Since 1871 a powerful religious organization has grown up, first headquartered in what is now Pittsburgh, PA and later Brooklyn, NY where it is today. It has established itself worldwide.
Americans are familiar with the door to door Jehovah's Witnesses. They are less familiar with the Watchtower Organization.
The Watchtower Society was actually established by a Knights Templar Mason Charles T. Russell to destroy, and to change the Christian churches.
In the process, an organization worth over a billion dollars has come into being, led by a secret group of men called the Governing Body. Out of the public's view, and even little known to Jehovah's Witnesses these men direct the details of the lives of the Jehovah's Witnesses.
The Governing Body has so much control that they have convinced JWs that the Watchtower Society never prophecied that 1975 would be the end of the world and Armaggeddon. The Watchtower Society's financial operations are totally secret. Some rumors have circulated that the WT Society is one funnel for money laundering. JWs would never believe that their Society and their Governing Body could ever do such a thing. Indeed the Governing Body has almost a godlike image with the rank and file Jehovah's Witnesses, which they have promoted through their slick propoganda.
Few today can escape the proselytizing efforts of the Jehovah's Witnesses. But few understand the organization that they are coming up against. The organization has frequently affected families, and the careers of tens of thousands of people caught up by its slick propoganda.
Much of what the Watchtower Society writes about itself is fantasy. I have not attempted in this chapter to write an encyclopedia of the organization and its people, but to describe some of its personalities, policies, and political pull in order to reveal some of the myths about the Watchtower Society.
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