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Are Jehovah's Witnesses a cult?
Whether the Jehovah's Witnesses are actually a cult will depend on who you ask, and how they define the word "cult."
Here are some opinions on why some people consider JWs to be a cult or not.
The World Book Encyclopedia says that "traditionally, the term cult referred to any form of worship or ritual observance." By that definition ALL religions are "cults."
Here are some opinions on why some people consider JWs to be a cult or not.
Using the accepted definition of cult JW's cannot be defined as such. The best way to understand any religion is to be educated about its specific ideology/theology and then make an intelligent assessment. Please refer to the link on the right for more information on this subject.
My first hand experience with the Jehovah's Witnesses lead me to no other intelligent and informed assessment that they are cult-like and have controlling practices. One of the reasons they have this stigma is because they use "scare tactics" on potential recruits and mind control on members.
Definition of Cult: A religion or religious sect generally considered to be extremist or false, with its followers often living in an unconventional manner under the guidance of an authoritarian. ... Obsessive, especially faddish, devotion to or veneration for a person, principle, or thing.
Every individual has personal experiences that causes them to be biased to certain degrees. This is why it is necessary to keep personal views separate from factual data. There are no "watchdog groups" such as America United that list JW's as being a cult.
Q: What is a cult? A: A cult is any group which teaches doctrines or beliefs that deviate from the biblical message of the Christian faith. It is very important that we recognize cults and avoid any involvement with them. Cults often teach some Christian truth mixed with error, which may be difficult to detect. There are some features common to most cults: They do not adhere solely to the sixty-six books of the Bible as the inspired Word of God. They add their "special revelations" to the Bible as equally authoritative. They do not accept that our relationship to Jesus Christ is a reality "by grace through faith" alone, but practice instead a salvation by works. They do not give Jesus Christ, the divine Son of God, full recognition as the second Person of the Trinity, composed of God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Some of these groups are Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, the Unification Church, Unitarians, Spiritists, Scientologists, and others.
Please note: The above explanation of a cult is as defined by some of the Christian faith. However, please note that Merriam Webster's Dictionary defines a cult as simply "an unorthodox or spurious religion."
The JWs are a cult because they try to cut you off from others who do not have the same beliefs, including family.
No. Unlike the churches, JWs don't have a minister or priest telling them what to do and not to do, they make their own decisions, based on their own study of the scriptures. If a Witness changes his friends after studying the bible, it has been his choice.
Are Jehovah's Witnesses a cult? Jehovah's Witnesses do not hold ritualistic meetings, nor is their worship cloaked in secrecy. Non-Witness author Julia Mitchell Corbett notes: "When they meet, usually more than once a week, in Kingdom Halls (their meeting sites are not called churches), most of their time is spent in Bible study and discussion." Their meeting places are clearly marked with a sign. The meetings are open, and the general public is invited to attend. Unannounced guests are more than welcome.
A cult is a religion that is said to be unorthodox or that emphasizes devotion according to prescribed ritual. Many cults follow a living human leader, and often their adherents live in groups apart from the rest of society. The standard for what is orthodox, however, should be God's Word, and Jehovah's Witnesses strictly adhere to the Bible. Their worship is a way of life, not a ritual devotion. They neither follow a human nor isolate themselves from the rest of society. They live and work in the midst of other people.
They are cult-like because they are NOT allowed to read any kind of religious material (any books on God or religion in general that is not published by the Watchtower Tract Association)because they believe you will be 'brainwashed'. They also do not encourage spending time or making 'friends' with non-witnesses. And, they usually end up cutting themselves and their children away from family members.
It's less about their church's religious ideas, and more about the fact that they do not allow their members to read books that the church hierarchy haven't approved. It shouldn't matter what religion you are a member of, you should be allowed to read the books you want to. Also, if a member decides to leave the church, other members, including family and friends are expected to break off contact with them.
I think that the only reason Jehovah's witnesses are considered "cult-like" is because their beliefs differ from orthodox christianity. That in itself should not be a reason as they use biblical support for every belief they hold. In my experience with friends who are JW's they haven't been isolated from outsiders or family that have left. My friend's father was disfellowshipped (kicked out for cheating on his wife and not being repentant) and none of his family were told to ignore him. Maybe the halls around here are more liberal though. But I think that it is the duty of all Christians no matter what they believe to "love one another" as Christ taught-that is the most important thing.
I see many definitions of a "cult". Most lists of cult like behavior include: Strong control from a central authority whose pronouncements are not open to question, Strict control over members lives including family matters and within the marriage, the insistence on dedication to the cause as being more important than family ties. Despite their insistence that all the beliefs are taken from the Bible, The JW's do match all the above points. The "Governing Body" act as the "Faithful Slave" of Jesus Christ on Earth, dispensing knowledge which is "Spiritual Food" directed by the Holy Spirit. The primary vehicle for this is the Watchtower magazine which is studied in depth every week at the meetings with only passing references to carefully selected scriptures. Members must live according to the rules of the faith. These include abstaining from premarital sex, recreational drugs and smoking tobacco all of which are punishable by disfellowshipping. You may also be disfellowshipped if you openly disagree with the teaching of the Governing Body. Disfellowshipped ones have to be shunned by fellow Witnesses even close family unless they live together and then with some withdrawal of association. Members attend 3 Meetings a week and also spend time in "House to House Ministry" Failure to attend is frowned upon unless you are ill. there are rules on dress, personal appearance , the choice of entertainment and suitable music to listen to. They also teach that this world is about to be destroyed by God, that they only will survive and the rest of us will be slaughtered with our bodies left to be food for the carrion eating vultures. This is the "Good news" they preach so enthusiastically.
I was raised in the JWs. My parents were JWs. Parts of my family are JWs. I can assure you all that they are a cult, and a pretty bad one, too. There are too many examples to mention, to go into detail I'd have to write a whole book (which many have been done, by the way), but basically, the reason why the JWs should be considered a cult, can be summed up by this: Whatever the GB (the self-proclaimed "wise and faithful servant"), of the Watchtower Society says is true, is true! The GB could tell the JWs that God was a white pit-bull terrier, living on Mars, and the JWs would be obligated to believe it, or face disfellowshipping, shunning by family, the (internal) fear of death at Armageddon (for not being a JW any longer), etc.
I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses. I am also a very open minded and a strong individualist. If anyone were to ask me about another culture or belief system I would always tell them to learn about it from someone who practices said system and then make up your mind. I have heard the Mormons called a cult, are they? I have talked to members and I do not agree with their teachings, but that does not mean I would ever label them as a cult. The word "cult" brings bad thoughts to most peoples minds and to call something "cult like" is really just a way to slander someone or something. There are few real cults out there. Just different people with different ways of being.
The organization is considered cult-like because 1.) the organization discourages individual interpretation of Scripture, relying instead on the teachings of the elders; 2.) the organization goes against the teachings of other churches & denominations quite explicitly, claiming its teaching is the only correct interpretation; 3) the organization disowns those who leave the organization, and discourages those still within the organization from having any contact with those who have left. ... Some may feel that these criteria apply to various denominations and churches that are not considered to be cult-like. I cannot disagree with them. I will say, though, that there are denominations & churches which do not meet these criteria.
I am a Protestant Christian, and I am not a Jehovah's Witness, but over many years have discussed religion when they visited our neighborhood, and have read much of their literature. It is my opinion that they are not a cult, although their extremely conservative religious position may seem so to many observers. To my observation, they are simply a very strict Christian organization.
