WHAT KIND OF MEDICAL ADVICE HAVE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES GIVEN?

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The Watchtower 1/15/1912 (reprints p.4963)

We give below a simple cure for appendicitis symptoms. The pain in the appendix region is caused by the biting of worms near the junction of the transverse colon with the small intestines, low down on the right side of the abdomen. This remedy is recommended also for typhoid fever, which is also a worm disease.

The Watchtower 7/1/1913 p. 200 A Cure for Surface Cancer

We have recently learned of a very effective and simple remedy for cancers which show themselves on the surface of the body. The recipe has come to us free and we are willing to communicate the formula, but only to those who are troubled with surface cancers and who will write to us directly, stating particulars.

The Golden Age 11/26/1919 p.153

Even years ago it was known by some people that the use of pacifiers (dummies) by babies is one of the chief causes of diseased and enlarged tonsils and adenoid growths, which results from the suction.

The Golden Age 1/16/1924 p. 250

It has never been proven that a single disease is due to germs.

The Golden Age 11/19/1924 p. 100 A Glimpse at the World News

The bobbed hair craze is sure to lead to baldness, sooner or later. The reason for this is that human hair is like a tube sealed at the free end. When the hair is cut, the oils which are the life of the hair become dissipated. The reason why men grow bald so quickly is that they have their hair cut so frequently and, in addition, wear tightly fitting hats.

The Golden Age 4/22/1925 p. 454

I HAVE named this new discovery, which I believe will be epochal in the history of the treatment of disease, and which I am exclusively announcing in THE GOLDEN AGE prior to its general publication elsewhere, The Electronic Radio Biola, which means life renewed by radio waves or electrons. The Biola automatically diagnoses and treats diseases by the use of the electronic vibrations. The diagnosis is 100 percent correct, rendering better service in this respect than the most experienced diagnostician.

The Golden Age 2/10/1926 p.310

Air baths are good for preventing colds… What you do is strip naked mornings and evenings and then bob up and down for a while.

The Golden Age 4/7/1926 p.438

Tonsillectomy is called a minor operation. If so, getting well is a double major. If any overzealous doctor condemns your tonsils go and commit suicide with a case-knife. It’s cheaper and less painful.

The Golden Age 7/1/1927 p. 643 The Unconscious Third of Life 

If possible, every bedroom should be so situated that it gets at least two hours of sunlight daily. That will kill tuberculosis and other germs.

The Golden Age 11/28/1928 p. 133

All human ailments have their start in the intestines.

The Golden Age 11/12/1929 p. 107

If the organs [of your body] are diseased, heal them by correcting your diet. Avoid the use of aluminum cooking utensils and alum baking powders as they are injurious to your health, poisoning your blood stream… Sleep on the right side or flat on your back, with the head toward the north so as to get benefit of the earth’s magnetic currents. Avoid serum inoculations as they pollute the blood stream with their filthy pus…. Stop chewing gum, as you need the saliva for your food.

The Golden Age 9/13/1933 p.777

The earlier in the forenoon you take the sun bath, the greater will be the beneficial effect, because you get more of the ultra-violet rays, which are healing.

The Golden Age 1931/1934 December 19 p.187

Appendicitis: Take one ounce each of elder blossom, peppermint and yarrow and simmer in three pints of water. Take a wineglassful every 15 minutes. Do not be afraid of the perspiration caused, or if you vomit.

The Golden Age 7/5/1935 p. 632

I personally know of more than one being relieved of liver trouble, and even cured of gall stones, by the use of olive oil…. A friend who for years has suffered pain in the region of the appendix was entirely relieved by the oil treatments.

The Golden Age 9/23/1936 p.828

Do not use X-Rays… they are destructive and sure to harm the grandchildren of those exposed to them.

The Watchtower 2/1/1952 pp.95-6 Questions from Readers

For the sake of the record, let us say that we are not medical advisers. We are not professionally trained doctors, and do not advise on health matters except as they may involve Scriptural issues, such as in the case of blood transfusions.

