The Jehovah Witnesses
in Brooklyn, New York)
In 1884, Charles Taze Russell (a Knights
Templar Mason) founded The Zion's Watchtower Tract Society, now
known as The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, with headquarters in Brooklyn,
Jehovah's Witnesses see themselves as a modern day theocratic organisation. Because
of this, Witnesses are taught not to vote, salute national flags or participate in
military service. Many Witnesses/conscientious
objectors have suffered terribly for their religion.
They don't celebrate Christmas or Easter. And in some of their earlier publications,
they dubbed mothers day as being feminist.
In 1945 they stated that Witnesses could not receive a blood transfusion. To do so,
would be sinful. They also refuse to even allow doctors to conduct transfusions, using
their own blood!
Their members are frequently unable and unwilling to reason with non-Witnesses and
insist that only their religion can understand the Holy Scriptures.
They refuse to pray with non-Witnesses.
They are unable to sell their literature because of tax reasons, so donations are
requested. (This may not apply in the UK.)
Throughout the history of the Witnesses, they have repeatedly changed their doctrines,
Prior to 1931, Witnesses had also gone by the names of Millennial Dawn, People's
Pulpit Association, The Brooklyn Tabernacle and The International Bible Students
In a publication entitled Comments from the Friends, written by a former
Witness, David A. Reeds, information was released concerning the wealth of The
Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. In this publication he reports: "The
Watchtower headquarters complex in the Brooklyn Heights section of New York City consists
of more than thirty buildings with a current real estate value of $185,998,000.
The report would also go on to show just how handsomely their theocratic religion
was doing; figures like $1,247,999,000 were revealed and apparently this was up $1/4
billion from just over $1,248,000,000.00 in 1990. The article concluded with: "The
figures, not published for the sect's members, are evidently provided to credit reporting
services, so that the firms doing business with the Society will extend credit."
At the end of 2001 membership for the Jehovah Witnesses was 6,117,666 operating out
of 234 countries worldwide. During
2001, Witnesses baptized 235,700 converts worldwide, a decrease from 1996 in which
they baptized 366,579 (-103,148.)
There are over 500,000 full and part-time missionaries worldwide, spending 20-30 hours
a week proselytising. The Witness must attend all five meetings a week (5 hours),
and fill in and complete a monthly time sheet if they wish to remain in the Witnesses.
Hours spent proselytising worldwide each year is 1.1 billion. Yet down from 1996's
figures of 1.4 billion (-3billion.)
Red = Jehovah Witnesses
Black = Biblical Christianity
They believe that Jehovah God created His Son: "There was, therefore, a time
when Jehovah was all alone in universal space" (Let God Be True, pg. 25.)
In John's Gospel, Jesus said: "Before Abraham was, I AM" (8:58.) Thus Jesus,
quoting Exodus 3:14, claimed to be the eternal pre-existent God in the flesh!
Every Bible in the world has this reading "I AM," except their bible (the NWT) which
blasphemously says: "I have been," pg. 1341! Yet if one turns to page 1340 in the
NWT Bible, one will see the deity of Christ beautifully stated. Clearly this
is one verse that the heretics Westcott and Hort missed!
Please also see their translation (NWT) that affirms Christ's eternal existence: Is.
9:6, calls Jesus the Mighty God, eternal Father. And in John 5:18; 14:9; Phil.
2:6 His equality to God the Father is clearly found.
It should also be pointed out that in John 1:23, John the Baptist quotes Isaiah 40:3
and tells his audience that he had come to prepare the way for the Lord, that being Jehovah
God, who it turned out be Jesus Christ, the Word made the flesh.
And then Paul writes in Philippians 2:9-11: "That
every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
Yet this is taken from Isaiah 45:23, where it speaks of Jehovah God. So it should
be obvious that Jesus is Jehovah God.
"I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is
to come, the Almighty"
(Rev. 1:8; Is. 41:4.)
Had Jesus not been eternal,
He couldn't claim this title as His own.
We also quote two verses,
both from the NWT: "I,
Jehovah, the First One; and with the last ones I am the same" (Is. 41:4.)
"I am the First
and the Last, and the living one; and I became dead" (Rev. 1:17,18.)
