I don’t have time to comment on all the mistakes the Watchtower Society makes in its publications, but every now and then something catches my eye and I cannot, in good conscience, overlook it. People are trapped in this organization believing that it is God who runs it. So, if there is anything that shows that not to be the case, I feel we need to speak up.
The organization often uses Proverbs 4:18 to refer to itself as a way to explain the various errors, false predictions, and misinterpretations they have made. It reads:
“But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light That grows brighter and brighter until full daylight.” (Proverbs 4:18 NWT)
Well, they’ve been walking that path for almost 150 years, so the light should be blinding by now. Yet, by the time we are finished with this video, I think you’re going to see that it isn’t verse 18 that applies, but rather the following verse:
“The way of the wicked is like the darkness; They do not know what makes them stumble.” (Proverbs 4:19 NWT)
Yes, by the end of this video, you’ll see evidence that the organization has lost its grasp on one of the fundamental aspects of Christianity.
Let’s begin by examining the Watchtower Study article 38 titled “Draw Close to Your Spiritual Family” from the September 2021 study edition of The Watchtower, which was studied in the congregation during the week of November 22 to 28, 2021.
Let’s start with the title. When the Bible speaks about a Christian family, it isn’t being metaphorical, but literal. Christians are literally children of God and Jehovah is literally their Father. He gives them life, and not just life, but everlasting life. So, Christians can rightly refer to each other as brothers and sisters, because they all share the same Father, and that is the point of this article, and by and large, I have to agree with some of the valid Scriptural points that the article makes.
The article also states in paragraph 5 that, “like an older brother, Jesus teaches us how to respect and obey our Father, how to avoid displeasing Him, and how to gain His approval.”
If this were the first ever article of the Watchtower you ever read, you would draw the conclusion that Jehovah’s Witnesses, the rank and file, that is, consider Jehovah God to be their Father. Having God as their Father makes all of them brothers and sisters, part of one big, happy family. They also view Jesus Christ as an older brother.
Most Witnesses would agree with that assessment of their status with God. Yet, that is not what they have been taught by the Organization. They are taught that instead of being children of God, they are at best, friends of God. Therefore, they cannot legitimately call him Father.
If you ask your average Jehovah’s Witness, he will state that he is a child of God, but at the same time will agree with the Watchtower teaching that the other sheep—a group making up almost 99.7% of all Jehovah’s Witnesses—are only God’s friends, Jehovah’s friends. How can they hold two such contradictory ideas in their mind?
I’m not making this up. This is what the Insight book has to say about the other sheep:
it-1 p. 606 Declare Righteous
In one of Jesus’ illustrations, or parables, relating to the time of his coming in Kingdom glory, persons likened to sheep are designated as “righteous ones.” (Mt 25:31-46) It is notable, however, that in this illustration these “righteous ones” are presented as separate and distinct from those whom Christ calls “my brothers.” (Mt 25:34, 37, 40, 46; compare Heb 2:10, 11.) Because these sheeplike ones render assistance to Christ’s spiritual “brothers,” thus demonstrating faith in Christ himself, they are blessed by God and are called “righteous ones.” Like Abraham, they are accounted, or declared, righteous as friends of God. (Jas 2:23)
So, they are all friends of God. Just one big, happy group of friends. That means God can’t be their Father and Jesus can’t be their brother. You’re all just friends
Some will counter, but can’t they be both children of God and friends of God? Not according to Watchtower doctrine.
“…Jehovah has declared his anointed ones righteous as sons and the other sheep righteous as friends…” (w12 7/15 p. 28 par. 7)
To explain, if you are a child of God—whether God also considers you his friend or not, is irrelevant—if you are a child of God, you get the inheritance which is your due. The fact that according to Watchtower doctrine, Jehovah does not declare the other sheep righteous as his children means they are not his children. Only children get the inheritance.
