entire world reeled in shock when Jim Jones led over 900 people to
their deaths in the jungle. I cannot help but wonder how many
Jehovah’s Witnesses have died without fanfare, one by one,
refusing blood transfusions. I was very nearly a statistic also
while a Jehovah’s Witness. Let’s consider this dangerous
A key scripture used by the Jehovah’s Witness leaders is
Genesis 9:4, which they teach is binding on all inhabitants of the
earth, "Only flesh with its soul—its blood—you must not
This Scripture is telling the flood survivors not to eat
unbled meat. Nothing more is implied, except by the Jehovah’s
Witnesses, who say "eating" means "transfusing."
The Old Law Covenant given to the nation of Israel did contain
dietary laws on blood, but they were not binding on Gentiles (see
Deuteronomy 14:21). Also, Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught that they
will lose their eternal life if they take a blood transfusion. This
excessive penalty for "eating blood" does not even agree
with the Old Law! Here is the Old Law penalty contained in Leviticus
"For the soul of every sort of flesh is its blood by the
soul in it. Consequently I said to the sons of Israel: ‘You must
not eat the blood of any sort of flesh, because the soul of every
sort of flesh is its blood. Anyone eating it will be cut off.’
As for any soul that eats a body (already) dead or something torn
by a wild beast, whether a native or an alien resident, he must in
that case wash his garments and bathe in water and be unclean
until the evening; and he must be clean." (New World
Yes, the penalty for eating (or in Jehovah’s Witness
reasoning, taking a blood transfusion) was being "cut
off," until you had washed your clothes and taken a bath, and
then you could return! Why then believe an organization that would
take your eternal life as a penalty for a blood transfusion? God
Likewise, the New Testament scriptures in Acts, chapter
15, verses 20 and 29, saying among other things to "abstain
from blood," are not by any stretch of interpretation referring
to blood transfusions.
It is interesting that at one point in the history of the
Watchtower Society all the Scriptures they now use to refuse blood
transfusions were used to refuse vaccinations! Remember that in the
past the Society rejected the theory that diseases were caused by
germs and ridiculed Pasteur for this scientific truth. The founder
of the Society, Charles T. Russell, also taught that appendicitis
and typhoid fever were really caused by biting worms in the colon.
With their history of advice on medical issues, one would do well to
ignore their "truths" on blood transfusions as well.
We are encouraged by the recent "revolt" against
this unbiblical practice by a secret group of Jehovah’s Witnesses
themselves. Since they are operating on the internet, the elders
can’t catch them and dispose of them. They produce excellent
medical information on blood transfusions and expose the hypocrisy
of the Watchtower Society.
Their promotional material reads, "The Associated
Jehovah’s Witnesses for Reform on Blood is a diverse group of
Witnesses from many countries, including elders and other
organization officials, Hospital Liason Committee members, Doctors,
Lawyers, Child Advocates as well as members of the general public
who have volunteered their time and energies in an effort to bring
about an end to a tragic and misguided policy that has claimed
thousands of lives, many of them children."
We applaud their efforts to save lives, and invite you to
visit their website: http://www.ajwrb.org
Perhaps you could tactfully bring up this subject the next
time a Jehovah’s Witness visits at your door and hand them a piece
of paper with this website address on it!
We offer these general tips for witnessing to Jehovah’s
Witnesses at your door.
Do not attempt to pray with the Jehovah’s Witness (this
offends them), but do pray before they come, or excuse yourself
briefly and pray before you speak with them.
Listen politely to their presentation of three or four
scriptures, and do not enter into an argument or discussion. Let
them make their point, even if it is incorrect, and when they look
to you for a response, just smile and say "please go on."
This will ensure that they will quickly finish and offer you the
When offered the literature, say something like, "You
people have come to my home because you really believe you are in
the true faith. I also believe I am in the true faith, and yet we
believe differently. I think we should take a moment to take the
Bible test as to whether we are in the true faith or not." Have
a Bible handy and marked at 2 Corinthians 13:5, which reads,
"Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine
yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that
JESUS CHRIST IS IN YOU—unless indeed you fail the test"
Explain to them that you know you are in the true faith,
because you have Jesus Christ within you, and then share your
testimony with them. If they interrupt, remind them that you
listened politely to them while they shared, so they should quietly
listen to you.
They may object that their New World Translation says in
this scripture that Jesus Christ is "IN UNION WITH" you,
not "IN YOU." This is a perfect time to direct them to
their "Kingdom Interlinear Translation" so they can check
out the English words under the Greek and learn about the indwelling
Christ first hand.
Remember always, that the Jehovah’s Witnesses at your
door went into that organization because they were honestly seeking
for God in their hearts. They were given instead a counterfeit
Christ and a counterfeit gospel. They are busy and programmed, but
they are still hungry in the deepest part of their hearts, and with
the help of the Holy Spirit you can reach them for Christ. Pray for
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