Are you Born Again?  



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If you're a Jehovah's Witness, the answer is 'no', unless you're one of 144,000.  But can any be saved without being born again?:

"Jesus answered, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God." (John 3:5).

Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and inquired of Him:



  • "There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit. Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel, and knowest not these things?"
  • (John 3:1-10).




Believers are 'born again,' or born from above, as children of the living God: "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God." (John 1:12-13). The vast majority of Jehovah's Witnesses do not, by their own admission, belong to this 'class:'


“Those of the Mordecai-Naomi class had been told that they were the last members of the organized Christ on earth. This 'Christ' consisted of Christ Himself and 144,000 members. When many of this first class became unfaithful in not catering to the Watchtower Society, the Mordecai-Naomi class was replaced by a younger class of recruits, the Ruth-Esther class. It was conveniently discovered that the door to the heavenly calling had not been entirely closed on the heels of the Mordecai-Naomi class. There was just time for the Ruth-Esther class to come in. In fact, the door to the heavenly calling, according to Watchtower light, was actually in the process of closing as they were entering. But with their entry the door was closed and Christ was complete. They next proceeded to create a larger class, but one much lower, over which they would serve as a protective umbrella and upon whom they could work from the top down. This new class known as Jonadabs, was referred to as “the hewers of wood and the carriers of water,” using as a pattern the slave relationship of the Gibeonites to Joshua and the Israelites (Josh. 10: 10– 27). The Jonadabs are not regarded as brethren in Christ; for the Jonadabs, so it is claimed, cannot be spirit-begotten. Remember, the door is shut! Thus, since most Jehovah’s Witnesses today are of the Jonadab class, it follows that the majority of the Jehovah’s Witnesses no longer are Christians.
“There you have the three classes, and raised up to cover them all, to teach them all, and to feed them all, is the Watchtower Society as 'The Faithful and Wise Servant Class.'”

(Schnell, William J. (2002-01-01). 30 Years a Watchtower Slave: The Confessions of a Converted Jehovah's Witness (pp. 45-46). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)


To say that the mass of the Jehovah's Witnesses are not born again is not to take away anything from them of which they have not already deprived themselves. Let us see whether we can find any semblance of this rigidly hierarchical slave society in the Bible's blue-print for the church.

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A tiny cohort preaching there will only be 144,000 saved. A large and growing movement does; some tap-dancing was required to get out of this jam: "But soon more and more of these so-called “converts” felt that they were not meant for heaven. This sort of thinking, of course, was encouraged by the Watchtower Society; for, having committed themselves earlier to a Christ organized of 144,000 members only, they had unwittingly limited the expansion of their Organization. This had to be corrected. So the Society conveniently declared its own position to be that of the Remnant of Christ on earth, or the last ones; and the position of all now coming in to be of that of “the Great Multitude,” who no longer could be such a spirit-begotten class." (Schnell, William J. (2002-01-01). 30 Years a Watchtower Slave: The Confessions of a Converted Jehovah's Witness (p. 47). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)

But what are you giving up when you abandon God's great promise that we will be born again? God's promise is not just that we will be called a new creation, or will be considered as such in a legal sense, but that, through God's power, we will actually be made anew:

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The kingdom of God has an inside and an outside. Outside is outer darkness. It is a binary condition: either you inherit the kingdom, or you are cast outside. The founders of the Jehovah's Witnesses, reflecting that there are ever rulers and ruled, volunteered themselves to serve as the ruling classes:

  • "Rulership for Some, Benefits for Many

  • "SINCE the days of the apostles, God has been choosing from among mankind a limited number of faithful Christians, adopting them as sons. The change that these adopted sons experience is so complete that God’s Word describes it as a new birth. The purpose of the new birth is to prepare such born-again servants of God to become rulers in heaven."
  • "...Those who are born again will become part of a government in heaven. For what purpose? To bring everlasting benefits to untold millions of people, subjects of God’s government who will be living on earth."


  • (Tract, "Born Again, What Does it Mean?", watchtower.org).

It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it! They are the rulers, and their subjects are the great unwashed, the many who are not born again and not adopted as children of God. But in inviting millions to aspire to a destiny outside the kingdom of God, where are they inviting them to dwell? Paradise Earth...or outer darkness? The Watchtower organization admonishes the lower class of believers not to hope to be born again, not to aspire to the kingdom, and not to look for the Holy Spirit:

  • "A believer may be baptized in water in symbol of his unconditional dedication to Jehovah God, yet if he does not get the baptism with the holy spirit from God and through Christ, he will never enter the kingdom of the heavens to reign with Christ...Those who are baptized with Jehovah's spirit and thus baptized into Christ's body number finally only 144,000 faithful believers."
  • ("New Heavens and A New Earth," Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Inc., 1953, pp. 306-308).


