It's curtains for the Watchtower. Seriously.
They have finally published what many of us here have known for a long time.
The July 15, 2006 Watchtower has three study articles, the second one will be of intense interest. It is directed at those who murmur against Jehovah's organization AND primarily
the "faithful and discreet slave."
In times past, the WT would often include articles on not "murmuring" which only spoke about some complaints a person may have on the way Jehovah's organization did things. But they
would never specifically say that these murmurings were about the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses. Only the main paragraphs dealing with this issue will be shown here, along with
The last paragraph of the first study article, entitled "Keep Free From Murmurings" says the following:
23 Appreciation for all the spiritual blessings we receive as worshippers of the true God, Jehovah, will help us to promote unity
and avoid murmuring against others in personal matters. The next article will show how godly qualities will prevent us from
engaging in an even more dangerous form of murmuring - that is, murmuring against the earthly part of Jehovah's organization.
SIDE NOTE: Is it any wonder that the Drama for the 2006 District Convention was on Rejecting An Independent Spirit?
SECOND STUDY ARTICLE: FOCUS ON THE GOODNESS OF JEHOVAH'S ORGANIZATION
"We will certainly be satisfied with the goodness of your house." - Psalm 65:4
3 Faithful Israelites supported the arrangements made for true worship at the house of God. As present-day servants of Jehovah, we similarly support
provisions for worship within the earthly part of Jehovah's organization...Ours is not a spirit of complaint. Instead, we focus on the goodness of God's
organization. Have you thought about the many good things for which we can truly be grateful? Let us consider some of them.
Grateful for Those Taking The Lead (paragraphs 4-7)
Those Taking The Lead Are Imperfect (paragraphs 8-12)
"This Speech Is Shocking"
13 Whereas some in the first century murmured against appointed servants, others were murmurers against Jesus' teachings. As recorded at John 6:48-69,
Jesus stated: "He that feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life." Upon hearing these words, "many of his disciples...said: "This speech
is shocking; who can listen to it?" Jesus was aware that "his disciples were murmuring about this. Moreover, "owing to this many of [them] went off to the
things behind and would no longer walk with him."
(This is the interesting part)
14 In modern times, a very small number among God's people have become disgruntled with some aspect of Christian teaching and have murmured against the
earthly part of Jehovah's organization. Why does this happen? Such murmuring is often caused by a lack of understanding of God's way of doing things. The
Creator progressively reveals truths to his people. Hence, our understanding of the Scriptures is bound to be refined from time to time. The vast majority of
Jehovah's people rejoice over such refinements. A few become "righteous overmuch" and resent the changes. Pride may play a role, and some fall into the trap
of independent thinking. Whatever the reason, such murmuring is hazadrous, since it can draw us into the world and its ways.
SIDE NOTE: Yeah, right. This is in fact a FRANK admission that the Internet is working against them. How many "rejoiced" over the 1914 Generation change? Liars.
15 Emanuel, for instance, was a Witness who found fault with some of the things he read in publications of "the faithful and discreet slave." (Matthew 24:45) He
stopped reading our Christian literature and eventually told the elders of the local congregation that he no longer wished to be one of Jehovah's Witnesses.
Within a short time, however, Emanuel came to realize that the teachings of Jehovah's organization were correct after all. He contacted the Witnesses, admitted
his mistake, and was reinstated as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. As a result, he again became a happy man.
SIDE NOTE: Emanuel returns to his vomit? Why do you think some would do this?
16 What if we are tempted to murmur because of having doubts about certain teachings that Jehovah's teachings have in common? Then let us not be impatient.
The "faithful and discreet slave" may eventually publish something that answers our questions and clears up our doubts. It is wise to seek the help of Christian
elders. Prayer, personal study, and association with fellow believers can also help to remove doubts and deepen our appreciation for the faith-strengthening Bible
truths we have learned through Jehovah's channel of communication.
Is it really wise to seek the help of Christian elders if having doubts? I Think I See poster can testify that it is not wise to do this.
18 Instead of murmuring about things in the congregation, we do well to maintain a positive attitude and follow a routine that keeps us busy, joyful, reverent
balanced and healthy in faith. Jehovah is in control of everything within his organization, and Jesus is aware of developments in each congregation, just as he
was in the first century. Patiently wait on God and Christ, the Head of the congregation. Responsible shepherds may be used to correct matters that need to
So, if something goes wrong, and children get molested, it must be Jehovah's fault right? Because that's what they're saying - Jehovah is in control of everything.
Keep yourselves busy, yeah, so busy you have no time to think how the organization is ruining people's lives. God, they're desparte.