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Matthew 23:6-13 KJV “And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted. But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.”
There are people who feel you must address them as, Pastor, Elder, Reverend, Bishop, Father, and so on. Paul the apostle (who was a true apostle) at times felt it necessary to remind folks of his office, yet he never told them to call him, “Apostle Paul.” Believers just called him by his name; Paul. They called the apostle Peter, Peter. That’s because the early church believers, Paul, Peter, and all the other apostles understood and took seriously what Jesus said about wearing religious titles. Let’s examine why Jesus said not to title ourselves.
Jesus says there are certain religious leaders who love the VIP treatment. And he calls them, “hypocrites!” They may constantly call themselves, “servants,” but that’s not how they really feel. They love being served. They love the most important accommodations like the best rooms and the best seats at gatherings. We see this even at church meetings where the Pastors and their wives are given special seats of honor (usually the front row). Some have literal thrones on the pulpit. They have elevated themselves above the rest of the flock. Jesus says these individuals love to be greeted by their religious titles even when you see them out and about on the street in the market places. You’ve heard it before; “How yah doin Reverend …?” “Hi Pastor …” So the VIP treatment goes far beyond just when they’re at church. Yet Jesus commands us not to be this way. And He gives us the reason why; “For one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.” We all are brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ. So how dare we lift ourselves up above the rest of God’s flock?
Wanting, demanding, or even allowing others to address us by these vainglorious titles is breaking Jesus’ command and exalting ourselves to His status. Yes, this is the same sin the Devil committed when he said that he would lift himself up above all the other stars of heaven and be like Almighty God Himself! (Isaiah 14:13-14) Sounds like I’m being too harsh? Jesus showed this when telling His disciples not to be called Rabbi, Father, Master, and the like. He iterated this when he said, “For one is your Master, even Christ.” Jesus is saying that wearing these religious titles is putting yourself in the position of MASTER; His position. The Greek word for, “Master,” in this passage means, “A guide, a Teacher.” Jesus is saying that only ONE (He) is our guide and teacher. Yes, titling oneself, letting others title you, and proudly wearing these titles is placing yourself in the seat of Jesus Christ! 😳 That’s serious!
“HE GAVE SOME …”
I know what some are thinking, I hear it every time this matter comes up: “Well, don’t the Bible say that God gave some to be apostles, some to be pastors, some to be teachers, some to be evangelist, and some to be prophets?” (Ephesians 4:11) Yep, it sure does say that. And many of these Pastors, Evangelists, Teachers, Apostles, and Prophets are smart enough to stick to the Biblical script by simply doing their jobs, and not wear the titles. An apostle does what an apostle does, a teacher does what a teacher does, a prophet does what a prophet does, etcetera. If God made you a teacher teach, but don’t have people calling you, “Teacher,” that’s Jesus’ title. The office of teacher, prophet, or bishop in no way nullifies what Jesus said in Mathew 23 about wearing religious titles and receiving the VIP treatment the hypocrites love so much. “All ye are brethren,” Jesus says. None is above the other. True men and women of God simply do their jobs. They do not seek or accept glory from men. Hypocrites do that Jesus said.
True men and women of God who are particularly gifted are like John the Baptist who indeed was a prophet. Jesus said John was a prophet and more than that:
Luke 7:24-26 ESV “When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings’ courts. What then did you go out to see? A PROPHET? YES, I TELL YOU, AND MORE THAN A PROPHET.”
John was indeed a prophet and more than a prophet Jesus said. John also knew his assignment in God. But note in the next passage when John was directly asked by some priests and Levites, “Are you a prophet?” notice the answer John gave:
John 1:19-24 NET “Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders sent priests and Levites from Jerusalem to ask him, “Who are you?” He confessed – he did not deny but confessed – “I am not the Christ!” So they asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not!” “ARE YOU THE PROPHET?” HE ANSWERED, “NO!” Then they said to him, “Who are you? Tell us so that we can give an answer to those who sent us. What do you say about yourself?” John said, “I am the voice of one shouting in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way for the Lord,’ as Isaiah the prophet said.” (Now they had been sent from the Pharisees.)”
