Family comes first for fast-growing Jehovah’s Witnesses

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (RNS)  When it comes time for family study hour at Chad and Charlotte Tate's home in Huntsville, Ala., Evan, 18 months, is quick to grab her Bible and climb onto her seat at the table. As Jehovah's Witnesses, the Tates believe it's never too early to help children begin learning the Bible. By Kay Campbell.

  • Ed

    Having been with Jehovah witnesses myself I found a bad flaw there.

    Every tract I ever saw put Catholics down. I wondered why they would do that when
    Jesus and the Apostles always taught; “To Love your neighbor.”
    I now belong to the church which came from Jesus and the twelve, and exsisted
    for 1400 years before any other Christian faith. Catholic.
    Jehovah witnesses began in late 1800’s. 1800 years after Christ started His church.

  • Fran

    Thank you Ed. As a Catholic, I couldn’t have put it better myself

  • Tanya Wersinger

    [ of Jesus],”Witnesses believe, was the son of God, but not God himself.”
    That is one of those old heresies; just rehashed and a re-packaged version of Arianism. That is a major flaw.

  • Jerry Jones

    It is bordering on DESPICABLE that any author would write and any publisher would publish this “puff piece” about Jehovah’s Witness Families only a couple weeks after the international headlines reporting the California jury verdict that made the WatchTower Cult the subject of the LARGEST JURY VERDICT EVER IN THE UNITED STATES AGAINST A RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION INVOLVING ONE SINGLE VICTIM OF CHILD SEX ABUSE.

    Readers who would like to know more about REAL WORLD Jehovah’s Witnesses should visit the following website which summarizes over 1000 court cases and lawsuits affecting children of Jehovah’s Witness Parents, including 400 cases where the JW Parents refused to consent to life-saving blood transfusions for their dying children, as well as nearly 400 CRIMINAL cases — most involving MURDERS:


  • Christopher Faulds

    This article is nonsense. The person says that they are seeking the truth. Where is the truth in belonging to an organisation that was founded by a human being in the 1800’s after he had already created a failed organisation, who then made prophecies that never materialised.

    Also, If they have over 1 million members in the U.S. how do they decide whom gets into heaven as their belief is that there are only 140,000 slots available.

    Beware the Wolves in false clothing!

  • MGM

    I do not know how one can shine and yet there is darkness from within each of them. I have relatives who constantly have a heart hatred, who dwells on demeaning, who LOVES to put down Catholics just to put themselves up on the pedestal. They cannot discuss the bible without touching how bad other religions are but especially mother church. The repetitive hatred for Catholics inside their group makes or gives them more power but not really the word of GOD. If it was based on GOD’s word, they would not find it in their heart that bitterness for Catholics but LOVE that unites the universe. Remember John 17, that is ONE of what mother church is all about. It is a mother who is always praying for the good/welfare, calling,gathering, uniting her children into one. That is what set us apart from JW. On their in house garage meetings, they come in all dressed up with their flashy jewelries and Louis Vuitton bags for the ladies..

  • MGM

    If you scan through this article, witness believes that Jesus is the son of God but witnesses also do not believe HE is GOD. This is where they had to develop their hatred to the catholic church in order for them to say, they are different. That is also a very FALSE teaching. The holy trinity is present in the bible so many times. The formula for baptism is also, “I baptize you in the name of the Father, the son, the holy spirit”. A 5 year old will read that to be ONE in the same. One cannot separate Jesus, God, holy spirit, son. How could you, how dare you.

  • bettylou

    The Jehova Witnesses do not believe Jesus was the son of God. they believe that he was St Michael the Archangel who came to Earth as the person Jesus and went back to being St Michael when he suffered the “hanging from a tree”. The resurrected Jesus(Another entity) is considered an archangel also. They believe your body is your soul and that Jesus has already returned “in the spirit” in the 1920s. They are awaiting God and His angels to come to Earth and slaughter all non-witnesses so they can “live forever in paradise on Earth”. They are not a religion- they are a cult.

  • Magdalen Mauldin

    The jehova Witnesses are good people because they started as Christians, especially through the Catholic Church. The Cult was started by a man named judge Rutherford who was an Alcholic and Womanizer. Their ideas border on Arianism. They left their good Christian churches because of divorces, abuses in the family or intimidation of some kind; disgruntled people, or uneducated in their Faiths to start with. We must pray that they will see the light of the Holy Trinity, which they do no believe in.

  • Art Jones

    jehovah witness are hypocrites as they practice “shunning as a form of punishment -jesus said let him who is without sin ,cast the first stone.-i know of a lady devoted to them and was shunned/banned from them and was so shocked she commited suicide and left 8children

  • Art Jones

    shunning is a very powerful form of psychological punishment to inflict on any one who knows how many witneses have committed suicide as a result of being shunned /banned -did jesus shun dismas-the thief?or mary magdalene the prostitute-yes they are a dangerous cult -as they need to be shunned

  • MGM

    I will ask any JW who had put the bible (book) together meaning the preface, table of contents, foreword, introduction as well as which Chapter comes first. (2) Where does the ring ceremony originated when two people get married? Why the ring? (3) Where is the lighting of the candle comes from when we are on a vigil or when someone dies? Why flowers on sites when someone got run over in the highway?Up to the 1500, we were all Catholics and many of their traditions we do it automatically today without knowing why or asking how it came to be.We can think of zillions of questions and their catechism always have an answer. Who would have thought about schools, universities as we knew today? Who were the early missionaries who had to start it?

