By Jack Ryan
Serena Williams praised her daughter as her “greatest accomplishment” as she rang in her second birthday with a touching tribute on social media. i She wrote alongside a picture taken on the day of Olympia’s birth: “The last 2 years have been my greatest accomplishment (sic)”
Williams and Alexis Ohanian are Jehova’s Witnesses and so they don’t celebrate birthdays, but the Reddit co-founder still took to Instagram to ring in Olympia’s second “cake day”.
He wrote: “How has it already been two years? Happy cake day @olympiaohanian. Thank you for being the greatest thing we’ve ever done. (sic)”
Last year, the 37-year-old sports star honored Olympia’s birthday with a video that was taken while she was still pregnant, on the day she went to the hospital, where she was given an emergency C-section after her heart rate dropped dangerously low during her contractions.
Just days previous, she had insisted she wouldn’t be celebrating Olympia’s first birthday for religious reasons.
She had said: “Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays. We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that.”
The brunette beauty, who on Sunday, Sept. 1, Williams defeated Petra Martic at the 2019 U.S. Open to advance to the quarter-finals on Monday, has been a Jehovah Witness since her mother Oracene converted to the religion in the ’80s but she’s only just got more “into it.”
She said last year: “Being a Jehovah’s Witness is important to me, but I’ve never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it.
“Alexis didn’t grow up going to any church, but he’s really receptive and even takes the lead. He puts my needs first.”
Williams regularly attends church and is convinced she wouldn’t have to success she does today in her sporting career if she didn’t believe in God.
She explained: “I am Jehovah’s Witness. If you don’t believe in God — I think if you don’t believe in God, it’s going to be tough to live life because pretty much that’s the basis of life, it comes from God.
“And so being a Jehovah’s Witness, obviously we believe in God and the bible. And without Him, I wouldn’t be here right now. I really thank him for everything.”
By The Librarian
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Serena Williams- tennis player ; 8 Grand Slam champion. Her "baptized" status is disputed since she has never been disfellowshipped for having a baby out of wedlock with Drake or her publicly nude photographs. Let's just say she is now the most famous celebrity who CLAIMS to be one.
Venus Williams - tennis player ; 5 time Grand Slam champion
Damon Wayans - TV and Film Comedy Star. Part of "The Wayans Brothers" TV show back in the 1990's. - Their father was a JW (someone mentioned even Anointed)
Michael Jackson's Children and Mother Katherine Jackson
Rebbie Jackson - Singer, daughter of Katherine Jackson
Prince Rogers Nelson
Marques Houston - Singer and former member of the kid group "Immature" (and his manager)
Luke Evans - Actor
Coco Rocha- International Fashion Model
Terrence Howard - actor; Ray, Hustle & Flow, etc. Children and brother are JWs. Studied when he was 17 years old.
Bria Valente - Prince's Ex-GF back in 2007 - She has since remarried to another brother
George Benson - Musician / singer (see also: George Benson and Friends - Sing Praises to Jehovah)
**El General** - Panamanian singer
Bobby Martin - Grammy winning producer.
Mateo - African Musician
Aoife Ní Thuairisg - Irish Television Presenter
Tulsi Giri - Prime Minister of Nepal
Bill Underwood - Reporter for the Phoenix Times Examiner
Alexander P. Stewart - US Civil War Confederate General
Allison Lozz - Mexican Actress (former). recently left novelas (soap operas) to be a more active in the ministry, Spanish speaking members would know them.
Maurizio Bianchi - Musician
Ivana Brkic - Croatian Musician
Angelo Palego - Leader of team searching for Noah's Ark
Firpo Carr - Historian, author of Germany's Black Holocaust: 1890-1945; Wicked Words: Poisoned Minds - Racism in the Dictionary; founder: Scholar Technological Institute of Research, Inc. (STIR)
Henry Carr - Olympian and NFL player (deceased)
Herman Pizzanelli - Leading Uruguayan concert guitarist in the 1960s (convert to JWs)
Willie Wise - NBA professional basketball player for Seattle Super Sonics and Denver Nuggets
Dave Meyers - Professional basketball player (Los Angeles Lakers in 1970s)
Mark McCumber - Professional golfer
Dave Pear - NFL professional football player for Colts, Buccaneers, and Raiders (convert)
Kid Gavilan - welterweight champion boxer; elected to boxing Hall of Fame in 1990 (convert to JWs)
Jorge Påez "El Maromero" - Boxing World Champion
Pele Reid - Boxing Champion
Shont'e Peoples - professional football player (Saskatchewan Roughriders); convert to JWs
La Lupe - Cuban salsa singer (convert)
Janis Gill - ex wife of country music superstar, Vince Gill, is one of Jehovah's Witnesses. Vince Gill is NOT a Witness. He is strongly and violently opposed.
