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CHRISTIAN LIBERTY AND JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

Listen to the recording of this fascinating broadcast by clicking here: ChristianLibertyDec10_2011

Jehovah’s Witnesses can be disfellowshipped for celebrating Christmas, reciting the pledge of allegiance, taking a blood transfusion to save their life, speaking to a disfellowshipped Witness or reading religious material not published by the governing body just to name Read more…

Does the Bible support a Jehovah’s Witnesses Governing Body?

The Watch Tower Society originally used the term “governing body” in a strict legal sense, and in fact, used the term quite sparingly. As stated in the Watchtower, it was not until “the year 1944 the Watchtower magazine began to speak about the governing body of the Christian congregation (italics theirs).” (Watchtower, Dec. 15, 1971, Read more…

Pastor Russell: Messenger of Millennial Hope (FREE download)

This 400+ page book, written by a Bible Student author and a consummate researcher, C. Redeker, offers a thorough history of Pastor Charles Taze Russell and the Bible Student movement he founded. His doctrinal and prophetic views are presented. Contemporary Bible Student ministries are examined and their distinctions from the Jehovah Witnesses are explored through Read more…

Will Only Jehovah’s Witnesses Survive Armageddon?

Chicago Bible Students Elder and Friends of Jehovah’s Witnesses Administrator, Peter Karavas spoke to the congregation on Sunday Dec. 18, on the topic: Will Only Jehovah’s Witnesses Survive Armageddon? Is this lifetime the only chance for repentance and life? Is there any future hope? Will family members who have not jointed the JW Organization perish Read more…

How Can Doubting Jehovah’s Witnesses FADE to Avoid being Marked, Shunned or Disfellowshipped?

Definition of Fading: is making your presence felt less and less in the congregation until you are almost invisible, not missed, so you can quietly leave.

To Fade or not to Fade?

Before making a decision to Fade, there are a few issues we need to consider first.

Making changes in our lives Read more…

What happens to Anointed who do not make the 144,000?

A mistake is in presuming that the Little Flock of 144,000 are the only ones who will receive a heavenly reward. The Anointed can be broken down into two classes after death: 1) the 144,000 and 2) those who fall short of the 144,000, but who are not going into second death.

We believe Read more…

Jehovah is Our Refuge – Don’t Lose Hope!

Don’t be worried. Don’t be fearful for the future.

Psalms 46:1 says, God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble, therefore we will not fear though the earth be removed and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea

Bible Student Elder, Todd Alexander speaks Read more…

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT DISFELLOWSHIP?

Should apostates and sinners be disfellowshipped from the congregation?

“Apostate” is a term used by the governing body and JW organization, but let’s look at the Bible list of unacceptable behavior.

SINS PREVENTING INHERITANCE OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD

Various sins prevent people from inheriting the Kingdom of God.

Gal 5:19-21 says, “Now the Read more…

DEC 3 WEBCAST – REVIEW OF JW MOVIE – FAITH IN ACTION

HISTORY OF EARLY WATCHTOWER

You can view the Webcast (video and audio) by clicking below:

http://biblestudents.na5.acrobat.com/p52379978/

The audio only of this webcast is available by clicking here:

2010-12-03 – Discussion re- JWs Faith In Action DVD

The New Jehovah’s Witness Movie, “Faith in Action” covers the history of the early Watchtower, focusing on the life Read more…

Pastor Russell Founded the Bible Students, Not the Jehovah’s Witnesses

The picture is clear. The historical data reveals beyond a doubt that the Bible Students founded by Pastor Russell and Jehovah’s Witnesses founded by Judge Rutherford are two separate movements.

Pastor Russell founded the Bible Students. The movement had its beginning in 1872 at Allegheny, Pennsylvania, where a newly formed Bible Class selected Charles Taze Read more…

Learning How to Pray from the Bible

There are few subjects closer to the Christian’s heart than that of prayer. In times of distress it is his lifeline. In times of joy it enables him to share that joy with his heavenly Father. In times of confusion it opens the way to clarity. In times of sin it is the Read more…

How should a church (or Kingdom Hall) be organized according to the Bible?

On Sunday November 7, elder Russ Marten gave the annual election discourse (talk or sermon). The Chicago Bible Students have this type of discourse once a year, the week before Church elections of elders, deacons and other church offices. Brother Russ speaks about the order and organization within the Church of which the Read more…

YOU CAN NOW LISTEN TO OUR NOV 5 WEBCAST – PERSONAL AND CONTROVERSIAL QUESTIONS WERE ASKED OF EX-JEHOVAH’S WITNESS ROLANDO RODRIGUEZ

You can listed to our Nov 5 Webcast which aired on Friday, November 5, 2010 – 7:00 pm CDT by clicking on the link below.

http://biblestudents.na5.acrobat.com/p23773076/

David Stein interviewed Rolando Rodriguez, a former JW and now a Bible Student elder, who has a ministry reaching out to JWs. Born and raised a Catholic, Rolando was Read more…

Why Was Charles Russell a Christian Zionist?

