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APOLOGETICS & CULTS

CHAPTER V

THE FALSE TEACHINGS

ON THE PERSONALITY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

 

Bro. Vinayadas Abraham

 

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ false teaching on the Personality of Holy Spirit goes as follows -

 

 

“…God's holy spirit is not a person but is God's active force by which he accomplishes his purpose and executes his will… It may thus be compared to radio waves that can receive a message from a person speaking into a microphone and transmit the message to persons a distance away, in effect, "speaking" the message by a radio loudspeaker”

            (Aid to Bible Understanding, 1971, p.1543)

 

 

JWs believe that Jehovah is speaking and that the Spirit is only the transmitter. The comparison of the Holy Spirit to radio waves is insensible for the radio wave cannot speak of its own because it is an inanimate force. On the contrary the Holy Spirit can speak on His own as is evident from the following verses - Acts 10:19, 11:12 and 13:2. The Holy Spirit who can speak on His own can neither be compared nor degraded to an inanimate "active force," because speaking is always attributed to a personality. Furthermore, the following Scriptural passages establish, beyond any doubt, the Personality of the Third Person of Godhead:

 

1). John 14:26: “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.”

 

            An active force can neither teach nor bring things to remembrance. Only a Person can do these things.

           

2). Acts 8:29: “Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot.”

 

            How can an active force say things to a man?

 

3). Acts 13:4: “So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.”

 

            Only a person can direct, send and guide others.

 

4). Eph 4:30: “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption”

           

            If the Holy Spirit is an active force as taught by the JWs, this verse would be meaningless because no one can grieve an active force.

 

 

5). 2 Cor 3:17: “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty”

             

            This verse shatters the false and unscriptural teachings of the JWs! If the erroneous teaching of JWs is applied to this verse, then it would bring down the Almighty LORD to a mere active force, which is nothing but a dire blasphemy.

 

In addition to the above passages proving the Personality of the Holy Spirit, the following verses prove that the Holy Spirit has the attributes of God such as Omniscience, Omnipresence and Omnipotence.

 

1). Omniscience

Isaiah 11:1 & 2: “And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots:

                        And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD”

 

1 Cor 2:10-11: “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

 

                        For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God”

 

2). Omnipresence

The following conclusive passage is sufficient to prove the Omnipresence of the Holy Spirit –

Palms 139:7-10: Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”

 

3). Omnipotence

 

Job 33:4: “The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty has given me life”

 

            In 1 Pet 3:18 we read that our Lord’s body in resurrection was made alive by the Holy Spirit. Another instance of the Holy Spirit’s Omnipotence can be seen in the divine act of taking away Philip after baptising the Ethiopian Enuch (Acts 8:39)

 

 

Besides, the Holy Spirit’s deity is also proved in the Scripture. One clear proof is found in Acts 5:3 & 4, where we hear Peter saying to Ananias, “Why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? …thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God

 

 

In light of the above, the JWs denial of the Personality of the Holy Spirit and degrading Him to an “active force” is not only unbiblical but also a grave blasphemy. For this perversion, JWs will not be forgiven either in this world, or in the world to come as confirmed by the Lord Jesus Christ in Matt. 12:31 & 32.

                                                               To be continued.....

 

 
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