Fedor Chistyakov - Russian Singer
Richard Cameron - Dutch Musician
Valerie Campbell - Mother of Naomi Campbell
Tom Edur - Former NHL ice hockey player
Mrs.Ida Eisenhower - (Mother of President Dwight D Eisenhower)
Leopold Engleitner - Buchenwald concentration camp survivor and centenarian
Mickey Spillane - Novelist
Larry Graham - Sly & the Family Stone
Danny Granger - Indiana Pacers small forward; Professional Basketball Player
Teresa Graves - Reputedly the first black woman to play the lead in a police movie, also a singer
Gary Gygax - Co-creator of Dungeons & Dragons
Scott Johnson - Actor
Phillip Landry - Musican
Maher Shalal Hash Baz - Japanese musician, name comes from the Book of Isaiah
Margaret Keane - "Big Eyes" artist who said converting "changed her life."
Peter Knowles - Famous soccer player in England who quit his football career in 1970 aged 24 to join the Jehovah's Witnesses
Brian Locking - Bass guitarist with The Shadows for eighteen months, but left to Jehovah's Witnesses activities.
Hank Marvin - Lead guitarist for The Shadows
Bohumil Müller - Czech survivor of the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp and underground religious leader under Communism.
Viv Nicholson - famous London lottery winner in 1961. She then became a devout JW. The musical Spend, Spend, Spend was based on her story.
Evelyn Ntoko (first wife of Nelson Mandela)
Lieby Piliso - Nelson Mandela's younger sister
Ken Richmond - The man who banged the gong in the Rank Organisation film logo from 1955 onward.
**Gevorg Petrosyanm** -The Georgian-Armenian “Caruso,” who drives a taxi, but dreams of the stage
Miu Sakamoto - Japanese Singer, a Daughter of Ryuichi Sakamoto andAkiko Yano
Damo Suzuki (Converted in the 1970s, current membership status uncertain)
Bobby Tambling - English footballer
Phil Terry - member of the 60's R&B group The Intruders.
David Thomas - Avant-garde rocker, "Jehovah's Kingdom come"
Jean Terrell - Replaced Diana Ross in the Supremes in 1970.
Akira Toriyama - Japanese Mangaka(Cartoonist), Author of Dragon Ball(Manga)
Yoshito Usui - Japanese Mangaka, Author of Crayon Shin-chan
Reena Virk - Canadian child murder victim
Lark Voorhies - actress, Saved By The Bell
Lou Whitaker - Former MLB baseball player for the Detroit Tigers.
Chet Lemon - played with the Detroit Tigers along with Lou Whitaker
Akiko Yano - Japanese Singer, Former wife of Ryuichi Sakamoto
Solveig Romero - Mexico and Switzerland, Actress and wife of Martin Campbell, the director of James Bond Casino Royale
Chuck Winfield - Former Trumpet player for Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
Rosalia Valdez - Former actress who left fame in Mexico to become a witness, daughter of famous Tin Tan Valdez.
Carmina Villarroel - Filipino actress
Patience Dlaminh - a weather forecast reporter in South Africa / Regional 'celebrity'
Red Shea - Guitarist for Gordon Lightfoot (passed away in 2008)
Tom Reynolds - He was one of the singers in the late 60's early 70's band 'Hamilton, Joe,Frank, & Reynolds.
Toun Oni - Nigerian actress (featured in the TV drama 'fuji house of commotion') She was an active witness before her death a few months ago. In fact, she died of heart problems during the Lekki assembly hall construction work.
Paul i.k Dairo (used to be one of Nigeria's top musicians); Last i heard of him, he is one of Jehovah witnesses.
Wolf-Ekkehard Lonnig - a scientist from the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany
Hayden Covington - leading attorney for the Jehovah's Witnesses, Watchtower Society; won multiple U.S. Supreme Court cases; represented Muhammad Ali in court [not sure if he left eventually or not?]
Chappel Fisher - Country Music DJ in Florida, USA
Michael Worilds - NFL Player
Tony Garcia - Artist, DJ, Producer, Re-mixer, Arranger, Composer,Writer of Dance Music EDM, Funk Melody Freestyle Music Owner of High Power Records
Honorable B. Dwight Goains - US Federal Judge
Micaiah and Tabitha Bethune - Owners of the Fashion Industry "The Wild Life Reserve" out of New Orleans
Alex Rance - Soccer Star
Pavel Pavlov & Aleksandr Kryukov - Ukrainian YouTube Stars
Minh Hung Godenzi - Miss Hong Kong 1984
Danny Collision - NBA Player currently in California
Clarion Chukwurah - Nollywood Actress
Irina Bohr - Russian singer
Alisson Euler de Freitas Castro - Brazilian Footballer
Carlos Gonzaga - Brazilian Singer
Andriy Mykolayovych Nesmachniy (Ukrainian: Андрій Миколайович Несмачний)
PC-One - Star of Slam in Haiti
Jacy Brean - Author
Mina Godenzi - Actress, Model and Miss Hong Kong
Phillip Ingram - Musician
Ramón Gómez Valdés de Castillo aka "Don Ramón" - Famous Mexican Actor
Kenya Moore - not sure as to her current status though.
