Why Jehovah’s Witnesses go Door-to-Door Part 3

Why Jehovah's Witnesses Count Time

If you have had the chance to listen to Episodes 1 and 2 of Why Jehovah’s Witnesses count time aka go Door-to-Door, this podcast will acquaint you with the creative ways that they come up with in order to get the time.

Date of Broadcast: 9/15/15 (Length- 17:23)

References:

Six Critical Thinking Skills–  JT recommends critical thinking as an anecdote to guilt and shame.  This Rasmussen University website outlines a six-step model for critical thinking. Although it is on the site’s career services website the framework can be applied to religion, media, politics, and many more parts of life.

The Jehovah’s Witnesses’ new tactic– A BBC article that describes a creative, new time counting technique used in Britain

Speakers: Lady Cee, JT

0:00 – 0:36

Skit: [Lady Cee comically displays how pioneers use innovative methods to count time]

0:37- 1:19

JT briefly reviews how the Watchtower claimed counting time was a requirement of God and then loosened the divine requirement (discussed in Counting Field Service- Part 2).

1:20- 4:29

Counting time is a man-made requirement, not God’s instruction as the Watch Tower preaches.  It was a decision by committee, not a God ordained law.

  • Counting time is supposedly for inventory purposes, yet members must often put their name and sign to account and answer for their individual commitment.
  • The concept of counting time often shocks non-Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The phrase “get your time started”, is used to describe counting time. Most publishers do not have such intense pressures to count time.

“Keeping your time running” is like having a cab with a running meter waiting for you. Pioneers start a task before going to the Kingdom Hall and “keep their time running”.

Most of the creative time counting techniques are passed on from older to younger pioneers because more experienced pioneers are called upon to be role models to the congregation.

The regular Pioneers are often feel the most pressured to count time.  They come up with creative ways to count time is normalized, because Pioneers must meet a quota.  Some methods of creative time keeping include:

  • Revisiting people whom they’ve previously talked with or leave tracks at stores on the way to the Kingdom Hall to for additional counted time.
  • Holding “multiple Bible Studies in the Same Home” is a creative way to count time; so that time is multiplied by each household member.
    • A pioneer will set up Bible studies with multiple members of a family, which multiplies the amount of times that they can claim multiple Bible studies for a single defined amount of time.  (4 members of the family with a one hour Bible study is 4 hours of counted time.)
    • In the winter members choose to linger at Bible studies while they stay indoors. This lingering goes towards counting time. Pioneers is colder climates also prefer to bank hours during the more pleasant, seasonable months of the year.
  • “The driving around technique”
    • In certain parts of the country pioneers covered large territories.
    • Calls were made on large opposing sides of the territories that are located hours apart to gain additional time.
  • California Jehovah Witnesses are amongst the most creative that JT has encountered. They would bank their hours (getting and documented more hours than required in the month). After going to Kingdom Hall, they would keep their time running and go to gas stations and convenience stores leaving tracts over the course of several hours. The yearly quota for counted time would be earned in a few months and they would stop counting time. The pleasant California weather facilitated this practice.

 

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Watchtower Teachings that are Dead on Arrival “DOA” – King of the North

KING OF THE NORTH

How many teachings have the #Watchtower taught throughout the years that were actually dead on arrival? That means, it had no merit even before the teaching was introduced in the Watchtower’s publications. This podcast is the first of a series that will delve into some of the Watchtower teachings and use critical thinking to examine such teachings.

This podcast pertains to the teaching of the King of the North

REFERENCES

May 15, 1969 Watchtower  “Crushing All Nations in Our Day by God’s Kingdom”

TODAY’S INTERNATIONAL POWER STRUGGLE

Dan 11: 1-45

The facts of history in fulfillment of this reliable prophecy show the ruling factors of totalitarianism, particularly world communism, to be the final “king of the north” and the ruling factors of democracy, particularly the Anglo-American combine, as the last “king of the south.”—Dan. 11:1-35.

Daniel Prophecy Publication Chap. 16 pp. 280-281 par. 21 The Contending Kings Near Their End

21 With the disbanding of the Soviet Union in December 1991, the king of the north suffered a serious setback. Who will be this king when Daniel 11:44, 45 is fulfilled?

Only time will provide answers to these questions. We are wise not to speculate.”

#JehovahsWitness, #ExJW, #KingdomHall, #Watchtower #jw,org #deadonarrival

Jehovah’s Witnesses: Changing the Words Don’t Change the Facts

the facts

Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses always try to evade questions posed by the householder whenever they use the wrong word when trying to solicit information? Of course, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not use the word church or membership, but they know what the householder wants to know, yet they will stand at the door and act as if they do not understand the question. Another tactic they use to avoid telling the truth about why they are standing at someone’s door.

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Beards

Jehovahs Witnesses and Beards

Throughout the years there has been much controversy about Jehovah’s Witnesses and beards. This podcast goes into detail explaining the culture of Jehovah’s Witnesses and how they view beards.

A brother wrote the following letter to the Society inquiring if Jehovah’s Witnesses can wear beards.

My name is Tom and I go to the South Congregation in Cleveland, OH. I have a question that I have not been able to find a direct answer to. My question is about beards and whether or not they are acceptable in the Christian congregation. If they are accepted locally and nationally in a clean cut manner, why are they not acceptable in the congregation?

My brother and I recently traveled to England for a summer vacation and we went to the convention there. We noticed there were a good amount of brothers that had beards and other facial hair such as goatees. In fact, there was a presiding overseer who had a beard and another elder in a hall that had a goatee. It’s not any more or less acceptable publicly there than it is here, so why is it different?

In recent years, it has become more normal to have facial hair then not including doctors, lawyers and business people.

I’ve also noticed public figures such as the fed chairman who had a nice clean cut beard.

Jehovah made us to have facial hair and Jesus had one.

Most of the brothers I’ve talked to would like to have the option.

I know almost every elder and ministerial servant, myself included when we go on vacation, we don’t shave. If we are representing Jehovah wherever we are then this would not be acceptable either.

I talked to several elders about it and they didn’t have an answer.

So, they brought it up in their quarterly meeting, and they told me they are going to go with the branch on this one. So, I was wondering what the branch say about this?

I have  done research on the Watchtower Library and haven’t found anything conclusive.

At least 50% of the men that I work with have either a beard or a goatee. So what would I say if someone were to ask me “why can’t you have facial hair”? If someone were to say it is worldly to have one, then why is a mustache any different?

My goal is to please Jehovah and to serve him well by witnessing at every opportunity to help those who are disgusted with this system of things learn about him and what his kingdom will do for mankind and I don’t see how a beard, (when acceptable in an area) has any affect on that.

Thanks you for taking time to consider my questions.

Here is the link to the response given by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society:

http://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/beards-jehovahs-witnesses.php