144,000 Reasons Why Jehovah's Witnesses Are Leaving Their Religion.

What would you do if your religion criticized all other religions and called them 'false teachers'. You were constantly assured that everyone outside your small religious community will die a terrible death at the hands of God with no hopes of a resurrection unless they join your religion asap. Then you find out they gave you false information for several decades. Gasp. Would you be angry? Would you feel betrayed? Would you ever trust them again? Would you stay? Or would you leave?

This is the tough choice Jehovah's Witnesses are making today. Some have spent most of their life in the Watchtower religion recruiting new members before 'armageddon' strikes. Their religion always came first ahead of anything else, - including their education, their employment, their family, who they associated with, - virtually all aspects of their life.

Now they see the truth. They've been deceived. Some leave immediately but many do not have the courage to do so. They're filled with guilt, confused, and unhappy. But they can't tell anyone. They continue to go through the motions of pretending to be a believer. Why? Because the Jehovah's Witnesses are a 'socially isolated' religious community. It's very difficult to leave. [11]

Watchtower Warnings. Don't Follow False Teachers.

All the major world religions teach love and compassion for our neighbors, regardless of their beliefs. Whether someone's beliefs are true or false is of little concern to most people. However the JW's pride themselves on being the only true religion.

The Watchtower is critical of all other religions. Everyone who teaches something different than what they teach is referred to as a 'false teacher'. [5] [6] [8]

They even go as far as to say, God will soon destroy all false religions and the people who belong to them. [6] The Watchtower is even more unkind and hateful to JW's who choose to leave their religion. [8]

To be a JW, one must never follow a 'false teacher'. The dilemma is that the Watchtower makes mistakes just like every religion and some of their teachings have proven to be 'false'.

One of the key doctrines of the Watchtower since their establishment in the 1870's has been that only 144000 or a 'little flock' are spirit anointed by God to go to heaven.

However it appears the Watchtower may have misrepresented the truth to JW's since 1919. It's hard to ignore what appears to be intentional deception in light of what the Watchtower teaches about false teachers/religions and their impending destruction by Jehovah.

This article is a wake up call for JW's who trust the Watchtower 100%. Consider what the Watchtower said and what they're saying now. No one is perfect but because the Watchtower has harsh words for everyone outside the organization, JW's hold their religion to a higher standard. [5] [6] [8] [9]

False Teachings About the 144000 and God's 'Faithful and Discreet Slave' Since 1919. (Matthew 24:45-51)

For decades the Watchtower has taught that even though millions of Jehovah's Witnesses (the 'great crowd') don't have a direct relationship with Christ, they can still benefit from the ransom sacrifice of Jesus and earn 'the prize' of everlasting life on a paradise earth (instead of heaven) if they affiliate with and remain united with the 'anointed remnant of spiritual Israel' (i.e. the 11,824 individuals still living out of the 144,000). [1] [2] [3]

Even today, only the 144,000 are allowed to partake of the bread and wine that represents Christ's body. All other JW's, friends, and supporters (about 19 million) watch but do not partake because they believe they don't have a direct relationship with Jesus. See Memorial Celebration

The Watchtower says, 'Jesus Christ, is not the Mediator between Jehovah God and all mankind. He is the Mediator between his heavenly Father, Jehovah God, and the nation of spiritual Israel, which is limited to only 144,000 members.WT Book: 'Worldwide Security', 1986, Chapter 1, 'The Desire for Peace and Security Worldwide', par 16

In 1979 the Watchtower said JW's need to be united with the anointed remnant of the 144000 because they are the only ones who have a relationship with Jesus, 'They recognize that they are not spiritual Israelites in the new covenant mediated by Jesus Christ, nor part of the "chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation."-1 Pet. 2:9. 24 Yet they do benefit from the operation of the new covenant. They benefit from this just as, in ancient Israel, the "alien resident" benefited from residing in among the Israelites who were in the Law covenant.-Ex. 20:10; Lev. 19:10, 33, 34; Rev. 7:9-15. 25 To keep in relationship with "our Savior, God," the "great crowd" needs to remain united with the remnant of spiritual Israelites." Watchtower Nov 15, 1979 page 27 Benefiting from "One Mediator Between God and Men"

False Teachings Of The Watchtower.

The Watchtower says they have 'the truth'. They are God's channel of communication. All other religions are slated for everlasting destruction at the hands of Jehovah with no hope of a resurrection because they are false teachers. According to Watchtower predictions, everyone who supports false religions will suffer the same fate. See False Religions

However since 2009, the Watchtower has told us that what they previously taught for decades about the 144000 is apparently false. They now say that the Governing Body (i.e. a few men at the Watchtower's NY headquarters) 'represents' the 144,000. They now say that everyone must 'cooperate fully' with the Governing Body, - including the 'domestics' who are members of 144,000 (i.e. the 11,824 people who belong to the 'anointed remnant').