Looks to me that
there is only one God and Jesus Christ is His name!
So it should be evident to any honest and open-minded individual that the writers
of the New Testament made is abundantly clear that Jesus is Jehovah God in the flesh
(1 Tim. 3:16.)
That Jesus is Michael the archangel. To try
and prove this they add the word "other" four times in Colossians 1:16,17,
teaching that Christ was God's first creation (Aid
to Bible Understanding, pg. 920.)
The Greek word for firstborn is Prototokos. Whenever
this is used of Jesus, it always means in pre-eminence or position of rank (Rom.
8:29), not a physical birth.
Jewish culture taught that the firstborn son would inherit his father's wealth, whether
he was the eldest or not.
Israel, although not the oldest nation on the earth, is called the firstborn of God
(Ex. 4:22; Jer. 31:9.)
Even King David, the youngest
of Jesse's sons, is called God's firstborn (Ps. 89:20-27.)
No angel in the word of God ever received worship, love and obedience like Jesus
did (Heb. 1:6-9.)
In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus said to Satan twice: "It is
written again, 'You shall not tempt the Lord your God (4:7) [NWT, pg. 1219.]
And the apostle Thomas called Christ: "My Lord and my God" (John
20:28.) Thus Thomas called Jesus Jehovah God (NWT, pg. 1359.)
The Witnesses call Jesus a created spirit; the Muslims call Him a Muslim prophet;
the Jews reject Him; the Mormons say He is Lucifer's spirit brother, and the Catholic
church degrades Him with their appalling transubstantiation.
Yet the Bible clearly states that He is the world's only Saviour, and to be the world's
only Saviour, He must be God Almighty, for only God can redeem sinful man! Jesus Christ,
in His full majesty, is Jehovah God; El Elyon; El Olam; El Roi El; Shaddai; Adonai
(Is. 43:11 Matt. 1:21), and this is what the Church has believed and stood for over
2,000 years now.
Jesus was not crucified on a cross, but on a stake.
"And saying, Thou that destroyest
the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God,
come down from the cross" (Matt. 27:40.)
"And, having made peace through
the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say,
whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven" (Col. 1:20.)
Jesus was resurrected a divine being (J Rutherford, The
Harp of God, p, 165 -2,327,000 edition, 1 Oct 1921, Brooklyn New York.)
After Jesus' resurrection He was raised using His original human body. He was not
some super spirit creature,
much like the error the disciples made in Luke 24:39, but was fully human and fully
God (John 20:27.) The only reason His disciples had previously been unable to recognise
Him was because God wasn't yet ready to fully declare His risen Son (Luke 24:16; 24:31.)
This event clearly demonstrates how the Trinity worked in harmony with one another,
while working independently:
1) John 2:20, 21 - Jesus says He will raise up His own body after three days
(God the Son)
2) Romans 8:11- the Spirit raised Jesus from the dead (Holy Spirit)
3) Galatians 1:1 - God the Father raised Him up (God the Father)
Jehovah" (Latin) or Elohiym (Hebrew) [~Yhla] is only singular with no connotations
for plurality (Harold J. Berry, 1990.)
Jehovah or Elohim can in some places be plural (Gen.1: 26; 3:22; 11:7) and also singular
(Matt. 3:17; John 12:28.)
They do not believe that God is a Triune being. Rutherford said that Satan is behind
Trinitarianism: "Sincere persons who want to know the true God and serve him find
it a bit difficult to love and worship a complicated, freakish-looking, three-headed
God. The clergy who inject such ideas will contradict themselves in the very next
breath by stating that God made man in his own image; for certainly no one has ever
seen a three-headed human creature" (Let God Be True, pg.101-102.)
Man is made in the image of God (Deut. 6:4; Is. 43:10-12) and has a triune
makeup (1 Thess. 5:23.)
The Trinity is not some satanic, pagan or even Catholic doctrine, but very much a
Biblical one (Ps. 2:7; Pro. 30:4; Is. 49:6; Matt. 3:16,17.) (Please see
my article Who is Jesus Christ for more information.)
The Holy Spirit is renamed God's active force, and thus is an impersonal being (What
Does God Require of Us, 1997.)