Anneliese Zelina - Model
Raised as one of Jehovah's Witnesses
Dwight D. Eisenhower - WWII General and Former President of the USA
Childish Gambino Rapper, TV actor
Michael Sam - First Gay NFL football player
Nathan Day, frontman of grunge / Britpop group Darlia - "I grew up with a family whose parents were Jehovah’s Witnesses, so I felt very isolated."
Kia Kahlo- Witness to rap
Dwight David Eisenhower who became the 34th President of the United States (1953–1961)
Meg Myers - Musician / Singer
Nathan Haines - Saxophonist
Shushila Takao - Actress in New Zealand show "Filthy Rich"
Kim Holland - Dutch Porn Actress
Little Scream - Montreal musician
Kelsey Lu - Fashion model
Rebekah Vardy - I'm a Celeb star
Alex Avery - Comedian in Portland, OR
List of former Jehovah's Witnesses
Michelle Rodriguez - actress, raised by mother
Donald Glover - (aka Childish Gambino)
Gregg Alexander - The New Radicals' lead singer; raised by mother
Carol M. Swain - political scientist; professor at Vanderbilt University; author of Black Faces, Black Interests and The New White Nationalism in America: Its Challenge to Integration; left the Witnesses at the age of 20, in 1975 (Ms. Swain was born in 1954 into an extremely poor household in rural Virginia, not far from Roanoke. She grew up with 11 brothers and sisters, dropped out of school in the ninth grade and married at age 16 -- in part, she says, because she saw no need to plan for a lengthy future. She was a Jehovah's Witness, and she believed that Armageddon would begin in 1975)
Peter Andre - Singer raised in Australia, presently living in London with wife pin up model *Jordan
Naomi Campbell- Supermodel; Raised by mother
Geri Halliwell - Singer (Spice Girls); Raised as a Jehovah's Witness[verification needed]
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison - American writer of Visions of Glory: A History and a Memory of Jehovah's Witnesses(converted to Catholicism)
Nancy Garrido - the now infamous kidnapper of Jaycee Dugard
Michael Jackson - Michael became a Jehovah's Witness but disassociated himself shortly after his hit album, Thriller
Olin R. Moyle - Former Watchtower Chief Attorney
Dave Mustaine - Guitarist (ex-Metallica; Megadeth; ex- MD .45)
Miki Nakatani - JapaneseActress, Raised as a Jehovah's Witness
Gloria Naylor - novelist, author of The Women of Brewster Place (1982, American Book Award)
Patti Smith - Singer and poet
Jill Scott-Singer; raised as one of Jehovah's Witness
Hinano Yoshikawa - JapaneseFashion model and actress, Raised as a Jehovah's Witness
K-os - Canadian R&B artist ; Raised Jehovah's Witness
Rene Montes de Oca Martija - dissident human-rights activist in Cuba (son of JW)
Selena Quintanilla Perez - __Tejano__ singer ; raised Jehovah's Witnesses
Sherri Shepherd from The View. Her father is an elder in his congregation.
Jill Scott - a singer,poet & actress from USA, she played in the movie-'why did i get married'
Maureen Mwanawasa, wife of late Zambian president, though she disassociated herself, but she still attends meetings. the late president was also studying with JWs, his mother was a JW. his children also attend meetings, i think one is a publisher.
Thandiwe Banda our current Zambian first lady who was a JW until recently when she disassociated herself. Reportedly a former pioneer.
Mamontha Modise was a JW. travels all over the world to report current news 2 South Africans.
Ja Rule - Rapper - raised a jehovahs witness and is no longer one, in an interview he said his mother was disfellowshipped
Jaywon; currently a musician, was raised a witness, later decided to follow a way of life thats suits him.
Rick Haynes - Musician
Travis Scott - NFL football player for Rams (raised JW)
Scott Cheshire - Gotham City Writers
Eddie Griffin - Comedian
Leaders of the music band Shakespeare's Unit
Eddie Murphy - Not verified yet
Josh Groban - We don't know what to think yet.. ? Some have suspicions....
