|Articulator Manipulator the "truth" is worth lying for
Breathtaking blaspheme! 1914 conception deception...bait 'n switch...flip the script... Declaration to news media July 2 2006 "..While Jehovah's Witnesses do not try to pin a date on Jesus' return, the end times prophesies in the Bible are being fulfilled, said Ruben Ramirez, one of the conference organizers
|Jehovah's Witness convention draws thousands to Ford Park
Beaumont Enterprise, TX - 7-2-06
... Mendoza was among about 5,000 Jehovah's Witnesses from throughout the region gathering in Beaumont over the weekend to ready themselves spiritually for the end ...
BEAUMONT - Manuel Mendoza has had many doors slammed in his face during his house to house evangelizing, but he says with the second coming near, the urgency of spreading the good news keeps him motivated.
"We're living in the end times and we have to be prepared," said Mendoza, a 32-year-old Houston resident.
Mendoza was among about 5,000 Jehovah's Witnesses from throughout the region gathering in Beaumont over the weekend to ready themselves spiritually for the end of this world, which they believe is imminent.
While Jehovah's Witnesses do not try to pin a date on Jesus' return, the end times prophesies in the Bible are being fulfilled, said Ruben Ramirez, one of the conference organizers. The convention was held in Spanish and almost all of the attendees were Hispanic. Some grew up in the faith, while others converted as adults.
Among the fastest-growing Jehovah's Witnesses communities are those in Latin America, said Dean Hansen, one of the conference organizers.
"Latinos have a deep spiritual need and they receive us very well," Hansen said.
Raymond Contreras became a Witness 30 years ago, drawn to the group by its biblical principles and loving community, he said.
While still a minority among a minority, Witnesses are not as alien to the predominately Catholic Hispanic community as before. During his door-to-door evangelizing, he finds more and more households have a friend or relative who is a Witness, Contreras said.
But according to a religious identification study done in 2001 by the City University of New York, that growth might have leveled off. While the number of Hispanics in the United States identifying themselves as Catholic fell, only Pentecostals and non-denominational Christians saw any growth among Hispanics, and it was slight.
The biggest growth was among Hispanics claiming no religion.
Still, the door-to-door evangelizing has been one of the Witnesses' most effective tools, Hansen said. The home visits and follow-up Bible studies by Witnesses demonstrate a high level of sincerity and personal concern to those they are trying to reach, he said.
Besides the usual obstacles to evangelizing, Witnesses must also contend with the weird looks their beliefs and practices can elicit.
Contreras said he often has to explain why Witnesses do not celebrate Christmas, which they consider a pagan, rather than a Christian, holiday.
Other beliefs also set them apart from most other Christian denominations. Witnesses reject the doctrine of the trinity and do not believe Jesus was equal to God.
There are 6.6 million Witnesses worldwide, according to church literature.
The weekend's conference wraps up today. The public is welcome to attend. There is no admission fee, and no collection is taken.
Among the highlights of the convention will be a full-costume drama showing scenes from the Bible today at 11:30 a.m.
----------- "..advertise,advertise,advertise Christ enthronement in 1914.."Watchtower war cry for 100 years! Danny Haszard comment- The Watchtower cult charlatans hoaked and hooked us all,it's like a US citizen finding out the US constitution is a fraud and never existed! I could make endless outcries on this abomination.I was born 3rd generation JW in 1957 i myself have bravely marched up to tens of thousands of my neighbors homes to declare Jesus Christ return in 1914 Notable quotables by Watchtower apologist: pre 1980~ "all the evil slave wanna do is talk about 1914" year 2006~ "all the apostate wanna do is talk about 1914" "all the apostates wanna do is talk negative" "we don't serve Jehovah for a date" "no matter what Jehovah is still using this organization" "we dedicated our lives to Jehovah not an organization" How do you pick up a turd by it's clean end?