Thursday, 14 December 2017

Jehovah's Witnesses and False Resurrection

Having dealt with the Jehovah's Witness doctrine of Christ's resurrection, their second president claimed that a limited one would happen but it never did.

Joseph Rutherford claimed that the Old Testament people, mentioned in Hebrews 11:1-40, would be resurrected before Armageddon. According to two articles from the Christian Research Institute, Beth-Sarim and Beth-Shan and the Return of the Princes, These ancient saints would need lodging in southern California.

The Watchtower Society purchased land and two houses were built upon it. Beth-Sarim, meaning house of the princes, and Beth-Shan, house of security, were constructed during the late 1920s and early 1930s.

The articles also stated that Joseph Rutherford lost the use of one lung due to severe pneumonia. His doctor urged him to move to a dryer and warmer climate. This was the Watchtower Society's justification for him to move to Beth-Sarim and live there as his winter residence.

But the Bible says nothing about any sort of pre-Armageddon resurrection. The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (KJV), "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:"

Some folks might object that Matthew 27:52 (KJV) is a pre-Armageddon resurrection. The Verse says, "And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose," In the context of the chapter, this was at Christ's crucifixion, not two-thousand years later.

And as we see in Hebrews chapter eleven, the Old Testament saints are considered as being saved by their faith in the Messiah. Romans 4:9 (KJV) says, "Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness."

The Bible is clear about there only being one resurrection for humanity. As Jesus said in John 5:29 (KJV), "And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."

Some Christians assume that this means two resurrections but Matthew 25:32 (KJV) disproves that. "And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:" Both the righteous and wicked have to be resurrected in order for them to be sorted out.

So much more needs to be written on this topic but I'll save it for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Just like entering the correct password in a web site's text box, we can only be saved by repenting of our sins and placing our wholehearted trust in Jesus. God provides us no other method of being saved.

Monday, 11 December 2017

Jehovah's Witnesses and Society

As with other cults, the Jehovah's Witnesses are taught not to trust non cult members and to have little to do with outsiders. This is ordered by the Watchtower Society to prevent what they consider contamination by independent thinking.

But we see in Scripture that we are to be in this world but not of it. Jesus prayed in John 17:14 and 15 (BBE), "I have given your word to them; and they are hated by the world, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. My prayer is not that you will take them out of the world, but that you will keep them from the Evil One."

But some might quote the Apostle Paul's admonition in 2 Timothy 2:4 (KJV) which says, "No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." All Paul was saying was that we mustn't be caught up in worldly pursuits at the expense of our relationship with Christ.

Furthermore, we are called to be good citizens. As 1 Thessalonians 4:11 (KJV) states, "And that ye study to be quiet, and to do your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you;" This doesn't mean we shouldn't be involved with society but we mustn't be rabble rousers.

Furthermore, we're exhorted in 1 Timothy 2:2 (KJV) to pray, "For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty."

And as for military service, it's no sin to defend our land. As Psalms 82:3 (KJV) exhorts, "Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy." These are the ones who suffer most from war and tyrannical governments.

Jehovah's Witnesses are forbidden to enjoy pastimes such as music, playing cards, and the like. The Watchtower Society says that those things are sinful. But Paul wrote in Colossians 2:20-23 that,  "Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not; Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh."

Neither is it sinful to observe or not observe holidays. As Paul wrote in Romans 14:5 (KJV), "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."

There is so much more I could write here but I'll save it for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People tend to think that doing or avoiding activities is what saves them. Only a personal surrender to Christ and repentance of sin will gain folks access to eternal life. There's no other way of salvation provided to us.

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Saturday Song: Simon and Garfunkel, "I Am a Rock

I certainly relate to this song. Because I wasn't close with most of my family members, I don't bother with celebrations as others do. In fact, I resent all the bother associated with holidays, especially Christmas.

As a result of this, some people wonder if I'm a Jehovah's Witness. I most certainly am not. Even so, it's the sense of obligation which upsets me. People often go to ridiculous lengths. They get so involved with shopping for that "perfect" gift that they come home angry. People spend a lot on Christmas cards. Then they have to buy stocking stuffers in addition to the presents. Baking and cooking for relatives keeps folks too busy to relax.

