Don't know how many of you have read M. James Penton's "Apocalypse Delayed: The Story of Jehovah's Witnesses." Honestly it's not what I'd call an "easy read," but it does contain very well researched information. I enjoyed his recognition of a similarity between the WTS and Catholicism.
[Watchtower, August 15, 1981] "From time to time, there have arisen from among the ranks of Jehovah's people those who, like the orignal Satan, have adopted an independent, faultfinding attitude. (Compare Ephesians 2:19-22.) Rather, they present a 'stubborn shoulder' to Jehovah's words. (Zech. 7:11 & 12) Reviling the pattern of the 'pure language' that Jehovah has so graciously taught his people over the past century, these haughty ones try to draw the 'sheep' away from the one international 'flock' that Jesus has gathered in the earth. (Hohn 10:7-10, 16) They try to sow doubts and to separate unsuspecting ones from the bounteous 'table' of spiritual food spread in Kingdom Halls of Jehovah's Witnesses, where truly there is 'nothing lacking.' (Ps. 23:1-6) They say that it is sufficient to read the Bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such 'Bible reading,' they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines that commentaries by Christendom's clergy were teaching 100 years ago, and some have even returned to celebrating Christendom's festivals agains, such as the Roman Saturnalia of December 25! Jesus and his apostles warned against such lawless ones."Now how similar does this seem to the Catholic "Decree Concerning the Edition, and the Use, of the Sacred Books" of the Council of Trent of 1546?
"Furthermore, in order to restrain petulant spirits, it decrees, that no one, relying on his own skill, shall--in matters of faith, and of morals pertaining to the edification of Christian doctrine,--wresting the sacred Scripture to his own senses, presume to interpret the said sacred Scripture contrary to that sense which holy mother Church,--whose it is to judge of the true sense and interpretation of the holy Scriptures,--hath held and doth hold; or even contrary to the unanimous consent of the Fathers; even though such interpretation were never intended to be at any time published. Contraveners shall be made known by their Ordinaries, and be punished with penalties by law established."
Penton's comments... "How strange it seems that an organization which has for more than a hundred years attacked the Church of Rome for its attitude towards the Scriptures has taken a position virtually identical with that of that church in proclaiming its own magisterium or teaching power, its right to speak ex cathedra on behalf of the faithful, and its right to restrain 'petulant spirits' with 'independent, faultfinding attitudes.'"