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Jehovah's Witnesses

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Christian Bible Answers for Jehovah's Witnesses Verse-by-verse answers. By David Reed.
Christian The Deity of Jesus Christ by Walter Martin, excerpted from The Kingdom of The Cults
Christian Discussing Deity with Jehovah's Witnesses by David Reed
Christian Does Man Have A Soul? by David J. Riggs. (Jehovah's Witnesses teach that men do not have an immortal soul within the body)
Christian The God of the Watchtower "What Jehovah’s Witnesses Really Believe about Jehovah God", by Robert Bowman
Christian How do Jehovah's Witnesses' teachings about Christ compare with Scriptures? Article on the ChristianAnswers.net
Christian Refutation of Watchtower Theology in Regard to the Triune Deity by Walter Martin, excerpted from The Kingdom of The Cults
Christian The Resurrection of Christ by Walter Martin, excerpted from The Kingdom of The Cults
ChristianAberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Salvation in Jesus Christ Dave Englund discusses and refutes the Jehovah's Witnesses "salvation by works" theology.
Christian Seven Ways Jehovah's Witnesses Distort True Christianity by Ralph F. Wilson
Christian Sharp's Rule and Antitrinitarian Theologies A Bicentennial Defense of Granville Sharp's Argument for the Deity of Christ. By Robert M. Bowman, Jr. Includes a complete critique of Greg Stafford's treatment of Sharp's rule in his book "Jehovah's Witnesses Defended".
ChristianAberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Sin and Salvation, Law and Freedom From the book "Refuting Jehovah's Witnesses," by Randall Waters.
Christian The Watchtower's Scriptural Distortions by Walter Martin, excerpted from The Kingdom of The Cults
Christian Witnessing Tips Articles that provide some helpful information about witnessing to a Jehovah's Witness.

Blood Transfusions

Secular Blood Is Thicker Than Dogma James King, a former Jehovah's Witness, writes about religious cults. In this July 15, 2000 article published by The Guardian (England), he shows "how an ageing leadership maintains its hold on power."
Christian Jehovah's Witnesses and the War on Blood by John Whaley, Watchman Fellowship
Christian Jehovah's Witnesses: Bulgaria and Blood By Jason Barker, Watchman Fellowship. Duplicity on the part of the Watchtower...
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society has long forbidden blood transfusions for Jehovah’s Witnesses. The issue is so serious, in fact, that Witnesses believe a blood transfusion "may result in the immediate and very temporary prolongation of life, but at the cost of eternal life for a dedicated Christian" (Blood, Medicine, and the Law of God, p. 55; emphasis added). [...] On March 9, 1998, the European Commission of Human Rights accepted a settlement between the government of Bulgaria and the Christian Association of Jehovah’s Witnesses in which Bulgaria, in exchange for a significant concession from the Witnesses, agreed to recognize the Witnesses as an official religious organization. [...] The compromise made by the Society is far more noteworthy. The Society agreed, regarding blood transfusions, that “members should have free choice in the matter for themselves and their children, without any control or sanction on the part of the association” (Ibid.; emphases added).

Cultic Characteristics

Christian The Files of Jehovah´s Witnesses "Jehovah´s Witnesses came into the limelight of Danish media when the organisation's secret registration of the sins of the followers was revealed by an ordinary burglary", by Søren Bo Henriksen
ChristianAberrational, Heretical, Heterodox, Suborthodox or Unorthodox Understanding Watchtower Phobias How and Why the Watchtower Uses Fear to Control Its Members
Christian The Watchtower Indoctrination Process A psychological and sociological Examination. Formerly entitled, "How and Why Someone Becomes a Jehovah's Witness." By Jamie Boyden

Disfellowshipping | Shunning

Christian Disfellowshipping and Shunning Your Family Article on the Free Minds site
Christian Shunning: A Part of the Faith of Jehovah's Witnesses By ex-Jehovah's Witness Gary Busselman


Christian Coming Out of the Watchtower: Why Is It So Difficult? Article on the Free Minds site
Christian Why Some Can't Leave the Watchtower... (and why others that do leave may not fare well), plus: Why Disfellowshiped Persons Often Defend the Watchtower. By Randall Watters.


Christian Jehovah's Witnesses and Child Custody Part of the "Questions for Jehovah's Witnesses" site.
Christian The Jehovah's Witnesses Are Right " Where the Jehovah's Witnesses are right, and where they are wrong." By Homer Duncan.
Christian Paradise Postponed... and Postponed "Why Jehovah's Witnesses Have a High Mental Illness Level." By Dr. Jerry Bergman, Christian Research Journal, Summer, 1996
A review of scientific literature shows that the rate of mental illness among Jehovah’s Witnesses is considerably above average. Statistical information varies partly because the extant research has been conducted on different populations at different time periods. Several major factors stand out as harmful to Witness mental health. Not only do persons with emotional problems tend to join the Witnesses, but also the Watchtower teachings and its subculture adversely affect the mental health of those involved.

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• Subject: Jehovah's Witnesses : The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
• First posted: Oct. 2, 1996
• Last Updated: Jul. 8, 2004
• Editor: Anton Hein
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