Frequently Asked Questions About Jehovah’s Witnesses

Each article on JWFAQ contrasts what Jehovah’s Witnesses’ official website, JW.ORG says on a given subject with what their publications actually say about the subject.

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Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Have Their Own Bible?

What JW.ORG Says “Jehovah’s Witnesses have used many different translations in their study of the Bible. In languages where it is available, though, we especially appreciate the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures for its use of God’s name, for its accuracy, and for its clarity. Use of God’s name. Some Bible publishers have failed to give… Continue reading Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Have Their Own Bible?

Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Have a Paid Clergy?

What JW.ORG Says “Following the model of first-century Christianity, Jehovah’s Witnesses have no clergy-laity division. All baptized Witnesses are ordained ministers and share in the preaching and teaching work. Witnesses are organized into congregations of about 100 believers. Spiritually mature men in each congregation serve as “older men,” or elders. (Titus 1:5) They do so… Continue reading Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Have a Paid Clergy?

Can a Person Resign From Being One of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

What JW.ORG Says “Yes. A person can resign from our organization in two ways: By formal request. Either orally or in writing, a person can state his decision that he no longer wants to be known as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. By action. A person can take an action that places him outside our worldwide brotherhood. (1 Peter… Continue reading Can a Person Resign From Being One of Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Am I Expected to Become One of Jehovah’s Witnesses if I Study the Bible With Them?

What JW.ORG Says “No, you are not obligated in any way. Millions enjoy our Bible study program without becoming Jehovah’s Witnesses. * The purpose of the program is to show you what the Bible teaches. What you decide to do with that knowledge is up to you. We recognize that faith is a personal matter.​—Joshua 24:15.” The… Continue reading Am I Expected to Become One of Jehovah’s Witnesses if I Study the Bible With Them?

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Vision of Paradise: A Guide

The phrase “paradise earth” does not occur in the Bible. However, the promise of a paradise earth is the foundation of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ hope for the future. Watchtower publications are often laden with idyllic imagery of smiling people in lush, verdant landscapes. Witnesses are often encouraged to use their imaginations to envision paradise as a… Continue reading Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Vision of Paradise: A Guide

Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Vision of Armageddon: A Guide

The word “Armageddon” appears only once in the Bible, but this one word defines Jehovah’s Witnesses. Their preaching work, their understanding of history, current events, their stance on higher education–everything comes down to the imminence of “Jehovah’s Day.” Unlike mainstream Christianity, which typically speaks of Armageddon in vague, “fire and brimstone” terms, Watchtower has given… Continue reading Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Vision of Armageddon: A Guide

Why Don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses Respond to All Accusations Made Against Them?

What JW.ORG Says “Jehovah’s Witnesses follow the Bible’s advice not to respond to all accusations and instances of ridicule. For example, a Bible proverb says: “The one who corrects a ridiculer invites dishonor.” (Proverbs 9:​7, 8; 26:4) Rather than being pulled into quarreling by an undue concern over false accusations, we focus on pleasing God.​—Psalm 119:69. Of… Continue reading Why Don’t Jehovah’s Witnesses Respond to All Accusations Made Against Them?

Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Trying to Earn Salvation by Their Door-to-Door Ministry?

What JW.ORG Says “No. We engage regularly in our door-to-door ministry, but we don’t believe that we earn our salvation by doing such work. (Ephesians 2:8) … We endeavor to share our faith with others, hoping that they will benefit from God’s promises. But we don’t believe that we earn our salvation by engaging in our ministry.… Continue reading Are Jehovah’s Witnesses Trying to Earn Salvation by Their Door-to-Door Ministry?

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