Are Jehovah’s Witnesses & Mormons Christians?

JWIf you’ve ever spoken to a Jehovah’s Witness or Mormon, they will likely tell you that they are a part of the Christian religion. They identify themselves as Christians. Their literature speaks of the “Christian life.”

This can be quite misleading and is not necessarily a statement that they ought to be making because they’re not actually Christians. When they are confronted by an actual Christian, they try to talk about all the similarities between Jehovah’s Witnesses or Mormons and the Christian.

What Is A Christian?
A Christian is one who holds to the basic essential teachings of the Christian faith. Some of these teachings include:
There is one God, three persons (Trinity)
Jesus Christ is God
Jesus physically rose from the dead
Sins are forgiven by grace alone through faith in Jesus alone
The human spirit continues on after death in either Heaven or Hell

In order to be considered a Christian, one must affirm these essential doctrines. There are other minor doctrines that there may be disagreement on but could still leave you in the faith; however, the above statements are closed hand issues.

What Is A Cult?
There are certain characteristics to look for to test whether some “religious group” is considered a cult or not. Some of those characteristics include:
– Some type of new teaching which questions a previous older teaching (ex. denying the above essential teachings of the Christian faith)
– This teaching is to be the “only true teaching” which the followers are indoctrinated by the leadership
– There is a strong/charismatic leader or leadership group which demands unwavering commitment to them as the final authority on any matter
– People usually devote themselves to the leader or leaders & are controlled/dictated by what the leader deems acceptable (ex. Permission to marry, forced to divorce, or inflict some sort of physical sign on themselves to show commitment)
– The leader induces fear or guilt in the followers (ex. Punishment for questioning or doubt, excommunication for leaving the group)
– Often segregated/isolated and rejects any other authority than their own (ex. Us-vs-Them mentality)
– Financial, physical, mental, and time commitment to the leadership & group
– Radical (or strange) ends are required of the members to show their commitment (ex. Group suicide, guns/violence, door-to-door, meditation, chanting, etc.)
– Usually rooted in a future prophecy (ex. Apocalypse, end times, etc.)

Where Do Jehovah’s Witnesses & Mormons Land?
One of the common themes you may have seen is the idea of leadership. In the Protestant Christian religion there is no leader other than Jesus & the Bible. Is this the same in the case of Jehovah’s Witnesses & Mormons?

In Jehovah’s Witnesses, The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society is the leadership. The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society literature and their translation of the Bible are seen as the only true teaching and authority. Jehovah’s Witnesses are allowed to study other religions, but they are not allowed to question Jehovah’s Witness teachings or they may be re-indoctrinated or even excommunicated. The Bible must be interpreted by The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society.

In Mormonism, the founder (Joseph Smith) & the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are seen as the ultimate authority and leadership. The Book of Mormon is the official scripture that a Mormon reads. Coincidentally enough, the Book of Mormon was given as direct revelation to Joseph Smith in 1827. Again, questioning the Mormon Church is discouraged and there are other worship practices not in line with the Christian tradition.

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christians?
Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christians. They are a religious cult which has attached themselves to the name of Christianity. In their own eyes, they are the only true Christians.
The reason they cannot be Christians is because they believe that Jesus is a created being who first existed as Michael the Archangel, Jesus was raised spiritually and not physically, people are saved by their own works (not by grace), they also believe in annihilation rather than a belief in Hell. The Jehovah’s Witnesses translation of the Bible is full of additions and manipulations of the verses in the Christian Bible. They reject all the essential teachings noted at the beginning of the blog.

54654656Are Mormons Christians?
Mormons are not Christians. Though they call themselves Christians, they also deny the essential doctrines noted above. If I were to deny the essential doctrines of Mormonism they would not consider me a Mormon, would they?
Mormons believe that there are many gods (as opposed to one God), Jesus & Satan are brothers, The Book of Mormon is more correct than the Bible, you can become a god once you become a good Mormon, and there is no salvation outside of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. They also believe that salvation is not by grace alone through faith in Jesus alone.

Because of these reasons and many more, Jehovah’s Witnesses & Mormons cannot be Christians. They both deny the essential doctrine teachings of the Christian faith & they have a different authority other than Jesus & The Bible.

God Bless,
Tyson Bradley


10 thoughts on “Are Jehovah’s Witnesses & Mormons Christians?

  1. Marcus Ampe says:

    Why would the “The physical resurrection” being “the biggest stumbling block to those who would suggest that Jesus is not God.”? Does it mean that we never shall be able to get a resurrection? Just having a man being resurrected shows us that resurrection for man is possible. In the resurrection of Christ Jesus we just may find hope and faith in the possible resurrection of us and our beloved.
    When you say ” If Jesus was a mere human and not God, then He would not have risen from the dead.”So this would mean we also can not rise form the dead and will leave us without any hope, because we are not God. Then you say “If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then our faith is futile (1 Corinthians 15)” and you yourself do agree that “there is good reason for that.” So why do you not believe in the resurrection of the man Jesus than?

  2. TysonB says:

    I appreciate your feedback and it is good to think through and consider these things.