The great prophet John the Baptist (whom Jesus said was even more than a prophet) never called himself a prophet or wore any other religious titles. John was humble. He simply did his job. He is unlike so many of these bootleg, self-titled, prophets, apostles, elders, bishops, evangelists, reverends, holy fathers, etcetera today.
As Jesus said John didn’t live high on the hog either or wear fine clothes like religious pimps do today. John did not receive or seek the VIP treatment. Instead he got the very opposite as did his Master Jesus Christ. If you consider yourself a man or woman of God and are wearing these vainglorious titles I urge you to repent. If you consider yourself a true believer and call men and women by these titles instead of just calling them by their names I encourage you to repent too. How can we be true men and women of God if we directly go against God’s commands? Jesus tells us not to lift ourselves up above God’s flock. Not only does He call those who do so hypocrites, He gives a stern warning regarding this: “Whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.” If we decide to exalt ourselves above God’s people (just like satan did) God will decide to humble us. He has the power to humble us all the way down to the lake of fire (eternally). And if we humble ourselves (be true servants of God’s flock) God will exalt us all the way up to heaven in His presence (forever)!
If you still think this message is too hard on religious leaders who love wearing religious titles and love receiving the VIP treatment consider also what Jesus said while discussing this topic:
Matthew 23:13 NET “But woe to you, experts in the law and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You keep locking people out of the kingdom of heaven! For you neither enter nor permit those trying to enter to go in.”
This is serious!😳
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Proverbs 15:29 NIV “The Lord is far from the wicked, but he hears the prayer of the righteous.”
I’ve heard people say, “God hears the prayers of all people.” The Bible says that God hears the prayers of the righteous, and that he is far away from the wicked. But does that mean that God does not even hear wicked people’s prayers?
Proverbs 28:9 KJV “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”
1 Peter 3:12 ESV “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”
Isiah 59:2 NIV “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.”
James 5:16 NIV “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”
John 15:7 NIV “If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”
Proverbs 21:13 KJV “Whoso stoppeth his ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself, but shall not be heard.”
1 Peter 3:7 NIV “Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.”
Jeremiah 11:13-14 AMP “For [as many as] the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah; and [as many as] the number of the streets of Jerusalem are the altars you have set up to the shameful thing, altars to burn incense to Baal. “Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, for I shall not listen when they cry to Me in the time of their disaster.”
Jeremiah 15:1 AMP “Then the LORD said to me, “Even though Moses and Samuel were to stand before Me [interceding for them], My heart would still not be [turned with favor] toward this people [Judah]. Send them away from My presence and out of My sight and let them go!”
James 4:4 KJV “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”
John 3:36 AMP “He who believes and trusts in the Son and accepts Him [as Savior] has eternal life [that is, already possesses it]; but he who does not believe the Son and chooses to reject Him, [disobeying Him and denying Him as Savior] will not see [eternal] life, but [instead] the wrath of God hangs over him continually.”
Amazing isn’t it? Many don’t want to listen to God or do what he says but want Him to listen to them. No relationship works like that. And that’s part of the problem; some don’t see God as a real person. They believe all the mystical crap they’ve been taught about Him. God is not some genie we can conjure up whenever we want who will perform our wishes. He is not some abstract force in the universe that we just need to learn how to tap into, then we can control that great energy and have whatever we want. God is a real person. He originally created mankind in His own image. Yet many either want to control God or be gods themselves. God makes it very clear that if we are wicked He is against us, and HE WILL NOT hear or answer our prayers. The prayers of the wicked are an abomination to God. If we want to be heard we must repent.
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Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 ESV “Consider the work of God: who can make straight what he has made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful, and in the day of adversity consider: God has made the one as well as the other, so that man may not find out anything that will be after him.”