Didn’t the Jewish people reject and crucify their Messiah, Jesus Christ? Although a few accepted Jesus, didn’t Israel as a nation reject Jesus? Don’t all the promises originally to Israel now belong to Christians?

Certainly, Apostle Paul explains, “With the breaking off of some ‘natural branches’ of the figurative olive Read more…

The Day of Judgement

A very vague and indefinite idea prevails in regard to the Day of Judgment.

The view generally entertained is that Christ will come to earth, seated upon a great white throne, and that he will summon saint and sinner in rank and file before him to be judged, amidst great convulsions of nature–earthquakes, opening graves, Read more…

Do the Bible Students have a governing body?

Here is the Governing Body of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Although the Bible Students are few in numbers, they are spread all over the world—America, Canada, England, France, Germany, Lithania, Romania, Ukraine, Russia, India, Africa, Brazil, South America, etc.. . . .Generally, when possible, they are gathered together in “ecclesias.” This word “ecclesia” comes Read more…

IN WHOSE NAME ARE WE TO BE BAPTIZED?

In whose name is the Christian baptized? Many quote the great commission of Matt 28:19 to prove we are baptized into the Trinity, not into Jesus Christ alone.

Matt 28:19 – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Read more…

Did the Apostles believe in the Trinity?

We respect all who accept Jesus as their savior. The following is offered in the spirit of dialog.

Our Trinitarian friends define the Trinity as one God in three persons—Father, Son, and holy Spirit—who are co-equal and all three are without beginning and end.

If the Apostles believed in the Trinity, why was it Read more…

THE TRUTH ON BAPTISM

CHRISTIAN people are in agreement in understanding that the New Testament teaches baptism, although there is a great diversity and confusion of thought respecting its mode and significance.

The great falling away from the faith, alluded to by the apostles in the New Testament, had gained such headway by the second century that very superstitious Read more…

HOW TO STUDY THE BIBLE AND HAVE IT MAKE SENSE

An Age-Old Conflict

The Bible has for centuries been a source of confusion to men everywhere. Many people have concluded that it cannot be a reliable source of information because so many contradictory theories claim to be based upon its contents. The purpose of this section is to show that the Bible, carefully studied, can Read more…

Effectively Debating the Trinity

If you are a JW going door to door, no doubt you often are drawn into discussions about the Trinity. You may feel pretty set with your debate points on the topic, but it never hurts to get some more help, especially when you occasionally face Christians who have made proving their view of the Read more…

How did J.F. Rutherford Succeed in Seizing Control of the Society against the Instructions of Pastor Russell?

The passage below is quoted from the book, “Pastor Russell, Messenger of Millennial Hope,” pages 275-277. Supporting references can be found in this book.

Rumblings of Conspiracy and Intrigue

At the headquarters office, an alleged plot began to unfold that one historian dubbed a “bitter palace intrigue.” It has also been likened more to Read more…

What Does the Ransom Accomplish? David Stein – former Bethelite – answers.

“And He [God] shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” Acts 3:20,21

The theme of “restitution of all things” when Jesus Christ returns Read more…

Why Does God Permit Evil and Human Suffering

Evil is anything bad or morally wrong which causes unhappiness, injury, suffering, pain, ruin, or death. Perhaps there is nothing more challenging and confusing to man’s faith in a loving and just God than the dominance of evil in our world. All of man’s sorrows trace back to one cause—sin. Why did not God prevent Read more…

Richard Rawe of Six Screens of WT interviews Bible Student Jim Parkinson

On August 21, 2010, Ex-JW Richard Rawe interviewed Bible Student Elder, Historian and Scholar, Jim Parkinson, on the Six Screens of the Watchtower. Richard Rawe asks Jim Parkinson questions about his family history with the Watchtower and his wife’s experiences as a JW. Richard also asks questions about Bible Manuscripts and the accurate translation of Read more…

Meet the Early Bible Students – J.F. Rutherford called them Evil Slaves

This 45 minute video takes you through testimonials and music from the Early Bible Students of Pastor Russell’s day. Video Clips from the Photodrama of Creation are included. The people you see testifying are among the 75% of Bible Students who left the Watchtower because they would not follow J.F. Rutherford in his takeover of Read more…

How can I leave the JWs without losing my family?

(Editorial note added 8/22/10: If you are happy as a JW, we are not advocating that you leave, nor are we advocating division among the Lord’s people. What we are expressing here is that Christians in any Church should have the freedom and liberty to express their views of scriptures, based on personal and honest Read more…

July 17 Six Screens of WT conference call with Bible Students

On Saturday, July 17, 2010 five Bible Students were interviewed by Rick Fearon, an Ex-Jehovah’s Witness. We don’t have exact numbers, but we are told that probably over 200 people called in to the conference call. While this interview will likely be posted on the moderator’s web site, sixscreensofthewatchtower.com, the recording of this call is Read more…

How and Why Jehovah’s Witnesses Were Founded

According to the book, “Pastor Russell – Founder of the Bible Students,” published by Bible Students Christian Classics:

An unfortunate scrap of history provides the answer as to the origins to “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” After the death of Pastor Russell in 1916, the purpose of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society changed drastically. Joseph Rutherford, Read more…

Just how popular was Pastor Russell?

