A. History: The movement was started by Charles Taze Russell. In 1870, at the age of 18, Russell formed a Bible class whose members eventually made him their pastor. Russell wrote, traveled, preached, and formed the Watchtower Society, the governing body for the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He died in 1916 and was succeeded by Joseph F. Rutherford, who coined the term “Jehovah’s Witnesses” for the group.
Thomas Watson – If there be one God subsisting in three persons, then let us give equal reverence to all the persons in the Trinity. There is not more or less in the Trinity; the Father is not more God than the Son and Holy Ghost. There is an order in the Godhead, but no degrees; one person has not a majority or super eminence above another, therefore we must give [...]
In my years of ministry I have come to see that men do not reject the Bible because it contradicts itself, but rather because it contradicts them. When I started my own journey towards faithfulness to God I asked sincerely and honestly to what His will was for my life. I read many religious books like the Pali, Bhagavad Gita, the Tibetan book of the dead, Book of Mormon and the [...]
Did Paul and Jesus teach something different, or the same thing? The Apostle Paul said, “If anyone advocates a different doctrine, and does not agree with sound words, those of our Lord Jesus Christ, and with the doctrine conforming to godliness, he is conceited and understands nothing” (1 Timothy 6:3-4).
A common criticism of historic orthodox Christianity is the claim that early Christianity was corrupted by the intellectual forces of 'Hellenism.' (Hellenism, of course, refers to the influence of ancient Greek philosophy and culture, which spread throughout the Mediterranean world after the conquests of Alexander the Great in the fourth century BC.)
Muslim scholars interpret this ayah (verse) as a divine promise that the text of the Qur’an would be preserved perfectly, down to the smallest detail. Thus, it is quite common to hear Muslims around the world claim that the Qur’an has remained entirely unchanged since it was revealed to Muhammad. But is this how Muhammad’s companions interpreted chapter 15, verse 9 of the Qur’an?
In the last 100 years we can recognize a firm attack on the person and work of Jesus Christ. It has even gone so far that the very historicity of Jesus seems to be in question. What is even more alarming is that all these ―contradictions‖ and assumptions seem to come directly from the interpretation of certain biblical portions and statements. What would the implications be if Jesus was not God [...]
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. 2 They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, 3 but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. 4 While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. 5 In [...]
God's providence gave us the 27 book New Testament Canon, not the church. God, not men decided the canon. This providence does not mean that church leaders were inspired in their selecting the canon, only that God had his eye on the scriptures the whole time and brought about His will to form the Bible we see today!