How often does something bad happen to us and we blame it on the Devil or think that God is punishing us? A guy asked me, ‘Why every time I try to do something something always happens that prevents me from doing it?’ He then said, “Maybe I’m cursed.” I asked him, “Do you believe in God?” He said, “Yes.” Then I said, “Let’s get the answer from the Bible. Blessed are you if you believe what God says at Ecclesiastes 7:13-14.”
After I read him the passage above I explained that, “God knows what’s best for us. And He sometimes prevents us from doing what will hurt us. We just can’t see how it would harm us like He can. So he’ll make something that’s quote unquote BAD happen that’s really for our ultimate good. That’s written in the Bible.” A guy who was listening to our conversation said, “Yeah, that’s true. I was just reading about that last night in the Bible in the story about Joseph. I was reading the part where he told his brothers, ‘What you did to harm me God did it so that it can work out for my good and the good of many people so that their lives can be saved.’ “ The guy continued, “Yeah Joseph’s brothers sold him into slavery, from there he found himself in prison, and from there God strategically set him up to become the 2nd most powerful ruler in Egypt next to Pharaoh. I was just reading about that last night.” How cool.😄
After Joseph was placed in his God ordained position (ruler over Egypt 2nd only to Pharaoh), God used him to oversee the distribution of food during a 7 year famine. This important work saved MANY people’s lives, including Joseph’s own people the Israelites.
I had another conversation with the brother who read the story about Joseph the next day. This time someone else overheard us talking and was listening intensely. We shared the same information as yesterday about Joseph, and talked about Moses too this time; how Moses went from Prince of Egypt, to homeless fugitive, to sheep herder (a very lowly job). Then how God took Moses from there and made him leader of his people. God used Moses to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt. I then asked the guy, “But what if Joseph had said to himself, ‘Nothing ever good happens to me. Nothing ever goes right. It didn’t go right in the past and it won’t in the future.’ What if he had just given up and lost hope? He never would have became the person God wanted him to be, would he? And what if Moses would have given up after 40 years of being a sheep herder? He too would have never became who God made him to be, would he?” The man listened favorably then humbly said, “Thank you.” I assured him that God’s got him. All he wants from us is an attitude of submission to Him no matter what we’re going through.
The future can be different. Many examples in the Bible like Joseph’s and Moses’ prove it. After encouraging the young man I immediately felt the Holy Spirit urging me to apply everything I had just mentioned to him. I too have had many setbacks in this life. The past is the past. We must look with hope towards the future. No matter how many times we get knocked down we must get back up. Knowing that we can’t control everything, that it’s all up to God should give us humility. For who can defy the will of God? Who can make straight what He has made crooked? This should produce in us patience, and contentment in all circumstances. And likewise no one can shut a door when Jesus the son of the living God decides to open it:
Revelation 3:7-8 KJV “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;  I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.”
Isaiah 22:22 KJV “And the key of the house of David will I lay upon his shoulder; so he shall open, and none shall shut; and he shall shut, and none shall open.”
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John 8:32 ESV “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses have taught for years and in their publications that the origin of things matter. Where a thing comes from or originated is how you can tell whether it is good or bad. Hence why they do not celebrate major Holidays like Christmas, Easter, or even their own birthdays. Yes, I was raised a JW and never celebrated a birthday in my life. I’ve gotten so used to it by now it doesn’t matter. Some things JWs teach about Holidays is true. But this doctrine that the origin of things (everything) matters, does this same principle apply to Jehovah’s Witnesses? In other words when confronted with the origins of their religion do we find a double standard here? In this article I will share a few facts about the origins of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In this article is information that anyone can check out for themselves. Most of the information can be found right in Jehovah’s Witnesses own publications. I heavily encourage you to do your own research. There’s so much more info than what I’m sharing with you here.