Remember the parable of the prodigal son? He asked his Father to give him his inheritance which he then took and squandered. If he had only been that man’s friend, there would have been no inheritance to ask for. You see, if the other sheep were both friends and children, then the Father would declare them righteous as his children. (By the way, there is no place in Scripture where we find God declaring Christians righteous as his friends. The Governing Body has just made that up, created a teaching out of thin air, much like they did with the overlapping generation.
There is one scripture at James 2:23 where we see Abraham being declared righteous as God’s friend, but that was before Jesus Christ gave his life to bring us back into God’s family. That is why you never read of Abraham calling Jehovah “Abba Father.” Jesus came and opened the way for us to become adopted children.
“However, to all who did receive him, he gave authority to become God’s children, because they were exercising faith in his name. 13 And they were born, not from blood or from a fleshly will or from man’s will, but from God.” (John 1:12, 13)
Notice it says, “to all who did receive him, he gave authority to become God’s children”. It doesn’t say to the first 144,000 who received him, does it? This isn’t a first- come-first-served sale. The first 144,000 shoppers will get a coupon for one free eternal life.
Now why would the organization teach something that contradicts its own doctrine? Just a year ago, there was another Watchtower Study article contradicting the whole idea of family. In the April 2020 issue, Study Article 17, we are treated to this title: “I Have Called You Friends”. That’s Jesus speaking to his disciples. That isn’t Jehovah speaking to us. Then we get this box titled: “Friendship With Jesus Leads to Friendship With Jehovah”. Really? Where does the Bible say that? It doesn’t. They’ve made it up. If you compare the two articles, you’ll notice that the current one from September of this year is full of Scriptural references to back up the teaching that Christians are God’s children and so it should, because they are. However, the April 2020 makes a lot of assumptions, but provides no Scriptures to support the idea that Christians are God’s friends.
At the beginning of this video, I told you that we’d see evidence that the organization has lost its grasp on one of the fundamental aspects of Christianity. We’re going to see that now.
In the April 2020 article about friendship with God, they actually make this stunning statement: “We must attach neither too much nor too little importance to our love for Jesus.—John 16:27.”
In typical fashion, they have attached a Bible reference to this statement hoping the reader will assume it provides scriptural support for what they claim and in typical fashion, it does not. Not even close.
“For the Father himself has affection for you, because you have had affection for me and have believed that I came as God’s representative.” (John 16:27)
Nothing there cautioning the Christian about having too much love for Jesus.
Why do I say this is a stunning statement? Because I’m stunned by how far they have fallen from the truth. Because I cannot believe they have so lost touch with the basic foundation of Christianity, which is love, so as to think that it should be regulated, limited, restricted in any way. The Bible tells us quite the opposite:
“On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22, 23)
What does it mean to say that against such things there is no law? It means there are no restrictions, no limits, no rules governing these things. Since love is the first one mentioned, it means we can’t put a limit on it. This love is Christian love, agape love. There are four words for love in Greek. One for the love that is defined by passion. Another for the instinctive love one has for family. Yet another for the love of friendship. Those all have a limit. Too much of any of those could be a bad thing. But for the love we have for Jesus, agape love, there is no limit. To state otherwise, as the article in the April 2020 Watchtower does, is to contradict the law of God. To go beyond what is written. To impose a rule where God says there is to be none.
The identifying mark of true Christianity is love. Jesus himself tells us that at John 13:34, 35, a scripture we all know well. This statement from a Watchtower reviewed by all the Governing Body members—because they tell us they review all the study articles—indicates they’ve lost their sense of what Christian love is. Truly, they are walking in darkness and stumbling over things they cannot see.
Just to show the dismal level of Bible understanding present in those who presume to be God’s channel, have a look at this illustration from paragraph 6 of article 38 from the September 2021 Watchtower.
