What Defines a Cult ( warning this will offend people)

But offend someone or not, it is what I believe.

I believe there is one point of doctrine makes the Jehovah’s witnesses a dangerous cult. The Christian was told in the first century not to eat blood. The general purpose being that it is sacred and unclean to do so, and that it would offend the Jews who the followers of Christ wanted to convert. This means for health and social reasons as far as I can tell, the christian was not to EAT or drink blood. Mathew 15 verse 29 reads “ to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things strangled and from fornication. If YOU carefully keep yourselves from these things, YOU will prosper. Good health to YOU!” I believe the Jehovah’s Witnesses abstention from transfusions based on this incorrectly interpreted verse is unhealthy, socially repugnant and while following the letter of the law in a twisted way fails to meet the spirit of the law which is to promote health in the Christian / Jewish faith. Sorry I believe that God is not a fool and to make such an edict would make him/her one.

When Joseph Franklin Rutherford began to change the doctrine on blood I think the Witnesses became a dangerous cult that had a degree of ignorance as the basis of their faith. While Charles Taze Russell the first pastor of the Jehovah’s witnesses had some unorthodox beliefs none were entirely contrary to the Christian faith, just IMHO delusional at points. However, Rutherford, unlike Russell, while educated to a degree was so narrow minded and literal in his beliefs that he took what could be a thinking and respectable faith (even if I could not believe it) and with this one doctrine turned it against what I believe is the will of God, and that is to treat your body as the temple of the holy spirit, keeping it healthy. There is no other faith that I can think of that expects its members to die for such a minor point of doctrine.

And for all those witnesses that would claim that transfusions are unhealthy, I hate to say it but you believe nonsense. There are millions if not billions that have been saved by transfusions. The idea that The world is flat and the sun revolves around it is more believable than the doctrine against transfusions and 100% less dangerous. Jimmy Jones convinced hundreds to kill themselves, how many thousands will die refusing blood transfusions? How many children will die at the hands of the witnesses. If these are witnesses of Christ I would say they are blind witnesses.

I respect the Witnesses right to refuse blood but to keep needed transfusions from your children is criminal, or at least criminally negligent. You can choose to die but to let your children die unnessesarily is repugnant. I have heard witnesses say that taking blood imperils the soul, but then what of forgiveness.

I feel no guilt in closing the door on a Jehovah’s Witness, I do not want that type of evil in my home or even the literature from such a cult.


2 thoughts on “What Defines a Cult ( warning this will offend people)

  1. Good post, Bill. I think the JWs started out as more cultish, and they have grown toward the mainstream as the decades have passed. But they are still a cult if and when they deny that other followers of Christ are saved. I remember when I was the pastor of a very conservative evangelical church and a Witness told me that he had “come out of the Great Whore of Babylon” many years ago — referring to Bible-believing congregation as such!

    When JWs deny transfusions to their children, they are guilty of precisely the sort of thing for which Jesus attacked the Pharisees in the Gospels: they are giving “religious” practices priority over human life. It is not merely strange doctrine, it is repugnant to the Gospel.

    Finally, that’s a strange translation of Acts 15:29 — “If YOU carefully keep yourselves from these things, YOU will prosper. Good health to YOU!” I consulted about ten other versions, and they all read along the following lines:

    “You will do well to avoid these things” (NIV) or “it shall be well with you” (ASV).

    In other words, the text doesn’t say, in so many words, that it is “healthy” to abstain from blood (implying that blood transfusions are unhealthy). You must be quoting the New World Translation, which is tendentious.


    This website summarizes 300 United States court cases and lawsuits affecting children of Jehovah’s Witnesses, including dozens of cases where the Parents refused to consent to life-saving blood transfusions:



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