Whatever happened to relaxation and enjoying the company of friends? The Christmas rat race takes away so much joy. Then the bills come in at the end of January, ruining more happiness. There are times when I wish I could be left alone, like the man in the song.

Hear "I Am a Rock" here.

People also eat too much at this time of year. They also invite their own friends rather than the poor and disabled folks among them. As Jesus noted in Luke 6:32-34 (KJV), "For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. "And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again."

I personally would rather stay home and relax but others feel isolated while everybody else is celebrating. My living room is filled with many wonderful movies which I haven't even seen yet. I also love petting my beloved bunny, Deborah and she enjoys being petted.

So, what's your opinion of the song and what I wrote? Please leave me a comment. I also hope you will have a joyful and restful Christmas.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Jehovah's Witnesses and Christ's Resurrection



I suppose it's the wrong time of year to be posting about the resurrection but understanding this is crucial for our salvation. After all, Christ's birth wouldn't benefit anybody if he hadn't also lived a sinless life, been the spotless sacrificial lamb on the cross, and rose bodily as he promised.

The Pharisees asked Jesus for a sign of his authority so he spoke of the temple as being a metaphor for his body. In John 2:19 (KJV), it's written, "Jesus answered and said unto them, 'Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.'"

But the religious leaders misunderstood Jesus' analogy and threw his claim back in his face. As Matthew 27:40 (KJV) records them mocking, "And saying, 'Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.'"

And what about the false accusation concocted by the Pharisees that the disciples stole the body of Christ? As Matthew 28:13 (KJV) plainly quotes those religious leaders advising the soldiers, "Saying, 'Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept.'" How can anybody steal a spirit or gasses, as some Witnesses claim Christ's body became?

If Jesus rose as a spirit being and only manifested a physical body for the sake of his disciples, why does the Bible say we'll have physical bodies at the resurrection? The Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 15:54 (KJV), "So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory." Immortality is for physical bodies since our spirits are already immortal.

And what of what Romans 8:11 (KJV) plainly states? "But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you."

I could provide many more examples of Christ's physical resurrection but I'll save it for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? As 1 Corinthians 15:19 (KJV)reminds us, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable."

Monday, 4 December 2017

Jehovah's Witnesses and the Holy Spirit

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, which runs the lives of Jehovah's Witness members, also teaches incorrectly about the Holy Spirit. They claim that he's really an impersonal force emanating from Jehovah. Neither do they believe that the Holy Spirit is a member of the Godhead.

We can easily see from Scripture that the Holy Spirit is an individual by the use of personal pronouns. John 16:13 (KJV) records Jesus saying, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come

Additionally, an impersonal force can't be grieved. Look at what the Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 4:30 (KJV). "And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."

And can an impersonal force talk? Check out what Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 4:1 (KJV). "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils;"

We have solid proof that the Holy Spirit is part of the Godhead in Acts 5:4 (KJV). A man named Ananias and his wife said they sold their property and were giving ALL the money to the church. But they agreed beforehand to keep part of the amount for themselves. That's why Peter said to them, "Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God."

The Watchtower Society and all who follow their errors are in for dire chastisement, according to Hebrews 10:29 (KJV). "Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?"

Even so, we mustn't reject those individuals since they've been deceived. Instead, we must show them how wonderful salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ's atonement alone is. Cults keep their victims running on the treadmill of works and the fear that they won't do enough to be saved. They don't understand that Christ has done it all for us through his death and resurrection.

I'll be writing more about this treadmill of works in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Instead of trying to become righteous on our own, which won't please God, Christ gives his righteousness to cover us with.

Saturday, 2 December 2017

Saturday Song: Billy J Kramer, Trains And Boats And Planes

This song reminds me of being in Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind. When I heard it on my little transistor radio, I identified with it immediately. How I longed to be home with my family whenever I saw a plane fly over the dorm.

Listen to the song here.

In a way, we who follow Jesus Christ are stranded in this world. Our true home is with him but we have work and lessons to learn here.

The Apostle Paul summed up the yearning we all have in Philippians 1:23 (KJV)  "For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better:"

But just as Paul still had plenty of church-planting and preaching work to do, so we have our tasks from the Lord. As Paul admonished his spiritual son in 2 Timothy 4:2 (KJV), "Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine."

I hope you'll leave me a comment about the song and what I wrote here. But if you'd rather not do so, have a pleasant weekend.