First, why is the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses (Charles Taze Russell) buried under a tombstone that reads, “Pastor Russell,” “The Laodicean Messenger?” I was taught that Jehovah’s Witnesses didn’t believe in any religious titles like, “Pastor,” “Reverend,” “Bishop,” “Pope,” and the like. And yet, “Pastor, Russell” is engraved on the founders tombstone? And the title, “The Laodicean Messenger?” What’s that all about? Let’s let the preface to one of Jehovah’s Witnesses own publications answer that question for us. The book is titled, “The Finished Mystery:”
“The great Master laid special emphasis on the importance of the messenger to the seventh, or Laodicean, period of the Church, saying that such an one would be ‘a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord would make ruler over all His Household, to give them meat in due season.’ “
“Those consecrated Christians who have read and fully appreciated the Truth as contained in the preceding six volumes of STUDIES IN THE SCRIPTURES [books written by Charles Taze Russell] readily see and agree that Charles Taze Russell was the messenger of the Church of Laodicea. In the mind of every one who believes the Bible the evidence set forth in this volume will establish that fact beyond the question of a doubt.
“… Pastor Russell being the messenger to the Laodicean Church, and occupying the position of the Lord’s special servant to give the Household of Faith meat in due season, it was to be expected that he would bring forth from the Lord’s great “Storehouse” the needed spiritual food for the Church, in harmony with God’s will.
“… The examination of the contents of this book will disclose the fact that it deals with Revelation and Ezekiel; that the Lord long ago caused to be recorded therein, in symbolic language, a history of the Church, particularly the closing earthly experiences thereof; …; and that the earthly creature made prominent therein above all others is the messenger of the Laodicean Church — “that wise and faithful servant” of the Lord — CHARLES TAZE RUSSELL.”
And on page 53 of this book, “The Finished Mystery” it reads:
“The special messenger to the last Age of the Church was Charles T. Russell, born February 16, 1852. He has privately admitted his belief that he was chosen for his great work from before his birth.”
There you have it. It’s easy for me to believe that the early followers of Charles T. Russell once proudly call themselves Russelites as reported. Because as you can see in this book, The Finished Mystery, they were following a man, a man who claimed to be God ‘s special messenger—Pastor Charles Taze Russell. HE ALONE according to the book was Jesus’ special seventh church age Laodicean Messenger. That’s what’s reiterated starting from the preface—before you even get to read the book—throughout the book. Mr. Russell’s job as Jesus’ sole messenger and faithful discreet slave was to dispense spiritual food to the church in this seventh Laodicean church age (they called it). The preface to the book also implies that if you do not agree with this you must not believe the Bible when it says, “Charles Taze Russell was the messenger of the Church of Laodicea. In the mind of every one who believes the Bible the evidence set forth in this volume will establish that fact beyond the question of a doubt.” To this day JWs still use this mind control technique. They make great claims then use scriptures to back them up. If you do not agree with them or their interpretation of the Bible you’re told you must not believe in the Bible.
THE LORD”S SPECIAL MESSENGER?
In 1879 Charles Taze Russell became the publisher of, “Zion’s Watchtower And Herald Of Christ’s Presence.” Today this magazine is still in circulation by Jehovah’s Witnesses known as, “The Watchtower Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom.” Listen to a quote made by Pastor Russell in his very first publication of Zion’s Watchtower in July 1879:
“A truth presented by Satan himself is just as true as a truth stated by God.”
• What is Truth? Zion’s Watch Tower, (July 7, 1879).
Woe! Stop the press!!!! 😳 Jesus said that the Devil is a liar and there is no truth in him:
John 8:44 KJV “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because THERE IS NO TRUTH IN HIM. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for HE IS A LIAR, and the father of it.”
But what did Pastor Russell say about the Devil? “A truth presented by Satan himself is just as true as a truth stated by God?” It would take a whole book for me to write everything I’m thinking right now. But let’s listen to what God says about Mr. Russell’s frame of mind:
Isaiah 5:20 NIV “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.”