Omarion - I believe he is only "studying"
Jackie Chan - (I still don't believe the photo)
Some people have wondered if we have listed people who simply studied briefly with Jehovah's Witnesses. As far as we know, this is not the case. Anybody can sit down and meet with Jehovah's Witnesses to study their beliefs. In no way would we consider that grounds for identifying somebody as a Jehovah's Witness. All of the people listed on our page have actually been considered Jehovah's Witnesses or considered themselves adherents of the faith, either by way of having been raised in the faith or because they were an active convert to the faith.
Of course no insult is meant to Jehovah's Witnesses or anybody else by hosting this list. Personally, reading the biographies and faith statements of many famous Jehovah's Witnesses has helped tear down some stereotypes for me. It simply isn't true, for example, that this faith necessarily stifles creativity or achievement. Clearly, many adherents to the faith (including people raised in it as well as converts who chose to become Witnesses as adults) have been very famous creative people or have been very successful, as measured by worldly standards.
Regardless of the obvious tensions between the pressures of worldly fame, versus remaining active in a religious faith which expects all of its members to live according to the highest Biblical standards of ethics and morality, there are indeed many "famous" adherents who have strived to remain faithful. Even for those who have failed to balance fame and success with the demands of their faith, the teachings and values they were raised with or embraced at some point as an adult remain forever an influence in their lives. Were this not true, these individuals would not be listed here at all. This list is based on what famous people themselves have said to interviewers and to the public. We have no access to actual Jehovah's Witness membership or attendance records. If a celebrity or famous person doesn't talk publicly about their experiences as a Jehovah's Witness, we would have no way of knowing about this part of their lives.
The actions of a single individual should never be used to judge an entire group of people, and I believe most people realize this. Anybody who does try to condemn Jehovah's Witnesses by the behavior of their "worst" lapsed members or former members will stand instantly condemned themselves. This is because the cumulative behavior of the famous (and infamous) members of the group the accuser belongs to is far worse than anything they will be able to dig up relating to people who have been Jehovah's Witnesses. This is true of essentially any sufficiently large religious group. It is true also of anti-religious people, who are nearly always wise enough to avoid condemning entire groups by the actions of individuals, lest they be asked to answer for the hundreds of millions of murders perpetrated by Lenin, Pol Pot, Stalin, Adolph Hitler, Mao, Mussolini, Nicolae Ceausescu, Joseph Goebbels, Maximillien Robespierre, etc.
Serena Williams confirms she will not celebrate daughter’s first birthday due to Jehovah’s Witness beliefsBy Guest Indiana
Serena Williams’s daughter Alexis Olympia turns 1 this week – but we shouldn’t expect any extravagant party pictures on the ‘gram.
The tennis legend has confirmed that she will not be celebrating her baby girl’s first birthday, due to her beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness.
Serena was speaking at a press conference at the when she was asked whether she has thought about she’d be celebrating Olympia’s first birthday.
Responding to a reporter asking: ‘Is there a birthday party planned?’, the 36-year-old said: ‘Olympia doesn’t celebrate birthdays. We’re Jehovah’s Witnesses, so we don’t do that.’
It is believed Serena’s husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, is now practicing with his wife, despite not growing up in a religious household.
Speaking to Vogue last year, Serena said: ‘Being a Jehovah’s Witness is important to me, but I’ve never really practiced it and have been wanting to get into it.
‘Alexis didn’t grow up going to any church, but he’s really receptive and even takes the lead. He puts my needs first.’
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe God is the Creator and Supreme Being, and reject the Trinity doctrine.
They do not celebrate religious holidays like Christmas and Easter, and do not observe birthdays or national holidays, feeling that many of these customs have pagan origins and do not celebrate God.
By The Librarian
Jehovah's Witnesses > Notable JW's
See also: Celebrities who are/were JW's
Karl A. Adams
Norman Mosure "Stormin' Norman" - District Overseer
George Couch (Bethelite 1957-2007)
Geoffrey Jackson (Governing Body Member)
Colin Quackenbush - Talk / Talk (still alive?)
Angelo Manera - District Overseer - Talk
Gary Breaux oversees Richard Ashe
Simone Arnold Liebster
Pastor Charles Taze Russell (spouse) (foster daughter)
Joseph L. Russell
Alexander H MacMillan
George Storrs (Influenced Pastor Russell)
Henry Grew (Influenced Pastor Russell)
George Stetson (Influenced Pastor Russell)
Judge Rutherford / Joseph Franklin Rutherford
Nelson H. Barbour (Influenced Pastor Russell Pre-Watch Tower)
Frederick William Franz
Karl A Adams
Milton G. Henschel
John E. Barr
William 'Bible' Brown
W. Glen How
Hayden C. Covington
Olin R. Moyle
Ulysses Glass - Gilead Instructor
Lilian Gobitas Klose
Dorothy Covington, Wife of Civil Liberties Attorney Hayden Covington, Dies at 92
Jeanette (Jenny) Jackson
Bethel Personnel Assignments (2000)
Note - Over the past 15 years keeping information available, organized and online has proven very difficult. If you see a name above then there was once an entire article, photos and more about the person yet they have been lost through moves and technology changes. If you have lots of details about one of them please make a topic and start posting about them. I will link them up at a later date.
