The Jehovah’s witnesses are well documented as a cult.Christians may not be familiar with exactly how cultish they are, however.
The JW must place faith in the Watchtower Society above all else, even the Bible, to be able to save. While most apologists place their emphasis on the errors of the New World Translation, in many ways they miss the mark – the JW’s have had the Watchtower Society far, far longer than they’ve had the New World Translation. The JW places far more emphasis upon the Governing Body and the Watchtower Society’s tracts and pamphlets.
However, due to the false prophecies done by the Watchtower Society and the Governing Body, they do not advocate that JW’s try to collect all of the back issues of the Watchtower Society going back to the 19th century. This would point out contradictions and conflicting statements that might cause many JW’s to question.
The JW is conditioned to draw an imaginary line in their reasoning. Anything beyond a fleeting doubt about the teachings of the Watchtower Society, the Watchtower publications, study guides and tracts, causes the line to pop in their head, the uncrossable boundry that says “You may go no farther from this.” Because they are taught that any apostasy from the Watchtower organization, “God’s representative on this earth”, results in not being ressurected after Armageddon. They comfort themselves with the thought that “At least there’s no Hell” – However, I’m sure that many JW’s have fleeting doubts about that doctrine, and live in fear that the Christians may indeed be right!
One of the four requirements to salvation for Jehovah’s Witnesses is to believe in “God’s chosen organization on this earth”, a belief that stems from the SDA’s “Investigative Judgment” heresy. The JW’s, as formerly SDA’s, took that doctrine and ran with it. indeed, the split originated from Charles Taze Russell’s disagreement with his SDA mentor N. H. Barbor. I wonder how many JW’s and SDA’s are aware that Charles Russell spent several years in the SDA, printing tracts and pamphlets?
Supposedly, Christ sat in Heaven (or Brooklyn, New York – depending on which official history of the JW’s you read) and investigated all the teachings of all the Christian Denominations – and chose the Watchtower Society based upon a book (which JW’s are not encouraged to read, BTW) written by Charles Taze Russell and two JW’s who finished the seventh volume, depnding on whom you believe, called “The Finished Mystery”. The book identified Leviathan as being a steam locomotive, among other fallacies. Reading this book has actually caused some JW’s to abandon the Watchtower Society and return to Christianity. This would explain why the book is difficult to obtain. (I’m tempted to copy and paste it onto this blog – answering it point by point!)
It also raises the question: If “The Finished Mystery” was so perfect that the Lord Jesus Christ supposedly chose them over all other denominations… Why aren’t Jehovah’s Witnesses permitted to own or read it, per the Watchtower Society and the Governing Body?
It is also reported that in second hand book dealers in New York City, The Governing Body routinely sends out people to buy old JW pamphlets and books before non-JW’s (or even rank and file JW’s!) find them. If this is not so – the JW who comes across this would be well-advised to try to hunt down any old JW pamphlets or books. See for yourself how difficult they are to find!