Category: Birthdays and Holidays

Watchtower Control Over Jehovah’s Witnesses

Bible teach Ch 16

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“Bible Teach,” Chapter 16, paragraphs 14-17 (pp. 160-161) shows the extent to which the Watchtower organization controls the lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading

Pagan Origins

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Anticipating objections, paragraph 12 (p. 159) of Chapter 16 of “Bible Teach” states, “Do origins really matter? Yes! To illustrate: Suppose you saw a piece of candy lying in the gutter. Would you pick up that candy and eat it? Of course not! That candy is unclean. Like that candy, holidays may seem sweet, but they have been picked up from unclean places. To take a stand for true worship, we need to have a viewpoint like that of the prophet Isaiah, who told true worshippers: ‘Touch nothing unclean!’—Isaiah 52:11.”

As I commented in The Christian Freedom Approach (p. 224) from my book, Getting Through to Jehovah’s Witnesses: Approaching Bible Discussions in Unexpected Ways, I recommend that you respond something like this: Continue reading

“Unclean Teachings and Practices”

Bible teach Ch 16

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Chapter 15 of “Bible Teach” told you that you need to get out of Babylon the Great.

Chapter 16, “Take Your Stand for True Worship”, says that’s not enough.

You also need to get Babylon the Great out of you!

Paragraphs 1-2 (p. 154) compare false religion to poison and warn that it “is contaminated with unclean teachings and practices.” Continue reading

Are Holidays Evil?

christmas-tree-clip-art-LTKdEy5TaThe Watchtower prohibits Jehovah’s Witnesses from celebrating holidays because of their supposed pagan origins and because Jesus said that his followers are no part of the world (John 15:19).

Want specifics? Here’s what the Watchtower book Reasoning from the Scriptures has to say: Continue reading

Is It Wrong to Celebrate Birthdays?

birthday-1008396_1280The Watchtower prohibits Jehovah’s Witnesses from celebrating birthdays. Witness children are not allowed to attend birthday parties of non-Witness friends, nor are they allowed to give or receive birthday presents or cards.

I wouldn’t raise this issue for discussion because it’s not a salvation matter. However, if Witnesses insist on talking about it, I recommend that you show them from the Scriptures that what days a Christian does or does not celebrate is a matter for the individual’s conscience, not for organizational rule-making. Continue reading

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