Seek Jehovah or His Organisation?

by ozziepost 15 Replies latest jw friends

  • ozziepost

    Today's Watchtower Study (Feb 15, p17) seeks to reassure JWs that Jehovah will take action against all opposers to the WTBTS.

    It states: "Unscrupulous men slander Jehovah's Witnesses, branding them a 'dangerous cult'. God is aware of their actions-and these will not go unpunished."(para 11)

    Apparently these opposers will meet a fate similar to that described in Zephaniah. How the connection is drawn is not said, but the punishment is gory if the article is to be believed.

    Also, it's claimed that the opposition is the result of the influence of manipulative clergymen (para 11). Further details are not given.

    Jehovah's witnesses R&F are exhorted to remain faithful and to 'seek Jehovah'. How? Paragraph 5 states that "'Seeking Jehovah' today involves developing and maintaining a warm personal relationship with him in association with his earthly organisation."

    A similar point is repeated in paragraph 19 which states; " displaying a meek, submissive attitude toward God and his arrangements for salvation?"

    This does not seem to 'gel' with Jesus, words recorded at John 17:3"This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge (or, "knowing you") the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ."

    The question may be asked "If salvation resulted from knowing Jehovah and Jesus in the first century and this was the good news or gospel, and nothing else, why is that not sufficient in the 21st century?"

    It is not explained with scripture references in the Watchtower article how the organisation is linked to salvation.

    Also, not explained, are the "arrangements for salvation" that it's necessary to show submission to. Could this be 'code' for the organisation again?

    Did anyone else come away from today's Watchtower Study feeling that the scriptural backing for these statements was lacking?

    Wishing they would be honest,

    Ozzie (of the un non-anointed class)

  • patio34

    I would love to see the reactions to these questions during a WT study at the Kingdom Hall!

    Good post--it helps to think past the paragraphs. I haven't read a magazine in quite a while as I don't trust myself to read with critical thinking skills. It will come with time, i hope.

    Btw, did you know that technically it was incorrect to capitalize the pronoun "i"? But when copyists handwrote literature, it was too easy to lose the "i" due to its size, therefore, it was capitalized.

    Patio (of the word-trivia class)

  • zev

    patio34 said:

    Btw, did you know that technically it was incorrect to capitalize the pronoun "i"? But when copyists handwrote literature, it was too easy to lose the "i" due to its size, therefore, it was capitalized.

    good. now i dont have to keep correcting all those "i"'s i dont capitolize.

    nice post i go to the meeting 2 sleep it off.....
    Sitting on the Wrong Side of the Fence Class

  • Francois

    Well, there certainly is a lot of difference between the two following statements: 1) This means everlasting life, taking in knowledge [about God]...; and 2) This means everlasting life, knowing God...

    Knowing someone is quite different from knowing ABOUT them. And here is just where JWs and the WTB&TS miss the point. Deliberately. If you can know God as a direct phenomena, why do you need even one other person, much less an entire organization, to know him?

    This point is further clarified, as is the WTB&TS evil motivation, in the following mistranslation, also deliberate: "The kingdom of heaven is in your midst..." vs. "The kingdom of heaven is within you..."

    If the kingdom of heaven is within you, then it is within your direct, unaided grasp to know this "kingdom" as a direct spiritual experience. Of course, the WTB&TS does not want you to have this understanding, because if God can be directly known, of what use is their damnable organization? Thus, they have deliberately mis-translated this (and many other) scriptures. God does indeed know of this, and I wouldn't want to be in the shoes of any of the governing body, nor of their accomplices when they are called on to answer for the load they place on their followers, the weight of which they are unwilling to even budge with the tips of their fingers.

    As for the question as to whether the WTB&TS is a cult: If it walks, looks, quacks, and swims like a duck...well, you know. Let's look at the definition of what constitutes a cult and see if the JWs meet the definition.

    There is an infallible leader or set of leaders. Check. The WTB&TS claims to speak for God, and their pronouncements in their publications are to be regarded as the very word of God.

    The cult holds out an extravagant hope. Check. Life everlasting on a paradise earth. Soon.

    Questioning, doubt, and dissent in a cult are discouraged or even punished. Check. How many articles have you seen in the WT, Awake, etc., discouraging in the most strident terms, independent thinking?

    The cult is elitist, claiming a special, exalted status for itself and its leaders. Check. JWs are God's chosen people, and the governing body is the "only channel of communication" that God is using today.

    The cult has a polarized us- versus-them mentality, which causes conflict or isolation with the wider society. Check. It's the JWs against everybody else, all of whom are caught up in the "world empire of false religion."

    The cult adopts special terminology designed to give its members a feeling of settled, advanced insight when use of its meaningless phrases actually stifle real knowledge - subsituting sloganeering for thinking. Check. "World emplire of false religion," and "Babylon the Great," for instance.

    The cult's leaders are not accountable to any authorities. Check. The WTB&TS does not file even the "informational" income tax return, for example. Its finances are totally secret. Where DOES all that money go? