*** Rbi8 2 Corinthians 13:5 ***
5 Keep testing whether YOU are in the faith, keep proving what YOU yourselves are.
Ok, I can see this scripture applying to the individual claiming to be a Christian. However, how does a JW get around this one:
*** Rbi8 1 John 4:1-3 ***
4 Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired expression, but test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world.
2 YOU gain the knowledge of the inspired expression from God by this: Every inspired expression that confesses Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh originates with God, 3 but every inspired expression that does not confess Jesus does not originate with God. Furthermore, this is the antichrist’s [inspired expression] which YOU have heard was coming, and now it is already in the world.
The WTS has had a very bad habit for at least 30 years, of putting itself in the chain of salvation, and expecting people to be in association with The Faithful And Discreet Slave™ / WTS in order to gain salvation, rather than having faith in Jesus. According to 1John 4:1-3, then, whenever the WTS requires its followers to follow the mandates of the WTS rather than Jesus, it is proving that it does not originate with God. In fact, by drawing people away from following Jesus, and drawing followers to itself, the WTS is actually committing apostasy.
Even the WTS recognizes this to be true:
*** w86 7/15 p. 19 Go On Living as Children of God ***
Be on Guard!
John next shows how we must be on guard. (Read 1 John 4:1.
) We must not believe every spirit, or "inspired expression," but we should "test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God." Why? "Because many false prophets have gone forth into the world." At least some of these deceptive teachers were then traveling about, associating with various congregations, and seeking to "draw away the disciples after themselves." (Acts 20:29, 30; 2 John 7) So the faithful needed to be on guard.