  • Cassie

    They are also very judgmental. This is a cult and a bad one.

  • Bob

    Get Jason Evert’s book “Answering Jehovah’s Witnesses”. That book is GREAT for blowing away the JW’s false religion. And bring out the book when they come knocking and see if they can defend their doctrines after Evert dissects them.

  • Danny Haszard

    The JW ‘Warning Message’.

    How and why Jehovah Witnesses perform like a terrorist group.
    As an impressionable child I was phobic indoctrinated with doomsday preparations about the Watchtowers coming ‘warning work’.
    That we would some day ‘soon’ be required by Jehovah our God to go door to door and declare to every home with a judgemental proclamation,’that every man,woman,child is about to die horribly’ and the only salvation is the JW who are no longer allowing anyone into their ‘ark of salvation’.

    This very inflammatory hate message would incite jealous non believers to ‘attack God’s anointed’ and provoke his wrath to bring about Armageddon with only JW who were obedient and trusting in Jehovah permitted to survive.

    Tell the truth don’t be afraid-Danny Haszard FMI dannyhaszard(dot)com

  • marlon

    Why all the hate in this sect? they are treated worst than terrorist! Aren’t these the same group who chose to die than to shoot others during WW1 & WW2? the halal suicide bombers are the ones deserving to be treated like this! Wake up!

  • candybear51

    Have any of you ever looked into the history of the Catholic Church? You will find as much hate for other faiths and an elitist attitude among your Catholics. There is not as much sexual abuse in the JW as there is in the Catholic Church. If you look at the early history of the church you will find that early Christians did not believe he was God; Son of God, yes. Where in scriptures do you find that he is said to be God the Son? Nowhere. They are growing because they have integrity and they live their faith; more than I could say for some so-called Christians who, as it says in the book of James, look in the mirror and then go away and forget what they see. They are neutral because they have love for one another, not killing their brother or sister in senseless wars. And blood transfusions – there are alternatives to blood and I don’t trust the blood transfusions because I’ve heard of people getting hepititis from them. You don’t know what is out there. The “cult” was not started by Judge Rutherford, but by Charles T. Russell. Get a book and read about the history of the group before passing judgment and other false information. Judgment? I would say that so-called Christians are the worst.

  • Jay

    Most of what is published about JW’s Is either incorrect or a half truth. The only way to know what they believe is to actually sit down and discuss it with them. They are a humble people and enjoy discussing the bible with others. They preach a message of peace with their neighbors and hope for the future of mankind, whether their neighbors agree with them or not.

  • jay

    @ ED, dude. If you and the rest of the world dont see whats wrong with the catholic church, then you are REALLY blind.

  • Jay

    Taken from their official site.

    J. R. Brown, a spokesman at the world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses, commented: “The fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses abhor child abuse and strive to protect children from such acts is well-known. The individual members of any organization must ultimately bear the responsibility for their own actions, particularly when the acts are so flagrantly against the morals and principles of the organization and society.”

  • Ed

    Jay, … I don’t see and understand with my eyes but with my heart, the things of faith.

    My mother, father and brother left the Baptist church to become JW’s, and I joined them for awhile with prodding from my parents. They always were giving me the mags Awake and Watchtower, which always had articles in them putting Catholic’s down. This didn’t seem to me to be the way that Christ taught us to love our brothers.
    Yes I am proud to be a Catholic. Left to us by Jesus himself and put into practice by the Apostles and many disciples. It was the ONLY Christian church for 1400 years until
    Martin Luther came along and decided he new better. Many others have branched off
    the true church since then.
    A brother in Christ Jesus.

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  • John

    J.W.’s have a lot of “attack” in their religion. There are many conflicts and inconsistencies in their history and teaching both in the past and present.

    They are not Christians and do not share Christian beliefs.

  • MGM

    If you are approach by someone and invited you into their group and you see that everyone shows you a suffocating smile as you arrive and that you become the center of attraction, you got to run, its a CULT. Once you are in it or you join to be a member of their group and you find it hard to leave, that there is uneasiness within, get out while early. In a Roman Catholic Christian Church or group, you do not feel those uneasiness, you do not see that friendly but suffocating niceness where they are hungry to sign you in, You have the freedom to check in and leave as you please. Christ give us FREE WILL but when you decide to stay, you will experience His peace, joy and love within yourself even without the friendly smile and invitation of the people.

  • May Pelletier

    Pot calling the kettle black. JW is a cult, Catholisim is an anticbrist! St. Peter did NOT start the Catholic Church! You are simply trading on path to perdition over another.

  • CMR

    I see a lot of misinformation about JW’s here. They don’t hate Catholics or anyone else but they do speak out and prove with scriptures the false doctrines taught in many churches. There’s no such thing as “signing in”. The smiles and friendliness are genuine but most people aren’t used to it. They don’t fit the dictionary definition of “cult”. As the Bible says, “one is your leader, the Christ”.(Matt.23:10) JW’s do not “shun”, that’s the Amish. Disfellowshiping is for those who DO NOT want to correct some wrong action. It’s their choice and so to keep the congregation clean, they are disfellowshiped. It doesn’t mean they can’t straighten up and follow Bible principles and become approved again in the future. It’s their exercising of free will but the others must be assured that the congregation is clean of unrighteousness/wickedness. If you really want to know the facts of what they believe, ask one of them but don’t kid yourself thinking you can get fair and accurate info on them from other sources… just look at all the false info above…

  • Jesus please Save Us!

    Why can`t we try and work together as a team and save as many heathens as we can in these last days. Clear your minds of old doctrines you believe in, God is unveiling the hidden secrets rich have been kept hidden from all generations. Come on people research your Bibles. What makes you think JW is a cult, Because they don`t follow a false trinity doctrine, No wonder they are growing in numbers. After reading these post left by so called Christians, I think everyone here should be praying to Jesus asking not to come and save us yet because we are full of hate and are not ready to be saved.

  • Paul

    Hello please. I just took the time to read these comments posted, and is simply amazed at the amount of disinformation about Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ninety-nine percent of your post tells me you knows absolutely nothing about JWs. In fact i’ll lovingly encourage you to put away your pride and approach the Witnesses and request a Bible Study. You will need to make this a subject of prayer as God is searching those whose heart is incline to serve him. If you formerly used to associate with JWs, honestly ask your-self, why am i not serving the true God Jehovah.
    To all of you, please re-read the article and get the real understanding.

  • LaRhonda Maz

    Why don’t we let the bible answer why JWs are hated and persecuted…..

    (1 John 3:13) “Do not marvel, brothers, that the world hates YOU.”
    (John 13:17-23) “These things I command YOU, that YOU love one another. 18 If the world hates YOU, YOU know that it has hated me before it hated YOU. 19 If YOU were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because YOU are no part of the world, but I have chosen YOU out of the world, on this account the world hates YOU. 20 Bear in mind the word I said to YOU, A slave is not greater than his master. If they have persecuted me, they will persecute YOU also; if they have observed my word, they will observe YOURS also. 21 But they will do all these things against YOU on account of my name, because they do not know him that sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 He that hates me hates also my Father.

  • David

    Ed said “They always were giving me the mags Awake and Watchtower, which always had articles in them putting Catholic’s down. This didn’t seem to me to be the way that Christ taught us to love our brothers.”
    Yes, Jesus taught not only to love our brothers but to love our enemies. Witnesses love all Catholocs and millions of them have left the Catholic Church and have become Jehovah’s Christian Witnesses as a result of learning what the Bible really teaches. Their magazines also quote for Catholics sources and even some Catholics have admitted certain truths taught in the Bible which are not endorsed by the Catholic church. The Church has even forbidden the pronouciation of God’s name, even though for have published a well received Bible translation known as the Jerusalem Bible (revised as the New Jerusalem Bible), which uses the name Yahweh throughout the OT. Like Jesus who made God’s name and taught us to pray for the santification of God’s name, Witnesses are will use the name of the God of Jesus. And like Jesus they will boldy speak out the truth and help other learn it. Jesus was not afraid to tell the truth to the Pharisees and Saduccees of his day, and followers today follow his example.

    Ed also said “Yes I am proud to be a Catholic. Left to us by Jesus himself and put into practice by the Apostles and many disciples. It was the ONLY Christian church for 1400 years until Martin Luther came along and decided he new better. Many others have branched off the true church since then.”
    Yes, but Jesus and the apostles predicted that immediately after they die, a great apostacy was take over and the weeds would grow. The fact that the Catholic church has deviated greatly from the teachings of Jesus and the apostles is prove that is not the original Christian congregation founded by Jesus. The Catholic church as a history of savagely persecuting and murdering millions through the dark ages of the inquisition period. This included the burning at stakes of hundreds of Christians that believed that Jesus was really the Son of God, and believed in worshipping and praisng the God and Father of Jesus (John 20:17, Ephe. 1:3, 17; John 3:16). The Catholic Church instead adopted the pagan doctrine of the Trinity and refused to really believe that Jesus was the only-begotten Son of God and persecuted those who really believed that Jesus was the Son of God and the God was never seen in the flesh. (1 John 1: 4:8-14). The Trinity and other non-biblical teachings were mostly accepted by Protestants, although some accepted some truths, such as rejecting the idol images and the need of human priests to get forgiveness of sin and to approach God. Little by little the Bible light grew and has we approached the last days a group of Christians started to believe what the Bible really teaches, yes, believing what Jesus and the apostles taught. Millions of former Catholics and people from different Protestant denominations are now learning the Bible truth and leaving their churches.
    David – a proud X-Catholic and X-evangelical

  • john

    Be not deceived, there is only one Church and it is the Catholic Church.