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

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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
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Denominations

Jehovah's Witnesses

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

Jehovah's Witnesses

History & Organization

Doctrines & Practices

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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
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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
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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
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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
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Denominations

Jehovah's Witnesses

History & Organization

  • Organized like many denominations
    • Board of directors
    • Branch servant
    • District servant
    • Circuit servant
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Denominations

Jehovah's Witnesses

History & Organization

  • Organized like many denominations
    • Congregation
    • Congregational servant
    • Pioneers
    • Kingdom publisher
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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
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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”
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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
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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
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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”?

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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
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Denominations

Jehovah's Witnesses

History & Organization

Doctrines & Practices

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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
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Denominations

Jehovah's Witnesses

  • We need to prepare
    • Not deceived, Eph. 4:13, 14
    • Answer error, 1 Pet. 3:15