Now I remember why I don't read those things anymore...they fill me with rage. "Evidently..." What is the evidence that leads them to that "evidently." The only thing I can think of is that their explanation that the people living in 1914 would not have died when the end came turned out to be wrong. It was wrong! Not clarified now, but wrong!
I told householders for 25 years that I could prove, from the Bible, that there would still be people alive when this system ended who had been born in or before 1914. 1995 was the beginning of the end for me. I just felt like such a fool going out in field service and wondering when some astute householder (aside...what a funny sounding word that is to me now) would ask me to explain the change. Which I couldn't. I am so glad I don't have to wonder how on earth to explain to someone that holy spirit has given us an entirely different definition of generation than anyone else in the world has.
And I second the request for an explanation of the difference between spirit directed and inspired.
PS How do I make this type larger?
First let me say thank you for taking the time to reply to me. I hope you don't mind if I answer you all as a whole rather than individually mostly because I lack many post options and you all make similar points.
I clearly hit a note with this one. Since most of your points are dealing with the difference between "God inspired" and "Spirit guided" I will address that.
Would you all agree that Bible prophets and bible writers were God inspired by his spirit? the classic scripture for this is in Timothy.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed (inspired).
And here is one specifically dealing with prophecy.
2 Peter 1:21 (New International Version)
21 For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Are you saying that Jehovah's witnesses claim that they get their words from God in the same way as the bible writers and prophets did? Because I know that they deny exactly that. The Scripture someone used earlier was specifically condemning a prophet saying he had direct access to God to say words inspired from God.
What Witnesses do say is that they are "spirit guided" or "directed" and also "bible directed" too, this is not the same as God inspired. It involves using principles of shepherding from the bible and getting the fruitage of that, under the gentle guidance of holy spirit but not direct messages from God.
Heb 5:14 But solid food belongs to mature people, to those who through use have their perceptive powers trained to distinguish both right and wrong.
Both the Bible and God's spirit guide us and through that we gain decernment.
1 Corinthians 2:12 (New International Version)
12 We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.
Galatians 5:22-23 (New International Version)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Hebrews 4:12 (New International Version)
12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Romans 8:5-6 (New International Version)
5 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind of sinful man [a] is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace;
What you are really doing is narrowing the spirit to only being able to inspire words from God and prophecies from God, when it does so much more.
I see the fruitage of this spirit guidance in seeable bible truths Jehovah's witnesses have decerned since their early days and among other men throughout history that have decern these truths too. And I believe they have done this beyond any other so-called christian group ATM who are still mired in unbiblical doctrines from centuries ago unable to be refined even biblically out of them. But Witnesses do not claim to get these messages directly from God as his inspired words. but they do pray for his spirit guidance which is quite scriptural.
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding.
Like I said it is You that are limiting the spirit of God to be only used for doing inspired words and prophecies and then saying accordingly that anyone who claims to have spirit guidance is instead claiming direct inspiration by God when they are not.
Thats exactly my point the Apostles got Jesus words wrong and spread it among themselves until Jesus had to refine them from this mistake. The bible makes it clear they did have access to holy spirit at this time often sent out by Jesus to heal and preach with spirit help. According to the reasonings on here that should stop them for making this type of mistake. but it didn't
Some of you mention 1914
This is a date derived from Bible chronology not God directly. It comes from "times, time and half" prophecy in the bible and is further calculated using Bible indicators on time "day for year" etc. Since I can source it directly to bible Chronology there is no way they are claiming Godly inspiration for this so it is simply a current understanding from Bible-based Chronology. Again is bible chronology a lie and not to be used?
You are all accusing them of being false prophets yet they have not claimed one single word of inspiration from God! They have not claimed to do one single sign from God! They have not claimed to do one single miracle from God!
For false Christs and false prophets will appear and perform great signs and miracles to deceive even the elect—if that were possible.
2 Thessalonians 2:9
The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders,
Everything they understand is from prayerfully seeking decernment through God's word ALREADY written and spirit guidance.
There is definitely a feeling of nitpicking with your words and an extraodinary level of expectation applied to witnesses, that you clearly do not expect of other Christian religions or even yourselves as people following God.
For the ones that still believe in God among you I ask the following.
Do you believe you can be guided by the bible and God's spirit without having Godly inspiration directly?