"From time to time, there have arisen from among the ranks of Jehovah's people those, who, like the original Satan, have adopted an independent, faultfinding attitude...They say that it is sufficient to read the Bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such 'Bible reading,' they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines that commentaries by Christendom's clergy were teaching 100 years ago
The Watchtower, Aug. 15, 1981.
Reading the Bible on your own will lead you away from the heavily filtered teaching the Watchtower teaches! All the talk about how the Catholic Church prevented it's people from reading the Bible because it would be misread is exactly what the Watchtower is teaching, did you get the sense of what they said? We are too stupid to read the Bible without the cattle-prod being poked in our ears so we can be taught to obey all the "peculiar teaching and truths created by Jehovah's Witnesses". I read the article at CARM.ORG on JWs and it's weird how the Born-Againers I once despised because I was ignorant are not afraid of allowing their own people to read the Bible and then they share what everyone learns and try to come to a consensus. All the Fundie Websites I've come across are not as dogmatic and nobody has claimed to have "Absolute Truth" like the Watchtower and does the Watchtower ever admit to being wrong and laced with a long history of False Prophecy, No! They blame it on their members because they are cowards!