Thursday, 30 November 2017

Were Bible Verses Tampered With to Erase Christ's Name?

The Watchtower Society Translation Committee, as I've mentioned before, printed their own version of the Bible. Instead of rendering the meaning of each word from the original languages, they deliberately changed any word which didn't fit their peculiar theological bent.

One blatant example is the mistranslation of the Greek word Kurios, meaning Lord. According to several articles from the Christian Research Institute, they gratuitously replaced "Lord" with "Jehovah" frequently in their New World Translation.

Verses were also tampered with to obscure the deity of Jesus Christ. Romans 10:13 is a good example. The King James Version reads, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." If the word "Lord" is replaced with Jehovah, Christ is no longer the saviour.

The Watchtower Society leaders claim that the scriptures were tampered with down through the ages and only they, and they alone, have the correct version. They are actually the ones who are guilty of tampering with Holy Scripture.

God is serious about his Word, as we can tell from many verses chastising people for saying what he never said and claiming they are speaking in his name. For example, he said in Jeremiah 27:15 (KJV),  "For I have not sent them, saith the LORD, yet they prophesy a lie in my name; that I might drive you out, and that ye might perish, ye, and the prophets that prophesy unto you."

We know that bearing false witness is one of the sins which the Ten Commandments deals with. Therefor, Jehovah's Witnesses are false witnesses of God. They will receive damnation on Judgement Day for daring to mislead the Lord's people.

This is why I'm writing my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Placing one's trust in works and organizational affiliation is a sure way to end up in hell. May the work of my hands guide people on to the straight and narrow path to eternal life.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Was Christ Put to Death on a Torture Steak?

There was a time when the Jehovah's Witnesses believed that Jesus was crucified on a cross. But as the organization became increasingly apostate, they claimed that the cross was a pagan and idolatrous symbol.

When a group of Watchtower Society amateur translators published the New World Translation Bible in 1950, they changed the word "cross" to "torture steak." Matthew 10:38, for example, reads in the NWT version, "And whoever does not accept his torture stake and follow after me is not worthy of me."

This blatant mistranslation was done to fit the Watchtower's doctrine, not because the Greek word meant torture steak. The NWT Bible is filled with many other alterations to the original meaning of the scriptures.

History also records that the Romans used crosses, not torture steaks, to crucify malefactors. With the weight of so much historical documentation showing that Christ was crucified, this claim by the Watchtower Society would be laughable if it wasn't such a serious offence to tamper with God's Word.

Even the scriptures testify that our Lord was crucified. Mark 15:24 (KJV)says,  "And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take."

Notice that no explanation was given on how Christ was crucified? Everybody back then knew all too well about the Roman method of capital punishment so no explanation was needed.

Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that the cross was a pagan symbol instituted by Satan when he took over the early church. These people put far more trust in their organization than the clear teaching of God-breathed Scripture.

I could write so much more but I'll save that for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Like the Jehovah's Witnesses, many people assume that their works will gain them entry into heaven. Since they reject the gift of salvation, they insult him and condemn themselves to eternal torment. I wish people would realize how vile rejecting such a magnanimous offer is.

Saturday, 25 November 2017

Saturday Song: Ronnie Hawkins, Home from the Forest

What a beautiful-but-sad song this is. Gordon Lightfoot wrote and recorded it but Ronnie Hawkins had a hit with the song in November of 1971.

The story portrays a man who lost his way in life, as well as in the forest. Many people end up like him. They spend all their lives working and end up old and forgotten.

Hear this poignant song here.


Most of the people in this world are lost. They follow human religions and end up spiritually bankrupt. All their sacrifices are useless. They find out too late that their religion was a sham.

This also is true of materialism. As Jesus pointed out in Matthew 16:26 (KJV), "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

But there is a place where our treasure won't be frittered away or stolen. Jesus pointed out to a rich young ruler the location of this safe place.  Mark 10:21 (KJV), says, "Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, 'One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.'"

So, did you like the song and what I wrote here? If you did, please leave me a comment. But if you'd prefer not to do that, have a blissful weekend anyway.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Jehovah's Witnesses Refused Vaccinations and Organ Transplants

Though the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses cult now accept vaccinations and extol their virtues, this wasn't always the case. According to a Christian Research Institute article, written by Dr. Jerry Bergman, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society once claimed that vaccinations were ineffective and that they contravened God's law.

