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Michael Jackson, Pop Star and ex-Jehovah’s Witness, dies of cardiac arrest in Los Angeles

michael-jackson-jehovahPop star and ex-Jehovah’s Witness Michael Jackson has died at the age of 50 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his Los Angeles home on June 25 2009. Michael was rushed to UCLA Medical Centre in a coma but doctors were unable to revive him. He was just weeks away from beginning his comeback tour in London.

On Watchtower Information Service articles about Michael Jackson were always very popular. Especially that Michael reportedly became a Muslim was greeted with applause by visitors from the Islamic world (see the comments in previous articles on Watchtower Information Service).

Michael Jackson and the Jehovah’s Witnesses
In an interview Michael gave in the year 2000 he was speaking quite positive about his Jehovah’s Witnesses past:

“As we grew older, [visiting the Kingdom Hall] became difficult, and my remarkable and truly saintly mother would sometimes end up there on her own. When circumstances made it increasingly complex for me to attend, I was comforted by the belief that God exists in my heart, and in music and in beauty, not only in a building. But I still miss the sense of community that I felt there – I miss the friends and the people who treated me like I was simply one of them.”

But this doesn’t mean that the Watchtower Society always appreciated Michael’s music.  In 1984 the Awake! Magazine featured an article with the title “I Would Never Do It Again!”:

“In another popular video, Thriller, the performer is seen to transform first into a “cat person,” then a dancing “monster.” Evidently not wanting viewers to conclude that it promoted spiritism, the film begins with the disclaimer: “Due to my strong personal convictions, I wish to stress that this film in no way endorses a belief in the occult.—Michael Jackson.” Nevertheless, it was so realistic that some who saw it admitted that they were horrified at first. What was this short film intended to convey? And how does the performer, Michael Jackson, feel about it in looking back?

“I would never do it again!” says Jackson. “I just intended to do a good, fun short film, not to purposely bring to the screen something to scare people or to do anything bad. I want to do what’s right. I would never do anything like that again.” Why not? “Because a lot of people were offended by it,” explains Jackson. “That makes me feel bad. I don’t want them to feel that way. I realize now that it wasn’t a good idea. I’ll never do a video like that again!” He continues: “In fact, I have blocked further distribution of the film over which I have control, including its release in some other countries. There’s all kinds of promotional stuff being proposed on Thriller. But I tell them, ‘No, no, no. I don’t want to do anything on Thriller. No more Thriller.’”” (May 22, 1984 Awake! Magazine (pg. 18-20)

In the spring of 1987 Michael disassociated himself and was shunned by his former Jehovah’s Witness friends.

Michael’s music lives on…

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  1. jack
    March 2nd, 2014 at 15:17 | #1

    the Jackson five did make a Christmas album in the early 70’s. so I guess they (parents too) sold out to make evil wicked pagan dollars from that Christmas album

  2. José augusto
    May 28th, 2013 at 17:59 | #2

    Eu sou Testemunha de Jeová

  3. José augusto
    May 28th, 2013 at 17:55 | #3

    Eu sou testemunha de Jeoá

  4. John Smith
    April 18th, 2013 at 19:01 | #4

    What constitutes a false religion? (1) Do the group’s teachings agree with the Bible? (2) Does the group claim Jesus as its leader, or does it follow an earthly leader? (3) What is the group’s primary reason for existence? To serve God ? Or to serve the interests of the group itself or its earthly leaders? Pretty much sums up JW’s the way I see it!!

