Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Teach Two Resurrections?
Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society teach that those who are resurrected to life on earth in the “New System” will be perfect but will also be fully capable of death at the hands of Jehovah God. It is also taught that any who live through Armageddon are also liable to death if they fail to achieve perfection during the thousand year reign of Christ.
What did Jesus say about this?
I was reading in my morning bible study about the account of the Sadducees who taught that there was no resurrection. These were a radical sect of the Jewish religious leadership.
Notice what was said in Luke 20:27-47 (NIV)
Some of the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus with a question. “Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that if a man’s brother dies and leaves a wife but no children, the man must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. Now there were seven brothers. The first one married a woman and died childless. The second 31 and then the third married her, and in the same way the seven died, leaving no children. Finally, the woman died too. Now then, at the resurrection whose wife will she be, since the seven were married to her?”
Jesus replied, “The people of this age marry and are given in marriage. But those who are considered worthy of taking part in the age to come and in the resurrection from the dead will neither marry nor be given in marriage, and they can no longer die; for they are like the angels. They are God’s children, since they are children of the resurrection. But in the account of the burning bush, even Moses showed that the dead rise, for he calls the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He is not the God of the dead, but of the living, for to him all are alive.” Some of the teachers of the law responded, “Well said, teacher!” And no one dared to ask him any more questions.
There is simply no disputing the fact that the resurrection that Jesus and the Sadducees were discussing was the resurrection of those that had already died prior to Jesus’ death and resurrection.
In verse 36 Jesus plainly states that “they can no longer die; for they are like the angels.”
This fits plainly with the rest of the scriptures and verifies two things:
- The teaching of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society that when you are resurrected that you can still die is completely and utterly false. There is simply no mistaking this and it flies in direct contradiction of what Jesus Christ said above.
- That the resurrection is one resurrection and not two. Anyone resurrected to life is given eternal life.
The Watchtower teaches that only a select few get to take part in the “first” resurrection and that the rest have to be resurrected to earth and undergo a “testing” time before they can be finally granted everlasting life.
It seems that the Watchtower’s dogmatic view of “proving yourself worthy” of life just never stops.
This is simply more erroneous teaching that is designed to motivate the rank and file to “work harder” to gain God’s approval.
What did Paul say of this?
Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the one to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
“Blessed are those
whose transgressions are forgiven,
whose sins are covered.
Blessed is the one
whose sin the Lord will never count against them.”
Paul no doubt understood the infinite power of the shed blood of Jesus Christ to declare the ungodly as righteous! After all Christ didn’t die just for us but for the whole world!
By creating a “works based” theology the Watchtower has succeeded in mobilizing a sales force of over 7,000,000 people. They can even employ children in their door to door sales force and none of the child labor laws apply. They aren’t taxed because they are a religion. Their sales force is uncompensated for their work because they are working for nothing more than a chance at life in paradise.
What the Watchtower is selling you is a “pipedream”. It has no basis in scripture.
Jesus gave all of us the assurance that we would live forever when He died for our sins. There is simply nothing that we can do to make ourselves more worthy of this gift of life. He gave it freely to anyone having faith in Him.
Now I’m not saying that works aren’t a part of any Christian’s life. However these works are a natural result of our having been saved by the free grace of God. Such works as giving to the needy, helping the elderly, sharing our faith in Christ, and living a Godly life are all a natural result of our faith in God. To openly state, as the Watchtower does, that selling books and magazines door to door is the only acceptable method of “exercising” our faith in God is a slap in the face to what Jesus did for us. The “works” that the Watchtower forces its followers to engage in are done out of compulsion. If they told every Jehovah’s Witness that going door to door wasn’t necessary and that they were saved by faith and grace the majority of them would cease to go door to door at all.
That means one thing: Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they are paying for their salvation by going door to door.
As a Jehovah’s Witness you have a choice: You can work for the Watchtower and hope and pray that they are right and that you’ll “probably maybe” get life in the “New System” or you can start a direct relationship with Jesus Christ and by doing so you are assured 100% that if you simply have faith in Him and His shed blood that you will be resurrected to live with Him forever in paradise.
The thief who was next to Jesus when He was crucified never knocked on a single door. He never cut his hair or attended any meetings. Yet in an instant he was granted passage to paradise with just one act of faith in Christ.
Something to think about isn’t it?