Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Possible Origin Of the Blood Transfusion Doctrine?

Sheer Madness --- Perpetuated by Two Madmen Who Prevailed Over the Judge [Almost]

"After the Judge's death, as World War II was ending and persecution against the Witnesses began declining, along with the attendant drop in news-media publicity, Hayden C. Covington told the author [of THE FOUR PRESIDENTS] that Fred Franz saw the prohibition against blood transfusions as a way to accomplish two things: to continue to publicize the religion, and to create an uproar in the community. This reaction would convince the membership they were being "persecuted" and "suffering for righteousness sake," a sure sign they were "in the truth."


"The blood issue has brought witnesses more publicity than any other issue in the last twenty years."

"The ban on blood transfusions was an effort to solidify the Knorr administration." [Knorr initially objected to the weird scriptural interpretation justifying the abstaining from blood; he understood the scriptures to be in reference to animal blood only. Nevertheless, he went along with the ban.]

"Key Watchtower officers held a view of distrust toward the medical profession."

"Some high level Watchtower official naively reasoned that, if eating blood was wrong, blood transfusions were also wrong because they are 'intravenous' feeding as opposed to extravenous feeding, or normal eating."

While Rutherford swallowed some irrational rantings by Franz and Woodworth over the beginnings of the blood issue, he would not allow publication of FWF's "special knowledge" as "new light" in THE WATCHTOWER. The two mischief makers kept things stirred up and began convincing others, including Knorr. The author was told that now that "King Saul" [FWF] is dead, the leadership would like blood transfusions to be a matter of conscience and lay the blame for all the suffering at the feet of Franz and Woodworth.

Does tacit approval on the part of the Governing Body constitute blood-guilt?


Monday, November 22, 2010

Terrell Starks Laid To Rest After Battle With Sickle Cell Disease.

With a mother's gentle touch, Valicia Starks placed her hand on her son Terrell Starks' casket Saturday as her husband pulled roses from a memorial arrangement.

Then, under a small tent at graveside after Terrell Starks' funeral, she hugged his older brother Cortez -- the only child they have left.

Valicia and Carl Starks have lost two children to sickle cell disease, an inherited blood disorder that disproportionately strikes African Americans. Terrell died Tuesday, a few days after his 24th birthday and just five years after his sister, Dominique, died at 17. Cortez, 25, is the only child without the disease.

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An old article from the Golden Age magazine.

An article from the Golden Age regarding aluminum.

Friday, October 29, 2010

The Olin Moyle Case.

JF Rutherford And Prohibition.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

JF Rutherford In St Louis,Missouri.

CT Russell Funeral Picture.

Monday, October 04, 2010

Tour Of Assembly Hall Of Jehovah’s Witnesses Salisbury, NC.
Kingdom Melodies In Sign Language - India.

A Letter From The Australian Branch Regarding Theocratic Strategy.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Henry Ford's philosophy and Jehovah's Witnesses

Henry Ford had many great ideas. We all know about his great car and his Ford Motor Company, but Ford also changed the face of American industry with some avant-garde concepts. He paid his workers a high wage that shocked industrial and financial sensibilities of the time. This higher wage contributed to the development of a middle class. However, Ford's idea of a high wage for a day's work was more self-serving than it might appear. Ford had figured out that if he paid high wages to his employees, those very employees would become the customers that would buy his cars. Genius. Workers as customers.

Click Here To Read The Complete Article At The Original Art Studio Blog.
Elder Discusses "Walk by Faith And Not By Sight" Bible Drama - District Convention.

2010 Convention Drama.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The Biography Of Charles Taze Russell.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Did The “Alarm Clock” Go Off Too Soon?

Source : The WT Society Dissident Blog.

In my last post I talked about how Russell calculated the end of the gentile times to occur in the year 1914, at which time Christ would put an end to all earthly governments. As it turns out this did not happen. How did those early Bible students handle the disappointment? The next section of chapter 10 of the Proclaimers book has this to say...

*** jv chap. 10 pp. 135-137 Growing in Accurate Knowledge of the Truth ***

Did the “Alarm Clock” Go Off Too Soon?

Great turmoil certainly burst forth upon the world in 1914 with the outbreak of World War I, which for many years was called simply the Great War, but it did not immediately lead to an overthrow of all existing human rulerships. As events in connection with Palestine developed following 1914, the Bible Students thought they saw evidence of significant changes for Israel. But months and then years passed, and the Bible Students did not receive their heavenly reward as they had anticipated. How did they react to that?