The Holy Spirit is a real Person with real characteristics (Eph.
4:30; 1 Thess. 5:19) and is deity (Acts 5:3,4.)
In John 14:16, Jesus promised to send the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. There are two
Greek words for the word 'another.' The first is allos, the second is heteros. Allos
means, another of exactly the same kind, and heteros means another of a different
kind. Therefore, the Greek word used of the Holy Spirit, in all texts, is allos, the
same kind, God Almighty, the Spirit of Christ (Rom. 8:9.)
They use the Westcott and Hort corrupt translation of the Scriptures! [New
This perverted bible has changed over three
hundred verses to support their peculiar doctrines. As a result of this
tampering, it blasphemes the glorious doctrines and truths such as the deity of the
Lord Jesus Christ and His eternal being: references (John 1:1; 8:58; I Tim. 2:6; Acts
10:36; Col. 1:16-17; 2:9-10.)
When baptising by full immersion new converts, their formula is: The name of the Father,
the Son and the Spirit directed organisation. They will now become work slaves until
Armageddon (1 June 1985, Watchtower magazine.)
People are to be baptized using the Lord's formula of Matt. 28:19: "Father, the Son,
and the Holy Spirit;" anything else isn't Biblical but man-made!
That Adam only died a temporary death in the Garden of Eden.
In Genesis 2:17 God warned Adam that if
he ate of the tree of life, he would surely die. There is nothing in Scripture to
suggest that this wasn't temporary, but eternal. However, Adam was granted a very
long lifespan, in which he and Eve would populate the earth.
That salvation is not a gift of God, but one must work to earn it, and may,
if not caught door knocking when Armageddon arrives, lose it. They have absolutely
no assurance of salvation whatsoever, as one member told me this personally. Even
during the millennial reign of Christ, they can still fail God and end up in the lake
This doctrine is almost similar
to Roman Catholicism, for they too have no Biblical understanding or assurance of
salvation. Yet if one takes the time to study the following passages, they will soon
see that salvation is instant (Mark 16:16; Luke 23:43; John 3:16; 5:24; Acts 16:31;
Rom. 10:9) and eternal (John 10:29; Acts 7:59, 60; Rom. 8:1; 38, 39.)
In Romans 4:1-8, the apostle Paul
takes great care and time in teaching how a sinner is made righteous before a Holy
we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to
the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof
to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it
was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to
him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to
him that worketh not, but believeth on him
that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of
the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are
they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is
the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin."
A sinner is only saved through God's unmerited grace and absolutely nothing else (Rom.
3:20; Gal. 2:16; Eph. 2:8.)
That a person has one of three possible destinations: 1) The anointed Jehovah's Witness
(144,000) will reign with Jehovah God in heaven for all eternity.
The concept that only 144,000 will reign with Jehovah God comes from Rev. 7:4; 14:1.
However, upon careful reading it soon becomes obvious the 144,000 are actually
Jewish virgins from the twelve tribes of Israel, sealed by the Holy Spirit for special
evangelism, during the Great Tribulation, not the Church age. Therefore, the Witnesses
are incorrect to assume that this group refers to them, for Jehovah's Witnesses are
predominantly Gentiles, not Jews, and the Tribulation has yet to occur.
The rest of the faithful Witnesses (not the 144,000) will live forever on paradise
earth, but only after immense effort and proselytising on behalf of the faithful Witness.
Two Scriptures are used to teach that endurance and perseverance
are essential for entrance to Heaven/salvation (Matt. 10:22; 24:13.) First, the word
endure can also be translated to overcome. In this case, 1 John 5:4 states: "For
whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh
the world, even our faith."
Therefore to overcome Satan/the world can be synonymous
with Jesus' clear teaching that the child of God must overcome the evil one, and this
the apostle John affirms has now occurred to all regenerated children of God (Tit.
Second, Matthew 10:22 and 24:13 could also be interpreted
to refer to those living during the Great Tribulation, and therefore their endurance
would be essential for them to escape the deception, not into order to be saved. But
again, as we are still living in the Church age, the latter explanation doesn't relate
to anybody living today.
