Glen T. Winstein

Subtitle

GTJ Brooklyn Index

 

  Glenster's Guide to GTJ Brooklyn

  "Tracking Device" (HL1_sonf25_remix3) by Kelly Bailey
  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUjfDwzbVzI

 

  An examination of the credibility of the Jehovah's Witnesses' leaders' claims

  My focus is an examination of the credibility of the Jehovah's Witnesses'
leaders' claims:
 
  - that they're picked by Jesus from a literal 144,000 of the most righteous
Christians in Christian history, the only ones who will go to heaven, to lead
God's sole spirit-led organization on Earth, and
 
  - that the best evidence and reasoning proves their most distinctive rules
are required by a conservative interpretation of the Bible.
 
   Among those claims I examine are that the Bible bans the transfusion of blood
and major blood components, most government involvement as too worldly, and
calls for shunning for persistent disagreement with any of the JWs leaders' dis-
tinctive rules.

  I show evidence that in these efforts the JWs leaders' misrepresented research
books as though supportive that weren't, used forced points, omitted pertinent
evidence, mischaracterized opposing views, misrepresented their own bad track
record on predictions, etc.

  I'm particularly concerned when such examples lead to any unnecessary divi-
sions between people or to anyone being hurt or killed (as has happened when
friends or family have been separated, and when followers have been hurt or
killed in hospitals, Germany in the 1930's and 1940's, Malawi in the 1960's,
etc.).

  I hope anyone, of whatever belief or non-belief choice, feels welcome to check
out this evidence.  Anyone might have JWs come to their door or have a friend or
loved one become a follower of the JWs leaders.

  This article is also available at:
 
http://gtw6437.tripod.com/

  Copyright 2007, 2008, and 2009 Glen T. Winstein

  All other trademarks and copyrights contained in this document are owned by
their respective trademark and copyright holders.

  Thanks to Valve, the makers of "Half-Life 2" (PC version), 2004, for the game
I used for most of the screenshots,  Kelly Bailey for the song "Tracking De-
vice" (aka "HL1_song25_REMIX3") from the end of HL2 for the song used on the
first page, the makers of the HL2 mod "SMOD" for a few of the HL2 screenshots
that have extra weapons and a gas can, and Rockstar North, the makers of "Grand
Theft Auto: San Andreas" (PC version), 2005, for the game I used for a couple
of screenshots.
  http://www.valvesoftware.com/
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valve_Corporation
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-Life_2
  http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/Kelly_Bailey
  http://developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/SMOD
  http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Faccept.hopto.org%2Fsmod%2F&langpair=ja%7Cen
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rockstar_North
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Theft_Auto:_San_Andreas
 
  Thanks to Randall Watters and Free Minds, Inc., for having the freeminds.org
web site give the link to this web site.
  http://www.freeminds.org/

  Thanks to bereanbiblestudent at the Jehovahs-Witness.net web site for the mp3s
of Watchtower leaders Franz (part of a singing group aired on WBBR) and Ruther-
ford found on pp.1a, 6, and 8.
  http://www.jehovahs-witness.com/

  This web site isn't affiliated with or endorsed by, or associated in any way
with, The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, New York, or any
other Watch Tower Society affiliate, division, corporation, or entity.

  The links to web sites found in this article are intended to help research the
aspects of it I refer to--not necessarily to endorse all the views found at
those web sites.


          Index

  Page

  1   Introduction
        Conformity to exclusiveness is required by the JWs leaders
        How I analyze the JWs leaders' claims of exclusiveness
        Prophecy claims intended to reinforce distinctive claims
       
The ability of the JWs leaders to guarantee meanings of scripture
            beyond what context indicates
        Providing evidence of a liar that causes harm isn't editorial intolerance
            for sincere belief in being good
        My focus

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  1a  Actual Jehovah's Witnesses leaders' history (compare to p.9)
        Gaining False Profits

        JWs leaders' history
        Borrowed origin of some basic doctrines
        Another original church is being restored from a Great Apostasy