No, it is simply a religion
Yes. See the Related Link. Of course any Jehovah's Witness would say that no, they are not a cult. But they teach things contrary to the Bible. The problem is that they claim to relate everything back to 'God's irefutable Word' in the Bible. However, they refuse to use (in a serious way) any translation of the Bible except their own- the New World Translation - which any Bible scholar (whether Christian, Jewish or neither) regard with concern as a very skewed, warped and misleading translation. The problem with their Bible is that it was translated after Charles Taize Russel had founded the JWs and therefore this Bible account had to take count of his skewed beliefs, rather than base your beliefs on the Bible as handed down since the time it was written, and carefully translated by expert bible scholars ad historians. Sadly, JWs are usually lovely, sincere people, but refuse to accept that their warped beliefs are all based on a lie. One could easily forgive them this, but the fact that they regard my firm belief, as a Christian, in the Trinity, is the work of the devil, I resent somewhat.
As a matter of fact.. its funny because most people would have the same response as you would.. but just to keep it simple we simply base all of our teachings from the bible and not based on what men say ... so whenever j.w talk to people notice how each one of them directs the householders attention towards the bible for example.... John 14:10 states this "Do you not believe that I am in union with the Father and the Father is in union with me? The things I say to YOU men I do not speak of my own originality; but the Father who remains in union with me is doing his works." so in the same since we are speaking the things that our heavenly father has instructed us to speak of which is from the bible.
No, they are not they believe in the bible and follow instruction from the bible.
Jehovah's Witnesses do not meet the common understanding of a "cult". This is usually understood to mean a group of people that are characterized by ritualistic forms of worship. That follow a charismatic individual and usually live outside of mainstream society, isolating themselves from contact with others.
This is not the case with Jehovah's Witnesses. They have no rituals but meet weekly for bible study and prayer (similar to many other religions). They have no special dress and do not recognize any single human leader. They live, work and play within the local community and actively seek contact with their neighbors by visiting them on a regular basis.
I believe that it is not a cult. Of course, I don't count things as a cult unless you cannot leave. The chief complaint he seemed to have against the Witnesses is that they might ask you to leave when you don't want to!
When I go to a Democratic National Convention, I do not mind that they expect me to think alike on the party platform, not ask awkward questions of "our" candidates, and not wear "Bush/Cheney 2004" campaign buttons! And I don't find it cult like of them to wish me to leave if that's how I feel!
Likewise with the Witnesses. They aren't easy to join. But they aren't a cult. That label has been thrown on every group someone doesn't like from the Latter Day Saints, to the Catholic church, to the United States Military and even college fraternal organizations. The only thing I ask in each case is - can they leave? And with the exception of the military (special case!) all those groups let members leave, and frankly, wouldn't dream of holding them against their will!
Do each of those groups wish you to think like them, primarily - or exclusively - associate with them, and help strengthen the group? You bet. But that's a good thing, not a bad.
The World Book Encyclopedia says that "traditionally, the term cult referred to any form of worship or ritual observance." By that definition ALL religions are "cults."
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The Jehovah's Witnesses are not considered to be a cult today. However almost all modern religions were considered, at one time, to be cults. The original Christia…n church began as a Jewish Cult and then expanded. Answer: See the Reasoningf rom the Scriptures on the official website of Jehovah's Witnesses---cult is a religion that is said to be unorthodox or that emphasizes devotion according to prescribed ritual. Many cults follow a living human leader, and often their adherents live in groups apart from the rest of society. The standard for what is orthodox, however, should be God's Word, and Jehovah's Witnesses strictly adhere to the Bible. Their worship is a way of life, not a ritual devotion. They neither follow a human nor isolate themselves from the rest of society. They live and work in the midst of other people.
Yes, although no Jehovah's Witness would ever recognise this fact. I'm sure that no one would like to thinks of themselves belonging to and promoting a cult. The Jehovah's W…itnesses are viewed as a cult for the following reasons: Traditional definitions of the word "cult" are defined: Followers of an exclusive system of religious beliefs and practices.Followers of an unorthodox, extremist, or false religion or sect who often live outside of conventional society under the direction of a charismatic leader.A religion or sect that is generally considered to be unorthodox, extremist, or false. A more modern definition of the word "cult" is: A high control group either religious or secular. Jehovah's Witnesses are viewed as a cult in the traditional sense, because they hold to unorthodox teachings. Jehovah's Witnesses are viewed as a religion cult in the modern sense, because they are a high control group that fits the cult descriptive acronym B.I.T.E. Behavior ControlInformation ControlThought ControlEmotion Control also they: They believe that all true Christian churches are of the devil. They believe Jesus is not God, but is the Archangel Michael - the first being created by God. They deny that God is a Trinity. They believe Jesus died on a stake, rather than a cross. They deny that Jesus rose bodily from the dead. They believe that ony 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses will go to heaven. The rest will live forever in a paradise on Earth, never meeting the person who died for them - Jesus Christ. They believe that salvation is impossible outside of the Watchtower. They are not allowed to question the Watchtower leadership or teaching. They claim you need to read the Watchtower's magazines and other material in order to understand the Bible correctly. If you don't read the Watchtower's books, you will "fall into darkness" - what they call reverting to normal Christianity. They have falsely predicted the end of the world five times. They have just changed a major Watchtower prediction that the end of the world would come before the generation of Witnesses born before 1914 died. They are encouraged to visit homes for at least 10 hours per month distributing Watchtower materials. They use their own special translation of the Bible which mistranslates the original texts. They are well known to disown, shun, and ignore any friends and family leaving the cult. They discourage tertiary education. They are not allowed to be in the army or wear crosses. They are not allowed to celebrate birthdays. They are not allowed to celebrate Christmas - the date we celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ. All this they will not tell you, and yet they still claim that "Before a person becomes one of Jehovah's Witnesses, the Bible standards are clearly explained."
