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You don't need to read apostate literature to find the truth - read the Bible

Compare the literature of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society printed over the years

Being born and raised a Jehovah's Witness, it was always engrained in me to NEVER read anything other than the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society publications.

When I started my journey, I was unwaivering about not reading any apostate literature or websites.  I simply read the New World Translation (NWT) scriptures in context and researched the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society publications that I had.  In just doing this, it did not take long to see scriptures used to prove doctrine taken out of context and all the inconsistencies in what I had been taught over the years.

The big thing for me was all the claims of the end coming and how many times different years or generations were suppose to see the end.  I started to think about the latest claim of "this generation will not pass away".  For those who are Jehovah's Witnesses, up until recently, "this generation" meant those who were able to understand the happenings of 1914.  The teaching was for many years that this generation would not pass away and the end would come before they all died. But, the 1914 generation is passing away.

A sister from the local congregation called on me regularly. I asked her about this.  She stated there was yet another new light and gave me a couple of recent articles explaining how the "generation" meant something else. (See The Watchtower, June 15, 2010, p5; The Watchtower, February 15, 2008, p25)

With another false prediction on the end coming, I now thought of what Deuteronomy 18:20-22 says.  This was enough for me to tell my husband that even though I was not willing to read apostate websites or books, if he found actual scanned articles of the Watchtower publications, I would read those.  He found many articles (see the partial list to the side of this page). 

My next thought as a trained Jehovah's Witness was, were these article scans tampered with?  I sent a letter to my sister and asked her about all the articles I had and if they were tampered with, could she tell me.  Since she is a practicing Jehovah's Witness, she has access to all the old publications in the congregation library and my mother has bound volumes of Watchtowers going as far back as the 1940's.

My sister and mother refused to even look at the list of publications I sent them.  So, for some time I had to assume the scanned articles and quotes we had found were true and accurate - not tampered.  As time went on I began to acquire the list of publications and have since scanned many of these in myself.  They are scans from publications I have on hand.

Publications

By simply reading these articles, my NWT Bible, and praying, I quickly came to the realization that what I had been taught - even the doctrines I firmly stood by - did not make sense.  I continued with prayer and Bible reading for a couple of months and then finally began to read other websites of Bible scholars (still no apostates).  As I started to read what these well-trained Bible scholars had to say about the NWT Bible, I became more and more unsure of how accurate the NWT Bible was.  Then my husband gave me a Watchtower publication that admitted they used a known spiritist, Johannes Greber, to support their Bible (See The Watchtower, April 1, 1983, p31).

My point in telling readers this story, is that it is OK to read these resources.  I was very scared to start reading these websites and books, even after all the facts I had found from just reading the Bible and Watchtower Publications.  Pray about this and if you have an open heart, just start reading the Bible and the truth will set you free!

Website Resources

RESEARCH PAPERS

Click here to download our 17 page research paper that uses only the New World Translation Bible to disprove several teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society:

  • The way to receive salvation
  • The Deity of Christ
  • The practice of shunning

 

CHRISTIAN APOLOGETIC WEBSITES

www.gotquestions.org

www.carm.org

FORMER JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES WEBSITES

www.jwfacts.com

www.4jehovah.org

BOOK RESOURCES

Ron Rhoades - "Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Jehovah's Witnesses" (A Christian scholar, not an apostate.)

David A. Reed - "Jehovah's Witnesses Answered Verse by Verse" (A former Jehovah's Witness)

David A. Reed - "Index of Watchtower Errors 1879 to 1989" (A former Jehovah's Witness)

James W. Sire - "Scripture Twisting: Twenty Ways the Cults Misread the Bible"  (A Christian scholar, not an apostate.)

List of Articles of End-Time Predictions

Here is a partial resource list of Watchtower publications that have predicted the end coming, some stating it is even prophesy.  None of these predictions have ever come true, so one can make the arguement based on what Deuteronomy 18:20-22 says that they are false prophets.

Scans of actual articles are linked when available.  If scans are not available, links are to other websites that have the information quoted. Check back again, as I am in the process of scanning more articles from books I have found.

Zion's Watch Tower July 15, 1894 (1914 end time prediction)

The Time is at Hand/Studies in the Scriptures 1905 pg. 99 and pg. 101 (1914 end time prediction)

The Plan of the Ages/Studies in the Scriptures 1905 in the beginning of the book has an elaborate pull out drawing of the "Chart of Ages" using images of pyramids and pages  82 & 83 talking about the pyramid.

Thy Kingdom Come/Studies in the Scriptures 1909 has several pages stating when the end would come.  On the contents page, it recaps what is in the series of books and states the "Last Days" are said to have begun in AD 1799 and its close would be 1914.  Then on pg. 23 it states the same dates.  On pg. 342 it shows calculations using measurements of the Great Pyramid of Gizeh.  On Page 313 this chapter about The Great Pyramid says it is the testimony of God's stone witness and prophet. Several drawings showing how the pyramid was used to calulate the end time prophesy are throughout this chapter and in the beginning of the book.  When the end did not come in 1914, later publications say that 1914 is when "The Time of the End" started(1914 end time prediction)

The Finished Mystery/Studies in the Scriptures 1917, pg 485 Subheading says: "Pastor Russell Dead, But Speaking Again" (1918 end time prediction)

Millions Now Living Will Never Die 1920, pg. 89 (1925 end time prediction)

The Watchtower, September 1, 1922 (1925 end time prediction)

The Watchtower, April 1, 1923 (1925 end time prediction)

The Watchtower, July 15, 1924 (1925 end time prediction)

The Watchtower, January 1, 1925 (1925 end time prediction)

Vindication, 1931 Vol. 1, pg. 338, 339 (Admits to disappointment with predictions of 1914, 1918 and 1925)

Salvation, 1939 by J. F. Rutehrford pg. 311 states how a special house was built for the "faithful men of old" soon to be resurrected and pg. 312 shows the picture of this special house called "Beth-Sarim" in San Diego with the title vested to The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society.

The Watchtower, September 15, 1941 (1941 end time prediction)

The Watchtower, February 15, 1951 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, April 1, 1951 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, July 1, 1951 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, September 1, 1952 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, April 15, 1967 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, December 1, 1968 ("this generation" prediction)

AWAKE!, October 8, 1968 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, February 1, 1971 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, October 1, 1978 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, October 15, 1980 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, March 1, 1984 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, May 15, 1984 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, July 15, 1984 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, May 1, 1985, pg. 4 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, May 1, 1985, pg. 7 ("this generation" prediction)

AWAKE!, April 8, 1988 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, October 1, 1989 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, April 15, 1990 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, July 1, 1990 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, November 1, 1995 ("this generation" prediction)

The Watchtower, February 15, 2008 (Back tracking on what "this generation" means)

The Watchtower, June 15, 2010 (Back tracking on what "this generation" means - new overlapping generation explained)

 

The Opposite of Love is Fear

Having been raised in a fear-based culture, I now know that being coerced to practice a religion out of fear, is not loving.  1 John 4:18 (NWT), "There is no fear in love, but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint.  Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love."