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According to Jehovah's Witnesses: Yes.

According to the Bible and Christian belief: No.

:Yes, since they believe in Jesus, they believe he is the son of God, means through which he has given live to mankind and their saviour, king and model. :A christian is a follower of Christ. What do the facts indicate?

Jesus, his disciples, and the first century christians all engaged in public preaching from house to house, village to village, etc. (Matthew 9: 35-38; Mark 3:14; Acts 5:42; Acts 20:20,21)Today, Jehovah's Witnesses follow this same christian example as set by Jesus Christ himself. Interestingly, the churches acknowledge that the preaching work of JW's is in line with what the apostles did in the first century. A conference of religious leaders in Spain noted this: "Perhaps [the churches] are excessively neglectful about that which precisely constitutes the greatest preoccupation of the Witnesses-the home visit, which comes within the apostolic methodology of the primitive church. While the churches, on not a few occasions, limit themselves to constructing their temples, ringing their bells to attract the people and to preaching inside their places of worship, [the Witnesses] follow the apostolic tactic of going from house to house and of taking advantage of every occasion to witness."-El Catolicismo, Bogotá, Colombia, September 14, 1975, p. 14.

Jesus commanded that his followers do this preaching work in ALL the nations, just as Jehovah's Witnesses are doing today. (Matthew 28:19,20) He even pointed out that this preaching work would be an aspect of the "sign" of the "end of the world." (Matthew 24:3,14)

Jesus did not get involved with the politics and world affairs of his day, and said that his followers would likewise not get involved in such wordly affairs. (John 15:19; John 17:16; John 18:36) To be a christian requires that we keep ourselves "without spot from the world." (Jas. 1:27) Jehovah's Witnesses today, like Jesus, do not get involved with political affairs, and are continually admonished to keep our lives simple, not pursuing materialistic and fleshly desires. (1 John 2:15-17)

Jesus did not take up military arms against another, and indicated that his followers would not either. (Matthew 26:52; Luke 6:27,28; 1 Corinthians 10:3,4) In fact, he stated that we have to love and care for our our enemies. (Matthew 5:44,45; Romans 12:20) This is the same example that Jehovah's Witnessses follow today.

Jesus was an advocate of God's name, even teaching his followers to pray for his Father's name to be made known, sanctified, or hallowed. (Matthew 6:9) Jehovah's Witnesses today are a "people for His name," just as the Bible indicated. (Acts 15:14)

Jesus said at John 13:35, "By this all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love among yourselves." Such love reaches across racial, social, and national boundaries, drawing people together in genuine brotherhood. So strong is this love that it sets them apart as being truly different. When the nations go to war, who have enough love for their Christian brothers in other lands that they refuse to take up arms and kill them? That is what early Christians did. That is the same course of action that Jehovah's Witnessses take today.

Examine the facts, and be the judge. What does the evidence suggest?

:A Christian denomination is a branch of the Christian Church that, whilst having differences in organisation, customs and liturgy, holds the same basic Christian beliefs, although there may be very minor differences in doctrine. Examples of denominations are Roman Catholics, Anglicans (Episcopalians), Methodists, URC, Baptists, Presbyterians, Pentecostals, Salvation Army, Orthodox and Quakers amongst others. They hold the same beliefs in a Trinitarian God (the Father, Son and Holy Spirit - three persons yet one God) as passed down through scripture and the early Church. They all accept Jesus Christ as divine and both as a perfect man and also God in human form (as his other name suggests 'Emmanuel - God with us').

There may be very minor differences between denominations with regard to doctrine. For example. Roman catholics generally believe in the real presence of Jesus Christ in the bread and wine of the mass, whilst many Protestants regard the bread and wine as symbols, and the communion service (not 'the mass') is a memorial of his death and nothing more. Some believe in Baptism by full immersion (eg Baptists) whilst others believe in baptism by sprinkling water over the person (Anglicans, Roman Catholics) whilst others do not practice that sort of baptism at all (eg Salvation Army).

Despite these minor differences, all Christian denominations declare Jesus Christ as Lord, Saviour and one of the persons of the Trinity. They accept the Bible as the Word of God and enjoy the chance to study various translations from the original Hebrew, Greek and Aramaic versions, and, despite their differences all enjoy the company of each other as the Body of Christ here on earth.

The Jehovah's Witness organisation, however, do not accept Jesus as Lord, nor will they accept the Trinitarian God as revealed in scripture, nor will they accept the divinity of Jesus Christ. They prefer to use their own version of the Bible, which the Christian Church regards as poorly translated, skewed and biased through that poor translation, to back up their unorthodox views on Jesus. They also refuse to have anything to do with the Christian denominations in the world, and regard all of them as the work of Satan as they do not agree with their own very narrow teaching.

