Traffic report – Jehovah’s Witnesses convention

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 4, 2014

2014-04-12 22.55.23

The Georgia Department of Transportation doesn’t have any construction planned for this weekend, but is advising drivers to stay off the roads if at all possible.

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While Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related lane closures from noon, Thursday, until 5 am, next Monday, several downtown activities will result in considerable traffic. As many as 250,000 people may attend the annual Peachtree Road Race downtown Friday morning and the Atlanta Braves will host the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday night with a fireworks display to follow. Other fireworks displays also will be held at various venues.

Also, beginning Friday morning and continuing throughout the weekend, the International Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be held at the Georgia Dome. Some 34,000 congregates from 14 countries are expected to attend. (A second weekend of the same conference will be held at the Georgia Dome on July 18-20 and the Spanish Jehovah’s Witnesses International Convention on August 1-3.)

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  • Alex

    This religion has said a lot but really nothing they say happens.
    That is why shunning is an important part of this belief structure if you dare think about leaving.

    • keithcarley

      3 Above all, understand this: In the last days blatant scoffers will come, being propelled by their own evil urges 4 and saying, “Where is his promised return? For ever since our ancestors died, all things have continued as they were from the beginning of creation.” 5 For they deliberately suppress this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago and an earth was formed out of water and by means of water. 6 Through these things the world existing at that time was destroyed when it was deluged with water. 7 But by the same word the present heavens and earth have been reserved for fire, by being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

      8 Now, dear friends, do not let this one thing escape your notice, that a single day is like a thousand years with the Lord and a thousand years are like a single day. 9 The Lord is not slow concerning his promise, as some regard slowness, but is being patient toward you, because he does not wish for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:3-9 (Free version of New English Translation with limited notes)

    • Blake

      I think you are confused.

      When it comes to disfellowshipping, that is only done on non repentant JWs. Those are shunned. Most who are disfellowshipped fall into sexual immorality. If a JW knows what the Bible says against adultry and fornication (or spiritism, blazen conduct, etc.) but deliberately acts against it and is not repentant (most likely going to do it again), they are removed for the safety of the congregation. You don’t want that kind of influence in God’s house. They are allowed to come back once they are repentant and desire to come back.

      Now there are others who are non practicing JWs who are considered “inactive”. These are not disfellowshipped because they have not committed a serious sin. I know of several inactive JWs.

      In regards to things said but hasn’t happened, you have to understand that a lot of things that were said were never endorsed by the organization as a whole and were never published. However, it is not uncommon when someone misunderstands something that was said on a platform and will assume otherwise. That is why it is always suggested to test out what is said.

      • Dedicated 30 Years

        If they were not removed then we would be deemed “hypocrites”. And, interestingly enough, most of those disfellowshipped come back.

    • djbillyd

      That statement reminds me of what Jesus said at Matthew 24:38, 39: ” For as they were in those days before the Flood, eating and drinking, men marrying and women being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39 and they took no note until the Flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be.”
      We are living in his (Jesus) presence…

  • Chris Billingsley

    Interesting comment Alex. I don’t know much about the JW except that I avoid getting into a biblical discussion with them and hope they avoid walking up my dirt and gravel road on a Saturday morning. Even though my Catholic beliefs are different from their view of Christianity, I respect their knowledge of the Bible. Some Decatur Catholics remember when Saint Thomas More was established in the late Forties and the threats and discrimination my parents and other Catholics faced during that time. This kind of hatred has mostly disappeared from our town and for this I am thankful. I’m also thankful that I live in a country where most are tolerant of different faith traditions. God Bless America and our First Amendment!

  • Rae

    I think the biggest misconception is that we don’t believe in Jesus however the focus/theme of this years convention is about the Messianic Kingdom. That kingdom is the entire purpose for preaching as it was for Jesus. The best way to get an understanding of who we are at a distance is to go to the website It takes off the pressure of speaking with someone you don’t know. Gave a good day all!!

  • blackbird13

    There is at least one thing that I admire about the Jehovah’s Witnesses: Their religion requires them to stay out of politics.

  • arturo

    I think it’s incredibly rude for JWs to disturb me and my family. My weekends, MY TIME. How selfish/self-centered can you possibly be? If I cared to know more about your religion, I know where to find your church.

    • Billy

      Selfish to contact you on your time? Inconvenient perhaps, but quite the opposite of selfish and rude. We have families and enjoy many other activities.. Yet we regard the preaching work, like Jesus did as the utmost most important work of our faith. Did Jesus just sit in church and wait for people to come to him? No quite the opposite.. He went to them wherever they were to bring them the message. Matt 24:14 and matt 28:19-20 show why it is important and the commission we all have as Christians…
      If you don’t want to hear the message and hope for the future then simply tell us or don’t answer the door.

      • Mitch Braswell

        I think it’s somewhat arrogant for the JW’s knock on my door to tell me their view of something that I already know.

        • djbillyd

          Have you ever said to any of the Witnesses that you would prefer that they not “bother” you? If you do, then, they won’t “bother” you. If you don’t wish to wait for one to come to your door, look in the yellow pages, or wherever, find the phone number, call them at the Kingdom Hall, and you shouldn’t be “bothered” again. It’s the policy of our organization to bring the god news of Jehovah’s Kingdom to as many people as we can. But we do so with the intent of doing so in accord with the wishes of the people. Those who wish to not be contacted, we will gladly oblige.

          • Dedicated 30 Years

            The truth is that we have lives, family, jobs, chores…a ton of things we can be doing. However, out of love for our neighbor and in obligation to the scripture at Matt: 24:14…we are “unselfish” enough to share our time with you to offer free bible studies.
            We offer them….and an offer can be declined….that’s all. As the brother said above, anyone whom expresses the desire not to be called on, will be noted and won’t be “bothered” again.

    • djbillyd

      Please see my reply to Mitch below…vvvv

  • Dedicated 30 Years

    No one can deny the international brotherhood….which exists no place else on earth. Impossible by any other source and only achievable by the one true God, Jehovah.

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