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A Plea to Jehovah's Witnesses

A Plea to Jehovah's Witnesses


I want everyone to know that the reason this web site exists is because of the love I have for Jehovah's Witnesses. If you have viewed the content of this site, you may find that hard to believe, however, please read on and allow me to explain. In my 35 years as a Jehovah's Witness I met hundreds of wonderful people and developed close friendships with many of you. I know that Jehovah's Witnesses are good, hardworking and conscientious people whose goal in life is to serve Jehovah in the manner He prescribes. Jehovah's Witnesses spend much of their time going from house to house in an effort to reach others with the kingdom message. I know that the house to house work is not easy. It was not for me but we do it to save our neighbors from the destruction in the last days of this system of things. I have a very deep respect for the dedication and sincerity of Jehovah's Witnesses. Why then do I have a web site that features the failed prophecies and teaching errors of Jehovah's Witnesses?

During the 35 years that I was a Jehovah's Witness I never doubted that I was a part of the one true religion. I truly believed that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society was indeed, God's spokesman. I was a very active Jehovah's Witness. After being baptized I became a ministerial servant and later an elder. I served as a book study conductor, pioneered, was on the hospital visitation committee, and served as the Theocratic Ministry School overseer for over 17 years. I gave assembly talks, wedding talks, funeral talks, Memorial talks, special talks, served on countless judicial committees and I gave a public talk nearly every month during the 20 years I was an Elder. My entire life revolved around "the truth". I never looked beyond the Society for answers to Bible questions. I accepted without question everything the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society taught as "the truth".

Due to health problems my 95-year-old grandmother moved in with our family in the early 1990's and needed 24 hour care. The added responsibility of caring for my grandmother decreased my meeting attendance and field service time. In time I had to give up my responsibilities as a book study conductor, later I had to resign as Theocratic Ministry School overseer and eventually my appointment as elder.

With less responsibility in the congregation and more responsibility at home I began to spend less time at the Kingdom Hall. During my evenings at home with my grandmother I did a lot of personal Bible reading. The more Bible reading I did the more I began to question the teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. I remembered the thought in the Paradise book:

"How should you feel if proof is given that what you believe is wrong? For example, say that you were in a car, traveling for the first time to a certain place. You have a road map, but you have not taken time to check it carefully. Someone has told you the road to take. You trust him, sincerely believing that the way he has directed you is correct. But suppose it is not. What if someone points out the error? What if he, by referring to your own map, shows that you are on the wrong road? Would pride or stubbornness prevent you from admitting that you are on the wrong road? Well, then, if you learn from an examination of your Bible that you are traveling a wrong religious road, be willing to change. Avoid the broad road to destruction; get on the narrow road to life!"

I had used this example so many times in my preaching work as a Jehovah's Witness to get others to examine their religion. How could I be honest with Jehovah and myself if I were not applying the advice given by the Faithful and Discreet Slave? I decided to examine the road map I had been following for all these years and began to do some research. I started with some of the older publications of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society that I had in my personal library but never read. Much to my amazement, I began to see the teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society in a different light. I was amazed to learn about Beth Sarim, an expensive mansion that Jehovah's Witnesses built in 1929 for the soon-to-return-princes and was actually deeded to David, Gideon, Barak, Samson, and others.  During the Great Depression years Judge Rutherford used this mansion as a summer home. See Beth Sarim. I discovered that Jehovah's Witnesses were very adamant about the end coming in 1881, 1914, 1915, 1918, and 1925. Publishers sold their homes, quit their jobs or took other life changing measures to prepare for the end in those years just as I did and saw many others do in 1975. I was astonished at the number of failed prophecies I discovered. The more research I did the more failed prophecies I found. I have listed some of them on this web site under Failed Prophecies. My research of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society's own literature made me doubt that they were the Faithful and Discreet Slave mentioned in Matthew chapter 24.

Discovering this information was very disturbing, but even more disturbing to me was that when the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, Jehovah's "Faithful and Discreet Slave", referred to these past teachings in publications such as the Proclaimers book they glossed over and misrepresented many of those teachings. I felt that was neither faithful nor discreet.

My confidence in the teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society had been severely shaken and that motivated me to investigate the New World Translation. I did not want to rely on the interpretations of others so I enrolled in a New Testament Greek class. I completed 2 semesters with a B average. I completed most of a third semester but was unable to finish due to health problems. I do not by any means pretend to be a Greek scholar but I learned enough Greek grammar to see that there was no way John 1:1 can be translated the way the New World Translation committee did. Translating John 1:1 to say that Jesus is "a god" violates basic Greek rules of grammar. Also if John 1:1 is translated to say that Jesus is "a God", He must be a true God and could not be a false God. This conflicts with John 17:3 which says Jehovah is the "only true God". I discovered other scriptures where the translators of the New World Translation had added, omitted or changed words in order to hide the Deity of Jesus. See New World Translation Errors.

After much prayer and deliberation I wrote a letter to my local congregation to inform them that I no longer considered myself to be a Jehovah's Witness. Reflecting on my discoveries I realized that had my grandmother not moved in with our family, I might never have had the time to do the personal Bible reading that opened my eyes to the truth. Because the Bible reading and research I did was so time consuming, keeping up with my congregation responsibilities prevented me from doing this research earlier.

I realize that if you are an active Jehovah's Witness your time to research the road map you are following is limited as well as discouraged. I have put vital information on this web site should you decide to "refer to your own road map", as I did. I encourage you to explore the information on this web site prayerfully and with an open mind in addition to the many other web sites about Jehovah's Witnesses. See Related Links. If the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is truly Jehovah's Faithful and Discreet Slave, they should be able to stand up to the closest scrutiny. Jehovah's Word holds up under the closest examination, so should His true slave.

If you are hesitant to read material about Jehovah's Witnesses published by anyone other than the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, I fully understand. I encourage you to prayerfully read the Bible's book of John, in a popular translation other than the New World Translation prayerfully, with an open mind and with the goal of understanding the identity of Jesus Christ. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and I pray your efforts to find the truth are successful.

Email Cal Lehman with your comments, good or bad I would love to hear from you.

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