WATCHTOWER (WT) Magazine of May 15, 1995 appeals to Psalm 97:11 and Proverbs
4:18 as justification for past errors and subsequent newer doctrines.
In THE NEW
WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES of THE
WATCHTOWER SOCIETY (WTS) Psalms 97:11 reads:
has flashed up for the righteous one, and rejoicing even for the one upright
interprets this to mean that they regularly receive "flashes of light" from
interpretation is convenient though false is seen by reading the entire chapter
of Psalm 19. Also PEAKE'S COMMENTARY ON THE BIBLE explains: ...light and
life are synonymous. Hence 'see light' should not be taken in the sense of mental
illumination, but as denoting the experience of a full, free and satisfying
life (p. 420)
The path of the righteous one is like the bright light
that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.
the entire chapter shows that verses 18-19 contrast the benefit to the "righteous"
of obeying the instructions of a wise father with the damage to the wicked who
forsakes such wisdom. Proverbs 4:18 does not - taken in context - justify the
need of any individual or organization replacing doctrines and failed prophecies
with new doctrines and prophecies. False teachings can be called "false words"
and Proverbs 13:5 says: "A false word is what the righteous hates."
of three "Flashes of Light" articles in the May 15 WT summarizes various New
Testament teachings and calls them "brilliant light", "flashes of light", "stream
of light", etc. This is done with the resurrection stories of Lazarus,
Jesus being recognized as Messiah, circumcision seen as unnecessary, etc.
article applies the same "light" phrases to modern WTS doctrines, for example
that Holy Spirit is a force, Christ's return would be invisible, the "faithful
and discreet slave" of Matthew 24:45-47 is a class dispensing Christian truth
etc. About 60 times WTS doctrines are called "light", "striking flash of light",
"brilliant light", etc. By using Proverbs 4:18 for New Testament statements
and for WTS doctrine as well the WTS leaders imply they are as infallible
as they teach the Bible to be!
claims of WTS leaders amount to claims of infallibility:
is interpreted but the interpretation comes from God and is then published.
(WT 1943 July 1 pp. 202-203)
what is published.
(PREPARATION 1933 pp. 36-37, 64)
publishes "no man's opinion".
(WT 1931 November 1 p. 327; 1936 March 15 p. 85)
"To it (this
organization) alone...the Bible is not a sealed book." The WTS is "the only
organization on earth that understands the 'deep things of God.' "
(WT 1973 July 1 p. 402)
are "spirit directed" (WT 1988 March 1 p. 10) and "God's channel."
(WT 1969 January 15 p. 51; 1960 July 15 pp. 439, 442)
"It is vital
that we appreciate this fact and respond to the directions of the 'slave' as
we would to the voice of God, because it is His provision."
(WT 1957 June 15 p. 370)
C. T. Russell
founder of the WTS, called himself "God's mouthpiece" (WT 1906 July 15 p. 229);
claimed that compared to reading his books Bible reading is "a waste of time"
(WT 1910 September 15 p. 298), and that his books "harmonize...every statement
in the Bible."
(DIVINE PLAN OF THE AGES 1886 p. 348)
and directs the WTS.
(VINDICATION Book 1 1931 p. 77)
class has served as God's sole collective channel for the flow of Biblical truth
to men on earth. Just as the early Christian congregation collectively served
as the channel of communication from heaven to earth, so in our time."
(WT 1960 July 15 p. 439)
revealed his truths by means of the first-century Christian congregation so
he does today by means of the present-day Christian congregation. Through this
agency he is having carried out prophesying on an intensified and unparalleled
scale. All of this activity is not an accident. Jehovah is the one behind all
of it." (WT 1964 June 15 p. 365)
in submitting to Jehovah's theocratic organization, we must be in full and complete
agreement with every feature of its apostolic procedure and requirements."
