Refuting Jehovah's Witnesses

Asking Jehovah's Witnesses to face "the truth"

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“Advertise, Advertise, Advertise…” What, Exactly?

[/caption] The Governing Body makes a big deal over the fact that the Bible Students (as Jehovah’s Witnesses were then known), led by “Judge” Rutherford, began a preaching campaign in 1919 based around the slogan “Advertise, Advertise, Advertise, the King and His Kingdom”. This campaign is held up as proof that Jesus had selected this band of merry Students in 1919 (there you go, Watchtower apologists; that’s the proof you’ve failed to offer*):

In 1919, Jehovah used his power to deliver a small remnant of these anointed ones from captivity to false religion. Their accomplishments during this time of the end can only be attributed to God’s power. Watchtower March 15 2009 Page 23

Giving us some background information on this time, AH Macmillan in his book “Faith on the March” (which documents his “finding the truth” through CT Russell (such “truths” have since been rejected wholesale by the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, so the man actually believed, taught and preached “falsehoods”)). Here he quotes “Ju[uuu]dge” Rutherford[z]’s “stirring” talk following his release from prison (part of the alluded to “deliverance” mentioned in the above quoted Watchtower):

"For six thousand years God has been preparing for this kingdom. For nineteen hundred years he has been gathering out the kingdom class from amongst men.
Since 1874 the King of glory has been present; and during that time he has conducted a harvest and has gathered unto himself the temple class.
Since 1914 the King of glory has taken his power and reigns. He has cleansed the lips of the temple class and sends them forth with the message. The importance of the message of the kingdom cannot be overstated.
It is the message of all messages. It is the message of the hour. It is incumbent upon those who are the Lord’s to declare it.
The kingdom of heaven is at hand; the King reigns; Satan’s empire is falling; millions now living will never die…. The world must know that Jehovah is God and that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords. This is the day of all days. Behold, the King reigns! You are his publicity agents. Therefore advertise, advertise, advertise, the King and his kingdom!

Macmillan continues:

Suddenly, as these words filled the auditorium, a platform length banner was unfurled that echoed the stirring phrase: “Advertise the King and Kingdom.” A mighty shout went up from the assembly.

Stirring times indeed, and all part of the body of evidence used by the Governing Body somehow prove that they speak for God on earth.

[caption id=”attachment_292” align=”alignleft” width=”300” caption=”Lies, lies and more lies”][/caption] However, how much, if any, truth is found in Rutherford’s bold proclamations in 1919?

Well, for starters he claimed that Jesus had returned in 1874. That was “current truth” among the Bible Students (as Jehovahs’ Witnesses were then known), a “truth” that was actually false. Remember, it was this truth that caused CT Russell to sell his business and embark on a nationwide preaching tour, declaring that Christ had invisibly returned in 1874. Remember, the Bible Students believed they were the body of Christ’s brothers who’d opened to the door to the Lord in 1874, meaning that when he actually did return, according to current Governing Body doctrine, in 1914, the Bible Students wouldn’t have opened the door to the bridegroom; they’d welcomed him 40 years earlier… This would have, of course, completely disqualified them from being chosen as the “faithful and discreet slave” “class” by Jesus 4 or 5 years later.

Isn’t it par for the course that the Governing Body relies on an event in 1919 that was completely based on a false teaching to prove that they now, 91 years later, speak for Jehovah God?

Do they assume that Jehovah’s Witnesses are too blind or gullible to realise that this “Advertise, Advertise, Advertise…” talk was a pile of nonsense based upon doctrines that have been wholesale abandoned by the “faithful and discreet slave” “class”, other than the noble idea of proclaiming Christ as Lord and King?

Look again at the quotation from Rutherford’s talk; “millions now living will never die”? Really? Did that pan out? It’s interesting that the Governing Body now refers to the talk and pamphlet based on the above quoted discourse by Rutherford as “Millions Now Living May Never Die”. Perhaps Jehovah’s Witnesses should spend time studying the history of the organisation they obediently and unquestioningly follow. Perhaps they’ll see that Jesus Christ alone is the Way, the Truth and the Life, not 8 guys in an America board room, no matter what claims they make about their past. * that wasn’t hard, was it?

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The Wealth of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society Part 1

Certainly, the immense material wealth of Babylon the Great will not save her. It may even hasten her destruction, for the vision shows that when the wild beast and the ten horns vent their hatred on her they will strip off her royal robes and all her jewelry. They will plunder her wealth. [“Revelation…Climax” page 256 par 17]

Yes, Babylon the Great was a close friend and a good customer of wealthy merchants. For example, the monasteries, nunneries, and churches in Christendom have over the centuries acquired huge amounts of gold, silver, precious stones, valuable woods, and other forms of material wealth. [Ibid page 267 par 4]

In succeeding centuries, apostate Christendom, like the rest of Babylon the Great, dressed herself in the clothing of wealth and privilege, “purple and scarlet, … gold and precious stone and pearls.” [Ibid page 274 par 14]

Religious Babylon the Great has abounded in all that wealth. The world empire of Babylonish religion, after millenniums of accumulating such materialistic things, is doubtless one of the richest organizations, if not actually the richest organization, on earth today. [“Babylon the Great Has Fallen, God’s Kingdom Rules” Chapter 27]

It seems the the perceived wealth of Babylon the Great irks the Governing Body somewhat.

