Who Really Distorts The Facts of History?

[Original publication date: September 5, 2003]

by Kent Steinhaug

The April 1, 1995 issue of The Watchtower contains an article entitled “How Christians Cope With Public Reproach.” This article claims that news media reports on the Witnesses are often biased and contain false or distorted information.

What is "The Truth" and who owns it?
What is “The Truth” and who owns it?

A typical comment about the press is found on page 27 of The Watchtower: “Many press reports that heap reproach on Jehovah’s Witnesses are an expression of this hatred.” In many cases the Jehovah’s Witness leaders advise Witnesses not to respond to such articles in case “The original untruth might thus receive even more publicity, or opposers may be handed further opportunity to get lies or slurs into print.”

The article counsels Jehovah’s Witnesses to, “Invite them [misinformed persons] to get firsthand information about Jehovah’s Witnesses, which enables them to see through false accusations. You could also use explanations published by the Watchtower Society that give details about the organization, its history, and its teachings.” A footnote is provided recommending three items of Watchtower literature. Two of these are pamphlets which offer just bare outlines of Jehovah’s Witness history and activity. Continue reading “Who Really Distorts The Facts of History?”

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””

Banned Church Member Sues Jehovah’s Witnesses

[Original publication date: September 5, 2003]

A Normandy resident who was disfellowshipped from Jehovah’s Witnesses is suing the organization for $7 million on grounds the alleged action against her was wrong.

Joe and Barbara Anderson
Joe and Barbara Anderson
© Barbara Anderson

By BRIAN JUSTICE, The Sunday News Staff Writer
Tullahoma News (Tullahoma, Tennessee)

Barbara Joanna Anderson filed the lawsuit Thursday in Coffee County Circuit Court.

She is seeking $2 million in compensatory damages, plus $5 million in punitive damages.

The defendants are listed as:

* Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York Inc.
* Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania Inc.
* Watchtower Enterprises LLC.
* Watchtower Foundation Inc.
* Watchtower Associates LTD.
* Kingdom Support Services Inc.
* Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
* Religious Order of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
* The Watchtower Group Inc.
* Manchester Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses Elders.
* Lawrence A. Seely, Gary Hobson, Dale Dormanen, Robert E. Matthews, David Semonian, J.R. Brown, and John Does No. 1 through No. 4.

Mrs. Anderson and her husband, Joe, had publicly spoken about alleged sexual child abuse being widespread among the Jehovah’s Witnesses denomination. Continue reading “Banned Church Member Sues Jehovah’s Witnesses”