This means that the 144000, 'anointed remnant', spiritual Israelites, ... etc ... has never had any real power or authority within the organization. JW's have been misled.

The 144000 is also referred to as 'the slave class', 'the faithful and discreet slave', 'the anointed remnant', and God's 'faithful steward'. These terms are synonymous and have the same meaning for JW's.

The term 'great crowd' refers to the millions of JW's who believe they don't have a relationship with Christ but can receive eternal life through Jesus if they 'cooperate fully' with the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses.

The Watchtower says,  'a limited number of anointed men have the responsibility of representing the slave class. They make up the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. .. Whether we are “domestics,” who are part of the anointed remnant, or we are members of the great crowd, let it be our determination to cooperate fully with the faithful steward and its Governing Body.' Watchtower June 15, 2009, Article: 'The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body.'

Since the Governing Body now represents the 144,000, ALL JW's must obey the Governing Body in order to be saved by Jesus, - including the 144000 who supposedly have a direct, 'anointed', and spiritual hotline to God!

How bold is that? The Watchtower tells God's 11,000 special spirit anointed JW's who belong to the 144,000, to 'cooperate fully' with the WT, instead of listening only to God!

In summary, according to the Watchtower, only 144000 people are in a spiritual relationship with Jesus. For decades JW's were told to 'affiliate' with and 'remain united' with the 144,000 JW's because that's the only way to benefit from the ransom sacrifice of Jesus and receive eternal life. [1]

Now all JW's are told they must 'cooperate fully' with the Governing Body, - a few men in NYC who have been running the Watchtower since 1919.

Carefully read this Watchtower quote in the following paragraph.

On Nov 9, 2012, the Watchtower Annual Meeting Report said this. ' “The faithful and discreet slave” was appointed over Jesus’ domestics in 1919. That slave is the small, composite group of anointed brothers serving at world headquarters during Christ’s presence who are directly involved in preparing and dispensing spiritual food. When this group work together as the Governing Body, they act as “the faithful and discreet slave.”

Thus prior Watchtower teachings about the 144,000 appear to be false. The 144,000 has never had any authority or importance whatsoever like the Watchtower had previously taught. The 144000 has never led the Watchtower organization or had any voice. The anointed remnant of the 144,000 has always obeyed a few men in Brooklyn just like they unwittingly continue to do today.

Millions of JW's were not told the truth. They were told something that was false. It was not true at all. [4]

The truth is this. It was never necessary for the 'great crowd' or 7 million active JW's to 'affiliate' with the 144,000 in order receive eternal life through Jesus.

JW's have never 'remained united' with the 144,000 like they previously thought. JW's have always remained united with a few men who have run the Watchtower in NYC since 1919.

Let's recap the Watchtower's interpretation of the Bible to see if it's 'the truth' like JW's believe it is.

  1. In 1986, only 144,000 have a direct relationship with God and go to heaven. In order to be saved by Jesus and live forever on a paradise earth, JW's need to obey the 144,000

  2. In 2009, the Watchtower continues to say that the 144,000 are appointed by God but all JW's must obey the Governing Body of JW's because they 'represent' the 144,000

  3. In 2012 the Watchtower says that all JW's, - including the 144,000 have always obeyed a small group of men at Watchtower headquarters since 1919

Thus according to the Watchtower no one has a direct relationship with Jesus, (the path to eternal life) , - except the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses (about 8 - 12 men). And according to the Watchtower these men must be obeyed in order to benefit from the ransom sacrifice of Jesus 2000 years ago.

Failure to obey the Governing Body leads to disfellowshipping from 'God's organization' and losing out on eternal life. In other words, the humans at Watchtower headquarters have put themselves above God. They decide who will live or die, - not God. Would a reasonable person believe such a ridiculous story? Amazingly 7 - 19 million JW's believe the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses has the authority of God.

Instead of teaching that everyone can have a direct spiritual relationship with Jesus and be saved like the Bible says Matthew 28:18,19; 1 John 5:11; Jude 1:21; John 3:36; John 17:2,3, the false teachers have hijacked God. According to the Watchtower, if JW's want to be in relationship with God, they must cooperate with the Watchtower to have access.

Watchtower Warnings About False Teachers.

The Watchtower says, 'millions have taken decisive action to end their membership in false religion. ... they have heeded God’s urgent appeal respecting false religion: “Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues.”—Revelation 18:4. ... , this world’s false religions will come to a sudden, shocking end. On whose side will you be during that great day of judgment?' WT, Dec 15, 2005, Article: 'Now Is the Time for Decisive Action', par 4, 10, 19

If you're a JW, who's side will you be on? Will you be on God's side? Or will you be the WT's side? Will you take 'decisive action' now? If not now, when?

