3 years ago Matt Fenn became one of the 30,000 people per year to be disfellowshipped from the Jehovah’s Witnesses. He shares with us his journey and sheds light on the teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society along the way.
Most of us when asked what we know about the Jehovah’s Witnesses might reply that they don’t celebrate birthdays, Christmas or allow blood transfusion. Some may point to Michael Jackson’s former days as a witness, or Venus & Serena William’s membership, noting the morally conservative values and political neutrality of the group. Some may note with interest that Prince is one of 7 million Witnesses worldwide and reflects Watchtower theology in his lyrics. But what are the unique teachings of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society and, most importantly, what are the stakes of these teachings.
Always being ready to give a reason for the hope that is within us means knowing what our neighbors believe. Since the Jehovah’s Witnesses log over 1.3 billion hours per year going door to door, we have many opportunities to engage with this enigmatic group, to invite them in when they knock, to share the Gospel.
Who is God? Is Jesus the Archangel Michael? What happens when we die? Who are the 144,000? Is the Logos God or “a god”? Lindsay Brooks explores these questions and more with his special guest Matt Fenn.