This podcast is the beginning of a series where JT chronicles his life at Bethel. He provides an in-depth account about the good, bad and ugly pertaining to Bethel’s culture, rules, institutional living, and the impact it has on the lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world.
In this podcast, he discusses those that influenced his decision to make Bethel a career choice and the steps he took to get there.
In this video, we will critically examine the teaching of Jehovah’s Witnesses that only 144,000 people will go to heaven. According to the Watchtower, there has only been the Heavenly Calling for anyone who became a Christian from the 1st century up till the 19thcentury. This would mean that Jesus Christ had less than 144,000 disciples following him from Pentecost of 33CE until the 19thcentury. Is this teaching supported by historical records?
We will demonstrate how the Watchtower will use historical records and data only to reject it when it conflicts with their teachings
The following references were highlighted in this video
w82 2/15 p. 30 par. 14 “What Prevents Me from Getting Baptized?” ***
“For 19 centuries there was only the one calling”
Insight -1 p. 441 Christian
“Persecution of Christians by the authorities of the Roman Empire from and after the days of Nero is a matter of secular history. (See CHRISTIAN.) The charges varied, but the objectives always seemed to be the same, namely, the suppression of Christianity.
Insight-2 p. 825 Rome
“These persecutions were attributed to two causes: (1) the great evangelizing zeal of Christians to convert others, and (2) Christians’ uncompromising stand in giving to God the things that are God’s rather than giving them to Caesar.”.
w58 2/1 pp. 73-75 Integrity of Early Christians Put to the Test
1The Great Events by Famous Historians,Vol. III, F. P. G. Guizot, page 246; F. W. Farrar, page 142.
2On the Road to Civilization, A World History,1937, Heckel and Sigman, pages 237, 238.
3The History of Christianity,by J. S. C. Abbott, pages 238, 239, 255, 256.
4Mosheim’s Institutes of Ecclesiastical History,Twelfth Edition, pages 55-57.
5Christianity and the Roman Empire,by W. E. Addis, pages 54, 55, 59, 69.
6History of Christianity,by Edward Gibbon, pages 233-235.
7Library of Biblical and Theological Literature,History of the Christian Church, by G. Crooks and J. Hurst, pages 165-168.
1The History of the Church of Christ,by Joseph Milner, pages 258, 270.
2Mosheim’s An Ecclesiastical History,translated by J. S. Reid, pages 114, 115.
3History of Christianity,by Edward Gibbon, pages 270-275, 277.
4Eusebius’ The Ecclesiastical History,Vol. 2, translated by J. E. L. Oulton, pages 265, 269.
w51 9/1 p. 516 Hated for His Name ***
“the second great persecution, under Emperor Domitian, flared up. It is said that in the year 95 alone some 40,000 suffered martyrdom.”
“In a single month 17,000 were slain. In the province of Egypt alone, 144,000 such professed Christians died by violence in the course of this persecution, in addition to another 700,000 who died as a result of fatigues encountered in banishment or under enforced public works.”
*** w52 1/15 p. 62 Questions From Readers ***
Questions From Readers
According to the article “Hated for His Name” in the September 1, 1951,Watchtower,hundreds of thousands of Christians died in the “ten persecutions” starting in Nero’s time, 144,000 dying in Egypt alone during one of the persecutions. How can this be harmonized with the Scriptural limitation of 144,000 placed on the number being in Christ’s body, and which position was the only one open to Christians during those centuries?—J.A., Dominican Republic.
The article did not class with any finality the individuals that died during these persecutions, but spoke of the results in a general way. Note that a key qualification was made in the case referred to in the question: “In the province of Egypt alone, 144,000 such professed Christians died by violence in the course of this persecution, in addition to another 700,000 who died as a result of fatigues encountered in banishment or under enforced public works.” The victims are identified as “professed Christians”, not Christians in fact. Many of those persons might have been caught in the wave of persecution, but may never have actually preached the truth or followed in Jesus’ footsteps, being only professed Christians. They knew the world they lived in was rotten and they were listening to the message of the Christians and willing to die for it even though not in line for the high calling in Christ Jesus. Many professed Christians today might be willing to die for their faith, but still not be Jesus’ footstep followers and meeting the Scriptural requirements for such.
