Monday, February 15, 2010


I just finished reading "30 Years a Watchtower Slave" by William J. Schnell. The book is the biographical account of Schnell's experience as a member of the Watchtower Society. It all began for him in the 1920s in Germany. He was a part of the first efforts to publish and distribute Watchtower Society materials. In the book he recounts some of the history of the cult. Particularly fascinating is how the leadership of the Watchtower Society used public gatherings and subsequent arrests for both publicity and to garner sympathy. It was also insightful to read of the seven steps used to indoctrinate new members into the society. One is led to sympathize with William in his plight as a member of the cult. 30 years after his indoctrination, he was finally delivered from his enslavement after he cried out to the Lord for help. Also key to his deliverance was a renewed attention to reading the Bible which God used to reveal to him the hypocrisy inherent in the cult. He subsequently went on to write his book. In the conclusion he addresses believers in how they should respond to visiting Jehovah Witnesses and Jehovah Witnesses in how they can be delivered from enslavement. The book is well worth reading...

Pastor Jerry

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