The Watch Tower of February 1, 1916, specifically drew attention to October 1, 1914, and then said: “This was the last point of time that Bible chronology pointed out to us as relating to the Church’s experiences. Did the Lord tell us that we would be taken [to heaven] there? No. What did He say? His Word and the fulfil[l]ments of prophecy seemed to point unmistakably that this date marked the end of the Gentile Times. We inferred from this that the Church’s ‘change’ would take place on or before that date. But God did not tell us that it would be so. He permitted us to draw that inference; and we believe that it has proven to be a necessary test upon God’s dear saints everywhere.” But did these developments prove that their glorious hope had been in vain? No. It simply meant that not everything was taking place as soon as they had expected.

Several years before 1914, Russell had written: “Chronology (time prophecies in general) was evidently not intended to give God’s people accurate chronological information all the way down the path of the centuries. Evidently it is intended more to serve as an alarm clock to awaken and energize the Lord’s people at the proper time. . . . But let us suppose, for instance, that October, 1914, should pass and that no serious fall of Gentile power would occur. What would this prove or disprove? It would not disprove any feature of the Divine Plan of the Ages. The ransom-price finished at Calvary would still stand the guarantee of the ultimate fulfillment of the great Divine Program for human restitution. The ‘high calling’ of the Church to suffer with the Redeemer and to be glorified with him as his members or as his Bride would still be the same. . . . The only thing [a]ffected by the chronology would be the time for the accomplishment of these glorious hopes for the Church and for the world. . . . And if that date pass it would merely prove that our chronology, our ‘alarm clock,’ went off a little before the time. Would we consider it a great calamity if our alarm clock awakened us a few moments earlier in the morning of some great day full of joy and pleasure? Surely not!”

But that “alarm clock” had not gone off too soon. Actually, it was the experiences to which the “clock” had awakened them that were not exactly what they had expected.

Some years later, when the light had grown brighter, they acknowledged: “Many of the dear saints thought that all the work was done. . . . They rejoiced because of the clear proof that the world had ended, that the kingdom of heaven was at hand, and that the day of their deliverance drew nigh. But they had overlooked something else that must be done. The good news that they had received must be told to others; because Jesus had commanded: ‘This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations: and then shall the end come.’ (Matthew 24:14)”—The Watch Tower, May 1, 1925.

As the events following 1914 began to unfold and the Bible Students compared these with what the Master had foretold, they gradually came to appreciate that they were living in the last days of the old system and that they had been since 1914. They also came to understand that it was in the year 1914 that Christ’s invisible presence had begun and that this was, not by his personally returning (even invisibly) to the vicinity of the earth, but by his directing his attention toward the earth as ruling King. They saw and accepted the vital responsibility that was theirs to proclaim “this good news of the kingdom” for a witness to all nations during this critical time of human history.—Matt. 24:3-14.

What exactly was the message about the Kingdom that they were to preach? Was it any different from the message of the first-century Christians?

The first sentence is a little misleading. "Great turmoil certainly burst forth upon the world in 1914 ... but it did not immediately lead to an overthrow of all existing human rulerships." Actually not only did it not 'immediately' lead to an overthrow of all existing human rulerships, it never did. The quote from the Feb 1st 1916 Watchtower makes it seem as though Russell and company had adjusted their thinking in regards to 1914 being the beginning of Christ's invisible return. However, the March 1st, 1916 issue had this comment from Russell:

The Apostle’s words near the close of his Epistle, should
be of special comfort and cheer to us now, in this brief wait-
ing time since the close of Gentile Times. He says, "And
account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation." (2
Peter 3:15) How glad of this little extended time some of
the Lord’s dear ones are, who have come into the knowledge
of present truth and consecrated themselves to God since
October, 1914! And how glad are many of Christ’s followers
who have longer known of these precious truths, that the Lord
has mercifully granted them a little further time to make
their calling and election sure! Perhaps some of these were
not ready when the Gentile Times closed.

So really, even in 1916 there was an expectation that the end of all human government was going to happen soon. The next quote sited as being written 'several years' before 1914 appeared in the January 1st 1911 issue of the Watchtower. The quote selection seems to indicate that it would not be a disappointment if the end of this system of things did not happen in 1914. However, this is the beginning of a new type of message delivery where there are two messages given. One that the writers are not infallible followed by a statement of certainty about some future event. Notice how the paragraph quoted in the Proclaimers book reads in its entirety.

