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Either / Or Thinking

One of the problems that we face in talking with Witnesses about Jesus is that the Watchtower engages in a great deal of Either / Or thinking and rejects Both / And alternatives.

Because of this, Jehovah’s  Witnesses usually don’t realize that there are biblical alternatives to Watchtower teachings. Continue reading

Answering Watchtower Misconceptions About Jesus

Some time ago, a subscriber to my blog wrote and asked me to do some posts about the differences between the Jesus of the Watchtower and the Jesus of the Bible.

I thought that was a great idea, so today we begin a new blog series entitled “Answering Watchtower Misconceptions About Jesus.” Continue reading

Is the Watchtower a False Prophet?

“If any prophet presumptuously speaks a word in my name that I did not command him to speak or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. However, you may say in your heart: ‘How will we know that Jehovah has not spoken the word?’ When the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word is not fulfilled or does not come true, then Jehovah did not speak that word. The prophet spoke it presumptuously. You should not fear him.’ (Deuteronomy 18:20-22, Watchtower translation)

In this post, I will show you what the Watchtower itself has said about false prophesying and false prophets.

I’ll follow their statements with my responses. Continue reading

The Effect of False Prophecies on Watchtower Credibility

5In last week’s post, I looked at the harm the Watchtower’s false prophecies has done to Jehovah’s Witnesses who, in faith, oriented their lives around those failed end times predictions.

But what has it done to its own credibility and to that of Jehovah’s Witnesses who work tirelessly to spread the Watchtower’s message door-to-door? Continue reading

Real Life Consequences of False Prophecies

If you were truly convinced that Armageddon and Christ’s millennial kingdom were coming in the next couple of years—because “the faithful and discreet slave” told you so—what radical changes would you make in your life?

For the Watchtower organization, it meant increased meeting attendance, increased revenue, increased witnessing activity, and increased membership.

But what was the impact on ordinary Jehovah’s Witnesses? Continue reading

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