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  • dannyboy

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  • jaffacake

    Watchtower Jan 15 1974

    When persons are in great danger from a source that they do not suspect or are being misled by those they consider their friends, is it an unkindness to warn them?

    They may prefer not to believe the warning. They may even resent it. But does that free one from the moral responsibility to give that warning.

  • jaffacake

    Watchtower Society Website “Do You Know The Truth”

    “If we want to worship God acceptably, we must know the truth. This is an important issue. Our eternal happiness depends on it. Therefore, everyone should ask himself: “is my way of worship acceptable to God”? “Am I genuinely interested in learning the truth of God’s word? Or am I afraid of what a careful investigation might reveal?”

  • jaffacake

    Watchtower 1946 Nov 1 page 330, Article “Let God Prove to be True”

    “The divisive force among the Catholic and Protestant religionists of Christendom is the religious traditions which they follow. The truth of the Bible is a unifying power. After Christ Jesus prayed: ‘Sanctify them through thy Word: thy Word is truth,’ he immediately prayed that all his believers, those then following him and those yet due to believe, should be united in one, just as he and His heavenly Father are one (John 17:17-23)”

    ....“How is disunity over each one’s individual interpretation of the Holy Scriptures now overcome or avoided? Is it because they are united around a visible human organization or around a visible human leader? The answer is No. It is because they recognize Jehovah God and Christ Jesus as The Higher Powers to whom every Christian soul must be subject for conscience’ sake (Romans 13:1)

    “ Hence Jehovah’s Witnesses do not claim to be what the religious Hierarchy claims their religious organization to be, namely, the one holding the magisterium or teaching office and hence ”the Divinely appointed Custodian and Interpreter of the Bible.”

    ....“The written Word of God does not therefore need the addition of traditions which are the private interpretations of man and of religious organisations. It is not on our own authority that we say the Bible is sufficient without such. The inspired Apostle, Paul, writes his faithful and fellow worker Timothy to that effect saying: ‘from thy infancy thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which can instruct thee to salvation, by the faith which is in Jesus Christ. All Scripture, inspired of God, is profitable to teach, to reprove, to correct, to instruct in justice, that the man of God may be perfect, furnished to every good work.” (2 Tim 3:15-17)

    Had the oral traditions of religious men been necessary to complement the Canon of the Bible, Paul would not have said that the inspired Holy Scriptures were profitable to the point of making the men of God perfect in faith and devotion to God. It would have been inadequate and would have left the man of God unperfected…(quotes 2 Tim

  • jaffacake

    Watchtower 1881 by the President C T Russell

    “..their organization was of Spirit; their law for the government of each was love, and all as a whole were put under obedience to ‘the law of the Spirit’ as it was expressed in the life, actions and words of their Lord…”

    “ is clearly seen that these present day churches…interpret and enforce the ‘traditions of the elders’ which ‘make void the Word of God.’ These take the place of the true Head of the Church – Jesus and the true teacher and guide to all truth, the Holy Spirit. Hear the prophet Isaiah express it (chap

    “This brings us to our second preposition, viz that all Christians should be joined to this organisation… But says one; Must I not join some organisation on earth, assent to some creed and have my name written on earth? No. Remember that Jesus is your pattern and teacher, and neither in his words or acts will you find any authority for binding yourselves with creeds or traditions of the elders, which all tend to make the word of God of none effect (Mark 7:13) and bring you under a bondage that will hinder your growth in grace and knowledge, and against which Paul warned you to ‘stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free, and be not entangled with the yoke of bondage (Gal 5:1}”

    Watchtower 1882 April, Questions & Answers

    “We are strictly unsectarian…(read 1 Cor 3:1-4)…we have no creed (fence) to bind us together or keep others out of our company. The Bible is our only Standard, and its teachings our only creed…We are in fellowship with all Christians in whom we can recognise the Spirit of Christ, and especially with those who recognise the Bible as the only Standard. We do not require therefore that all should see just as we do in order to be called Christians, realising that growth and knowledge is a gradual process; nor do we see reason to expect that any but the Watchmen of Zion will ‘see eye to eye (Isa 52:8) until that which is perfect is come..(1 Cor ).”

    “If all Christians were to thus free themselves from prescribed creeds, and study the Word of God without denominational bias, truth and knowledge and real Christian fellowship and unity would result. The Spirit of the Head would pervade the unfettered members of the Body and sectarian pride would vanish.”

