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President Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where the Russian Orthodox Church enjoys the backing of the state, and harassment of Jehovah's Witnesses has spiked in recent years. - The Russian Orthodox church does not like competition...

Persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses by Russia

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Russia’s Supreme Court Ruling Has Negative Impact on Jehovah’s Witnesses

Russia’s Supreme Court decision of April 20, 2017, is having a severe nationwide impact on Jehovah’s Witnesses. Authorities are violating the Witnesses’ fundamental freedoms and criminalizing their religious activities. At the same time, some Russian citizens interpret the decision as a license to discriminate against the Witnesses and even to subject them to hate crimes.



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President Vladimir Putin’s Russia, where the Russian Orthodox Church enjoys the backing of the state, and harassment of Jehovah's Witnesses has spiked in recent years.

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Why Putin’s persecution of Jehovah’s Witnesses should worry us

The brutal treatment of this small, resolutely non-violent religious group is loathsome testimony to the ruthlessness of Russia’s authoritarian regime:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/apr/25/jehovahs-witnesses-russia-putin-persecution

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The decision vilifies the Witnesses and has emboldened some individuals and government officials to inflict further harm, as exemplified by recent incidents.



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Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Christian?

What defines a Christian, surely the basic definition would be someone who follows the teachings of Christ. As Christ himself, on many occasions quoted from the Hebrew scriptures, a Christian following the example of Christ would also accept as truth all that is contained in the Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament.) Without doubt a Christian would also accept what is written in the Christian Greek scriptures (New Testament.) The King James Bible states at 2 Timothy 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness." A Christian thus accepting the Bible as the word of God would recognize that all Christian doctrine and organization would be solely based on the Bible. Do Jehovah’s Witnesses live up to this criterion?

The religious publication Interpretation, in a chapter entitled “The Bible and Modern Religions, Jehovah’s Witnesses,” observes the following: “In their organization and witnessing work, they [Jehovah’s Witnesses] come as close as any group to approximating the primitive Christian community.

What is meant by this? Basically, The Jehovah’s Witness organization is set up to resemble as closely as possible the first century congregation. Back then there was a governing body in Jerusalem, and congregations in several countries cared for by a body of elders, with ministerial servants helping with the day to day cares and responsibilities of the local congregation. There was not a paid clergy class and each member was active in proselytizing. Similarly today, there is no clergy/laity distinction in the ranks of Jehovah’s witnesses and every baptized member is an ordained minister. The elders and ministerial servants in each congregation are not paid, but work secularly to earn a living. Those that work full time at the world headquarters and its branches around the world all have taken a vow of poverty, and receive a small pittance to cover their personal expenses. Following Jesus instructions to preach the good news of God’s kingdom throughout the earth, first century Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses today made that their chief occupation.

With regard to doctrine Jehovah’s Witnesses are accused of not being Christian because amongst other things they:

• Do not believe that God is a trinity
• Do not believe in the immortality of the soul
• Do not believe in hellfire
• Do believe that most humans including themselves will not go to heaven when they die
• Do believe that God will restore the earth to a paradise
• Do believe that the dead will be resurrected back to life, to live in that paradise.

The basis for the above is well explained in their literature which is freely available in over 700 languages. This literature can be viewed in electronic format by going to www.jw.org

The point is that all their beliefs are firmly rooted in the scriptures, not based on human reasoning.
The apostle Paul warned the congregations that apostasy would creep into the congregations and take root. This began with Greek philosophy being promoted by various individuals who had no love of Bible Truth. During the third century Constantine brought about a Universal (Catholic) religion that incorporated the belief systems of a now doctrinally corrupted Christianity and various pagan Roman and Greek. From this sprung ideas that contradicted the clear teachings of the Bible. The Trinity, based on various other pagan trinities came into being. The idea that man (and other animals) is a soul was replaced with the notion that man has a soul that survives death. The hell fire doctrine was also incorporated. The pagan fertility symbol of the cross, (also associated with the false god Tamuz) was also adopted.

Regarding the soul, the King James version says this:

Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul. (A soul was not inserted!)

Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die. ( . . . and we are all sinners are we not?)

Ecclesiastes 9: 10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest. (Basically the dead are unconscious.)

In view of all the above, Jehovah’s Witnesses are indeed Christian.

One Final thing. Why do they call themselves Jehovah’s Witnesses?

The Lord's pray states, as found at Matthew 6: 10 in the King James Version: “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.”

What is that name?

The King James version supplies the answer:
Psalm 83:18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.


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Russia’s Supreme Court Ruling Has Negative Impact on Jehovah’s Witnesses

The decision vilifies the Witnesses and has emboldened some individuals and government officials to inflict further harm, as exemplified by recent incidents.



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