Who Are The Jehovah's Witnesses?
The Watchtower Society publication, "Reasoning From the Scriptures," says:
Jehovah's Witnesses: The worldwide Christian society of people who actively bear witness regarding Jehovah God and his purposes affecting mankind. They base their beliefs solely on the Bible.
Founded in the 1870's by Charles Taze Russell, associates of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society's were known then as Bible Students. In 1931, the Bible Students were given the name Jehovah's Witnesses, adopted from Isaiah 43:10.
"YOU are my witnesses," is the utterance of Jehovah...
The Witnesses are recognized and known for their unusual beliefs they stand for, such as:
Did you know that Watchtower calls their Witnesses Little Children?
Those expressions which made the Witness an individual before his recruitment into the Watchtower are gone and replaced with child-like dependency – a little child who will be dependent on the Watchtower organization as his parent. Through the process of time, his life will be re-defined. See The Watchtower – February 1, 1961 pp. 80-81
How serious is this taken by Jehovah's Witnesses? One of these Witnesses said, “I have learned to view Jehovah as my father and his organization as my mother." See The Watchtower - November 1. 1995 p. 25
The danger of dependency in an unhealthy spiritual, emotional and physical environment opens the door to control and abuse. The individual's entire sense of what reality is will be re-defined by what he feels and needs: acceptance and fulfillment. In the case of the Watchtower organization, Jehovah's Witnesses need their Father and Mother for validation, how and what to think, emotionally feel and behave because their sense of reality has changed. Is it really safe to entrust emotional, physical and spiritual health to an organization who keeps the identity of the Watchtower writers from the public eye who claims to be the Witnesses' Mother?
Did you know the Watchtower uses threats to keep
Did you know that Jehovah's Witnesses MUST conform to Watchtower teaching?
Did you know there are four key components to Mind Control (Thought Reform?)
Because of this, Jehovah's Witnesses are taught to fight and avoid independent thinking. See The Watchtower – January 15, 1983 p. 22, 27
Such emotional control as the Watchtower would have its Witnesses to grow hardens the hearts and minds of those who have dedicated themselves to the Watchtower organization. Their minds are geared to reject outside influence by their commitment to Watchtower authority. In time, the Witnesses view of life and their world is through the lenses of Watchtower interpretation and not their own.
For example: by using fear as a tool, the Witness will...
The Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to read literature critical of their movement. Exposure to well-documented research may cause the mass exodus out of the Watchtower organization. See Survival Into A New Earth, 1984 pp. 142-143; The Watchtower – March 15, 1986 p. 12
For those Witnesses who ask their leadership questions which can't be answered, the Watchtower calls them “weak ones."
Did you know the Jehovah's Witness has two identities?
The individual who the Witness was before will soon be replaced with what the Watchtower Society will conform him to be: one of Jehovah's Witnesses; not as an individual free to express his individuality, but as one of the Witnesses of Jehovah – a member of controlled thought void of personal expression.
Once his image changes from who he was before his behavior will change toward those who are not part of what he has pledged himself to – regardless of who they are. These radical changes will soon be reflected in his thoughts and emotions as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Once his thoughts can be controlled by the Watchtower Society his obedience, behavior and feelings will shortly follow.
With this in mind, now the Christian has a much better understanding who the Witnesses are and will need to have a different approach in his witnessing strategy instead of arguing scripture.
The book Winning The Witnesses, (Chick Publications) details effective witnessing strategies in helping the Christian overcome these strongholds holding the Jehovah's Witnesses captive.
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