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:
6. God alone forgives sins.
I, even I, am the one who wipes out your transgressions for My own sake, And I will not remember your sins (Is 43:25).
Seeing their faith, He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven you.” The scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, “Who is this man who speaks blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?” But Jesus, aware of their reasonings, answered and said to them,“Why are you reasoning in your hearts? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins have been forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But, so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins,”—He said to the paralytic—“I say to you, get up, and pick up your stretcher and go home.” Immediately he got up before them, and picked up what he had been lying on, and went home glorifying God (Luke 5:20-25).
Jesus does not correct the Pharisees that people other than God ultimately can forgive sins. Rather, he proves that He is God by healing the man which is at least outwardly a larger miracle than just saying someone’s sins are forgiven. Christ elsewhere forgives sins (Luke 7:48), which is clearly an attribute of Jehovah.