Do you see the problem? The angel has wings! What? Does their Bible research extend to mythology? Are they studying renaissance art for their illustrations? Angels don’t have wings. Not literally. The cherubs on the lid of the Ark of the Covenant had wings, but that was a carving. There are living creatures that appear in some visions with wings, but those use highly symbolic imagery to convey ideas. They aren’t meant to be taken literally. If you run a search on the word angel in the Bible and scan through all the references, you will not find one where an angel wearing a pair of wings physically visited a human. When angels appeared to Abraham and Lot, they were called “men.” There was no mention of wings. When Daniel was visited by Gabriel and others, he describes them as men. When Mary was told she would conceive a son, she saw a man. In none of the angelic visitations that faithful men and women received are we told the messengers were winged. Why would they be? Like Jesus who appeared inside a locked room, these messengers can slip in and out of our reality.
This winged angel illustration is so silly that it is an embarrassment. It misrepresents the Bible and provides more grist for the mill of those who only seek to discredit God’s word. What are we to think? That the angel came swooping down from the sky to make a landing near our Lord? You’d think the flapping of those enormous wings would have woken up the disciples sleeping nearby. You know they claim to be faithful and discreet. Another word for discreet is wise. Wisdom is the practical application of knowledge, but if you don’t have real Bible knowledge, it’s hard to be wise.
You’ve heard it said that a picture is worth a thousand words. If you want to understand the abysmal level of scholarship at JW headquarters, I give you this.
Now, what can we take away from all this? Jesus said, “A student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher.” (Luke 6:40 NIV). In other words, a student is no better than his teacher. If you read the Bible, then your teacher is God and your Lord Jesus, and you will be rising forever in knowledge. However, if your teacher is the Watchtower and the other publications of the organization. Hmm, that reminds me of something Jesus said:
“For whoever has, more will be given him, and he will be made to abound; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.” (Matthew 13:12)
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Hebrews 4:12 underscores 2 Tim 3:16-17 when Paul writes that “the word of God is alive and exerts power and is sharper than any two edge sword and pierces to the dividing of soul and spirit”. In other words, to get to the truth we must make sure that what we teach is solidly based on God’s word. I note the comments about the picture of the angel. Inaccurate, yes. But important ? I am not quite so sure. But the teaching about friends is different. It falls in with many other questionable teachings which, as Witnesses, we simply swallowed… Read more »
Morning all, I am a little confused… Does that mean that the organisation is anti christ? If the congregation is made up of individuals and the individuals make up the congregation and that make up the body of Christ and we all know that Christ looks after anyone who believes in him as we know from when some were expelling demons in Christ’s name and were told not to stumble them… Doesn’t that mean the “organisation” has a measure of holly spirit? We all call Christ as Lord… Lord. Christ has poured out holly spirit on this website, individually and… Read more »
Well, the Holy Spirit cannot be poured onto a group. Nowhere does it say that in the Bible. It can be poured onto individuals, and when such individuals gather, consequently the Holy Spirit can be found there in that group. It is not poured within the group, but within the individuals that the group consists of. This is how Jesus could say that we would have his presence when a group is gathered in his name. Matthew 18:20 “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” The word for “spirit” in… Read more »
Thank you my brother! 🙂
I do not believe the organisation ever had Holy Spirit in the first place. From the time of lawless Russell to the wicked lawless governing body today it has only existed, and has always existed by the operation of Satan. It was put in place to mislead all people but if possible, the Holy ones.
I don’t believe that holy spirit is poured out on an organization, but only on individuals.
Yes, you are absolutely correct my brother. Holy Spirit is poured out on specific individuals. But Holy Spirit can also be found with a group of individuals who each carry the Holy Spirit within them. This is how Jesus could say at Matthew 18:20, “For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.” Jesus is with us, with our congregation, because the Holy Spirit, within each of us, can be found in our congregation. It’s not poured on the congregation, but it can be found there, because we have the presence of… Read more »
Yes, I did not say it was, I believe the same as you Eric. It is not poured out on “THE” organisation, that is an expression. But,I believe Holy spirit cannot be poured out on any individual who remains within the ORG, I believe I never had Holy spirit when I was a JW, but remained under Gods wrath. As those who remain in the org for now, remain under the wrath of God, they remain amongst the many Antichrists whether knowing it or not. Knowing they are participating in leading people astray or not. Therefore, Holy Spirit cannot exist… Read more »
Antichrists are not those who point to others instead of Jesus. Antichrists are those who point to themselves instead of Jesus. To be an antichrist means to place yourself in exchange for Jesus. No JW’s I know are doing that. The governing body is. The JW’s serve an antichrist, but they themselves, by definition, are not antichrists.