Suppose that our chronological calculations (never set forth
as infallible) should prove to be fallible and in error. Our
conclusion would merely be that the error could not be very
great. Outward signs of restitution multiplying on every hand
tell us that the rising of the Sun of Righteousness is near at
hand. Church federation tendencies attest the same thing,
corroborating the Scriptures respecting the conditions which
will prevail’at the very closing of this age. The movement
amongst the Jews similarly implies an awakening and a prep-
aration for Messiah much in harmony with what we must
expect in the close of this age. The stress along the lines of
social, political and financial affairs all indicate that the
great time of trouble and anarchy with which this age will
end cannot be far off--cannot lie much, if any, beyond October,
1914. And if that date pass it would merely prove that our
chronology, our "alarm clock," went off a little before the
The paragraph begins by stating that the calculations were "never set forth
as infallible", but by the end of the paragraph the writer is back to asserting the correctness of the predictions "The stress along the lines of social, political and financial affairs all indicate that the great time of trouble and anarchy with which this age will end cannot be far off--cannot lie much, if any, beyond October, 1914. And if that date pass it would merely prove that our chronology, our "alarm clock," went off a little before the time." So by 'a little before the time', the writer means that the end would come soon after 1914.

The concept that a prediction for a certain event to happen on a certain date is an 'alarm clock' for the rank and file adherents has been very effective over the years. In a future post, I plan to correlate membership with the various predictions for the end of this system of things to illustrate a reason other than 'the brothers were eager for the new system' as has been printed.

Moving on to the next quote from the May 1st 1925 Watchtower cited in the Proclaimers book: "...But they had overlooked something else that must be done. The good news that they had received must be told to others;... " 'They' being the rank and file members. Once again, see how the Watchtower Society has blamed those who believed what was printed in earlier publications instead of admitting how they were completely wrong about the date?

Next we read from the Proclaimers book:

They also came to understand that it was in the year 1914 that Christ’s invisible presence had begun and that this was, not by his personally returning (even invisibly) to the vicinity of the earth, but by his directing his attention toward the earth as ruling King.
This is merely an extension to the technique used in 1874 only this time in addition to Christ's invisible return (which has been moved to 1914 ), they also decided that He did in fact begin ruling in heaven. The problem is that they only 'came to realize' these things after what they had been confident about previously did not come to pass. Is it not reasonable to insist that the group of men claiming to be God's sole channel of information from Jehovah be accurate in advance?

Next the leaders of these Bible students had to figure out the direction that the organization would take. After the death of Russell, a man named J. F. 'Judge' Rutherford became president of the Watchtower Society where he moved the focus from predicting dates ( well, he did make some predictions ) to evangelizing. Why did he shift the focus and what was the result? I'll cover that in my next post.
The Shift To 607.

Source : The WT Society Dissident Blog.

In 1880, we see a shift to using the destruction of Jerusalem as opposed to the death of Jacob. At this point in their history, the Bible students believed that the physical nation of Israel needed to be restored on earth before the second coming of Christ (Zionist).

