The Walking Dead (From door to door)

Jehovah’s Witnesses are quite proud of their record of faithfully taking their message from door to door. For example, on the back cover of the December 1, 1996, Watchtower magazine, Catholics and Protestants are bashed for neglecting evangelism, particularly of the door-knocking variety. The publication proudly boasts, “Despite Christendom’s failure to evangelize, more than five million of Jehovah’s Witnesses are following Jesus’ command to ‘go and make disciples of people of all the nations’ (Matthew … Continue reading

Friends

Once a month, our good friend Penny comes and spends a night with us. There is nothing like time spent with a true friend to lift and strengthen the spirit. Penny has been our friend for 50 years this year, so we have a real shared history. Penny and her fiancé stood up in our wedding, and a year later we switched roles and stood up in theirs. We had our kids, who grew up … Continue reading

God’s Schedule

Joy and I were at the Witnesses Now for Jesus Convention in PA this past weekend. It is always a time of encouragement for us as we gather with many who have left the Watchtower and come to faith in Christ, as well as others who, like us, invest their time, energy, resources – and heart – to reach those trapped in this false and abusive religious group. Any Christian who is involved in this … Continue reading

The Wheat and the Weeds: Exposing the False History of the WTBTS

(This originally appeared in the Winter 2002 edition of the MCOI Journal) In the July 1, 1994 WATCHTOWER,* page 5, under the heading “Wheat and Weeds,” there appears this interesting statement: “Jesus Christ himself taught that true Christianity would temporarily disappear from view.” Did Jesus truly teach that in time true Christians would “disappear from view?” Frankly, there is no such teaching in the Bible. Jesus did say weeds would be sown among the wheat … Continue reading

An Enduring Monument to Pagan Origins

(This originally appeared in the Fall 1999 edition of the MCOI Journal) We are heading into the Christmas season again, and you know what that means, some Jehovah’s Witness (JW) is certain to show up on your doorstep and hand you a Watchtower or Awake! magazine,* scolding “Christendom” — that’s you, Bub — for celebrating Christmas despite the fact the holiday has “pagan origins.” Before being guilted into giving up this most glorious season of … Continue reading

What’s in a Name?

I have spent a fair amount of time over the past view days responding by phone and email to Jehovah’s Witnesses or those studying with JWs. In nearly every case the questioner would at some point insist that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is God’s organization because they are the only ones that put the designation “Jehovah” in their Bible. Most of the time they are surprised to learn that even the Watchtower acknowledges … Continue reading