Questions

The suggested answers provided to all questions below are based on and in harmony with the views of the original Watchtower Bible and Tract Society when under the guidance of Pastor Charles Taze Russell.  Comments will often include a link to Pastor Russell’s own explanation.  However, in any case, we leave your conclusions to your own personal study, prayer, conscience and the influence of the Holy Spirit.

829 comments to Questions

  • DOUG EVANS

    RR,

    I meant rules like the 141 rules of the JW. Where they try to run your life.

    Doug

    • RR

      Doug, those “141 rules” are not Jehovah’s Witness rules that you will find in any of their publication. They are rules that some former JW made up and posted them to a website.

      I guess if you read the New Testament and document everything a Christian could not do, you would come up with hundreds if not thousands of “rules”.

  • DOUG EVANS

    Thank you again. That is great to know! Right now I am searching for a Bible Student group to be a part of and maybe my wife too.

  • DOUG EVANS

    Richard,

    Thank you very much for this! I did not realize that. I have another question. Do you know if the Bible Student Movement different groups have anything like the 141 rules like the JW? I was looking into the JW and my wife found these rules and they freaked us out and we decided not to pursue involvement with the JW.

    Thanks,
    Doug

    • Richard.Tazzyman

      No Doug,The only rules we have are in Gods word, “All scripture is inspired” If it is not in gods word,then we cannot invent rules to cover it.We have freedom in Christ,as long as we do not abuse that freedom!We do not have men telling us what is right-All our Elders are elected by the Eklesia(Congregation).Each class/congregation is Independant,we have no headquaters or central control,the Bible-Gods word is the tie that binds us together!Bro Richard.Bible Student-Australia

    • RR

      Hi Doug, may I ask where these “rules” are? As already mentioned. Bible Students as a whole do not have rules to abide by. We simply use the spirit to guide our thoughts and actions. I guess you can say there are “rules” for nominating Elders, Deacons and other church positions. But that’s about it!

      RR

  • DOUG EVANS

    Thank you for the info. Does anyone know what the best bible to use and read for this belief?

    • Richard.Tazzyman

      Hello Doug,Welcome from Australian Bible Students.The Bible students have just released a new Bible called the RVIC(Which Stands for revised version Improved & corrected)Bro Peter will be able to advise you where you can get it.The cost in USA Is $30.00.I was a witness (as quite a few bible students in Australia,& many other countries were)for over 40 years,I found the Bible Students in 2010,& was rebaptised at one of our conventions in 2013,& have never Looked back since.I am sure our Brethren in the States will look after you.If you would like to know more about our world wide brotherhood & experiences after leaving the WTBTS,Pls feel free to contact me via this site,God bless.Richard.Tazzyman-Bible Student Australia

  • DOUG EVANS

    Thank you Peter for the email. I work M-F during the day. I do have a question, can one be baptized into the bible student belief? I have been baptized before.
    Thanks,
    Doug

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Doug – Bible Students do provide baptism services which are requested and planned for in advance. Most who have become Bible Students are baptized again because they did not feel they understood what they were doing or that God accepted the first time they were Baptized. Others have felt that God accepted their Baptism prior and chose not to be baptized again with the Bible Students. Each New Creature in Christ has the liberty to make that decision for themselves. Find more about what the Bible teaches about Baptism at this link: https://www.friendsofjehovahswitnesses.com/2015/09/12/what-does-it-mean-to-be-baptized-into-christ/

  • DOUG EVANS

    Hello Peter K. and RR,

    A rep. from the central Ohio group, http://www.biblestudents.com, did get in touch with me today and he said there are a few students in the Cincinnati area but no meetings. I wish there was or just some people to talk to by phone. I dont have Facebook. Thank you for your help. RR could you check to be for sure though? You both can email me also.
    Thanks
    Doug

  • RR

    Hi Doug, There are Bible Students in the Ohio area. Not sure about Loveland/Cincinnati. I could check, I know we have brethren in the Columbus area. Unfortunately with Covid, like most churches, most brethren are meeting online via Zoom. Who knows when this will blow over. I’m sure some of the Bible Students here will be able to assist you with online meetings.

  • DOUG EVANS

    Hello. I am very interested in the Bible Student beliefs and believing in Jehovah in this way. I just do not want to join the local Kingdom Hall where I live here in Loveland OH. I am near Cincinnati OH and I have been researching to see if there are any Bible Student study groups that I could study with instead. If any one knows of any could they please contact me?
    Thank you ahead of time for any assistance on this.
    Doug Evans

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