Therefore, whilst undoubtedly Jehovah's Witnesses as people are usually very sincere, because their beliefs are so different from the mainstream Christian Church, and frankly are seen to go against God's revelation of himself through scripture, the Christian Church worldwide cannot regard Jehovah's Witnesses as a Christian denomination, and some would go so far as to say that because of other practices that they use they could even be described as a cult.

from one of Jehovah's Witnesses:In short, Jehovah's Witnesses are Christians, but not a denomination; true Christianity does not exist divided up into denominations. (1 Corinthians 1:10; Ephesians 4:4, 5)

Commenting on a couple of statements in the first response, which said: "Jehovah's Witness ... do not accept Jesus as Lord, ... nor will they accept the divinity of Jesus Christ."

If Jehovah's Witnesses did not accept Jesus as our Lord, we would not be so well known for obeying his commands, such as the one in Matthew 28:19, 20. We also try as best as is humanly possible to follow closely the model he left for us, as mentioned in 1 Peter 2:21.

WE also accept his divinity; he is the Son of God, but he is not the Most High God, Jehovah. (Luke 1:32; Psalm 83:18)

Please note all these Scriptures in the regular King James version or most any other rendering of your choice.

Certainly Yes! They strongly believe in Christ and live by his teachings,they follow his examples strictly. One commission that they follow was indicated at Matthew 28:18-20.

:I think it depends on what you define as Christian. Below are some typical elements that people may use to define what a Christian is.

JW's do believe Jesus of Nazareth existed

JW's do call him Christ (Anointed of God).

JW's do believe that Jesus was resurrected.

JW's do not believe that Jesus and God are one in the same, yet this is a fundamental belief of Christianity.

JW's believe that Jesus is inferior to God, whereas Christians believe Jesus is equal to God, being One with Him.

:Almost all the Christian Church worldwide regards the Jehovah's Witness movement as very unChristian. The movement is very slick at using scripture to back up claims that the JW beliefs are infallible, but, as the account in the gospels of Jesus' temptations affirm, even Satan himself can quote scripture!

Whilst I have no complaint about Jehovah's Witnesses as people (they are mostly sincere) and would never judge them, I, as a Christian do condemn their beliefs. They were founded by Charles Taize Russell in the 19th Century who revisited old Arian theology of the very early Church that was deemed heretical even then, by Church fathers who could trace their providence back to the apostles through just a few generations (eg Irenaeus --> Polycarp --> St John, the apostle who was closest to Jesus). Arian theology denies Jesus' divinity, and denies the claims made by Jesus himself to be God incarnate. Claims made by Jesus to be God in human form are conveniently forgotten as are prophesies to the same effect (such as Jesus' name - Emmanuel - 'God with us' - as just one example). To lay further weight to their claims the JW movement even published their own Bible which was mistranslated throughout to back up the bogus, discredited Arian theology.

Their founder, Russell was mixed up in money-making schemes (such as a scheme selling 'miracle wheat' and charged with fraud. However, his counterclaim for libel was thrown out of court as there was too much evidence against him. He was also founder of the Watchtower -the JW magazine - and made a pile in selling it. Hailed by JWs as a wonderful interpreter of scripture, he was forced to admit in court that he had not even a basic knowledge of Biblical Greek, the original language of the New Testament, and could not even recite the Greek alphabet.

Rather than preach God's love for humanity, they preach an austere message of doom and gloom for everyone unless you're one of them. Rather than open their arms in forgiveness, if a JW wishes to leave the movement, then they can be disfellowshipped, which means that all others in the movement must shun them, having nothing to do with them under pain of disfellowshipping themselves. This is totally contrary to Christ's call to love each other as he loved us.

Also the JW movement regards all other belief (whether Christian or not) as the work of Satan. They hold the only truth, according to them. No one else will end up in heaven except them, because they adhere to their version of scripture without wavering, holding scripture so highly regarded that it almost becomes a god to them, at the expense of love for each other and love for God - Jesus' own commands.

Therefore, because of the charismatic, misguided founder, who was proved in court a charlatan, because of their bastardization of the holy Word of God in scripture, because of their rejection of all other belief except their own as the sole truth, because they regard everyone else who does not follow their way as evil and because of the difficulty they create if you wish to leave, most Christians, who rejoice in the love of God, regard the Jehovah's Witness movement as little more than a cult, and an unpleasant cult too, and certainly not Christian. They regard JWs themselves as misguided and caught up in something sinister and very deserving of prayer.

Of course, if you tackle a JW on these lines he/she will deny it and say how wonderful their lives are. Nevertheless, of the many JWs that I have prayed for who have eventually left the movement, I have never, ever, had one come to me and say they regretted doing so as being a new Christian, accepting Christ as Lord, is the best thing they ever did.

:Jehovah's Witnesses call themselves Christians and consider themselves to be the only true Christians, they believe that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Organization that lead them is in fact God's own organization; established by Christ Jesus himself in 1919 after his invisible return in 1914. They often refer to the Governing Body of the Watchtower as God's only channel of communication, and believe them to be directed by God, but not inspired.

