Jehovah’s Witness Culture: “Totalizing”?

For some Jehovah’s Witnesses the only place they truly feel comfortable is inside a Kingdom Hall. No matter how mundane, repetitive, ridiculous, or overwhelmingly boring the weekly meetings really are, or how excessively long and redundant prayers and “Kingdom songs” are before and after those meetings, they are part of a culture that convinces them they are really in their proper element. Even those who really dislike being Jehovah’s Witnesses will just “go with the flow” rather than ever question why they put up with their environment.

The fact is that ever since the days of Joseph Rutherford, the Watchtower Society has worked overtime to make sure that its members only march to its tune, at its pace, and in its unique style. If they don’t dance with their steps, they will find themselves outside the organization AND THEIR OWN FAMILY!

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“Witness to Murder” Documentary

The ID Discovery cable channel in the United States showed this program for the first time on August 20, 2014. It is a straight-forward documentary based on the book Wolves Among Sheep by James Kostelniuk. Some scenes in the documentary are recreated by professional actors, but there are dozens of live interviews with those familiar with the case.

The program is part of the “Deadly Devotion” documentary series on the ID Discovery Channel. Viewers in the USA can catch the show again over the next few months as these shows are repeated several times. Please check your local cable listings as this is a show you will not want to miss seeing. There have been no announcements of showings outside of the USA as of this date.

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C. T. Russell Was Never a Freemason

Back in 2001, I requested historical information from the ANCIENT ACCEPTED SCOTTISH RITE OF FREEMASONRY, VALLEY OF PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA, asking if Charles Taze Russell, his father, Joseph Lytel Russell, and his uncle, Charles Tays Russell, were Pennsylvania Freemasons. This is the answer I received in a letter:

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