Charles Taze Russel Watch Tower

Dates, Dates, and More Dates—Was Russell a False Prophet?

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Transcript of OnionUnlimited podcast episode 003 HELLO AND WELCOME TO EPISODE 3 OF ONIONUNLIMITED—THE PODCAST. I’m your host Daniel Torridon and this time I try to get to grips with Russell’s failed predictions and answer the question “Was Charles Taze Russell

Memorial

The Rise and Fall of a Jehovah’s Witness—Part 2

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Transcript of OnionUnlimited podcast episode 002 HELLO AND WELCOME TO EPISODE 2 OF ONIONUNLIMITED—THE PODCAST. I’m your host Daniel Torridon and this is the second part of The Rise and Fall of a Jehovah’s Witness. Last time I told you

Buzz words

What Watchtower Wrote—Buzz Words

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ITEM T3 OF THE BITE MODEL observes that cults and high control groups tend to use loaded language and clichés to constrict knowledge, stop critical thinking, and reduce complexities into platitudinous buzz words. Here are some words that Jehovah’s Witnesses

Pac-Man

What Watchtower Wrote—Recreation & Vacations

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“Well, consider the kind of games that are played. Some are based on sports, but most are not. ‘The ultimate object of virtually all video games,’ says the magazine Natural History, ‘is survival. In the space games you must shoot

Dependency

What Watchtower Wrote—Organisational Dependency

   What Watchtower Wrote

“Beware of ‘organisation’. It is wholly unnecessary.” — Watchtower September 15, 1895 p.1866 “If he… goes to the Bible alone… within two years he goes into darkness. On the other hand… if he had merely read the [Watch Tower publications]…

Shunning

What Watchtower Wrote—Apostasy

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“We can take action against apostates only to a certain extent… The law of the land… forbid[s] us to kill apostates, even though they be members of our own flesh-and-blood family relationship.” — Watchtower November 15, 1952 p.703 Q. And

Disfellowshipping

What Watchtower Wrote—Disfellowshipping & Shunning

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“This is ‘canon law’ which the Roman Catholic Hierarchy seeks to enforce on the pretext that it is God’s law. The authority for excommunication, they claim, is based on the teaching of Christ and the apostles as found in the

Thought control

What Watchtower Wrote—Thought Control & Obedience

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Q. Unity at all costs? A. Unity at all costs… Q. And unity based on an enforced acceptance of false prophecy? A. That is conceded to be true. Q. And [the disfellowshipped person…] would be worthy of death? A. I

Shush

What Watchtower Wrote—Withholding Information

   What Watchtower Wrote

“If the wolfish foes draw wrong conclusions from our maneuvers to outwit them, no harm has been done… Such outwitting of oppressors of the sheep is not a failure to ‘render therefore unto Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s’” —

Brainwashing

What Watchtower Wrote—Cults & Brainwashing

   What Watchtower Wrote

“[They] seek to fill our minds with the thoughts and promises of men… [they] brainwash everyone into conformity… rinsing from the mind any thoughts that contradict their message. If they can deluge the mind continually other thoughts… will be crowded

Serpent

What Watchtower Wrote—Challenging Falsehood

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“When persons are in great danger from a source that they do not suspect or are being misled by those they consider their friends, is it an unkindness to warn them? They may prefer not to believe the warning. They

Religion

What Watchtower Wrote—Changing Your Religion

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“Most stay with the religion in which they were reared, very often being afraid to make a change even if dissatisfied… The person who makes a change may become the object of popular hatred…” — Watchtower May 15, 1959 p.