By Guest Nicole
Serena también habló sobre su fe: "Soy testigo de Jehová. Si no crees en Dios, creo que si no crees en Dios, va a ser difícil vivir la vida porque esa es la base de la vida, proviene de Dios.
Y así, siendo testigos de Jehová, obviamente creemos en Dios y en la Biblia. Y sin Él, no estaría aquí ahora. Realmente le agradezco por todo. Realmente he sido bendecida. La gente está enferma, acaba de nacer con trastornos, y he tenido la suerte de nacer, ya sabes, bastante saludable.
Jehovah's Witnesses > List of Celebrity JW's > Coco Rocha (older posts in jw-archive.org)
Previous posts of Coco Rocha
By Jack Ryan
Posted by Michael David Smith onÂ September 1, 2018, 7:31 AM EDT AP Colin Kaepernick andÂ Eric ReidÂ wereÂ cheered by the crowdÂ at the U.S. Open on Friday night, and afterwards they were applauded by the winner of the nightÂ’s match, Serena Williams.
Williams, who defeated her older sister Venus Williams, said after the match that she admires the stance Kaepernick and Reid have taken on racial justice.
Â“I think every athlete, every human, and definitely every African American should be completely grateful and honored howÂ Colin and Eric are doing so muchÂ more for the greater good, so to say,Â” Williams said. Â“They really use their platform in ways that is really unfathomable. I feel like they obviously have great respect from a lot of their peers, especially other athletes, people that really are looking for social change.Â”
Kaepernick was the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem, and Reid was the first teammate to join him. Neither player has been able to find another NFL team since leaving the 49ers, and both are bringing a collusion case against the NFL.
Williams has faced her own criticism over the national anthem, from a different direction: She does stand for the anthem despite her JehovahÂ’s Witness faith. SheÂ’s been criticized by other JehovahÂ’s Witnesses, who say she is violating their religionÂ’s teachings by standing for the anthem. JehovahÂ’s Witnesses believe that standing for patriotic rituals is a form of idolatry, and they have sued for the right not to stand for the anthem.
By Guest Nicole
Serena Williams says her mother encouraged her with Scripture when the tennis star suffered from physical and emotional struggles following her pregnancy.
In an interview with Vogue magazine that appeared online Wednesday, the 36-year-old tennis champion revealed that she had to undergo multiple surgeries after her C-section last September. After giving birth to Alexis Olympia, who she shares with her husband, Alexis Ohanian, the co-founder of Reddit, Williams suffered from blood clots in her lungs and abdomen.
Williams has had a history of dealing with blood clots, but stopped taking her blood thinning medication to heal from her C-section wounds. Soon after giving birth she discovered blood clots in her lungs which required a procedure.
Shortly after, doctors found blood clots in her abdomen that also required surgery. As if the health complications were not enough to deal with, Williams admitted to struggling with the emotional toll of new motherhood when she returned home to her new baby and soon-to-be husband who she married last November.
"Sometimes I get really down and feel like, man, I can't do this. It's that same negative attitude I have on the court sometimes," she told Vogue in a transparent interview. "I guess that's just who I am. No one talks about the low moments—the pressure you feel, the incredible letdown every time you hear the baby cry."
Williams went on to detail the rollercoaster of emotions that she has experienced as a mother.
"I've broken down I don't know how many times," she said. "Or I'll get angry about the crying, then sad about being angry, and then guilty, like, Why do I feel so sad when I have a beautiful baby? The emotions are insane."
However, Williams' tennis coach mother, Oracene Price, comforted her daughter with the Bible.
"Obedience brings protection; that's what my mom told me. That's straight from the Bible, and she wrote it down on paper and gave it to me," she said. "I was always obedient: Whatever my parents told me to do, I did. There was no discussion."
Williams was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, which her mother converted to in the early 80s. In a previous interview with ASAP sports, Williams spoke about the importance of keeping God first in her life.
"I am Jehovah's Witness. If you don't believe in God — I think if you don't believe in God, it's going to be tough to live life because pretty much that's the basis of life, it comes from God. And so being a Jehovah's Witness, obviously we believe in God and the Bible. And without Him, I wouldn't be here right now. I really thank Him for everything."
Jehovah's Witnesses recognize the Bible as "God's inspired message," according to their website, but they do not believe Jesus is Almighty God and they also reject the Trinity.
By Bible Speaks
'We had a lot of complications': Serena Williams shares first photos of baby girl Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. as tennis star reveals they spent six days in hospital
The tennis star appeared to be teasing the upcoming video on Tuesday night when she posted a photo of herself and her fiance, writing: '... but are you ready?'
