E. Bruce Price
1. Working for Jehovah\u2019s Witnesses
2. Soul Winning Methods and Techniques
3. The History of the Watchtower Society
4. The Authority of the Watchtower Society
5. Jehovah\u2019s Prophet
6. False Prophecies
7. Altered & Discarded Teachings
8. The 1914 Date
9. The 1925 Date and Beth-Sarim
10. The 1975 Date
The Astronomical Diary VAT 4956
12. The Second Coming of Christ
14. The Millennium (Thousand Years)
15. Christ\u2019s Bodily Resurrection & Return
16. Man\u2019s Condition in Death
17. The Trinity
18. The Divine Names
19. The Only True God
20. The Deity of Jesus Christ
21. Is God More Than One Person?
22. The Personality of the Holy Spirit
23. Objections to the Trinity
25. The 144,000 - Heavenly Class
26. The Memorial Service
27. War & Alternative Military Service
28. Attitudes to Governments
29. The Ten Commandments
30. The Sabbath
31. The Days of Creation
32. The Cross or \u201cTorture Stake\u201d?
33. Vaccinations & Blood Transfusions
34. Giving to Charities
35. Birthdays, Christmas, Mother\u2019s Days etc
One of Jehovah\u2019s Witnesses, (then known as Bible Students) called on my mother in the late 1920\u2019s and began to share with her the teachings of the Watchtower Society. A warm friendship grew between the two. My mother was deeply impressed with the sincerity and zeal of this lady, but as time went on doubts began to grow concerning the organization she represented. The literature she brought to my mother was a mixture of Pastor Russell\u2019s publications. And those of the new society president, judge Rutherford. These publications contradicted themselves. Russell\u2019s books taught that Christ returned in 1874 and the resurrection took place in 1878. Now Rutherford was changing these dates to 1914 for Christ\u2019s return and 1918 for the resurrection. The earlier publications had large sections outlining the pyramid prophecies which supported the 1874 and 1878 dates. The later editions \u201cre-measured\u201d the pyramid passages to prove the new 1914 and 1918 dates. However the End had not taken place in 1914 as predicted, nor had Christendom been destroyed in 1918 or the Republics disappear in 1920. Such false prophecies could not be hidden from sincere seekers after Truth. My mother became suspicious something was seriously wrong!
During this time Judge Rutherford had also printed the book, Millions Now Living Will Never Die, in which he had foretold the end to come in 1925 and the Princes to be resurrected back on the earth. Details of exactly what was going to happen after 1925 was given in the book, The Way to Paradise . It even outlined how one would be able to call up Abraham and the other Princes in Jerusalem and make application to have loved ones resurrected. (See the Appendix for photocopies of these statements). However, this date had also passed, - to the further disappointment of the Bible Students. Finally in 1929, Judge Rutherford built the Beth Sarim mansion, for the long over due Princes. It was not built in Jerusalem but in Diego, California, with Judge Rutherford moving into it! By now my mother realized that if she was going to find the Truth she would have to look elsewhere. This was not God\u2019s organization!
A few years later Mother felt she had at last found the Bible Truth that she was looking for, and she joined the Seventh-day Adventist church. For the rest of her life she worked zealously to share with family and friends these truths. She had no doubt that they were the people described in the last days before Christ\u2019s Return: \u201cHere are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of Man.\u201d (See Revelation 14:12-15)
However, although my mother became a Seventh-day Adventist and never joined the Jehovah\u2019s Witnesses, she never lost her love and concern for them. From a small child she instilled in me this burden to work with pen and voice for these sincere and zealous people, who are perishing with bibles in their hands!
I view our friends, the Jehovah\u2019s Witnesses, as a special group of people. They are loyal to their organization, and sincerely follow what they are taught by the Watchtower Society. They did not become Jehovah\u2019s Witnesses because it is a popular organization. Most have made big sacrifices for it. Some have died for it. Among them, those needing a blood transfusion after being badly hurt in a car crash or a young mother hemorrhaging in child birth. Such sincere people deserve better than what the Watchtower Society teaches. They deserve Bible truth and every true Christian should share it with them.
In the forty five years of my ministry, I have seen thousands leave the teachings of the Watchtower Society. I have personally had the joy of witnessing the baptism of well over two hundred. These people have become very happy and dedicated Seventh day Adventists, where they have not only found Bible truth, but also friends, and a place where they could work for God. They are thrilled to once more be part of a vigorous organization, that is growing even much faster than the Watchtower Society. In 1975 both organizations had reached memberships over two million, but by 1997 while the Watchtower Society claimed just over five million members, Seventh-day Adventists had grown to well over nine million!
In 1968 the book, God\u2019s Channel of Truth - Is it the Watchtower? was published. In it I told the story and reasons why some Jehovah\u2019s Witnesses were baptized into the Adventist church. This book has now been translated in over twenty languages in over 300,000 copies. In 1973 I wrote the first edition of Our Friends: The Jehovah\u2019s Witnesses. Since then the Society suffered the 1975 date failure for the End of the world. When this false prophecy was added to those of 1874, 1878, 1914, 1915, 1918, 1920 and 1925, many took up the challenge with renewed vigor to show the Witnesses the errors of their organization and
investigation, now discouraged its people from reading any literature other than their own. Those leaving the Society were cut off so they could not reveal to others the errors they had found in it. Many Witnesses today still have grave doubts about the Society, but are fearful of being dis-fellowshipped and cut off from family and friends.
However, there are still those who count Truth more important than anything else and they are ready to still search for it. I pray that this publication will help them find salvation and Bible truth as it is centered in the Lord Jesus Christ, \u201cFor there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.\u201d Acts 4:12
Jehovah\u2019s Witnesses are known to be among the most hard working and sincere of all professed Christians. However they are also known as people who are perishing with Bibles in their hands! These special people need to be led to find Bible truth and salvation in Christ.
The Watchtower Society of Jehovah\u2019s Witnesses has had a very interesting and unique history (see Chapter 3). It has been an organization that has made possibly more false prophecies and taught many erroneous doctrines (see Chapter 6) than any other professed Christian religion in the 20th Century. In one ten year period it was estimated that it changed or discarded 148 different prophecies, doctrines and teachings.
One unique teaching of the organization was that the Second Coming of Christ took place invisibly in 1874. Later this date was discarded for 1914. These dates were both \u201cproved\u201d by the Pyramid prophecies (see Chapter 7) which were also later discarded.
The Society teaches that there is a heavenly class of only 144,000 people (see Chapters 24-26). Among the 5,167,258 who claimed to be faithful Jehovah\u2019s Witnesses in 1996, only 8,757 professed to belong to this class. It is taught that only this heavenly class are to be \u201cborn again\u201d and allowed to take the emblems of the Lord\u2019s death at the Memorial/Communion/Lord\u2019s Supper which is held once yearly near Easter.
However, the Bible teaches in John 3:3, 5 that unless a person is \u201cborn again\u201d they cannot be saved or enter into the kingdom of God. Furthermore John 6:53-54 says that if a person does not \u201ceat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood\u201d which is the partaking of the emblems of the Lord\u2019s death, they will not be resurrected and/or have everlasting life.
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