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JEHOVAH’S WITNESS EDUCATION

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS EDUCATION
JEHOVAH’S WITNESS EDUCATION

The view that higher education is spiritually dangerous is very common among Witnesses. Witness leadership also discourages higher education because they believe it’s a waste of time. Jehovah’s Witnesses have been predicting the end of the world since the religion’s founding at the end of the 19th century. By their rationale, time in college would be better spent out on the streets, converting persons to become Witnesses.

Watchtower organization doesn’t discourage education, but rather secular education. Higher education is supposedly spiritually dangerous. The most intelligent and eloquent professors will be trying to reshape the thinking of your child, and their influence can be tremendous. Continual association with non-believers in an academic setting can “erode thinking and convictions.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses are encouraged to make their preaching work the top priority in their life. Higher education is discouraged, based on their belief that it is futile to plan for secular advancement in a world that faces imminent destruction, as well as fears about succumbing to “worldly thinking” and concerns that advanced education might lead to a lack of humility or involvement in immorality. Because evangelistic activities take priority over educational success, young Witnesses rarely progress to college or university, which Holden (1.) describes as a source of regret in subsequent years among those who are raised in the organization and later choose to leave.

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS EDUCATION
JEHOVAH’S WITNESS EDUCATION

Watch Tower Society publications advise parents to recommend alternatives to university education for their children, suggesting associate degrees from community or technical colleges or short courses in subjects such as office administration, automotive repair, computing, or hairdressing. They urge young Witnesses to pursue higher education only to gain skills to obtain a reasonable living while maintaining flexibility to pursue their “true” vocation, serving God.

Author James Penton’s (2) major study of the Witnesses, Apocalypse Delayed, noted that of those Witnesses who do progress to university, few are likely to take studies in such areas as the humanities and the social sciences, “disciplines that are most threatening to the Witness world-view”.

Jehovah’s Witnesses provide religious training programs for their members, focusing on improving skills for their ministry. These include School for Kingdom Evangelizers. Some of these programs are by invitation only. Holden (1.)observed: “Despite the fact that Witnesses claim to reason from the scriptures, their theology is taught in a highly mechanistic fashion, and written publications encourage the members to learn almost by rote.”

The lack of higher education can translate into more tangible problems for Witnesses. Pew research also shows that Jehovah’s Witnesses are among the lowest earners of any religious group.

PERSONAL TESTIMONY

Leaving the faith at 18 changed my life completely. I went to university, where I made even more friends who showed me that being in the “world” is completely fine, and that debate and discussion is also OK. I began a life where constantly questioning and improving my beliefs and ideas and always being open to those of others were my only constant doctrines. I began a life where I could decide what to believe for myself, and I wasn’t afraid of someone telling me I couldn’t.

DEFECTION

Jehovah’s Witness doctrines provide no method for baptized members to leave on good terms. Those who choose to depart and announce their decision to terminate their membership are regarded as voluntarily entering the world of Satan. 

Watch Tower publications define such individuals as being “more reprehensible than those in the world” and direct that they are to be shunned by other Witnesses, including close relatives, with no social or religious contact and no greeting given. Sociologist Andrew Holden claims his research indicated many Witnesses who would otherwise defect because of disillusionment with the organization and its teachings remain affiliated out of fear of being shunned and losing contact with friends and family members.

D-GRADE CHARITY

JEHOVAH’S WITNESS EDUCATION
JEHOVAH’S WITNESS EDUCATION

While we are using our magnifying glass on Witnesses, we observe the Jehovah’s Witnesses are one of Canada’s wealthiest and least transparent charities. CHARITY INTELLIGENCE, an agency that monitors charities for Canadian donors, gives the group a D-grade because they do not provide details on how donations are spent. “Jehovah’s Witnesses have a one star rating out of five stars. That should be a red flag to donors. That should also be red flag to government.”

  1. Holden, Andrew (2002). Jehovah’s Witnesses: Portrait of a Contemporary Religious Movement. 
  2. Penton, James M.(1997). Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah’s Witnesses (2nd ed.). University of Toronto Press. 