Editor’s Note: And even that advice changes.

The Watchtower 8/1/1975 p. 480 Questions From Readers

We should keep in mind that the human body is a harmonious whole, with all the members thereof being dependent on one another. Therefore, emotions, feelings, desires and the like cannot entirely be limited to any one specific organ such as the brain, heart or kidneys.

The Watchtower 10/15/1988 p. 29 Mental Distress—When It Afflicts a Christian

The Society does not recommend or pass judgment upon the various medications and treatments employed by physicians. Research in the Society’s publications may, nevertheless, prove helpful.

WERE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES EXPECTING PERSECUTION OR DEATH IN 1915?

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PERSECUTION – The Watchtower 11/1/1993 pp. 9-10 par. 12 Daniel’s Prophetic Days and Our Faith

By the end of the year, the anointed remnant were expecting persecution, as seen from the fact that the yeartext chosen for 1915 was Jesus’ question to his disciples, “Are ye able to drink of my cup?” based on Matthew 20:22, King James Version.

PERSECUTION – Our Incoming World Government – God’s Kingdom (1977) chap. 8 p. 130 par. 21 Marked Days During the “Time of the End”

Persecution was then expected for the congregations of the International Bible Students, for, under the heading “1915—Our Year Text—1915,” the same issue of The Watch Tower opened up by saying: “We have chosen as a text for the year the Master’s words uttered just before His crucifixion to two of His dear disciples, who had asked to sit with Him in His Throne. We have selected the Master’s reply as the text for this year: ‘Are ye able to drink of My cup?’ “

Editor’s Note: The reality is that they were not expecting persecution, but had stated for 34 years that they were expecting Armageddon and death by 1915, believing Jesus had already come 40 years earlier in 1874.

The Watchtower misrepresents this expectation in order to look prophetic and profound. Actually they are deceitful. – Splash

DEATH – The Watchtower 12/15/1914 p. 370 – 1915 YEAR TEXT

As our Year Text we have chosen the Master’s words so full of meaning, “Are ye able to drink of My Cup?” These words gain in force and weight as we ponder them.

DEATH –The Watchtower 12/15/1914 p.382 – “DRINK YE ALL OF IT” 

Our Lord stated the matter very plainly, asking James and John, “Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They did not understand these words in full, but perceived that it meant some kind of death.

DEATH – The Watchtower June 1880 p. 7

“Are ye able to drink of the cup (death) that I shall drink of, and to be baptised with the baptism (death) that I am baptised with?”

HAVE JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES EVER SAID NEGATIVE THINGS ABOUT MINORITIES?

 

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Golden Age 1926 May 5th p. 483. Races of the British Empire

OF THE grand total of the population of the British Empire, which is calculated to be 463,000,000, only one person in seven is of European stock. The remaining 397,000,000 are governed only by the superior mental, moral or physical force of their white rulers. This superiority is disappearing and the powers of the colored races are expanding.

ARE BLACK PEOPLE FROM THE CURSE OF NOAH’S TIME?

YES – Golden Age, July 24th 1929:

Is there anything in the Bible that reveals the origin of the Negro? It is generally believed that the curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origin of the Black race. Certain it is that when Noah said, ‘Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren,’ he pictured the future of the Colored race. They have been and are a race of servants.. There is no servant in the world as good as a good Colored servant, and the joy that he gets from rendering faithful service is one of the purest joys there is in the world.

NO – The Watchtower 8/1/1953 p. 478 Questions From Readers

Incidentally, when some try to say this curse caused some men to be black-skinned they show ignorance of the Bible record, for colored peoples did not descend from the cursed Canaan.

NO – Awake! 10/8/1975 p. 11 A Book of Myths or a Misrepresented Guide?

The man Noah pronounced a prophetic curse on his grandson Canaan, but no divine curse was ever pronounced upon the black race.

