This is a complex question, and I just want to get a discussion started on the message of Jehovah's Witnesses and how it relates to their Adventist roots, and esp Calvinism.
Bear with me, I will try to be concise.
We all know that while Jehovah's Witnesses like to deny Adventist roots, that it is clear that according to them, the man Jesus selected to get the whole thing started, C T Russell, was heavily influenced by Adventist ideas, esp the (adventist) idea that has really never left them; the idea that somehow, a time date or period can be inferred from the bible if you read certain scriptures through an adventist lens. (thus, the 2520 years, 7 gentile times, etc.)
So while this is relatively well known, there is a concept that Jehovah's Witnesses teach against, yet practice. The idea of predestination.
Calvinism in particular teaches that it doesn't really matter too much (depending on which church you go to) what you do. You are immedietely born a sinner (the doctrine of total depravity) and that as a result, it is only a result of gods mercy whether or not you receive salvation. While it is up to you to respond to the gospel (from the Calvinistic lens), ultimately, only a person predestined to believe and exercise faith will ever respond in the first place, thus making obedience and the ability to exercise faith something only god can give.
While Jehovah's Witnesses do not teach predestination as a point of dogma, they do teach via experiences at assemblies and even imbedded in the teaching of the 144,000 elect, that predestination takes place.
When you hear that (damn old) experience of "I was praying and just then, JW's knocked on my door." or if you ever told somone one who showed interest, "Jehovah saw what was in your heart, and drew you to him", that is a bit of Calvinistic predestination.
The implication is simple: Only a small select few have the opportunity to even listen to the message of "Jehovah's people." And the ones that do listen, they are "drawn" to the organization.
I just find it fascinating that while dogmatically, JW's deny Calvinistic predestination, they preach and teach it as a matter of practice. Any comments on this?