Those people who are not members of the Watchtower organization will be destroyed
by Jehovah God and cease to exist. There is no concept of eternal punishment or hell
in Watchtower theology, annihilation is the destiny for many (Let God Be True,
Jesus gave a very clear and sombre command in Matt. 7:13,14: "Enter
ye in at the strait gate: for wide is
the gate, and broad is
the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is
the gate, and narrow is
the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
With the doctrine of Hell so clearly affirmed above, please see 2 Thess. 1:9. In this
passage of Scripture the apostle Paul spoke of eternal punishment, never annihilation.
Three times in Mark's Gospel alone, Jesus said the worm would never die, 9:44; 9:46;
In Matthew's Gospel the Lord said the following: "But the children of
the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (8:12.)
Revelation 20:15: "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was
cast into the lake of fire."
Hell is not some satanic or even apostate doctrine, but a clear and freighting one
for the unrepentant sinner to get to grips with! And please remember, the Lord spoke
of Hell more times than Heaven.
Hell is not considered a literal place of torment, but a condition (J Rutherford, The
Harp of God, pgs. 51,52 - 2,327,000 edition, 1 Oct 1921, Brooklyn New York.) On
page 54 of this book, Rutherford states: "Jehovah at no time employs torture
but he denounces such doctrine as an abomination in his site."
This statement is not Biblically accurate. As already demonstrated in the above rebuttal,
Hell is spoken of as not only being real, but lasting forever.
Also what Rutherford omits to mention is that the word punishment can also be translated
torture: this is precisely what awaits unrepentant sinners.
Please also see the following verses that affirm Hell is a real and conscious
existence (Eze. 32: 19-32; Dan. 12:2; Matt. 3:12; 25:46; Mark 9:44-49; Luke 16:23,
24; 2 Thess. 1:9; Rev. 14:10, 11; 20:10.)
Therefore if the sinner is unwilling to receive Jesus' free gift of salvation (Acts
16:31), than God's perfect justice is accomplished (Ps. 76:10), and the unrepentant
sinner is solely to blame for his/her eternal abode in Hell fire (Deut. 32:3-5.)
My prayer would be that people wake up and realise that Hell is real, but was never
made for mankind, but for the devil and his fallen angels (Matt. 25:41.) Yet man by
his sinful lifestyle sends himself to Hell. The Bible is very clear that God takes
no pleasure in the death of the wicked (Eze. 33:11); but that the Lord is not willing
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance (2 Pet. 3:9.)
That the soul has no life within itself. Once a person dies the soul ceases to exist.
The body, however, sleeps/awaits in the grave for the resurrection (Let God Be
There are two ways to try and interrupt this understanding
from the Watchtower. First, if it refers to the unrepentant dead, than the Scripture
they will use to prove this would be Ecclesiastes 9:5. Yet with the wider understanding
of Scripture, one can easily interpret it to mean that the dead have no knowledge
of what is occurring on earth, while they are physically dead. We know from Luke 16:19-31
that the rich man in Hades/Hell was conscious of his surroundings, but was unaware
of what was occurring on the earth. All he wanted to do was return and warn his unrepentant
family members of the horrors that awaited them.
Second, there are at least four passages in the New Testament
alone that contradict the claim that the soul has no life/consciousness prior to the
resurrection (Luke 23:43; 2 Cor. 5:8; Phil. 1:21-25; 2 Tim. 4:8.)
The apostle Paul was very much of the mind that when he died he would go straight
into the presence of the Lord (2 Cor. 5:8.)
There is no purgatory either. Heaven or Hell, the choice is yours!
Please see a brief transcript from the BBC1 Panorama programme that aired in the UK
on the 14th July 2002: "Despite there being a total of 23,720 recorded cases of sexual
abuse in the USA, Canada, and Europe in the secret database of Jehovah's Witnesses,
one of their members stated: "Focusing on numbers isn't important."
To date, campaigners from the US organisation Silent Lambs have heard from
5,000 victims. Bill Bowen (former Witness) is now calling for JW's to 'come clean':
"Once they're found out, it causes their own members to be deeply disturbed," he said.
The above transcript shines some much-needed light into world of the Watchtower organisation!
