Jehovah’s Witnesses

5 Things to Know About Cult Converts

There is an understandable caution in most Christians meeting cult members. It can seem like playing with fire. It is true that speaking to a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Mormon, is not like speaking to someone indifferent to spiritual things. The cult member has a faith, a world-view, and carefully structured arguments. Reachout Trust exists to equip Christians to meet…read more →

Journey With a Jehovah’s Witness – Introduction

Journey with a Jehovah’s Witness – Who Is God? A series by Malcolm Goodwin Setting the Scene The Jehovah’ Witness understanding of God derives from a superficial approach to Scripture. In writing this short multi-part article, I want to do more than simply furnish the reader with a set of rote answers. Anyone can do that and, in reality, no…read more →

Journey With a Jehovah’s Witness Part 1

The God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob By Malcolm Goodwin In the introduction to this series I established the concept of person as having three elements which were exemplified in the introduction of God to Moses in the burning bush. I suggested that there was a referential element (I am the God of your…read more →

The Watchtower’s 144,002 gods

The American 19th Century was a religious boiling pot from which all kinds of ideas, abstractions, and movements emerged, from the early days of the Seventh Day Adventists, through the followers of William Miller (Millerites), and John Thomas (Christadelphians), to the Watchtower Society in the latter part of the century. Such groups were overwhelmingly preoccupied by the second Adventism that…read more →

5 Steps to Winning on Your Doorstep

When we think about the obstacles to faith faced by the cult member we might think of the pressure from the group to ‘stay faithful,’ the reminder of covenant promises that will be broken if they leave, the threat of rewards forfeited if they walk away, blessings lost, a life wasted, an eternity of regret. Our ministry is, in large…read more →

The Name: It Isn’t Jehovah

It is popularly believed among Jehovah’s Witnesses that God’s name has been increasingly, and deliberately, removed from modern Bible translations. What marks them out, in their own thinking, is their faithfulness to God’s name. They include it in their own Bible, The New World Translation, even in places where it is not to be found in any manuscripts. This, they…read more →

Defining ‘Cult’

CULT! It seems such a pejorative word and certainly in ministry it is not intended as a compliment. But is it an insult? Is its use an example of disagreeing while being disagreeable? To listen to many there is no excuse for using it. Especially when what people see as sensible alternatives are available such as sect, or the more…read more →

Why Jehovah’s Witnesses Don’t Celebrate Easter

The landing page of JW.ORG currently shows a piece explaining why Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t celebrate Easter. There is also a link to an article explaining what the Bible says about Easter. Their explanations might, at first glance, look plausible and you might imagine someone doing a book study and hearing these things for the first time being given pause for…read more →

Watchtower Memorial Meal: 2015

It’s known by different names in different traditions; the Lord’s Table, the Lord’s Supper, the Eucharist, the Breaking of Bread, Holy Communion. Mormons call it ‘the sacrament’ which seems strange since it is a sacrament but, even in Mormonism, it isn’t the only sacrament since they also have baptism, as well as rituals of anointing. In my church we call…read more →

Revised New World Translation: Review by John Tancock

The Silver Sword Known as the silver sword because of its colour, the latest edition of the JW Bible was launched at the October 5, 2013 Annual Meeting of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. This is not an update it is a new translation with a new translation philosophy and approach. We will look at various features of this…read more →

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