The Watchtower also flip-flopped on Organ transplants. In 1961, they were acceptable but in 1967 the sect's leadership  said it was cannibalism. In 1980,, the leaders erased this regulation.

The Bible has nothing to say about organ transplants and inoculations since they weren't invented until recently. Even so, we can imagine that the preservation of human life is something God cares about.

For instance, Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt but he became part of God's process of preserving even pagan lives. He explained to his brothers in Genesis 45:5 (KJV), "Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with  yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you  to preserve life."

But some might argue that extending life is equivalent to thwarting God's will. They might quote Deuteronomy 32:39 (KJV) which says, "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand."

Jesus certainly never gave us any prohibition about seeing medical doctors. Mark 2:17 (KJV) reads, "When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them,' They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.'"

Jesus also healed ten lepers and told them to go see the priests so they could be declared clean. He wouldn't have done that had he forbidden us to see doctors. In  those days, the priests doubled as health practitioners.

I'll be writing much more in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People need to know that our Lord is kind and wants to bless us in all ways.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Is Receiving Blood Transfusions Equivalent to Eating Blood?



Since blood transfusions have saved so many lives, why are the Jehovah's Witnesses so opposed to them? This bogus belief comes from scriptures forbidding the eating of blood.

One example cited for their prohibition is Leviticus 17:14 (KJV) which says, "For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, 'Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.'"

The followers of this cult miss the fact that it was the consumption of animal blood which was forbidden and that it didn't directly enter the bloodstream. Blood also carries diseases but the human variety is screened for any contagion.

According to several sources which I checked, some Witnesses actually went to prison because their children died from a lack of blood. The Watchtower literature even promotes breaking the law to avoid transfusions.

And just as human blood can save our temporal lives, the blood Christ shed on the cross atoned for the sins of whosoever believes in him and asks for his forgiveness. All the blood sacrifices of the Old Testament were done to show that without the shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.

I'll be writing more about how aberrant sects prevent their members from being saved in a book called You Think You're Going to Heaven?  As Christ accused the Pharisees in Matthew 23:13 (BBE), "But a curse is on you, Scribes and Pharisees, false ones! because you are shutting the kingdom of heaven against men: for you do not go in yourselves, and those who are going in, you keep back." May the Lord work through my writing to guide people to heaven's entrance.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Saturday Song: Rupert's People, Reflections of Charles Brown

Among a stack of seven-inch records my mom bought back in 1969 from a bargain store was this song I'd never heard before. It was one I instantly fell in love with. And though I don't know if the band sang about the comic strip character, Charlie Brown, I still associated the song with him.

Click here to hear "Reflections of Charles Brown"."

I can easily imagine a grown-up Charlie Brown with his wife and children. The writer of this song thinks it's "very sad" that he had a quiet life. Is that so bad?

Life isn't all excitement and happiness. It has its ups and downs and nobody is immune from those.

This world needs people like Charlie Brown. They work hard, raise children, and they don't disturb others. While flamboyant people stir up excitement, these folks keep steadily working in the background.

And as the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Timothy 2:2 (KJV) regarding prayer, "For kings, and for all that are in authority;  that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and  honesty."

Likewise, 1 Peter 3:4 (KJV) exhorts, "But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that  which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet  spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price."

So, what do you think of this song and what I've written? Please leave me a comment in the box below. And if you don't feel like commenting, have a lovely and quiet weekend anyway. Some of the best times are those quiet moments.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Celebrate Christmas and Birthdays?

The short answer is that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society says that these are pagan and worldly celebrations. But how did the governing body of the Jehovah's Witnesses organization come up with this unbiblical view?

According to a Christian Research Institute article by David W. T. Brattston, almost all early Christian writers never mentioned anything about birthdays. Origen did but he was in the minority. He wrote that since pagan kings celebrated their birthdays, we shouldn't imitate them.

One example of celebrating birthdays is in Genesis 40:20 (KJV). "And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants."

Another example is Matthew 14:6 (KJV). "But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod." During the party, John the Baptist was beheaded.

But we need not lose our heads over the celebrating of birthdays. In fact, it's a show of love toward the celebrant.

