love our God with all of our strength, mind, and body and love our neighbors as oursleves. This is salvation and the only way and truth we will ever need per God’s doctrine. If we truly believe AND do then our past sinful life will not be acceptable to us to live in anymore. We will seek holiness for He is holy and we will seek to worship Him in spirit and truth as we are baptised in His name and go forth preaching HIS gospel throughout the earth. Amen!
There is something special about being a child a God. It’s personal and intimate. He is my Father and God all in one. Through his Son I have salvation because of his blood through for our New Covenant. These things all saved men know to be true. However, when you meet certain people, denomations, and organizations that tell you that God won’t do things he has already done for you in your life(that isn’t against who God is in his word)then you should know to be careful. One such a case happened to me. When a Jehovah Witnesses tried to tell me that Satan saved my wife because his Organization tells him to believe that God doesn’t speak to people’s spirit, doesn’t give people dreams, and or any other form of communication other than the bible. My wife when she was in the last year of school was working too much and not sleeping enough. She attempted to drive to school after yet another short night of sleep. While on the road my wife told me she heard a voice from inside her spirit telling her to put her seatbelt on, she did. This was the last thing she remembered before waking up at the bottom of a hill smashed into a concrete barrier. The doctors said this was the only thing that saved her life. So, a Jehovah witness tells me it was Satan trying to make my Wife believe that God was speaking to her to help her. Why? Because they are taught that God and his angels have said all they are going to say in the bible and won’t speak to us in any other way. So because they are taught this and taught “to obey without question, even if it doesn’t make sense”( I’m not exaggerating they are told to do this word for word). They can not allow situations that happen to them or anybody else mean anything that could go against their organizations statements and beliefs( not God but their organization). Basically allowing man to tell them what God will or won’t do. He also told me that this was his belief in another scenario when atheist had a dream about hell and they turn their life over to God that somehow this is Satan doing this to them to fool them(who already doesn’t believe in God) in believing something that is against God to do (they feel). So I guess, now Satan is helping turn people who don’t believe in God to Salvation simply by making them believe God could show them a dream or warning??? Look I don’t have a lot of problems with Jehovah Witnesses as some have seen in my writing. I don’t however agree with 100% of their views and this is one of the bigger ones. I think ALL denominations of Christianity have truth found in them somewhere. Nobody is 100% wrong or 100% right. But whatever your beliefs are you should be careful on what you deem as Satan’s work vs God’s. It’s called blasphemy of the Holy Spirit and it’s unforgivable. Most importantly no man can tell you what God has done, is doing , or will or won’t do in your life. The funniest thing, consequently, since we are talking about it, it’s funny that they say that they SAY that they are the ONLY people being used by God but yet they never hear from him. And if they never hear from God being the Only people God uses and approves for salvation in this date and time, how in the world does God ever help correct the many false predictions they have made and continue to make. Personally, I think someone needs to ask for some kind of help with over 100+ years of false prophecies as your foundation. Then again,maybe they are right, maybe God does refuse to speak to “them” for whatever reason. This could be the reason why they keep making false prophecies and having to wait on the Elders to correct the direction they are going instead of allowing the Holy spirit and his word to show them. Who knows! Faithfully one day all denominations can play together and unify in a common goal of salvation through Christ.
“We are the only way to God”. “Our church is the only ones that are the true church”. ” We are the only organization and vessel that God uses”.” You have to believe in three distinct persons”. “All other churches are false”. “God speaks through our church leaders with the truth”. “Unless you say and believe our Creed you are not Christian”. “Unless you are baptized by our priest, pastors, or in our building it doesn’t count”. From Baptist, Mormons, Catholics, UCG, Pentacostal, Jehovah Witnesses and any other denomination I can think of its the same. What happen to “Christ is the Key to ALL salvation? What happened to “all that follow Christ Yeshua, the Only Begotten Son of the Living God Yahweh” and believe that he died for your sins and was rose by God after 3 days and 3 nights to sit at the right hand of the Father Yahweh in heaven then you will be saved? Why can’t all who believe on this and live their life in holy matter as required in scriptures be saved? Why is it more than this? The scripture doesn’t put anymore than this on Christians. WHY DOES MAN??? I fell like the only person in the room that can see how complex man has made salvation. It’s like everybody closes their eyes to this. How many different denominations have the same rhetoric and every single one of them can’t point out any verse that declares their extra requirements as to determine one’s salvation over Christ himself. Last I checked nobody has the authority over salvation but Christ and His Father. So what does one do? That is the million dollar question. I’m not looking for perfection because it doesn’t exist. But I am looking for common sense and fairness. It’s really simple. If the scripture doesn’t say it, you can’t either. God through his Son is the author and finisher of all salvation, not man, so how can we tell others their destination if they die and they exist as a follower of Christ if the word doesn’t declare such.
