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    Russia has designated two California-based organizations linked to the Church of Scientology as “undesirable,” a move that could formally ban the group. The Prosecutor General’s Office in September said the World Institute of Scientology Enterprises International and the Church of Spiritual Technology “pose a threat to the security of the Russian Federation.” The issue will now be taken up by the Ministry of Justice, which, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, could outlaw the groups under laws governing “undesirable” foreign nongovernmental organizations. Russian authorities in recent years have gone after the Church of Scientology, ordering the closure of the group’s Moscow branch, according to news reports. The Justice Ministry has also declared some of the group’s literature extremist, Reuters reported. The government has barred more than 30 groups under a 2015 law that made membership in “undesirable” organizations a criminal offense, the Associated Press reported. In 2017, Russia ruled the religious group Jehovah’s Witnesses as “extremist” and has since sentenced 14 adherents to six or more years of prison. Scientology was established in 1952 by L. Ron Hubbard, a science fiction author, and the Church of Scientology has been acknowledged as a religion in the United States since 1993. Scientology is known for its celebrity followers, such as actors Tom Cruise and John Travolta. The church has claimed it has 8 million members worldwide, with about a third of those in the U.S., but many critics have suggested there are between 25,000 and 55,000 active Scientologists.
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    ,275875 A survivor of childhood sexual abuse by a member of a Jehovah's Witnesses congregation in Pierce County recently sued the organization. Moriah Hughes, 24, filed her lawsuit last month in Pierce County Superior Court against the Milton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. It says her abuser was a "baptized publisher," that he used his position to perpetrate the abuse, and that the church had information about similar allegations made against him by another congregation. He was later charged and sentenced in King County Superior Court for abusing Hughes and another girl. "... the Milton Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses knew or should have known that he posed a threat of foreseeable harm to Moriah Hughes, but it failed to take reasonable steps to protect Moriah Hughes from that harm," the lawsuit said. It also names other organizations as part of the church's hierarchy: the Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses and Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. "I wanted to bring awareness to the fact that this is a reality," Hughes told The News Tribune last week. "And even though it is a heartbreaking reality in the organization, we will never be able to ensure this type of thing doesn't happen again and to other people unless we bring that awareness forward." Elihu Rodriguez abused Hughes from 2012 to 2014 when he was an adult and she was between the ages of 14 and 16. "Rodriguez abused plaintiff on multiple occasions, including during and after church events such as field service, Bible study and congregation social gatherings," the lawsuit said. "Before Rodriguez abused plaintiff, defendant congregation received a letter from another congregation indicating that he had engaged in similar sexually abusive acts with four girls at that congregation prior to coming to defendant congregation." This is of much more concern than ill treating a dog. Unless you are a JW of course.
  1. @TrueTomHarley and your point is ? JWs here in the UK are not getting tortured or locked in prison. That doesn't mean JWs here in the UK are not concerned about JWs in Russia or elsewhere. So, on that same principle, JWs in any country should be concerned about Child Sexual Abuse in the whole of the Watchtower / JW Org Earth wide. Are you therefore suggesting that JWs in one country should show no interest in the JW activity in another country ? And I note that the good old GB and Co, sued the Belgium Ministry of Justice ( outcome to follow ) On June 18, 2021, the Belgian Jehovah’s Witnesses sued the Belgian Ministry of Justice, considering it responsible for the CIAOSN, for defamation. A hearing on the defamation claim is scheduled for May 5, 2022. Whereas Jesus wasn't concerned about being 'counted amongst lawless ones' Luke 22 : 37 For I tell you that what is written must be accomplished in me, namely, ‘He was counted with lawless ones.’ For this is being fulfilled concerning me.” The GB and it's many Orgs act in complete opposition to Jesus Christ. And my point still stands as true :- How can you be concerned about a dog, but not concerned about Child Sexual Abuse in the JW Org ?
