Jehovah’s Witnesses — Research Resources

This is a continuation of our older entry on Jehovah’s Witnesses — Newer resources will be placed on this page

Theologically, the Watchtower Society/Jehovah’s Witnesses is a cult of Christianity — meaning that it deviates from Christianity’s essential doctrines to such an extent that, despite the organization’s claims, it falls outside the boundaries of the Christian faith.

Sociologically the organization also has a number of cult-like elements and characteristics.

Its practice of shunning those who leave or criticize the cult, and the fact that the organization essentially encourages people to die — or allow their loved-ones to die — over the basis of false teachings regarding blood transfusions make the Watchtower Society/Jehovah’s Witnesses a destructive cult.


    On JW teachings regarding blood
    In 1945 the Watchtower Society — the legal organization behind Jehovah’s Witnesses — banned its members from accepting any form of blood, whether it be whole or fractional. Since then the organization — which claims to be God’s visible representative on earth — has issued different, often contradictory teachings and edicts on the issue.

    Countless people have died as a direct result of the unbiblical, cultic teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses regarding blood transfusions.

  • Blood: Watchtower Flip-Flops on Blood Fractions 4 Timesoffsite [contra] While it claims to represent God on earth, the Watchtower Society — the organization behind Jehovah’s Witnesses — has flip-flopped its teachings regarding blood. Documented here with quotes from the organization’s own publications. See also the Jensen Letter
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses and Blood Transfusionsoffsite [contra] Christian Medical Fellowship. Demonstrates that the Jehovah’s Witnesses teaching on blood are biblically indefensible
  • New Light on Bloodoffsite [contra the Watchtower Society’s blood policies, but from the perspective of Jehovah’s Witnesses] by The Associated Jehovah’s Witnesses for Reform on Blood (AJWRB). From time to time the Watchtower Society comes up with changes to its doctrines, adjustments that followers are led to believe is “New Light” provided by God.
  • Watchtower Society’s blood policy made simpleoffsite [contra]

    To many observers, it appears the Watchtower Society’s blood policy is almost intentionally ambiguous. … This page attempts to clearly and simply explain the reality behing the ‘spin.’

  • Why some Jehovah’s Witnesses accept blood and conscientiously reject official Watchtower Society blood policyoffsite by Lee Elder, The Associated Jehovah’s Witnesses for Reform on Blood (AJWRB), Journal of Medical Ethics 2000;26:375–380

    Note that those involved in AJWRB are still Jehovah’s Witneses, even though they challenge the Watchtower on its teachings and edicts regarding blood.




  • Watchtower Searchoffsite Collection of customized search engines for information about Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Society.

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