In this series we will be giving 25 reasons why the Jehovah’s Witnesses have their Christology and Trinitarian theology wrong. We will make our case right from the Scriptures:
- The Son is worshiped.
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 (Matt 2:2).
The same word “προσκυνῆσαι” appears in Rev 19:10 and Rev 22:8, but nowhere else is it in the Bible. In both instances, it clearly means worship.
Similar words such as “προσεκύνησαν” in Matt 2:11 and Rev 5:14, “προσεκύνησαν” in Matt 14:33 and Matt 28:9, “προσκυνησάτωσαν” in Heb 1:6, and much more.
On the topic of worship, let’s just look at Rev 5:12-14 in more detail. Interspersed in the middle is Phil 2:10:
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…
…at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth… (Phil 2:10).
…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.” And the four living creatures kept saying, “Amen.” And the elders fell down and worshiped.
Jehovah’s Witnesses have been continuously updating their translation so that the word “worship” is changed to “pay obeisance.” However, with so many claims where worship is explicit such as in Rev 5:14, it seems impossible to conclude every one of these references can be explained away with the word “obeisance.”