1 568 baptised at Jehovah’s Witnesses international convention

At least 1 568 bible students were baptised at the Jehovah’s Witnesses international convention at the National Sports Stadium yesterday.

By Our Staff

The convention, which is the first of its kind, also saw the number of people attending the second day of the three-day convention going up to 74 694 from 68 916 who attended the first day of the religious jamboree which started on Friday.

The convention organiser Effort Mugabe said the oldest of the baptismal candidates was 97 years old while the youngest was seven years old.

Two other candidates were aged 85 years.

The candidates were baptised after a six month to two year bible course.

At the convention, several publications were released titled Your Family Can Be Happy, Teach Your Children and God’s Kingdom Rules.

The baptismal candidates said they were happy to have made history by getting baptized at the first international convention in the country.

Yesterday’s programme urged followers to focus their lives on inheriting God’s kingdom regardless of the many adversities people are facing.

Speaker after speaker spoke about the need for witnesses to remain resolute.

Some of the talks which kept the crowd captivated were “Who will inherit God’s kingdom”, “The kingdom’s good news has to be preached first” and “Pursue goals that can help you inherit the kingdom.”

Today’s focus will be on the public discourse themed Earth’s Rulers, Who Really Qualifies?” and a full costume drama.

There are 7,9 million Witnesses from 239 countries in 113 000 congregations globally.

In Zimbabwe there are 42 000 Witnesses.

57 Responses to 1 568 baptised at Jehovah’s Witnesses international convention

  1. manuel August 24, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    Jw org

  2. Isabella Botticelli August 24, 2014 at 9:03 pm #

    While Jehovah’s Witnesses’ nice, clean and organized, they are in reality a harmful and dangerous cult.
    They insist on policies that perpetrate domestic violence, child abuse and protect pedophiles. They are currently under investigation in the UK for their ‘historic’ bad record of dealing with child abuse. There are dozens of books that can be purchased by the public, written by victims of these despicable abuses and polices.
    They are responsible for the deaths of thousands (perhaps even millions) due to their bad medical advice and suicides within their org. They have previously forbidden vaccinations, organ transplants, and now blood transfusions, and people died obeyed their unbiblical commands – which they later REVERSED. Even now, most JWs don’t even know they are ‘allowed’ so many blood ‘fractions’ that it makes up whole blood – which they are still forbidden to take!
    They practice a form of extreme shunning, treating family members who leave as if they are dead, even if they are minors (you can actually read this in their November 15, 2014 Watchtower magazine). They are under investigation in Finland for the violation of human rights articles.
    Like other cults, they make grandiose promises in order to ‘hook’ people in. Jim Jones did it by promising people equality and peace. JWs do it by promising people an earthly paradise with no crime, sickness, war or suffering. Who doesn’t want that? But it’s all a gigantic lie to bring in followers/money. The only places in the world JWs have been gaining members in the last decade, is impoverished countries or where people have little accesses to public information.
    The WBTS is a very wealthy publishing corporation, with a litany of lawyers, parading as a religion and a “charity.” While other churches operate hospitals, orphanages, care for the homeless, etc., JWs contribute nothing to their community; unless you consider preaching billions of people will by destroyed by God at Armageddon (in which only THEY will be saved) as “charity”!
    If you want to know who JWs are, a 10 minute online search will tell you everything you need to know about this cult. If ever there were a wolf in sheep’s clothing, they are it.

    • phill August 25, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      wow! you seem well informed and nothing at all! Isabella. before you open your mouth you should do your research well. you’re just mad because the Witnesses actually educate people on Bible truth, All for FREE! there’s no obligation to convert. Besides, you DON’T convert, you become a Jehovah’s witness from your appreciation to the God of the Bible Jehovah for opening up your eyes to all the lies spread by Christendom for hundreds of years. Real Bible knowledge makes them better and honest citizens, workers, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, oh, and respectful neighbors too. Loving christians who SHARE the beautiful Bible’s message voluntarily, at no cost and without obligation to anyone. btw their Bible based literature is FREE because they make a VOLUNTARY DONATION so you dont have to.