You only tell part of the story, if you want to use definitions, AntiChrist does not just mean: “to place yourself in exchange for Jesus”. It also means against: 1.an opponent of Christ; a person or power antagonistic to Christ. 2.a disbeliever in Christ. 3. a false Christ. 4.One who actively denies or opposes Christianity. The prefix anti means “against” or “adversary of” or “in place of.” John wanted to make clear that any teaching contrary to Christ and His purposes is Antichrist. Do you think JW’s actively teach people contrary to Christ and his purposes? Do you think JWs actively teach a false Good News? Which one do the rank and file Jw’s… Read more »
“You only tell part of the story, if you want to use definitions, AntiChrist does not just mean: “to place yourself in exchange for Jesus”. It also means against: 1.an opponent of Christ; a person or power antagonistic to Christ. 2.a disbeliever in Christ. 3. a false Christ. 4.One who actively denies or opposes Christianity. The prefix anti means “against” or “adversary of” or “in place of.” John wanted to make clear that any teaching contrary to Christ and His purposes is Antichrist.” Huh? What are you talking about… A teaching can’t be an antichrist; only a person can. Ok, first of all, let’s make some differentiations. How we use the prefix “anti-” in… Read more »
What John would have thought of when he heard the word “antichrist” is not what modern people would think of when they hear the same word. For example(so sorry, this is the only thing I can think of at the moment), the word “sodomy” today just means; an*l or or*l copulation with a member of the same or opposite sex. (Merriam-Webster) People like to use this definition to prove to others why God views extra-marital relations as sinful, because we all know God viewed the Sodomites as sinful. Of course, that’s not what sodomy means. It technically means, “the sin… Read more »
Something to consider is that in the letter to the seven congregations, there are whole congregations that were on the road to experiencing the wrath of Jesus, yet there were those within those congregations in whom he still took deelight or of whom he still approved. Holy Spirit is not a black and white thing like throwing a switch on or off. Jehovah says he makes it rain over the evil and the good. He is not just talking about the weather but about his blessing. Like any father, he knows that his children may be errant and wayward, but… Read more »
Holy Spirit is not a black and white thing like throwing a switch on or off. Such a good point! I like to think everyone has a Holy Spirit tank in them that can be filled up or drained. How much Spirit you have in your tank is proportional to how much you want it to lead you to a life of truth and love. Everyone has the ability to receive Holy Spirit, even wicked people if they change their ways. But, ultimately, how much help they receive from God through His Spirit is up to how much they want… Read more »
Rev 3 : “l’ange de l’Eglise qui est à Sardes, écris: « Voici ce que dit celui qui a les sept esprits de Dieu et les sept étoiles: Je connais ta conduite, je sais que tu passes pour être vivant, mais tu es mort. ..Cependant, tu as à Sardes quelques personnes qui n’ont pas sali leurs vêtements; elles marcheront avec moi en vêtements blancs, car elles en sont dignes.” Oui ces versets lors de mon réveil spirituel m’ont beaucoup réconfortée. Même dans un groupe déclaré mort par Christ, il sait reconnaître ceux qui marchent avec lui et ont donc l’esprit… Read more »
Goodmorning everyone. I am writing from Italy I am a former elder and have served as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than forty years. For a few months after a long period of detachment from congregational activities, I have definitively distanced myself. Over the years I have always asked myself some important questions to which I have never been able to give a serious and concrete answer. At first, I left them there with the illusion that Jehovah would someday give me the answer in this organization. Unfortunately, over time the questions accumulated but it wasn’t true that I… Read more »
Welcome to our site, Nathan, and it is so good to hear that our Italian brothers and sistesr are also sharing in the free exchange of Bible research–something which JW.org dreads.
