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This is an exclusive interview by J. Dan Gill with Jaco van Zyl of South Africa. Jaco, a former Jehovah’s Witness, talks about his experiences as a Jehovah’s Witness, his leaving the movement and coming to his One God faith today.


© 2011 Jaco van Zyl

To read part 2 of this article, you may click here.

© 2011 Jaco van Zyl

To read part 1 of this article, you may click here.

Since I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 13 years and served in various leadership capacities, I couldn’t honestly deny the striking, yet devastating similarities between what is written here and what I came to learn from the Watchtower organisation.  What took the Catholic Church centuries and generations to achieve, the Watchtower achieved in a matter of decades.  Here is why:

© 2011 Jaco van Zyl

Very early in his ministry, Jesus the Messiah made the purpose and ultimate goal of his appearance known in the synagogue in Nazareth when he read from Isaiah 61, saying, “The LORD’s spirit is upon me, because he anointed me to declare good news to the poor, he sent me forth to preach a release to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to send the crushed ones away with a release, to preach the LORD’s acceptable year” (Luke 4:18, 19).  Freedom, release, liberation were the purpose and ultimate goal of Jesus’ saving ministry on earth.  Through the perfection he brought about in fulfilling everything of the Old Testament and sending the “helper” to guide his followers into all the truth, Christian freedom in Christ this side of the coming Age was established in the First Century.  So noble and central was this freedom to the true Christian that Paul wrote:

This is from the 21st Century Reformation website:

Anthony Buzzard gives an extraordinary presentation to a conference of Bible students in Tennessee. Professor Buzzard gives a succinct evaluation of five prevailing views regarding Jesus Christ. He leads us through a consideration of the: (1) Trinitarian view; (2) the Arian view; (3) Binitarianism; (4) Oneness and (5) the “One God” view. In the end, Anthony makes a persuasive case for “View No. 5”:  that Jesus is the Christ of God, God’s literally begotten human Son. Anthony Buzzard’s “Five Options in Christology” has been one of the most popular features presented on 21stcr.org. It is too good to miss.

by Patrick Navas

6 Scripturally-Based Reasons Why Christians Should Not Adopt the Label “Jehovah’s Witnesses” As Their Official Group-Name

  1. The name “Jehovah’s Witnesses” was not the name that the early Christian community in apostolic times was known by.
  2. The name “Jehovah’s Witnesses” was chosen by a man named Judge Rutheford (the second president of the Watchtower Society) in the twentieth century (1931), not by God or Scripture in the first.