  2. Those of the Anointed are judged by their faith and works whilst they are alive here on this Earth. If they are found 'worthy' of life then they will gain a spirit life in Heaven. Once in Heaven they will be counted as perfect by God and Chrsit. They will not get another testing or judgement. At Armageddon those not of the Heavenly calling will be judged as being 'worthy' or 'unworthy' of keeping alive into the 'New World' here on Earth. Those kept alive through Armageddon will be of both the righteous and the unrighteous. Only the wicked will be condemned to death. Also those raised from the dead will be both of the righteous and the unrighteous. Only the wicked will not get a resurrection. So ALL people, those that never died and those that were raised up, will be judged at the end of the one thousand years of Christ's reign. I presume they will be 'perfect' at the end of that time. They will also have true wisdom, knowledge and understanding, which we do not have now. The testing / judgement of all those on Earth will be worked through Satan's temptations. Christ gave His life to open the door of opportunity, firstly for the Anointed as Revelation 5 : 9&10 tell us. Then for those who could live on Earth. Christ did not die for the wicked, He died for the righteous and the unrighteous. However it is Christ that judges all because HE has all authority since 33 C.E.
  3. (Is this really Isabella, or has she been hacked?) Isn't it illegal Stateside to let your dog lose in the streets ? Could cause a traffic accident. It would be a Christian attitude for you to go talk to him about it. @xero has already made this point with a scripture. But from my viewpoint animal cruelty is the least of things to worry about with JW MinS & Elders. How can you be concerned about a dog, but not concerned about Child Sexual Abuse in the JW Org ?
  4. That's because Christ died for those of His Bride. Hence they only have one judgement and that is whilst they are living as humans. Revelation 5 : 9 & 10 And they sing a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, for you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.” Christ's blood does not yet mean everlasting life for those of the Earthly hope.
  5. I can only see ONE NAIL and it is through the WRISTS. I'm not talking about Strongs. I'm saying that the picture is in oppositon to the written words.
  6. So that's it. Bunkers under Warwick and under Ramapo, all linked together by underground tunnels. When the big trouble starts the GB and their Lawyers & helpers et al, will all go underground. All paid for by donations and built by slaves of the Org.
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    This has to be good Halloween and Valentine’s Day have been canceled for elementary-school students in a Michigan district over concerns about being “inclusive” and “equitable.” East Lansing Public Schools informed parents of the decision to cancel the two holidays this week, the Lansing State Journal reports. The celebrations were dropped because of concerns over hurt feelings by kids in families who don’t want them to participate, the district’s elementary-school principals said in a joint letter to parents. “Each year, along with the fun of Halloween parties and parades, we also have students whose families do not celebrate or feel comfortable with their children participating in Halloween festivities,” the principals wrote. “We have young children who become overwhelmed and sometimes frightened of the costumes and others who come to school with no costume at all.” Officials also added that it was difficult for students to remain concentrated on classwork amid Halloween celebrations. As for Valentine’s Day, the principals said some families and students “do not feel comfortable with the idea of boys and girls exchanging valentines or participating in a celebration that focuses on ‘love.’ “While some students bring valentines to exchange, others do not,” the principals wrote. “In our upper elementary classrooms, the exchange of valentines sometimes leads to classroom drama and teasing.” Assistant Superintendent Glenn Mitcham said Halloween and Valentine’s Day could still be incorporated into the curriculum – they just won’t be celebrated going forward. As an example, he said classes could measure a pumpkin to learn about its circumference. “We’re striving hard at East Lansing Public Schools to be a district that is equitable and inclusive for all families,” the principals wrote. The news comes just days after a Seattle elementary school announced it had canceled its annual Halloween parade this year – because it “marginalizes students of color who do not celebrate the holiday.” Some Jehovah’s Witnesses, evangelical Christians and Muslims are among those who do not celebrate Halloween. The decision to cancel the Pumpkin Parade at Benjamin Franklin Day Elementary School was made by the Racial Equity Team. Well I think that is one piece of good news.
  7. Um, relying on material possesions instead of relying on Almighty God through Jesus Christ. And Jesus said, recorded at Matthew 19:21 Berean Study BibleJesus told him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow Me.” The complete opposite to having hidden material wealth. Oh, where is the faith of this wicked generation ?
