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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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.

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.

Why We Need a Second Reformation

oct31Five-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.”oct31a

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:”

oct31bThere 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.

Does the Aaronic and Melchisedec Priesthood Still Exist?

oct26One 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 superceded 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.”oct26a

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.”

oct26bWe 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 superceded 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.

Why Did Mormon Prophecies Fail?

oct24I’ve written before about how to determine if a prophet is from the Lord or if that person is speaking lies. And even if the prophecy does come true, it’s a test from God to see if people have discernment to see the fallacy of the prophecy.

But Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, blamed people’s sins for the failure of his supposed prophetic utterances. Doctrine and Covenants Section 124:45 and 46, in reference to building a house for the Lord, says, “And if my people will hearken unto my voice, and unto the voice of my servants whom I have appointed to lead my people, behold, verily I say unto you, they shall not be moved out of their place. But if they will not hearken to my voice, nor unto the voice of these men whom I have appointed,they shall not be blest, because they pollute mine holy grounds, and mine holy ordinances, and charters, and my holy words which I give unto them.”oct24a

In other words, any sin committed by those men mentioned, as well as the congregants, would nullify God’s blessing on their temple. This is an easy escape route for false prophets. They blame failure of their prophetic words on their followers rather than their own delusions of grandeur. This way, they can easily escape criticism.

According to the movies, Witness at Your Door and The Witness Goes Out, the Jehovah’s Witnesses were blamed by their leaders for the failure of the 1975 great famine prophecy. I believe that other cult leaders also blame their followers when their prophecies fail to come to pass.

oct24bI’ll be adding more about Mormons as well as Jehovah’s Witnesses in my next book called You Think You’re Going to Heaven? People must know how to detect false teachers and to test their teachings against what the Bible reveals. If they don’t, they could end up in a cult. That happened to me since nobody taught me how to discern truth from lies.