The Dog that did not bark: Jehovah's Witnesses' greatest mystery

by Terry 52 Replies latest watchtower medical

  • Terry

    'The dog that didn't bark' is an expression from a Sherlock Holmes mystery. It was an important clue that led to identifying the criminal.

    It seems that the killer entered and left the estate grounds one night but without the guard dog barking an alarm at the intruder's presence as expected.

    From this non—event Holmes reasoned that the dog must have known the killer and that clue led to solving the case.

    Jehovah's Witnesses are "the dog that didn't bark."

    They are the UN-cola of christians.

    The garment they wear is inside out.

    Theirs is a sacrificial demonstration of performance of NON performance.

    NOT celebrating.

    NOT saluting.

    NOT pledging.

    NOT voting.

    NOT transfusing.

    NOT this-ing or that-ing...

    99% of JW's are:


    NON-heavenly hope

    NON-partakers of the Evening Meal

    NON-covenanted with Christ

    NON-intended recipients of the Bible

    Just THINK about this for a second: almost every single person in this religion is on the OUTSIDE looking in at the few darlings of the elite.

    You think the Catholic church is heirarchy?

    The Priests wear gaudy vestments and parade around like costumed nobility?

    Look at the Governing Body by way of contrast to the rank and file Jehovah's Witness.

    The GB has Jehovah whispering sweet nothings directly into their ears.

    Jehovah tells them sacred mysteries and we get the scraps (like dogs) from their table leavings.

    e·lite Noun /i'let/

    1. A group of people considered to be the best in a particular society or category, esp. because of their power, talent, or wealth. The GOVERNING BODY is an elite because of their CLAIM. The GB claims to be the bride of Christ & everybody ELSE is an "other", as in OTHER sheep. The GB claims to be the "faithful & discreet slave" mouthpiece of God while everybody else stands slack-jawed waiting on their New Light. The GB claims the bible was written for THEM and not for you! The GB claims they can eat the bread and drink the wine as you sit with hands folded during the ONLY DIRECTLY COMMANDED celebration christianity was given by Jesus! This self-styled remnant is an elite. How? Simply because they CLAIM to be! 99% of the members of this religion are like red-headed step-children never treated with the same dignity and blessings as the REAL children of the household. Other sheep originate nothing. The simply do the bidding of the elite. If they displease that elite they are cast out of the master's household to die. These mere nothings are like the Sherlock Holmes story with the "dog that did not bark." They are the CLUE that leads to solving the mystery. What is the mystery? THE MYSTERY IS HOW THE NON-CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE of the "faithful and discreet slave" became the FOUNDATION of Jehovah's Witnesses. As simply stated as possible: 1.C.T.Russell published a great many writings used as the central teaching element for hundreds of bible student groups. Independant groups! 2.Maria Russell borrowed an idea of Adventist mystic Ellen G. White. Instead of "visions", Matthew 24:45-48 introduced the idea of an "elite" channel. 3.According to the the Bible Students website:

    Russell did teach “that servant” to be a class, representing the church as early as 1897 in the book, The Battle of Armageddon, but some years later, would change his mind and believed it to be an individual.

    4.Privately, many Bible Students identified Russell alone as this "servant". Privately, Russell accepted this. (Who tells us this? Read on!) 5.After Pastor Russell died, J.F.Rutherford was faced with a huge problem. He was not Russell and Russell was THE "servant". 6.Judge Rutherford published the unfinshed book Russell had been working on as though it were finished. Ironically titled: THE FINISHED MYSTERY. (The plot thickens here!) 7.Rutherford decided to elevate Russell and his writings and embrace them IN ORDER TO SECURE HIS OWN STANDING with Bible Students. Read this excerpt from the Bible Students website:

    In fact, the thought of promoting Russell as “That Servant” and giving him prominence was J.F. Rutherford's. In the 1916 Watchtower it stated:

    Thousands of the readers of Pastor Russell’s writings believe that he filled the office of “that faithful and wise servant,” and that his great work was giving to the Household of Faith meat in due season. His modesty and humility precluded him from openly claiming this title, but he admitted as much in private conversation. [pg 357]

    The only ones who admitted to these so-called private conversations were, Rutherford, VanAmburgh and MacMillan, the three individuals responsible for seizing control of the Watch Tower Society. Their motives behind such a promotion was to appease the close friends, colleagues and supporters of Russell. Rutherford vowed to continue the work Russell had started. But in promoting Russell, elevating him and his writings to that of equal par to the Scriptures, he created a monster. Many Bible Students parted company with the Society. Some actually believed and accepted this new idea. It was even taught through the pages of The Watch Tower that Russell was still directing the affairs of the Society from heaven.

    And so you have it! The mystery is solved. The Frankenstein doctrine was created out of the dead body parts of Pastor Russell for Rutherford to secure control and prominence for his own ideas. Rutherford had to silence his critics in the end by ASSUMING THE MANTLE that Russell had (according to THEM) worn: "faithful and wise servant" as a MYSTIC CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION or mouthpiece. In other words: the whole thing was a LIE from the beginning if Russell had NOT privately accepted Maria's idea as a doctrine! The crime had been committed: THE MURDER of Russell's heroic status as sole channel of truth. The original core of Bible Students would not tolerate lifting Russell to cult hero nor would they accept Judge Rutheford's hubris! The religious body split forever. Rutherford was STUCK shackled to the IDEA of the "anointed elite" doctrine of Faithful and Discreet slave, however. Again from the Bible Students website:

    For years afterwards, Bible Students and Jehovah’s Witnesses grew apart, animosity and hatred was promoted by the Society towards the independent Bible Student groups who rejected the Society as God’s Sole Channel of communication. The Society rewrote its history, omitting many important facts, and in the cases cited above distorted many events, to place them in a good light and branding Bible Students as evil opposers who would rather follow and worship a man, rather than their organization. The Society claiming to be “The Faithful and Wise Slave Class” denounced all independent Bible Students outside of the Society as “The Evil Slave Class”, The Watchtower of June 15, 1987, had this to say:

    “By the summer of 1918 … At the time of the Society’s conventions that summer, some apostates turned away and formed their own opposing religious groups. Manifesting the traits of an “evil slave,” they were ‘winnowed’ like “chaff” to be separated from Jehovah’s faithful remnant. (Matthew 3:12; 24:48-51) The Memorial of Christ’s death was celebrated on Sunday, April 13, 1919, with 17,961 attending in many lands. As compared to a partial report for 1917, the Memorial attendance had dropped by more than 3,000, indicating the effects of sifting.”

    And that, dear folks, is why for the rest of the Watchtower Society's history the invisible heirarchy remains in place, why the doctrine of Other Sheep was invented, and why nobody BUT the Governing Body gets to make up new doctrine or assume total athority!

    All the other dogs do not bark!

    Judge Rutherford sneaked in and committed the crime, but, since he pretended to honor Russell he got away with it......for awhile.

  • james_woods
    You think the Catholic church is heirarchy?

    Ed Dunlap told me that the witnesses have (either deliberately or inadvertantly) just about copied all the Catholic forms of heirarchy - despite having a deeply anti-Catholic outward sentiment.

    For a religion that ostensibly hates man-made religious organization, they have certainly created a vast one themselves.

  • Terry

    The striking thing is that Rutherford, McMillan and Ambrose are the ONLY SOURCEs that Russell "privately admitted" to being the FDS!

    The JW's are stuck with a lie that Rutherford told to elevate Russell to cult status so that he could maintain the loyalty of the bible students.

    The irony is that he alienated the bible students by that very act!

    The mind-boggling part is that Rutherford angrily destroyed everything connected with Pastor Russell EXCEPT FOR THE LIE about there being a "faithful and discreet slave" as a special mystical channel of communication.


    The Bible Students website tells us:

    The Society’s publications having a much larger circulation then all the Bible Student literature combined, tried a new tactic, everytime they mentioned the term “Bible Students” they always had in parenthesis “as Jehovah’s Witnesses were then known as”. Giving the reader the thought that Bible Students and Jehovah’s Witnesses are one and the same. When people came across the name or writings of Russell or Bible Students, they would automatically associate it with the Witnesses.

    In recent years, with the advent of computers, and counter cult ministries, Witnesses were being made aware of the Bible Students, and the real issues being raised by the Watchtower Society. Some did their research, many returned to their roots, namely the Bible Students Association. Some were simply enlightened to their history as Jehovah’s Witnesses. It was not until the Society was forced to write a new history, still intent on perverting the truth, they nevertheless, did admit a distinction between Bible Students and Jehovah’s Witnesses:

    “After the death of Brother Russell, some former associates refused to cooperate with the Watch Tower Society and the International Bible Students Association, even opposing the work of these societies. Such fragmented groups used a variety of names, some of them clinging to the designation Associated Bible Students.” [Jehovah's Witnesses - Proclaimers of God's Kingdom, pg. 151]

  • JeffT

    Read "Apostles of Denial" by Edmund Gruss.

    It is now dated, but still interesting. His thesis is that the WTBS has built a religion around things that it isn't, or things that it doesn't believe. If you took away the rest of Christianity they wouldn't be able to exlain their own religion.

  • james_woods

    Well, of course we remember that Russell's wife was the first to think up the notion of "faithful and discrete slave" as an orginazional leadership term. She meant herself and Russell together.

    Russell later applied it strictly to himself.

    But you main point of the thread is interesting - the dog did not bark because in reality the witnesses did not really leave behind "false religion style organization" inasmuch as their structure is concerned. The dog had already seen the heirarchy in the Catholic and other churches.

    Weird doctrines, yes they have many - but that too has been seen before. Just different forms of weird doctrines.

    JWs have a disfunctional denial that they are part of ordinary apocalyptic protestantism, but organized like the Catholics, when in fact they really are just that.

  • PSacramento


    I agree, the GB is very much the "council of cardinals" and even though the President position is NOW just a title, in the time of Franz he was indeed their "Pope".

    The fact that theu choose NOT to use "cerimonial garb" like the RC do is irreleavnt ( the RC adopted that from the Jewish religion), they have the same heirchy as most Protestant groups and just used different terms.

    Overseer is a bishop ( some term)

    Elders = decons basically.

  • clarity

    At first I laughed at the glaring and profane watchtower antics you listed out.

    So ridiculous when seen in plain print.


    Omg, how we ever gulped all that crap down ..... is embarrassing to explain!


    I stopped laughing, however, knowing the disaster the WTBS has caused by all this deception.

    "The garment they wear is insideout" .............. INDEED!


  • thetrueone

    And so the book publishing executives of the WTS. became self anointed or anointed by the great holy one, now there's a concept.

    An expressive exercise of free marketing in a capitalistic society.

  • rocketman

    "NOT celebrating.

    NOT saluting.

    NOT pledging.

    NOT voting.

    NOT transfusing.

    NOT this-ing or that-ing..."

    In the past, when I'd explain jw teachings to non-jws, it occred to me that we were a religion of NO...we didn't really DO much of anything; we just AVOIDED everything.

  • PSacramento

    Not true rocketman,

    JW's DO:

    DO preach the WT door-to-door

    Do go to the KH

    DO have studies of WT literature ( can't really call them bibel studies can we).

    Do go to the coventions and such.

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