  8. This is not Watchtower teaching as we've already mentioned.
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    God’s appointed Judge is Christ Jesus. The Bible says that Jesus will “judge the living and the dead.” (2 Timothy 4:1) Who are “the living” that will be judged? How will the dead come to life again on “the inhabited earth”? Jesus Judges “the Living” We are now nearing the foretold end of the present system of things, when God will destroy all elements of corrupt human society and remove the wicked. Survivors of this system’s end are “the living” who will be judged.—Revelation 7:9-14; 19:11-16. During that period of judgment, which will last 1,000 years, Christ Jesus along with 144,000 men and women resurrected to life in heaven will rule over the earth. They will serve as kings and priests, administering the benefits of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice and progressively elevating faithful humans to physical and mental perfection.—Revelation 5:10; 14:1-4; 20:4-6. So please give us a straight answer. Who is right, You or the Watchtower / JW Org ? I don't see a link to the Watchtower article for this. Shame as it would be nice to read it in context. I think right now there is a big difference between the 'wicked' and the 'unrighteous'.
  9. They never were 'distress pangs'. that was just a false teaching of the Watchtower. Funny how now You call it Birth Pangs, the scripture has always called it that. Matthew 24:8 New International VersionAll these are the beginning of birth pains. New Living TranslationBut all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come. English Standard VersionAll these are but the beginning of the birth pains. Berean Study BibleAll these are the beginning of birth pains. Berean Literal BibleAnd all these are the beginning of birth pains. New American Standard BibleBut all these things are merely the beginning of birth pains. NASB 1995“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. NASB 1977“But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs. Christian Standard BibleAll these events are the beginning of labor pains. Holman Christian Standard BibleAll these events are the beginning of birth pains.
  10. Zechariah 8: 22 & 23 And many peoples and mighty nations will come to seek Jehovah of armies in Jerusalem and to beg for the favor of Jehovah.’23 “This is what Jehovah of armies says, ‘In those days ten men out of all the languages of the nations will take hold, yes, they will take firm hold of the robe of a Jew, saying: “We want to go with you, for we have heard that God is with you people.” " Was this a one time happening, or is it prophecy ? If it is prophecy then the JEW must be Spiritual and not just one person. And if God is with the JEW = Spiritual Jews = Anointed, then are those Anointed inspired or just guided by God ? ------------------------------------------------------------------ Acts 2 : 17 & 18 17 ‘“And in the last days,” God says, “I will pour out some of my spirit on every sort of flesh, and your sons and your daughters will prophesy and your young men will see visions and your old men will dream dreams, 18 and even on my male slaves and on my female slaves I will pour out some of my spirit in those days, and they will prophesy. We know this was fulfilled at that time as mentioned in Acts, but is it still a prophecy for our time ? It says 'in the Last Days', and we are lving in the Last Days. It says God will 'pour out some of His spirit'. Is that to inspire or to guide those mentioned ? Surely they would need to be inspired to be able to prophesy ? The scripture must mean TRUE prophecy so it would need TRUE inspiration. But when ?
  11. John 5 : 28 & 29 28Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice 29and come out— those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. So the faithful ones will get a resurrection to LIFE, not judgement. Jesus was sent to the lost House of Israel. Those that believed Jesus were to be of Spiritual Israel. Those of Spiritual Israel do not get a second judgement. It was Spiritual Israel / Christ's bride that Jesus died for. Christ's death does not cover the Earthly Class as yet. Revelation 5 : 9&10 And they sing a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, for you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kingsr over the earth.” The Chosen ones. The ones Christ died for. Some of those Anointed are still living and will not have 'proven' themselves until their death or until they are taken up from this Earth. So then how has that 'thousand years' finished ? Unless you are saying all the Anointed HAVE NOW proved themselves. I disagree with you entirely on all this....