When Mr. Russell put’s God’s truth and what Satan presents as truth on the same level he is, ‘putting darkness for light and light for darkness.’ Woe to him the Bible says. Could someone who thinks like this be Jesus’ special, sole, messenger to any Church? Mr. Russell is putting God and the Devil on an equal plain? Those of you who know a thing or two about occultism knew exactly where Mr. Russell was coming from as soon as you read his comment. This belief is found in basically every mystical religion under the sun. Belief that good and evil, light and darkness, God and Satan both can be equally good and true and one is no greater than the other is garbage. A lot of witches believe in this sort of thing too. Hmmmmm Mr. Russell. 🤔
THE YEAR 1914
1914 was a very special year to Charles Taze Russell as were many other dates but we’ll talk only about 1914. Why? Because in his own writings you will see Pastor Russell predicted that 1914 would usher in the end of the world. Yes, the end of all Gentile (or worldly) governments, and the end of all false religions (of course not his). Also in the year 1914 Mr. Russell said that God would FULLY establish His kingdom rule in the earth. Here are some quotes from Pastor Russell’s book he wrote and published in 1891 titled, “Thy Kingdom Come:”
“THE “Time of the End,” a period of one hundred and fifteen (115) years, from A. D. 1799 to A. D. 1914, is particularly marked in the scriptures.”
“The parallelism continues to the full end of the harvest of this dispensation—until the overflow of the professedly Christian kingdoms, really “kingdoms of the world,” and the full establishment of the Kingdom of God in the earth at A. D. 1914, the terminus of the Times of the Gentiles.”
“A. D. 1878 to the end of A. D. 1914 is 36 1/2 years. And, with the end of A. D. 1914, what God calls Babylon, and what men call Christendom, will have passed away, as already shown from prophecy.”
“Call to mind that the scriptures showed us that the full end of Gentile power in the world, and of the time of trouble which brings its overthrow, will be in the end of A. D. 1914, and some time before that date the last members of the Church of Christ will have been “changed,” glorified.”
A later edition of Thy Kingdom Come changed the above phrase, “Will be in the end of A. D. 1914,” to, “Will follow the end.” Wonder why they changed that? Hmmmm. 🤔 Other phrases and word changes in the book were made as well. I think it’s obvious why these changes were made. What was predicted by Pastor Russell never happened. What does God’s word say about this sort of thing?
Deuteronomy 18:20-22 NET “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the LORD?’ – whenever a prophet speaks in my name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”
Here are some more quotes from Charles Taze Russell’s book, “Thy Kingdom Come:”
“As correct the testimony from the Great Pyramid, that the last members of the “body” or “bride” of Christ will have been tested and and accepted and will have passed beyond the vail before the close of A. D. 1910.”
The testimony from the great pyramid regarding the body of Christ? 😳 What’s that all about? I didn’t know that the great pyramid had a testimony about Jesus Christ’s body. But Mr. Russell sure believed it did. Here’s more pyramid quotes from his book, “Thy Kingdom Come:”
“The four years from 1910 to the end of 1914, indicated thus in the Great Pyramid, will be quite sufficient for the extreme of all that trouble; for when it reaches it’s terrible climax it cannot last long; and “Except those days should be shortened there should no flesh be saved.—Matt. 24;22.”
This time Mr. Russell says that his 1914 end of the world date is, ‘Indicated IN the great Pyramid.’ Something IN the great pyramid made Charles Taze Russell believe that the year 1914 would be the end of the world. He taught this vigorously and misapplied scriptures like Jesus’ words at Matthew 24:22 to prove his point. Here’s another Pyramid quote:
“As we have yet seen, indicate; but this date, 1910, indicated by the Pyramid, seems to harmonize well with the dates furnished by the Bible. It is but four years before the full close of the time of trouble which ends the Gentile times.”