From JW Literature: Jehovah's Witnesses Definition: The worldwide Christian society of people who actively bear witness regarding Jehovah God and his purposes …affecting mankind. They base their beliefs solely on the Bible. What beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses set them apart as different from other religions? (1) Bible: Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the entire Bible is the inspired Word of God, and instead of adhering to a creed based on human tradition, they hold to the Bible as the standard for all their beliefs. (2) God: They worship Jehovah as the only true God and freely speak to others about him and his loving purposes toward mankind. Anyone who publicly witnesses about Jehovah is usually identified as belonging to the one group-"Jehovah's Witnesses." (3) Jesus Christ: They believe, not that Jesus Christ is part of a Trinity, but that, as the Bible says, he is the Son of God, the first of God's creations; that he had a prehuman existence and that his life was transferred from heaven to the womb of a virgin, Mary; that his perfect human life laid down in sacrifice makes possible salvation to eternal life for those who exercise faith; that Christ is actively ruling as King, with God-given authority over all the earth since 1914. (4) God's Kingdom: They believe that God's Kingdom is the only hope for mankind; that it is a real government; that it will soon destroy the present wicked system of things, including all human governments, and that it will produce a new system in which righteousness will prevail. (5) Heavenly life: They believe that 144,000 spirit-anointed Christians will share with Christ in his heavenly Kingdom, ruling as kings with him. They do not believe that heaven is the reward for everyone who is "good." (6) The earth: They believe that God's original purpose for the earth will be fulfilled; that the earth will be completely populated by worshipers of Jehovah and that these will be able to enjoy eternal life in human perfection; that even the dead will be raised to an opportunity to share in these blessings. (7) Death: They believe that the dead are conscious of absolutely nothing; that they are experiencing neither pain nor pleasure in some spirit realm; that they do not exist except in God's memory, so hope for their future life lies in a resurrection from the dead. (8) Last days: They believe that we are living now, since 1914, in the last days of this wicked system of things; that some who saw the events of 1914 will also see the complete destruction of the present wicked world; that lovers of righteousness will survive into a cleansed earth. (9) Separate from the world: They earnestly endeavor to be no part of the world, as Jesus said would be true of his followers. They show genuine Christian love for their neighbors, but they do not share in the politics or the wars of any nation. They provide for the material needs of their families but shun the world's avid pursuit of material things and personal fame and its excessive indulgence in pleasure. (10) Apply Bible counsel: They believe that it is important to apply the counsel of God's Word in everyday life now-at home, in school, in business, in their congregation. Regardless of a person's past way of life, he may become one of Jehovah's Witnesses if he abandons practices condemned by God's Word and applies its godly counsel. But if anyone thereafter makes a practice of adultery, fornication, homosexuality, drug abuse, drunkenness, lying, or stealing, he will be disfellowshipped from the organization. (The above list briefly states some outstanding beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses but by no means all the points on which their beliefs are different from those of other groups. Scriptural basis for the above beliefs can be found through the Index of this book.) Are Jehovah's Witnesses an American religion? They are advocates of God's Kingdom, not of the political, economic, or social system of any nation of this old world. It is true that Jehovah's Witnesses had their modern-day start in the United States. The location of their world headquarters there has helped to make it possible to print and ship Bible literature to most parts of the world. But the Witnesses do not favor one nation over another; they are found in almost every nation, and they have offices in many parts of the earth to supervise their activity in those areas. Consider: Jesus as a Jew was born in Palestine, but Christianity is not a Palestinian religion, is it? The place of Jesus' human birth is not the most important factor to consider. What Jesus taught originated with his Father, Jehovah God, who deals impartially with people of all nations.-John 14:10; Acts 10:34, 35. How is the work of Jehovah's Witnesses financed? By voluntary contributions, as was true with the early Christians. (2 Cor. 8:12; 9:7) No collections are ever taken at their meetings; they do not beg for money from the public. Any donations from interested persons are used to further the worldwide work of Bible education conducted by the Witnesses. Witnesses are not paid to go from house to house or to offer Bible literature on the streets. Love for God and for neighbor motivates them to talk about God's loving provisions for mankind. The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, a legal religious corporation that is used by Jehovah's Witnesses, was incorporated in 1884 in accordance with the Nonprofit Corporation Law of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, U.S.A. Thus, by law it cannot be, and it is not, a profit-making enterprise, nor do individuals make a profit through this Society. The Society's charter states: "It [the Society] does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit, incidentally or otherwise, to its members, directors or officers." Are Jehovah's Witnesses a sect or a cult? Some define sect to mean a group that has broken away from an established religion. Others apply the term to a group that follows a particular human leader or teacher. The term is usually used in a derogatory way. Jehovah's Witnesses are not an offshoot of some church but include persons from all walks of life and from many religious backgrounds. They do not look to any human, but rather to Jesus Christ, as their leader. A cult is a religion that is said to be unorthodox or that emphasizes devotion according to prescribed ritual. Many cults follow a living human leader, and often their adherents live in groups apart from the rest of society. The standard for what is orthodox, however, should be God's Word, and Jehovah's Witnesses strictly adhere to the Bible. Their worship is a way of life, not a ritual devotion. They neither follow a human nor isolate themselves from the rest of society. They live and work in the midst of other people. How old is the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses? According to the Bible, the line of witnesses of Jehovah reaches back to faithful Abel. Hebrews 11:4-12:1 says: "By faith Abel offered God a sacrifice of greater worth than Cain . . . By faith Noah, after being given divine warning of things not yet beheld, showed godly fear . . . By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed in going out into a place he was destined to receive as an inheritance . . . By faith Moses, when grown up, refused to be called the son of the daughter of Pharaoh, choosing to be ill-treated with the people of God rather than to have the temporary enjoyment of sin . . . So, then, because we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also put off every weight and the sin that easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us." With reference to Jesus Christ, the Bible states: "These are the things that the Amen says, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation by God." Of whom was he a witness? He himself said that he made his Father's name manifest. He was the foremost witness of Jehovah.-Rev. 3:14; John 17:6. Interestingly, some of the Jews asked whether the activity of Jesus Christ represented "a new teaching." (Mark 1:27) Later, some Greeks thought the apostle Paul was introducing a "new teaching." (Acts 17:19, 20) It was new to the ears of those who were hearing it, but the important thing was that it was the truth, in full harmony with God's Word. The modern-day history of Jehovah's Witnesses began with the forming of a group for Bible study in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., in the early 1870's. At first they were known only as Bible Students, but in 1931 they adopted the Scriptural name Jehovah's Witnesses. (Isa. 43:10-12) Their beliefs and practices are not new but are a restoration of first-century Christianity. Do Jehovah's Witnesses believe that their religion is the only right one? The Bible does not agree with the modern view that there are many acceptable ways to worship God. Ephesians 4:5 says there is "one Lord, one faith." Jesus stated: "Narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are the ones finding it. . . . Not everyone saying to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will."-Matt. 7:13, 14, 21; see also 1 Corinthians 1:10. Repeatedly the Scriptures refer to the body of true Christian teachings as "the truth," and Christianity is spoken of as "the way of the truth." (1 Tim. 3:15; 2 John 1; 2 Pet. 2:2) Because Jehovah's Witnesses base all of their beliefs, their standards for conduct, and organizational procedures on the Bible, their faith in the Bible itself as God's Word gives them the conviction that what they have is indeed the truth. So their position is not egotistical but demonstrates their confidence that the Bible is the right standard against which to measure one's religion. They are not self-centered but are eager to share their beliefs with others. Do not other religions also follow the Bible? Many use it to some extent. But do they really teach and practice what it contains? Consider: (1) From most of their Bible translations they have removed the name of the true God thousands of times. (2) The Trinity doctrine, their concept of God himself, is borrowed from pagan sources and was developed in its present form centuries after Bible writing was completed. (3) Their belief in immortality of the human soul as the basis for continued life is not taken from the Bible; it has roots in ancient Babylon. (4) The theme of Jesus' preaching was the Kingdom of God, and he sent his disciples out to talk personally to others about it; but the churches today seldom mention that Kingdom and their members are not doing the work of preaching "this good news of the kingdom." (Matt. 24:14) (5) Jesus said that his true followers could be readily identified by their self-sacrificing love for one another. Is that true