There have also be numerous occasions in the Watchtower's history, in which members
have coached their children to lie under oath during divorce custody battles. All
this apparently sanctioned and encouraged from their HQ in Brooklyn (please
see The Vancouver Sun, Tuesday, 17 October
1989 and The Spokan Review, 5 October 1996.)
Originally a Presbyterian but
then joined the Congregationalists. Disillusioned with both groups he opted out and
launched his own religion.
On the grounds of adultery, his wife divorced him after discovering he was having
an affair with his young female servant. (The Brooklyn Daily Newspaper, 19
February 1912, p.18.)
During his life he appeared in court three times to defend his battered integrity. During
these hearings he lied under oath each time and lost on all occasions (The Brooklyn
Daily Eagle, Rev. John Ross and the Eagle; Some Facts and More Facts About
the Self-Styled, Pastor Charles T. Russell, pg.17.)
Please see the following court transcript. Staunton was Rev. Ross' attorney and Rutherford
was Russell's attorney:
Staunton): Do you know the Greek alphabet? (Russell):
Oh yes. (Staunton): Can you tell
me the correct letters if you see them? (Russell):
Some of them; I might make a mistake on some of them. (Staunton):
Would you tell me the names of those on top of the page, page 447, I have got here? (Russell):
Well, I don't know that I would be able to. (Staunton):
You can't tell what those letters are? Look at them and see if you know. (Russell):
My way [he was interrupted at this point and not allowed to explain]. (Staunton):
Are you familiar with the Greek language? (Russell):
No. (Staunton): Is it true you were
never ordained? (Russell): It is
not true. (Staunton): Now, you never
were ordained by a bishop, clergyman, presbytery, council, or any body of men living? (Russell),
after a long pause, I never was.
This fascinating transcript comes from a court date on the 17 March 1913, in Ontario,
Canada. (Rev. J Ross, Some Facts and more Facts About the Self-Styled Pastor.) Not
only had Russell twice contradicted himself under oath, but affirmed that he had no
understanding whatsoever of the language that the Holy Spirit used to compose the
Visited Egypt on at least one occasion. He very much believed in pyramidology,
a spiritualistic religion. He wrote books on this and they are classed as occultist
(The Watchtower, 15 November 1928, p. 344.)
Believed in astrology and horoscopes (The
Watchtower, 15 November 1928, p 344.)
Recommended a book Angels and Women; apparently written by a medium.
Confusion surrounds his death in 1916. Some claim he died on board a transcontinental
train, others in a hospital bed or the Illuminati murdered him.
Masonic symbols can clearly be seen on his gravestone and the
inscription, Laodicean Church, the apostate Church, should cause concern to
Watchtower members! (The Laodicean Church, of the seven Churches in the book of Revelation,
is seen as the final and apostate church before Christ's welcomed return to a fallen
and unrepentant earth.)
Came from a strict Baptist background.
Was married with one son.
Rumoured to have been a freemason.
Was an alcoholic attorney, who used the title "Judge" (Penton, Apocalypse Delayed.)
Took control of this religion after a power struggle and forcibly removed four elected
members of the Board of Directors, and then swapped them for his own loyalists, thus
he became the second leader of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Invented the name Jehovah's Witnesses in 1931.
Wrote a letter to Hitler praising him for anti-Anglo/America campaign and his plan
to exterminate the Jews (Proclaimers, pg. 693.)
Was very intimidating towards younger members of the
Watchtower (The Watchtower, 1 August 1994, pg. 23.)
Was a prolific literary writer and would churn out one book a year. In total he authored
over one hundred books, which have been translated into over eighty languages.
On at least three occasions, he was cited for contempt of court (Morgan County
Book 13, p. 251 for 8 August 1894 and Cooper County Book 2, p. 376 on
15 May 1895.)
Sued, along with the board of Jehovah's Witness directors, for libel in 1939 by an
Olin Moyle. They had to pay damages to Moyle of $25,000 (Moyle v. Rutherford
et al., 261 App. Div. 968; 26 N.Y.S. 2d 860.)
Rumoured to have encouraged alcoholic smuggling during the era of prohibition.
