Whenever the positive words "consistently" or "consistent" are used in Watchtower Society
(WTS) publications I smell a lie! Often when a WTS publication uses these
two words, in relation to JWs or the WTS, instead of finding consistency, it
is more likely that the WTS, on the contrary, is covering up flip-flops
in their belief and doctrine - or just plain lying!
One wonders which dictionary
WTS uses to define "consistent" or "consistently"! The Chambers Dictionary
defines "consistent" interalia as:
Free from contradiction;
fixed or steady; not fluid; agreeing together, harmonious, compatible; true
The following are a few of
the quotes from WTS publications in which the words "consistently" or "consistent"
appear. But when the referenced subject is properly viewed and researched
it is evident that the WTS is shamelessly lying by misusing
either of these two very affirmative words. The quotes are followed by my comments
which are in italics.
(WT) 7/1/1951 p. 416
A simple yet vivid and consistently accurate translation, it wholly ignores
man-made traditions and false religious creeds and dogmas. It faithfully adheres
to the basic text found in most recently discovered copies of ancient and reliable
The translation is
no way "consistently accurate". Dr. Robert H. Countess points out among many
other inconsistencies that the "New World Translation (NWT) (is)
94 percent unfaithful to its own stated principle concerning the anarthrous
"theos". Another major concern which Countess points out is that "at the base
of the "restoration" of the Divine Name to the text of the NT lies a rationalistic,
a priori unitarianism." In the second sentence of the above quote the WTS
claims to faithfully adhere to the basic text found in most recently discovered
copies of manuscripts. This again is a lie as demonstrated by the WTS in their
own statement which says under the heading "The NWT Scholarly and Honest"
that "…no early surviving Greek manuscript of the NT contains the personal
name of God" (WT 3/1/1991 p.28) which they have inserted in the
main text of NWT NT some 237 times! There are numerous other examples
which, Countess maintains, makes the NWT translation "a radically biased and
dishonest piece of work". (The Jehovah's Witnesses' NT Countess 1987
pp. 4, 93.) Many other famous scholars support this view. (Bruce Metzger,
J. R. Mantey, H. H. Rawley to just name three highly-regarded Biblical
scholars who have condemned the NWT unsparingly).
WT 1/15/1953 p.
In 1950 the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society released the New World Translation
of the Christian Greek Scriptures, a literal, modern-speech translation which
presented scholarly support for its position in rendering the divine name consistently in the Greek Scriptures…
Same comments as above.
In addition it should be noted that the WTS has not rendered the "divine name"
consistently in their NWT. Several verses are quoted by Countess where, if
WTS had followed its principle set out in the introduction of their NWT, they
would have had to clearly show an identity of Jesus with Jehovah. Translations
where the WTS has not followed its own principle include 1 Peter 2:3; 1 Peter
3:15a; Romans 14:9-11; Philippians 2:10,11.
The translation by the anonymous committee is thoroughly up-to-date and consistently accurate. . .
Same comments as above
The text is based on that of Brooke F. Westcott and Fenton J. A. Hort (1881,
repr.), but the translation by the anonymous committee is thoroughly up-to-date
and consistently accurate.
Same comments as above.
WT 12/1/1953 p.
They know the Bible is God's Word and they stand four squarely and consistently upon it and follow its principles.
of the WTS are not from the Bible at all. One example, from many, is the 1935
date, for closing of the heavenly calling, which is nowhere to be found in the
Bible. WTS boldly admits that this date came as flash of light to Joseph Rutherford
the second president of WTS! (WT February 1, 1982 p. 28)
WT 11/1/1956 p.
…all in the congregation show consistently their dependence on
Jehovah through Christ Jesus for everything.
Nothing could be further
from the truth. The JWs depend upon WTS interpretations of the Bible and not
on Jehovah and Christ for dependence and guidance. (WT May 1,1992
WT 2/15/1967 p.
From its first year of publication, in 1879, Zion's Watch Tower, official
journal of the "faithful and discreet slave," consistently proclaimed
the year 1914 as the date for the end of "the Gentile times" and the establishment
of God's kingdom by Christ… Right on time, in the fall of 1914, "the
kingdom of our God" in the hands of his Christ began ruling…
This is a downright
lie. Russell firmly believed that the "conclusion of the system of things"
(also called the "time of the end") began in 1799 and that Christ came invisibly
in 1874 and that the church would "escape" before 1914. (WT July 15,
1894 p. 226)
WT 1/15/1993 p.