    As previously stated, the Jews sought to kill Him for claiming to be God. They had no other reason to kill Him. Jesus taught many good things and it was not because He taught us to love our enemies that they sought to kill Him.

    The other problem arises in the fact that Jesus physically rose from the dead. The physical resurrection is the biggest stumbling block to those who would suggest that Jesus is not God. If Jesus was a mere human and not God, then He would not have risen from the dead. If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then our faith is futile (1 Corinthians 15) & there is good reason for that.

    Unfortunately, we are too far apart in interpreting Scripture & understanding the original audience and context in which it was written. We cannot interpret the Scriptures from a modern mindset. We must understand the original context. When we do that, we will see that everyone understood Jesus’ claims to deity (even if He never uttered the words “I am God.”) He certainly said that He was God in a number of ways that a Jewish audience would understand.

    At this point, I only re-affirm my statement in the blog that those who do not believe the following cannot be considered Christians. The earliest Christians affirmed these doctrines:
    – There is one God, three persons (Trinity)
    – Jesus Christ is God
    – Jesus physically rose from the dead
    – Sins are forgiven by grace alone through faith in Jesus alone
    – The human spirit continues on after death in either Heaven or Hell

    God Bless

  3. Marcus Ampe says:

    Are you inclining to indicate that not telling the whole truth would not be lying? Because when Jesus is God and he said he did not know when he would come back or when the end-times would take place, did he not lie because God knows everything?
    God also saying ” this is my beloved son” when He would be the man seen there, was in such instance not telling the full truth and speaking against what He had said before that no human being could see God or he would fall dead. Many people could see Jesus and did not die.

  4. Marcus Ampe says:

    “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” (John 1:1 AV)

    “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” (John 1:14 AV)

    Those sentences do not say that Jesus is God, they say the Word, or the Speaking was god or high, like the Pharaoh was also a god but not The God. But the Speaking of God, His Voice comes from the Spirit God, Creator of heaven and earth Who had no beginning and has no end. His Word becoming flesh is about His promise He made in the garden of Eden, the time before Abraham, when the first Adam sinned.

    “30 I and [my] Father are one. 31 Then the Jews took up stones again to stone him. 32 Jesus answered them, Many good works have I shewed you from my Father; for which of those works do ye stone me? 33 The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.” (John 10:30-33 AV)

    Jesus did not say he was God. He said they where one in spirit or one of thought. It is an expression which is still used today in many languages. It was that Jesus compared himself to God which made others angry, but it is not because those or some people considered him to be God that Jesus was God, because than all the other gods would and should have been The God as well.

    Jesus and the Father being one is the same as parents being one with their children or a CEO being one whit his company, but no one is going to consider the CEO, or the children to be the same person as the company or the head of the company, the father or the mother. Jesus and Jehovah God are one in spirit. In case the oneness means that Jesus is God we also would be God because we have to become one with Jesus, like the disciples were one with him – but they were not God.

    When we become Christlike we shall stay our own person in the “new garments of Christ”.

    God knows us already so we are also known by God as Jesus before Abraham. “Before Abraham was, I Am” does not mean that Jesus did exist as a person, before Adam. The same as people would say about people my age that I “have seen Abraham”, but I can assure you that they nor I shall ever think I existed already in the time of Abraham or before Abraham.

  5. TysonB says:

    Christian belief is not that Jesus had a beginning because He was born into humanity some 2000 years ago. It is believed that He existed eternally before that.

    In John 14:7-12 Jesus makes many statements to those who have seen Him have seen the Father. The reason for this is because Jesus & the Father are one (John 10:30). He is God in the flesh (John 1:1, 14).

    Jesus is speaking to a primarily Jewish audience, and they understood His claims to deity quite clearly. In Mark 2:1-12 & Luke 5:17-26, they see Jesus forgiving the paralytic of his sins and ask “Who can forgive sins but God alone?” Jesus preached that we would die in our sins unless it were for Him (John 5:18). Such statements as “Before Abraham was, I Am” (John 8:58) would also have been clearly understood by the Jewish audience.

    To the one who denies that Jesus is God, he has a very tough time trying to explain why the Jews sought to kill Jesus. They did not want to kill Him for performing miracles; rather, it was because He claimed to be God (John 10:30-33; Matthew 26:57-68; Mark 14:53-65).

    The original disciples worshipped Him as God. Only the One True God should be worshipped & Jesus received worship as God (John 20:28; Colossians 2:9; Philippians 2:5-8; Matthew 2:2, 11; 4:10; 14:33; 28:9; John 9:35-38; Hebrews 1:6). People even prayed to Jesus in the early church (Acts 7:55-60; 1 Corinthians 1:1-2; Romans 10:13-14).

    As previously mentioned, the fact that Jesus is God is all over the New Testament. This is why someone who does not believe that Jesus is God cannot be called a Christian.

