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  1. Christianity Cults & Religions

  2. Jehovah’s Witnesses

  3. William Miller • Born 1782 • Was a 19th Century Baptist preacher • Started Adventism • Through lengthy and elaborate calculations he reached the conclusion that Jesus Christ would return in 1843. • Recalculated and said no it was Oc. 1844 • People sold there homes • Miller repented and stopped predicting the coming of Christ. • Died in 1849

  4. William Miller Elaborate Calculations

  5. Charles Taze Russell • Born February 16, 1852 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania • Raised Presbyterian • Rebelled from religious parents • And the doctrine of Hell • Came under Adventist teachings (a group teaching the imminent return of Christ) • Was elected pastor of a Bible study • Began publishing “Zion’s Watch Tower” Magazine • Came to the conclusion that Jesus had invisibly returned in 1874 and said that heaven on Earth would come in 1914… 1915… 1918 (he did this using calculations from the Bible but mostly the Pyramids) • Died in 1916 • Succeeded by Judge Joseph Rutherford

  6. Charles Taze Russell Pyramid Calculations

  7. “Judge” Joseph Rutherford • Born November 8, 1869 • Predicted, again, that in 1925 Jesus Christ and the O.T. heroes would come back literally and physically and believed this so much he had a house built for them in San Diego – Beth Sarim • In 1931 change the name from “The Bible Students” to the “Jehovah’s Witnesses” (taken from Isaiah 43:10-12) • Died in 1942

  8. “Judge” Joseph Rutherford Beth Sarim

  9. The Watchtower Society • 18 Million Followers in 200 Countries and Territories • 7 Million go door to door on a daily bases • Last year they grew by 3% • Publish 2 main magazines • The Watchtower: Announcing Jehovah's Kingdom (180 Languages) • Awake • Most widely circulated periodicals on the planet • Publishes books and magazines in over 500 languages • They read the New World Bible • Their own translation • Began publishing in 1950 by a anonymous translation committee consisted of six men – five of whom had no formal training in biblical languages • Altered in nearly 300 places

  10. New World Translation • John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV) • John 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, in order that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life. (NWT)

  11. New World Translation • John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.(NKJV) • John 1:1 In [the] beginning the Word was, and the Word was with God, and the Word was a god.(NWT)

  12. New World Translation • II Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, (NKJV) • II Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness, (NWT)

  13. New World Translation • Heb. 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, (2)has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;(NKJV) • Heb. 1:1-2 God, who long ago spoke on many occasions and in many ways to our forefathers by means of the prophets, (2) has at the end of these days spoken to us by means of a Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the systems of things. (NWT)

  14. The Watchtower Society • The 144,000 – “The faithful and discrete slave class” • The only people who have the right to interoperate the Bible • About 10,000 left • 9 men – called the ruling body • Everybody has to agree with everything identically at all times • Salvation is Faith and Good works • Must be a member of Jehovah’s one right organization – Watchtower

  15. The Watchtower Society • They teach the trinity is a pagan idea authored by Satan • Jesus is a lesser created God • Jesus began as Michael the Arch Angel – God’s first and favorite creation • Jesus died on a torture stick • Resurrected only in spirit • The holy spirit is merely an acting forcing (small H and S) • Compare the Holy Spirit to electricity or magnetism

  16. The Watchtower Society • Unusual Beliefs • Refuse Blood transfusions • Even their own stored up in advance • For decades they waged a war against aluminum utensils • Form 1931-1952 they forbade vaccinations • From 1967-1980 they forbade organ transplants • No military • No voting – of any kind • No flag salute • No celebrating birthdays, holiday, etc. • Can not attend any other religious services • Including weddings and funerals

  17. The Watchtower Society • To Be Saved: • Taking in knowledge of Jehovah and Jehovah’s Witnesses (Learning about God) • Obey God’s Laws • Belong to Jehovah’s one true organization • Obey the laws of the organization

  18. Biblical Insights • One God • Isaiah 43:10 • I Peter 1:1-2 • The Holy Spirit is God • II Corinthians 3:17 • Acts 5:3-4 • Jesus is God • Isaiah 9:6 • John 8:58; Exodus 3:14 • Colossians 2:9 • John 5:18, 23 • Hebrews 1:6 • Jesus rose physically • John 2:19 • Salvation is a free gift • Romans 6:23

  19. 4 Does and 4 Don’ts Does • Jehovah’s witnesses are people • Relate to them • Be cautious and respectful • Do ask questions • Instead of making allegations • Give a brief testimony • They have no personal experiences Don’ts • Don’t assume they know the Bible • Don’t assume there is only one way to witness to J.W • Lead from your strengths • Don’t force them to admit they are wrong, corner them, or get in over your head. • Its okay to say that you don’t know • Don’t just turn them away

  20. Quick Review

  21. In nearly … places the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Bible, New World Translation, is altered to match up with Watchtower doctrines. • 50 • 100 • 200 • 300

  22. In nearly … places the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Bible, New World Translation, is altered to match up with Watchtower doctrines. • 50 • 100 • 200 • 300

  23. True or False? According to Watchtower teaching, only the “anointed class” of 144,000 people has the ability and the right to properly interpret the Bible.

  24. True or False? According to Watchtower teaching, only the “anointed class” of 144,000 people has the ability and the right to properly interpret the Bible.TRUE

  25. According to Watchtower reaching, Jesus was the first thing Jehovah created, and Jesus began his Existence as … • Adam • A perfect human • Michael the Archangel • The second Person of the Trinity • None of the above

  26. According to Watchtower reaching, Jesus was the first thing Jehovah created, and Jesus began his Existence as … • Adam • A perfect human • Michael the Archangel • The second Person of the Trinity • None of the above

  27. True or False? According to Watchtower teaching, Jehovah’s Witnesses have assurance of salvation because they were baptized in Jehovah’s “one true organization” – the Watchtower Society.

  28. True or False? According to Watchtower teaching, Jehovah’s Witnesses have assurance of salvation because they were baptized in Jehovah’s “one true organization” – the Watchtower Society. FALSE. (Jehovah’s Witnesses do not have assurance of salvation – even after baptism – because they can never know if they have done enough good works to be saved.)

  29. When talking with Jehovah’s Witnesses, remember to ask … instead of making accusations.

  30. When talking with Jehovah’s Witnesses, remember to ask QUESTIONS instead of making accusations.

  31. Other Resources Books • Jehovah’s Witnesses by Robert M. Bowman, Jr. • Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah’s Witnesses by Ron Rhodes • How to Rescue Your Loved One from the Watchtower by David A. Reed • Why You Should Believe in the Trinity: An Answer to Questions Jehovah’s Witnesses Ask by Christy (Harvey) Darlington • Jehovah’s Witnesses: Their Claims, Doctrinal Changes, and Prophetic Speculation. What Does the Record Show? By Edmund C. Gruss • Pilgrimage Through the Watchtower by Kevin Quck • Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz

  32. Other Resources DVD • In the Name of Jehovah • The Witness at Your Door and The Witness Goes Out • Witnesses of Jehovah Internet • Witnesses for Jesus – www.4jehovah.org • Free Minds – www.freeminds.org • Facts About Jehovah’s Witnesses – www.jwfacts.com • Tower Watch Ministries – www.towerwatch.com

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