The Watchtower taught that black people will be made perfect and white in the new system:

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“Can The Ethiopian Change His skin color? …what the Ethiopian cannot do for himself God could readily do for him. The doctrine of restitution has also raised the question. How could all men be brought to perfection and which color of skin was the original? The answer is now provided. God can change the Ethiopian’s skin in his own due time. Julius Jackson, of New Frankfort, Montana, a negro boy of nine years, began to grow white in September, 1901, and is now fully nine-tenths white. He assures us that this is no whitish skin disease; but that the new white skin is as healthy as that of any white boy, and that the changed boy has never been sick and never has taken medicines.”

Interestingly, the organization ridiculed the Catholics for saying the same thing 100 years ago, that the WT had said just 48 years earlier:

Awake! 10/8/1977 p. 29

Even up to a hundred years ago the Catholic Church held the view that blacks were cursed by God…What great harm has resulted from the misapplication by churchmen of this Biblical curse! The slavery of African blacks, and their mistreatment since the days of slavery, can in no way be justified by the Bible. The truth is, blacks are not, and never were, cursed by God!

Finally adding:

Awake! 2/8/1982 p. 14

“How foolish it is to interpret God’s curse on Canaan as referring to a dark-skinned people.”

HOW DID WATCHTOWER VIEW HISPANICS?

Golden Age 1927 Nov 30th p,141

“Centuries before, anticipating the settlement of North America by a liberty-loving people, Satan had sought to forestall it through the voyages of Columbus and the resulting effort to people it with Spaniards and other backward races under the influence of Rome.”

TO WHOM DOES 2COR 11:13 APPLY?

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(2Co 11:13) ‘For such men are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.’

Misinformed religionists – w51 5/15 p. 309 par. 10 Leaves of Healing

False apostles in the congregation – w51 5/1 p. 272 par. 13 The Prayer of Faith During Sickness

Those in the Lord’s organization – w52 8/15 p. 501 par. 16 God’s Spirit Essential to Maturity

The clergy in general – w53 5/1 p. 263 “Keeping a Tight Grip on the Word of Life”

Spiritualists – w56 2/15 p. 112 par. 13 Triumphing over Wicked Spirit Forces

Satan’s ministers – w57 9/15 p. 550 The Great Contest

False religious guides – w57 8/15 p. 503 par. 14 The Fight of Faith of the Peaceable

Roman Catholic priests – w58 9/15 p. 574 Is Catholic Action Christian?

Jesus’ appointed overseers – w58 1/15 p. 47 par. 25 Overseers in Apocalyptic Times

The leaders of Christendom – w60 7/15 p. 420 The Truth Shall Stand

Religious zealots – w61 8/1 p. 454 Satan—the Genius of Deception

Religious Christendom – w61 7/1 p. 398 par. 27 Right Associations Lead to Life

The Pope – w68 7/15 p. 446 The Pope Is Not Infallible

Supposedly Christian religions – w68 3/1 p. 136 The Devil Is “the Ruler of the World”

False religious organizations – w69 2/15 p. 103 The Last Days of This Wicked System of Things

Congregation of God’s people – w72 3/15 p. 192 Questions From Readers

Christendom – w75 12/1 p. 729 par. 5 What Does It Mean to Be a “Minister”?

Religious leaders – w75 4/15 p. 253 Rebellion Against God Comes to Light

Ambitious men – w78 5/1 p. 22 par. 5 “Roll Your Works upon Jehovah”

Fellow worshipers of Jehovah – w79 8/15 p. 4 To Whom Does It Apply?

Present-day Christendom – w81 5/1 p. 14 par. 9 Which Organization—Jehovah’s or Satan’s?

The members of Jehovah’s family – w82 6/1 p. 19 par. 13 Loyally Submitting to Theocratic Order

Seemingly benevolent religious and political fronts – w83 6/15 p. 26 Insight on the News

False brothers in the congregation – w84 2/1 p. 23 par. 8 ‘Oneness of Spirit’ in a Rapidly Growing Flock

Apostates – w86 3/15 p. 14 par. 15 ‘Do Not Be Quickly Shaken From Your Reason’

The Christian congregation – w88 9/1 p. 3 Satan—Is He Real?

Apostates – w90 8/15 p. 16 par. 6 Loyally Working With Jehovah

False religion – w90 2/1 p. 24 par. 17 Exposing “the Man of Lawlessness”

The clergy – w90 2/1 p. 11 par. 10 Identifying “the Man of Lawlessness”

The clergy class of Christendom – w94 7/1 p. 5 A Divided Church—Can It Survive?

The “evil slave,” – w00 10/15 p. 9 Should You Investigate Other Religions?

Apostates – w02 3/1 p. 11 par. 14 Divine Light Dispels Darkness!

Propagandists – w03 7/15 p. 22 Think Straight—Act Wisely

False brothers – w03 5/15 p. 11 par. 6 Christ Speaks to the Congregations

“Babylon the Great” – w06 12/1 p. 6 The Antichrist Exposed

Churches of Christendom – w06 9/1 p. 5 Religion—What Good Does It Do?

False religion – w12 5/1 p. 16 What Is the Good News About Religion?

WHO IS “THE TRUE LORD?” (Mal 3:1)

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Jehovah God – The Watchtower 1/15/1976 p. 41 par. 5 The “Ax” and the Chopper

Jehovah God – The Watchtower 2/15/1980 p. 12 par. 18 Joyful Festivals

Jesus Christ – The Watchtower 7/15/1980 p. 19 par. 10 The “Fine Shepherd” and the “Little Flock”

Jehovah God – The Watchtower 4/1/2007 p. 22 par. 4 Loyal to Christ and His Faithful Slave

Jesus Christ – The Watchtower 7/15/2013 p. 8 par. 17 “Tell Us, When Will These Things Be?”

Note: The Revised NWT quotes Malachi saying “the true Lord” but no other translation adds the word ‘true’. This makes you think it is talking about Jehovah and not Jesus. The older NWT used brackets to indicate this, saying “the [true] Lord”!

WILL THE MEN OF SODOM AND GOMORRAH BE RESURRECTED?

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1879 YES – The Watchtower July 1879 p.8

1951 ‘UTTER IMPOSSIBILTY’ –  The Watchtower 5/1/51 p.287

1952 NO – The Watchtower 6/1/52 p.338

1965 YES – The Watchtower 8/1/65 p.479

1967 NO – The Watchtower 7/1/67 p.409

1974 YES – Awake! 10/8/74 p.20

1982 NO – You Can Live Forever in a Paradise on Earth p.179 para.9 (Old Edition)

1988 NO – The Watchtower 6/1/88 p.31

1988 SOME WILL – Insight On The Scriptures, Vol.1, p.616 (released June 17th 1988)

1988 YES – Insight On The Scriptures, Vol.2, p.985*

1988 NO – Revelation – Its Grand Climax p.273

1989 NO – You Can Live Forever… p.179 Para.9 (New Edition)

*Note: Insight vol. 2 p. 985 says it was only the cities that underwent everlasting destruction and not the people, as if the houses, roads and buildings committed the sins! Compare Jude 1:7 “as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them around them in a similar manner to these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example…”

1935 AND INCREASING MEMORIAL PARTAKERS

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The Watchtower 3/1/1954 p. 153 par. 16 “Restoration of True Religion Today”

Since this identification, each one in the theocratic organization has known whether he is one of the few “remaining ones” called to the heavenly Royal House or one of those called to the earthly position before the throne. True religion holds both classes in their proper place, both having the hope of life in God’s new world. Since 1935 one class has been decreasing in numbers on earth…

The Watchtower 5/15/1955 p. 314 TWELVE REQUIREMENTS FOR CHRISTIAN CHANNEL TODAY

Eleventh, the congregation of Christ must realize a change in her work from that of gathering a little flock for heavenly privileges to that of gathering out the “other sheep” to become prospective Kingdom subjects to live happily forever on a paradise earth that is destined to continue unendingly in fulfillment of the great Abrahamic promise. Only the anointed remnant have experienced this since the years 1932 and 1935.