        Charles Taze Russell
        John Aquila Brown
        William Miller
        New light
        George Storrs and George Stetson
        Joseph Seiss
        Pyramidology
        Jonas Wendell
        Nelson H. Barbour

        Sales
        Prophecies intended to shore up a weak case
        Prediction: End Times of the Gentiles--1914
        144,000
        Zionism
        Health insurance payments
        You don't know hell till you've read Russell
        You shouldn't be superstitious about a war, earthquake, etc., being a sign
            of the end unless there's a war part one
        Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc., are coming back to run things
        Israel will be recreated in 1914--the millennium will be "Israelitish"
        You shouldn't be superstitious about a war, earthquake, etc., being a sign
            of the end unless there's a war part two
        Armageddon is Biblically, historically, and scientifically shown to end
            the end times in 1914, or Oct. of 1915 or 1914, or at least begin the
            end of the end in 1914, and end in 1914...or 1915...or a few years
            after 1916, or maybe I just don't know
        Nice little pup dogs and flowers are unimportant
        Kind understanding for "inferiors" part one--darker skinned people
        Love and money: Miracle Wheat and Charles' divorce from Maria
        Kind understanding for "inferiors" part two--women
        Who is this Russell that the winds and the seas don't obey him?
        1914
        Scientific reasons for predictions about 1914:
            "The Photo-Drama of Creation"
        Russell may have needed to put a decimal point in his 144,000
        You shouldn't be superstitious about a war, earthquake, etc., being a sign
            of the end unless there's a war part three

        Joseph F. Rutherford
        "The Finished Mystery"
        1919 and Theocratic Selective Service
        Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc., are coming back to run things, and they're
            going to live in one of Rutherford's mansions and drive one of his Cad-
            illac V-16s
        Satanic celebration of the birth of Christ
        Rutherford shoves Charles Russell out of the lime"light"
        Human governments are led by Satan (Rom.13:1-7?)
        Invisible browsing from heaven part one
        Intolerance for dissent
        The name Jehovah's Witnesses
        Satanic Mother's Day
        Strict regimentation
        The great crowd/the birthday deadline for those who can go to heaven
        Jesus was nailed to a tree

  1a
cont. Shun the blight of so-called "love"--only marry for sex
        Having children is discouraged

        Nathan H. Knorr
        If Jerusalem won't come to Fred Franz, then Fred Franz will move Jerusalem
        Satanic birthday cupcakes
        Satanic Christian charity
        Satanic efforts for human rights
        Satanic fellowshipping
        JWs leaders tell followers to stop worshipping their created Jesus
        Satanic fellowshipping with the disfellowshipped
        Jesus was blown up
        Satanic personality--as in "practically any"
        1919 starts to take on the present JWs leaders' definition
        Satanic Chubby
       
Satanic higher education
        Satanic worship of Apollo 11
        The beginning of control by the Governing Body

        Frederick W. Franz
       
Satanic sand the floor, wax on--wax off, paint the fence
        Dowsing for evidence
        Signs of The End
        Satanic birthday cupcakes, Christmas trees, etc.
        Satanic higher ed. is for selfish gain and deprives JWs leaders of the
            results of JWs' literature sales time  

        Milton George Henschel
        Invisible browsing from heaven part two
        Lemon Pledge
        Satanic homosexuality
        History rewritten to make it seem like a JWs leader predicted something

        Don Alden Adams
        History rewritten again to make it seem like a JWs leader predicted
            something about 1914 and 1918/1919
        Intelligent design
        We must preserve the sanctity of our stance on blood--truth and others'
            lives, we're not crazy about
        The deadline for how late a JW can have been born, 1935, and be able to
            join the 144,000, which the JWs leaders claim to belong to, is dropped

        The GB declares itself the only Faithful and Discreet Slave
        The GB increases marketing and appears on the Internet
        The GB requires "theocratic warfare" about child abuse

        A few highlights in summary
        Playing prophet badly is harder to pull off on TV