Apparently turned a blind eye to homosexual activities within the Watchtower organisation
and a brothel in New York for its male Witnesses.
Owned property in New York, London and Germany (Edward J. Ford Interviews and
Owned two Cadillac's and one convertible sedan (Chretien 45-46.)
Died on 8 January 1942, some say in the grounds of Beth-Sarim?
His wife Mary died in 1962.
Little information is known on Malcolm their son.
Was also involved in spiritualism.
He would also be credited for leading the New World Translation committee in 1950-51,
under the watchful eye of a Roman Catholic priest, Johannes
Greber. Greber was a spiritualist, and medium. Incredibly such untrained scholars,
felt compelled to undertake such a sacred task of translating the Greek into English.
There isn't one distinguished Bible scholar in the world that condones of their heretical
bible translation. On the contrary, many have not only distanced themselves from the
Watchtower, but some have even reprimanded the Witnesses for printing articles claming
well known Christian scholars affirmed their 'bible' to be authentic and reliable.
Under his leadership, the number of Witnesses grew from 113,000
to 1 million in 80 countries.
Under Franz, the Witnesses accelerated their proselytising techniques around the globe.
This man is credited for the immense amount of literature that they print. Jehovah's
Witnesses churn out more literature than any other group of people in the entire world.
Amazingly, however, on 24 November 1954 Frederick W. Franz would too find himself
being cross-examined under oath concerning his authority and biblical expertise.
Q: Have you also made yourself familiar with Hebrew?
A: (Franz) Yes.
Q: So that you have substantial linguistic apparatus
at your command?
A: Yes, for use in my biblical work.
Q: I think you are able to read and follow the Bible
in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, Spanish, Portuguese, German, and French?
Q: You, yourself, read and speak Hebrew, do you?
A: I do not speak Hebrew.
Q: You do not?
Q: Can you, yourself, translate that into Hebrew?
Q: That forth verse in the second chapter of Genesis?
A: You mean here?
According to Hebrew scholars, this verse in Genesis 2:4 is not particularly hard to
translate, especially not for someone who has sworn under oath that he speaks 'seven
languages' (The Divine Name That Will Endure, Watchtower Bible and Tract
It should also be pointed out that Franz too was rumoured to have Masonic loyalties
(Rhodes scholar) and Spiritualistic interests.
In 1996 Henschel, his wife and others travelled to Malta. Upon arrival they checked
in to a beautiful and expensive five star hotel.
During their lavish trip to Malta, local Witnesses complained that Henschel had spent
little time visiting local Witnesses. One such witness wrote to Henschel complaining
that the average wage in Malta was very low, while Henschel's hotel bill was $117
Henschel tried to cover up Rutherford's and the Witnesses admiration for Hitler (Dr
M. James Penton, Open Letter, 11 August 1995.)
Current president is Don Adams (1925-)
Rutherford wrote a book called Millions Now Living Will Never Die. In this
book, he prophesised that Jesus would return along with king David, Abraham, Isaac
and Jacob. Therefore a house needed to be built to accommodate their return. In this
book Rutherford wrote: "The year 1925 is a date definitely and clearly marked in the
Scriptures, even more clearly than that of 1914. We may confidently expect that 1925
will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old to
the condition of human perfection" (The
Watchtower, 15/7/24, p. 89.) However, their false
interpretation of the Second Coming never materialised, and therefore Rutherford moved
into this luxurious mansion at 4440 Braeburn Road, San Diego, California, which had
cost the Watchtower $25,000. Please remember this was during the 1920s depression.
It was quietly sold in 1948. However, ex-Witness, Frank J. Toth, believes this property
was predominately built to hide away their drunken president.
In the early 1940's they declared that Armageddon was imminent and would end the Second
World War, defeat the Germans and her allies, and then usher in God's long awaited
rule on earth (The Watchtower, 12/41.)
In their book Children, they
suggest that marriages, having children and normal living, be postponed until after
They later prophesied that God's Millennial Kingdom would commence in 1975, again
all plans to continue living normal lives were temporary shelved, i.e., many left
their jobs, sold their homes and dedicated themselves to continuous proselytising.
In total, Jehovah Witnesses theocratic machine has falsely predicted the end of the
world five times: 1914, 1918, 1925, 1975, 1989.