Could you give me, please, the name of the blog in Ita)y where you are one of the administrators? or the link? I’d attended meetings in Italian, but those ended about a year ago. I don’t speak Italian, but I speak Spanish. Has there been any discussion on your blog lately of having an online meeting? I would like to attend Italian meetings again.
Hi thank you Eric. Our blog site is Osservatore Teocratico.
The site has a policy that does not promote clandestine sibling meetings on its own initiative. But obviously he is not even against it because many brother and sister feel the need to get together. I am aware of one of these weekly meetings if you want to know the details you can contact me at this email firstname.lastname@example.org you will be given the directions.
Thank you very much.
But, I’ll explain that I am not Eric. I sometimes work for him, such as doing proofreading or moderating. I had lived in Ecuador when he lived in Colombia. But we hadn’t met back then. I will email you.
Also, the warning about showing too much love for Jesus as opposed to that of Jehovah, can be found in a book by the society called “then is finished the mystery of God” published in 1969.This book comments on Jesus’ warning to the congregation in Ephesus where he tells them that they have lost the love they first had Rev: 2;4 In applying this warning ” antitypically” it says that basically the ” Bible students ” were guilty of putting too much emphasis on Jesus and needed to go back and imitate the first century Christians. Interestingly though, the Greek… Read more »
Exactly. On top of that, they never even mention the name Jehovah. Jehovah is only ever referred to as either “God” or “Father.” But never once is the tetragrammaton(i.e. Yahweh, or Jehovah in English) found in the New Testament.
I appreciate how you continue to prove the cherry-picking of scriptures. Being an optimist and always trying to find the good in people, it is becoming harder for me to make excuses for this behavior and possibly some ignorance but really. How is it possible that elders who I am sure, get folks coming to them ALL THE TIME raising concerns and how can it be that they so casually dismiss these major concerns. They cherry pick to make the narrative work. Yes of course. But. If their hearts are truly about looking after the flock, why aren’t they investigating… Read more »
Maybe a little to harsh on the “demonic possession” part… But otherwise I agree with you.
Rajeshsony, perhaps it is harsh. I do not know what terminology best describes folks who know that children are being hurt, lives destroyed, know about it, do absolutely nothing and in fact turn it against the victim and make them out to be the villians. I really don’t know what to call this. But it isn’t anything innocent. For certain.
Well, most elders do not know that children are being abused.
Nothing to do with what elders do not know, but it is all about what is actually happening, it is real.
No others words to describe them but demonic. Any who are elders have seen and heard things, it should motivate their hearts to do good, get out and help others to get out. The Bible has a phrase for this motivation : “love of truth”. But sadly many are comfortable with the power they have, overlooking all things,not interested in truth their hearts become dark.
wish4truth2, I used that term simply because of the fact there are two sides to a fence and then the top of the fence. If you are not waffling, then you are on one side or the other. When I raised valid, pertinent questions to the main elder, I was treated with a demonic attitude. One who was not willing to help me find answers, but rather buy into man’s thinking. Going further, puts me down for even raising such questions, employs scare tactics stating that I was “treading on dangerous ground” and “you are sounding like a free thinker”… Read more »
Great points. I cannot argue with that, my brother.
Some of us were raised in a household where their Father was abusive towards them. resulting, through no fault of their own, to have serious difficulties in feeling close to their heavenly Father I know someone who after beeing in ” the truth ” for 23 years, still saw Jehovah as a fault finding judge sitting on his throne in heaven , watching his every move, ready to clobber him should he step out of line. Then came ” The greatest man book” This book had a profound effect on him, After developping this deep love for Christ, he got… Read more »
I agree. I know people who can relate a lot more to Jesus, him being mere flesh and blood as you and I, being tempted to sin as we humans are(he was tempted by the primary temptations from which all other temptations stem; desire for the flesh, desire for the eyes, and pride of life/possessions), suffering to such a great extent, and yet he overcame it ALL like no human had or will ever do again. (See Hebrews 4:14-15 and 1 John 2:16) Also, nowhere is It said to be a requirement to call God our Father. Being His children,… Read more »
In the April 2020 article about friendship with God, they actually make this stunning statement: “We must attach neither too much nor too little importance to our love for Jesus.—John 16:27.”