The vast majority of Christians Churches do not consider Jehovah's Witnesses to be Christian, because in their view the Witnesses preach a false gospel and refuse to call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Jesus said in John 14:6 "I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." to those who have not done their research let me enlighten you the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society was set up as a legal corporation to deal with the legal aspects of a world wide ministry and Jehovah has had his witnesses around for thousands of years as you will note in Isa 43:10-12 and according to the King James version of the Bible in Rev 1:1,5 it states Jesus was a faithful Witness and that is true he saw and worked alongside his Father Jehovah God and as far as not accepting the trinity it was never taught by Jesus nor any of the 1st century Christians or Apostles as a matter of fact the trinity concept predates the first century is a cornerstone of belief in many PAGAN cultures like the Egyptians who worshiped a trinity composed of isis horus and osiris 2nd millennium BC or the Babylonian trinity of sin,ishtar, and shamashalso 2nd millenium BC or the Palmyra who worshiped a trinity composed of moon god ,lord of the heavens and a sun god or the Kampuchea trinity of the Budhist god head 12th cent AD and the Indian trinity of brahma, siva,visnu still believed today so since the concept was abhorent to early Christians and regarded as a wholy Pagan concept it was introduced to "christendom in the late 3rd century and started to slowly be added to by several councils and philosophers most notably Plato neo platonic or in other words platos followers some centuries later came up with the idea of grafting a pagan phiolosphy and teaching into the teachings of christendom Now Jesus used the Holy Spirit to warn the early Christian Congregation that an Apostasy from his teaching would develop in the future and this is found in the Bible at 1st Tim 4:2 2nd Thess 2:3 Acts 20:30 2nd Peter 2:1-3 so this Apostasy from True CHRISTIANITY would later manifest it self in the form of christendom a hybrid fussion of apostate christianity and Pagan teachings started by Empeor Constantine and culminating in the over 37,000 different religious groups we see today how do we know which is correct ? consider this when Jesus was born who transfered his life from Heaven to the virgin Mary and who spoke at his baptism by John who was he praying to who resurrected him when Jesus died or why is Jesus called the first born of all creation at Col 1:15 or mark 13:32 where it says concerning that day and hour no one knows neither the Angels of Heaven nor the Son but only the Father ? or to quote Jesus ...."I am ascending to my Father and your Father and to my God and your God " does God have a God / or is Jesus going to his father and God Jehovah !! and 1st Cor 15:24 " next the end when he hands over the kingdom to his God and Father when he has brought to nothing all government and all authority and power " seems pretty clear to me so ultimately the answer is that yes we are Christians and no we do not believe in the trinity and neither does Jesus btw as Christians when was the last time you came to me as all Christians are commanded to go from house to house and preach the Good News of the Kingdom Mat 23:14, 28:19,20 I know we have been to yours

JW Answer

Yes. Jehovah's Witnesses follow Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and put faith in the ransom sacrifice he provided for the salvation of mankind. They imitate his example in preaching and teaching and in their dealings with fellow humans. They also look forward to living in true peace on earth under his heavenly Kingdom.

Non JW AnswersBy them yes. By every another Christian denomination, no. They deny the deity of Christ and many other belief shared by mainstream Christianity. They believe a man has to earn salvation, they might as well be Muslim. A Christian shares a personal relationship with God, unfortunately, through their teaching, they do not know what this means. Additional InformationLorri MacGregor is a former Jehovah's Witness who now ministers to JW members, to teach them that there is no salvation apart from Jesus, the Christ, and that the Watchtower Society is deceived and is deceiving.

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Jehovah's Witnesses are Christians, but not a "branch."

True Biblical Christianity does not have branches or denominations. As we read in Ephesians 4:4, 5: "One body there is, and one spirit, even as you were called in the one hope to which you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism." (See also Romans 12:4, 5.)

Christian ResponseIf you define Christian as it is defined in the Bible as someone who accepts Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour then Jehovah's Witnesses are, by definition not a Christian church but a sect on their own. In fact, some go so far as to call them a cult.

Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to accept Jesus as God incarnate and as Lord of all, and follow a discredited and heretical belief called Arianism that was dismissed by the Christian Church way back in the early Church while there were still many Church leaders who could remember the actual teachings of Jesus Christ first hand. Therefore. by their non-acceptance of Jesus as divine, reducing him to a 'god-like' human, they do not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ himself and therefore cannot be classed as 'Christian' in the correct, Biblical, sense.

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Yes, in virtually all Demographics, they are considered a Christian denomination.


Their beliefs are centered around the Biblical teachings that Jesus existed in heaven as a divine spirit being before coming to Earth, that he came to Earth as a human being to die as a ransom for mankind, and that he was resurrected and ascended back to heaven as a divine spirit being. They also believe that a person has to exercise faith in that sacrifice and imitate Jesus in order to receive salvation. They also believe in baptism in the name of Jesus Christ.


Because of those beliefs, they fit the definition and distinction of being a Christian religion.


Christian definition: A person who has received Christian baptism or is a believer in Jesus Christ and his teachings.

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