I sent the following letter to the PO. Mostly just to raise his hackles - maybe to raise his awareness too. Who knows?
Dear Presiding Overseer,
I was reviewing my copy of the outline for your upcoming ‘Special talk’ in April, 2008, and found several anomalies which I hope you would be willing to address.
The outline, as you can see, contains over 20 references to Jesus specifically, and only one to ‘Jehovah’ by name. While commendable on the surface, is this a reflection of a legitimate move toward more mainstream Biblical Christian doctrine, and a placement of the Christian Saviour to the fore of JW teaching? Or like previous years, is it just a Trojan horse, intended to sway people into the organization? For decades, Jesus is given second billing by your organization, when the Scriptures certainly indicate otherwise. Is this an authentic move back toward the King?
Under the Sub-Heading “What Rule By Christ Jesus Will Accomplish”, I noted a very disturbing trend of thought. Scriptural support for a strong economy, good health care, protection, and the earth’s ecology, were all supported solely by scriptures that are recognized by studied Jewish historians to have been fulfilled by the nation of Israel, and not as prophecies pointing to apocalyptic survival by Christians. If indeed the Witness view was the belief of Jesus, why cannot such support be found in the more modern New Testament writings, even Jesus‘ own words?
One final point: In the final Sub-Heading these two statements are made to round the conclusion;
“Evidence that he has taken power and begun ruling in heaven is abundant. We urge you to grow in your understanding of these facts.”Yet no evidence is presented, nor can it be that Jesus is ruling in heaven! Just assertion! How can anyone be urged to ’grow in understanding of assertion’? Could you please present such evidence to me? Interesting too, was the avoidance of the date1914 in this discussion. The society has eliminated 1935 as the sealing date, changed ‘the generation’ understanding, and is now allowing with these eschatological shifts, a growing number of those claiming to be ‘anointed’, as evidenced by the increase of ‘partakers’ in the past two [and likely three] years. All these coincide with the ’private Watchtower’ starting this year. I suspect that the modification [or total elimination] of 1914 will happen soon. After all, who wants to think Jesus is sitting on that throne ‘waiting’ for a hundred years? Time will tell.
Your Watchtower study article for the same week displays a more typical view - Though it is entitled; “Jesus Christ - The Greatest Missionary”, paragraph one immediately urges “people to draw close to Jehovah God and enjoy a precious relationship with him”. The balance of the article does the same. There is little in that article to entice one to draw to Jesus, instead to draw upon Jesus’ example as a means to this end. In this context, Jesus becomes little more than a ‘motivational speaker’, which is significantly polar to the supposed acclamation paid him in the public address.
Well, just my thoughts as I reviewed your talk outline and the Watchtower. I spend little time these days involved in deep doctrinal thought about the WTS training sessions - but a cursory look at the talk outlines often sparks my view that someday Jw’s might join mainstream theology. Who knows? You can reply by letter or by email @ xxxxxx if you wish.
With deep affection to you,