      • Brenda Lee August 25, 2014 at 7:39 pm #

        Phill, I don’t blame you for saying apostates are mad. Here’s an example of an ‘unhappy’ apostate: Watch this video on You Tube. It’s called: Should I Study With Jehovah’s Witnesses? They Seem Like Very Nice People


      • Rachel M August 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm #

        Oh Phill, just parroting what the Society tells you to say when challenged. It keeps your mind away from the place of cognitive dissonance…when something is said that deep down, challenges your bible-trained conscience…and you don’t want to deal with it. Pretty sure a former JW knows allllll about what you just wrote, so not a good idea to say she “didn’t research” 😉 Former JW not only know doctrine, but the reasons behind it. It would be a good idea to do your own research, Phill.

      • Ron August 26, 2014 at 12:40 am #

        Wow phill you really do think the JW’s are all that? If you were allowed to do the research you would find definitive proof that the JW’s are not as innocent as you have been led to believe. My suggestion, and I mean no disrespect, but you should Grow a back bone and start thinking for yourself and not let imperfect men do it for you.

        • rebecca August 26, 2014 at 4:11 am #

          I agree ron, Phil obviously is deluded in his thinking and has not done real research on this.

        • Astrid August 27, 2014 at 11:37 pm #

          Now now Ron, a good witness does not think for himself, the GB are there to do that for him.

      • dera August 28, 2014 at 3:47 pm #

        Phill, you sound like you have swallowed Watchtower bate…………..I was a JW for 30 years, founding members of our then local congregation. When I was “used and abused” over those years, I researched outside of their own publications, and found quite a different story then they tell. It is a shame you will not investigate your own religion, what is there to be afraid of if you have the world’s only truth?
        What they learn is that all other religions are evil and lie. Guess what, you should do a google search on JWfacts , just yesterday in Austrailia another JW elder was up on sex abuse charges………..raped a little girl over 100 times from her age 7 – 13. Read about that.
        JW religion ruptures families………45 members of my family no longer speak to me………..How’s that for a loving religion?

    • Reader August 25, 2014 at 2:37 pm #

      We don’t talk to or read or respond to apostates. Sorry. Awesome convention. Zimbabweans have great respect for JWs including 82000 who attended.

    • Reader August 25, 2014 at 2:38 pm #

      We don’t talk to or read or respond to apostates. Sorry. Awesome convention. Zimbabweans have great respect for JWs including 82000 who attended. The apostates are unhappy. They are now descending on Zimbabwe. John 8:44

      • Brenda Lee August 25, 2014 at 7:38 pm #

        I don’t blame you for not talking to apostates. Here’s an example of an ‘unhappy’ apostate: Watch this video on You Tube. It’s called: Should I Study With Jehovah’s Witnesses? They Seem Like Very Nice People


      • Rachel M August 25, 2014 at 8:24 pm #

        Why do you not ‘talk to apostates’? What are you afraid of? Confirmation of that little voice in your head saying there is something not..quite..right about the things you’re being taught? Maybe if you do read and listen to what those who are former JW have to say, you’ll find the peace you think you are reaching for in this religion.

    • niki August 25, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

      Wow, u need to do some better research there isabella, dont know you got that from, im studying to be a jehovahs witness. Going on my second year of studying and learning the bible. Let me tell you something about your comment on blood, a blood transfusion killed my brother, he got hepatitis c from it. Preachers tell you what they want you hear, which is lies, how can people honestly celebrate all these holidays and lie to heir kids, really??? Its wrong, the bible says it wrong, i seen something on t.v. the other day where they were trying to show people that preachers teach what they want people to Know, most church goers said they would rather not learn the truth, they like what they have been taught, dont wanna tell their kids the truth about a fake santa and bunny etc. Jehovahs name is in the bible more 7000 times , it was in the kjv until man took out jehovahs name, read psalm. 83 18 in the old kjv. His name is there, and man took it out of the bible. The truth is in the bible.read it and you will b surprised at what u learn, especially read about people goin to hell, lol really???no body is gonna burn forever.