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    Allegations also say other elders threatened to sue family of victim if they referred abuse complaint to law enforcement. A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a local woman who said she was repeatedly sexually assaulted as a child by an elder at the Rockland Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Rockport. The lawsuit was filed Sept. 30 in the Knox County court against the Rockport congregation and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc. The woman said she was molested multiple occasions between 1993 and 1996 when she was 11 to 13 years old. The victim disclosed to her mother about the abuse in 1996 and the mother immediately informed the other elders of the congregation, the lawsuit stated. Instead of investigating the allegations or removing the elder from his position, the elders threatened a lawsuit against the victim’s family if they went public. That pressure led the family not to report the abuse to law enforcement, according to the lawsuit. Shortly after the woman reported the abuse, the congregation disfellowshipped her, with the elder who said she abused her being on the judicial committee that took the action. Bigos said the Washington man who molested the young woman remains an elder and is the registered agent for the congregation. According to the lawsuit, at age 17 the victim wanted to rejoin the Jehovah’s Witnesses along her with then-boyfriend but she was told she would need to recant her abuse allegation. The lawsuit also alleges that Watchtower would issue policies to elders and among these recommendations were to report allegations of child molestation to Watchtower rather than law enforcement. The elders should also not warn the congregation of threats posed by an accused child abuser, and the elders should not cooperate when confronted with a search warrant but instead contact Watchtower. Now whether this is hyped up, or if it's just advertising for the Laywers, or even if it's false news. The point is that this CSA reporting against the JW Org is not going away. Will members of the public be 'turned off' from communicating with JWs because of this ? Especially as this Elder still holds his position in the congregation. Yes CSA IS everywhere, but that does not help the org.
  12. Are you suggesting that the whole congregation are the 'Church' ? I would have thought the 'Temple' is the Anointed, and therefore I would think the 'Church' is the Anointed also. Am I wrong ? 1 Corinthians 3:16 Berean Study BibleDo you not know that you yourselves are God’s temple, and that God’s Spirit dwells in you? ----------------------------------------------------------------------- I think you remarked that I use the BSB and you seemed to dislike this ? I do compare it with the NWT but if none are inspired then does it matter that I find the BSB easier to read ? Do you have a suggestion as to a better translation ?
  13. I was wondering, If a person that had been disfellowshipped or left the JW Org and now wanted to return. How would a person make it known that they wanted to return ? What would be the proceedure since Kingdom Halls are closed ? How would a person prove that they really wanted to return ? I've always thought it very sad that when an ex-JW entered a KH, that no one would talk to them. I would have thought that it would show love to welcome that person into the meeting. However there are no KH meetings right now. So what would an ex-JW do ? (I'll await all the hate comments from certain people ) This topic is not a 'confession' that I want to return.
  14. Rutherford said "MILLIONS now living will never die", and at that time there were not even one million of 'them'. But then he 'invented' the Jehovah's Witnesses, and then something happened where the teaching became 'Only JW's will survive because the Org is the 'New Ark'. @JW Insider has written that the 'feeling in the Org' is not to guess how many wil be saved. --------------------------------------------------------------------- This is from the Watchtower as I've shown before.