We cannot serve two masters. Jehovah does not share. He wants ALL or nothing. Choose the Watchtower or choose Jehovah, but you can't be loyal to both.

Being loyal to God and the Watchtower is like being loyal to your wife and your girlfriend at the same time. It's not possible. Choose your wife or choose your girlfriend but you can't have both!

When you stop obeying Elders and the Governing Body, you give God all the glory. You can now love God with ALL your heart, mind, soul, and strength. You are now loyal only to God. Even though you continue to love people in the same way you did before, you no longer have any loyalties to the WT, the GB, and congregation Elders. You no longer obey humans. You publicly declare that your Creator is your ONLY authority.


Related Information. False Teachings About the 144,000 Since 1919.

Religious Control.

God does not control the WT. The Watchtower is free to do and say whatever they want. God does not interfere. However in light of what the Watchtower teaches, it appears they have taken control of God and are using Him to their advantage. Because they are the only religion to have God in their possession, JW's must cooperate fully. If they do not, the Watchtower will cut JW's off from God. Without God, disobedient JW's cannot receive eternal life through Jesus. [5] [6] [7] [10]

They have diverted the people away from God. They've been telling the world that only a few thousand people can have a spiritual relationship with Jesus. And even these special 144,000 spirit 'anointed' JW's must 'cooperate fully' with them. They teach that full cooperation with the Governing Body of JW's is required because they are the only religion that has God. All others have Satan. Thus a good relationship with God is dependent upon a good relationship with the WT. [5] [6] [7] [10]

For JW's, this means they must work for the Watchtower for free. Being God's channel of communication allows the Watchtower to speak with the authority of God. If the Watchtower said it, God said it. If the Watchtower says JW's must go door to door distributing Watchtower publications, attend all meetings, and obey Elders, then God said it, end of discussion. Do it or reject God. Choose eternal life or eternal death. It's your choice. [5] [6] [7] [10]

JW's sincerely believe the Watchtower has God in their custody. JW's are given visitation rights and can see Him anytime they want. They can have a close relationship with God as long as they are members in good standing with the organization. JW's are mentally programmed to believe God's love and eternal life is possible only when they 'cooperate fully' with God's voice, the WT. [5] [6] [7] [10]

Because of Watchtower literature, five meetings a week, and intense mental programming, JW's fear the Watchtower just as much as they fear God. The Watchtower controls what JW's will do, say, and think.

Jehovah can no long speak directly with JW's and disagree with anything the Watchtower teaches. If God were to do this, JW's would need to check with Watchtower first to make sure that's what God really said. [5] [6] [7] [10]

The Fictional World Of Jehovah's Witnesses.

JW's have been mentally programmed to believe, the Creator of the universe is dependent upon and ever so grateful for a few men in NYC who run the Watchtower. In fact He can't function without them. Without the WT, the same God who gives us life and keeps our heart beating would not be able to communicate with His people. Everyone would be doomed. Amazing isn't it? [7]

False Teachings About The 144,000, - Video On YouTube.Com.

  • Watch this video: A spirit anointed member of the 144,000 gets disfellowshipped by the Governing Body and congregation Elders (who are not part of the 144000) when she notices a mistake in the Watchtower's understanding of the Bible. In this video, former Watchtower leaders tell us what the organization has been teaching about the 144,000 since the early 1900's and why it's not true.

  • After watching this video, read more about 'the unfaithful slave' Jesus warned us about in Matthew 24:45-51

Why JW's Are Leaving Their Religion.

Millions have left the Watchtower to reclaim their direct relationship with Jesus. ALL authority has been given unto Him. Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, - not Jehovah and their favorite religion. Matthew 28:18,19;

The Bible tells us to love God with ALL our heart, mind, soul, and strength. The jealous God Jehovah never shares. The Watchtower tells us to obey Jehovah AND the Watchtower organization.

For JW's there is no difference. Whatever the Watchtower says, God says and visa versa. However this is simply not true! It's a false assumption and false teaching of a modern day false prophet.

  • Obedience to the Governing Body and Elders who have no divine inspiration is an obvious violation of Jehovah's law on idolatry and serving 'other' gods.

Contrary to what the Watchtower teaches, rebellion against them is NOT the same as rebellion against God. In fact it's just the opposite!

Love all people, - even if you strongly disagree with what they teach. Love your friends. Love your 'enemies'. Love your teachers. Respect all people. Honor them. Consider what everyone has to say, but never 'obey' humans as if they are Gods. Always put God first even if it means the loss of friends and loved ones who remain loyal to the WT.

Satan competes with God for devotion, loyalty, and obedience. So does the WT. [5] [6] The following scenario illustrates why JW's can't put Jehovah first unless they are prepared to leave their religion.