      • Brenda Lee August 25, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

        Niki, are you prepared to get baptized and shun a family member someday, or be shunned yourself? If you have grandchildren or children, are you prepared to never see them again someday? Are you willing to grow old and be abandoned by Jehovah’s Witnesses as my 84-yr-old mother was in this video–to be on your death bed someday waiting for a paradise that is “just around the corner”?

        Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9aNj8bIXDA

        Should I Study With Jehovah’s Witnesses? They Seem Like Very Nice People

        Don’t be afraid to learn the truth. You still have time.

      • Joyce August 25, 2014 at 8:56 pm #

        As a former JW, I left on my own accord and immediately was shunned by other JW’s.. This was back in the mid 80’s. I did NOTHING wrong, but left because I had to take care of my step dad who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Not once did anyone check up on me to see if I was okay, etc. I never did go back and soon found out that what JW’s teach about “Christiandom” is totally false. I found a really good “Christian” church which was non-denominational and my eyes were open. 15 years later when my mom died, I was amazed with the true love that I received from the other Christians in the church I was going too. I never experienced that type of love when I was a JW. The bible does NOt teach that celebrating birthday’s is wrong.. JW’s twist things around to make it look like it is not ok.. just like they twist many things around. So glad that my eyes were truly opened when I found Christ… Yes, many churches do use God’s name.. Did you know there were several forms of Jehovah? Probably not… Shoot, the Bible Tract Society would never want you to find that out! They changed their bible to match their belief system. So glad that I am out of the grasp of that cult. I didn’t realize how badly I was brain washed until AFTER I left…

      • BIll Benson August 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

        @niki Do you know where the English translation (Jehovah) of the tetragrammaton came from?
        It was made up (invented, if you will) by a 12th century Catholic monk. You can check in the 1971 publication from the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society “Aid to Bible Understanding”.
        Interesting, huh?

      • Rachel August 26, 2014 at 12:24 am #

        Niki…you poor, nearly completely brainwashed waif. This: “they would rather not learn the truth, they like what they have been taught”. Have you applied this to what you’re learning from the JW? Do you take what they’re teaching you “from the Bible” (I use quotes, because you’re really learning from the literature, which twists and shoves bible verses into what they teach as doctrine…not the other way around) as 100%, irrefutable truth or do you research the religion you’re selling your life for?
        Interesting you bring up blood transfusions… Firstly, Hep C does not in itself kill a person. People live with it many, many years. It’s a virus that makes a person more susceptable to liver disease. Again – do your research. Also on blood – do some research on fractions. Think of fractions as the ham, the lettuce and the bread of a ‘sandwich’ (JW love illustrations. It’s a part of mental conditioning. Really.) Fractions are allowed, but blood as a whole is not. So don’t you dare make a ham sandwich. Is this logical? No. There is so much information — scientific, logical information — that proves the JW “blood doctrine” a dangerous, murderous teaching. I don’t know how anyone can stomach a religion that puts pictures of dead children on an Awake cover, and celebrate their martyrdom for refusing blood. Sick, so sick.
        The name Jehovah was put into the bible by JW to support their using it. Backwards. That one is pretty easy to refute, you just have to be willing and open to researching the history of the name. And not just from JW literature. Factual literature.
        “going to hell” – that’s pretty much what life as a JW is like. Your “spirituality” will be judged on what you say, wear, drive, eat, do for entertainment, hobbies, work and whom you talk to outside of the organization. It isn’t about Jehovah judging – it’s your brothers and sisters in the “truth” judging you. And it’s not a very nice feeling.
        You still have a chance to turn around from the path leading you into what will ultimately be unhappiness. I hope you’re smart enough to research and learn ‘the truth about the truth’, and escape before your mind, heart and life is encaged.

