I was wondering about the quote found in the
february watchtower (15/2001 p. 27), there in § 17 it is written:
" In his book These Also Believe, Professor Charles S.Braden
said:' Jehovah's Witnesses have literally covered the earth with
their witnessing. It may truly be said that no single religious group
in the world displayed more zeal and persistence in the attempt to
spread the good news of the Kingdom than Jehovah's Witnesses.
This movement will very likely go on from strength to strength.'
How right he was! When he wrote those words 50 years ago, only
some 300,000 Witnesses were preaching around the world. What
would he say today, when about 20 times that number-some six
million-are preaching the good news?"
To see better the point, you have to read the question for this §, it
" What did one writer say about Jehovah's Witnesses, and
what growth have they experienced?"
Let me focus on ONE aspect of this § i.e. the statement concerning
"growth " of JW in the last 50 years. To make sure that the figures
are correct, I have only used the world report since 1961 and here
are my "mathematical " conclusions:
***1961 no. of average publishers……………884,587
***Tot. no. of baptisms 1962-2000………. 7,783,430
***Max. tot. of baptz. Witnesses…………. 8,668,017
***Peak of publ. for the year 2000………. 6,035,564 (-)
***Total "missing …" JW since 1961……. 2,632,453 (a)
(a) This figure represents 33.8% of all bapt. since 1962!
(of course it does include all the inactives, disf., diss.)
and those " sleeping in death "
- Since we do always give the average no. of baptized
ones, we can say, according to this record, that on
average there were 199,575 bapt. every year, for the
last 39 years , since 1962. We can also say that , on average
there were 67,498 bapt. JW " missing " every year for the
last 39 years !!!
Looking at this "factual data" the situation looks …slightly
different from the part written in the watchtower!
I hope to have made …simple, and I would welcome any
comments from you all.