But the Bible says those without the Holy Spirit are not of Christ:

"But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His." (Romans 8:9).

As if to underscore their exclusion from the body of Christ, Jehovah's Witnesses outside of the super-annuated remnant of the 144,000 also refuse to join in communion:

"Then Jesus said to them, 'Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.'" (John 6:53).

They reject the Lord's ordinances because they are outside the kingdom. But what hope is there for those who are outside Christ? The Watchtower Society claims to have found a back door, a salvation plan without Christ, without the Holy Spirit, in David and the patriarchs.  But King David put his trust in Christ, owning Him as Lord: "The LORD said to my Lord, 'Sit at My right hand, Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.'" (Psalm 110:1).  Moreover, David was filled with the Holy Spirit:

"Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.  So Samuel arose and went to Ramah." (1 Samuel 16:13);
"Now these are the last words of David. Thus says David the son of Jesse; thus says the man raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet psalmist of Israel: 'The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.'" (2 Samuel 23:1-2).

David looked to the Holy Spirit for a new heart:

"Hide Your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities.  Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.  Do not cast me away from Your presence, and do not take Your Holy Spirit from me.  Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me by Your generous Spirit." (Psalm 51:9-12).

The Jehovah's Witnesses don't share David's hope; they prefer to blaze their own trail.  Where will it lead? Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me." (John 14:6). The invitation is not to join a closed list, but is sent out to "whosoever will":

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." (Revelation 22:17).

Why not enter through the open door? Why try to find another way into the sheep-fold, when there is no other way?

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When the Watchtower Society devised their system of spiritual apartheid, they meant it and were able to make it stick against the previously independent Bible Students:

"Finally in order to streamline their Organization the Society officially promulgated in 1938 “The Theocracy,” and had every company of Jehovah’s Witnesses, by resolution, vote away their autonomy in spiritual matters. In this the Jehovah’s Witnesses agreed to accept without question the Society’s teachings, and to bow abjectly to her supervision. They further granted the Society the sole right to come into the congregation and to appoint servants from Brooklyn to be their Theocratic Exactors— Zoneservants, who in turn would be “the eyes and ears” of the Society."
(Schnell, William J. (2002-01-01). 30 Years a Watchtower Slave: The Confessions of a Converted Jehovah's Witness (p. 48). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)

What is the Bible system of church governance?




"Finally the Society in one stroke, through a Watchtower article, eliminated the position of Elder in the congregations. That was done, so they said, because election of Elders was unscriptural." (Schnell, William J. (2002-01-01). 30 Years a Watchtower Slave: The Confessions of a Converted Jehovah's Witness (p. 59). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.) Actually, it's just the other way around. What was lost in the transition was, not only the traditional and apostolic form of church governance, but the status of all believers as a kingdom of priests:

“When in 1938 the Theocracy was decreed, all these fell down in abject submission before this newly erected 'Image of the Beast' of the Watchtower religion of “buying and selling” (Rev. 13). All the companies of Jehovah’s Witnesses at that time voted in a resolution declaring that henceforth and always they would accept all instructions and appointments handed down by the Watchtower Society. All shreds of congregational independence were thus given up, together with every semblance of a personal Christian religion.”
(Schnell, William J. (2002-01-01). 30 Years a Watchtower Slave: The Confessions of a Converted Jehovah's Witness (p. 143). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.)
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Few of us would be so bold as to entrust our hopes for eternity to the lexicographers. Much more than most people, the Jehovah's Witnesses rely upon the people who compile dictionaries to provide accurate information about the nature, and number, of gods:

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Charles Taze Russell was the original guiding light of the Bible Students, though he would later fall from favor under the autocratic Judge Rutherford. This hard-nosed character thought that religion was a racket: “Soon Jehovah’s Witnesses paraded up and down streets with sandwich signs attached to their persons advertising this slogan, 'Religion is a snare and a racket.'” (Schnell, William J. (2002-01-01). 30 Years a Watchtower Slave: The Confessions of a Converted Jehovah's Witness (p. 113). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.) At least under Russell, they still thought of themselves as Christians:


Charles Taze Russell
The Day of Judgment
  The Divine Scroll
  The Doom of Babylon
  Jehovah's Footstool Made Glorious
  Did Jews Believe in Eternal Torment?
  Battle of Armageddon


From the start, though, they were anti-Trinitarians, denying the true deity of Jesus Christ. Is this Biblical?:

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God the Son

The Jehovah's Witnesses freely concede that Jesus Christ is a god. But that He is Jehovah God, they will not allow. They say He's one of the others (no kidding!). Thus I've segregated Bible proofs that Jesus Christ is God from those showing He is Jehovah God.