According to the book, “Pastor Russell – Founder of the Bible Students,” published by Bible Students Christian Classics:

“The Overland Monthly, a noted periodical of that time, reported in 1909 that Studies in the Scriptures, by Charles Taze Russell, was one of the world’s three most circulated works surpassed only by the BIBLE and the Read more…

An Eye-Witness Account by Br. Irving Carl Foss

An Eye-Witness Account by Br. Irving Carl Foss (Elder), Elder of the Chicago Ecclesia in 1933 [Recorded for his granddaughter, Alys Schneider, on 3/28/83] . Yes, it was about Aug. 1, 1933 that some of us left The Watch Tower Organization and started what is now The Chicago Bible Students Class. Prior to this, some Read more…

What prophecies regarding Israel’s regathering have already been or are being fulfilled?

The fact that they would be regathered to the land (Isa. 43:5-6 & Jer 30:3), never again to be removed (Amos 9:14) on the (millennial) day (Isa 11:11) First Jewish settlement called Petiteekvah (meaning, “door of hope” – Hosea 2:15) established in 1878 A.D. following permission from Berlin Congress of Nations. Fishers (Zionism) & Read more…

Will the wicked get an opportunity to repent in Paradise earth?

Isa 60:14 –all those who despised you will bow themselves at the souls of your feet; And they will call you the city of the LORD. The Zion of the Holy One of Israel. – NASV

Rev 3:9 – I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan…to come and bow down at your feet”

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Will Present Unbelievers Serve and Worship Jehovah on Paradise Earth?

Yes. The Bible teaches that present unbelievers will have an opportunity for future judgment based on their response to Christ’s Millennial Kingdom on Paradise earth. At that time, most of them will accept Jesus and they will worship and serve Jehovah.

Phil 2: 9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the Read more…

Did Jesus Die a Ransom for Many or a Ransom for All?

1 Tim 2:6 (NWT) “who gave himself a corresponding ransom for all- this is what is to be witnessed to at its own particular times.”

Matt 20:28 (NWT) “Just as the Son of man came, not to be ministered to, but to minister and to give his soul a ransom in exchange for many.””

The Read more…

Who did Jesus Die a Ransom for?

The reason everyone is born in sin and dies is because of Adam. Rom 5:12 says, “…just as through one man sin entered into the world and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men because they had all sinned-.” (NWT). When Adam disobeyed, he lost his right to live and he lost Read more…

Technically, what is the Definition of the Word “Ransom?”

By definition of the word RANSOM, it is an exact and equal exchange – one life perfect life (Jesus) for one perfect life (Adam) – NOT one life for many lives.

Following are definitions provided by New Testament Greek Scholars:

Adam Clarke’s Commentary: Verse 6. Who gave himself a ransom The word lutron signifies a Read more…

What is the Purpose of Jesus Second Presence?

This question is answered by the founder of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Pastor Charles Taze Russell) here: [First click on question above, then click on “here”]

This is taken from chapter 6 of volume 1, the Divine Plan of the Ages, of his Studies in the Scriptures series.

Why does God Permit Evil and Human Suffering?

This question is answered by the founder of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (Pastor Charles Taze Russell) here:

This is taken from chapter 7 of volume 1, the Divine Plan of the Ages, of his Studies in the Scriptures series.

You can find the thoughts of Bible Students on this question here:

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As the Path Shines Brighter, does the Truth Change?

Proverbs 4:18, “But the path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.” (NWT)

Since the bright light is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established, should we expect to see changes, corrections and improvements in the Truth message?

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Who are the “other sheep” of John 10:16?

As JWs you believe that In the resurrection, those who died faithful to God are included in the ‘other sheep’ and will receive the “resurrection of the righteous” (“just” KJV) mentioned in Acts 24:15. (The Watchtower 2/15/95 p. 11 par. 12) Those of the ‘other sheep’ who are alive today, some of whom survive through Read more…

Is the Great Crowd to be in heaven or on earth?

Since the Levites picture the Great Crowd, the fact that the Levites had no inheritance in the Land (Deut 18:1-2; Josh 13:14, 33) illustrates that the Great Crowd has no inheritance on earth. Actually, the Great Crowd is described as being in heaven (Rev 19:1). You will recall that the Levites replaced the firstborn (Num Read more…

Are the Great Crowd the same as all the people in Paradise Earth?

Just as the Anointed 144,000 (the Little Flock) are selected “out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev 5:9 NWT), so are the Great Crowd (Rev 7:9). Neither of these two groups are the world, but they are both taken “out of” the world. This larger group (the world) from which these Read more…

Should we really want to be on earth rather than heaven? Does the Bible give us that option?

All of the wonderful Jehovah’s Witnesses that have come to my door have expressed no desire for a heavenly hope. Their desire is to be on Paradise Earth forever. And what could be wrong with good food, a nice house, domesticated wild animals and beautiful scenery?

The problem is the difficulty in Read more…

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