As for Christmas, the secular part does have pagan roots. Nevertheless, we don't commit idolatry if we decorate our homes. As Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 8:4 (KJV) about food offered to idols, "As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one."

Neither should we condemn others for minor things such as celebrating holidays. Paul said in Romans 14:5 (KJV), "One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."

My only objection to Santa, as well as the Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy, is that parents convince their children that those characters are real. It's better to pretend that they're part of a make believe game. That way, children aren't devastated when they learn they've been lied to.

I'll be writing more about this prohibition and other errant doctrines in my next book called You Think You're going to Heaven? Many people have turned from believing in God because they place him in with Santa and other childhood story characters. They totally miss the boat, so to speak, because of foolish parents lying to them.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Are Jehovah's Witnesses Christians?

To many folks, Jehovah's Witnesses are merely a peculiar sect of Christianity. But are these deluded folks really Christians? To understand this, we need to know what makes a person a Christian.

The Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:9-10 (KJV), "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation."

But Jehovah's Witnesses believe that loyalty to "Jehovah's organization" is what saves people. This belief is contradicted in Titus 3:5 (KJV) which reads, "Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;"

Furthermore, our works of righteousness come from gratitude, not obligation or any phoney requirement to be saved. James 2:18 (KJV) explains, "Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith without thy works, and I will show thee my faith by my works."

Genuine followers of Christ search the scriptures whereas disciples of The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society merely follow what they're told to do. But Acts 17:11 (KJV)shows what we believers in Christ ought to do. "These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so."

And while they fear falling out of Jehovah's favour, we have no such worry. As the Apostle Paul wrote regarding his hope of eternal life in 2 Timothy 1:12 (KJV), "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day."

All this and more will I explain and expand upon in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Only by trusting in Christ's atonement on the cross, not a torture steak, will we be granted access to eternal life with him. So many earnest people will be consigned to hell because they sought to enter heaven by their works. I hope to redirect some from that horrible fate through my writing.

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Saturday Song: Bolland & Bolland, The Wall Came Tumblin' Down

The construction and demolition of the Berlin Wall demonstrated communism's true nature. While promising everybody a "workers' paradise," it delivered only oppression to the masses.

When East Germany gave up communism on November 9th, 1989, the joyous throngs smashed down that hateful symbol of the Cold War.

Bolland & Bolland recorded a song to commemorate both the erection and destruction of the wall. Their official video used footage of both events.

See and Hear the song's video here.

Another wall came tumbling down in the first century. But instead of cement, it was made of cultural bias and custom. Peter had been a devout Jew all of his life. When Christ called him to follow, he still had plenty of cultural baggage. Even after the Lord's resurrection, Peter still clung to his Old Testament ideas of separation from gentiles.

But God gave Peter a vision in Acts chapter ten which showed him that the gentiles also were part of what Paul called "the Israel of God."

As Luke recorded in Acts 10:28 (KJV), "And he (Peter) said unto them, 'Ye know how that it is an unlawful thing for a man that is a Jew to keep company, or come unto one of another nation; but God hath showed me that I should not call any man common or unclean.'"

We see how Christ united Jew and gentile in Ephesians 2:14 (KJV). "For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us;"

And as Paul also wrote in Galatians 3:28 (KJV), "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus."

So, what do you think of this song and what I've written here? Please feel free to let me know. But if you don't have time to do that, have a beautiful weekend and remember our military folks.

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Jehovah's Witnesses and the Trinity

What sets Jehovah's Witnesses apart from orthodox Christian  churches is their rejection of the Trinity. These deluded people are taught that the Trinity is a three-headed pagan god invented by Satan. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, which governs all the cult's members, even retranslated the Bible to read the way they wanted it too.

But we can find all three members of the Trinity appearing in verses such as Luke 3:22 (KJV) which reads, "And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, 'Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.'"

As I pointed out previously, Jehovah's Witnesses assume that Jesus was the angel Michael before his incarnation and that he became Michael again when he was resurrected as a spirit being.

But we know that Jesus is God, not a god, from what Scripture says in Colossians 1:15 (KJV) which says, "Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist."

Witnesses also claim that Jesus is "a god" rather than one member of the Godhead. But if that's so, why does Exodus 20:3 (KJV) plainly command, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me."?