  • “A Text That Teaches the Trinity?
  • “One example of a Bible verse that is often misused is John 1:1. In the King James Version , that verse reads: 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God [Greek, ton the·on], and the Word was God [the·os].'...Many Greek scholars and Bible translators acknowledge that John 1:1 highlights, not the identity, but a quality of 'the Word.'...Scholar Jason David BeDuhn likewise says: 'In Greek, if you leave off the article from theos in a sentence like the one in John 1:1c, then your readers will assume you mean “a god.” . . . Its absence makes theos quite different than the definite ho theos, as different as “a god” is from “God” in English.' BeDuhn adds: 'In John 1:1, the Word is not the one-and-only God, but is a god, or divine being.'”
  • (Tract: Is Jesus God? watchtower.org).

Jesus Christ is God!



What does the Bible say on this question of who shall be saved, and under what conditions?:



  Saved by Faith  



Saved by Faith Righteousness from God
The Just Abraham
The Heart Ashamed
Tower of Babel Merited Favor?
What is Faith? What are Works?
Devils Antinomianism
Surely He has borne our Griefs Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Without One Plea Piece-Work
Everyone What must I Do?
What have you Got? Savior Will?
Altoona Ungodly
Justified by Faith Faith Plus Works
Whosoever Believeth Cannot Sin
Show Me The Work of God
Supernatural Watchmaker God
All our Works Nothing
Leopard's Spots His Mercy



Baptism

The Jehovah's Witnesses object to the Christian preacher's exhortation to be born again. In their system the new birth, and status as a child of God, is restricted to the 144,000. They question the implication they hear in this exhortation, that a person can choose to be born again:

“Similarly, we can experience the new birth only if God, our heavenly Father, causes our new birth. (John 1:13) Thus, the apostle Peter rightly states: 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, for according to his great mercy he gave us a new birth.'—1 Peter 1:3.” (Tract: The New Birth: A Personal Decision? watchtower.org).

The wind blows where it will:

"Similarly, some humans will be given a place in God’s Kingdom, or heavenly government, but only if they meet the requirement for admission—that of being 'born again.' Yet, on their own they cannot meet that requirement because the new birth depends on God...Similarly, Jehovah changed the condition of a group of imperfect humans by initiating a legal procedure to adopt them as his children." (Tract: Born Again: What Does it Mean?, watchtower.org).

For some reason they retain water baptism from their Christian heritage, though not the Lord's Supper. Though the Jehovah's Witnesses are wrong to think that only 144,000 persons are or can be born again, they have stumbled onto something here. Some traditional interpretations of the new birth fail to give proper weight to the fact that regeneration is an act of God. One interpretation common to Roman Catholicism and the followers of Alexander Campbell is that Jesus really meant to tell Nicodemus that he must be baptized. A better understanding is that baptism symbolizes the new birth. Given that thus the scriptures teach, it is odd that the Jehovah's Witnesses baptize people whom they say are not and cannot be born again:




The Baptists baptize only those who can offer testimony that they have been born again, while the Roman Catholics baptize thinking that this causes people to be born again! Both groups agree, against the Jehovah's Witnesses, that baptism has a connection with the new birth, whether symbolic or causative. If baptism does not symbolize the new birth, then what is its Biblical meaning?

Baptismal Regeneration

Baptismal Regeneration

Dead Men Walking The Like Figure
Flag Factory Living Waters
Thief on the Cross Frozen Lake
Preach the Gospel Wind Blows
Martin Luther John Calvin
Answer New Lives for Old
Heart of Flesh Prayer Wheels
Born Again John Gill
Whosoever Believes Synonym
Nature of Sin Mark 16
Infant Baptism

Is Baptism the New Birth?

Salvation Plan No-Faith
See Malta and Die What is the Question?
Go to Damascus Watch a Video
Messianic Expectations They Don't Get It
Into For
John the Baptist Savior Peter?
Fallacy of Composition Cornelius and the Gentiles

In some ways the Jehovah's Witnesses are the unwanted love child of the Seventh Day Adventists. This was a point of departure for them, not their destination: