Responding to the Jehovah’s Witness Theology of the Trinity

  • The theology of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is essentially a theology of denial. Jehovah’s Witnesses deny or redefine all of the fundamental doctrines of biblical Christianity, including the doctrine of the Trinity.
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to believe in the Trinity, but they have redefined the term “Trinity” to fit their own man-made doctrines. The Watchtower’s doctrine of the Trinity teaches that—Jehovah alone is God almighty, Jesus is only a god, and the Holy Spirit is simply an active force.
  • The doctrine of the Trinity according to biblical Christianity though, is that within the nature of the One God there are three eternal Persons- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • To demonstrate the biblical doctrine of the Trinity, we must help the Jehovah’s Witness to see that the Bible clearly identifies three distinct Persons as God – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – while at the same time revealing the truth that there is only One God. The following passages are great starting points.
  • The Bible reveals that the Father is God (2 Pt. 1:17; 1 Cor. 15:24; Jude 1).
  • The Bible reveals that the Son (Jesus) is God (Rev. 1:8; 21:5-7; 22:13-16).
  • The Bible reveals that the Holy Spirit is God (Acts 5:3-4; 2 Cor. 6:16 & 1 Cor. 6:19; 2 Tim. 3:16 & 2 Pt. 1:20-21).
  • Lastly, the Bible reveals that there is only One God (1 Tim. 2:5; Gal. 3:20; Deut. 6:4; Is. 44:6).
  • The logical conclusion from the testimony of Scripture is the biblical doctrine of the Trinity. This is not a man-made doctrine, but a doctrine based on God’s self-revelation to humanity.

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