*** w97 8/15 p. 15 par. 12 Living for Today or for an Eternal Future? ***
The number of genuine anointed sons of God surviving on earth is greatly diminished. Furthermore, the Bible clearly states that it is “on account of the chosen ones” that the opening phase of the great tribulation will be “cut short.” (Matthew 24:21, 22) Most of those professing to be of the anointed are quite elderly. Again, would this not indicate that the end is close at hand?
Watchtower 2000 Jan 15 p.13
“Six Convincing Lines of Evidence” that we are in the Last Days. … Sixth, the number of genuine anointed disciples of Christ is dwindling, though some will evidently still be on earth when the great tribulation begins.
Most of the remnant are quite elderly, and over the years the number of those who are truly anointed has been getting smaller
The Jehovah’s Witness faith has a long history in discouraging its members from having children. Why? Because they believe the end of the world is near and their time can be better spent in what they term “full-time ministry” which entails preaching and converting people to the Jehovah’s Witness religion.
There are countless Watchtower publications encouraging and even suggesting that postponing having a life in this system as being the best course to choose. Thousands of individuals have responded to the call to deny themselves a life until a later time. A time when the world will be transformed into a paradise. However, many have lived a lifetime, never to realize such a promise and have suffered and struggled to make ends meet as they have gotten older and had no one to care for them.
Adding insult to injury, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society has kicked thousands of individuals to the curb that have served in full-time service for 30+ years. Thus leaving these folks without a leg to stand on.
This video presentation contains information about our personal lives and how we are looking back on our own missed opportunities to have a family. We encourage others to think about the decisions they are making in their lives to ensure they do not make the same mistakes. Try to recoup your life before it’s too late.
When one of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is spotted at a liquor store located some 23 miles from Bethel, an unknown person captures it all on footage. It’s amazing when you think about the amount of liquor he’s purchasing. Imagine if a local brother in the congregation was caught purchasing the same amount of alcohol. If this brother was being considered for appointment to ministerial servant or elder, the local body of elders would no doubt halt the proceedings.
However, when one of the Governing Body is caught purchasing liquor, it’s no big deal. It’s not that the Jehovah’s Witness faith does not allow drinking. It’s the perception based on the amount of alcohol he was purchasing.
In this podcast, JT provides some insights on how drinking was viewed at Bethel.
Higher Education has been discouraged by Jehovah’s Witnesses from its very beginning in the 19th century. Even before this group came to be officially known as JW in 1931, their founder Charles Taze Russell was advocating that even finishing High School had little value and a waste of time.
Despite living in the technological 21st Century Jehovah’s Witnesses are still discouraging its most gifted and talented youth to reject opportunities for higher education. One can only imagine the millions of Jehovah’s Witness youth living during the 19th thru 21st centuries that missed out on dreams, aspirations and fulfilling careers. Today, many of these persons that are now up in age. They never realized that the misguided information supplied by the Watchtower would land them where they are at now in their lives. The Jehovah’s Witnesses were convinced that:
There was no need to have a fulfilling career
They would never grow old and die
Unfortunately, both of these so called “FACTS” proved untrue. As a result, millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world find themselves in challenging financial circumstances and decades of unfulfilling careers due to following the Watchtower’s unscriptural attempts at predicting the end of the world.
In this video we will discuss how the Watchtower convinced millions of parents and youths to follow their advocacy on not developing their talents and skills.
This video features exjw’s discussing real life experiences of what it was like either being discouraged from their hopes and dreams by fearing that they would be displeasing God or taking a chance at not being popular at the Kingdom Hall for going to college anyway.
How many times has a Jehovah’s Witness gone door-to-door offering the Watchtower and Awake! Magazines and boldly proclaiming that they offer free home Bible studies. It’s way too many times to count.
They often brag about not paying tithes to the organization and are quick to point the finger and judge parishioners belonging to other denominations that follow this practice.
Yet, most Jehovah’s Witnesses have not taken the time to do any real comparisons to other religions. They have failed to look at their own surroundings and realize that while they are walking around proclaiming that everything is FREE, they are actually investing more than 10% of their earnings to the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. In many cases, individuals are not earning anything at all and are working to enrich the Society at their own expense, gaining very little in return.
As critical thinkers, we encourage you to do your research about the religion known as Jehovah’s Witnesses. You will discover that from its very foundation, it looks like, walks like and talks like a book publishing corporation.