of the religions of Christendom when the nations go to war? (6) The Bible says that Christ's disciples would be no part of the world, and it warns that whoever wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God; but the churches of Christendom and their members are deeply involved in the political affairs of the nations. (Jas. 4:4) In view of such a record, can it honestly be said that they really adhere to the Bible? How do Jehovah's Witnesses arrive at their explanation of the Bible? A key factor is that the Witnesses really believe that the Bible is God's Word and that what it contains is there for our instruction. (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; Rom. 15:4; 1 Cor. 10:11) So they do not resort to philosophical arguments to evade its clear statements of truth or to justify the way of life of people who have abandoned its moral standards. In pointing out the meaning of symbolic language in the Bible, they let the Bible provide its own explanation, instead of giving their theories as to its significance. (1 Cor. 2:13) Indications as to the meaning of symbolic terms are usually found in other parts of the Bible. (As an example, see Revelation 21:1; then, regarding the meaning of "sea," read Isaiah 57:20. To identify "the Lamb" referred to in Revelation 14:1, see John 1:29 and 1 Peter 1:19.) As for fulfillment of prophecy, they apply what Jesus said about being alert to events that correspond to what was foretold. (Luke 21:29-31; compare 2 Peter 1:16-19.) Conscientiously they point out those events and draw attention to what the Bible indicates they mean. Jesus said that he would have on earth a "faithful and discreet slave" (his anointed followers viewed as a group), through which agency he would provide spiritual food to those making up the household of faith. (Matt. 24:45-47) Jehovah's Witnesses recognize that arrangement. As was true of first-century Christians, they look to the governing body of that "slave" class to resolve difficult questions-not on the basis of human wisdom, but by drawing on their knowledge of God's Word and his dealings with his servants, and with the help of God's spirit, for which they earnestly pray.-Acts 15:1-29; 16:4, 5. Why have there been changes over the years in the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses? The Bible shows that Jehovah enables his servants to understand his purpose in a progressive manner. (Prov. 4:18; John 16:12) Thus, the prophets who were divinely inspired to write portions of the Bible did not understand the meaning of everything that they wrote. (Dan. 12:8, 9; 1 Pet. 1:10-12) The apostles of Jesus Christ realized that there was much they did not understand in their time. (Acts 1:6, 7; 1 Cor. 13:9-12) The Bible shows that there would be a great increase in knowledge of the truth during "the time of the end." (Dan. 12:4) Increased knowledge often requires adjustments in one's thinking. Jehovah's Witnesses are willing humbly to make such adjustments. Why do Jehovah's Witnesses preach from house to house? Jesus foretold for our day this work: "This good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come." He also instructed his followers: "Go . . . and make disciples of people of all the nations."-Matt. 24:14; 28:19. When Jesus sent out his early disciples, he directed them to go to the homes of the people. (Matt. 10:7, 11-13) The apostle Paul said regarding his ministry: "I did not hold back from telling you any of the things that were profitable nor from teaching you publicly and from house to house."-Acts 20:20, 21; see also Acts 5:42. The message that the Witnesses proclaim involves the lives of people; they want to be careful to miss no one. (Zeph. 2:2, 3) Their calls are motivated by love-first for God, also for their neighbor. A conference of religious leaders in Spain noted this: "Perhaps [the churches] are excessively neglectful about that which precisely constitutes the greatest preoccupation of the Witnesses-the home visit, which comes within the apostolic methodology of the primitive church. While the churches, on not a few occasions, limit themselves to constructing their temples, ringing their bells to attract the people and to preaching inside their places of worship, [the Witnesses] follow the apostolic tactic of going from house to house and of taking advantage of every occasion to witness."-El Catolicismo, Bogotá, Colombia, September 14, 1975, p. 14. But why do the Witnesses call repeatedly even at homes of people who do not share their faith? They do not force their message on others. But they know that people move to new residences and that the circumstances of people change. Today a person may be too busy to listen; another time he may gladly take the time. One member of a household may not be interested, but others may be. People themselves change; serious problems in life may stimulate an awareness of spiritual need.-See also Isaiah 6:8, 11, 12. Why are Jehovah's Witnesses persecuted and spoken against? Jesus said: "If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you. If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, on this account the world hates you." (John 15:18, 19; see also 1 Peter 4:3, 4.) The Bible shows that the whole world lies under Satan's control; he is the principal instigator of the persecution.-1 John 5:19; Rev. 12:17. Jesus also told his disciples: "You will be objects of hatred by all people on account of my name." (Mark 13:13) The word "name" here means what Jesus officially is, the Messianic King. Persecution comes because Jehovah's Witnesses put his commands ahead of those of any earthly ruler. If Someone Says- 'Why don't you people get involved in doing things to help make the world (the community) a better place to live?' You might reply: 'Conditions in the community are obviously important to you, and they are to me too. May I ask, What problem do you feel should be among the first that gets attention?' Then perhaps add: 'Why do you feel that this has become such a major need? . . . Obviously, immediate action on the matter can be beneficial, but I'm sure you'll agree that we would like to see improvement on a long-term basis. That is the approach that we as Jehovah's Witnesses take to the matter. (Explain what we do to help people to apply Bible principles in their lives in order to get to the root of the matter on a personal basis; also, what God's Kingdom will do, and why this will permanently solve the problem for humankind.)' Or you could say: '(After covering some of the points in the preceding reply . . . ) Some people contribute toward community improvement by providing money; others do it by volunteering their services. Jehovah's Witnesses do both. Let me explain.' Then perhaps add: (1) 'To be one of Jehovah's Witnesses, a person must conscientiously pay his taxes; that provides money for the government to supply needed services.' (2) 'We go beyond that, calling at the homes of people, offering to study the Bible with them free of charge. When they become acquainted with what the Bible says, they learn to apply Bible principles and so cope with their problems.' Another possibility: 'I'm glad you brought the matter up. Many people have never inquired to find out what the Witnesses are actually doing about community affairs. Obviously there is more than one way to offer help.' Then perhaps add: (1) 'Some do it by establishing institutions-hospitals, homes for the elderly, rehabilitation centers for drug addicts, and so forth. Others may volunteer to go right to the homes of people and offer appropriate help as they are able. That is what Jehovah's Witnesses do.' (2) 'We have observed that there is something that can transform a person's entire outlook on life, and that is knowledge of what the Bible shows to be the real purpose of life and what the future holds.' An additional suggestion: 'I appreciate your raising that question. We would like to see conditions improve, would we not? May I ask, How do you feel about what Jesus Christ himself did? Would you say that the way he went about helping people was practical? . . . We try to follow his example.' 'Christians are supposed to be witnesses for Jesus, not for Jehovah' You might reply: 'That's an interesting point you have brought up. And you are right that we do have a responsibility to be witnesses for Jesus. That's why Jesus' role in God's purpose is emphasized in our publications. (You may want to use a current book or a magazine to demonstrate this.) But here is something that may be a new thought to you. (Rev. 1:5) . . . Of whom was Jesus "the Faithful Witness"? (John 5:43; 17:6) . . . Jesus set the example that we should imitate, did he not? . . . Why is it so important to get to know both Jesus and his Father? (John 17:3)'
Jehovah's Witnesses are religious people often identified with their public "house to house" preaching. Jehovah's Witnesses believe in the Bible as the Word of God. They con…sider its 66 books to be inspired and historically accurate. Some 7 million persons strong, they are present in over 236 lands. They have branch offices throughout the world that direct their work and publish the famous biblical journal "The Watchtower" as well as other instructional books. Jehovah's Witnesses believe that the earth will remain forever and that all people, living and dead, who will fit in with Jehovah's purpose for a beautified, inhabited earth may live on it forever. Their places of worship, called "Kingdom Halls" are their center for telling the good news in your community. In recent years about 17,000,000 Witnesses and interested people have attended the Memorial of Jesus' death annually. Jehovah's Witnesses spend over 1,000,000,000 hours a year proclaiming the good news, and more than 300,000 new ones are baptized. Literature placements total into the hundreds of millions of copies. Other witnessing is done by conversation with friends and acquaintances, by writing letters or by using the telephone. Others mail literature containing material that they think an acquaintance would be especially interested in. Out of a desire to miss no one, Witnesses go from door to door with the message. Witnesses consider that telling others about the Paradise earth and its blessings is to be done willingly, out of a heart filled with a desire to share this good news. ANSWER The actual name of the organization is The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. Members of that group are informally called Jehovah's Witnesses. It is a popular religious group in the United States and throughout the world. Mainline Christian groups consider them controversial in some ways; for example, they do not hold to the divinity of Christ, but consider him to be the same person as Michael the Archangel. ANSWER The above answerer is partly correct. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is legal corporation that is the publishing arm of the organization. There are several legal corporations that Jehovah's Witnesses use in order to be legally recognized in the whatever region or country that we are engaged in activities in. We also believe that Jesus Christ is devine. In fact, He is our saviour, and the only true way to gain life eternal. He gave up his perfect human life as a corresponding ransom (1 Timothy 2:6) for the sinful condition that Adam sold us into, thus balancing the scales of universal justice, providing a way for us to have a way out of imperfection and death. We adopted the Bible-based name Jehovah's Witnesses in 1931. At Isaiah 43:10-12, God, whose name is Jehovah (Psalms 83:18), refers to His servants as His witnesses. In 2001, we officially formed the corporation "Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses" which oversees the spiritual aspects of the worldwide congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. Simply put we are ones who witness, or bear testimony to Jehovah and his Kingdom. We accept Jesus as our Saviour and recognize him as Jehovah God's only-begotten Son, and the one whom Jehovah has appointed as king of his kingdom, and that he is now ruling in heaven since 1914. We follow the model that Jesus set to preach about God's kingdom and obey the command that he gave to carry on in that preaching work. (Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19,20) All members of the congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses are encouraged to share in the witnessing work, but not all who attend meetings of JW's are actually JW's. Only those who are actively doing the witnessing work can rightly be called Jehovah's Witnesses. Add to that, Jesus Christ was the First Witness of his Heavenly Father, Jehovah. Based on Revelation 1:5, the now glorified and heavenly enthroned Christ is and was "the Faithful Witness", "The firstborn from the dead..." Also, being "the Firstborn of all creation.." (Colossians 1:15,16) and "the beginning of His (God) way..." (Proverbs 8:22-30) and the "Word" (John 1:1-3), plus Michael (Daniel 12:1; Jude 9), he would obviously be extremely keen and interested in the actual protection of His Father's good Name and Sovereignty against any and all rebellious slander and opposition from those unwilling to acknowledge JEHOVAH's right to rule, as Creator, be they demon or human. As JW's follow Christ in all he does, as much as humanly possible, we dedicate our lives to Jehovah and answer primarily to Him as Absolute Authority (Acts 4:13-21), the Holy Scriptures as guide and message from God (2 Timothy 3:16,17), and treasure our worldwide Brotherhood.- John 10:14,16 Further, it is our belief that from earliest Christian Congregations down to our day (2008), starting with the 11 faithful Apostles chosen by Jesus himself (Mathias was added later to replace wicked Judas Iscariot), that Jehovah had been choosing certain humans to rule with the Christ in the heavens for the Thousand Year Reign, that complete and limited number being 144,000 men and women from various nations and walks of life, according to the Holy Scriptures. (Matthew 26:26-29; Acts 2:1-4; 10:30-35, 44-48; 11:13-18; 2 Timothy 2:9-12; Revelation 5:9,10; 7:4; 14:1-5) We find these persons are among the Jehovah's Witnesses organization and follow their lead in preaching the good news of the Kingdom. No other organization does this but these JW's. According to the Bible, countless numbers of humans loyal to Jehovah only will be granted everlasting life in perfect health in an earth-wide Paradise. (Psalms. 37:9-11, 29; Revelation 21:3,4) Currently, these who look forward to that future make up the huge bulk of the JW's. Honestly, if anyone wants to learn more about these matters and the Witnesses activities, just contact one them, visit a Kingdom Hall nearest you, or welcome them in for a Bible discussion whenever they preach in your neighborhood. To get the real insight on us, go to the source, not some biased interpreter. Find the facts for yourself with your own eyes and ears and mind firsthand. ANSWER In the Bible, Abel, Enoch, Noah, Moses, Aaron, Sarah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the entire ancient nation of Isreal, the apostles of Christ, all the first christians, and Jesus Christ himself were all Witnesses of Jehovah. (Isaiah 43:10-12; Matthew 28:19,20; John 18:37; Acts 1:8; Hebrews chapter 11 and 12; Revelation 1:5; Revelation 3:14) A "witness" is someone that speaks about something they have seen or know. One of "Jehovah's Witnesses" is someone that speaks about what they have seen or know about the Creator of the universe, whose personal name (as revealed in the bible in Psalms 83 verse 18) is Jehovah. So one of Jehovah's Witnesses is someone that speaks publically about God. The religion of that carries the name "Jehovah's Witnesses" is a christian group that is best known for its public preaching and teaching work. The group currently has about 7 million members that meet regularly for bible study, prayer and worship in buildings known as Kingdom Halls and live and work in the local community. Jehovah's Witnesses are not usually very difficult to find, in fact their motto might be "We'll find YOU". A Jehovah's Witness is someone who "witnesses" or bears testimony about Jehovah. Jehovah is the name given in the Bible of the Father in heaven. (Psalms 83:18-Original King James Version) Jehovah's Witnesses get their name from the Bible. (Isaiah 43:10,11) Jehovah's Witnesses are merely another religion. They don't celebrate any of the holidays. They remain chaste in dating and courtship. They believe that there god is watching them an they are always honest people. They preach door to door. Dressed very modestly. They think that with bible reference Jesus is Gods son, which he is. In my opinion they are very commendable people. What they do is they help you in this life, they are always happy, even if they have cancer, or are 300 pounds. They help you in work, school, and even if its something very personal. Jehovah's Witnesses are an organization directed by Jesus Christ and His father Jehovah God. Jesus died for mankind so that we may have a hope to live forever in an unwicked world filled with peaceful people and no violence. Jehovah's witnesses preach to you so that you may learn about the truth. They only want to save your life to live on earth as a perfect human being. So dont see them as annoying people disrupting you during the day. They have a good purpose for being out and preaching Answer: 1st of all they aren't called the "Jehovahs" that is like calling- and this is only as an example- the people involved in Jerry's Kids, "The jerrys" or "jerrys"... it's just not correct. Jehovah is the name of god... not the group. The name of the religion is Jehovah's witnesses so if you're too lazy to write it out, JW is cool too Answer:"Jehovah's Witnesses see themselves as a worldwide brotherhood that transcends national boundaries and national and ethnic loyalties. They believe that since Christ proclaimed that his kingdom was no part of the world and refused to accept a temporal crown, they too must keep separate from the world and refrain from political involvement." Gene Owens; Nieman Reports, Fall 1997 Jehovah's Witnesses believe in the Bible as the Word of God. They consider its 66 books to be not only divinely inspired but historically accurate. The Witnesses are the only group which uses the NW version of the Bible (it is rejected by Catholic, Old Catholic, Orthodox, Coptic, Anglican and all Protestant churches as being an unsound translation). Witnesses believe: (a) All other religious groups have fallen away from the truth. Only the Witnesses know the truth. (b) God the Father is the only true God. (c) That the Genesis account does not define the six 'days' of creation as being literally only 24 hours long each, but that the Bible's wording allows for the earth to be billions of years old and for each of the successive creative epochs of the earth to be at least thousands of years in length. (d) Jesus is the Father's first creation and inferior to God but superior to the angels. In the words of the NWT translation of John 1 The Word (Jesus) was "a god". (e) Jesus died to save the world. (f) Jesus did not physically rise from the dead, but spiritually. (g) The Holy Spirit is not a person (they reject the Trinity) but God's active force. (h) When a person dies nothing remains, including a soul. The person does, however, remain in the memory of God who will bring that person back to life one day. (i) The Earth will not be destroyed by the sun imploding - as science teaches - but will remain forever and those who fit in with the Heavenly Father's purpose - including those who are not Witnesses - will live on the Earth for all time. (j) Those unworthy to live on the Earth will simply not be brought back to life (there is no Hell). (k) Humanity is in the last days and the final battle between good and evil will happen in the near future, though Witnesses no longer make statements regard a year in which this will occur. (l) There are 144,000 people who are anointed (chosen) by the Heavenly Father to rule from heaven; the anointed know that they are chosen and they are the only ones who receive the bread and wine at the annual commemoration of Christ's death. Only Jehovah's Witnesses are chosen. (m) Such celebrations as birthdays and Christmas are unbiblical. The only memorial the Witnesses have is that of Christ's Last Supper and death. (n) that the Bible forbids sharing blood; thus they do not permit blood transfusions. (o) All human life is sacred and abortion is wrong. (p) Sexual activity (including petting) outside of marriage is sinful. Very simply, a Jehovah's Witness is a Witness of Jehovah God. 1) A 'witness' is someone who knows something, someone who personally witnesses or sees something. 2) A 'witness' is also someone who 'testifies' or verbally 'speaks' about something they know about. Well we know all about Jehovah God, at least all that the Bible reveals about him. Jehovah God is the Creator of the whole Universe and everything in it. Jehovah God sent his son to earth. His son is called Jesus. Jesus died so that mankind could get everlasting life on earth again. These are some of the things we 'witness' about. Most people call themselves 'Christian'. That merely means they are a follower of Christ Jesus. But we are 'more than' Christian. We are not only witnesses of Jesus, we are Witnesses of Jesus' Father. Jesus was a Witness of Jehovah too. Revelation, the last book in the Bible calls Jesus a true and faithful Witness. He witnessed all about his Father who's name is Jehovah.