TEACHINGS OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught that all other Christian churches represent renegade Christendom, and only the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (which is the spiritual leadership of the Jehovah’s Witnesses) can be trusted.

AUTHORITY

The Bible describes how the apostles could pass on their authority to future bishops: Let another person take over his work.”Act 1:20 Why should we believe

(1) that the Catholic Church lost its God-given authority to interpret Scripture and proclaim doctrine and

(2) that the Watchtower is God’s official organization on Earth with his authority to interpret Scripture? How does one know that Jesus has given the Watchtower special authority?                                                         You Will Know Them by Their Fruits                                 Matthew 7:16

Why did Watchtower teach the following?

  1. Taught that the world would come to an end in 1914.[6]
  2. Said this was a miscalculation and the world would actually end in 1915.[7]
  3. Said the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be resurrected when the world would end in 1925.[8]
  4. Strongly hinted that the end of the world would come in 1975.[9]

Jehovah witness deceptionIn 1995 stopped printing the following message about the end of the world in its magazine Awake!: “[T]his magazine builds confidence in the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure world before the generation that saw the events of 1914 passes away.”Deuteronomy 18:22 states that a person is not a prophet if he makes a prediction that fails to come to pass.

If God were really guiding the Watchtower, then why would he allow his “spirit-led” organization to lead so many people into error about the end of the world? The simplest answer to these questions is that men, not God, guide the Watchtower, and so it should not be trusted with our eternal salvation.

6.  “We see no reason for changing the figures nor could we change them if we would. They are, we believe, God’s dates, not ours. But bear in mind that the end of 1914 is not the date for the beginning, but for the end of the time of trouble.” Zion’s Watch Tower (July 15 1894) p.226. Over time the Watchtower started teaching that the world began to end in 1914, not that it was going to end in 1914 (even though this contradicts the Watchtower’s assertion that 1914 was not the beginning of anything but the end).

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7.  This miscalculation was due to confusion over whether there was a year “zero.” Russell wrote, “In view of this strong Bible evidence concerning the Times of the Gentiles, we consider it an established truth that the final end of the kingdoms of this world, and the full establishment of the Kingdom of God, will be accomplished near the end of A.D. 1915.” Charles Taze Russell”The Time Is At Hand” Studies In the Scriptures Series II (1915) 99, 101, 242.

8.  “Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews 11, to the condition of human perfection.” Joseph Rutherford, Millions Now Living Will Never Die (Brooklyn, NY: International Bible Students Association, 1920) 89-90.

9.  “Whatever the date for the end of this system, it is clear that the time left is reduced, with only approximately six years left until the end of 6,000 years of human history.” The Watchtower (May 1, 1970) 273.

10.  ‘When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously, you need not be afraid of him.”                                             Deuteronomy 18:22

We need solid proof for their claim to divine authority. Jehovah’s Witnesses certainly do not appeal to any miraculous intervention from God as proof. Continue reading JEHOVAH’S WITNESS EDUCATION

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A FAITH PRAYER & HEALING

Most people don’t know that God want to heal them:

FAITH PRAYER & HEALING
FAITH PRAYER & HEALING

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. ”                                                                                                                                              3 John 1:2

Healing is often overlooked today.

Our culture has little place for such experiences. People do not understand the concept of a “divine breakthrough” into our little world. 

If a person does not appear to be healed after prayers,  one should not be anxious; the healing minister will have followed exactly what God requires. The healing is done in heaven: these are only delayed healing. God wants us to depend on Him– not a technique.

Man’s most basic need is to know that he is loved. Let us contemplate the important part love has in the healing process. At Lourdes, some people are healed and others are not, but all leave with a sense of peace, convinced that the Holy Spirit has touched them and that God loves them.

When you go to a doctor for healing, you don’t try to justify our asking for help, e.g. Help me because I can be a better parent, a better worker, a better spouse. Yet this is what many people do when they pray for healing from God: they even try to bargain with God: I will do this if only you heal me. These people have a fearful relationship with God.