Williams and Ohanian announced their engagement just a few weeks before the big pregnancy news.Â
He did this by whisking her off to Rome, where the two had met after a chance encounter at their hotel two years prior.Â
By Srecko Sostar
Personally, I believe that what Serena stands for in her social projects is truly worthwhile. One of the video I've put out shows that she is socially active in many areas of American community life.
She stands for high school education and university higher education. Includes self in health programs. In charitable actions. She is UNICEF ambassador. Have Philanthropic projects. Helping on Community violence. She is Partnership with Equal Justice Initiative. One have said: "She's talking when others are being quite." She started Annual charity run. She is Ambassador for the Allstate Foundation, a purple plus project for domestic abuse victims.
Basically, first please take look at the links for Serena, and then read the controversial WT articles that actually say howÂ Serena is "meddling in the things of this world". 2. Tim 2: 4 - 4 "No one serving as a soldier gets entangled in civil affairs but tries to please his commanding officer."
Not want talking about her motives, because we must look first at person in positive way without prejudice. So, Serena is fine role model in helping people, all people, not onlyÂ to people of "her flock". :))
It is to long with copy/paste WT articles, but some people wants to see black on white.
1)Â Â„What is the theme of the message of JehovahÂ’s Witnesses? When Jesus gave his preaching commission, he did not instruct his followers to preach social or political reforms, union of Church and State, or any other secular ideology. Instead, he foretold: Â“ThisÂ good news of the kingdomÂ will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations.Â” (Matthew 24:14) Thus, in obedience to JesusÂ’ instructions, true Christians today continue to speak to their neighbors about GodÂ’s KingdomÂ—the only government capable of bringing an end to SatanÂ’s wicked system and ushering in a righteous new world.Â“ Â - source: https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2012324#h=10
TRUE Christians today do not participate in politics. Why not? Because they follow JesusÂ’ example. He said about himself: Â“I am no part of the world.Â” Regarding his followers, he stated: Â“You are no part of the world.Â” (John 15:19;Â 17:14) Consider some reasons why Christians should not become involved in politics.
2) 1. Human ability is limited.Â The Bible states that humans have neither the ability nor the right to govern themselves. Â“It does not belong to man who is walking,Â” wrote the prophet Jeremiah, Â“even to direct his step.Â”Â—Jeremiah 10:23.
Just as humans were not created to fly successfully on their own strength, so they were not created to rule successfully by themselves. Speaking about the limits of government, historian David Fromkin noted: Â“Governments are composed of human beings; therefore they are fallible and their prospects are uncertain. They exercise a certain power, but only a limited one.Â” (The Question of Government) No wonder the Bible warns us not to put our trust in man!Â—Psalm 146:3. source:Â https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2012323#h=1
3)Â We do not lobby, voteÂ in political elections, run for government office, or try to change governments. Â…Otherwise, how could we have a clean conscience when we preach the good news that only GodÂ’s Kingdom can solve mankindÂ’s problems?Â source:Â https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/2016288#h=36
4) Reformers are found in almost every society, where they encourage change in an orderly, constitutional manner. Generally, they are not anarchists or revolutionaries, since most reformers stay within the law and refrain from violence. A few reformers occupy influential positions in society and take the initiative in introducing change. Others lobby and prod those in power into taking some action.
Reformers try to get society to rethink its approach on issues. They do not just protest; they have ideas about how to improve things. To draw attention to their concerns, reformers may petition the public, demonstrate in the streets, or seek publicity in the media. Among the worst things that can happen to a reformer is for society to ignore himÂ…..There can be no doubt that Jesus had the ability to bring about reform. As a perfect man, he could have blazed a trail with sweeping changes and innovations. Yet, Christ did not initiate a campaign to rid the world of corrupt officials or dishonest businessmen. He did not lead street protests against injustice, although he himself was to become the innocent victim of an outrageous miscarriage of justiceÂ….What Christ had in mind was, not a simple reform, but a complete change in the way mankindÂ’s affairs are governed. This change will be put into effect by the heavenly Kingdom introduced by the Creator of mankind, Jehovah God, and administered by Jesus Christ as King. source:Â https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/102004202#h=28
5)Â Special appendix on domestic violence with brand new "instructions"
17Â Admittedly, there have been instances where an Â“unbelieving husbandÂ” seems to prove that he is not Â“agreeable to staying with her.Â” He might be extremely physically abusive, even to the point that she feels that her health or life is in danger. He might refuse to support her and the family or severely endanger her spirituality. In such cases, some Christians have personally decided that, despite what he might say, the mate is not Â“agreeable to stayingÂ” together and that a separation is necessary. But other Christians in comparably difficult situations have not; they have endured and tried to work at improving matters. Why?