Answer to the negative No normally a cult is people who isolate themselves, they are not brain washed and all have different ways of thinking. The definition of a "cult" is. …Dictionary.com: "A religion or sect considered to be false, unorthodox, or extremist, with members often living outside of conventional society under the direction of a human charismatic leader usually conducted in secrecy." Several "cults" in recent times can fall under this category. Jim Jones & The Guyana Tragedy. Charles Manson. David Koresh & Branch Davidian (Waco, Tx). Marshall Applewhite (Heavens Gate) Jehovah Witnesses are like everyone else. They have normal problems-economic, physical, emotional. You may meet them at your work, store, or library. They make mistakes at times, for they are not perfect, inspired, or infallible. But they try to learn from their experiences and diligently study the Bible to make needed corrections. They have made a dedication to God to do his will, and they apply themselves to fulfill this dedication. In all their activities they seek guidance from God's Word and his holy spirit. They are known primarily for their "door to door" preaching work. (this work is being conducted worldwide in 235 lands). Meetings are held openly at Kingdom Halls. You can likely find a Kingdom Hall in your neighborhood which JW's warmly invite you. It is of vital importance to them that their beliefs be based on the Bible and not on mere human speculations or religious creeds. Beliefs can be found at www.watchtower.org Another JW response with quotes from non-Witnesses. A government official of the city of St. Petersburg, Russia, explained: "Jehovah's Witnesses were presented to us as some kind of underground sect sitting in the darkness and slaughtering children and killing themselves. . . . Now I see normal, smiling people, even better than many people I know. They are peaceful and calm, and they love one another very much. . . . I really do not understand why people tell such lies about them." Jehovah's Witnesses do not hold ritualistic meetings, nor is their worship cloaked in secrecy. Non-Witness author Julia Mitchell Corbett notes in her book Religion in America: "Witnesses have earned the reputation of being honest, courteous, and industrious," Their conduct does not clash with what is accepted as normal social behavior. Many who are not Witnesses readily acknowledge that there is nothing freakish or bizarre about Jehovah's Witnesses. The New Encyclopædia Britannica accurately states that the Witnesses "insist upon a high moral code in personal conduct." The director of news and special projects for a television station in the United States wrote to Jehovah's Witnesses in response to a biased report about the Witnesses on the TV news show 60 Minutes. He said: "If more people lived the way your faith does, this nation wouldn't be in the shape it is in. I am one newsman who knows that your organization is founded on love and a strong faith in the Creator. I want you to know that not all News people are as biased." "I do not belong to Jehovah's Witnesses," wrote a newsman in the Czech Republic. Yet he added: "It is obvious that they [Jehovah's Witnesses] have tremendous moral strength. . . . They recognize governmental authorities but believe that only God's Kingdom is capable of solving all human problems. But watch it-they are not fanatics. They are people who are absorbed in humanity." Even The New Catholic Encyclopedia mentions that Jehovah's Witnesses have a "current reputation as one of the best-behaved groups in the world," with "indefatigable zeal" in preaching, and their "conjugal [marriage] and sexual morality is quite rigid." Regarding the trumped up accusations about 'suicide'; The Northern News (Zimbabwe Rhodesia). "From all accounts, those areas in which Jehovah's Witnesses are strongest among Africans are now areas more trouble-free than the average. Certainly they have been active against agitators, witchcraft, drunkenness and violence of any kind. A close study of the Bible is encouraged." The accusation that we do not associate with non-JWs is a long stretch at twisting the reality. We may not seek CLOSE social association with others; perhaps we don't enjoy being around dirty immoral jokes and stories; we don't enjoy being around swearing; -- but we are very social. We visit people at their homes. We go to ball parks. We attend plays. Our children work on school projects with others. We work side by side with our workmates. We make it a point to include and visit non-JW relatives. (the list goes on) Answer to the affirmative No one likes to think of themselves to be part of a cult. But a cult is primarily designed to keep people part of it as very often their entire identity has been invested into it. So it really is no surprise that Jehovah's Witnesses would strongly object to being labelled with such a derogatory term that holds much stigma. Although Jehovah's Witnesses are in general nice, friendly, sociable, peaceful people, the reason they are recognizes as a cult, by both the religious and secular worlds, is primarily because they are a high control organization. Whilst Jehovah's Witnesses may not barricade themselves away inside compounds, their isolation is one of mentality. Jehovah's Witnesses are strongly encouraged to only associate themselves leisurely with other JWs, the only times they should engage with non-JWs is at work/school, in important family matters, in the house-to-house ministry work, and in other everyday tasks such as shopping. Jehovah Witnesses are strongly looked down upon for associating with former members and even those who speak against their organisation, they can even face disciplinary action for doing so, unless their association is proven to be to encourage a former member back into the organization. Once a person has been studying with Jehovah's Witnesses for a time and looking to become a JW themselves, they are strongly encouraged to sever any "bad association" a.k.a. anyone not associated with the organization. This makes it very difficult if that person, a few years down the line, ever wanted to leave the organization. And is the reason why a large number of former JWs (who have grown up in the organization and who's families are all JWs) commit suicide, as once they leave they are shunned by their former JW "friends" and even family and have literally no one to turn to. Vastly integrated into the JW teaching is that their leaders and divinely directed by Jesus Christ himself, and they are God's only channel of communication in the world today. Therefore to question the organization's teachings is seen as 'independent thinking' and should be repented of; as to question the leadership is to question God himself. They are also forbidden from looking into the Watchtower's past teachings, from reading anti-JW/apostate material, or from even studying the Bible without organizational literature. This is only a very short and brief outline of why Jehovah's Witnesses are recognized as a cult or high control group. Answer: All religions other than the Roman Catholic Church were considered, at one time, to be cults. The first was the Martin Luther's who dared to read the bible on their own. Out of that came all of the Protestant churches when the Bible was published. Those who "protested" against the Catholic church dogma that was not written in the Bible. Funny but many of those still have non Bible based dogma out of tradition. Jehovah's Witnesses follow the Bible word for word and if it is not in the Bible then they don't believe it is true. Not allowing anyone to interpret the bible is the very definition of what Jehovah's Witnesses are about. They are the most pragmatic bible readers and most of them know the Bible better than any member of most churches. Are they perfect in their beliefs? I don't think anyone has the ability to judge that. However, they seem to be some of the nicest people I have ever met. They have no paid clergy, so they are considered to be a threat to the large money making emotionally driven churches. Jehovah's Witnesses do not ask for money, but when they see what is in the Bible they will support it. The members of the Jehovah's Witnesses are the clergy... All equal, no high priests. If you don't know anything about them, and you just follow the rumors, then you are not much of a seeker of truth. I strongly suggest that you attend one of their totally open meetings, or to have a Bible study with them, if you are interested. After all it is your life and your mind, if you have some fear that you are too weak to overcome some ideology then you should not belong to any church, because you are just weak. The point is the rumors about JW's is just from other Christian Churches that are threatened by them. They are the fastest growing religion these days. If I was a paid Clergy from some church that is losing members, I would be concerned too. The only threat they have is to the collection plates of the large emotionally driven churches who just repeat what brings money to the til. I am not a Jehovah's Witness. I have no religion. I find the JW's to have good understanding of the Bible.
