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Worship Jesus <-- 1954 --> Don't worship Jesus

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The Jehovah's Witnesses used to teach that it was proper to worship[*1] the Lord Jesus[*2]. However, beginning in 1954 they no longer teach it is proper to worship Him. Despite their denial of this biblical truth there are several times from their own writings they still affirm it.


A. The Lord Jesus is to be worshiped.

For the first three citations see the following link:


1. Charles Russell: 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 (Zion's Watch Tower, July 15, 1898, page 216).

2. Joseph Rutherford: The people of all nations who obtain salvation must come to the house of the Lord to worship there; that is to say, they must believe on and worship Jehovah God and the Lord Jesus Christ, his chief instrument (Philippians 2:10, 11) (Salvation, c. 1939, page 151).

3. Nathan Knorr: Now, at Christ's coming to reign as king in Jehovah's capital organization Zion, to bring in a righteous new world, Jehovah makes him infinitely higher than the godly angels or messengers and accordingly commands them to worship him. 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 (Watchtower, October 15, 1945, page 313).

4. Luke 24:52 And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy. (NASB)

a. Watchtower Documents: "THEY WORSHIPED HIM"

Although our Lord taught us to worship the Father in spirit and in truth, and again to pray, "Our Father which art in heaven," and although the Apostle said, "I bow my knees to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," (Eph. 3:14), nevertheless the general sentiment of Scripture seems to imply that there will be nothing wrong in our addressing a petition to our Lord Jesus direct if any so desire at any time. As the head of the body it is but the appropriate thing that, as every member of the natural body makes known its desires, its petitions, to its own head, so the Church, the body of Christ, should be permitted to address him, and thus we read in our lesson that the apostles worshiped the ascended Jesus--they recognized his greatness and dignity and honor as the Messiah, the Son of the living God, the Redeemer of the world, who in due time shall come and receive his faithful to himself and establish his Kingdom for the blessing of the world. The Lord's own words are appropriate here: he says, "That all men should honor the Son even as they honor the Father."--John 5:23 (Volume 27, January 1, 1906; see R3911: page 397).



B. The Lord Jesus is not to be worshiped.

1. The Watchtower: Does the Bible instruct us to pray to Jesus, to Mary, to saints, or to angels? No—only to Jehovah. Consider two reasons why. First, prayer is a form of worship, and the Bible says that worship should go exclusively to Jehovah. (Exodus 20:5) Second, the Bible reveals that he bears the title “Hearer of prayer.” (Psalm 65:2) Although Jehovah delegates generously, this is a responsibility he has never passed on to anyone. He is the God who promises to hear our prayers personally (To Whom?, October 1, 2010).


2. Awake!: Reverent adoration should be expressed only to God. To render worship to anyone or anything else would be a form of idolatry...true Christians do well to direct their worship only to Jehovah God, the Almighty (Awake! April 8, 2000).



C. The worship of the Lord Jesus is still (inadvertently?) affirmed by the Jehovah's Witnesses even after 1954.

1. Matthew 2:2

Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him. (NASB)

a. The Watchtower: Were there really three kings, or wise men, who came to worship Jesus while he was in the manger? (Page Thirty-Two, December 1, 2009)


2. Acts 7:59

They went on stoning Stephen as he called on the Lord and said, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” (NASB)

a. The Watchtower: The prayer offered by Stephen when he was being martyred is recorded at Acts 7:59, 60 (February 1, 1959, page 96).

3. Revelation 22:20

He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. (NASB)

a. The Watchtower: After receiving the revelation about this coming and about what it will mean for the earth, John earnestly prayed: “Come, Lord Jesus” (Christ’s Coming—Should We Fear It?, March 15, 2007).






[*1] The Watchtower: Every prayer is a form of worship (December 15, 1994, page 23).


[*2] See the informative article concerning this as found here:


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On 12/9/2017 at 8:08 PM, Faber said:

C. The worship of the Lord Jesus is still (inadvertently?) affirmed by the Jehovah's Witnesses even after 1954.


The bold face below is mine.


Revelation 5:13

And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, “To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” (NASB)

     1. The Watchtower: However, the most important lesson we learn from Mary is that she, along with all other faithful servants of God, worships Jehovah and no other god. Mary, along with Christ’s other corulers in heaven, raises her voice to proclaim: “To the One sitting on the throne [Jehovah God] and to the Lamb [Jesus Christ] be the blessing and the honor and the glory and the might forever and ever.”—Revelation 5:13; 19:10. (Mary’s Role in God’s Purpose, January 1, 2009, see the last paragraph)


 The Jehovah's Witnesses teaching that the Lord Jesus is not to be worshiped and is not Jehovah are refuted by their own literature. For what is ascribed to Jehovah in worship is equally rendered unto the Lord Jesus. Since Mary worships "no other god" proves that she worships the Lord Jesus as Jehovah.

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Take heart, they will get around to correcting it eventually.  They do have the most CORRECTED translation of the bible and its interpretation available. 🙄

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