I am sorry for the delay.
You cannot put the accusation of inspiration on a group. They have to claim it for themselves. As deut 18:18 points out they have to say they are speaking the actual inspired words of God themselves. You cannot say "They put that badly so I am going to accuse them of claiming inspiration from God by it". Thats not how being a false prophet works biblically.
The scriptures on Hananiah say he directly claimed to say the inspired words of God himself against Jeremiah. There is no comparison between him and witnesses accept the one you fabricated. The witnesses have always denied openly that they have any inspiration from God.
Jeremiah 28:10-11 (New International Version)
10 Then the prophet Hananiah took the yoke off the neck of the prophet Jeremiah and broke it, 11 and he said before all the people, "This is what the LORD says: 'In the same way will I break the yoke of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon off the neck of all the nations within two years.' " At this, the prophet Jeremiah went on his way.
I must say while I find you points interesting Isaac but I do not agree with them.
You are using circular reasoning. To say you utter God-given prophecies is to claim inspiration from God they are both the same thing. Witnesses have never claimed inspiration from God (in fact openly deny it) and they have never made unique inspired Prophecies. Any understandings they have can all be discerned from bible chronology and already written prophecies from the bible:- "Times, time and half" "day for a year", "This generation will by no means pass away" (Jesus's own words), signs of eathquakes, pestilences wars, "disgusting thing" etc. The bible itself says "let the reader use discernment/understanding" on them so we are expected to look out for Bible based signs and check bible chronologies (as the jews did to be in expectation of the messiah) and draw from them in preparation for Armageddon. This is why they were written. The bible isn't just a good read but a usuable tool to keep us "ready".
You might not agree with what the witnesses have concluded from bible chronology and Bible prophecies concerning the end but this is not claiming to be able to be "inspired of God".
You basically are accusing the witnesses of using the Bible too much. Can a person use the bible too much?
In essence yes, but there is the point that the people themselves also have to claim they have "Active guidance" (inspiration from God directly away from the bible writings) as you put it. For them to come under the judgement of being a prophet or false prophet as the Bible writers understood this point to be. Calling it "God-breathed" (and your right the bible coming into being itself "inspired writings" is the best example of this) they had to claim this active inspiration.
Passive guidance is as you put rightly is using the bible but I would also include guidance from spirit after asking in prayer to this. This is were the confusions sets in.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests.
We must not put a man-made limit on spirit saying it can only act through direct inspiration from God. The bible itself is called the "sword of the spirit" so showing that using that is also being spirit guided. The bible itself also differentiates between the actives Gifts of the spirit that the apostles got and what we are left with after they stop.
1 Corinthians 13:8-9 (New International Version)
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. 9 For we know in part and we prophesy in part,
This is a whole new discusion in itself.
But my point for the sake of this discussion, is solely on what qualifies specifically to be a false prophet biblically and this is to claim direct inspiration from God to be able to "say the very words of God" as per the qualifications in Deut 18:18-22. If we them add Jesus's qualifications for false prophets in this time of the end aka doing signs, miracles, claiming to be Christ himself. then this even less applies to the witnesses.
Thank you for your thoughtful reply it was a pleasure to read and reply too. Your summary is fair I just had to qualify it with spirit guidance though prayer.
Hi black sheep
Like I said to TD
God openly says that we will get spirit guidance. how this manifests itself is a large subject for debate itself. but I reiterate people are not condemned for claiming spirit guidance/help but for claiming to "speak the words of God" himself falsely.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.
Thank you everyone for taking time to reply to me.