CHRISTIANITY vs. etc.,etc.,etc.
There are so many religions. Hundreds and hundreds. And each, to one degree or another, is an alternative to the words of Christ. Religions are usually built around a man, or a misconception about God. They do no good and much harm, hindering people from finding and accepting God’s salvation. God’s salvation is Jesus Christ who paid the ransom for man’s sin. Only He can bring us into the kingdom of God. Depending on a religion, any religion, for salvation will only lead to remorse and pain and grief, an eternity of each.
Christianity vs. Jehovah’s Witnesses
Issue # 2 of The Main Issue dealt with the Jehovah’s Witness cult. This organization had its beginnings in 1884, founded by Charles T. Russell of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Issue # 2 of The Main Issue, page 2: Charles Russell considered his opinions to be unparalleled even inspired. He once wrote in the Watchtower that his books, Study in Scriptures, were “practically the Bible.” He wrote: “They are not mere comments on the Bible, but they are practically the Bible itself. Furthermore, not only do we find that people cannot see the divine plan in studying the Bible by itself, but we see, also, that if anyone lays the Scripture Studies aside, even after he has used them, after he has read them for ten years – if he then lays them aside and ignores them and goes to the Bible alone, though he has understood the Bible for ten years, our experience shows that within two years he goes into darkness.”
The Watchtower Society (the Jehovah’s Witness organization) would like to disassociate itself with its founder because of such embarrassments as Russell’s perjury in his court action (which he lost) against a Baptist minister for slander (“[Russell] never attended the higher schools of learning; knows comparatively nothing of philosophy, systematic or historic theology, and is totally ignorant of the dead languages”), his Miracle Wheat (which he claimed to grow five times faster than any other), his wife suing for divorce (“because of conceit, egotism, domination, and improper conduct in relation to other women”), his imaginary trips around the world to impress his followers, his many false prophecies, his predictions of future events based on “very accurate measurements” of Egyptian pyramids and the changing of these “very accurate measurements” to accommodate his changing predictions.
Today’s Jehovah’s Witness believes his salvation (salvation from Armageddon) depends on his service to God through His organization on earth, the Watchtower Society. The J.W. is a slave in a true sense of the word, and his/her purpose of witnessing door-to-door is to remain in good standing with the organization and thus escape the perils soon coming upon mankind. Raymond Franz writes in his Crisis of Conscience:
“Today more than two million Jehovah’s Witnesses believe and teach that Christ’s invisible presence began in 1914. Very few realize that for nearly fifty years the Watch Tower Society announced and heralded in their role as prophet, that such invisible presence began in 1874. As late as 1929, fifteen years after 1914, they were still teaching this.”