WHO SHOULD BE THE FOCUS OF WATCHTOWERS’ MINISTRY?

2015163_univ_cnt_4_xlFor whose name would Christians be hated? Jesus’.

And you will be hated by all people on account of my name, but the one who has endured to the end will be saved. – Matt. 10:22

By whose name were people healed? Jesus’.

However, Peter said: “Silver and gold I do not possess, but what I do have is what I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ the Naz·a·reneʹ, walk!” – Acts 3:6

…let it be known to all of you and to all the people of Israel that in the name of Jesus Christ the Naz·a·reneʹ, whom you executed on a stake but whom God raised up from the dead, by means of him this man stands here healthy in front of you. – Acts 4:10

By whose name were demons expelled? Jesus’.

Then the 70 returned with joy, saying: “Lord, even the demons are made subject to us by the use of your name.” – Luke 10:17

She kept doing this for many days. Finally Paul got tired of it and turned and said to the spirit: “I order you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. – Acts 16:18

By whose name would people receive Holy Spirit? Jesus’

But the helper, the holy spirit, which the Father will send in my name, that one will teach you all things and bring back to your minds all the things I told you. – John 14:26

In whose name would people pray to God? Jesus’.

You did not choose me, but I chose you, and I appointed you to go and keep bearing fruit and that your fruit should remain, so that no matter what you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. – John 15:16

By whose name would people be named? Jesus’.

The nations will see your righteousness, O woman, And all kings your glory. And you will be called by a new name, Which Jehovah’s own mouth will designate. – Isa. 62:2

After he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year they assembled with them in the congregation and taught quite a crowd, and it was first in Antioch that the disciples were by divine providence called Christians. – Acts 11:26

By whose name would people be reconciled to God? Jesus’.

For if when we were enemies we became reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more we will be saved by his life, now that we have become reconciled. – Rom. 5:10

But all things are from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of the reconciliation… – 2 Cor. 5:18

By whose name would people be forgiven their sins? Jesus’.

…for this means my ‘blood of the covenant,’ which is to be poured out in behalf of many for forgiveness of sins. – Matt. 26:28

Peter said to them: “Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the free gift of the holy spirit….” – Acts 2:38

In whose name would people be judged? Jesus’.

And he has given him authority to do judging, because he is the Son of man. – John 5:27

By whose voice would people be resurrected? Jesus’.

Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice… – John 5:28

In whose name would people be baptized? Jesus’.

Peter said to them: “Repent, and let each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the free gift of the holy spirit….” – Acts 2:38

For it had not yet come upon any one of them, but they had only been baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. – Acts 8:16

With that he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they requested him to stay for some days. – Acts 10:48

On hearing this, they got baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. – Acts 19:5

And now why are you delaying? Rise, get baptized, and wash your sins away by your calling on his name.’ – Acts 22:16

In whose name were people to put faith? Jesus’.

However, when he was in Jerusalem at the festival of the Passover, many people put their faith in his name when they saw the signs that he was performing. – John 2:23

In whose name was Saul/Paul commissioned to preach? Jesus’.

And here he has authority from the chief priests to arrest all those calling on your name.” But the Lord said to him: “Go! because this man is a chosen vessel to me to bear my name to the nations as well as to kings and the sons of Israel. For I will show him plainly how many things he must suffer for my name.”- Acts 9:14-16

For whose name would Christians be reproached? Jesus’.

If you are being reproached for the name of Christ, you are happy, because the spirit of glory, yes, the spirit of God, is resting upon you. – 1 Peter 4:14

In whose name were Christians to gather together?

For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst. – Matthew 18:20

For whose name would Christians make sacrifices? Jesus’.

And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for the sake of my name will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit everlasting life. – Matthew 19:29

For whose name would Christians be persecuted and killed? Jesus’.

But before all these things happen, people will lay their hands on you and persecute you, handing you over to the synagogues and prisons. You will be brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name. Moreover, you will be handed over even by parents and brothers and relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death, and you will be hated by all people because of my name. – Luke 21:12, 16, 17

In whose name will every knee in heaven and on earth bend? Jesus’.

…so that in the name of Jesus every knee should bend—of those in heaven and those on earth and those under the ground – Philippians 2:10

In whose name would people be declared righteous? Jesus’.

And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean; you have been sanctified; you have been declared righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and with the spirit of our God. – 1 Cor. 6:11

Editor’s Note: For some inexplicable reason, the name ‘Jehovah’ is absent in every scripture!

HOW DO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES VIEW WORSHIPPING JESUS?

fdb19eba49d09cce0f672bd1391b8142What have Jehovah’s Witnesses historically taught about whether Jesus should be worshipped?

Up to 1954 “YES” – Pastor C.T.Russell taught that Jesus was to be worshiped – Zion’s Watch Tower 1898 Jul 15 p.216

“Question. The fact that our Lord received worship is claimed by some to be an evidence that while on earth he was God the Father disguised in a body of flesh and not really a man. Was he really worshiped, or is the translation faulty?

Answer. Yes, we believe our Lord Jesus while on earth was really worshiped, and properly so. … It was proper for our Lord to receive worship in view of his having been the only begotten of the Father and his agent in the creation of all things, including man.”

Judge J.F.Rutherford also taught that Jesus was to be worshiped – Watchtower 1939 Nov 15 p.339.

“Jehovah God commands all to worship Christ Jesus because Christ Jesus is the express image of his Father, Jehovah, and because he is the Executive Officer of Jehovah always carrying out Jehovah’s purpose (Heb.:3–6).”

Nathan Knorr continued the policy of teaching that Jesus was to be worshiped by all – Watchtower 1945 Oct 15 p.313

“Since Jehovah God now reigns as King by means of his capital organization Zion, then whosoever would worship Him must also worship and bow down to Jehovah’s Chief One in that capital organization, namely, Christ Jesus, his Co-regent on the throne of The Theocracy.”

In 1945 Knorr amended the Watchtower Charter. Included within the new Charter is the statement that the purpose of the Watchtower Society is to promote the worship of Jehovah and Jesus. This charter is a legal document that continues to be the Watchtower Charter to this day.

From 1954 on, the answer to whether we should worship Jesus was “NO”

The Watchtower 1/1/1954 p.31 – Questions from readers: “Should we worship Jesus?”—G. B., Ethiopia.

…the answer to the above question must be that no distinct worship is to be rendered to Jesus Christ now glorified in heaven. Our worship is to go to Jehovah God.

Hebrews 1:6 [As published in New World Translation, 1961, p.1293]

6 But when he again brings his Firstborn into the inhabited earth, he says: “And let all God’s angels worship him.”

Hebrews 1:6 [as published in New World Translation, 1971, p.1293]

6 But when he again brings his Firstborn into the inhabited earth, he says: “And let all God’s angels do obeisance to him.”