By James Broughton
IT SEEMS that Jehovah’s Witnesses are developing an identity crisis. In the September 2015 edition of the Watchtower, the question was asked ‘Who are Jehovah’s Witnesses?’ Not content with that article, the February 2016 Awake! asks the following:
You see us in our public ministry. You may have read about us in news reports or heard things about us from others. But how much do you really know about Jehovah’s Witnesses?
It then proceeds to give a carefully selected check-list of eight true or false topics under the guise of testing your knowledge, the answers being revealed on the following pages.
Where Are the Dead?
by Wilbur Lingle
Since the Watchtower Society does not believe in the Biblical teaching that humans have an eternal soul which separates from the body at the time of physical death and then exists in heaven or hell, it has to use a lot of double-talk to try to justify its belief? that man does not possess an eternal soul, and that when a person dies there is nothing conscious that continues to exist.
The Watchtower Society’s false teaching that “hell” is “the common grave of mankind” is the very foundation for all the rest of its false teachings.
by James Broughton
In an article which spans five parts, the Watchtower Society appears to invite the reader to form a greater understanding of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Although they already have several brochures and leaflets about themselves, it seems they want this information to gain a wider acceptance by publishing it in the Watchtower magazine.
Who Are Jehovah’s Witnesses? (p.3)
The article begins with some common misunderstandings from a Watchtower point of view of what JWs are not.
“I had known Mike for years. He is one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. But his religion always baffled me. Who is Jehovah? Why don’t Witnesses celebrate the holidays? Was Mike mixed up in a cult?”—Becky, California, U.S.A.
“When my neighbors started to study the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses, I wondered: ‘What does that name, Jehovah’s Witnesses, mean? What a strange name for a religion!’ ”—Zenon, Ontario, Canada.
“My wife and I thought that Jehovah’s Witnesses called to prey on our guilt feelings because we weren’t at church. And we figured that if the mainline churches didn’t have what we were looking for, a weird sect like Jehovah’s Witnesses couldn’t have it either.”—Kent, Washington, U.S.A.
“I honestly didn’t know who they were and what they stood for.”—Cecilie, Esbjerg, Denmark.
Join Les Kerr and Paul Bacon of First & Last Ministries this Friday Evening at the Edinburgh Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) as we discuss how Christians can reach out to Jehovah’s Witnesses in Love and point them to the true Jesus of the Scriptures.
The meeting is at 29 Arthur Street, Edinburgh EH6 5DA on Friday 5th June at 7.30pm All are welcome. For more details please call Les Kerr on 01228 545323.
by James Broughton
Have you ever been invited to someone’s home for dinner, but not eaten any of the food? Only sat there and watched them eat? What purpose would that serve? That is exactly what the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses expect you to do if you attend this year’s Memorial on Friday, April 3rd 2015.