If a JW prays and Jehovah gives them an answer, that answer must be the same as the Watchtower teaches. If not, a JW must put the Watchtower first instead of God. If they refuse to put the Watchtower first, they risk public humiliation, disfellowshipping, and shunning. Watchtower rules must be followed. (See Shepherd the Flock of God)

  1. Twelve Reasons Why JW's Are Wrong
  2. Watchtower Secrets

Jesus warned his followers about the unfaithful slave.

Stop sign. Don't leave the truth. Leave the lies.

References.

1. In 1979 the Watchtower said JW's need to be united with the anointed remnant of the 144000 because they are the only ones who have a relationship with Jesus, 'They recognize that they are not spiritual Israelites in the new covenant mediated by Jesus Christ, nor part of the "chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation."-1 Pet. 2:9. 24 Yet they do benefit from the operation of the new covenant. They benefit from this just as, in ancient Israel, the "alien resident" benefited from residing in among the Israelites who were in the Law covenant.-Ex. 20:10; Lev. 19:10, 33, 34; Rev. 7:9-15. 25 To keep in relationship with "our Savior, God," the "great crowd" needs to remain united with the remnant of spiritual Israelites." Watchtower Nov 15, 1979 page 27 Benefiting from "One Mediator Between God and Men"

In 2009 the Watchtower teaches something different. They say, 'a limited number of anointed men have the responsibility of representing the slave class. They make up the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. .. Whether we are “domestics,” who are part of the anointed remnant, or we are members of the great crowd, let it be our determination to cooperate fully with the faithful steward and its Governing Body.' Watchtower June 15, 2009, Article: 'The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body.'

2. JW's believe they can earn the prize of eternal life on a paradise earth by doing everything Jehovah requires as explained by the WT. This false teaching is the proverbial 'carrot' that is dangled in front of JW's so they don't give up and stop working for the WT. Listen to the Watchtower Song, 'Keep Your Eyes On The Prize' on YouTube.Com.

3. When JW's obey the GB and congregation Elders they are rejecting Jehovah's law on not serving false Gods. Obedience to the Watchtower is rebellion against God. God wants us to love Him with ALL our heart, mind, soul, and strength. Jehovah will bless you with eternal life and eternal love for your faithfulness only to Him.

4. Why would the Watchtower say something that is not true? Perhaps they are concerned that JW's might become 'the enemy' if they find out the truth. And in fact this tends to happen when JW's leave the organization. According to the WT, 'enemies' are not entitled to the truth. They say it does not harm anyone and in fact it does much good. See Theocratic Warfare Quotes

5. The Watchtower claims to be God's 'channel of communication', not only to JW's but also to the entire world. They believe they are God's messenger or mouthpiece. They are the only true religion that God approves of. All others are dominated by Satan.

It's as if they are now in control of God, - the only religion qualified to explain the mind of God and what God requires. God is in their possession. No one else has Him or access to Him unless they are members in good standing with the WT.

JW's are told they are working for Jehovah. It is 'His organization'. Therefore the harder they work for the WT, the more likely they will earn the prize of eternal life.

Because the WT's perceived monopoly on God, rejecting the organization is the same as rejecting God. The Watchtower says, 'Apostasy is, in reality, a rebellion against Jehovah. Some apostates profess to know and serve God, but they reject teachings or requirements set out in his Word. Others claim to believe the Bible, but they reject Jehovah's organization and actively try to hinder its work. When they deliberately choose such badness after knowing what is right, when the bad becomes so ingrained that it is an inseparable part of their makeup, then a Christian must hate in the Biblical sense of the word those who have inseparable attached themselves to the badness.' The Watchtower, October 1, 1993, page 19

Since 1925, the Watchtower has been teaching that JW's have only two choices, God's organization the Watchtower or Satan's organization everyone else.

6. Because of their perceived monopoly on God, they say God will destroy all other religions and only JW's have an scriptural hope

7. Religious Mind Control

8. The Watchtower tells JW's to hate those who disagree with Watchtower teachings and have nothing to do with 'false teachers'. Don't even say a greeting.

9. Consider the Watchtower Bible study publication, What Does The Bible Really Teach?

10. As of 2011, a total of 11,824 people out of the 144,000 are still living. However in actual practice, all JW's, - even the 11,824 anointed ones out of the 144,000 must obey the Governing Body. See Jesus the Mediator

The 2012 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses says that 19,374,737 people attended the 2011 Memorial Celebration and only 11,824 participated by eating the symbolic bread and wine that represents Christ.

11. It is very difficult to leave the Jehovah's Witnesses and other 'socially isolated' religious groups. See Pros and Cons of Becoming a Jehovah's Witness

12. Why Jehovah's Witnesses Are Leaving Their Religion

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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