Hello, again. I aplogize for posting this originally on the Meet and Greet page, but it was the only place I was allowed to post at the time. I believe that this is the correct forum for such a post.
There were a couple of errors in the article ‘History of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ located at catholic.com/library/hist…itnesesses.asp. Well, way more than a couple. I’ll start at the end and hit just a few those last ones. Please note this is just a surface scratch of the errors in that article.
First - ‘They recognize the legitimacy of no governmental authority…’ - this is incorrect. All authority is permitted by God and recognized as such. Obeying laws and paying taxes are the duty of every Christian Witness of Jehovah. No Witness has ever rebelled or revolted against the government under which he lives. The act of neutrality by refraining from serving in the military is a right accorded to every citizen in every democratically run country.
Second - ‘They may be “disfellowshipped” for a variety of reasons, such as attending a Catholic or Protestant church or receiving a blood transfusion…’ - not necessarily. Reasons for disfellowshipping are determined by each body of elders in each congregation based on attitude, repentance and various factors.
Third - ‘…he’s ready for admission to the sect. That involves baptism by immersion and agreeing to work actively as a missionary…Witnesses will typically spend 60-100 hours each month in their evangelizing work…Although not every Witness can put in so many hours…’ - this is a contradictory statement. You say that the ‘prospect’ as you call him must agee to be a missionary, but that not every Witness can put in so many hours. So which is it? The truth is - neither. Very misleading information.
Fourth - ‘…The Bible study is directed along lines mandated by the officials in Brooklyn…’ - the study can be about whatever the ‘prospect’ is interested in. Whatever topic is selected the Bible is used as the primary instruction book. Additionally, Bible reading is strongly encouraged and each ‘prospect’ must decide for themselves the validity of the information they are learning.
Fifth - ‘…First they try to get a copy of one of their magazines into the hands of a prospective convert’ - not necessarily. Some use tracts, brochures or any number of study aids. Others will use only the Bible. The teaching method is as varied as the one witnessing. As always, God’s word the Bible is the basis for all teaching.
Sixth - ‘…remember, it (Armageddon) will be during the lifetime of “millions” of people alive in 1914,…’ - again, this statement contradicts the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Of course, there are so many errors in this article as to make it impossible to correct with any reasonable writing space on this page.
Note this affirmation and the date:
NIHIL OBSTAT: I have concluded that the materials
presented in this work are free of doctrinal or moral errors.
Bernadeane Carr, STL, Censor Librorum, August 10, 2004
While inaccuracy is not a crime, intentional misrepresentation is a sin. Therefore, I urge you to correct these errors. Truth in reporting is a sign of integrity.
I provide these observations as strictly objective with no insult intentional or accidental. I also urge anyone who is genuinely interested in the beliefs of any religion - please ask the members of the religion in question. For a detailed view of the facts of what Jehovah’s Witnesses believe please visit
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