However, is the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, the publishing corporation that the Governing Body uses to peddle it’s ideas and notions in God’s name, poor? Here are some stats from the UK, we’ll start off with some of the UK assembly halls.

The Surrey Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses is sitting with just under a cool £4 million in the bank. Think of all the mouths that could feed and homes it could build.

The Dudley Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses seems a little poor by comparison, only having £1,897,277 of liquid cash assets.

Bristol Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses fairs a much better. The Watch Tower Society of Great Britain must be proud. £3,977,491 in the bank. Cold, hard cash. I wonder how many schools could be improved dramatically with that sort of dough.

Wow, well done East Pennine Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses! Our wealthiest so far with £6,359,630 in the bank.

Ah. That’s a shame. Bit embarrassing for the Manchester Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Whisper it; less than a mill in the bank. Maybe they can tap up East Pennine…

[caption id=”” align=”alignright” width=”200” caption=”“Ah-Cha-Ching”“][/caption] Ok, let’s tot that up.

I make it £16,963,522. Cash. In the bank.

Now, that in now way represents a fraction of the wealth of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society, Inc. Not even close. After all, the UK has a population of roughly 62 million. What about the combined wealth of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society’s representative charity organisations in Italy, Germany, Spain, France, etc etc?

If 5 of the UK’s assembly halls of Jehovah’s Witnesses have a combined cash wealth of almost £17 million, then how much is the WTBTS worth in Europe in total? It could be staggering!

Next time around we’ll look at the cash flow of the IBSA* (International Bible Students Association) here in the UK along with the wealth, both in cash, assets and investments, of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Great Britain (charity number 1077961). *International Bible Students Association is a corporate not-for-profit organization used by Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United Kingdom. Some Jehovah’s Witnesses publications cite this corporation as publisher or co-publisher.[citation needed] It was founded in 1914 as a corporation of the Bible Students by Charles Taze Russell in LondonEngland, and was the first legal corporation representing Russell’s ministry in Europe. Along with their Pennsylvania and New York based corporations, Watch Tower publications since 1914 have stated: “All three of these corporations were organized for identical purposes and they harmoniously work together.”[21] Later corporations, such as in Canada, were similarly named. The name continues to be used for corporate entities (for example, in East Africa), but in 1931 the religion formally changed its name worldwide from International Bible Students Association to Jehovah’s witnesses.

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If Someone Says: “Christians Are Supposed to be Witnesses for Jesus Not for Jehovah”

We (Christians, that is) are to witness of Jesus, for Jesus, about Jesus. We witness about Jesus and he’ll take care of the rest.

  • Jesus didn’t say “you are to be my witnesses until, oh, roughly the first quarter of the 20th Century. Then I need to you seek out a dude called Joe. He’ll be a “judge”…well, he’ll say he’s a judge. But the point is, I’ll have chosen him and his pals to speak for God on earth. So once you’ve found him, whatever he says, ok?”
  • Jesus didn’t say “you are to be my witnesses, but only when you’re not knocking doors witnessing for a multi-billion dollar publishing corporation led by a few old white men (and a token brother) in Brooklyn. Those guys represent. I need you to do the same. So, whatever they say, ok?”
  • Jesus didn’t say “you are to be my witnesses, but actually I need you to make some theological leaps using a book you don’t have yet. But don’t worry about that, a failed haberdasher will decide he knows best, so whatever he says, ok? Oh, and get your white nightgown ready for 1874-ish. Just saying.”
  • Jesus didn’t say “you are to be my witnesses, but only until the New World Translation’s been published and then I need to you to make a lot of dodgy assumptions, ignore the fact that there’s stuff in it 237 that I didn’t put there, disregard what I’ve just told you, and place your faith in some guys who’ll make big claims about themselves without any evidence. Whatever they say, ok?”

Therefore, in view of the preceding, it’s hard to fathom where “someone” would get the notion that “Christians” are supposed to “witness” for “Jesus”. Especially when we factor in the “truth”, as revealed exclusively by “Judge” Rutherford, that Christians are actually supposed to identify themselves by the nomenclature “Jehovah’s Witnesses”.

(Source: thegoverningbody.org)

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I would say, Matthew, that denouncing (renouncing) your
faith is…the way (your wife)’s done, um, is (there is a lengthy pause)…it’s not only on a par,
I think it’s more serious than something like adultery or fornication
I would say, Matthew, that denouncing (renouncing) your faith is…the way (your wife)’s done, um, is (there is a lengthy pause)…it’s not only on a par, I think it’s more serious than something like adultery or fornication. [source: page 4] emphasis added
Is No Longer Being a Jehovah’s Witness a Sin?

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This podcast was recorded on Christmas Day, 2008. After our last visit from two local elders, my wife felt that she could not longer be known as a Jehovah’s Witness and chose to disassociate herself in November, 2008. We had been on a family holiday and had returned to find that one of the local elders who had visited us had warned off my mother-in-law from having anything to do with my wife – her daughter. He also made false statements about one of my children. So I decided to confront this elder (Matthew 18:15) at the kingdom hall.
Jehovah’s Witness on Trial – Part 1 | A Jehovah’s Witness on Trial

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I wasn’t bothering anyone. I wasn’t attending the meetings and elders came after me to get evidence against me to disfellowship me. That’s exactly what’s happened here. Now, I hope you all can be quite happy with it, what’s happened here…

Jehovah’s Witness on Trial – Part 2 – The Judicial Hearing | A Jehovah’s Witness on Trial

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