Are Jehovah’s Witnesses a Cult?

by Tahoe 21 Replies latest jw friends

  • Tahoe

    I realize this is an older posting on, but I’d come across it again after reading Holden’s thread. Quoted below, so no need to visit the website.


    No, Jehovah’s Witnesses are not a cult. Rather, we are Christians who do our best to follow the example set by Jesus Christ and to live by his teachings.

    What is a cult?

    The term “cult” means different things to different people. However, consider two common perceptions regarding cults and why those perceptions don’t apply to us.

    • Some think of a cult as being a new or unorthodox religion. Jehovah’s Witnesses have not invented a new religion. On the contrary, we pattern our worship after that of the first-century Christians, whose example and teachings were recorded in the Bible. (2 Timothy 3:​16, 17) We believe that the Holy Scriptures should be the authority on what is orthodox in matters of worship.

    • Some think of a cult as being a dangerous religious sect with a human leader. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not look to any human as their leader. Rather, we adhere to the standard that Jesus set for his followers when he stated: “Your Leader is one, the Christ.”​—⁠Matthew 23:10.

    Far from being a dangerous cult, Jehovah’s Witnesses practice a religion that benefits its members and others in the community. For example, our ministry has helped many people to overcome harmful addictions, such as the abuse of drugs and alcohol. In addition, we conduct literacy classes around the world, helping thousands learn to read and write. And we are actively involved in disaster relief. We work hard to have a positive impact on others, just as Jesus commanded his followers to do.​—⁠Matthew 5:​13-​16.

  • Phizzy

    The Jehovah's Witness Organization is a High Control, Mind Control group. Argue the definition of Cult all you like, but disprove my first sentence ? I think not.

    A High Control, Mind Control group is a very scary thing, and to be avoided, many cults are not.

  • Finkelstein

    Relatively speaking yes and dangerous one at that.

  • Atlantis
  • truth_b_known

    So, just redefine a something and now you're A-Okay.

  • ShirleyW

    Are Jehovah's Witnesses a Cult? = Yes.

  • Half banana
    Half banana

    Christianity began as a mad cult believing a new twist on impossible old tales-- and Jehovah's Witnesses try to emulate an imaginary early form of that cult.

  • Jourles

    I'd bet that most jdubs would view Scientology as a cult. There have been so many instances of Leah and Mike (and many others) explaining things, where I've thought, "Damn, merely substitute jdubs for Scientologists and it's bang on the same mind control." They're so alike in many different ways.

  • LoveUniHateExams
  • Ding

    How many organizations do you know that say, "Yes, we are a cult"?

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