        • jordao September 1, 2014 at 7:21 am #

          haha, sure call her names, that will make her quit! you guys are adorable.

      • Ron August 26, 2014 at 12:48 am #

        Niki read Luke 21:8 and see if you can keep an open mind while reading it. The Bible is very easy to understand and this verse makes it clear what you do not want to be doing. Also read Genesis 22 the first 5 verses. You will find something interesting in verse 5. Something the elders won’t tell you. It’s in your Bible so you are doing nothing wrong.

      • rebecca August 26, 2014 at 4:12 am #

        I agree, watch out nikki. they trap you.

      • Val August 26, 2014 at 5:33 am #

        Niki, I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 30 years and was baptized as an adult. I can relate to what you are saying but you do not know the true facts. You only get snippets of scripture. Please go to JWfacts.com and find out the real truth before you dedicate your life to this religion. BTW, Jehovah’s name was never in the original Greek scriptures but were added by a Jehovah’s Witness named Fred Franz who was at one time the President of the WtBTS and he was not a bible scholar at all he never finished college. Jehovah is not the true name of God but was made up by Raymond Mantini a Catholic Monk in 1428. Please do your research with something other than JW.org. You will find it very interesting and it will enlighten you. Please don’t waste the rest of your life caught up in a cult. Check out freedomofmind.com for more information on cults.

      • luke August 26, 2014 at 12:39 pm #

        Niki. Run. Run as far and as fast as you can. I was a JW for 36 years before I decided to research outside of JW.org. What I discovered was lie upon untruth upon misdirection. Im sorry to read your brother died, but a blood transufsion SAVED my little boys life! Isnt it better to give a person a chance at life instead of refusing it completely?
        As for holidays, there is no BIBLICAL reason to not celebrate them. The pagan reasons the JW teach are merely a form of control. Think of this, the drinking of blood is used in many pagan ceremonies. It is a pagan ritual. So why did jesus ask us to symbolicly drink his blood? Isnt it pagan? And why do the JW celebrate this pagan ritual but ignore the holiday and birthday celebrations? If you just research outside the JW.org then you will realize its just not what they promise.
        P.S. at your next bible study, ask your conductor to look for ‘paradise earth’ in the bible search bar on the JW.org website. You will find 0 results. So if paradise earth isnt in the bible, why do JW preach it?

        Just think about it. 😉

      • Astrid August 27, 2014 at 11:39 pm #

        Niki, how many times do you open the Bible during your study? Is it to see what God says or is it just to confirm what your conductor has just said or you have just read in the book you are studying? Read the verses preceding and following the cited scriptures, you will find the context is very different and you may learn something.

    • Mjr September 3, 2014 at 1:10 am #

      Wow I’m not even one of JW’ and I know that’s a load of rubbish you’ve just stated right there. You clearly haven’t got a clue about the actual religion itself. Don’t state your opinions down as facts.

  3. Graham August 24, 2014 at 11:49 pm #

    Jesus was 30 when he was baptized by John. We are taught he was perfect… yet, he went through all the strains and tests of his formative years before he took his vow before God, by baptism.

    Your article mentions the baptism of a 7 year old child… an imperfect child… that will face all the strains and tests that Jesus went through.

    What will happen if that child goes “off the rails”? That child if “unrepentant”, will be excommunicated from its only source of love… and this at a time when the child needs all the love it can get.

    What kind of religion could Shun a child and cut it off from all love. Is this Christ like?

    NO! it is not

    • rebecca August 26, 2014 at 2:53 am #

      yeah, what kind of religion thinks it is ok to baptize a 7 year old and hold him to that “decision” his whole life?

