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Destroying the Mediatorship of Christ
The Watchtower Society always has tried to downgrade the person
Jesus Christ and the atoning work of His death. Jehovah's Witnesses
proclaim their belief that Jesus is not God but "a god" who was
Michael the Archangel and possessed only some of the divine
Since Witnesses believe Jesus is not God, they consider Him unworthy
of their worship. While every Witnesses is taught to view God the Son
in this manner, many Watchtower followers are surprised to learn of
what former Jehovah's Witnesses Duane Magnani calls a "secret doctrine
of Jehovah's Witnesses": the teaching that Jesus Christ is not the
savior and mediator for most Watchtower.2
Although hidden during earlier times, the Society's teaching on
Christ's mediation now has become clearer.
First, the Watchtower claims that Jesus did not come on Earth as
Christ the savior, but was given this role at age 30. The Watchtower
book (Things In Which It Is Impossible For God To Lie) says on page
211: "As regards to Jesus, according to the angel's announcement at
His birth in Bethlehem he was to become a `Savior, who is Christ the
Lord.' When did he become Christ or `Anointed One?' ... Not at birth,
but at thirty years of age Jesus became Christ or Anointed One."
Watchtower writers have given a new meaning to the angel's
announcement by adding to the biblical text the word "become." Luke
2:11 clearly states that the angel announced "for to you is born this
day in the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord." Scripture
testifies that at his birth Jesus already was the Christ, not that he
was to become the Christ.
However, the Nov. 15, 1979, Watchtower emphasizes on pages 24-27
that Jesus Christ acts as a mediator only for a select few: those the
Watchtower regards as the 144,000 anointed Christians. Members of
this group, who also are referred to as "spiritual Israelites," are
those who, according to Witness teaching, will reign in the heavenly
kingdom. The April 1, 1979, Watchtower stresses on page 31 that in a
"strict Biblical sense Jesus is the `mediator' only for anointed
As one would expect, the Society must twist God's Word to support
this doctrine. Two distinct examples of how the organization has
changed God's word are found in separate citations of 1 Timothy 2:5,6.
Watchtower writers said on page 26 of the Nov. 15, 1979, Watchtower:
"For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man,
Christ Jesus, who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all (or, for
all kinds of people, margin) - this is what is to be witnessed to at
its own particular time." Again, in the same article, the passages is
cited and made to state, "There is one God, and one mediator between
God and men (not all men), a man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a
corresponding ransom for all."
As the Society becomes more outspoken and dogmatic in its claim to
be the sole channel for biblical truth, it also seeks to keep from its
followers the fact that its founder, Charles T. Russell, openly taught
that all Watchtower adherents belonged to this "anointed" group.
Russell asserted: "Here I first saw that the great privilege of
becoming joint-heirs with Christ and partakers with him of the divine
nature was confirmed exclusively to those who would share with him in
self sacrifice in the service of the truth."3
Hidden also from present-day Witnesses is Russell's teaching that
Watchtower adherents would inherit the same divine nature possessed by
Jesus. The October-November 1881 edition of Zion's Watch Tower says
on page 297:
We see then, that the Divine nature comes to the church, as to
Jesus, as a reward from the Father Jehovah for the race of faith well
run, for the crucifixion - sacrifice, of human nature ... We conclude
then that the titles, Mighty God and Everlasting Father, are titles
which fully understood, are very appropriate to Our Lord Jesus Christ.
And we might add that so perfectly is his bride - body - church,
associated with him, both in filling up the measure of the sufferings
- being joined in sacrifice and also in Glory that shall follow, that
the same titles are applicable to the Church as his body - for `He
that hath freely given us Christ, shall he not with him also freely
give us all things?' `Therefore all things are yours, and ye are
Christ's and Christ is God's (el - powerful one) to rule and bless the
nations - and the body with the head, shall share in the work of
restoring the life lost in Adam, and therefore be members of that
company which as a whole will be the Everlasting Father to the
Russell, in the following issue of his publication, again elevated
his followers to Godhood. Announcing, "Ye are Gods," he concluded
that "When we claim on the scriptural warrant, that we are begotten of
a divine nature and Jehovah is thus our father, it is claiming that we
are divine beings - hence all such are Gods." Absent from Russell's
assertion that we can become gods is any reminder of Satan's lie to
eve in the Garden, "You will become like God!" (Genesis 3:5),
Lucifer's fall from glory for wishing to be as God (Isaiah 14:14ff)
and words from Yahweh Himself, stating that "The gods that did not
make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from
under the heavens" (Jeremiah 10:11).