(WT 1967 October 1 p. 593)
SLAVE - "RIGHT SORT OF FOOD"
15 WT says that: "Jesus...returned and found 'the faithful and discreet
slave' giving the 'domestics' their food at the proper time. As a result Jesus
Christ appointed that slave 'over all his belongings'." (p. 15) That appointment
was made in 1919 (WT 1977 January 1 p. 14) . The basis was that the message
at that time was "accurate and well founded" (REVELATION - IT'S GRAND CLIMAX
AT HAND! 1989 p. 164) and the "slave" was "faithful" and: "proclaiming
Jehovah's kingdom and announcing its establishment in A.D. 1914." (WT 1943 January
1 p.7) Also: "the serving of food, the right sort of food, at the proper time
was the issue. It had to be according to this that a decision must be rendered
by the returned master." (GOD'S KINGDOM OF A THOUSAND YEARS HAS APPROACHED 1973
Let us review
the "right sort of food", the "brilliant light" of "God's mouthpiece" compared
to which Bible reading is a "waste of time", and which got the "faithful
OF FOOD" SAMPLED
taught: "The 'Time of the end,' a period of one hundred and fifteen
(115) years, from A.D. 1799 to A.D. 1914 is particularly marked in the Scriptures."
(THY KINGDOM COME 1891 p. 23)
taught: "Bible prophecy shows that the Lord was due to appear for
the second time in 1874. Fulfilled prophecy shows beyond a doubt that he did
appear in 1874." (WT 1922 November 1 p. 333) "Beyond a doubt"
but it was wrong!
taught: "we present proofs that the setting up of the Kingdom
of God is already begun, that it is pointed out in prophesy that as due
to begin the exercise of power in A.D. 1878, and that the 'battle of the great
day of God Almighty' (Revelation 18:14)...will end in A.D. 1915, with the complete
overthrow of earth's present rulership ... ." (THE TIME IS AT HAND 1889
p. 101) The fake kingdom of 1878 was proclaimed until 1926!
taught that the Great Pyramid of Gizeh is "inspired" and "God designed" . (THY
KINGDOM COME 1891 p. 362; WT 1922 June 15 p. 187) This was taught for 47 years
from 1881. In 1928 the Pyramid became "Satan's Bible" and its devotees
had: "turned away from Jehovah and his Word." (WT 1928 November 15 pp. 341,
taught: "In the year 1918... Christendom shall go down as
a system to oblivion..." (THE FINISHED MYSTERY 1917 p. 513) This same
book THE FINISHED MYSTERY, has been estimated to contain 1,500 interpretations
rejected by later WTS writers. (JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES: A STATISTICAL SURVEY 1992
again the claim in May 15 WT that: "Jesus ...returned and found the...slave
giving...food at the proper time." (p. 15) The WTS has only since
1927 understood the "slave" as referring to a large group collectively. Prior
to 1927 the doctrine was that the "slave" or "servant" is one man - C. T. Russell
. (WT Reprints 1916 December 1 p. 5998; THE FINISHED MYSTERY 1917 p. 418) His
teachings were "Divinely appointed teachings..." (THE FINISHED MYSTERY 1917
book says: "though pastor Russell has passed beyond the veil, he
is still managing every feature of the Harvest work." (p. 144) The WT in 1922
stated: "to repudiate him and his work is equivalent to a repudiation
of the Lord... ." (May 1 p. 132) Then in 1927 Russell was repudiated as "that
servant" (WT February 15 p. 56) and thousands of his interpretive
points were gradually repudiated as well. Therefore, using WTS's own words,
they "repudiated the Lord."
15 WT mentions some past doctrines such as Armageddon being a social revolution
and the Bible predicting a literal restoration of Israel as things "once thought."
(pp. 18-19) Such things weren't just "thought" but had entire books about
them and were promulgated as "divine light" and "Bible truth"!
(THE BATTLE OF ARMAGEDDON 1897; COMFORT FOR
THE JEWS 1925)
CAUSED BY JEHOVAH
At the time
Christ supposedly appointed the "slave" (i.e. the class or group) in 1919 the
WTS promulgated the absurd public lectures MILLIONS NOW LIVING WILL NEVER DIE.
