Thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses meet in France

2nd August 2009, Comments 2 comments

Tens of thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses gathered on Saturday in cities across France for an annual international gathering

Paris - Tens of thousands of Jehovah's Witnesses gathered on Saturday in cities across France for an annual international gathering, the religious movement said.

About 150,000 flocked to meetings with the main gathering in Villepinte, in the Paris region, attracting 50,000 followers.

Several hundred Jehovah's Witnesses were baptised by being immersed in water during the event, which lasts the whole weekend.

Those baptised were adults, following the example of Christ.

Jehovah's Witnesses consider themselves the heirs of a primitive form of Christianity.

Their beliefs are strongly based on the text of the Bible and they consider modern Christian Churches to have deviated from the book's true teachings.

Followers reject the ideas of modern evolutionary theory and refuse blood transfusions.

They are perhaps best known for preaching on doorsteps, where they offer religious literature and attempt to convert people.

The movement emerged towards the end of the 19th century in the United States and arrived in France in 1906.

There are more than seven million Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide and around 150,000 in France.

The group's status varies from country to country. They are given the same recognition as mainstream religions in Austria and Germany but are classed as a "recognised cult" in Denmark.

In France, some of their branches have the status of "religious association" but the movement was also mentioned in a 1995 parliamentary report on sects.

AFP / Expatica

2 Comments To This Article

  • Danny Haszard posted:

    on 3rd August 2009, 09:39:12 - Reply

    Jehovah's Witnesses Apocalyptic Paradox

    END of the WORLD is COMING.....but all are financial donations are *Voluntary* we disfellowship (kicked out to be condemned shunned) those who don't comply with our rules,but we don't force anybody to stay in our organization you can just walk away anytime you want to,are self-contradictory statements.

    Getting thousands of followers to assemble all over the world together with some favorable media PR on how they are spending tourist money in a depressed economy assures that most of the local news outlets are not going to print negative information about Jehovah's Witnesses gathering.

    So,if you or friend,family is being recruited by the Watchtower please go online and Google: Jehovah Witness Watchtower.

    Cults instill phobias that's why they are a cult-Danny Haszard
    *The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
    but because of those who look on and do nothing*.
    -Albert Einstein

  • Danny Haszard posted:

    on 2nd August 2009, 22:09:35 - Reply

    Jehovah's Witnesses dissident speaks.

    Jehovah's Witnesses are noted for their chief doctrine that Jesus had his second coming in 1914. The conventions are the major source of publicity for the Watchtower society,conventions and the construction of new Kingdom Hall church buildings.

    Watchtower convention *end of the world* declarations.
    The followers are giving a shot of optimism that the end of this old world is coming any minute,while their lives stagnate for this apocalyptic sect that keeps manipulating them to give it all to their organization instead of saving for personal retirement.
    Danny Haszard

    [The shunning practiced by Jehovah's Witnesses is a cult shame device control tactic that breaks up families.]