Destroying the Mediatorship of Christ

The Watchtower Society always has tried to downgrade the person Jesus Christ

and the atoning work of His death. Jehovah's Witnesses proclaim their belief

that Jesus is not God but "a god" who was Michael the Archangel and possessed

only some of the divine attributes.1

Since Witnesses believe Jesus is not God, they consider Him unworthy of their

worship. While every Witnesses is taught to view God the Son in this manner,

many Watchtower followers are surprised to learn of what former Jehovah's

Witnesses Duane Magnani calls a "secret doctrine of Jehovah's Witnesses": the

teaching that Jesus Christ is not the savior and mediator for most


Although hidden during earlier times, the Society's teaching on Christ's

mediation now has become clearer.

First, the Watchtower claims that Jesus did not come on Earth as Christ the

savior, but was given this role at age 30. The Watchtower book (Things In

Which It Is Impossible For God To Lie) says on page 211: "As regards to

Jesus, according to the angel's announcement at His birth in Bethlehem he was

to become a `Savior, who is Christ the Lord.' When did he become Christ or

`Anointed One?' ... Not at birth, but at thirty years of age Jesus became

Christ or Anointed One." Watchtower writers have given a new meaning to the

angel's announcement by adding to the biblical text the word "become." Luke

2:11 clearly states that the angel announced "for to you is born this day in

the city of David a Savior who is Christ the Lord." Scripture testifies that

at his birth Jesus already was the Christ, not that he was to become the


However, the Nov. 15, 1979, Watchtower emphasizes on pages 24-27 that Jesus

Christ acts as a mediator only for a select few: those the Watchtower regards

as the 144,000 anointed Christians. Members of this group, who also are

referred to as "spiritual Israelites," are those who, according to Witness

teaching, will reign in the heavenly kingdom. The April 1, 1979, Watchtower

stresses on page 31 that in a "strict Biblical sense Jesus is the `mediator'

only for anointed Christians."

As one would expect, the Society must twist God's Word to support this

doctrine. Two distinct examples of how the organization has changed God's

word are found in separate citations of 1 Timothy 2:5,6. Watchtower writers

said on page 26 of the Nov. 15, 1979, Watchtower: "For there is one God, and

one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus, who gave himself a

corresponding ransom for all (or, for all kinds of people, margin) - this is

what is to be witnessed to at its own particular time." Again, in the same

article, the passages is cited and made to state, "There is one God, and one

mediator between God and men (not all men), a man, Christ Jesus, who gave

himself a corresponding ransom for all."

As the Society becomes more outspoken and dogmatic in its claim to be the sole

channel for biblical truth, it also seeks to keep from its followers the fact

that its founder, Charles T. Russell, openly taught that all Watchtower

adherents belonged to this "anointed" group. Russell asserted: "Here I first

saw that the great privilege of becoming joint-heirs with Christ and partakers

with him of the divine nature was confirmed exclusively to those who would

share with him in self sacrifice in the service of the truth."3

Hidden also from present-day Witnesses is Russell's teaching that Watchtower

adherents would inherit the same divine nature possessed by Jesus. The

October-November 1881 edition of Zion's Watch Tower says on page 297:

We see then, that the Divine nature comes to the church, as to Jesus, as a

reward from the Father Jehovah for the race of faith well run, for the

crucifixion - sacrifice, of human nature ... We conclude then that the titles,

Mighty God and Everlasting Father, are titles which fully understood, are very

appropriate to Our Lord Jesus Christ. And we might add that so perfectly is

his bride - body - church, associated with him, both in filling up the measure

of the sufferings - being joined in sacrifice and also in Glory that shall

follow, that the same titles are applicable to the Church as his body - for

`He that hath freely given us Christ, shall he not with him also freely give

us all things?' `Therefore all things are yours, and ye are Christ's and

Christ is God's (el - powerful one) to rule and bless the nations - and the

body with the head, shall share in the work of restoring the life lost in

Adam, and therefore be members of that company which as a whole will be the

Everlasting Father to the restored race.

Russell, in the following issue of his publication, again elevated his

followers to Godhood. Announcing, "Ye are Gods," he concluded that "When we

claim on the scriptural warrant, that we are begotten of a divine nature and

Jehovah is thus our father, it is claiming that we are divine beings - hence

all such are Gods." Absent from Russell's assertion that we can become gods

is any reminder of Satan's lie to eve in the Garden, "You will become like

God!" (Genesis 3:5), Lucifer's fall from glory for wishing to be as God

(Isaiah 14:14ff) and words from Yahweh Himself, stating that "The gods that

did not make the heavens and the earth shall perish from the earth and from

under the heavens" (Jeremiah 10:11).