FAITH PRAYER & HEALING
FAITH PRAYER & HEALING

The real truth is that God is Love and He wants to see you healed without your justification. Healing is an ordinary, not an extraordinary sign of God’s mercy and compassion. “But in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”                                                                           Philippians 4:6

Jesus cured not just to prove He was God, but because He was abounding in love. God is more than willing to save and heal all who come  to Him with open and contrite hearts. Healing can be a test of faith, but also a natural response to God’s generous love.  The minister of healing, who is nothing more than a human channel, says the prayer of healing and then steps aside.

After welcoming the presence of Jesus, and giving  Him praise and thanksgiving, we turn to laying of hands, which  is biblical: “They will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well Mark 16:18

 Along with a prayer of faith, the value of touching the sick person in any way possible provides a channel, where power is transferred more readily and far, far more effectively. There seems to be a current of healing power that flows from the minister of healing to the sick person.  But Jesus said, “Someone touched Me; I know that power has gone out from Me.”                                                               Luke 8:46 Continue reading A FAITH PRAYER & HEALING

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STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

Stephen William Hawking: an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist at the University of Cambridge, who scored one of the highest possible score — 160 — on his Mensa IQ test, died recently on March 14, 2018.

 Hawking said he didn’t believe in a personal God and that God did not create the universe. He claimed that the laws of physics themselves brought the Universe into being, rather than God:

The science-religion debate has been going on since science was born, centuries ago. Until relatively recently, it seemed to have quietened down, but now Hawking and others have brought it back into the limelight.

We need to stop thinking therefore that science is the fount of all knowledge. It’s simply not. Science does not tell us how we ought to live—science isn’t ethics. Scientists and religious believers should keep out of each other’s territory. But this is naive. The science-religion relationship is a sure-fire source of publicity, which is always welcome when one has a book to sell.

No religion has ever been set out in terms of scientific statements. This is why scientists are able to mock the claims of religions but have never been able to deal a knock-out blow: in the end, a religious believer can always fall back on a faith that does not depend on verification.

Einstein claimed that the greatest mystery of the universe was that its most fundamental laws can be expressed in terms of beautiful mathematical equations. Einstein followed closely the views of the concept of God as an expression of the underlying unity of the universe, something so wondrous that it can command a spiritual awe.

Hawking’s view appears to be that the belief in a God-created universe can be supplanted by a belief in M-theory (a form of string theory). One problem with the theory is that it looks as though it will be extremely difficult to test, unless physicists can build a particle accelerator the size of a galaxy. Even if the experimenters find a way round this and M-theory passes all their tests, the reasons for the mathematical order at the heart of the universe’s order would still remain an unsolvable mystery.

NONSENSE REMAINS NONSENSE

Nonsense remains nonsense even when debated by world famous scientists Continue reading STEPHEN HAWKING AND EVIL

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BATTLE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL

 

GOD WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.

BATTLE GOOD EVIL

I am Strengthening You Today for Jesus’ Work.

“I bless you, My brother and sister. 

It is time to advance the work Jesus has given you. 

The darkness that covers so many people has to be lifted.  My Son, Jesus, must be the center of every person’s heart because He is the light that eradicates all darkness. 

Satan has ensnared so many people in all parts of the world and even those within the Church founded by My Son. Satan’s hold on them has to be broken. 

It is easy today to make the wrong choices and to be led astray. How important it is for youth to be nourished in their growing years with a good knowledge of the faith, to form good habits and to remain close to Me through prayer.

Some youth in their search for meaning, turn to alcohol and drugs and become enslaved by these powerful stimulants.  Others give vent to their instincts especially their sexual instincts and this could destroy their future.  The evil one will lead them that way if they allow him to do so.

While he seems to triumph with so many willing helpers in his rage against Me, Jesus, through My power and My guidance, is going to overthrow the kingdom of darkness and He is going to bring about a new beginning. 

I am strengthening you today for this work. 

Always remain united to Jesus, your Friend.  I bless you and all My children.”

BATTLE GOOD EVIL BATTLE GOOD EVIL

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TO DELIVER EVIL SPIRITS 2

ARE DEMONS REAL?

