WHO WE ARE – Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses for Jehovah

 Who We Are

.:OUR RESPONSE TO A LETTER FROM A JEHOVAH’S WITNESS ASKING: “WHO ARE YOU? – Are You a Bunch of Apostates Who Don’t Believe Bible Teachings?”

I’m one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. When I read some of your statements on the website, it made me upset to think that there are really people out there like all of you who talk bad about us. Jehovah’s organization is the Truth, and some of you know that deep down in your hearts. But if this is your choice, I know it certainly will never be my choice. I will always praise and love Jehovah. I would never turn my back on Him and leave. Do you believe you are the true religion? How can you believe you are in the truth if you do not go door-to-door preaching the Kingdom? Are you just a bunch of ‘apostates’ who left the Watchtower because you don’t want to adhere to Bible standards? Do you celebrate pagan holidays, believe in war and the Trinity?” Continue reading “WHO WE ARE – Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses for Jehovah”

Do the Beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses Prove they are the Only True Religion?

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DO THE BELIEFS OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES PROVE THEY ARE THE ONLY TRUE RELIGION? – 10 Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses on How to Determine the True Religion

 A common tactic used by those who oppose the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses is to present photocopied documentation from Watchtower literature that demonstrates how the Watchtower Society has changed its beliefs and practices over the years.  Examples of these changes that are often discussed are given on pages 200-201 of the Watchtower Society’s 1993 history book entitled Jehovah’s Witnesses — Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom. On these pages, the Watchtower Society admits that in the 1920’s Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrated the holidays, including Christmas and birthdays, wore a cross and crown as a badge of identification and even used the cross as a symbol on the front cover of the “Watch Tower” from 1891 to 1931. Continue reading “Do the Beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses Prove they are the Only True Religion?”

Joe H – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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When I was eight-years-old my Mother was in the midst of a crisis. Her marriage of 21 years was coming apart. She needed a word from God, the “Bread of Life.” Rather she got “sawdust,” something that filled but did not nourish. A woman visitor had walked down the sandy road of our Arkansas Ozark home in the woods and convinced Mom that Jehovah’s Witnesses believed the same as her father. He had been a follower of Charles Taze Russell and his Watchtower Society.

After Dad deserted us, Mom’s brother, Al Gordon, who claimed to be among the exclusive 144,000 going to heaven, moved us to Wichita, Kansas. There we became firmly involved with the JW congregation that met in a second story meeting hall in the seedy side of downtown.

At the age of 9 I carried a card that proclaimed me to be “an ordained minister of the Gospel, ordanined by Jehovah Himself.” My mother married Ray Alexander, a life-long Jehovah’s Witness who was held in high regard at the Kingdom Hall. Our home was dominated by anxiety. Measure up. Be faithful to the end. Study your Watchtower lesson. Do your book study. Don’t be close friends with anyone “worldly.” (Anyone who was not a Jehovah’s Witness was worldly.) Get your field service time in. (At least 10 hours a month knocking on doors.) Turn in your weekly field service report. Be ready for Armageddon; it will happen any day. Continue reading “Joe H – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Lies and Cover-Ups in Watchtower History

Charles Taze Russell10 Questions For Jehovah’s Witnesses on Watchtower History

Jehovah God is a God of Truth. Since God “cannot lie” (Titus 1:2), it stands to reason that He would not be behind an organization that lies to cover-up its history. If the Watchtower is dishonest about its history, what does this say about its claim to represent God?

1. Did the Watchtower claim that they “never” published a biography of Pastor Russell?

“But, is it true you have never published a biography of Pastor Russell? … That’s right. Jehovah’s Witnesses admire the qualities he possessed as a man, but were we to give the honor and credit to Pastor Russell, we would be saying that the works and success were his; but Jehovah’s witnesses believe it is God’s spirit that guides and directs his people.” Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Divine Purpose, 1959, p. 63 (View PDF of the page)

2. What “Biography” was published in the 1923-1927 editions of the Watchtower book, The Divine Plan of the Ages, volume 1 of their Studies in the Scriptures series?

Biography of Pastor Russell… Charles Taze Russell, known the world over as Pastor Russell, author, lecturer and minister of the gospel, was born at Pittsburgh, Pa, February 16, 1852.” The Divine Plan of the Ages, 1886, 1925ed, p. 1 (View PDF of the page) Continue reading “Lies and Cover-Ups in Watchtower History”

Is the Watchtower Society faithful and discreet?

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At Matthew 24:45-51, Jesus describes two types of slaves (or servants) who were put in charge of their master’s belongings while their master was away. One slave was found “faithful and discreet” (New World Translation – NWT) upon his master’s return and was thus rewarded by being appointed over “all” of his master’s possessions. The other slave proved unfaithful in his tasks and when his master arrived, he was thrown out with the hypocrites. Continue reading “Is the Watchtower Society faithful and discreet?”

WAR and NEUTRALITY – Should Christians Remain Neutral during War?

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WAR and NEUTRALITY – Should Christians Remain Neutral during War?

Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that it is the Christian’s duty to remain “neutral” during warfare. In countries throughout the world, many have faced imprisonment and even death for their conscientious objection to bearing arms in war.

