Jehovah`s Witness/Misleading at Best.
I find the misconceptions a bitter pill to swallow when Experts on the JW forum can't get their facts together when trying to degrade Jehovah Witnesses. Didn't Jehovah's Witnesses become an entity in 1931 not 1874 as some Experts are eluding too?
Yes you're correct Brother. Before 1931 we were known as IBSA (International Bible Student Association). Some referred to us as Russelites, Millennial Dawners, etc. But in 1931 came the unanimous decision to adopt the new name given to us by God himself - Jehovah's Witnesses.
Here's what one article said about that monumental event:
*** sh chap. 15 p. 358 par. 27 A Return to the True God ***
In July 1931, the Bible Students held a convention in Columbus, Ohio, during which the thousands present adopted a resolution. In it they joyfully embraced “the name which the mouth of the Lord God has named,” and they declared: “We desire to be known as and called by the name, to wit, ‘Jehovah’s witnesses.’” Ever since that date, Jehovah’s Witnesses have become known worldwide not only for their distinctive beliefs but also for their zealous house-to-house and street ministry. (See pages 356-7.)—Isaiah 43:10-12; Matthew 28:19, 20; Acts 1:8.
Unfortunately, the critics here can't seem to distinguish the progression of events and mistakenly allude to the days prior to 1931 as the basis of our present teaching. They are stuck in the past and keeps going back to it as the basis of their contention that we are False Christians. They will use for example 1874 to prove that since Brother Russel and his associates got the invisible Christ presence wrong, thus we are classified as "False Prophets".
Of course they won't say that during those times, the IBSA we're just learning many beautiful Bible truths! They we're just starting to come out of "The Spiritual Darkness" that Christendom is in. That they we're slowly learning many new things that would eventually CORRECT their misconceptions and wrong ideas, like the 1874 Christ's Invisible Presence. They also had to abandon their long held belief in Christmas, the Cross, the voting in of elders, etc. In fact throughout the progressive years of our existence as Jehovah's Witnesses, we've learned so many new things and humbly made the necessary changes. And because of this we're being blessed by our God! We're seeing the light of the truth becoming brighter and brighter each day.
On the other hand, critics who belong to Christendom are still stuck in the past and can't seem to let go of their long held cherished unscriptural beliefs and doctrines.
For example, they can't let go the Hell Fire doctrine - where they believe and teach that a loving God tortures and roasts people forever in fiery place.
They can't let go of their immortal soul doctrine - which is in contradiction to the what the Bible really teach.
They can't let go of their idols and their images that they use in worship - like the cross and saints, etc.
They can't let go of their political meddling as if it's a command by Christ. Love of Country and love of God are treated as one and the same. Hence they are willing to murder their fellow believers for the sake of country.
In many nations, the churches are the PRIME sources of political support. Come voting time, their ministers will champion their political parties and their political candidates to win the political office. They invest considerable amount of time and money promoting their own political and social agendas instead of promoting the Kingdom of God. But what more egregious is that they themselves become the candidate of their choice! Promising heaven and earth to people while at the same time fleecing their members to enrich themselves!
They even publicly supported and promoted racial segregation and discrimination in their Churches!!! What has happened to Christian Brotherly Love?
Religion and politics meld as one at its finest. Talk about the "lives of the rich and famous preachers".
What an insult to the King of God's Kingdom, Christ Jesus. They claim to accept him as their King but their actions shows them otherwise.
Now, think how misleading is that? Yet they attack us.
Think of this also, they condemn us for registering as an NGO (which no longer exist)for the purpose of accessing data archives yet they don't see anything wrong with them being an ACTIVE CONSULTANTS of the U.N. They promote the agenda and the goals of the U.N.
No wonder Jesus said of them:
"Not everyone saying to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. 22 Many will say to me in that day: 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?' 23 And then I will declare to them: 'I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’" (Matthew 7:21-23)
Although fully AWARE of it, they also can't let go of their pagan celebrations, like Christmas, Easter, Halloween,etc.
Sad of all, they are now condoning homosexual acts and even allowing individuals to become priest, deacons and spiritual leaders in their churches. Even allowing same sex marriages in their churches - just to be "inclusive". Incredible! Just how does one explain Romans 1:26,27? I do not know.
Hence, Christendom as a whole like their mother Babylon The Great (the mother of all spiritual prostitutes)- is truly disgusting to God!
"One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me: "Come, I will show you the judgment on the great prostitute who sits on many waters, 2 with whom the kings of the earth committed sexual immorality, and earth’s inhabitants were made drunk with the wine of her sexual immorality." 3 And he carried me away in the power of the spirit into a wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet-colored wild beast that was full of blasphemous names and that had seven heads and ten horns. 4 The woman was clothed in purple and scarlet, and she was adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls, and she had in her hand a golden cup that was full of disgusting things and the unclean things of her sexual immorality. 5 On her forehead was written a name, a mystery: "Babylon the Great, the mother of the prostitutes and of the disgusting things of the earth.” 6 And I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the holy ones and with the blood of the witnesses of Jesus" (Revelation 17:1-6)
Truly sad the way things are. They will ridicule, blame and persecute those who willingly devote their lives in promoting the King and His Kingdom. But they themselves are unwilling to take up the ministry commanded by Christ!
They like to bring up old stories as if they are still new but are unwilling themselves to make the necessary changes.
Now that is a bitter pill to swallow.
Write again Brother.
Hopefully this will post tomorrow. Not sure why but somehow, my posts are not showing up.