When membership began to increase during the late 1930's, the Watchtower

Society began to stray from Russell's teaching of who belonged to the

anointed. By the time the Aug. 15, 1945, issue of the Watchtower was

published, Witnesses were told that they could not all currently be regarded

as children of God. On page 253 of that issue, it was written: "he is not

yet giving the `other sheep' the standing of sons of his, sons of `The

everlasting Father' (Isaiah 9:6). But these faithful ones will become such

during his thousand-year reign after Armageddon; and now, by virtue of the

prospect of eventually becoming Jehovah's perfect sons, they address him

prospectively as `Our Father.'"

The Watchtower demonstrates its departure from biblical Christianity in its

offering of little hope and no security of eternal life for the average

Jehovah's Witness. With Christ Jesus' role as mediator greatly reduced and

more than 2.5 million Jehovah's Witnesses in need of a Savior, the Society can

conveniently maintain its teaching of a "Christ class," an entire group of

mediators. This doctrine was clearly warned against by Jesus when he

cautioned that false Christs would arise (Matthew 24:24).

In light of current Watchtower doctrine, the unanointed Jehovah's Witness must

look elsewhere for his salvation and for someone to intercede for him.

Unanointed Witnesses are taught they will get these blessings from the "Christ

class" - the remnant ofthe 144,000 now living on Earth today.4 The Nov. 15,

1979, Watchtower magazine says on page 27, "To keep in relationship with `our

Savior, God,' the `great crowd' (made up of other Jehovah's Witnesses) needs

to remain united with the remnant of spiritual Israelites." The Aug. 1, 1981,

Watchtower then addresses and defines the conditions for eternal life. On page

26, it states, "Your attitude toward the `wheatlike anointed brothers' of

Christ and the treatment you accord them, will be the determining factor as to

whether you go into `everlasting cutting-off' or receive `everlasting life.'"

Further, a false basis for this "Christ class" teaching has been smuggled into

God's Word by the twisted rendering of Scripture in the Society's New World

Translation. 2 Corinthians 5:20 has been distorted to say: "We are therefore

ambassadors substituting for Christ, as though God were making entreaty

through us. As substitutes for Christ we beg: `Become reconciled to God.'".

The in-house Watchtower publication Organized To Accomplish Our Ministry on

page 6 quotes this twisted passage and seeks to establish in the minds of

Jehovah's Witnesses that the anointed brothers" - seeks to keep rank-and-file

Jehovah's Witnesses enslaved to its wishes and direction. The Society's

leaders again have demonstrated that they will stop at nothing to propagate

their "doctrines of demons."

The Bibles is clear in its message. One does not need an organization to

interpret God's Word, nor does anyone need to add to it to clarify its

meaning. The eternal God, creator of the universe, became man and dwelt among

us. He freely offered his human life, shedding his blood in atonement for our

sins. The Apostle Paul clearly proclaims the Gospel: that Christ was

crucified, died, was buried and on the third day arose from the grave. The

sacrifice that Jesus made and his present mediatorship is not limited to a

small number, but is available to all, with the added security that these have

eternal life (John 5:24, 10:27,28). Scripture is clear that there is only one

mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 2:5,6). The

Watchtower claims the man Jesus is dead and the Society's leaders must

substitute for him.5 Jesus is not dead, but fully alive and able to save

completely those who come to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25).

1 The Watchtower, December 15, 1984, pp. 26-29. Let God Be True (Second

Edition), pp. 31-41.

2 For photocopies of key Watchtower quotes concerning this doctrine,

write: Duane Magnani, Witness, Inc., P.O. Box 597, Clayton, CA 94517.

Please include $2.50 for printing and postage costs.

3 The Watch Tower, April 25, 1984 (special issue), pg. 111.

4 Current statistics show 9,081 of the anointed still alive. This

figure is based on the number of Memorial Partakers - those who

partake of communion when it is served yearly to the local Watchtower

congregations - during 1984 as recorded in the 1985 Yearbook of

Jehovah's Witnesses, pg. 31. See also Watchtower, January 1, 1985,

pg. 25. For more information on the Watchtower's annual Memorial, see

PFO Newsletter, Vol. 4, No. 2, pg.4.

5 Russell, Charles T., Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 5, pg. 454.

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