      • Gego August 28, 2014 at 7:35 am #

        The catholic church …

  4. Alex August 25, 2014 at 12:36 am #

    The ‘Organization’ is really a handful of men at Bethel. They make all decisions and control almost 8 million lives. If you disagree with even the smallest of the Watchtowers teachings, you may be cut off from your baptized family and friends for life.
    These handful of men call themselves ‘the governing body’. A term not found in the bible.
    They claim that God only communicates through them to the world today and that only they can interpret the bible. If you do any research outside of the official publications of this group you will be disciplined up to and including shunning. Yet there is much to hide about the Watchtower’s past and their use of their own publications which differ from the bibles teachings.

    Truly this is a high control group. It is a pacifist hate group. They will love bomb you but their love is conditional.

  5. Beware of Apostates August 25, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Watch out for apostates with English surnames with English opinions.

    • Brenda Lee August 25, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

      Yes, please do watch out for apostates. Start by watching this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9aNj8bIXDA

      Should I Study With Jehovah’s Witnesses? They Seem Like Very Nice People

      • rebecca August 26, 2014 at 3:24 am #

        thanks Brenda!

  6. Drew August 25, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

    42,000 JWs in Zimbabwe? 43,500 now. So great to hear encouraging reports in the media too. What other organisation is so organised and united?
    It is funny that these reports always attract such bitter serial-grippers. Alarmed by any favourable mention of Jehovah’s witnesses, they scramble to negate such praise!. If we rescued a dozen orphans from a fire they would probably find a way to twist it around into something negative.
    But I guess we would start to wonder if the world was fond of us, and there weren’t ones obsessed with turning us away from the kingdom work.
    And congrats on the special campaign to advertise the JW.org website brothers and sisters! Keep enthusiastic about what the kingdom rule is achieving. As the world reels from crisis to crisis, keep the hope the Bible holds out clear in your minds. There is good news being preached, and it increases every day!

    • tk August 25, 2014 at 5:37 pm #

      awesome convention. Today, monday we took off so as to go and clean the stadium. The people in Zimbabwe respest Witnesses. Not to mention the authorities. Imagine, we had no police men to control the 82 000 of us. Except for a few we hired to control traffic outside the stadium

    • Joyce August 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm #

      I’m sure there are more Christians then JW’s in Zimbabwe…. Do you truly believe everything that the Bible Tract Society in NY tells you? I sure wouldn’t if I were you! lol

    • JB August 25, 2014 at 9:35 pm #

      This world is a horrible place because of big organizations, organized and united.

      Those “virtues” you talk about don’t mean a thing.

    • alan August 25, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

      They may be united in Zimbabwe but they are certainly not in the UK. I regularly get shunned by witnesses and yet others talk freely with me. The ones who shun me do do because I no longer share their beliefs and I walked away from the org 20 years ago. Increase is at its lowest for decades and some continents like Europe are seeing practically no increase at all. The internet has helped a lot of course and its great that the society now encourage witnesses to go online, as many are finding websites that expose the societies false doctrines and double standards.

  7. Donnelly Rwakonda August 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm #

    Watchout for apostates.

    • Brenda Lee August 25, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

      Yes, please do watch out for apostates. Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9aNj8bIXDA

      Should I Study With Jehovah’s Witnesses? They Seem Like Very Nice People

    • rebecca August 26, 2014 at 3:54 am #

      how about face facts… you don’t have to talk to apostates, but you know the truth…. you are NOT ALLOWED to think differently than what the Governing Body tells you. they are in complete control of you life, or you could lose everything. just last November the JWs were instructed to follow the GB’s direction, even if it seemed peculiar from a human standpoint at the time. in other words, blindly FOLLOW. also, there are more JWs who LEAVE than any other religion, most of all the new numbers are coming from impoverished countries.

  8. Brenda Lee August 25, 2014 at 7:34 pm #

    Watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9aNj8bIXDA

    Should I Study With Jehovah’s Witnesses? They Seem Like Very Nice People

  9. JB August 25, 2014 at 9:18 pm #

    … and please don’t call people “apostates” like an insult. This is hate speech.