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Is there is a spirit power behind evil in our world? Are we in a fight with spiritual wickedness? Some believe that demons and Satan do not exist; that they are just folklore.

THE DARK SIDE

Humans possess a spiritual sense and there is a spiritual realm.  A demon is considered a harmful spiritual entity, which may cause demonic possession. These demons were angels that turned to the dark side. God Himself tells how Lucifer turned evil:

“You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
Through your widespread trade
    you were filled with violence,
    and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
    and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
    from among the fiery stones.                       Ezekiel 28:14, 16

Matthew, Mark and Luke record numerous examples of individuals who were either cruelly afflicted or possessed by demons (demon possession occurs when an evil spirit completely takes over a person’s mind). Christ expelled demons (often called “unclean spirits” in the Gospels) from many people. Demons are so real and so powerful that Jesus also taught us to pray on a daily basis for God to “deliver us from the evil one”.                                                      Matthew 6:13

We don’t have to scream and holler at the demons to remove them from someone who is influenced by evil spirits. One who has authority only has to speak the word. “With authority and power, He (Jesus) commands evil spirits and they come out.”           Luke 4:36

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Jesus spoke about demonic influences in many parts of the Bible: Continue reading TO DELIVER EVIL SPIRITS 2

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ANOREXIA and DELIVERANCE

ANOREXIA &  BULIMIA

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PRINCESS DIANA?

Doctors report that thousands of women in the United States and Canada each day are starving, not because they don’t have enough food but because they fear being overweight or because they fear criticism from their spouses and from others.  

anorexia deliverance

Recent studies reveal thousands of Americans are sleep derived because they fear “missing out” on the party, falling behind others at work or not being successful. Plagued by these same fears, when they go to bed, they cannot sleep.

Some have been traumatized by abuse, assaults or sexual advances. There is a great need for DELIVERANCE.

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THE PROMISE OF AUTHORITY OVER EVIL God's Promises Healing Authority

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PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE

ISLAMIC RESISTANCE MOVEMENT

PALESTINE LIBERATION ARMY (PLA) was established as the official military branch of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in 1964.

PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE

Arafat was elected president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) with an overwhelming 88.2 % majority. Arafat accepted the UN Security Council Resolution 242, promised future recognition of Israel and renounced “terrorism” in all its forms, including state terrorism. (SEE TAQIYYA BELOW)

Arafat statement was encouraged by the US administration, which insisted on recognition of Israel as a necessary starting point in the Camp David peace negotiations.

Arafat statement indicated a shift from one PLO primary aims (the destruction of Israel) towards the establishment of two separate entities, an Israeli State within the 1949 armistice lines and a Palestinian State in the West bank and Gaza Strip. Barak offered Arafat a Palestinian State in parts of the West Bank and all of the Gaza Strip with an outlying suburb of Jerusalem as its capital.

PALESTINIANS AND JEWISH HISTORY  
HAMAS SOLDIERS

Yet, Arafat was influenced by the rise of HAMAS and the Palestinian Jihad organizations, which were employing new tactics such as “martyrdom operations” (also known as suicide bombing). Israel was hit with opposition from grass roots Palestinians who unable to do anything so they reverted to suicide bombing.

As is, HAMAS stands accused of using schools and hospitals to hide weapons, effectively using civilians as human shields. This is a war crime, but so is bombing targets in the knowledge that civilians will be killed. Consequently, every step that the Israelis take to try to eliminate the rockets and the militants that plague them bears a cost.

And herein lies the ultimate logic of Israeli strategy. In their use of force they are sending the message not only to HAMAS but also to international mediators that left to their own devices they will continue to use force until the rockets stop.

TAQIYYA

PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE TAQIYYA

Muslims are allowed by taqiyya to lie about their religious beliefs when this will support the advancement of Islam. Nonie Darwish, in The Devil We Don’t Know, describes how Islamic Sharia law incorporates taqiyya: “Sharia itself allows lies not only with infidels, but also to solve disputes among Muslims and in the wife/husband relationship, thereby covering practically all relationships. The individual Muslim is taught that protection of Islam is a sacred communal obligation that is more important than family, life, or happiness.” So who are we to believe? Sharia law itself allows lies with infidels. Continue reading PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE

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GOD’S HEALING ASSURED

HEALING FROM GOD’S MERCY 

 God in His mercy has decreed blessing for us by sending Christ to take the curse of disease and sickness from us and bring healing.