Additionally, why do Jehovah's Witnesses insist Christ shouldn't be worshipped when Matthew 2:11 plainly says, "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."?

Jehovah's Witnesses are taught that the Holy Spirit is a force emanating from God. But how can that be when Christ said in John 16:13 (KJV), "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come." Those personal pronouns show that the Holy Spirit is a distinct being, not a force.

Moreover, The Watchtower Society claims that only they possess the truth. But how can this be when Scripture says in 2 Peter 1:20 (KJV) that, "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation." Neither were those who wrote them down writing their own thoughts.

But as Peter wrote a few verses later, "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not."

Like Saint John, I have many more things to write. But unlike him,  I'll save those things for my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Like receiving a password from a friend, only believers will access eternal life. And it's a system which can't be hacked.

Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Jehovah's Witnesses and The New World Translation

As I wrote previously in regard to Joseph Smith's bible translation, the Jehovah's Witnesses also mistranslated Holy Scripture. They did so to make the Bible conform to their warped doctrines. Their chief target was the Trinity.

For instance, they made John 1:1 so it would say, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was (a) God." This makes Jesus sound like a lesser god than his Father.

The Translation Committee also butchered John 1:3 to read, "All (other) things were made by him; and without him was not any (other) thing made that was made." They believed that Jesus was created by God and not existing with God from everlasting to everlasting.

From their own Kingdom Interlinear Bible, any student can see that those words aren't there. But the Watchtower Society, the organization which directs the Jehovah's Witnesses in every aspect of their lives, hides that fact. Witnesses are taught to use a few favourite scriptures to befuddle and confuse believers in Christ that their New World Translation is the only one properly translated.

Furthermore, they twist Philippians 2:13-16 to mean that their organization gives people strength to do the Lord's work. The verses actually say, "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain."

I could write so much more on this topic alone, as many former Witnesses and qualified Bible scholars have already done. I'll be adding this and other facts in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Maybe the Lord will work through the work of my hands to save others from eternity in hell.

Saturday, 4 November 2017

Saturday Song: Gilbert O Sullivan, Alone Again

This number one song from 1972 expresses the views of many folks who doubt the kindness of God or even his existence. And as sad as it is when loved ones die and grooms or brides are jilted at the altar, people put the blame on the Lord.

Hear Gilbert O. Sullivan's song here.

 But God isn't some sort of cosmic bully who enjoys setting people up like bowling pins and then knocking them down with the bowling balls of adversity. Throughout the Bible, we can tell that he wants the best for humanity.

Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV) was written to Israel but it also applies to any one who trusts in God. Jeremiah, by inspiration of the Holy Spirit,  wrote, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end."

Though God punishes wickedness, he takes no pleasure in doing it. Hebrews 12:6 (KJV) says, "For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth,  and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." And he does it for our good, not for sadistic pleasure as some folks claim.

So, has God let you down or did YOU let you down? Please tell me what you think of this song in the comment box below. And if you don't want to do that, have a beautiful weekend anyway.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Jehovah's Witnesses and False Prophecies


Like the Mormons, the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society have made  many false prophecies. In fact, this seems to be the case with practically all cults.

The Jehovah's Witnesses, as they are now called, were founded by Charles Taze Russell in 1879 as a splinter group from the Adventist Church. He claimed that Christ did appear in 1874 but invisibly.

Russell's new church was called the International Bible Students Association. He also printed his own magazine called Zion's Watchtower wherein he proclaimed his errant doctrines.

For example, Russell used measurements of passage ways in the great pyramid in Egypt as the basis for his false prophecy of Christians being raptured and Christ's return in the flesh in 1914. That was supposedly when the battle of Armageddon should have taken place.

Russell also broke with the doctrine of the Trinity, claiming it was unscriptural. Because we mere mortals can't comprehend a triune being, he had the nerve to claim that God wasn't three beings yet  one in essence.

Russell's followers thought of him as that faithful servant mentioned in Matthew 24:45 which says, "Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season?" The context of the parable is that Christ meant each faithful believer, not one leader or a group of people.

Joseph Franklin Rutherford took over in 1916 when Rutherford died. He consolidated power and ran the sect from his office. He also changed the organization's name to Jehovah's Witnesses in 1931.