Here’s how this sentence was translated into Russian WT:
“At the same time, we remember that love for Jesus should not be stronger than love for his Father.”
“We should neither exaggerate nor downplay the importance of loving Jesus”
“However, love for Jesus should not be more important to us than love for Jehovah.”
“We should not attach too much importance to the love of Jesus, but we should not underestimate it.”
“We have a balanced view and we do not attach too much importance to our love for Jesus.”
I envy you, my brother, to be able to speak so many tongues.
Yikes. You can’t love the Father without loving Jesus, and you can’t love Jesus without loving the Father. Who you love to a greater extent is of unimportance. Being a Christian, you must have a substantial amount of love for BOTH Father and Son. Worrying about things like who you should or shouldn’t have more love for is petty and inconsequential. I know Christians who feel like they have a stronger relationship with Jesus than with God, because of how they can relate more to Jesus considering how he was flesh and bones like us, and was tempted to sin… Read more »
I completely agree, I just gave examples of translation into different languages, and showed that even here there is no unanimity.
And love for the Father and Christ cannot be measured by any instrument or scale, or by rules and instructions, as a “slave” does.
Angels with wings! Ha. I can’t believe it. Not to mention, an angel isn’t a type of spiritual being, nor is a cherub. These are not descriptions of physicality, because spirit beings don’t have physicality. They are job descriptions and/or specific roles or statuses. The cherubim are God’s throne guardians; that’s why they are depicted many times on the sides of God’s throne(that’s also why they change appearance throughout the Bible, depending on the context of the cultures at that time period. Sometimes throne guardians are depicted as animal hybrids, other times they are depicted as seraphim, serpent-like throne guardians).… Read more »
Hi Eric, I want to bring up this topic with someone and I’m trying to anticipate all the possible answers and arguments I could get. The Organization teaches that the first century Christians are part of the 144,000. So the answer I could get from citing John 1:12 is that it talks about the time when Jesus was on earth since it says “to all who did receive him, he gave authority to become God’s children”. It doesn’t say: “to all who do receive him, he gives authority to become God’s children”. And so we can’t say that this particular… Read more »
The context of John 1 shows that the narrator(who is narrating from third-person omniscient POV) is talking about the new beginnings that Jesus brought into fruition during his time on earth, of which he told his disciples(all of them) to, not only perpetuate, but cultivate until the “the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:16-20) If they want to say John 1:12 applies only to the disciples in antiquity, then they better stay consistent and say Matthew 28:16-20 does also. In which case, the entire purpose of the organization falls apart, as no longer is spreading the good news necessitated(of course,… Read more »
A valid question, Ctron. The reason that John is speaking in the past tense is that he is writing about the nation of Israel, which by that point (around 96 CE) had ceased to exist. John 1:11 reads: “He came to his own home, but his own people did not accept him.” So we might expand John 1:12 to read “However, to all [of his own people] who did receive him, he gave authority to become God’s children. So the all in this instance is limited by context to the Jews. That the authority to become God’s children is not… Read more »
“John 1:11 reads: “He came to his own home, but his own people did not accept him.” So we might expand John 1:12 to read “However, to all [of his own people] who did receive him, he gave authority to become God’s children. So the all in this instance is limited by context to the Jews.” Wow, I never thought of it that way! That is certainly a valid way to interpret the scripture. I think, however, there is another equally valid way to interpret the scripture. Here’s how I interpret the surrounding verses. John 1:9-13; “9 The true light,… Read more »
Another Sound article,using the Scriptures.Thank You.
We who have found’the height,breadth,depth’of the Christ recognize that Basic;that ground-level..that there are NO limits on our Love,Loving Christ,His Love..
The organization of JW’s have now plainly shown– they’ve controlled+
regulated+straitjacketed even “..the Love of the Christ(compells us)..”
into a pale shadow,hiding
in a corner.