As we all mourn Ray's passing last week - I think it's good to remember some awesome points he brought out in defining a " recurring pattern " of control and dominance that the WT society has exercised over it's members the last 130 + years. So as I'm reading his second book right now " In Search of Christian Freedom " there are some revealing nuggets I wanted to share with you all.
In the chapter entitled " The Recurring Pattern " it states about C.T. Russell on Pg. 78 in the year 1910 , " Russell stated that, " the person who read the Bible alone without using the Scripture Studies he had written would, according to experience, ' go into darkness within 2 years ' , whereas the on reading his Scripture Studies without reading ANY of the Bible itself would still be " in the light " at the end of that time. " Sound familiar ? Nothing has changed in the WT society's impression of itself in 100 years.
Then in a 1952 WT article it states, " Jehovah and Christ direct and correct the slave as needed , not we as individuals. If we do not see a point at first we should keep trying to grasp it, rather than opposing and rejecting it and presumptuously taking the position that we are more likely to be right than the discreet slave. We should meekly go along with the Lord's theocratic organization and wait for further clarification , rather than balk at the first mention of a thought unpalatable to us and proceed to quibble and mouth our criticisms and opinions as though they were worth more than the slave's provision of spiritual food. Theocratic ones will appreciate the Lord's visible organization and not be so foolish as to pit against Jehovah's channel their wn human reasoning and sentiment and personal feelings. " It continues, " After being nourished to our present spiritual strength and maturity , do we suddenly BECOME SMARTER than our former provider and forsake the enlightening guidance of the organization that mothered us ? " Forsake not the law of thy mother. " " Are you nauseous yet ? Translation : Don't criticize the GB or alleged " faithful slave " they know more than us - you can't trust your mind and reasoning because you are not smarter than us.
Then it continued into the 1970's . In a February 1976 WT it states, " Sometime in the future a test may be imposed on us to comply with certain information that God brings to our attention. It may hit something we love dearly. What will we do ? Will we hesitate in applying counsel, perhaps pondering in our mind as to WHAT we want to do about it ? ( God forbid we use our minds ! Italics mine ) If that would be the case, wouldn't we really be asking ourselves the question, ' Do we really want the rulership of God ? ' Would not a failure to respond to direction from God through His organization really indicate a rejection of divine ulership ? " Translation : If you reject us the " faithful slave " and our counsel- you are rejecting God's rulership.
And so it continues until this year 2010 ! Last year a WT article came out saying to obey the " faithful slave " even if you DON'T UNDERSTAND what they are telling you to do ! The Jehovah's Witness cult and WT society DOES NOT want ANYBODY thinking or using their own minds to reason these matters out. It's obvious. So any lurking JW's think about that. Next time you are asked to believe something from the WT society ask yourself " Does this make sense ? Does it jive with what the Bible says ? Or does it seem real or a fantasy ? "
As always I welcome any and all observations on this information. WT society is enslaving people. WE all need to show thanks for what Ray Franz did and individually carry the torch of freedom of mind and let people know that the WT society is enslaving unsuspecting minds ! Peace out to all of you, Mr. Flipper