Vol. 1 - No. 5
"Jesus Is Just A Man"
Two people come knocking at your door. They would like to show you some literature pertaining to Bible understanding. As a matter of fact, they would like to sell you this literature. They are called (or miscalled) Jehovah's Witnesses. They are active agents of the Watchtower Tract and Bible Society of Brooklyn, N. Y. Since you will not buy their product, they would be glad to give you some and would even come in and study with you.
Sound familiar? "I bear them record that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge." (Romans 10:2) These people expend an enormous amount of time, energy and money in promoting a false cause, and are to be commended for this "zeal for Jehovah." Surely we who have had truth committed to us, need to bow our heads in shame as we measure swords with them. (Jude 3)
To be true, theirs is a false cause and they compass land and sea to proselyte just one, and in so doing, make him two-fold more a child of hell than themselves. In fact, their cause is built on infidelity. Yes, they deny the divinity, the deity, of Jesus and make him to be mere man-and when you finally let them come into your house to discuss religious matters, I would advise that your discussion begin and end with this subject. They would rather talk about more abstract things-like the kingdom, Armageddon, the 144,000, signs of the times, etc., but make them begin at the very root of all religious discussion - the deity of Jesus.
"Who do men say that I am?" was the question asked by Jesus of his disciples. (Matthew 16:13) According to the answer, they say a lot of things. "But whom say ye that I am?" The foundation stone was under consideration. "What do MY people think?" Seemingly without hesitation, Peter answered, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." The foundation. "Upon this rock I will build MY church!"
But who do the Witnesses say that He is? "To some degree, and in a certain way, thou art the Christ, the son of God." Their answer has to be equivocal. That word means, "Having two or more possible meanings; ambiguous; uncertain, doubtful; suspicious or questionable." (Webster's New Practical Dict.) Not the Son of the living God from the standpoint of being the same substance-that is, divinity-but rather, just a flesh and blood son, like you and me. In fact, about the only distinction they make between Jesus and ordinary man is that he was the FIRST created being.
Now, unless and until you can get that question settled, there is absolutely no need of talking about a myriad of other irrelevant matters such as those mentioned. If you convince this witness that Jesus is truly the divine Son of God, deity, then you have established your foundation; you now have a certain beginning place. In fact, if you convince him of this fact, his whole structure falls for one of their cardinal doctrines will have been proved a lie! If you can convince him of this, then you have actually convinced him that he can no longer be a Witness.
On the other hand, suppose he convinces you that Jesus is mere man. In that case, you will now have forsaken all that you ever believed, shattered the actual foundation of your faith and will now be susceptible to any false notion this Witness may propound. You will now be "two-fold more the child of hell" than him!
But suppose, there is a stalemate; no one can convince anyone either way. And that will likely be the case. He has been so thoroughly indoctrinated that your efforts, no matte: how strongly put, will not prevail over the brainwashing he has received, and your faith is so strong that you will continue to stand in that which has been written; that he is, without doubt, deity. Now what? Since the question cannot be resolved, there is absolutely no sense nor purpose in pursuing the matter further. Suppose you convince him that faith, repentance and baptism is necessary to, salvation. As a matter of fact, you have convinced him to such an extent that he now cries out with the eunuch, (Acts S) "What doth hinder me to be baptized?" You answer as did Philip: "If thou believest, thou mayest." He confesses, "I believe that in a certain way and to some degree that Jesus is the son of God even as you and I are the sons of of God." Now what? The only person you are authorized to baptize is that person who, without equivocation, confesses, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God."
See what I am talking about? Watchtowerism is a system of infidelity. Unless that question can be resolved, you are wasting your time, and his, by discussing the kingdom question or Armageddon or any of these other things these people are so fond of talking about.
At a future time and in another article I intend to look at some of their proof-texts (?) in regard to their teaching that "Jesus is just a man!