This is how Romans 6:7 reads in the New World Translation: "For he who has died has been acquitted from his sin."
I have yet to meet a single Christian who thinks that Romans 6:7 means that when you die (physically) you have paid the price for your own sin. Okay, if you have physically died then you're not going to be able to sin any more because you're dead. Dead people can't sin. Yet Jehovah's Witnesses take Romans 6:7 to mean a literal, physical death and leap to the conclusion this proves that when a person dies, their death means they have paid the price for their own sin.
Romans chapter 6 is all about being spiritually dead to sin and spiritually alive to Christ! Verse 2 says "We died to sin" - that is, those believers who are still physically alive have died to sin.
Verses 3 and 4 show that believers are baptised into Christ Jesus' death and are now living a new life - not physically, but spiritually.
When verse 5 says "we have been united with him like this in his death," Paul doesn't mean they have physically died. Paul and the believers to whom he was writing were very much physically alive.
Verses 11 and 12 could not be clearer. Speaking to believers, believers who are very much physically alive, Paul says "count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Chirst Jesus. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body..."
How can any person fail to understand that Romans chapter 6 is all about believers symbolically dying to sin and being reborn spiritually and becoming alive in Christ? How can any person take the 10 words of verse 7 and twist them out of context and attempt to say they mean something entirely different?
Jehovah's Witnesses think Romans 6:7 is justification for thinking that when you physically die, you have been acquitted from your own sin! That is heresy. No person can pay the penalty for their own sin. No person can be acquitted from their own sin unless (and ONLY unless) they have been born-again, or born from above, and are indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Only those believers who now belong to Christ Jesus, who have entered into the new covenant and have Christ Jesus as their mediator can say their sins have been forgiven. That means 99.9% of all Jehovah's Witnesses still remain in their sins, and they will die in their sins unless they are born again. That's what Jesus said in John chapter 3. But Jehovah's Witnesses don't believe what Jesus said to Nicodemus. They think that when they physically die, they will have been acquitted from all their sins.
Jehovah’s Witnesses think that after Armageddon billions upon billions of people will be resurrected with physical bodies and they will all have been acquitted from their past sins. Yes, Hebrews 8:12 says God "will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more" - but only those believers who have entered into the new covenant and who have Christ Jesus as their High Priest. (Matthew 26:26; Mark 14:24; Luke 22:20; Hebrews 8:6-12)
And what about the 7.5 million Jehovah's Witness alive right now who hope to survive Armageddon? Since they will not have died, then how will their sins be forgiven? After all, they think you have to die before you can be acquitted from your sins. How does that work?
My parents became Witnesses in the late 1930’s, and they believed they would never die because Armageddon was imminent. This belief was based on the book by J F Rutherford ‘Millions Now Living Will Never Die.’(Published in 1920)
The real danger is that the 7.5 million Jehovah’s Witnesses alive today have no assurance of surviving Armageddon because they have been excluded from the new covenant and Christ Jesus is not their mediator. If they do die before Christ returns, they will die in their sins, because death does NOT acquit anyone from their sins. Please, if any Jehovah's Witness is reading this, go to the article in the link below which proves, from the Bible, that nobody gets a second chance to be saved. Nobody is going to be resurrected and get a thousand years to get it right, to have a second chance at salvation. You either enter into the new covenant while you are alive and experience the new birth, or you are lost, eternally lost.
P.S. The oldest living J.W. was Leopold Engleitner - born 23 July 1905. He was 7 in 1914 and 15 in 1920 when the book, Millions Now Living Will Never Die was first published. Is Engleitner still alive in May 2013? That would make him 108 years of age. A far cry from “millions.”