Jehovah's Witnesses - Who are they and what do they believe?
Unlike in the
case of Christians who are persecuted in other lands for talking about
Jesus Christ, Jehovah's Witnesses are largely persecuted for following
the teachings of their corporate headquarters.
Watchtower corporation pays no municipal taxes on their buildings,
without even one charity to compensate the community.
Witnesses at your door -- who are they?
The Watchtower is Big money,
being one of the top 40 New York City Corporations making nearly one
billion dollars a year. That's just from one of their many
Jehovah's Witnesses follow the teachings begun during
the second presidency of the Watchtower, when Joseph F. Rutherford took
over in a corporate flap and began changing doctrines quickly in the
Watchtower belief system. He claimed that angels directly conveyed
"truth" to some of those in leadership. He coined the name "Jehovah's
Witnesses" to make them stand out from being witnesses of Jesus, a
typical evangelical expression (and a Biblical one).
dumped holidays, birthdays and the 1874 date for the invisible return
on Christ, and invented an "earthly class" of Witnesses, since only
144,000 can go to heaven according to their teaching. The rest, meaning
all 99.9% of Witnesses still alive, will live forever on a cleansed
earth, under the rule of the Watchtower corporate headquarter leaders
in heaven, who will keep them in line by local elders known as
If you have been "witnessed to" by Jehovah's Witnesses and
you reject their message, you will likely die "shortly" at Armageddon
with all the other non-Witnesses, since theirs is the only true
religion, and (if they can live up to all the rules) they are the only
ones to inhabit this "new earth." If you believe Witnesses seem rigid
now, any non-conformist during the future "cleansed earth" will be
directly destroyed by their god. Even now a Witness will be
disfellowshipped (excommunicated) for any one of many gaffs, such as
smoking, taking a blood transfusion, or even voting.
To even vocally
question the teachings of the Jehovah's Witness organization will
result in complete cutting off, with family and friends usually being
forbidden to talk to them. The Watchtower is a truly Orwellian world,
in a time when Orwellian societies are nearly obsolete.
In his "Adams
Versus God," Melbourne broadcaster Phillip Adams said in 1985 that,
according to US studies, "Jehovah's Witnesses are more likely to be
admitted to psychiatric hospitals than the general population".
"According to an article in the British Journal of Psychiatry," he
said, "they are three times more likely to be diagnosed as suffering
from schizophrenia and four times more likely to be paranoid
"As a writer in the American journal Free Inquiry
puts it: 'Either the Jehovah's Witness sect tends to attract an excess
of pre-psychotic individuals who may then break down, or else being a
Jehovah's Witness is itself a stress that may precipitate psychosis.
"'Possibly both of these factors operate together ...'"
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About the author Danny Haszard: Former Jehovah's
Witness X 33 years and 3rd generation. Now a counter-cult educator. My
home page, WATCHTOWER WHISTLEBLOWER: www.DannyHaszard.com
Sons of Jehovah's Witnesses return from war without welcome
CANTON, Ohio (AP) -- Two members of the Third Battalion, 25th Marines are still waiting to be welcomed home.
The unit came
back to Ohio last month after losing 48 members in Iraq. But the
parents of Jason and Johel Woodliff didn't come out for the homecoming.
Thomas and Mia Woodliff are against war because they're Jehovah's
Witnesses. They say they respect their sons' decision to enlist, but
they can't reconcile it with their faith.
Johel Woodliff says he
begged his mother to greet him and his brother when they came back. He
says his parents were upset with him when he turned down a college
scholarship to enlist.
Jason Woodliff says he was kicked out of the
house when he told his parents he wanted to join the Marines. He says
he hasn't spoken with his father in five years.
Witnessing for the faith
Thousands arrive for an annual Jehovah's Witness gathering
Sentinel Staff Writer
Posted July 23, 2006
Jeff and Lucia Clay, both Jehovah's Witnesses, remember the days when
their tiny Bible reading group gathered in a downtown Kissimmee home
more than 50 years ago.
"It was 14 of us; and half were from Orlando.
We had no central heat, no air conditioning. We're thrilled to death by
how much we've grown," said Jeff Clay, 79.
On Saturday the Clays, who
helped build the first Kingdom Hall in Kissimmee in 1955, joined about
9,000 people at their faith's annual district convention at the Silver
Spurs Arena in Osceola Heritage Park.
The gathering is expected to
draw about 65,000 visitors from Naples to Daytona over seven weekends
through Sept. 3, with three of the three-day sessions conducted in
Spanish. About 10,000 visitors are likely to be newcomers.
drawn to the convention, titled "Deliverance at Hand!" are a sign of
how things have changed in Central Florida since the religion made a
Today, about 50,000 Jehovah's Witnesses are spread out
over 400 congregations in the region, which includes Tampa, St.
Petersburg, Daytona Beach and Naples, said spokesman Michael
Osceola alone has 29 congregations and seven Kingdom
Growth is attributed in part to demographic trends, but also
largely to the work of congregants. Jehovah's Witnesses share the word
of God by knocking door-to-door in neighborhoods to gain adherents to
"We're very active in the ministry," Roth said. "It's
something we do for a lifetime . . . not just for a couple of
Roth said Jehovah's Witnesses in the area have learned to
overcome obstacles, such as language barriers, by setting up
congregations in several languages, with Spanish congregations
outnumbering English-speaking ones in many counties.
they've bypassed a very local problem.
"There are number of
communities here that are gated," said Roth. "So how do you reach those
people? Well, you can call them or you can write them. We do
During Saturday's convention, one of 266 such events held in 73
cities nationwide from May to September, many attendees described the
gathering as a way to socialize, meet "brothers and sisters" from
neighboring congregations and strengthen their faith.
More than 1
million people are expected to participate in conventions throughout
the United States.
Speakers preached to a full house about overcoming
Satan's temptations, keeping their marriages strong and watching for
signs of the end of the current world order, which Jehovah's Witnesses
believe they must prepare for urgently.
Other topics included keeping
a "scriptural view of health care," which advised against "obsessive
preoccupation with physical appearance."
The format was similar to
that of weekly meetings attended by Jehovah's Witnesses, which rely
heavily on Bible reading and are punctuated by song.
-- women in dresses and men in jackets and ties -- could be seen taking
RaChelle Coleman, who drove from St. Petersburg to attend, said
messages at the convention were "useful" as she left a morning
"We are living the last days of this system of things," said
Coleman, 34. "It's important to remember how to resist the desires of
the world because Satan uses different tools to keep us away from
The faith estimates its membership at 6.6 million members
worldwide. Jehovah's Witnesses are politically neutral and often
refrain from "worldly activities," such as fighting wars and voting.
They often frown upon higher education if pursuing it is perceived to
interfere with someone's devotion to God.
Dozens took the opportunity
Saturday to be baptized. George Harris, from Tampa, described the
experience as "the beginning of a new life."
Harris, 20, said he grew
up in the religion but began to feel closer to it when he noticed
events in the Bible were "coming true."
"I never felt the need to be
baptized until now," he said. "I started to see all these things
happening in the world . . . the world just didn't seem as kind
Iva Uzunov, a 23-year old waitress from Kissimmee, was
submerged in a pool set up by the main stage. Her baptism, she said,
marked the end of a search for meaning she began in earnest a year ago
after hearing of the religion from a co-worker.
"I was partying and
doing sinful things," she said. "But everything felt empty. I feel
today I've (you are the savior?) washed away some of those bad things.
I've made some serious changes in my life."
True Christianity: And
such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified,
but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit
of our God. 1 Corinthians 6:11
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