The “Order of Special Full-Time Servants”

[Original publication date: September 5, 2003]

by Kent Steinhaug

When browsing the Watchtower Library 2001 I found some references to a new religious order inside the Watchtower, an order I have never heard of before. This is the stuff that made me stop and wonder:religious-order-2

  • ***yb02 p.30: Highlights of the Past Year***

    On Saturday, June 2, 2001, 676 invited guests from the islands of the Barbados branch and 15 other countries enjoyed the dedication program, which included a history of the work in Barbados. The highlight of the program was the talk “Making Jehovah’s Heart Rejoice,” delivered with infectious warmth by John E. Barr of the Governing Body. For the benefit of those who could not be accommodated at the dedication program itself, a special meeting was held on the following day. It was attended by 3,332.

    Staffing such branch facilities worldwide are a total of 20,133 ordained ministers. All are members of the Order of Special Full-Time Servants.

I found many other references to this mysterious new order, like these: Continue reading “The “Order of Special Full-Time Servants””

Want to Date a Jehovah’s Witness?

[Original publication date: March 15, 2004 by Kent Steinhaug]

Dating sites are popular – also among the Jehovah’s Witnesses. On the site jwconnections.com you can find single JWs to date – if you should be interested.

sister-robertaSister Roberta is looking for: “Someone who has my same interests, and someone who loves jehovah whole heartedly.”

Jehovah’s Witnesses Online

The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society has warned Jehovah’s Witnesses about the dangers of Internet usage repeatedly. It seems the Witnesses don’t follow the orders a whole lot – at least not all of them

On www.jwconnections.com you can search for single Jehovah’s Witnesses for dating. The picture to the right is of “Sister Roberta” from Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States. She’s one of a lot of JWs searching for someone to marry.

Take a look. . . . Continue reading “Want to Date a Jehovah’s Witness?”

Russell: An unnoticed Mason?

C. T. Russell
C. T. Russell

[Original publication date: September 3, 2004]

According to proponents of Russell’s membership in freemasonry, the Russells, father and son, would have been particularly prominent Masons, the proof being that Russell would have built up a para-Masonic organization in order to support the claimed purpose of freemasonry: a plot to destroy Christianity.

In support of their thesis, however, these proponents cannot produce a single Masonic document proving the father and son’s Masonic membership. They take refuge behind their belief that because Masonic works are secretive, it is impossible to find anything at all. Therefore, they use indirect “proofs”: the use of famous Masonic symbols, the fact that the first Bible Students organized public meetings in Masonic temples, etc. …

There are numerous history books about Masonry which explain in detail the functioning of a Masonic hall, give the names of the main officers, even sometimes a list of all the members.

Allegheny County [PA], where Russell lived and organized his movement until 1909, also has its own books dealing with the local history of its Masons. If Russell had been a prominent member of this lodge, one would think that he could have left some traces in the records of the community. Continue reading “Russell: An unnoticed Mason?”