WT June, 1880

Bible students of the past, as well as those of the present
day, have noticed that the dispersion, and ultimate restoration
of the Jewish nation-literal Israel-is the subject of con-
siderable portions of both Old and New Testament prophecies.
As prophecy cannot be understood with any great degree of
clearness until about the time of its fulfillment; the subject
has necessarily been enveloped in a good deal of mystery in
the past; and it is still, with those who do not keep pace
with the development of prophecy. Various attempts have been
made, by those who discard the millennial reign of the king-
dom of God, to show that these prophecies would never have
a literal, but a mystical fulfillment. Some have taken the
position that they were conditional, and that the conditions
have not been met; and others affirming that they were all
fulfilled at the restoration from the Babylonian captivity. But
it will be observed that the prophecies of Haggai and Zechariah
were made after that; and those of the New Testament, several
hundred years after. Jesus, in giving the signs which would
precede the complete development of the kingdom of God,
says: And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies,
then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. . . . . For these
be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may
be fulfilled , . . . For there shall be great distress in the land,
and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the sword, and
shall be led away captive into all nations; and Jerusalem shall
be trodden down of the Gentiles [Ethnon Nations] until the
times-years-of the Gentiles be fulfilled. Luke xxi. 20-24.
This prophecy involves the inference that the times-
years-of the Gentiles, have been foretold, or they could not
be fulfilled; that Jerusalem represents the Jews among the
nations ; and that the treading down will cease, when the
times are fulfilled, and the kingdom established-vs. 31. As
has been many times shown, the times of the Gentiles last
about thirty-five years from the spring of 1880; and the re-
turn of the Jews to Palestine is rapidly becoming an indisput-
able fact.
...we read of their last king Zedekiah: And thou, profane,
wicked prince of lsrael, whose day is come, when iniquity shall
have an end; thus saith the Lord God; remove the diadem,
and take off the crown. . . I will overturn, overturn, overturn
it; and it shall be no more, until he come whose right it is, and
I will give it him-xxv. 28.
They were overturned, 1st at the Babylonish captivity, 606
B. C., where their treading down began; 2nd, at the destruc-
tion of Jerusalem, A. D., 70; the 3rd time will be the one
spoken of in Zech. xiv., and right there he will come whose
right it is: or will then complete the conquering of the na-
tions; and the kingdoms of this world will become the kingdom
of our Lord and his Anointed ones. And so we might quote
largely from Is . Jer., Ezek., Amos., Zeph., Zech., and other
plophets, showing that the children of Israel will return to
thier own land. And the united testimony of Prophets and
Apostles is that it was designed of the Lord to prove a glorious
blessing to themselves and all other nations; bringing them to
acknowledge that God is the Lord.
And how could it be otherwise? When such a vast amount
of prophecy becomes a fact, it will prove the scriptures true;
and when they are proved true by fulfillment, it can but be a
terrible blow to scepticism and infidelity. Jesus said: I tell
you before it come, that, when it is come to pass, ye may
believe that I am he-John xiii. 19.
And so the result will be to the nations, when they see so
much come to pass; and probably on this account Israel were
scattered among all nations. Then it will be true that: The
wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein-Is. xxxv.
8. The apology for presenting this subject, is, that the return
of the Jews, and the time of trouble are becoming apparent
facts; and it is believed that the two facts will be the means,
in the next 35 years, of the conversion of the 144,000 Jews.
and the great multitude of all nations, who will come up out
of or after the great tribulation, with their robes washed white
in the blood of the Lamb-Rev. vii. B. W. K.

In Leviticus xxvi, the expression “ seven times” is four
times repeated in reference to the duration of the rule of its
enemies over Jerusalem. It has often been shown that this is
the basis and key of the Times of the Gentiles (Luke xxi. 24))
or the duration of Gentile rule over Jerusalem. A time is a
year ; a prophetic year is 360 common Years and has been so
fulfilled. “ A time, times and a half” (i. e., 3 1/2 times) has
been fulfilled as 1260 literal years in the Papal dominion over
the nations, between A. D. 538 and A. D. 1798.
If three times and a half are 1260 years, seven times are
2520 years. From B. C. 606, where the desolation of Jerusalem
began, 2520 years reach to A. D. 1914. According to this
application of the number seven, Jerusalem will be free at that
time, and thence-forward be a praise in the earth. The appl-
cation is clearly confirmed by the events of to-day-the trouble
brewing among the nations, and the beginning of Jewish res-
The prophetic argument on the Two Dispensations shows
that favor was due to that people in 1878, and the door was
legally opened for their return; by the Anglo-Turkish treaty
of that year. From 1878 to 1914, is a period of 37 years for
their rise, and is equal to the period of their fall, from the
time Jesus left their house desolate in A. D. 33. until their
complete destruction in A. D. 70.
Their fall was from natural nationality, and they will rise
to the same. “ This child is set for the fall and the rising
again of many in Israel.” Jesus has the work of restoring
the natural, and of imparting all manner of spiritual blessings.
The long period of 2520 years and their bitter experience - _
under the dominion of the beasts, (human government, Dan.
vii.) is clearly represented in Dan. iv., by the “ seven times”
of Nebuchadnezzar and his bitter experience among the beasts.
This being a type covers only seven literal years. Why, if
there is nothing in all these things, can such a harmony be
developed on the basis of number seven ? .J. H. P.

So 1880 + 35 years = 1915. They still think 1915 ( or the end of 1914) is when all earthly governments will be eliminated and a global theocracy will be reinstated. It seems that the ideas around Zionism ( which was in vogue at the time ) provided much more compelling support for the chronology and calculations used to arrive at the year 1914. Using the destruction of Jerusalem, the captivity of the Jews and the eventual rebuilding of the temple to foreshadow the second coming of Christ provided a hook for 'nominal Christians' who were intrigued by the notion that the literal nation of Israel needed to exist before God would initiate Armageddon. In this way the pre-Watchtower Society adapted to appeal to a larger audience while still holding onto belief that the end of this system of things could be distilled from prophesies that had already been fulfilled.

What does that present-day Watchtower Society have to say about the matter? My next few posts will examine the history of Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower Society as recorded in the book "Jehovah’s Witnesses—Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom".

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Disassociation Letter Of Lynn M Kennedy.