This was published as a book in 1920 and taught: "We may confidently expect
that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets
of old." (pp. 89-90) The WTS claims that this was a message "Jehovah caused
to be preached"! (WT 1955 November 15 p. 698) Obviously the "Jehovah"
of the WTS is not the Jehovah of the Bible but is a man or men who stole the
15 articles contain many more deceptive assertions. For example p. 21 gives
the impression that in 1962 the WTS got a bright flash of light that subjection
to the "superior authorities" of Romans 13 is relative not absolute. However
in 1886 such subjection was viewed as relative. (THE DIVINE PLAN OF THE AGES
p. 266) Until 1929 the "superior authorities" were interpreted to mean secular
governments; then this changed and they were God and Christ this being
taught as "truth" and "light"; then in 1962 they became the secular governments
15 WT calls Russell and his followers "part of the faithful and discreet slave"
and "those Jehovah used" and "anointed". (p. 17) Also: "they
took no credit to themselves. ...All credit went to God."
since Russell claimed he alone was the "slave" not "part of". Also besides
his numerous failed prophecies he, in 1881, urged his followers to give all
spare money to "the Lord's service" - mainly Russell's service - and thereby
avoid sickness and even death. (WT Reprints p. 187) Reports of miraculous cures,
even old people restored to youth, appeared in the WT until the 1890s!
For the WTS to praise a fraud like Russell as "Jehovah used" and "anointed"
while insulting all other religions as "false" and do this as an ongoing policy
clearly constitutes double standards - religious hypocrisy. By giving "credit...to
God" the WTS leaders wish readers to view them as humble, sweet, faithful and
wise but instead really blame God for the false prophecies they could have avoided.
hundreds of "flashes of light" the May 15 WT could have mentioned but didn't.
For example: "...vaccination is a direct violation of the law of Jehovah God."
(THE GOLDEN AGE 1935 April 24 p. 471) Jehovah's law got the boot in 1952!
NO LIGHT EXTINGUISHED
doctrine existed in 1881 when Russell wrote:
"New light never extinguishes older light but adds to
it. ...So it is with the light of truth; the true increase is by adding to,
not by substituting one for another." (WT Reprints May 1881, p. 188) At
that time (February 1881) Russell taught that he and the "saints" would rise
physically to heaven in Autumn. Afterwards this "light" was extinguished
and Russell substituted the doctrine that the general selection for heaven ceased
in 1881 and they'll ascend by 1914!
says: "as the light of understanding shines even brighter, old ideas
have been replaced. Now, in these 1970s, it can truly be said that 'the day
is firmly established' among Jehovah's people... ." (July 1, 1976 p. 400)
numerous doctrinal changes since 1976 show that "the day is not firmly established
after all!" For example tissue transplants stopped being "unscriptural"
in 1980, Armageddon is no longer in 1970s, the "Communist king of the north"
is currently not Communist, and "this generation" of 1914 has a new starting
Why do Jehovah's
Witnesses follow men who attach God to lots of lies and who then keep changing
this so-called "bright spiritual light" almost like traffic lights?
is repetition. As already mentioned the May 15 article calls WTS doctrines "light"
about 60 times. In the course of a year WTS doctrine is called "light", "education",
"accurate knowledge", "truth", "genuine Christianity", "loyal to God's word",
and similar things several thousand times! Christianity is summed
up negatively "apostate", "Babylonish", "deceitful", "fraudulent", "false",
etc., also thousands of times yearly. Also Jehovah's Witnesses have to shun
all who criticize them or their publications.
of WTS claim to be a prophet. (WT 1959 January 15 pp. 40-41; WT 1972 April 1
p. 197) To claim to be God's prophet and then hide behind Proverbs 4:18
when prophecies fail is a trick since the Bible says that prophets who make
false predictions in God's name deserve death. (Deuteronomy 18:21-22; Jeremiah
"If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the
darkness!" (Matthew 6:23)
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