The Watchtower has consistently presented evidence, to honest hearted
students of Bible prophecy that Jesus' presence in heavenly Kingdom power
began in 1914.
Same comments as above.
WT 2/15/1970 p.
…Aid to Bible Understanding differs from all other publications of
a similar nature, for it consistently accepts the Bible as the principal
authority and is guided by it.
The Aid book contains several doctrinally slanted interpretations not withstanding the
remarks in the foreword which states that the Aid book "is not intended to be
a doctrinal commentary or an interpretative work." No serious student of the
Bible would use the Aid book as a reference "dictionary" of the Bible. An example,
among many available, is WTS's unique treatment of Biblical Chronology, which
has absolutely no support outside of the Society. (WTS's Bible chronology
plays a very central role in the doctrines and teachings of WTS).
WT 3/1/1970 p.
For many years The Watchtower has warned of the approach of these unparalleled
conditions, citing Bible prophecies in support, and Awake! has repeatedly
produced factual evidences of the dissolution of the present system of things,
while both magazines have consistently maintained a unique position
as true champions of the Bible and of God's Messianic kingdom as the only
hope for beleaguered mankind.
The "consistently unique
position" maintained by the WTS is that 1914, 1925, 1975 etc. were the failed
varied dates presented in WTS publications for the "dissolution of the present
system of things" and the heralding of "God's Messianic kingdom"! The "factual
evidence" has turned to "fictional evidence" after failure of WTS's prophetic
WT 8/15/1990 p.18
Famine is an urgent problem. Yet, who are identifying today's tragedies of
famine and war as fulfilling Jesus Christ's prophecy, pointing to the end
of the present system of things? (Matthew 24:3, 7) Who has published evidence
linking these events with the ride of the four horsemen vividly portrayed
in the Bible book of Revelation, chapter 6? Consistently, Jehovah's
Witnesses have loyally done so in this journal.
In no way has the WTS
has been consistent. Prof. Edmond Gruss in his book The Jehovah's Witnesses
and Prophetic Speculation (1972) says that "…a study was made to determine
how the thirty-nine sign happenings of the present Witness position were viewed
by Russell and other Society writers in publications before 1914. In every
case (which included famine and war) it was found that the same or parallel
passages and the features of the age by the present Witness writers to prove
that the "time of the end' began in 1914, were explained by Russell and others
in the Society to characterize;
(1) The entire Gospel Age,
(2) The "time of the end" as viewed at that time -- 1799-1914,
(3) the Harvest period, 1874 -1914". (p. 53)
Such flexible and varied interpretations and applications are
Also regarding the
linking of events with "the ride of the four horsemen" the WTS has in
no way been consistent. The book of Revelation has been differently interpreted
by the WTS in at least 5 different commentaries starting with The
Finished Mystery (1917) and concluding with Revelation - Its Grand
Climax at Hand (1988). For example the horseman on a white horse
in Revelation 6 is presently recognized as Jesus. In the Finished Mystery this horseman was identified as "The Bishop of Rome, The embryo Pope, the
personal representative of Satan"! (p. 105). There are many more
inconsistencies in WTS's interpretation of the book of Revelation, during
the 71 years since they started "elucidating" the book. Despite this
the WTS has the temerity to say that they have been consistent on the subject!
WT 10/1/1997 p.
Many Bible translators have shown sincere respect for the divine name and
have used it consistently in their work.
No indication is given
who these many Bible translators are who have used the divine name consistently
in their work. I do not know of any recognized Bible translators, who have
interpolated the name "Jehovah" in the texts of both the Old Testament
and New Testament to the extent WTS has done.
Previous articles in this journal and its companion, The Watchtower, have
presented a consistent position: It would be up to the Bible-trained
conscience of the individual Christian as to whether he would accept this
treatment (of immunization) for himself and his family.
This is a downright
lie. The following quote is from Golden Age (which name was subsequently
changed to Consolation in 1937 and to Awake! in 1946): "Vaccination
is a direct violation of the everlasting covenant that God made with Noah
after the flood" ( February 4, 1931, p. 293). This ban on vaccinations remained
in force for 34 years.
Has the Watchtower Society got no shame?