The Watchtower 12/1/1970 p. 732 Teaching All Nationalities with a View to Baptism

Since it appears from the facts that the ones eligible for the heavenly kingdom were for the time completed in number by about 1935, does that mean that those baptized since then are baptized as being of the “great crowd” of “other sheep”? No… But at this time when it is principally to an earthly hope that God is pointing those who become his servants, what if anyone recently baptized should suddenly conclude that he or she was spirit-begotten? It would be well for such a one to do some self-examination as to whether that conclusion was truly based on the witness or the testimony of God’s spirit.

The Watchtower 2/15/1995 p.19

“Logically, the calling of the little flock would draw to a close when the number was nearing completion, and the evidence is that the general gathering of these specially blessed ones ended in 1935.”

The Watchtower 8/15/1996 p.31

“There is every reason to believe that the number of anointed ones will continue to decline as advanced age and unforeseen occurrences end their earthly lives.”

The Watchtower 1/15/2000 p.13 “Six Convincing Lines of Evidence” that we are in the Last Days.

Sixth, the number of genuine anointed disciples of Christ is dwindling, though some will evidently still be on earth when the great tribulation begins. Most of the remnant are quite elderly, and over the years the number of those who are truly anointed has been getting smaller.

The Watchtower 5/1/2007 p.31

“Thus it appears that we cannot set a specific date for when the calling of Christians to the heavenly hope ends.”

The Watchtower 8/15/2011 p.22 (Note: the number of partakers had been increasing for 6 years!)

“Memorial partakers. This is the number of baptized individuals who partake of the emblems at the Memorial worldwide. Does this total represent the number of anointed ones on earth? Not necessarily. A number of factors — including past religious beliefs or even mental or emotional imbalance — might cause some to assume mistakenly that they have the heavenly calling.”

(Note: ALL of the current Governing Body (7 persons as of 2015) were born AFTER the 1935 ‘cut off’)

IS FIELD SERVICE IS VOLUNTARY AND DO PUBLISHERS REPRESENT THE WATCHTOWER SOCIETY?

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You are first interviewed: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book p.79

“The presiding overseer will arrange to have two elders (one being a member of the congregation service committee) discuss the matter with you and the bible student.”

You must qualify: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 81

“Once the elders determine that the bible student qualifies to engage in the field ministry, he is eligible to receive his own copy of Organized to do Jehovah’s will book”

The Watchtower Society has minimum requirements to meet: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 87

“Auxiliary, regular, and special pioneers as well as missionaries have hour requirements to meet. Congregation publishers are likewise encouraged to put the Kingdom interest first and exert themselves in the ministry to accomplish all that they can in the field according to their circumstances”

The Society has rules to cater for exceptions: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 87

“Time spent in the field service should be reported in full hours. An exception to this is made when a publisher is very limited because of advanced age, is shut in , is confined to a nursing home, or is otherwise incapacitated. Such a publisher may report field service in 15-minute increments rather than in the full hours. Even if he gives a witness for just 15 minutes during a month, He should report this time so that he can continue to be counted as a regular Kingdom Publisher”

The Watchtower’s elders uphold the rules: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will Book page 87

“This provision is made, however, only for those who are very limited in their activity. The congregation service committee will determine whether a publisher qualifies for this arrangement. “

The Society trains you: Kingdom Ministry 3/04 p. 4 par. 3 A Cavalry Charge That Involves You

By means of the Theocratic Ministry School and other congregation meetings, God’s ministers have been trained to speak God’s message with authority.

And equips you: Kingdom Ministry 3/04 p. 4 par. 6 A Cavalry Charge That Involves You

Trained, well equipped to deliver God’s message, and working under angelic direction, Jehovah’s people are an irresistible force. Let us continue to play our part in the fulfillment of this thrilling prophetic vision.

And organises you: Kingdom Ministry 7/12 p. 5 par. 4 Before Preaching, You May Need to Search

the body of elders, particularly the service overseer, should organize and oversee the search work

And tells you what to wear: Kingdom Ministry 3/96 p. 3 par. 6 Preparation—Key to Success

In addition to preparing and practicing your presentation, you should also ask yourself, ‘Is the clothing that I plan to wear suitable for the ministry?’