“He himself bore our sins” in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by His wounds you have been healed.”                                                                                  1 Peter 2:24

These are the exact words that a Divine Healer say when they lay hands on someone for healing: IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST AND BY HIS WOUNDS, YOU (NAME) ARE HEALED OF (AFFLICTION). 

This is assured for any affliction even cancer and any addiction.  The spirit world knows no limitation: long distance healing is also assured.

This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.”      Matthew 8:17 

Jesus used the authority of the Father given to Christ over heaven and earth Matthew. 28:18, to “pray over” James 5:14 the sick and command the enemy to go. “Whatever you ask in My Name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son.”If you ask Me anything in My Name, I will do it.”                                           John 14:14

MERCY HEALING

Some Christians pray for healing as if asking for a favor from God. In seeking healing we are not to ask God for a favor; instead, we are to glorify the Father by expecting the justice due us as a result of Christ’s awesome work for us… And we will receive it. Quit begging. Quit asking for a favor – expect God’s mercy. Continue reading GOD’S HEALING ASSURED

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Authority Over Sickness and Disease

THE PROMISE OF AUTHORITY IS FOR US TODAY

God's Promises Healing Authority

Consider just for a moment the ramifications of such a great and precious promise2 Peter 1:4 authority over the unclean spirits, and likewise over all sickness and disease. The mind boggles.… 

Healing Authority

 Is anyone going to actually say those promises are applicable only to the twelve disciples and not to us? No – not if they believe the Gospel. Certainly, we know that Jesus is the same, yesterday, today, and forever”                                                                             Hebrews 13:8

We are co-heirs with Christ of all the promises of God Romans. 8:17; Galatians 3:29, every one of which can be inherited through faith and patience/perseverance                                               Hebrews. 6:12

HEALING AUTHORITY

OUR REAL ENEMIES 

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TO EAT JESUS’ BODY?

The Real Presence

The Early Christians actually took the Real Presence for granted. It doesn’t even seem as if there was much debate. No one denied the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament before the year 500 A.D. The reason for this is that the Bible is very clear on the subject.

’Take, eat, this is My body.’ Then He took the cup and gave thanks. He gave it to them and said, ‘You must all drink from it. This is My blood of the New Way of Worship which is given for many.’”                                                                                                                         Matthew 26: 27, 28

Real Presence

“For My flesh is true food,” Jesus told his disciples and the others listening to Him, “and My blood is true drink.”                      John 6:55 

Anyone who eats the bread or drinks from the cup, if his spirit is not right with the Lord, will be guilty of sinning against the body and the blood of the Lord.  This is why a man should look into his own heart and life before eating the bread and drinking from the cup.  Anyone who eats the bread and drinks from the cup, if his spirit is not right with the Lord, will be guilty as he eats and drinks. He does not understand the meaning of the Lord’s body.”                                                                                                                        1 Corinthians 11:27-29

The wording in the Bible is very strong and hard to refute: why would anyone be “guilty of sinning “ if it was just a casual sharing of communion.

So when a group of evangelist suggest having communion, something seems wrong. They don’t know that it is all about the Real Presence.

Catholics believe Jesus is uniquely present in the Eucharist.  But how can this be?

Catholics believe that the same divine word in Christ that had the power to heal, raise people from the dead and forgive sins, could also change bread and wine into his body and blood. They believe that they are in close contact with Him and His Presence affects us (grace).

We can even go deeper in our explanation by saying it is the new manna, the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, which is supernatural food (grace) given for supernatural life (our soul). It is, as Paul says,” participation in the blood and body of Christ.” 1 Corinthians 10:16

JESUS WISHES TO SPEAK TO YOU.

Eucharist REAL BODY

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