  5. John Smith
    April 18th, 2013 at 18:35 | #5

    Marcus, my notes are meant to address Christians and so called Christians. A true Christian follows the Bible. Apparently Atheists don’t follow anything except themselves. A Christian only has the Bible to enforce his or her beliefs. To my knowledge Atheists have nothing to enforce their disbeliefs.After having said that I would like to say that I do know what JW’s believe and teach. I also know what it says in the Bible. JW ’s teachings are false because they are not in accordance with the Bible. You wouldn’t know this if you have never read the Bible.Why would you if you don’t believe it. I understand that. My daughter is a non-believer . I respect her opinion. I grew up a JW and always had doubts about them even at a young age. It wasn’t until I finally read the New Testament that I was totally convinced how wrong they are, according to what I found. My mother and younger brother are still in that “organization”. Also it is not a matter of interpretation. It’s all in there in black and white. To put it bluntly the Watchtower Society is a very controlling abusive organization. The only people they want to talk to are those who know nothing about the Bible, because they are easily duped. They make it sound real rosy , but in reality it is not. To bring a family up under their rules and regulations is nothing short of abuse. They increase their group by preying on weak people who have that need to increase their strength in numbers.That need to belong. If I could help even one person by sharing my story and past ,that would make me very happy…

  6. Markus
    April 18th, 2013 at 09:33 | #6

    @John Smith

    What constitutes a false religion?

    The JW believe you are wrong and they are right, as do the Muslims and the Jews,

    What do you have that will ABSOLUTELY prove your little avenue is correct! Sorry a different interpretation of you your little book of myths will not cut it.

    You have nothing except your faith. I believe in fairy godmothers, you believe in God. People say I am an idiot even though both our faiths have an absolute equal amount of evidence.

    Cheers,
    Markus

  7. John Smith
    April 17th, 2013 at 22:25 | #7

    By the way, in my opinion people don’t give up on or leave something that they believe In! Michael Jackson was a very talented individual who did a lot for and made a lot of people happy. False religions have the potential to do the exact opposite. Why can’t we just accept this and let him rest in peace!!

  8. John Smith
    April 17th, 2013 at 22:11 | #8

    C’mon all u JW’s out there. You claim to have the truth. Also you claim that you got this truth from the Bible. If so please answer a few questions . Where does it say that JW’s are the only true Religion? Where does it say that JW’s (only) are going to be resurrected and live on earth? Where does it say that the 144,000 are made up from JW’s. Where does it say that Jesus is an Angel. Where does it say that the only way to gain Salvation is to join a nineteenth century man made Organization. Where does the Bibie even mention an Organization. Where does the Bible state a date for the Battle of Armegeddon. Where does it say not to partake of the wine and bread at the Passover celebration held each year? Where does it say not to acknowledge a Birthday? Where does it say that Jehovah is the most important name? Where does it say to tell everybody about this? Where does it say that God, Jesus, and Holy Spirit are not one? We could go on and on, but I think enough has been covered here to draw the conclusion that JW’s do not have the truth. What is claimed to be Truth are only positions taken by the Watchtower Society. If you can’t accept this, read the New Testament and find out for yourself. If you claim to be a Christian , the Bible alone is the only source of the real truth!

  9. Markus
    April 15th, 2013 at 09:32 | #9

    @John Smit

    I have not been on this site for a long time. Mainly this is because of the helpless feeling I get listening to the nonsense put forward by people of all religions.

    Of all the atrocities we find in the Old Testament there are none worse than those found in the New Testament and proclaimed by Jesus of Nazareth (mainly as recorded by Paul, who seemed to have had his own agenda), and they are as follows:

    We are born in sin and have to play catch up.

    We now have a great place called hell where we will burn and be tormented with the worst pain imaginable forever and ever and ever amen. I would quote scriptures, but I am too lazy to look them up, but you as an avid Bible scholar know they exist, so don’t try denying it.

    I saw my little boy many years ago when he was just a few second old and I can tell you for a certainty he was NOT born in sin, despite the garbage you have been told and what you read in that horrible little black book you hold so dear.

    Hey great guy this Jesus. What do you think? Adolf Jesus sounds good, how about Stalin Jesus?
    Do yourself and everyone else a favour, read some valid history documents, Jesus did not exist, at least as to how the Bible portrayed him.

    Cheers,
    Markus

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