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Pope Tawadros II: Jehovah's Witnesses is unchristian, illegal sect

Head of Egypt's Coptic Orthodox Church denounces Jehovah's Witnesses as Zionist group

Ahram Online, Monday 12 May 2014
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Coptic Pope Tawadros II, head of Coptic Orthodox church (Photo: Reuters)
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Pope Tawadros II denounced the Jehovah's Witnesses sect in a television interview on Sunday, describing it as "unchristian".

"The Jehovah's Witnesses sect is unchristian, illegal and originally a Zionist movement," said the head of the Coptic Orthodox Church in a joint interview Sunday night conducted by three Egyptian Christian TV channels.

According to the US State Department's religious freedoms report on Egypt, there are about 1000-15000 Jehovah's Witnesses in the country.

The Coptic Orthodox Church has been vocally opposed to the sect, labelling it a heretic movement with Zionist aims which threatens Egypt's national security. The sect was officially banned in Egypt by a 1960 presidential decree.

Pope Tawadros II also revealed in the same interview that he has called on various churches around the world to unify the date of Easter celebrations, referring to the discrepancy of the dates on which different churches celebrate the same occasion worldwide.

"This would be good for Egyptian Coptic Christians abroad. Unifying the date allows them to attend the Holy Week services," he added.

Easter falls on a different date for Western churches -- Roman Catholic, Protestant, and Anglican -- than it does for Eastern churches because the former follow the Gregorian calendar while the latter follow the Julian calendar.

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Kiit
24-08-2014 06:53am
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Strange how he and many others call themselves the Pope meaning Holy Father, If he's holy meaning pure and clean, His statements and beliefs of Easter which is a pagan practice and by criticizing Jehovah's Witnesses are far from being pure and clean.
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Youmustbekidding
08-08-2014 04:23pm
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Pope Tawadros II
How can Pope Tawadros II say that about Jehovah's people who are the most friendly, non political and true worshipping individuals of the world. Hint: stop persecuting Jehovah's people who are peace lovers! otherwise, you may perhaps be found fighters actually against God.”—Acts 5:34-39.
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Sean
27-06-2014 04:57pm
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Wow, you can't agree on a common date to celebrate a pagan festival. Look up Easter in ANY encyclopaedia. It's origins have nothing to do with Christ. No wonder you oppose Jehovah's Witnesses. You would rather collude on false doctrine than teach pure truth.
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Ethio_C
01-06-2014 08:42pm
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Hater!
What a hater? Who is he to judge people's religion, and then call for unification this Easter? Shame on him!
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William Jarrell
23-05-2014 04:04am
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Oh the irony
Many Baptists and Presbyterians consider Pope Tawadros II or the one in Rome to be as unChristian as the Jehovah's Witnesses. It's ironic that Pope Tawadros favors persecuting Jehovah's Witness while the Coptic Church is being persecuted. Apparently, he's willing to condone what he doesn't want done to his own people.
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John McGinnis
20-05-2014 12:56pm
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Are Jehovah's Witnesses Zionists?
They answer at jw.org as follows: No, they are not. Jehovah’s Witnesses are Christians who base their beliefs on the Scriptures. While some religions teach that the gathering of Jews in Palestine is related to Scriptural prophecy, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not hold this view. They do not believe that this political development was specifically foretold in the Scriptures. In fact, the Scriptures do not promote any one human government or exalt one ethnic group or people over another. The Watchtower, the official magazine of Jehovah’s Witnesses, has unequivocally stated: “There [is] no Scriptural support for political Zionism.” The Encyclopædia Britannica describes Zionism as a “Jewish nationalist movement that has had as its goal the creation and support of a Jewish national state in Palestine.” Its roots are both religious and political. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not advocate Zionism as a religious doctrine, and they are completely neutral toward political Zionism. The organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses is entirely religious and does not advocate any political arrangement, which would include Zionism. The political neutrality of Jehovah’s Witnesses has been well documented, and in some lands the Witnesses have suffered severe persecution rather than compromise that neutrality. We are convinced that only God’s heavenly Kingdom will bring lasting peace to this earth; no human government or movement can accomplish this. A core tenet of the religious beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses, regardless of where they live, is obedience to the laws of secular governments. They do not rebel against governmental authorities or participate in armed conflict.
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Phillip Schipper
19-05-2014 02:07pm
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Easter
These so called orthodox religions were true, why would they celebrate Easter, when its origin (root) is pagan?
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A.Full
15-05-2014 07:04am
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Not a sect or a cult
Jehovah's Witnesses are not an offshoot of some church but include persons from all walks of life and from many religious backgrounds. They do not look to any human, but rather to Jesus Christ, as their leader.
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carolina
15-05-2014 02:58am
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I know jehovahs witnesses follow the bible very closely and look to jesus as their leader. Not to the pope who is just a man. If these christian religions were all UNITED in worshipping God then they should be following the bible and worshipping at easter - all at the same day and time. IN their countries time zone..Is that not logical???. If you really wanted to get the exactness of this -- wouldnt you follow the jewish calendar. As jesus was a Jew, was he not???
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Dalou
18-05-2014 02:43am
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Jews don't own Jesus
Christians in Arabic is Massihieh because they followed Jesus the Messiah. The Jews crucified him because he said we are all Gods children, they wanted to be the only "chosen"...I clicked + by mistake.
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Sharon Jenkins
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Jehovah's Witnesses and Christian Neutrals
Christian Neutrals in the Last Days “They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.”—JOHN 17:16. ON THE last night of his life as a perfect human, Jesus uttered a long prayer in the hearing of his disciples. In the course of that prayer, he said something that describes the lives of all true Christians. Speaking of his followers, he said: “I have given your word to them, but the world has hated them, because they are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world. I request you, not to take them out of the world, but to watch over them because of the wicked one. They are no part of the world, just as I am no part of the world.”—John 17:14-16. Twice, Jesus said that his followers would be no part of the world. Moreover, that separateness would lead to tensions—the world would hate them. Still, Christians need not be dismayed; Jehovah would watch over them. (Proverbs 18:10; Matthew 24:9, 13) In view of Jesus’ “My Kingdom Is No Part of This World” Christ
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