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  1. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses • Some religions tolerate immorality; others are filled with doctrinal error • Guilty of sin, Jas. 2:10 • Enemies of the cross, Phil. 3:1-3, 18

  2. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses • We need to prepare • Not deceived, Eph. 4:13, 14 • Answer error, 1 Pet. 3:15

  3. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses History & Organization Doctrines & Practices

  4. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses History & Organization • Traced to Adventist movement of 1800s led by William Miller - failed prophecy • One group: correct time, wrong event • Other group: wrong time & event

  5. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses History & Organization • Founder: Charles Taze Russell • Born in Presbyterian household • Contacted Miller’s followers at 16 • Renewed faith & study • Began Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence in 1879 • Formally organized in 1881

  6. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses History & Organization • Joseph Franklin Rutherford • Baptist background • Encountered JWs in 1894; joined 1906 • Became legal counsel, 1907 • Became president, 1916 • Turned Society from Bible study & growth to selling materials

  7. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses History & Organization • Highlights • 1920, Millions Now Living Will Never Die • 1922, Watchtower official text of study • 1929, Mansion bought in San Diego, CA • 1931, Name adopted • 1938, Society began appointing all responsible positions in congregations

  8. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses History & Organization • Organized like many denominations • Board of directors • Branch servant • District servant • Circuit servant

  9. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses History & Organization • Organized like many denominations • Congregation • Congregational servant • Pioneers • Kingdom publisher

  10. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses Doctrines & Practices • “Jehovah created this earth so that humans could enjoy living on it forever” • Only 144,000 will go to heaven • Artistic drawings of children playing w/ lions

  11. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses Doctrines & Practices • “Jehovah created this earth so that humans could enjoy living on it forever” • Only 144,000 will go to heaven • Artistic drawings of children playing w/ lions • You and a rat have same hope of eternity • “Materialism”

  12. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses Doctrines & Practices • The Bible says all saved will go to heaven • No set number, Jn. 3:16; Rev. 22:17 • 144,000 symbolic, Rev. 7:1-8 • Inheritance in heaven, not earth, • 1 Pet. 1:3-5; Mt. 6:19-21 • Earth to be destroyed, 2 Pt. 3:10-12; • Heb. 1:10-12

  13. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses Doctrines & Practices • JWs do not believe in hell • Believe hell is the grave • Punishment of wicked is not to exist • Belief in eternal torment dishonors God

  14. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses Doctrines & Practices • JWs do not believe in hell • Would a loving God torment people forever? • Would a loving God allow sin to run rampant on earth? • Would a loving God let a child die? • Would a loving God annihilate people forever and exclude them from “paradise earth”?

  15. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses Doctrines & Practices • Hell is real • As real as heaven, • Mt. 18:9; 25:46; Rom. 6:23 • Place of punishment, • Mk. 9:42-48; Rev. 21:8

  16. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses History & Organization Doctrines & Practices

  17. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses • Some religions tolerate immorality; others are filled with doctrinal error • Guilty of sin, Jas. 2:10 • Enemies of the cross, Phil. 3:1-3, 18

  18. Denominations Jehovah's Witnesses • We need to prepare • Not deceived, Eph. 4:13, 14 • Answer error, 1 Pet. 3:15