Mr. Russell is saying in his above statements that something IN the Pyramid and in the Bible is in harmony with one another that spells doom (God’s Judgment) for the world in 1914. I had heard in the past that Mr. Russell got his many prophetic dates from the Pyramid of Giza. After reading this yah think? 😳
“THE TESTIMONY FROM THE GREAT PYRAMID”
In his own words Mr. Russell says that the Great Pyramid is telling us something regarding the date 1914; the end of the world. The more I listen to Pastor Russell’s words I just have to ask myself, “Was Mr. Russell an occultist?” Mr. Russell wrote another book titled, “The Divine Plan Of The Ages As Shown In The Great Pyramid.” And guess what’s on the cover? That’s right, a Pyramid. And what looks like an outline of the great pyramid of Giza with the upper king’s chamber and the lower queen’s chamber the whole bit. Mr. Russell sure liked pyramids. Hmmmm 🤔
Believe it or not just a few feet away from Mr. Russell’s tombstone is a pyramid shaped shrine believed to be erected in his honor. Some Jehovah’s Witnesses will argue with you that it’s not. But this too is another thing that a simple Google or YouTube search will reveal. And further investigation shows that one of the inscriptions on the pyramid reads, “Watchtower Bible And Tract Society.” Hmmmm, that’s the corporation Charles Taze Russell started now known as Jehovah’s Witnesses. This name was incorporated in 1896. In 1955 the corporate name of Jehovah’s Witnesses was changed again to Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. Not much difference in the name change but what are the chances that the founder of an organization has a monument erected with the name of his corporation on it right next to his grave site, shaped like an object he made many favorable references to (a Pyramid), and this monument has nothing at all to do with him? 😳
But wait a minute, the pyramid has a cross on it. I thought Jehovah’s Witnesses didn’t believe in crosses and prohibit their members from wearing them. They call them pagan symbols. And I’ve even heard Witnesses say that crosses are symbols of witchcraft. Yet there is a cross on a pyramid shaped monument just feet away from Mr. Russell’s tombstone? And this is no ordinary cross. This is a cross inside of a crown. In Freemasonry this symbol is known as The Knights Templar. This symbol is inscribed on the Pyramid right above the words, “Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society.” Why is the Knights Templar symbol and, “Watchtower Bible And Tract Society,” both inscribed on a pyramid just feet away from the tombstone of the founder of the Watch Tower Bible And Tract Society? Hmmmm. 🤔 Don’t believe me? Look it up. Just Google or YouTube it.
ZION’S WATCHTOWER MAGAZINE
There are certain copies of the Watchtower magazine JWs will never bring to your door. One reason is many Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t even know they exist. The other is they have the Knights Templar symbol on them in the upper left corner on the cover of the magazine. Yes, the editor of Zion’s Watchtower, Charles Taze Russell, had this and other occult symbols placed on his magazines, his books, etcetera. Look at the Winged Sun Disc below (associated with the Egyptian God Horus, sun worship, and magic) on the cover of Pastor Russell’s book we talked about earlier, The Finished Mystery.
Occult symbols and Pyramids is something Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization was all too familiar with. What can of worms does this open? 🤔 Who really was Mr. Charles Taze Russell? Did he believe in hidden, occult, esoteric knowledge? And are some of these beliefs (though hidden) instilled in Jehovah’s Witnesses teachings today? Hmmmm.
The purpose of this article is not to bash Freemasonry, magic, the occult, esoteric knowledge, etcetera. The intent is when I look at Jehovah’s Witnesses; who they say they are, and when I look at how their religion got started, I see something totally different. And they are the ones who are always bashing other religious organizations! 😳 But when we look into their history there’s one thing that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are 100% right about: ORIGINS DO MATTER!
Is it really surprising though to learn these things? Isn’t it always those who do the most finger pointing that have the biggest problems? Jesus put it this way:
Matthew 7:4-5 ESV “Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
Here Jesus is saying, ‘How can you help open others eyes when your own eyes haven’t been opened yet,’ Jehovah’s Witnesses? ‘You have a big big log in your own eye.’ It has blinded you from the real truth. Most of you don’t even know what your religion is really all about. The reason I know that is because I too was a JW. I was very active in the religion: a regular pioneer (so was my wife), and a ministerial servant. At age 26 they (the elders) were talking to me about becoming an elder. You know the legal age for elders is 30, but I was told the Society would make an exception for qualified brothers when there is a special need. I had all kinds of duties in the congregation, and thought too that I knew and possessed the truth. Only later to find out I really didn’t know what I had gotten into. The founder of this religion was steeped in occult, witchcraft practices? He was hailed as God’s or Jesus’ sole, special, messenger, but falsely predicted the end of the world in 1914. By God’s definition that makes him a false prophet. He also taught that, “truth presented by Satan himself is just as true as a truth stated by God.” (What is Truth? Zion’s Watch Tower, July 7, 1879) That’s a total contradiction of Jesus Christ who says that Satan is a liar and has no truth in him. (John 8:44) MANY of this man’s teachings are still taught in JWs congregations today disguised as teachings from the Bible but are clever twistings of the scriptures.