    • jordao September 1, 2014 at 7:35 am #

      hahahaha @JB, and what are all the other comments? not hate against JWs? Why, this blog is like rotting fruit to flies. Apostates are attracted to JWs, thank you so much for your interest, you are fulfilling prophecy! Me for one, I appreciate being slandered and abused by apostates, since it proves we are in the True Way. Matthew 24:9, for instance: 9 “Then people will hand you over to tribulation and will kill you, and you will be hated by all the nations on account of my name. ” Jesus said about those in their families who left ‘the Way’: . 36 Indeed, a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me; and whoever has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy of me.” So we have greater affection for Christ than for apostates, we SHUN apostates, i.e., those who leave THE TRUTH, and actively fight against it, as most of the ‘flies’ in this attractive succulent blog are. Thank you for strengthening my faith in Jehovah’s Witnesses!

  10. JB August 25, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    I think the 97 years old person had enough time to consider his/her options to decide to which ideal to dedicate his/her life. What about a 7 year old ? A seven year old has had a short amount of time to read and research about religion, which is a very complex topic. How healthy is for this 7 year old to “dedicate himself” for life ? Do you know what happens if a baptized JW leaves the Organization (not the religion) ? He will be torn apart from anyone who is a JW, incuding the family. How come his parents allowed this to happen for such a young child ?

  11. Lorraine barrie August 26, 2014 at 12:39 am #

    Jws are a cult. They criticise all religions who perform child baptism and yet you regularly hear reports of minors getting baptised within their organisation. These young children are nit mentally or emotionally mature enough to make such a life changing decision, especially one that locks them under every rule and regulation. Baptism makes you an official member which means you face punishment for stepping out of line. No difference is made between punishment of an adult or punishment of a child. They are on an equal footing which is totally wrong. Age limits are set for most things…..buying alcohol, driving a car, voting, getting married and all for good reason. Being baptised then makes you liable for disfellowshipping…….the ultimate punishment. You are ostracized and isolated even from family members. It is cruel and heartless and is the total opposite of the ‘love’ the profess that sets them apart from all other religions making them the ‘true’ one. The sanitised image they present to the public is far different to what actually goes on inside. There is a huge problem with child abuse, so big that they keep that information from their own members. There is a secret data base of names of child molesters and rapists numbering around 27,000 within the headquarters in new York. They are being investigated in various countries and quite rightly do. It’s time that people knew the truth about what goes on behind the smiles of the people who knock on your door

  12. enzo patchelli August 26, 2014 at 7:26 am #

    I might not be Jehovha’s Witness but my neighbors of more than 50 years are! They are wonderful pple! I adore their life style and have no guts to join them! Their 7 children and abt 9 grandchildren are all alive and respected men and woman married with families! As for me my other son was killed in Iraq, the elder one was killed in gang street battles, my daughter is in prison in Sao Paulo! My only grandson is studying the bible with my neighbors! I am horrified by the hate comments above!

    It is clear that they have no idea of what they are talking about!

    Pharisees, Sadducees, scribes, shame on you

    • Martha August 26, 2014 at 12:16 pm #

      Ask them about their child abuse policy. Ask them about the three witness rule. Actually better still do a bit of research FOR THEM. If you care about them so much you will look out for them.

  13. Siya August 26, 2014 at 8:50 am #

    Jehovah’s witnesses are a worldwide family that glorifies our creator Jehovah what took place over the weekend in Zimbabwe is our time proof that there’s a creator that loves and cares irregardless of the situation, brothers and sisters all over the world unite and give glory to our heavenly father Jehovah.
    They will know that your name is Jehovah you are the most high over the earth Ps 83:18
    All the glory to him Rev 4:11
    As Jehovah’s witnesses we do not follow anyone we follow Jesus example he simple preached door to door showed love to his enemies obeyed his father and taught his disciples how to be good citizens.

  14. ENLIGHTENED August 26, 2014 at 11:24 pm #

    They are a worldwide family…………what about their shunning their own blood relatives if they leave the Kingdom Hall? What about child abuse coverups in their religion? What about the 45 members of my family who shun me because I found out the truth about how they operate.