When membership began to increase during the late 1930's, the
Watchtower Society began to stray from Russell's teaching of who
belonged to the anointed. By the time the Aug. 15, 1945, issue of the
Watchtower was published, Witnesses were told that they could not all
currently be regarded as children of God. On page 253 of that issue,
it was written: "he is not yet giving the `other sheep' the standing
of sons of his, sons of `The everlasting Father' (Isaiah 9:6). But
these faithful ones will become such during his thousand-year reign
after Armageddon; and now, by virtue of the prospect of eventually
becoming Jehovah's perfect sons, they address him prospectively as
The Watchtower demonstrates its departure from biblical Christianity
in its offering of little hope and no security of eternal life for the
average Jehovah's Witness. With Christ Jesus' role as mediator
greatly reduced and more than 2.5 million Jehovah's Witnesses in need
of a Savior, the Society can conveniently maintain its teaching of a
"Christ class," an entire group of mediators. This doctrine was
clearly warned against by Jesus when he cautioned that false Christs
would arise (Matthew 24:24).
In light of current Watchtower doctrine, the unanointed Jehovah's
Witness must look elsewhere for his salvation and for someone to
intercede for him. Unanointed Witnesses are taught they will get
these blessings from the "Christ class" - the remnant ofthe 144,000
now living on Earth today.4 The Nov. 15, 1979, Watchtower magazine
says on page 27, "To keep in relationship with `our Savior, God,' the
`great crowd' (made up of other Jehovah's Witnesses) needs to remain
united with the remnant of spiritual Israelites." The Aug. 1, 1981,
Watchtower then addresses and defines the conditions for eternal life.
On page 26, it states, "Your attitude toward the `wheatlike anointed
brothers' of Christ and the treatment you accord them, will be the
determining factor as to whether you go into `everlasting cutting-off'
or receive `everlasting life.'"
Further, a false basis for this "Christ class" teaching has been
smuggled into God's Word by the twisted rendering of Scripture in the
Society's New World Translation. 2 Corinthians 5:20 has been
distorted to say: "We are therefore ambassadors substituting for
Christ, as though God were making entreaty through us. As substitutes
for Christ we beg: `Become reconciled to God.'". The in-house
Watchtower publication Organized To Accomplish Our Ministry on page 6
quotes this twisted passage and seeks to establish in the minds of
Jehovah's Witnesses that the anointed brothers" - seeks to keep
rank-and-file Jehovah's Witnesses enslaved to its wishes and
direction. The Society's leaders again have demonstrated that they
will stop at nothing to propagate their "doctrines of demons."
The Bibles is clear in its message. One does not need an
organization to interpret God's Word, nor does anyone need to add to
it to clarify its meaning. The eternal God, creator of the universe,
became man and dwelt among us. He freely offered his human life,
shedding his blood in atonement for our sins. The Apostle Paul
clearly proclaims the Gospel: that Christ was crucified, died, was
buried and on the third day arose from the grave. The sacrifice that
Jesus made and his present mediatorship is not limited to a small
number, but is available to all, with the added security that these
have eternal life (John 5:24, 10:27,28). Scripture is clear that there
is only one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1
Timothy 2:5,6). The Watchtower claims the man Jesus is dead and the
Society's leaders must substitute for him.5 Jesus is not dead, but
fully alive and able to save completely those who come to God through
Him (Hebrews 7:25).
1 The Watchtower, December 15, 1984, pp. 26-29. Let God Be True
(Second Edition), pp. 31-41.
2 For photocopies of key Watchtower quotes concerning this doctrine,
write: Duane Magnani, Witness, Inc., P.O. Box 597, Clayton, CA 94517.
Please include $2.50 for printing and postage costs.
3 The Watch Tower, April 25, 1984 (special issue), pg. 111.
4 Current statistics show 9,081 of the anointed still alive. This
figure is based on the number of Memorial Partakers - those who
partake of communion when it is served yearly to the local Watchtower
congregations - during 1984 as recorded in the 1985 Yearbook of
Jehovah's Witnesses, pg. 31. See also Watchtower, January 1, 1985,
pg. 25. For more information on the Watchtower's annual Memorial, see
PFO Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 2, pg.4.
5 Russell, Charles T., Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 5, pg. 454.
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