To me, one of the greatest sins of the leadership of the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses is the doctrine of the Other Sheep. The reason I believe this is that they are instructing millions of Christ’s followers to disobey their Lord. Jesus said:
“Also, he took a loaf, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to them, saying: “This means my body, which is to be given in your behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” 20 Also, he did the same with the cup after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood, which is to be poured out in your behalf.” (Luke 22:19, 20)
“For I received from the Lord what I also handed on to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night on which he was going to be betrayed took a loaf, 24 and after giving thanks, he broke it and said: “This means my body, which is in your behalf. Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” 25 He did the same with the cup also, after they had the evening meal, saying: “This cup means the new covenant by virtue of my blood. Keep doing this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For whenever you eat this loaf and drink this cup, you keep proclaiming the death of the Lord, until he comes.” (1 Corinthians 11:23-26)
The evidence is clear. The partaking of the emblems is something we do by command of the Lord. He did not command us to watch or observe while others partake. We drink the wine and we eat the bread in remembrance of our Lord, thus proclaiming his death until he returns.
So why do millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses publicly disobey their Lord?
Could it be that instead of listening to the voice of their Master, they have turned the ears toward men?
What else could it be? Or did they come up with this blatant disobedience on their own. Hardly! Those claiming the mantle of leader or governor of Jehovah’s Witnesses have sought to undo the Lord’s words by employing wild speculation. This has been going on since before the vast majority of Witnesses alive today were born..
“So, you see that you have to be saved in a certain hope. Now God deals with you and he must by his dealings with you and his revelations of truth to you cultivate in you some hope. If he cultivates in you the hope of going to heaven, that becomes a firm confidence of yours, and you are just swallowed up in that hope, so that you are talking as one who has the hope of going to heaven, you are counting on that, you are thinking that, you offer prayers to God in expression of that hope. You are setting that as your goal. It permeates your whole being. You cannot get it out of your system. It is the hope that engrosses you. Then it must be that God has aroused that hope and caused it to come to life in you, for it is not a natural hope for earthly man to entertain.
If you are one of the Jonadabs or one of the “great crowd” of good-will persons you will not be consumed by this heavenly hope. Some of the Jonadabs are very prominent in the Lord’s work and have an important part in it, but they do not have that hope when you talk to them. Their desires and hopes gravitate to the earthly things. They talk about the beautiful forests, how they would love to be a forester at the present time and have that as their continual surroundings, and they like to mingle with the animals and have dominion over them, and also the birds of the air and fish of the sea and everything that creeps over the face of the earth.”
(w52 1/15 pp. 63-64 Questions From Readers)
You might notice that no scriptures are provided to support this fanciful speculation. Indeed, the only verse ever used requires the reader to ignore the context and accept the personal interpretation of JW leaders.
“The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:16)
What does that mean? How does the spirit bear witness? It is a rule we should always follow that when we cannot understand the meaning of a text on its own, that we look to the context. Does the context of Romans 8:16 support the interpretation of JW teachers? Read Romans 8 for yourself and make your own determination.
Jesus is telling us to partake. That is very clear. There is no room for interpretation. He also does not tell us anything about deciding whether or not to partake based on what kind of hope we have, or where we want to live, or what reward we desire. (Actually, he doesn’t even preach two hopes and two rewards.) All that is “made-up stuff”.
So as you approach the annual JW commemoration, ask yourself, “Am I willing to disobey a direct command from my Lord Jesus based on the speculation and interpretation of men?” Well, are you?