If you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you have a requirement each month to turn in a time slip indicating how many hours, books, magazines and a host of other production numbers to the Secretary in your congregation. He will then tabulate all of the hours for each publisher in the congregation and send the final numbers to the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. This podcast goes into detail on how those numbers are used to measure the spirituality of its members.
It is amazing how your character is judged by what you report or should we say, “don’t report” each month. Because when the traveling overseer aka Circuit Overseer comes to visit the congregation every six months, he takes the pulse of the congregation to see how everyone is measuring up.
Does this sound like a religion or a business parading around as if it is a religion? You decide!
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
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
Prior to getting baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, my sister begged me not to go through with it because she said that if I do something wrong, I would be cut off from everyone in the family. In my estimation, my sister’s words were a waste of breath because I was thoroughly convinced that this was the truth. At the time, I was not worried about being shunned by my family; after all, I had not planned on doing anything contrary to the teachings thus had no reason to fear being shunned.
Now some 30 years later…ummmmm…Well, fortunately my sister never became a Jehovah’s Witness and after leaving, I was reunited with her because I actually shunned her because she never joined. Well, it was more like I distanced myself because she was considered bad association.
But, here’s the reasoning behind my attitude and why I felt this way:
All of the congregations we attended were a true testament of the love that Jesus spoke about in the Bible. Bottom line, my family and I could not refute that!
For example, when my father and I took a road trip and ended up being stranded on the side of the road on our journey back, my mom called her non-Jehovah’s Witness family to pick us up but they were too busy with their fishing trips and other personal projects and would not come to get us. But, when she called the brothers at the Kingdom Hall, they were all too happy to oblige. And they were our saviors that day. Talk about a true network of friends we could actually count on to assist us in our time of need. It was the best proof we had that said “yes, we have the truth”. And not to mention, at the time my dad was not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, my dad eventually got baptized based on all of the evidence of love being shown by the brothers in the congregation. Most people call that love bombing!
Furthermore, when I was hospitalized for 16 days for a serious illness, once again, it was the Jehovah’s Witnesses in our congregation that rallied around me and my family, providing us with support. We felt a close bond with the friends in our congregation, and we did not want to lose that connection.
So, even if the Internet was available back during that time, I cannot say whether or not I would take to heart the information being shared because my life was going all too well. Therefore, I’m most certain that there are many Jehovah’s Witnesses that belong to congregations around the world that feel the same way about their connections with the friends at their Kingdom Hall. They no doubt think this is the truth based on their connections with the brothers and sisters and the close bond that they share. To get those individuals to look at anything that slightly hints this may not be the truth, is not likely.
Fast forward to the advent of the Internet and being able to sit in the comfort of my own home and type the name “Jehovah” into my search engine and imagine all of the hits I got back discussing the topic about Jehovah’s Witnesses.
It was also during the time when I had moved to two different congregations that were the total opposite from the ones I was used to in the early days of my affiliation with the organization. The lack of love shown caused me to avoid the Watchtower Society cautioning us about the dangers of the Internet as I discussed in the following video:
Naturally, when things are going well, no one wants to rock the boat because they no doubt like the life they are living. And, of course, if I would have had access to the Internet during the good times, I might not have been so eager to look into the organization based solely on information I discovered online.
Take it from someone that lived to discover that the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society does not have the patent on the Truth. I encourage you to take the time to educate yourself about what you are getting into before you reach the point of no return. Baptism is a serious step that you take as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Especially so because if you ever decide to leave, you will be cut off from your family as outlined in the following video:
Now, the final decision is up to you whether or not you will get baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. But just like everything else in life, you should do your research before you buy or sign up for the product.
Each month, if a Jehovah’s Witness wants to retain their active status as a member, they are required to turn in a timesheet to report their activity for proselytizing. This entails providing the number of hours they spend talking to people about God and recommending that they attend meetings at the Kingdom Hall. They must also indicate the number of books, magazines and return visits they made on individuals interested in their message. When the Jehovah’s Witness turns in this timesheet, they are also required to sign their name and hand it in so the service overseer can keep track of their activity.
The Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society claims that the reason why Jehovah’s Witnesses count time is so that they can better manage their resources. For instance, they claim that they use this information to ascertain how many presses they need to buy, how much paper they will need to print more books and magazines or know what area of the country people are placing more magazines and books.
It’s interesting how the Watchtower always encourages people to look at the foundation or the history as to where a particular teaching comes from. Because Jehovah’s Witnesses have a tendency to deny that counting time is a requirement.
When Jehovah’s Witnesses were first told by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society all over the world, that they would now be required to turn in the amount of time that they talked to people about God, many of the people said you’ve got to be kidding. It became an issue to the point where the Watchtower writers had to address it. People on the Watchtower editorial staff sat in meetings trying to find ways to convince Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world, that they need to turn in their time. They did so by coming out and making the statement that this is a requirement of God.
JT answers the listener submitted question: “Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses count time?”
When the Watchtower first introduced the notion of counting time, there was a push back from the members. In fact, it became such an issue, that the Watchtower writers had to address this issue in order to enforce it. They did so by writing an article in the Watchtower stating that counting time, “is a requirement of God”. The name of the article, was called “Righteous Requirements”. [July 1, 1943 Watchtower]
Counting time is used to determine who will be promoted and get positions in the church in addition to managing resources.
JT compares the practice to forging a bounced check with God’s name on it.
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