The Truth Behind the Jehovah's Witnesses

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This photograph is Charles Russell, the founder of the Jehovah's Witness church.

Here is a list of some of their doctrine that is contrary to the Bible.

1) They believe that only 144,000 will be resurrected to a heavenly life, but the rest will be dwelling on a paradise earth.
2) They do not believe in hell and interpret the story of the rich man and lazarus to be a parable, but not to be interpreted literally.
3) They do not believe in saluting the flag.
4) They do not believe in serving in the Military, however, I ran across some of them when I was in the Navy.
5) They are not interested in Political activity.
6) They do not celebrate holidays.
7) The JW's do not believe in blood transfusions:

“If you have reason to believe that a certain product contains blood or a blood fraction…if the label says that certain tablets contain hemoglobin…this is from blood...a Christian knows, without asking, that he should avoid such a preparation. - The Watchtower 11/01/1961, p. 669

Is it wrong to sustain life by administering a transfusion of blood or plasma or red cells or others of the component parts of the blood? Yes!...the prohibition includes "any blood at all." - Blood, Medicine and the Law of God, 1961, pp. 13, 14

However, they have changed their policy:

Watchtower Blood policy in 2006:
"...when it comes to fractions of any of the primary components, each Christian, after careful and prayerful meditation, must conscientiously decide for himself."
The Watchtower 2000; June 15:29-31

8) They have made a number of false prophecies:

1897 "Our Lord, the appointed King, is now present, since October 1874," Studies in the Scriptures, Vol. 4, page 621.

1899 "...the ‘battle of the great day of God Almighty' (Revelation 16:14), which will end in A.D. 1914 with the complete overthrow of earth's present rulership, is already commenced." The Time Is at Hand, page 101 (1908 edition).

1916 "The Bible chronology herein presented shows that the six great 1000 year days beginning with Adam are ended, and that the great 7th Day, the 1000 years of Christ's Reign, began in 1873." The Time Is at Hand, page ii, (forward).

1918 "Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews 11, to the condition of human perfection." Millions Now Living Will Never Die, page 89.

1922 "The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures than 1914." The Watchtower 9/1/22, page 262.

1923 "Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures. As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge." The Watchtower, page 106 4/1/23.

1925 "The year 1925 is here. With great expectation Christians have looked forward to this year. Many have confidently expected that all members of the body of Christ will be changed to heavenly glory during this year. This may be accomplished. It may not be. In his own due time God will accomplish his purposes concerning his people. Christians should not be so deeply concerned about what may transpire this year." The Watchtower, 1/1/25, page. 3.

1925 "It is to be expected that Satan will try to inject into the minds of the consecrated, the thought that 1925 should see an end to the work." The Watchtower, Sept, 1925 page 262.

1926 "Some anticipated that the work would end in 1925, but the Lord did not state so. The difficulty was that the friends inflated their imaginations beyond reason; and that when their imaginations burst asunder, they were inclined to throw away everything." The Watchtower, page 232.

1931 "There was a measure of disappointment on the part of Jehovah's faithful ones on earth concerning the years 1917, 1918, and 1925, which disappointment lasted for a time...and they also learned to quit fixing dates." Vindication, page 338.

1941 "Receiving the gift, the marching children clasped it to them, not a toy or plaything for idle pleasure, but the Lord's provided instrument for most effective work in the remaining months before Armageddon." The Watchtower, 9/15/41, page 288.

1968 "True, there have been those in times past who predicted an ‘end to the world', even announcing a specific date. Yet nothing happened. The ‘end' did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing?.. Missing from such people were God's truths and evidence that he was using and guiding them." Awake, 10/8/68.

1968 "Why are you looking forward to 1975?" The Watchtower, 8/15/68, page 494.

9) In Broolyn, Charles Russell sold bushels of a wester wheat that was alleged to have marvelous properties. The wheat sold for sixty dollars a bushel. He also endorsed a sale of a cancer cure, a compound of chloride of zinc.

The Bible says that anybody who makes a false prophecy should be stoned to death. This organization is another cult that you should be aware of. Don't let yourself be brainwashed if you are thinking of joining this church. If you are already a member, you should spend sometime on your own seeking the truth.


Ronald May 22, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

Charles Taze Russell was never a member of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization. He did not believe in such an organization, and certainly was not the founder of that which he did not believe in.

Charles Taze Russell did believe in the Bible hell; he simply showed form the scriptures what the Bible hell is.

Russell never said anything about not celebrating holidays or birthdays, although he may have said something about some holiday rituals.

Russell never said anything against blood transfusions.

Russell believed that Christ had returned in 1874; I believe the same. Russell, however, was not dogmatic concerning this, and stated many times the possibility that he could be wrong concerning chronology.

Russell's belief that Christ had returned in 1874 was not a prophecy, nor even a prediction, since Russell came to believe this after 1874 had come and gone.

Russell never claimed to be a prophet as were Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, etc. Indeed, Russell stated many times that his expectations should never be considered as prophecy.

Wester wheat? Charles Russell never sold bushels of a "wester wheat". Russell, himself, never sold any wheat at all. He did allow an announcement of the sale of "Miracle Wheat" in the Watch Tower. Russell himself did not name the wheat, nor did he make any claims for the wheat, although he did report claims made by the farmer who discovered the wheat and the claims of others who had purchased the wheat from that farmer. There were many attestations in the public press that confirmed the claims of Miracle Wheat. That original strain, however, became diluted as farmers did not preserve the strain from being blended with other strains so that eventually it died out. Today, however, thousands of starving people are being fed because of the development of a new strain of "Miracle Wheat."

For the truth about miracle wheat, see: never "endorsed" the sale of a cancer cure. He did offer to send a **free** recipe for a cure of a certain type of skin cancer that a doctor friend had given to him. That basic recipe is still in use today by doctors, patients and others, and can be found online. There was certainly nothing fraudulent or evil in what Russell did concerning this, and indeed it was an unselfish Christian thing that he did.

I certainly agree that one should seek to belong to Christ, not to an organization such as Jehovah's Witnesses. While such an organization may be more equipped to spread its message, the message is diluted because their message ends up preaching the "organization" and thereby detracts from Christ. Also the teaching that millions of unenlightened men, women and children (for whom Jesus died; he died for all who are dying in Adam -- Romans 5:12-19; 1 Corinthians 15:21,22; 1 Timothy 2:5,6) will be eternally destroyed actually disgraces the name of Jehovah and Jesus.

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