Historically, the Watchtower organization permitted Jehovah’s Witnesses to go to war as long as they did not “kill” anyone or they sought non-combative, civilian service in place of active duty.The August 1, 1898 issue of Zion’s Watch Tower claimed on page 231:

Notice that there is no command in the Scriptures against military service. Obedience to a draft would remind us of our Lord’s words, ‘If any man compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.’ The government may compel marching or drilling, but cannot compel you to kill the foe. You need not be a good marksman. Question. You suggested in a recent WATCH TOWER that, if drafted and in the army, we need not shoot to kill. Would such a course be right? Would it not be fraudulent? Answer. No; it would be quite right to shoot, not to kill. You forget, perhaps, our provisos, which were that we explain our conscientious scruples against war, and seek to be excused; if not excused, that we seek non-combatant positions, as nurses, etc; but if compelled to go a mile or many miles as a soldier, we still need not kill anybody.” Continue reading “WAR and NEUTRALITY – Should Christians Remain Neutral during War?”

Questions to Ask Jehovah’s Witnesses When they Knock on Your Door

A Step-by-Step Guide for Christians Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses

WHO ARE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES?Witnessing at the door

Jehovah’s Witnesses are known for their door-to-door proselytizing efforts and the Watchtower and Awake! magazines that they distribute to private homes, public facilities, and individuals on street corners.  Although they claim strict adherence to the Bible and do not regard any other book as “Scripture,” they rely on their own version of the Bible called The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures and additional publications of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society that they use to interpret the Bible. While Jehovah’s Witnesses claim to be “Christians,” their true authority is the Watchtower organization that demands full devotion to its teachings and policies. Their denial of key Christian beliefs, such as the Trinity, heaven for all believers, hell fire for unbelievers, immortality of the soul, and the cross, has caused many Christian churches to denounce this group as a heretical movement.  Likewise, counter-cult experts criticize this group for its prohibition against blood transfusions and critical literature, and its strict “shunning” policy against those who leave the group. 1.

Although every Jehovah’s Witness is expected to “publish” their message by consistently engaging in “field service” (proselytizing door-to door and conducting “bible studies” with potential converts), most spend between 10 to 70 hours per month in these activities depending upon the level of “publisher” they have committed to perform. Each month, they are expected to report their field service time and studies to the local Kingdom Hall (Jehovah’s Witness meeting place). Weekly meetings and semi-annual assemblies constantly emphasize the need to increase field service activity and to be faithful in meeting preparation and attendance.

A strong motivating factor for Jehovah’s Witnesses is the belief that at any time, Jehovah God will unleash His vengeance against wicked mankind through the prophesied “Battle of Armageddon” that will destroy earthly governments and establish the 1,000-year reign of Jesus Christ upon the earth.  Jehovah’s Witnesses are told that when this battle occurs, Jehovah God will reward or condemn them based upon their faithfulness to perform consistent field service and their loyalty to the beliefs and practices of the Watchtower Society. Therefore, throughout the history of the organization, when false dates for the “end” of the world have been speculated, many lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been ruined because they sold their homes, gave up the pursuit of higher education, marriage and children in order to prepare for the end.  While Jehovah’s Witnesses today still hold to the idea that Jehovah God will destroy this world at any time, they do not attach a date to this belief, but work to maintain a perpetual state of readiness for the “end” to come at any time. Continue reading “Questions to Ask Jehovah’s Witnesses When they Knock on Your Door”

Dialogue 3b: Is political neutrality Christian? Part 2

 

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(WDGR Lesson 13: “How Can You Find the True Religion?”)

(CONTINUED FROM A PREVIOUS DIALOGUE)

KAREN: Cindy, last week in our study of the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us?, we discussed the fact that the Bible says that Christians are to be “no part of the world.”1. Jehovah’s Witnesses interpret this to mean that Christians are not to “get involved in the world’s political affairs and social controversies.”2. Yet, the Bible says at Romans 13:1-2 that the governmental authorities are “the arrangement of God” and that they “stand placed in their…positions by God.”3. I had asked, if human governments are God’s “arrangement” as the Bible teaches, how can it be wrong for Christians to take part in God’s arrangement for maintaining law and order? Continue reading “Dialogue 3b: Is political neutrality Christian? Part 2”

Dialogue 3a: Is political neutrality Christian? Part 1

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(WDGR Lesson 13: “How Can You Find the True Religion?”)

What does the Bible mean when it calls Satan the “god of this system of things”? Are human governments under Satan’s control? Why did Jesus say that His Kingdom is no part of this world? In what way should Christians be separate from this world?

 KAREN: Cindy, I’m confused! Our lesson in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us? says that Jehovah’s Witnesses “do not get involved in the world’s political affairs and social controversies.”1. But I was reading the “Questions from Readers” section in the November 1, 1999 Watchtower and it stated that “…during an election…some Witnesses of Jehovah go to the polling booth and others do not.”2. I’m confused! Has the Watchtower Society changed its position on voting and is now allowing Jehovah’s Witnesses to vote in political elections?

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Dialogue 2: Does Christian love for brother demand abstinence from war?

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(WDGR Lesson 13: “How Can You Find the True Religion?”)

Does Jesus’ command to “love your enemies” require political neutrality during wartime? During World War II, were the Jehovah’s Witnesses as politically neutral in their dealing with Hitler as they claim?

CINDY: Karen, what do you think is the “most outstanding mark” that identifies true Christians and sets them apart from any of the other religions of the world?

KAREN: Well, Cindy, our study in the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us? notes that “the most outstanding mark of true Christians is that they have real love among themselves.”1. At John 13:35, Jesus told his disciples that “by this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”2.

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Dialogue 7a: Who is the “faithful and discreet slave?” Part 1

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(WDGR LESSON 14: “How Jehovah’s Witnesses are Organized?”)

Does Jehovah God lead His people through an organization? What does history reveal? Does the Watchtower’s “Governing Body” arrangement follow first-century Christianity?

 

 

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