  6. Marcus Ampe says:

    The 2000 years a great part of the Christian church taught that Jesus is God, lots of others kept to the teachings of Jesus and his first disciples, the first apostles. Jesus who had a beginning (being born) was seen by many (though God can not be seen by human beings or they would die). God knows everything, but Jesus had to learn everything and even did not know when he would return. Jesus was tempted more than once (God can not be tempted) and could sin (God can not sin). When both did not sin it meant also that they did not tell lies. God also let us know He never would tell lies. According to the Holy Scriptures which we accept as God’s Word God does not tell lies. We what would you say when god said about the Nazarene Jew Jeshua, from the tribe of king David: “This is my only begotten beloved son”?

    Where did Jesus ever claimed to be God?

  7. TysonB says:

    Hey Marcus, I appreciate your comments! You addressed a lot of different issues & I will try to deal with one at a time.

    I agree that the term Christian refers to those who follow Christ. It is also crucial that they hold some sort of correct belief in who Christ is (how could they follow Him whom they do not know?)

    I do feel as if you’ve misrepresented the belief in the Trinity. Those who believe in the Trinity do hold to a belief in one God. This one God was revealed in the form of Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. It is not three separate gods.

    You talk about how unBiblical it is to say that the human spirit does not continue on after death; however, you are quick to say that Jesus is not God. To come to that conclusion, one must deny the Bible greatly and everything that Jesus really pointed to. I would be curious as to where you find in the Bible that Jesus is not God?

    For 2000 years, the Christian church has affirmed that Jesus is God. This is seen clearly throughout the whole New Testament. Jesus Himself claimed to be God & was killed because of it. They did not kill Him for merely being the son of God. In referring to His death, He did not die in the sense that He ceased to exist for 3 days; rather, His physical body was the only thing that died & Jesus continued to exist as He has from eternity past. His body died, but God did not die.

    In regards to salvation by faith alone in Jesus alone… Why would people be saved through faith in Jesus alone if He’s not God? Not only that, but how is it that somehow my actions add to my salvation (thus emptying Jesus’ death on the cross of its power). Would this not make faith alone no longer… alone? Rather, we would be saved by faith + works? I agree that faith produces works, which is the point of the James passage you quoted; however, I do not believe that works are the way to enter the narrow door you also mentioned. Jesus is quite clear that He is the way to enter through the door. Why? Because He is God.

    Again, for 2000 years the teaching of Heaven & Hell has existed in the orthodox Christian church. Those who deny that were consequentially written off as heretics, not heroes. The verses you quoted to support your position speak of the dead not worshiping God & I agree that those whose souls die and go to Hell do not worship God in Hell.

    I found it strange how you added the belief of mediums along with the belief in incarnation & spirits. Christians do not believe in mediums as Biblical; however, the belief in the incarnation of Jesus is rooted in Scripture. The belief of spirits takes many forms such as: the Holy Spirit, our own spirits, and also demonic spirits. These are also seen throughout Scripture. Mediums are not. One who denies the Bible is the real abomination to God because they are denying His own Words.

    The final conclusion in your comment is not valid. It is simply a hasty generalization to say that most Trinitarians do not follow the teachings of Christ. Not only that, but even if they believe in the Trinity and still have sin in their lives does not make the reality of the Trinity less true. Christ is Christ whether Christians live like it or not. A person who believes in Jesus & desires to follow His teachings may still have sin in His life & call Himself a Christian. Otherwise, only perfect people would be able to call themselves Christians. Hence, there would be no such thing as a Christian at all.

    If you’d like to follow up to some of my questions on your position, I’d be delighted to open dialogue. Thank you again for your comments

    – Tyson

  8. Marcus Ampe says:

    A Christian should be really a follower of Christ, that is what that word originally meant and should mean. It has nothing to do with accepting a Trinity. Those who prefer to believe in a Three-une God we call Trinitarians. there are many Christians who believe like Christ did, and have faith only in One God, the God of Abraham who crated heaven and earth and Whose name is Jehovah.

    Jesus Christ is not God nor god son, but is the son of God
    Jesus physically rose from the dead but was also really death. God can not die.
    Sins are forgiven by grace alone through faith in Jesus alone and that is what Jehovah Witnesses, Unitarians, Abrahamic Faith and other non-Trintiarians also do believe, but many real followers of Christ do also know that the gate to the Kingdom of heaven is small and to be able to enter it we should work at ourselves. Faith without works is dead. (james 2:26)

    It is totally umbilical to teach tat the human spirit continues on after death in either Heaven or Hell, Hell being the sheol or grave is just a place where dead people are placed to be buried or burned, whilst they are not aware of their situation, can not do anything with all the treasures they assembled here on earth and can not think or say anything because they will be as death as the animals and plants who die. (Ecclesiastes 3:19-20; 9:5,10; Psalm 115:17; 146:4; Psalm 6:5; Isaiah 38:18; Act of the apostles 13:36)

    Those Christians believing in incarnation, spirits and mediums are an abomination for God.

    Jesus only wanted to do the will of his Father and Christians should be those who also want to do that, following in the footsteps of their master rabbi, following his teachings and taking them at hearth. Most Trinitarians do not follow those teachings of Jesus Christ, though they still want to call themselves Christian. (?!?)

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