I remember how exclusive and special being a JW made me feel. Hah hah hah. Until one day God busted my proud bubble and showed me I was wrong. That experience hurt me more than I can right now explain. But I’m so thankful that it happened. So I understand how hard it is to come to grips with the truth about your religion. I understand what it’s like to be shunned by your family members because you left the organization. I remember the fearful thought, “If I leave how will I make it, I don’t know nobody, I’m all alone.” Don’t you see, that’s part of the mind control trick to keep you in there? Fear is a powerful weapon of the Devil.
Those of us who have come out or never were in but know that Jesus is the only truth, the way, and the life (John 14:6) let’s keep praying for those in that religion who are really seeking God. There are some. Upon writing this I am crying for them literally. My only consolation is that those who are really honest hearted, those who are really seeking God and the truth which is Jesus Christ, will see the many follies of this religion and come out.
John 10:27-30 NET “My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish; NO ONE [not even Watchtower] will snatch them from my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from my Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
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John 14:6 KJV “Jesus saith unto him, I AM the way, the truth, and the life: NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME.”
Any religious organization that claims unless you join them you cannot get to God is an impostor. Because Jesus plainly says He is the way to God, that’s His job. Jesus is the only way to God, He is the only truth, He is the only eternal life! Hence we have a problem. Every religious organization on earth claims to be the way. Jehovah’s Witnesses call themselves, “THE TRUTH,” they stole Jesus’ title (The Truth). Those who run the Catholic church say they are the way (they’re thieves too). Guess what? None of them are! That’s right, all of the world’s religions are fake, phony, frauds! They all bicker with one another, show up each other’s faults, and highlight their perceived strengths to make themselves look good. That’s part of the sales game to win converts. They all follow men not Christ. Their leaders claim to be representatives of God or Jesus but they make that claim void by saying you must go through them to get to God. They are contradicting Jesus’ words in John 14:6 that says, ‘He is the way the truth and the life, and no one can come to God but by HIM alone.’ They are putting themselves in the place of Jesus Christ when they say you must join their religion to receive God and are thus denying Him. These my friends are the true apostates. They have renounced the faith which is Christ Himself.
Titus 1:16 KJV “They profess that they know God; but IN WORKS THEY DENY HIM, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”
2 John 1:9-11 KJV “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.  If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed:  For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”
Wow! God says not to even greet someone who brings you a teaching other than the doctrine of Jesus Christ! And anyone who greets such a person is a partaker of his/her evil deeds. That’s serious! 😳 God’s not playing with this. Should he? Are people’s souls something to play with? Would you play with your own soul? If you are following a man-ran religion indeed you are. Jesus said:
Matthew 15:14 KJV “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
Would you purposely drive your car into a ditch? What about your soul? The ditch Jesus is talking about that souls fall into a tow truck can’t pull you out of. You can find yourself stuck there forever.
When I was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses I told people I was trying to recruit lies all the time, and yet we called ourselves, “THE TRUTH.” In fact this title (The Truth) is used by Witness members to refer to the organization more than their official title, “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” Imagine what calling yourself, “The Truth,” psychologically does to your mind over the years. You begin to believe it. And you can never be wrong. Hmmmmm. 🤔 This explains why no matter how many times they’ve flip flopped on their teachings, no matter how many times they’ve given dates predicting the end of the world and it never happened they’re never wrong and they’re not false prophets. Yet the Bible clearly says the true test of a prophet is whether what they say comes true or not:
Deuteronomy 18:22 ESV “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 that the Lord has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.”