  1b  How to be a false prophet

  1c  Recordings

        Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem in 586/587 BC, not 607 BC
            as claimed by the JWs leaders, according to secular sources, the Bible,
            and even the JWs leaders
        Secular sources
        The Bible
        The JWs leaders
        Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material:
           the issue of determining when Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Jerusalem

 

  1d  Photos

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  2   A batch of basics
       The big low end of the corporate ladder
       The small high end of the corporate ladder
       Big G's and little g's

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  3   You need to hear both sides give their case
           and weigh evidence against gossip
           before rendering judgment
       Disfellowshipping

  4   Theocratic warfare
       Peer pressure

  5  Persecution
      The Watchtower outlooks on worldliness
      The Watchtower outlooks on neutrality
      The Watchtower efforts to claim the right religion regarding war
      The Watchtower outlooks on freedom of speech
      Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material:
          the issue of pedophilia

  6  Controversies about JWs leaders and the fatalities of followers during
           WWII
      The Declaration of Facts

      Timeline of JWs leaders in regard to human government, war, propaganda,
           and persecution

  6a  Timeline of JWs leaders in regard to human government, war, propaganda,
            and persecution (continued)
        Subservience unto pain of death

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  6b  Translation concerns
        The identity intended by the Bible for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit

  Various issues are covered, the most notable one being that the JWs leaders
change "Lord" to "Jehovah" in a lot of cases mainly to prevent the reader from
thinking Jesus was prayed to as Lord.

  The mainstream view has a much better case than the JWs leaders for the iden-
tities meant for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit by a belief in the Bible.
What I have on it is on pp.6b-10, which give the JWs leaders' stances and man-
glings of the mainstream views and manglings of history, and the actual main-
stream views and actual history.

      Get a couple of Bibles for reference
      Yahweh, not your way or his way or their way
      Honoring a god by falling forward in obesity
      Presence
      Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material:
          the issue of the identity of Jesus and the holy spirit
      Context requires it be the context I require
      In other words
      Deliberations of translations
      God is thy throne

      "A god"--Jesus as archangel Michael the Messiah god who was called "Lord"
          too much and not called "Michael" at all
      How many gods got a good God bod
          if a good God could bod gods?
      Human judges as gods part one: John 10; Psalms 82:1-8
      Human judges as gods part two
      Angelic gods part one
      Angelic gods part two
      Where did gods of nations go?
      Sons of a God
      God in earliest Christianity

  7  The JWs leaders' make a pretense that rationalism decides the case--why it
doesn't.

       Forced points
       The understandability issue
            Omniscience and the ability to create ex nihilo (exnihilation)

  8  Stances on verses

  Various issues are covered, the most notable being that Jesus was prayed to
and worshipped and referred to as the Lord of the Shema, even with "My God and
my Lord" (three of the notable ways 1st century Jews indicated belief in God
were prayer, worship, and the "one God one Lord" Shema, and all three were ap-
plied to Jesus in the NT), the bad case for Jesus = Michael, etc.

       Omission of pertinent evidence and quotes used out of context
            to create a different conclusion
        Detective work made easy

        JWs leaders' literature on the Trinity
        Early JWs leaders' literature on the Trinity

        "Should You Believe in the Trinity?" Watchtower brochure, 1989 onward
        The word "Trinity" is not in the Bible
        Monotheism
        Firstborn
        Beginning
        Prov.8:22-31
        The Devil tempted/tested Jesus three times
        Ransom
            The company cuts back on beneficiaries
        Only-begotten
        The Son of God
        No one has ever seen God
        Mediator
        Mighty God/Almighty God

        Is God Always Superior to Jesus?
        Why do you call me good?  No one is good but God alone.
        Jesus submissive
        This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased
        My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
        Crucifixion
        What miracles were meant to convey
        The time of the second coming
        Jesus learned obedience
        Jesus at God's right hand
        All in all
        The Father is greater than I

        Holy spirit personal or active force
        God omnipresent or in a location

        Proof verses
        The threefold formula
        I and the father are one
        John 5:18
        Philippians 2:6
        I am
        John 1:1
        My Lord and my God!