An Open Letter to:
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
Jehovah's Witnesses
My Family
Friends and any concerned person wishing to know my reasoning in the
Manner of my Disassociation from The Cult of Jehovah's Witnesses.

First, I apologize for my lack of eloquence in this matter,but not for the content. For these words come from my heart after deep and sincere prayer to God for his guidance.

I, Lynn Marie Myers Starks Kennedy, am removing myself from any association and/or fellowship with the ORGANIZATION called the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.I do not believe this is an Organization directed by God's Holy Spirit.
But I believe it is an Organization started by a Man who used Egyptology and the study of pryamids, as well as selected scripture to further his own interpretation of the Bible.

I again reiterate,I am removing myself from a MAN MADE ORGANIZATION, Set up by MEN, run by MEN and governed by MEN,who have set up their own rules and guidelines which have NO basis in the Bible.

Please show me where it says in the Bible where a person must devote a set amount of hours in the field service, and distribute said number of magazines, books and booklets.Matthew 28:19&20 "Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And, look!I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things."
It says to Make disciples and to baptize them, But nowhere does it say you have to put in 10 hours a month to be considered a good Christian.

James 2:26 "Indeed, as the body without spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead." Galatians 5:22-26 "On the other had, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness,faith, mildness, selfcontrol. Against such things there is no law."

Where does it say the works are knocking on doors or leaving literature, putting in hours???? The Bible never says that,MEN DO!Matthew 6:24 "No one can slave for two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,
or he will stick to the one and despise the other.You cannot slave for God and for Riches."

I can no longer slave for two masters,I work for God alone thru his holy word the Bible.
1 John 4:1-3 "Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired expression,
but test the inspired expressions to see whether the originate with God,
because many false prophets have gone forth into the world. You gain the knowledge of the inspired expression from God by this: Every inspired expression that confesses Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh originates with God, but every inspired expression that does not confess Jesus does not originate with God. Furthermore, this is the anti-christ's [inspired expression] which you have heard was coming, and now it is already in the world."

So every date, every time there has to be "New Light" means the original light did not originate with God, and that these "lights" have been tested by men of faith
and proven false.

1 John 4:18 "There is no fear in love,but perfect love throws fear outside, because fear exercises a restraint.Indeed, he that is under fear has not been made perfect in love."

I am tired of living in fear the fear of displeasing MEN and their organization.

1 John 4:20 "If anyone makes the statement: 'I love God,' and yet is hating his brother, he is a liar. For he who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot be loving God, whom he has not seen."
verse 21 "AND THIS COMMANDMENT we have from him,that the one who loves God should be loving his brother also."

This is the commandment I live by,I love my brother and I love God.
I do not shun and I do not turn my back on any person.I reject an organization, who teaches hatred and fear and who sets man made goals above Gods.

I have accepted the love of God and the most wonderous gift of his Son's sacrifice and believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior with my whole heart.

And I welcome all with love in my heart,for "If we continue loving one another, God remains in us and his love is made perfect in us."1 John 4:12

Lynn M. Kennedy

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Anonymous Letter Of Warning To Parent Of Child Studying With JWs.

September 9, 1996

Dear Mrs. Xxxxx,

I understand that you do not want anyone to contact your daughter about Jehovah's Witnesses, and I will honor your wishes. However, you should know that Jehovah's Witnesses will not honor your wishes in the future concerning your daughter.

I feel like a neighbor who sees that a house is on fire. I have a moral obligation to tell you what I know, and leave it up to you to do what you want.

You see, I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, as were my parents. Being involved in Jehovah's Witnesses nearly destroyed my family, as it will yours. If your daughter continues to associate with and becomes one of Jehovah's Witnesses, you will see the following negative influences on your family:

Read The Complete Letter Here.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Pastor Russell Says He's Not Frightened.

Monday, February 22, 2010

2009 "Keep On The watch" International Convention Of Jehovah's Witnesses | ABC | News 10 Report.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

An article from the 8 January 1947 issue of Awake.

Monday, January 25, 2010

15 Minute Guide To Truth.

Most Jehovah’s Witnesses are honest people that want to please God and follow truth. Being a Jehovah’s Witness takes a large commitment in terms of time, lifestyle, relationships and even thought processes. For this reason, while not wanting to doubt Jehovah’s organization, many Witnesses are starting to examine their beliefs, particularly now that the last days have been extended for so long. The Internet makes access to information easy and assists greatly in this regard. By the end of this page you will understand where to start in determining whether or not the Watchtower Society teaches the Truth.

Click here to read the complete article from the JW Facts site.