Deuteronomy 18:20 KJV “But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses apply the 2 above passages to every other denomination but themselves. Whenever they they change their position on one of their false doctrines or attempt to clean up their false prophecies they simply say, “Jehovah gave us new light,” not that we were wrong. They’re never wrong.
One of the lies I told people when I was a Witness was that our religion is just like the Bereans in the Bible. That we’re the only religion that goes by what the Bible says. Let’s see in Acts chapter 17 verse 11 what the Bereans did:
Acts 17:11 NIV “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and EXAMINED THE SCRIPTURES EVERY DAY TO SEE IF WHAT PAUL SAID WAS TRUE.”
The Bereans, ‘Examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul was teaching them was true or not.’ When Paul (who was a real preacher) preached the gospel to them they didn’t just take his word for it. No no no, they shrewdly checked the scriptures as their reference point to see if what Paul was saying was legit. Is that what I did when I became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses? And is that what other Witnesses do? ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! I and other Witnesses had a regular Bible study (we called it) with a Jehovah’s Witness teacher assigned to us at least once a week. And we had to attend 5 church meetings per week with the rest of the congregation. They told us what was true or not, and we accepted what they said. The Bible was not our reference point for examining the truth. We believed what other Witnesses told us, people we thought knew the Bible better than we did. These so-called Bible studies can last anywhere from 6 months to years before one is considered worthy to become an official Jehovah’s Witnesses member and is baptized. We did not study the Bible like the Bereans did. We studied other books the Witnesses call, “Bible Aids,” books that are supposed to explain what the Bible says. Yep, that’s what I and every Jehovah’s Witness member did. So when JWs tell people that their religion is just like the Bereans in the Bible they are lying.
The Bereans studied and examined THE SCRIPTURES ONLY to see if Paul was telling the truth. The Jehovah’s Witnesses on the other hand have assigned teachers for their new converts and study Bible Aids (other books) with them way more than they study their own Bible. That’s right, I said THEIR OWN BIBLE. The Jehovah’s Witnesses printed and reproduced their own Bible called the, “New World Translation Of The Holy Scriptures.” Wait a minute: You have assigned teachers telling you what’s true about God and what’s not, you study Bible Aids MANY books written by men (JW leaders), these books are studied way more than the Bible and are supposed to explain what the Bible says, and again these so-called “Bible Aids” explain the Bible that the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization printed and rewrote, in other words they produced their own Bible. And you go around telling people that your religion is just like the Bereans in Acts chapter 17 verse 11? If you believe this I got a bridge to sell you for $10.00.
There’s SO MUCH I can tell you about this cult but that’s not the purpose of this article. ANY RELIGION that claims to be the only way to God is a farce. Do what Jesus says; “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind.” (Matthew 15:14 KJV) Truly do what the Bereans did: study, EXAMINE THE BIBLE FOR YOURSELF to find out the truth about God. He will lead you if you trust Him. Don’t depend on men and their writings (so-called Bible Aids). The only helper or aid we need in understanding scripture is the Holy Spirt. That is what’s written in God’s word. 😊 The Holy Spirit will aid you and lead you into all truth if you truly seek God with all your heart:
John 16:13 NLT “When THE SPIRIT OF TRUTH comes, HE WILL GUIDE YOU INTO ALL TRUTH. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.”
John 14:26 ESV “But THE HELPER, THE HOLY SPIRIT, whom the Father will send in my name, HE WILL TEACH YOU ALL THINGS and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”
1 Corinthians 2:11 ESV “For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”
1 John 2:27 ESV “But the anointing that you received from him abides in you, and YOU HAVE NO NEED THAT ANYONE SHOULD TEACH YOU. But as HIS ANOINTING TEACHES YOU ABOUT EVERYTHING, AND IS TRUE, and is no lie—just as it has taught you, abide in him.”
Jeremiah 29:13 ESV “You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.”
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