Going Beyond What Is Written In The Bible

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  • God_Delusion

    Hi guys & gals!

    The Watchtower Society have once again ignored the tent makers wise words to not go beyond what is written in the Bible.

    How many times has the Watchtower Society gone beyond what is written in the Bible?


    Jaymes "Teeny Pyjamas" Payten

  • sir82

    Well, for starters, do a search of the phrase "by extension" on the WT-CD. I'm sure there have been at least several dozen "addenda" to stuff the Bible writers forgot to include indicated just by the use of that phrase alone.

  • Ding

    Most of what the WTS does goes beyond the Bible.

    Their chronology, for example.

    And where do you find time slips in the Bible?

    Or circuit overseers, district overseers, governing body, writing department, service department, pioneers, auxiliary pioneers, etc.?

  • apostatethunder

    How about the Apocalipse book for going beyond what is written in the Bible?

  • Cold Steel
    Cold Steel

    One of the things that the ancient Old Testament peoples had with the New Testament saints is that both believed in an open canon of scripture. In fact, there is nothing in the Bible that closes the canon of scripture. Yes, John warns adding to the prophecies written in his book (Revelation 22:18), but it was just that -- his book, and he was warning not to add to the prophecies in his particular book. Mose wrote similarly when he wrote Deuteronomy 4:2: "Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you." Yet many prophets added to those words and we accept them as binding on us today.

    During the battle of Armageddon, God will raise up two prophets who will use divine power to thwart the Beast and his armies. John writes in Chapter 11: " And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will."

    While they are engaged in their earthly missions, do you not think they will write concerning their ministries just as the ancient prophets did? And will their writings not be scripture, just as the writings of the early prophets became scripture? These two prophets will be killed by the Beast, but three and a half days later they will be miraculously resurrected. Certainly, like the prophets of old, these two prophets will write, and it's entirely likely that we will have their words during the Millennium. During the first century, Paul and other apostles frequently quoted from the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, yet we do not have that writing in our canon. Why? Because many scholars thought there were too many Christian interpolations. But with the discovery of new documents in the Dead Sea Scrolls and Nag Hammadi writings (and others), there are a number of ancient writings that pre-date Christianity, yet sound remarkably Christian. We have the Epistle of Barnabus, which, among other things, strongly condemns abortion. Again, why was it left out? The first century Christians certainly considered it a part of their canon.

    The Lord can add to the canon of scripture whenever He wishes. Protestant scholar Lee M. McDonald writes: β€œOn what biblical or historical grounds has the inspiration of God been limited to the written documents that the church now calls its Bible? … If the Spirit inspired only the written documents of the first century, does that mean that the same Spirit does not speak today in the church about matters that are of significant concern?” (The Formation of the Christian Biblical Canon, rev. ed. (1995), 255–56)

  • WTWizard

    I remember the religion is half Pharisaic Jewish, and the Pharisees always went beyond the actual rules. However, they advertise it as being all Christian, a major fraud.

    Some of the many things I have seen that went beyond the LIE-ble, itself a crock, include the dress code. Since when do you need a white dress shirt or accessories that change with what a group of Pharisaic leaders insist on? Since when do you need to change to meeting clothes to cross a damn street? (As in Beth Hell.) Where are there set minimum hours of field circus for some or all of the Christians? (Like the pious-sneers. Like the 1943 requirement that the publishers maintain 60 hours a month and a dozen calls.) What about no pants for the "sisters", especially during colder months?

    Other things I have seen are no regular music while out in field circus or on the way to the boasting sessions, no celebrating the holidays (even their own Bible has the example of Christmas being celebrated--what makes it wrong?), no birthdays because of 2 beheadings, the format of the judicial hearings, disfellowshipping and reinstatement policies (according to their own Bible, bad as it is, they are supposed to reinstate people IMMEDIATELY upon discerning of repentance; Peter denounced Jesus 3 times and received prominent assignments only 6 weeks later; why is a year wait necessary on a smoking infringement?), disfellowshipping people just for smoking, oral sex being dirty, and not having mixed company in car groups. Not to mention the smaller congregation and circuit rules--one towel per handwashing, no hand-holding during prayer, congregations assigned seating at a$$emblies, and all those signs held by the attendant hounders.

    Even if I don't agree with the LIE-ble, the Washtowel claims the monopoly on abiding by it. For them to be the truth, both their holy book needs to be accurate AND they need to abide by it as best they understand. To be false, only one of these needs be false. Because they claim to strictly abide by it, when they do not, they are making themselves false. When they claim to be all Christian and the only true Christians, the slightest amount of Jewish or Muslim in them renders them liars (especially the Pharisaic kind that their Jesus so strongly denounced). This means that, if they fail to abide by their own "holy" writings or go beyond them, they become exactly what they claim to denounce.

  • mP

    Most of whats in the Bible goes against whats written before in the BIble. For example Paul an average man overrules the son of God Jesus on the topic of circumcision.


    Every generation in ancient Israel had new prophets that added their own ideas, which often were incompatible with past thoughts. Take Moses, he created an idol the copper snake and then Josiah the King decided it was an idol and must be destroyed.

  • cyberjesus

    how about the name of the cult?

  • WinstonSmith

    Good article. Within two sentences they contradict themselves and equate their publications with the bible. That's some WTS gold right there.

  • whathappened

    Where is it written that to be a ministerial servant you need to have at least 10 hours of field service on your report consistantly and be highly visable at meetings and field service meetings? That's what the young brothers are told they must do. Looking at the scripture, I see no such stipulation.

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