Christmas is coming! We all want gifts. Christians have celebrated Christmas in some way or another since as early as 336 AD, following the period of heavy persecution. While some Christians downplay any kind of “santa” talk with their kids, there is an important historical story of the man behind the myth. December 6th (today!) is Saint Nicholas day. He is the saint of children (due to all his work in helping children in need), but he was also a great theologian. He was invited to participate in the first big church council, the Council of Nicea in 326. This was the council called to deal with Arius, who had been teaching that Jesus was not fully God.
“Arius forcefully argued his position at length. The bishops listened respectfully. As Arius vigorously continued, Nicholas became more and more agitated. Finally, he could no longer bear what he believed was essential being attacked. The outraged Nicholas got up, crossed the room, and slapped Arius across the face! The bishops were shocked.”
Modern Arians are found in various cult groups, among them the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Santa Claus was the first guy to smack a JW! Probably not the best way to deal with heretics (and Nicholas himself was jailed for this action), but a good reminder at Christmas time that the church has been dealing with heretics for a long, long time!
Issues with JWs
Monotheist Unitarians – historically a Christian theological movement named for the affirmation that God is one entity, in direct contrast to Trinitarianism, which defines God as three persons in one being.
Michael the archangel is Jehovah’s first and only direct creation, all other things were created through Michael.
Michael became Jesus…the ‘mighty god’ ceases to exist upon the birth of Jesus and he was born “with the memory of a mighty god”
JW believe that when they die they will cease to exist. Resurrection for them means they die, they cease to exist, when they are resurrected, Jehovah recreates them based on his memory of them.
Jesus is a creature, he’s not deity, and not Jehovah
The Holy Spirit is a force, not a person. He’s God’s impersonal, active force, like electricity.
They have their perversion of the Bible, New World Translation
JW organization – Matt. 24:5 – Jehovah’s only organization is the Watchtower
There are 3 groups in salvation – the anointed class: the Christ class, 144k individuals from the time of Pentecost to the time of Armageddon (literal numbers). – the great crowd: resurrected as physical beings and live on a new earth. – everyone else – apostate
NWT – John 1:1 is mistranslated among a bunch of other passages –
Connection to the ancient heresy of Arianism:an influential heresy denying the divinity of Christ, originating with the Alexandrian priest Arius (circa250?circa336). Arianism maintained that the Son of God was created by the Father and was therefore neither coeternal with the Father, nor consubstantial. (Purpose of the Nicea Council…and the sight of Nicholas, the bishop of Lycia, rising up to smack Arius upside the head!)
Also, the connection to the Second Great Awakening and all the 19th century Restorationist movements. While it was long over, the embers of the revival lasted a long time and spawned several schismatic groups from 1820-1890, among them the Latter-Day Saints, Disciples of Christ, Christian Science (Mary Baker Eddy), and the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
The New World Translation of the Scriptures…and the basic error of the name ‘Jehovah’ (it’s not in the Bible).
Why do they go door-to-door:Watch Tower Society publications state that salvation at Armageddon is also contingent on baptism, accurate knowledge of Bible truth, adherence to God’s standards of conduct and morality, use of the divine name “Jehovah” in worship,membership of God’s “organization”, and active support of anointed Christians.
Question – why did they write their own translation of the Bible? Was it for power and money or was it out of ignorance?
Question – Ray – Take their watchtower literature or refuse it? The obvious question is “what’s the best way to stump them and make them second guess their faith?”
Question – Ricky – Please discuss the translation (green phantom) and theGranville Sharp rule. Already did this
Question – why are a large number of JWs black or hispanic?