“Trust in Jehovah with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding.” – Proverbs 3:5
[From ws 11/18 p.13 January 14 – 20, 2019]
This article is a rare type of article. One with very little of any consequence to highlight as scripturally incorrect, or scripturally unsupported.
There are, however, a few items to draw our attention.
Paragraph 1 is interesting as it says the following.
“True, we are convinced that these “critical times hard to deal with” are evidence that we are living “in the last days” and that each passing day brings us one step closer to the new world. (2 Timothy 3:1)”
This statement is interesting in several ways. The writer is presuming to speak for all Jehovah’s Witnesses. Yet, he makes no attempt to prove we are living “in the last days”, but rather appeals to emotion saying that because times are difficult for many, they must be the last days. Indeed, what is noticeable by its absence is any reference to 1914 as the beginning of the last days.
Of course, this statement ignores the fact that 2 Timothy 3:1 was fulfilled in the first century, and that the Scriptures give no indication that it should have a second fulfillment.
The statement that “each passing day brings us one step closer to the new world” is hardly headline news. It is true whether the new world is a year away or 100 years away. Yet, it is designed to reinforce the JW trademark idea that the end is “imminent”.
Paragraph 12 also should be considered. Here it says, “Second, we need to listen to what Jehovah tells us through his Word and organization”. Notice how “Organization” is tacked on to something we know to be true. It assumes an equivalency which is not there. How exactly does Jehovah tell us to do something through the Organization? They state they are not inspired, so to say “we need to listen to what Jehovah tells us through his organization” is nonsensical.
What did Jesus say that has a bearing on this question? Luke 11:13 records Jesus as saying “Therefore, if YOU, although being wicked, know how to give good gifts to YOUR children, how much more so will the Father in heaven give holy spirit to those asking him!” According to this scripture, obtaining Holy Spirit is dependent on asking God in prayer, not whether you are a member of a self-appointed elite. Furthermore, there is no monopoly on receiving Holy Spirit, unlike what the Organization would have us believe.
Paragraph 17 has an interesting statement when it says: “Jehovah extends his promise of life to any righteous person who displays faith and trust in Him.” Note the phrase “any righteous person”. Is this also a softening in the previous stance that only Witnesses will survive Armageddon? Is more emphasis being put on the actions of the individual rather than if they are a Witness and fulfilling the desires of the Organization? Time will tell.
Our final point is from paragraph 19. There point 2 on how we can maintain trust in Jehovah states: by “paying careful attention to Jehovah’s Word and any direction we receive through his organization”. We will definitely do well to pay careful attention to Jehovah’s Word. However, it is a different matter for those claiming to be his Organization. Given how untrustworthy the predictions of the Organization have been, it would likely reduce our trust in Jehovah were we to pay “careful attention” to all directions from the Organization. Rather than “any direction”, we would need to be highly selective, otherwise we could become another casualty of the Organization with our faith and trust in Jehovah shattered.