18Â In such a separation, the two are still marriage mates. If they lived apart, each one would face challenges, as mentioned earlier. The apostle Paul gave another reason for staying united. He wrote: Â“The unbelieving husband is sanctified in relation to his wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified in relation to the brother; otherwise, your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.Â” (1Â Cor. 7:14) Many loyal Christians have remained with an unbelieving mate under very trying circumstances. They can testify that doing so was worthwhile in a special sense when their mate became a true worshipper.Â—ReadÂ 1Â Corinthians 7:16;Â 1Â Pet. 3:1,Â 2. source:Â https://www.jw.org/en/publications/magazines/watchtower-study-december-2018/honor-what-god-has-yoked-together/
What would Serena say about this? Here are 2 links.
Grammy Award Winning Producer Bobby Martin:A Legend In The Music Industry & A Role Model As A Jehovah’s WitnessBy Kurt
/EINPresswire.com/ Bobby MartinÂ is the Grammy Award winning R&B producer that dominated the airwaves for nearly three decades with his signature sound. He is a legend in the music industry, and he is well known around the world. MartinÂ’s fellow JehovahÂ’s Witness brothers and sisters often refer to him as Brother Martin. In addition to being a Grammy Winner, he is famous and respected as The Granddaddy of R&B music. His signature sound was called R&B, and in the 1970Â’s it was known as The Sound of Philadelphia.Â
As far as Bobby Martin is concerned, younger R&B artists often sample and produce remakes of his songs. A good example of this is the song Â“Da ButtaÂ”. WILL SMITH and LILÂ’ KIM collaborated with Bobby Martin by using one of his productions. The music track and beat were taken from Bobby MartinÂ’s studio recording of (Every Time I Turn Around) Â“Back in Love AgainÂ”, by L.T.D. GEORGE BENSON also recorded a cover of an L.T.D. song, called Â“Love BalladÂ”.
Most of us have heard SEAL, and SIMPLY RED sing Â“If You DonÂ’t Know Me By NowÂ”, which was originally arranged in the studio with Bobby Martin. KANYE WEST sampled Â“Show You The Way To GoÂ”, using Bobby MartinÂ’s recording of THE JACKSONS.Â
MartinÂ’s success in the music industry has broken the stereotype that Jehovah Witnesses do not participate in any of the arts. In fact, some of the most prolific icons in entertainment just happen to be JehovahÂ’s Witnesses, like PRINCE, KATHERINE JACKSON (Michael JacksonÂ’s Mother), SERENA and VENUS WILLIAMS, GEORGE BENSON, LARRY GRAHAM (DrakeÂ’s Uncle), RONNIE LAWS just to name a few.
JehovahÂ’s Witnesses are happy and joyful people that want to live a clean life. Yet they enjoy music, as long as it is clean music. JehovahÂ’s Witnesses dance at their gatherings, and they all sing songs to Jehovah at all of their meetings. One of Bobby MartinÂ’s fans, Camille Szalma, had the opportunity to take a photo with Bobby and the Latin Music legend Â“TITO PUENTEÂ”, at a celebrity mixer. Surprisingly, Camille Szalma just happened to be a faithful JehovahÂ’s Witness herself, also showing that JehovahÂ’s Witnesses represent some of the music industryÂ’s fan base. JehovahÂ’s Witnesses purchase music and they enjoy live performances.Â
Martin has even collaborated with many of his Christian brothers that are known in the entertainment world, such as THE JACKSONS, GEORGE BENSON, LARRY GRAHAM, JEAN TERRELL, BENNY GOLSON, HUBERT LAWS, and many others.Â
Bobby Martin is best known for arranging and producing the music of the top icons in the music industry including MICHAEL JACKSON, THE JACKSONS, QUINCY JONES, WILL SMITH, CLIVE DAVIS, WHITNEY HOUSTON, PATTI LABELLE, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD, LOU RAWLS, HERB ALPERT, THE BEE GEES, GAMBLE & HUFF, and so forth.Â
Martin worked heavily in producing, and arranging music with GAMBLE & HUFF (Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff). Most of the classic Philadelphia R&B hit songs were arranged or produced by Bobby Martin, songs like Â“LetÂ’s Just Kiss And Say GoodbyeÂ”.Â
Bobby Martin, Kenneth Gamble, and Leon Huff were a close family of music executives. Martin learned about JehovahÂ’s Witnesses from Kenneth GambleÂ’s mother (Ruby N. Gamble), who was a JehovahÂ’s Witness. Martin was later baptized with JehovahÂ’s Witnesses in the year 1976 in Woodland Hills, at an assembly hall where The JacksonÂ’s would attend their assemblies.Â
Martin has produced artists at Capitol Records, Columbia Records with Clive Davis, A&M Records with Quincy Jones, and Philadelphia International Records with producers Gamble and Huff, to name a few. Martin has produced and arranged multiple hits and has accumulated thousands of Gold & Platinum record awards. Bobby Martin is a Grammy winner as well. He won a very significant Grammy Award for the Soul Train theme song, named TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia).Â
MartinÂ’s classic productions are heard on radio stations around the world, and he is presently working in the recording studio on new songs to soon be released in 2013.Â
For more information, search online for Grammy Winner Bobby Martin, Producer Bobby Martin, Arranger Bobby Martin, and Bobby Martin Productions!Source
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Chet Lemon is a devout Jehovah's Witnesses who refused to stand for the national anthem.