        Archangel Michael
        Prayer and worship
            Prayer to Jesus
            Stephen
            Prayer and worship for Jesus
            Latreuo
        Jesus forgave sins
        Criticism for JWs leaders and patience for followers

  9  Related history

  Where the earliest writers with the best connections indicate which view they
believed in, they indicate the basic mainstream view.

       Jehovah's Witnesses leaders versus early Christian history
            (compare to p.1a)
        Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material:
            the issue of early Christian history and related research material
        Hellenism and Middle Platonism
        A few Christians whose writings appeared early other than the early church
            fathers that are brought up in the Watchtower literature mentioned below
        The early church fathers described by "Should You Believe in the Trinity?"

  10  How the two views compare

  The mainstream view has the better case because....

       Where I stand on the eternal Jesus and personal spirit/created Jesus and
            impersonal holy spirit comparison

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  11  Some of the Watch Tower/JWs leaders' history of rulings about blood and
            the medical use of it
      You can have ham, lettuce, tomato, or bread, but you can't have a ham
          sandwich
      Blood transfusions aren't the only things the Watchtower leaders have had
          distinctive medical ideas or rules about
      A brief summary of what a claimed Biblical guarantee of the JWs leaders'
          blood transfusion ban has to contend with
      Judging something on its own terms

  12  Some information about blood removal

  13  A partial history of interpretations of "abstain from...blood"

  13a Related history

  14  Complaints about the JWs leaders' use of reference material:
            the issue of the medical use of blood and major blood fractions
        The children of JWs

  14a Some of the medical uses of blood and major blood products
        Blood transfusion risks and alternatives
        Complications and risks
        Blood transfusion substitutes
        Blood transfusion safety
        Blood transfusions compared to eating blood 

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  15  The scriptures and interpretation choices regarding
            the JWs leaders' ban of the medical use of blood and major blood fractions

 

        Pre-Mosaic Law
        Gen.9:3,4 and related Genesis verses
        Degree of blood removal
        Binding on the whole world thereafter
        Pre-Gen.9:3-6 verses

  16  More connections to make with earlier verses and Gen.9:1-6

 

  17  Mosaic law in the Old Testament

  18  The pour and bury verses
        Animals found dead

  19  Related ideas of Mosaic law

  21  The conservative theology of the need for offerings and sacrifices

  22  The system of offerings and sacrifices

  26  Mosaic law continues in Jesus' pre-crucifixion years in the New Testament
        Mark 7:1-23; Matt.15:1-20

 

  28  Post-Mosaic law/post-crucifixion (Rom.3:19-26; 10:14; Gal.3:13; Heb.9:13-15;
        and others)

  31  Acts 10:9-16;25-28,34,35,39-45; 11:1-18
        Some related history about the Gentiles

  33  Acts 13:38,39; 14:14,26-28; 15:1-31

  34  The Council of Jerusalem

  35  The basics of the religious rules deliberated on
            at the Council of Jerusalem
        The common view and the JWs leaders' view of the four rules
        The common view (aka "the because of the Jews view")
        The JWs leaders' view

  36  Acts 16:1-5
        Acts 21:17-26
        Rom.13:13
        Rom. 14-15:3, etc.

  37  Rom.13:13; Rom.16:27; 1 Cor.6:9
        1 Cor.8-11:1,17-34

  39  2 Corinthians 6:14-18
        Gal.2
        Col.2:16-23
        Col.3:5
        1 Tim.4:1-10
        1 Tim.1:10

  40  Heb.9, 10, and 12:24

  41  Rev.2:12-14
        Rev.2:20-22
       
Rev.2:24,25

        Discounting the JWs leaders' blood transfusion ban on the JWs leaders' own
            terms 

 

  42  Appendix
        Saul's army
        Cut off

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  43  God's prerogative, human ethics, and a sign of God or of "not God"
        People shouldn't be too 'centric
            (including about belief or non-belief in God)

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  Experiments 1

  Experiments 2

  Experiments 3

  Experiments 4

  Experiments 5