Among Rutherford's failed prophecies was that Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob would be resurrected in 1925. He, a disbarred lawyer, died in 1941 and was succeeded by Nathan Homer Knorr.

The leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses issued many other prophecies and fiats which would take me too long to write here. I'll be writing more about the supposed rapture of the Witnesses in 1975 and other failed prophecies in future blogs. I also will expand upon these errant doctrines and bogus prophecies in my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? Cults like the Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses twist the scriptures and block people's access to the Kingdom of Heaven. I wish nobody would fall for their lies so that's why I'm exposing them.

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Why We Need a Second Reformation

Five-hundred years ago today, a German monk named Martin Luther inadvertently started a revolution. His 95 thesis statements nailed to a church door began the reformation of Christianity.

For a thousand years, the Word of God was taken out of the hands of ordinary Christians. The church at Rome took over the management of the scriptures, confining it to priests and other professional ministers.

I believe it's time for a second reformation. Because many people don't know how to read the Bible for all it has to offer, they fall into error. Cults twist the scriptures and so do certain sects. As Psalms 56:5 (KJV) laments, "Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil."

And as we read about the Apostle Paul in 2 Peter 3:16 (KJV), "As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction."

Also, as we're admonished in 2 Peter 2:1 (KJV), "But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction."

Heed also the warning in 1 John 4:1 (KJV) which reads, "Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world." This doesn't mean that we should listen to ghosts but that we must discern truth from lies.

Let's not be like the people who Paul wrote to in Galatians 1:6 (KJV).  "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel:"

There is no other gospel but the one proclaimed by Jesus and his apostles. Therefore, I'm working on a book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? From the so-called prosperity gospel to seeker-friendly outreaches, many believers are missing the truth of the real gospel and buying into lies. May this second reformation come soon since so many false teachers are impoverishing believers, both monetarily and spiritually.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Saturday Song: The Poppy Family, "Beyond The Clouds"

Does this song resonate with you? It does with me. When The Poppy Family had this hit in October of 1968, I was at Jericho Hill School for the Deaf and Blind. A bully made my life a living hell during those years and my one escape was my radio.

I identified with the person in the song. Life seemed to be one endless disappointment and nobody seemed to be on my side.

Listen to "Beyond The Clouds" here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Du6U4pJFOv8



I'm glad I didn't commit suicide back then. Thoughts of ending it all were on my mind constantly that autumn. Thanks to forward-thinking educators, I was mainstreamed into the public school system two years later.

The Apostle Paul was no stranger to hardships. He wrote in 2 Corinthians 11:24-28, in defense of his ministry, "Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches."

How wonderful it was that God led him through all those trials and worked so many things out for good. Our heavenly Father does the same things in our lives. Let's trust him no matter how bad life gets.

Thursday, 26 October 2017

Does the Aaronic and Melchisedec Priesthood Still Exist?

One of many peculiar doctrines taught by the LDS church is that the Aaronic and Melchizedek priesthoods still exist. In fact, they believe that Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were ordained to the Aaronic Priesthood by John the Baptist in May, 1829.

Could it be that Psalms 110:4 (KJV) still applies? It reads, "The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek."

But how could this be when the writer of the book of Hebrews says that Christ superseded both Aaronic and Melchisedecian orders. Hebrews 7:10 (KJV) reads, "For he (Moses) was yet in the loins of his father,  when Melchisedec met him."

Hebrews 7:11 and 12 (KJV) explains, "If therefore perfection were by the Levitical  priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further  need was there that another priest should rise after the order of  Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?"

Jesus made a new covenant with his disciples and all who would follow him afterward. As Hebrews 8:13 (KJV) declares, "In that he saith, 'A new covenant,' he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away."

We who study the scriptures know how the curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom, exposing the Holy of Holies and proclaiming that Aaronic priesthood ended. We also know that the temple and all Jerusalem was sacked by the Romans in A.D. 70 so that no more animal sacrifices could be performed there. As the writer of Hebrews pointed out in many places, Christ's sacrifice superseded the Aaronic priesthood and nullified it. Sadly, some folks, including faithful Mormons, still cling to these outmoded types and shadows.

This is why I feel compelled to write my next book called You Think You're Going to Heaven? People must know the difference between truth and lies or they'll end up in a cult. That's what happened to me and I want to save others from that fate.