Fifty years ago next month, Joseph Franklin Rutherford became the second president of the Watchtower Society, succeeding Charles Taze Russell. It was during Rutherford’s presidency that the group assumed the name “Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to be following Scripture alone in their teachings and practices, and they accuse all others of following human traditions instead of the Bible. Their glib way of quoting Scripture when they come to the door gives many people the impression that they know the Bible very well.

Do they? Are they faithful to Scripture in their teachings? Let us ask them ten questions, get answers from their own writings, and compare these answers with Scripture.

1. Do Jehovah’s Witnesses use the Bible properly? They claim to take the Bible and the Bible alone as the standard by which to judge religious truth. Let God Be True, the most widely circulated and perhaps best known of their doctrinal books, states clearly that “we shall let God be found true by turning our readers to his imperishable written Word” (1952 ed., p. 18). On another page the authors say, “In this book, our appeal is to the Bible for truth” (p. 9).

That the Witnesses use the Bible and continually appeal to it must be granted. In their publications and in their oral witnessing they constantly quote Scripture. Yet instead of listening to Scripture, they impose upon it their own bizarre theological notions.

a. Their New World Translation is not an objective rendering of the Bible into modern English but a biased translation into which many of the peculiar teachings of the Watchtower Society have been smuggled. An illustration is their well-known mistranslation of John 1:1, in which the clear testimony of this verse to the ...

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