Yep, I saw them listed in the yellow pages for North Seattle area years back. Definitely a different group from Jehovah's Witnesses.
Jehovah's Christian Witnesses??
There was definately some sort of group named that. I too heard it was an offshoot of the JW's. How organized, who knows, but I have not heard about them for ages.
This is what Google told me a while ago:
Jehovah's Christian Witnesses Help Hot-Line
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
I've heard of them in Chicago.
Duane Magnani of Witness, Inc. (born-again Christians) used this name to register a whole slew of telephone recorded message ministries years ago. I used to have a message that was registered with the phone company as "Jehovah's Christian Witnesses" because it came up first alphabetically in the phone book, causing Witnesses to think it might be actual active Jdubs. I did it too, and for over 10 years it was in the phone book that way! I got tired of Witnesses calling and asking directions to the Kingdom Hall, plus recorded messages have largely been superceded by the internet, so I closed the phone line down. As a business line it was expensive anyway, and yielded not good results. It WAS very helpful back in 1982 or 1983 when I had a plane fly over Dodger Stadium (this was 2 years after I left Bethel, and had already distributed 10,000 free copies of my tract, "What Happened at the World Headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses in the Spring of 1980" all over the world. That's how my ministry got started.
Several people called the hotline. The banner on the plane said, "1980 Bethel Shakeup - 310-546-2937" and it had the 1980 message. By the way, the tract is here:
This was out a year before Ray Franz did his book, and so it was the first published record of an ex-Bethelite documenting what happened during the Franz incident: http://www.freeminds.org/bethel/incident.htm
So there's a little history for ya! By the way, several families got out of the Jdubs from that airplane banner. They went to the bathroom and wrote down the number in secrecy. Over the next 1-6 years, some would call me and thank me for helping them get out. It had taken years for some of the seeds to work, or it just took them years to thank me. By the way, the Jdubs were really pissed, and they banned small planes from flying over Dodger Stadium! LOL
Not bad for a $400 investment.
I can see it now: Friends, PAY NO ATTENTION to the apostate plane flying overhead!!
Cracks me up.
you ain't right- smile
When I lived in the Bronx, there was a group called "Jehovah's Christian Witnesses", not sure if this was a breakaway group. It was listed in the Yellow Pages.
Some time ago, perhaps in the mid-80's, while traveling in No. Calif., I looked up JW's in the phone book thinking I might attend a meeting there while away on business.
The only listing was Jehovah's Christian Witnesses, so I called and got a recording. It didn't take long to determine the message was NOT approved by Mother. I remember thinking, That's pretty sneaky. So, yeah, it's a spin-off, and from the above posts it appears they may no longer be active.
I live in Grand Rapids, MI and I just called that number. It is definitely an apostate "help line" discounting the messages of the Watchtower over the last hundred years. It was a recorded message that asked you to leave a name and address if you wanted more information.
I remember years ago introducing ourselves out in service as "Jehovah's Christian Witnesses." Seemed for a little while a CO and some elders in our area thought it would be vogue to do this and make sure householders knew that we believed in Christ. Like all other things JW, it was dropped for the next door to door gimick.