Yes, a NON-Witness can marry anyone they want. A non-Witness can even marry a homosexual if the law allows for it. A NON-Witness is not bound by the same precepts of the Witne…sses. The following information pertains to Jehovah's Witnesses directly: Yes. However,Witnesses understand the admonition in 1 Cor 7 only in the Lord to mean that Witnesses should really only marry other Witnesses. Watchtower 15th Mar '82 p31, But what if a Witness planned to disregard God's advice and to marry someone who was not a baptized Witness? Unless there was some exceptional reason, brothers in the congregation would not want to solemnize such an unequal yoking. Watchtower 15th June '58 p372, those in the New World society who are unmarried should walk as wise persons by heeding the Scriptural principle of marrying "only in the Lord." To ignore this principle is to reveal spiritual instability.'' Watchtower 1st May '02 p18, It is a shame that some disregard God's direction on marrying only in the Lord.'' Therefore, whilst it is allowed it is certainly not looked upon favourably. Extra Information: The Kingdom Hall is never used to marry NON-Witnesses; but is only used to marry Jehovah's Witnesses in good standing. In rare circumstances, an elder might officiate a marriage of 2 non-Witnesses who are showing their intent of becoming Witnesses. But the wedding would be outside a Kingdom Hall, because a Kingdom Hall is 'of Jehovah's Witnesses'. Kingdom Halls are not rented out. All weddings in the Kingdom Hall are FREE; with no cost to an officating elder.
Our magazine The Watchtower answers this for us Watchtower 15/2/94 page 4 Cults-What Are They? ..cults are generally understood to be religious groups with … radical views and practices that clash with what is accepted today as normal social behavior......Their devotion to a self-proclaimed human leader is likely to be unconditional and exclusive. Often these leaders boast of having been divinely chosen....... Cult members often isolate themselves from friends, family, and even society in general. Is that the case with Jehovah's Witnesses? Answer Yes, very much so, and a dangerous one at that because it ensures that JW members do not learn the truth about Jesus Christ and God's love for all. In the above answer the question was posed at the end. The answer is a resounding 'yes' based on the statement that was left by the previous answerer: ..cults are generally understood to be religious groups with radical views and practices that clash with what is accepted today as normal social behavior...... Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to accept Jesus as God incarnate and as Lord of all, and follow a discredited and heretical belief called Arianism that was dismissed by the Christian Church way back in the early Church while there were still many Church leaders who could remember the actual teachings of Jesus Christ first hand. Arians were regarded (and still are) as radical and heretical. Practices such as disfellowshipping and allowing their own children to die for want of a blood transfusion cannot be called normal social behaviour. Therefore. by their non-acceptance of Jesus as divine, reducing him to a 'god-like' human, they do not follow the teachings of Jesus Christ himself and therefore cannot be classed as 'Christian' in the correct, Biblical, sense. "Their devotion to a self-proclaimed human leader is likely to be unconditional and exclusive..." Their devotion to their founder Charles Taize Russell - a charismatic self-confessed charlatan - was unquestioned. Their devotion to the Watchtower Society - a society that still follows the teachings of Russell - is still taken as unquestioned. JWs are discouraged from seeking truth elsewhere than the Watchtower society, and are discouraged from gaining a higher education for fear of asking awkward questions, are discouraged from seeking friends outside the organisation and are not allowed, for fear of being disfellowhipped (shunned by their 'friends' within the cult) of questioning what they are told by the Watchtower organisation. "Often these leaders boast of having been divinely chosen....... " In the Watchtower society not only the leaders are 'divinely chosen' but every member of the JW movement. They believe that they alone are the ones who will be saved and all others are condemned to hell. They regard all Christians in the worldwide Christian Church who believe in the Trinitarian Godhead (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) as in cahoots with the devil as they regard the Trinity as satanic. "Cult members often isolate themselves from friends, family, and even society in general..." Yes. By the admissions of the Watchtower Society themselves: We must also be on guard against extended association with worldly people. Perhaps it is a neighbor, a school friend, a workmate, or a business associate. (Watchtower 2nd February 1994) We have been counseled to be cautious in our dealings with men of the nations, unbelievers, and ordinary persons. (See the November 15, 1988, issue of The Watchtower, pages 15-16.) Why should we have unnecessary social contact with people who still pursue worldly ways and who have not become worshipers of Jehovah?'' (Kingdom Ministry June 1989) to name just two out of many references. "Is that the case with Jehovah's Witnesses?' (that the organsation is a cult)" According to the JW response above, taken directly from its own publication, then the answer has to be a resounding 'Yes', very much so, and one which, when you become a member, is very difficult to leave.
Yes they can. Jehovah's Witnesses maintain close and warm friendships with a wide variety of people. Like all individuals though, they are drawn to those that share their …interests and values and exercise christian caution when choosing intimate associates. Answer2: Jehovah's Witness go out of their way to practice love of neighbor, assist others and to be friendly whether at work, school, the supermarket, in times of disaster, where ever. However, we do draw the line, we chose as our most intimate associates those who share our morals, values and beliefs. This world puts so much emphasis on material riches, prominence, power and lack of morals, whereas Jehovah's Witness, based on God's word, stresses the more important spiritual values. Not that we think that we are better than anyone else, but our choice of friends serves as a protection for us and our Bible trained conscience.