Then you must report back to the organization: Organized to do Jehovah’s Will book page 86

“It is important to submit an accurate report of Hours in field Service.”

BUT you are not representatives: Kingdom Ministry 2/89 pp. 3-4 Our Identification as Jehovah’s Witnesses

Therefore, publishers do well to avoid representing themselves as agents or representatives of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., or any other corporation used by “the faithful and discreet slave” to advance Kingdom interests.—Matt. 24:45-47… If any publishers use a personal name card in connection with their field service activities, they should not print thereon that they are representatives of the Watchtower Society.

You are not affiliated with the Watchtower Society: Kingdom Ministry 4/09 p. 4 Question Box

Congregations or individuals should not use logos or names of the organization’s legal entities, or variations thereof, on their Kingdom Halls, signs, letterhead, personal objects, and so forth. Such use of the organization’s logos may cause confusion for public officials, publishers, and others about the legal affiliation of the congregation with the organization’s legal entities.

Only the paid ministers are representatives: 1970 Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses p. 315 1969—A Year of Praise

The WTB&TS gives financial assistance to the circuit and district servants, special pioneers and missionaries around the world. We very much appreciate the assistance that the congregation publishers gave the traveling representatives of the Society by entertaining them in their homes wherever possible.

You are on your own and are personally liable: Body of Elders letter dated July 15 2014 Para. 4

Any application to use a mobile cart or to set up a table or kiosk to display literature must be filled out in the name of an individual publisher, not in the name of the congregation, any corporation used by the organization, or “Jehovah’s Witnesses.” If a small administrative fee is needed in order to acquire space in a public area, it is to be paid by the individual publisher, not the congregation. Publishers should carefully review any such applications to see what responsibility they are taking upon themselves with respect to liability. Publishers who apply to distribute literature at these areas are doing so on their own initiative as part of their personal ministry.

IS IT LATER THAN YOU THINK?

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IT IS! – The Watchtower 6/1/1949 p.174 Para.5

We had arrived in the middle of their district assembly, which began on Friday, March 4. Brother Knorr was scheduled to talk to the English speaking people of Lima who were interested in the truth. That meeting was held on Saturday afternoon. There were 49 who heard his talk on “It Is Later than You Think!”

IT IS! – The Watchtower 6/15/1949 p.191 Para.9

The brethren and people of good will had been notified that the president of the Society would be with them on the evening of March 16; so that night 64 attended a gathering and packed out the little Kingdom Hall, some standing and some sitting on the stairway, to hear “It Is Later than You Think!”

IT IS! – The Watchtower 7/1/1949 p.204 Para.7

The public meeting had been advertised for 8 p.m. … Brother Knorr spoke on “It Is Later than You Think!”

IS IT? – Awake! 10/8/1968 p. 24 Cover Page “Is It Later Than You Think?”

IS IT? – The Watchtower 4/1/1991 p. 7 Is It Later Than You Think?

But time is running out; it is later than they think. Is it later than you think?

IS IT? – Kingdom Ministry 2/12 p. 4 Announcements

The special talk will be given on the weekend after the Memorial and is entitled “Is It Later Than You Think?”. (Talk No. 181- TO BE COVERED IN 30 MINUTES 2011 Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society)

SHOULD WE USE THE PHRASE “BROTHERS AND SISTERS”?

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YES – The Watchtower 9/15/1950 p. 327 God’s Blessed Family

others are mere babes who must be looked after and cared for by more mature brothers and sisters.

NO – The Watchtower 1/1/1951 p. 31 Questions From Readers

So in using modern speech in addressing the congregation the word brothers is sufficient, including all present, and makes unnecessary the longer address of “brothers and sisters.”

YES (two weeks later!) – The Watchtower 1/15/1951 p. 37 Producing the Yearbook of Jehovah’s Witnesses

It is a thrilling report of a spiritual family of brothers and sisters, a family that is unified by God’s spirit…