Between 1975/1976, thousands of American Witnesses left this cult in utter
contempt for the numerous and continually unfulfilled prophecies that never came to
pass. Leaders gave flimsy excuses; dates were amended, but again and again, nothing
For anybody who
wonders what the Bible says about people who make false prophecies, please see Deuteronomy
the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in
my name, which I have not commanded him
to speak , or that shall speak in
the name of other gods, even
that prophet shall die. And
if thou say in thine heart, How
shall we know the word which
the LORD hath not spoken."
As we read in the word of God, this sin was so serious that false prophets were to
be killed. One must ask the question: If the Witnesses are Bible-based and if they
are God's messengers for today, then why weren't Russell or Rutherford stoned for
making false prophecies? Or at least, why weren't they excommunicated?
In Edmund C. Gruss' book Cults And Occults, he lists some helpful tips for
Christians to use when witnessing to Witnesses:
He is trained in a particular doctrinal system.
He is committed to the Society without reservations as God's channel.
He is brainwashed, a fact attested to by many former Witnesses.
He normally rejects being born again; therefore, he cannot give a testimony of an
accomplished personal salvation.
In 2003 the pop star Prince joined the Jehovah's Witnesses. He has been seen door
knocking and being driven around to certain houses.
President Eisenhower, but later joined the masons. However, according to Billy Graham's
autobiography Just as I am, p. 205, he states that Eisenhower was saved prior
to his death.
Tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams.
Hank B. Marvin of The Shadows is still very much part of the JW treadmill
and in his spare time, continues to go door-to-door.
I recently made contact with a member of this religion. This man, an ex-Anglican for 25
years and a now a Witness for the past 26 years, happily and unexpectedly
agreed to read this article. So I printed it off for him and posted it to him
via his local Kingdom Hall. (They don't call their places of worship, churches.)
The envelope was personally addressed to him and was marked 'private and confidential.'
Several weeks passed, and still no word him from.
Then one Saturday morning I bumped into him on the street. We exchanged brief
pleasantries and then I asked him if had received it. He said emphatically that he
hadn't and even named an elder in his congregation, who is responsible for all their
post. I reassured him that I had indeed sent it. I could tell he believed me. I should
also say that I believed him when he told me that he hadn't received it.
I told him that it wasn't acceptable for nosey people to interfere with my parcel
or any parcel for that matter and he agreed with me. Yet what wasn't known to me at
the time, was what Walter Martin penned in his classic, cult buster book: "Witnesses
are not only to isolate themselves from those who were once Witnesses and have been
disfellowshipped or disassociated but also from anyone who is not a Witness and who
attempts to present a view contrary to the Watchtower. No Witness is allowed to read
dissenting material, whether it is written by a disgruntled Jehovah Witness, a disfellowshipped
or disassociated Witness, or someone who have never been a Witness" (The
Kingdom of the Cults, 2003, p. 68.)
And this type of behavior is clearly
affirmed by the Witnesses themselves: "Have
no dealings with apostates...For example, what will you do if you receive a letter
or some literature, open it, and see right away that it is from an apostate? Will
curiosity cause you to read it, just to see what he has to say? You may even reason:
"It won't affect me; I'm too strong in the truth. And besides, if we have the truth,
we have nothing to fear. The truth will stand the test. "In thinking this way, some
have fed their minds upon apostate reasoning and have fallen prey to serious questioning
and doubts" (The Watchtower, 15 March 1986, p. 12.)
not the Apostle Paul commend those that used Scripture to check what he told them
(Acts 17:11.) One might be forgiven for concluding that the Witnesses know only too
well that should a saved child of God get the chance to talk to a Witness, real
damage could be done, and that is why they make such a fuss about not allowing their
members to communicate with those outside their sect.
So in conclusion to this sad saga, one cannot help but see similarities with
the old Russian KGB, for they too were always watching one another and intercepting mail
for their fellow agents, and sadly in the 21st century, this is exactly what
is happening in a so-called 'Christian religion.'
W. R. Martin, Kingdom of the Cults
E C. Gruss, Cults and the Occult
B. R. Smith, Second Warning
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