    A very sad religion. Beware !!

    • jordao September 1, 2014 at 7:38 am #

      Matthew 10:35

  15. llewis August 28, 2014 at 1:22 am #

    can each of the negative reply’s regarding JW which everyone is entitled to have, be replied to with a bible scripture? can you who say they are apostates give a bible Scripture identifying what the bible has to say about apostates? the person who say’s he was shunned can you show as a now quot: christian what the bible says about fellowship who,how and why this was done in the first christian congregations? and the issue regarding Blood is it a opinion made up by Jehovah’s witnesses or is it scriptural? not one of the comments made even regarding baptism reflects any though whatsoever about the witnesses and the bible they claim to live by, I read alot about peoples opinions which really don’t amont up to two cents everyone has one. was Jesus rejected because he was popular twisted etc. as far as the Jews who rejected him felt he was an apostate and deserving of death, before he died he said his followers would be treated the same as he was so go figure

    • jordao September 1, 2014 at 7:44 am #

      2 John 9-11 9 Everyone who pushes ahead and does not remain in the teaching of the Christ does not have God. The one who does remain in this teaching is the one who has both the Father and the Son. 10 If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not receive him into your homes or say a greeting to him. 11 For the one who says a greeting to him is a sharer in his wicked works.
      2 Cor 5:11-13 11 But now I am writing you to stop keeping company with anyone called a brother who is sexually immoral or a greedy person or an idolater or a reviler or a drunkard or an extortioner, not even eating with such a man. 12 For what do I have to do with judging those outside? Do you not judge those inside, 13 while God judges those outside? “Remove the wicked person from among yourselves.”

    • jordao September 1, 2014 at 7:59 am #

      Acts 15:19,20,28,29
      19 Therefore, my decision is not to trouble those from the nations who are turning to God, 20 but to write them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from what is strangled, and from blood.
      28 For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to you except these necessary things: 29 to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols, from blood, from what is strangled, and from sexual immorality. If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper. Good health to you!”
      Gen 9:4
      4 Only flesh with its soul—its blood—YOU must not eat.
      Lev 17: 10-14
      10 “‘As for any man of the house of Israel or some alien resident who is residing as an alien in YOUR midst who eats any sort of blood, I shall certainly set my face against the soul that is eating the blood, and I shall indeed cut him off from among his people. 11 For the soul of the flesh is in the blood, and I myself have put it upon the altar for YOU to make atonement for YOUR souls, because it is the blood that makes atonement by the soul [in it]. 12 That is why I have said to the sons of Israel: “No soul of YOU must eat blood and no alien resident who is residing as an alien in YOUR midst should eat blood.”
      13 “‘As for any man of the sons of Israel or some alien resident who is residing as an alien in YOUR midst who in hunting catches a wild beast or a fowl that may be eaten, he must in that case pour its blood out and cover it with dust. 14 For the soul of every sort of flesh is its blood by the soul in it. Consequently I said to the sons of Israel: “YOU must not eat the blood of any sort of flesh, because the soul of every sort of flesh is its blood. Anyone eating it will be cut off.”
      Deut 12:23 23 Simply be firmly resolved not to eat the blood, because the blood is the soul
      1 Sam 14:34 Do not sin against Jehovah by eating meat with the blood

  16. Voice of reason August 28, 2014 at 6:05 pm #

    please leave nikki alone. we dont force any1 to follow our bible reasonings. those who turned away from being JW be true to yourself : is your life any better now? I may not understand some of the teachings at JW but i know that there way of life is a cut above the rest. It’s made up of imperfect humans like any religion and yes they are abound to be people who fail to reach the mark. Oh yes like JC said: true followers of him are bound to be hate. Its not an easy course i know. But time will only tell just like in Noah’s time

  17. renato September 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm #

    @ ron. I have read Genesis 22, the first five verses and Lukev21:8. What about them? How do these Scriptures prove your point? Please enlighten us.

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