Trinity, oneness, and others are all Man’s very poor and pathetic attempts of labeling and trying to define a being that has already told us we aren’t able to truly know him or understand him
. So it’s the stupidest thing in the world to create denominations theories like such because even if you are the closet one right you are still light years from being right. Which, by the way, is confessed by all denominations mind you( that they still believe they are still not close to explaining God because we are flesh while he is eternal). So based on that truth and denominations principles if you explain God wrong(trinity. Oneness, etc) then you aren’t saved and sent to hell in most views. So where does that place you? Think about it while you’re busy claiming other as Heretics cults,or Non-Christian. The ugliest thing and circle of degradation is that the only thing one can do is start yet another denomination to get away from false belief. But why do this? All you do is end up becoming the the very thing that adds to more confession..,yet another denomination. I just want to quote and accept what the Bible says and move on. I know you’re going to say that is what you do in your church or belief but hear me out. I think I’m going to just accept the scripture instead of trying to interpret it or figure out some deeper meaning. Scripture says The Father is greater than the Son… then The Father is greater than the Son. Most people will try and say oh no that only because the Son was human. Well I’m not going to say that…I’m going to just accept the fact that it says this and leave how and what that entails up to God because this is where the denominations creations start from. So When the word says Christ is God…then he is God..I don’t have to explain how he’s God, only that he is. I don’t have to attach a made up concept like trinity, oneness, or any other. If this creates a conflict with man’s traditional beliefs …then it does. When the scripture Calls the Father “The Only True God”…then the Father is the Only true God. But what about Christ? Does that conflict with what was said about Christ? My answer, maybe, maybe not..let’s let God work that out when we are raised from the dead. Until then I can’t be in trouble standing before God quoting only his scripture but I can if I attempt to theorize and assume something that isn’t explained and or said and it leads others wrongly down a false path. Therfore I choose Life and sanity. Are there denominations out there doing that???
In Homeric and classical Greek, until the early 4th century BC, stauros meant an upright stake, pole, or piece of paling, “on which anything might be hung, or which might be used in impaling [fencing in] a piece of ground.”
In the literature of that time, it never means two pieces of timber placed across one another at any angle, but always one piece alone.
Let me just say I personally don’t care if Christ died on a wooden wall or wooden table. It wouldn’t make his sacrifice any less important me. But for most Christian they can’t accept facts like what’s shown above. When I say fact I mean hard factual proven unbiased information. This isn’t even debatable. If you look you will find this fact in Homeric and classical Greek. And most importantly this isn’t a Jehovah Witnesses thing like most will try and say. Just because they know this fact and can accept this for what it is doesn’t mean they made this up. They didn’t. It’s truly factual info that can be found by anyone unbaisely seeking truth. So why do we as Christian continue to push the idea of a cross as the instrument of Christ’s death? Even the Bible warns us not to make ANY symbol of worship in Deuteronomy 4:16. Yet we still do and will fight against anyone that shows them this info as they refuse to accept this. People have gone on so far as to really think that the Cross somehow protects them. They wear it as such and all they are doing is creating an idol symbol. We can thank tv and false teachings of the Catholic Church for this. To worship a cross symbol especially with zero evidence showing that it was actually used by Roman’s at that time, is as insane as worshipping a random bullet because your loved one stabbed. Why don’t people see this? An instrument used to kill is no more Christ than a knife is you if you were murdered by it. Stop people, think for one second on the simplicity of the truth and what you assume and what is reality. Christ is Christ, the instrument is what it says it is a Stake( a single piece of pole timber not crossed nor of two pieces which is what is needed to create a cross)used to curse and impale Yeshua. They don’t become the same item nor does his death make this thing a blessing to wear and held on to like it was him. It’s not, never was, never will it be..Christ our Savior.
The tree of Christian denomination
Throughout all my experience from Baptist, Catholic, Mormons, Pentecostal, Non-denominational, Jehovah Witnesses, etc, etc I have found one simple but inescapable truth, there is no One denomination that has all things right nor has all the answers. If one searches for themselves and unbaisely looks at the truth over the course of years as I have done you will begin to see a pattern that you can not solve. That pattern is seen in all denominations is that scripture doesn’t fully back one single denomination fully. You will find answers about one subject or belief by one denomination but just as soon as you find it you will find that fact that goes against something that denomination stands for that they just push to the side as unimportant if they can’t rightful prove in the scripture or they have a half baked excuse that only the untrained or unseasoned Christian will take at face value and move on. They all use a myriad of different steps when facing a scripture that disproves their denominational beliefs on a subject but will take another scripture at face value when it supports their belief. I like to call this “The Denominational lack of equal reasoning”. Facts like the concept the Trinity being invented long after the Bible writers were finished is not something most trinity believers like talking about and they furiously put up a defense against. Or the concept of Christ having a separate spirit and will from the Father, less knowledge, and has to summit himself under the Father to Oneness believer brings up all kinds of far fetch excuses and none of which is supported and mentioned in scriptures. Jehovah Witnesses don’t have a excuse for false prophecies, Isaiah 9:6 and others scripture that declare Christ as God..not god..yet they continue to use and take the stance. And we can’t look over the Catholic who create statues and pray to them as the saints of old yet no scripture in their Bible or any other Bible supports this act not to mention allows one to create statues bowing and praying to them. They also hate the simple truth that there is ONLY one mediator between God and Man and he isn’t their priest or pope. Last but not least, the Mormons who again have false prophecies they don’t like addressing with false witness testimonies they have and leaders who don’t tell them that the founders of their belief say they are men that live on the moon and sun. After all this what I can say is that they all can show scriptures that support a concept of their belief in the Bible. And if they can’t they are all really good at piecing things together to make it look like what they believe. The danger in this is that “piece scripting” can be applied to the Bible or anything else to make whatever belief you have found somewhere somehow in anything. Basically people will see what they want to see and the things that show up that goes against that belief they can find a way to ignore it and or try and disprove it or excuse it. It’s been a tough 20 years of my life studying all this, trying to find the “Absolute truth”, but my conclusion is that there is no absolute truth known. No one denomination that has all the answers and or that is perfect. So if this is what you seek in your journey you would do well to remember that in the end you will find, if you are honest with yourself, no one that has all the answers and or no mistakes in their belief and walk as a Christian. It will come down and in full circle to just having “Faith” in Christ himself, not a concept of explaining him or His Father.