Jesus: First-Born or First-Created?


Since the modern revival of Arianism by Charles Taze Russell in the latter nineteenth century, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Jehovah’s Witnesses), continues to make great efforts to challenge orthodox Christianity. Their most violent attacks are against the doctrine of the Trinity and the deity of Christ (Reasoning from the Scriptures, Brooklyn: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1989, pp. 212, 405). Their efforts to undermine the deity of Christ mock the biblical languages themselves as well as the body of modern scholarship and historical consensus on the subject.

It is impossible to over-emphasize the importance of the Watchtower’s attacks. Salvation depends on who Christ is, and His divine nature. An infinite atonement cannot be made by any other than an infinite Being. The Watchtower’s doctrine transforms the Divine God-man Jesus Christ into a mere creature. By denying Christ’s divine nature it eviscerates the Gospel. It therefore stands as a serious threat to all who seek salvation in Christ, and should provoke in them a powerful response far surpassing any Watchtower zeal, to preserve and teach sound biblical truth.

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