Lemon suffers from Polycythemia vera, a rare blood disorder, but in accordince with his faith refuses to have blood transfusions to treat the disease
Chester Earl Lemon (born February 12, 1955) is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. A three-time All-Star, he was a member of the World Series champion 1984 Detroit Tigers.
Â Manzullo, Brian (29 August 2016). "Remember: Ex-Tigers Whitaker, Lemon didn't stand for anthem, either"
Robbins, Josh (16 January 2002). "Chet Lemon Returns To Eustis Practice"
Evelyn Ntoko Mase Rakeepile
BIRTH 18 May 1922 South Africa
DEATH 30 Apr 2004Â
First wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela. They had 4 children together; Madiba Thembekile Mandela, Makaziwe Mandela, Makgatho Lewanika Mandela and Pumla Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah. Evelyn later divorced Nelson Mandela in 1955 and married Simon Rakeepile, a retired businessman.
Simon Moloka Rakeepile
BIRTH 4 Mar 1930 South Africa
DEATH 19 Apr 2012Â
Married to Evelyn Ntoko (Mase), first wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela. Simon was a retired businessman and lived a fruitful life of spiritual dedication.
Nelson Rolihlahla MandelaÂ
BIRTH 18 Jul 1918 Â South Africa
DEATH 5 Dec 2013Â
Nelson Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movement from 1998 to 1999.
Madiba Thembekile Â“ThembiÂ” Mandela
BIRTH 23 Feb 1945 South Africa
DEATH 13 Jul 1969 South Africa
Oldest child of Nelson Mandela and his first wife Evelyn Ntoko Mase. Brother of Makgatho Lewanika Mandela, Makaziwe Mandela and Pumla Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah. Madiba was often referred to as "Styles Mandela" because of the fashionable way he dressed.
(Add a Photo)Makaziwe Mandela
BIRTH 1947 South Africa
DEATH 1948 South Africa
Second child born to Nelson Mandela and his first wife Evelyn Ntoko Mase. She only lived to be 9 months old. Sister of Madiba Thembekile Mandela, Makgatho Lewanika Mandela and Pumla Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah (the latter whom was given Makaziwe's name upon her birth in 1954).
Makgatho Lewanika Mandela
BIRTH 26 Jun 1950 South Africa
DEATH 6 Jan 2005
Third child born to Nelson Mandela and his first wife Evelyn Ntoko Mase. Brother of Madiba Thembekile Mandela, Makaziwe Mandela and Pumla Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah. Father of Mandla, Ndaba, Mbuso and Andile.
Phothos of their daughters
Evelyn Ntoko Mase Rakeepile
NELSON MANDELA HEARS THE TRUTH AT HIS SISTER'S FUNERAL
Sister Piliso, the youngest sister of Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa, was a witness for twenty years
Mark McCumber a Jehovah's Witness who's known to most people as a professional golfer who won the 1988 Players ChampionshipBy Kurt
Mark McCumber (born September 7, 1951) is an American professional golfer who has played on the PGA Tour and Champions Tour.
McCumber was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, where he attended Robert E. Lee High School.Â He turned professional in 1974 and joined the PGA Tour in 1978.Â McCumber won ten times on the PGA Tour between 1979 and 1994 including the prestigious Players Championship (1988) and Tour Championship (1994). He also won the World Cup for the United States in partnership with Ben Crenshaw in 1988. He played on the 1989 Ryder Cup team.
McCumber worked as an on-course reporter for NBC Sports in 1991 and for ABC Sports part-time in 1998 and full-time in 1999.
After turning 50 in 2001, McCumber played on the Champions Tour from 2001 to 2008, but did not win an event in this venue. He also works as a golf course architect and was occasionally featured as a golf analyst on Fox Sports. McCumber is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects.
McCumber and his wife, Paddy, have two daughters and a son.Â One of his sons, Tyler, is also a professional golfer. McCumber is a devout Jehovah's Witnesses who preaches in his spare time.
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British Boxing Champion, retired and serves as a Jehovah's Witness.
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