Is Receiving Blood Transfusions Equivalent to Eating Blood?

nov21Since 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.

nov21aAccording 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.

nov21bI’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.

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

nov18Among 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.

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

nov16The 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.

nov16aBut 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.

nov16bI’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.

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christians?

nov14To 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;”

nov14aFurthermore, 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.”

nov14bAnd 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.

Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Trinity

nov09What 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.”

nov09aWitnesses 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.”

nov09bLike 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.

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.

Jehovah’s Witnesses and False Prophecies

nov02Like 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.

nov02aRussell 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.

nov02bThe 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.