A cult is a religion that is said to be unorthodox or that emphasizes devotion according to prescribed ritual. Many cults follow a living human leader, and often their adheren…ts live in groups apart from the rest of society. The standard for what is orthodox, however, should be God's Word, and Jehovah's Witnesses strictly adhere to the Bible. Their worship is a way of life, not a ritual devotion. They neither follow a human nor isolate themselves from the rest of society. They live and work in the midst of other people. Cults are generally understood to be religious groups with radical views and practices that clash with what is accepted today as normal social behavior. Usually they conduct their religious activities in secrecy. Many of these cultic groups actually isolate themselves in communes. Their devotion to a self-proclaimed human leader is likely to be unconditional and exclusive. Often these leaders boast of having been divinely chosen or even of being themselves divine in nature. Cult members often isolate themselves from friends, family, and even society in general. Is that the case with Jehovah's Witnesses? Are the Witnesses using deceptive and unethical techniques to recruit members? No, They believe that people can join and leave as they please they are not forced. They are not deceptive they tell you straight up what they are getting at. They go door to door to preach. They are not reclusive. If you with to apart of the religion it is up to you. They are not a cult
That would depend on how you defined those words. A sect means a group that has broken away from another established religion. Jehovah's Witnesses are not a offshoot of anothe…r church, instead people come from all kinds of religious backgrounds. A cult is a religion that is said to emphasize devotion according to prescribed ritual. Cults normally follow a living human leader, and their groups live away from the rest of society. Jehovah's Witnesses don't do that. They follow the Bible, and they don't live away from the rest of society. They work in the same types of businesses as you. Hope this helped you.
The name Jehovah's Witness comes from the Bible. In Isaiah Jehovah told his people: 'You are my Witnesses' Followers use the name because they believe they are witnessing to… others on behalf of Jehovah, much like one would in a court case. They think of themselves as character witnesses for Jehovah against Satan. Jehovah's Witnesses consider it important to share their religious beliefs with others. They also believe that living by their faith should be a way of life, as the bible says it was for Jesus and his disciples.
Jehovah's Witnesses are Christians most widely known for the door-to-door minstry. They are the ones who are fulfilling the prophecy given in Matthew 24:14: "And this good new…s of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come." They are the ones who fulfill the "Great Commission" given to Christians by Jesus in Matthew 28:19, 20 - "Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU. And, look! I am with YOU all the days until the conclusion of the system of things."; They go by what Matt. 28:19,20 states we are being witnesses of Jehovah when we go from door to door and that is the simple explanation as to why we are called Jehovah's Witnesses. ANSWER FROM ONE OF JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES... You have a few options open to you here to find this information out in depth. 1) This link will be a good start. It is called Jehovah's Witnesses-Who Are They? What Do They Believe? http://www.watchtower.org/e/jt/index.htm 2) Fill in the form at this link to have a Brother come around to talk to you at a time and place best for you. Your Personal Invitation, Would You Welcome a Visit? https://watch002.securesites.net/e/contact/submit.htm 3) You can also wait for my Brothers & Sisters to call when they are next in your area doing their Christian Minister work. Ask them what ever questions you would like as they will be more than happy to help you out to come to a true knowledge of The Bible. If you would like to talk then please do feel free to mail me (see profile).
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We were very careful to choose the name by which we would be called. We gave much thought to it. There are 2 parts to our name, which really explains itself. (Part of this ex…planation is an English lesson.) 1) Jehovah's --- You will notice the apostrophe 's'. This means: 'Belonging to'. We belong to Jehovah God, the Almighty, the Creator of the whole Universe and everything in it. Before we get baptized, we make a personal DEDICATION to Jehovah God in prayer. We dedicate ourselves to Him, to do His 'will' (whatever that will may be.) Jehovah's 'will' changes over the years. Since we now belong to Jehovah, that means we will change as his requirements change. (Example: Noah was required to build an ark for salvation. Today that is NOT a requirement anymore for salvation. God's will changed.) Point 1 also means: We do NOT belong to an organization. We NEVER dedicated ourselves to an organization. We do not even pledge our alliegance to any government on earth. 2) Witnesses --- You will notice that this is in the 'plural' form. This means 'more than 1'. This all means that we 'witness' or 'speak' about Jehovah God, and his purposes for mankind. It may surprise many people, that Jehovah's Witnesses are really MORE THAN CHRISTIAN. Yes, we are 'Christian' -- but we are beyond that; we are MORE THAN that. (Explanation: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah, etc were NOT Christians. Christ had not arrived. They were MORE THAN Christian. They too were Witnesses of Jehovah God. -- Even Christ Jesus was a Witness of Jehovah God. You will find this in Revelation.) Interestingly: The whole world agrees that we indeed ARE Jehovah's Witnesses. That designation was available to anyone before 1931. But no one wanted that label. To this day many despise the word 'Jehovah'. It makes their stomach's crawl. They call us that. Even all the so-called Christians call us that. When we arrive at their doors they say: "Jehovah's Witnesses? --- We're not interested." They acknowledge and recognize that only WE are Jehovah's name people. This will explain the pride we have in being the only ones on earth, recognized as what we really are: Jehovah God's personal Witnesses. It couldn't get much better than that.
Jehovah's Witnesses exercise caution in their choice of intimate or close friends and indeed do most people. The Watchtower 2nd February 1994 cautions: We must also be on gu…ard against extended association with worldly people. Perhaps it is a neighbor, a school friend, a workmate, or a business associate. Kingdom Ministry June 1989 We have been counseled to be cautious in our dealings with men of the nations, unbelievers, and ordinary persons. (See the November 15, 1988, issue of The Watchtower, pages 15-16.) Why should we have unnecessary social contact with people who still pursue worldly ways and who have not become worshipers of Jehovah? Watchtower 15th April 1993 Limit your association to spiritually minded Christians who really love Jehovah With these things in mind spiritually mature Jehovah's Witnesses try to avoid associating in any meaningful way with non Jehovah's Witnesses. And yet, Jesus forgave and ministered to a prostitute, laid hands on a leper to cure him, and cast out demons, although none of this affected Him. If you affirm in the faith of your choice, you can be IN the world , but not OF the world. No, not at all. Jehovah's Witnesses do not isolate themselves from the community in which they live and many Jehovah's Witnesses have marriage mates and and family that do not share their faith; they normally maintain close and loving relationships with such ones. The first list of statements of Jehovah's Witness official policy describes comprehensively an organization that shuns contact with the 'outside' world, or, at least, limits it a great deal. Jehovah's Witnesses are always upset by accusations from the Christian Church that the organization is cult-like, but practices within the organization, such as the demand that JWs should only really associate with other JWs, fuel this belief a great deal. However, the Christian Church worldwide operate a different mission - that the members of the Christian Church should follow the teachings and practices of Jesus Christ and to live their lives so that they become more Christ-like. This means that they go out into the world, and minister to the world just as Jesus did; by associating with the outcasts of society. This is why Christian organizations work with the poor, the oppressed, the drug addicted, the prostitutes, the criminals, the alcoholics, the homeless. Loving and working with these people does not make you a criminal or prostitute. But sharing God's love with them is what it is all about, rather than arguing scripture on a doorstep with gullible people who have little real knowledge of God's word and the true message of Jesus Christ. No
You talk and discuss both your beliefs. You say what you believe and they say what they believe without being rude or arguing. You show them scriptures in the Bible; they show… you scriptures in the Bible. And go on like that. Find scriptures that you would use to prove the Trinity.
Ill tell you a few, never act in violence dont have kids before marrige or anything like that marry the person you love for you will stick with them for the rest of your life … never disobey God even if it means death aways do whats right there are more if your intrested just ask:) jehovah's witnesses don't celebrate any holidays or birthdays. don't smoke, don't do drugs, don't have sex before marriage, don't believe in divorce, doesn't believe in heaven or hell. believes there is "a new system" when people who died come back.