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    Jesus Judges “the Living” We are now nearing the foretold end of the present system of things, when God will destroy all elements of corrupt human society and remove the wicked. Survivors of this system’s end are “the living” who will be judged.—Revelation 7:9-14; 19:11-16. During that period of judgment, which will last 1,000 years, Christ Jesus along with 144,000 men and women resurrected to life in heaven will rule over the earth. They will serve as kings and priests, administering the benefits of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice and progressively elevating faithful humans to physical and mental perfection.—Revelation 5:10; 14:1-4; 20:4-6. ( That is the Judging of those that live through Armageddon. ) Judging “the Dead” The Bible says that during Judgment Day the dead will “rise up.” (Matthew 12:41) Jesus said that “the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.” (John 5:28, 29) This is not referring to disembodied souls of those who have died. The dead are totally unconscious and do not have a soul that survives death. (Ecclesiastes 9:5; John 11:11-14, 23, 24) Jesus will bring those asleep in death back to life again on earth. Will the judgment of resurrected ones be based on what they did before their death? No. The Bible teaches that “he who has died has been acquitted from his sin.” (Romans 6:7) So, like those who survive the end of this system, those resurrected to life on earth will be judged “according to their deeds” during Judgment Day. (Revelation 20:12, 13) Depending on the final outcome of their actions, this will turn out to be either a resurrection that results in everlasting life or a resurrection that results in destruction. Many of those restored to life will for the first time come to know about Jehovah God and his requirements for life. They will have the opportunity to live in harmony with God’s will and receive everlasting life on earth. ( So the Living and the resurrected Dead will ALL be judged, according to Watchtower teachings ) Rando says that the living are being judged now, and that makes sense. But this W/t information says the Living will be judged after Armageddon. Survivors of this system’s end are “the living” who will be judged. Anna said it is the resurrected dead that will be judged during the 1,000 years. She is right but it will also include those that live through Armageddon. So, like those who survive the end of this system, those resurrected to life on earth will be judged “according to their deeds” during Judgment Day. Arauna, In your comment above Ezekiel 9 talks about the angel with the inkpot that will mark everyone for survival through Armageddon. We are in this period right now! The winds of destruction are being held back for the 144000 to be sealed and also for the great crowd to be marked! We are marked according to our Christian personality. ................ The bible itself says they must have the name of the father AND the son! If you read your bible regularly you will feel guilty over any behavior that is unacceptable to Jehovah and adjust it according to the righteous standards of God - being NICE is NOT the criteria! Accepting Jehovah and his Son means that we also accept those "principles " which most people find tedious and unnecessary! I agree with this. But I note you do not say that one 'has to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses' Which then brings me back to the point of the JW teaching, that one has to be a baptised JW to be saved'. Remember how the teaching about the Superior Authorities (Romans) was taught properly by Russell/Rutherford (one of them), but then is was misused by the Watchtower / JW org. Then eventually it got put right again. Well maybe Rutherford was right about the Millions outside of the 'fold' being saved, but then the Watchtower / JW Org misused the idea. Maybe it will swing back the other way soon.
  15. In the countries where CSA is reported it is mainly because government deparments have investigated ALL religions and clubs etc that involve children being close to adults. Even charities are investigated for CSA. It's very strange that the USA doesn't seem to be investigating on a large scale. Here in UK the Charity Commision and the IICSA have both been involved in deep investigations of CSA in religions. I believe that the Australian Royal Commision started with the investigation of the Catholic church.
  16. I challenge you to find even one post where i have said I know who 'the real F&DS and Anointed' are >>>>>>>>>>> I use the words True Anointed because the GB / Watchtower have written that 'many of the ones taking the Emblems are mentally ill and not actually Anointed ones. I've also said that in my opinion God through Christ will bring forward the True Anointed remnant and establish them in their rightful place. But I've never said and never written that I know who they are. In fact I don't think there is a F&DS right now. Hence I am Patiently waiting for Truth, and waiting for those True Anointed ones that will guide us to truth. That's a bit like saying, you would rather jump on a train going in the wrong direction, rather than waiting for the right train.
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    Jesus Judges “the Living” We are now nearing the foretold end of the present system of things, when God will destroy all elements of corrupt human society and remove the wicked. Survivors of this system’s end are “the living” who will be judged.—Revelation 7:9-14; 19:11-16. During that period of judgment, which will last 1,000 years, Christ Jesus along with 144,000 men and women resurrected to life in heaven will rule over the earth. They will serve as kings and priests, administering the benefits of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice and progressively elevating faithful humans to physical and mental perfection.—Revelation 5:10; 14:1-4; 20:4-6. Anna, this is talking about the Survivors that live through 'this system's end'. But they must have already been judged worth saving, and, they must have been hiding somewhere safe, because that picture looks like ALL people are being killed. When we think of Sodom and Gomorrah, everyone there was destroyed. This image, and many more like it, seem to be based on the destruction on Soddom and Gomorrah, complete destruction. What you say makes sense, but it isn't what the WT article says.
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