    Watchtower 1884 February

    “We belong to no earthly organization…we adhere only to that heavenly organization ‘whose names are written in heaven’ (Heb Luke )”

    “What think you?...suppose…all man made creeds and forms …and names were laid aside, or that all Christians met in the One name of Christ, and in earnest simplicity, studied HIS words under the direction of God’s Spirit and the explanations furnished in the Apostles’ writings, would there be long and serious differences, even of opinion?... And so, by whatsoever names men may call us, it matters not to us; we acknowledge none other name than ‘the only name given under heaven and among men’ – Jesus Christ. We call ourselves simply CHRISTIANS and we raise no fence to separate from us any who believe in the foundation stone of our building mentioned by Paul: ‘that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures’; and those for whom this is not broad enough have no right to the name Christian.”

    WT 1895 15 September article “How to Conduct Group Meetings”

    “Beware of ‘organisation’. It is wholly unnecessary. The Bible rules will be the only rules you will need. Do not seek to bind others’ consciences and do not permit others to bind yours. Believe and obey so far as you can understand God’s word today, and so continue growing in grace and knowledge and love day by day”.

  • jaffacake

    The Society's former president, Frederick W. Franz, in the morning Bible discussion for the headquarters family on

    "The sole purpose of our existence as a Society is to announce the Kingdom established in 1914 and to sound the warning of the fall of the Great. We have a special message to deliver."

  • AlmostAtheist

    "In the early 1920's, a featured public talk presented by Jehovah's Witnesses was entitled 'Millions Now Living Will Never Die.' This may have reflected over-optimism at that time. But today that statement can be made with full confidence." -- Watchtower 1997 January 1 p.11

    And as luck would have it, a wormhole opened up in my basement the other day and a Watchtower dated January 1st, 2077 dropped out. It says on page 11:

    "In the early 2000's, a witnessing campaign by Jehovah's Witnesses indicated that many then living would never die. This may have reflected over-optimism at that time. But today that campaign can be carried out with full confidence!"

    Dave of the "non-prophet" class

  • Honesty

    Identity of the "Alpha and Omega."

    Jehovah is the "Alpha and Omega" AWAKE August 22, 1978 page 27 Revelation 1:8 states: "The Lord God says, I am the Alpha and the Omega, the One who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." (The New American Bible) Clearly the reference here is to the Most High God Jehovah.

    Jesus is the "Alpha and Omega" WATCHTOWER October 1, 1978 page 15 Rev 22:12-13 “Look! I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me to repay each person according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega , the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.

    In less than 2 months the WTBT$ flip flopped on the identity of the "Alpha and Omega"

  • greendawn

    They changed about seven times going back and forth on the issue of the resurrection of the people of Sodom, will they be resurrected or not? I can't see the reason for their uncertainty since Jesus said they will be resurrected.

  • alamb

    Watchtower 1967 June 1 p.338 Move Ahead with Jehovah's Organization

    12 How will we put these four things into effect? First, study: We may think of study as hard work, as involving heavy research. But in Jehovah's organization it is not necessary to spend a lot of time and energy in research, for there are brothers in the organization who are assigned to do that very thing, to help you who do not have so much time for this, these preparing the good material in The Watchtower and other publications of the Society. But you do not study enough? Take this suggestion: Often the very best and most beneficial studying you do is that done when you read a new Watchtower or Awake! or a new book with the joy of getting the new truths and a fresh view.

    *** Watchtower May 15, 1957 pp.313-315 Appreciating Basic Christian Publications *** …Their zeal for knowledge may even prompt them to dig back into things that were published long before they came into the truth, expanding and deepening their understanding, and ever growing in Christian maturity... Do you dig out older publications to expand and deepen your knowledge on subjects about which questions arise? Have you really studied these earlier publications?... How is your background of knowledge? ... Never think: "Oh, I know most of that." For you will find, indeed, that you do not and that you will be strengthened by your additional study...once you have completed your study of them you can then look to even older pub lications ... Only by studying earlier publications and digging back through previous issues of The Watchtower kept in the library at your local Kingdom Hall. There is much in the way of spiritual riches and aids toward mature knowledge in these earlier publications, and their study is most certainly worth your time.

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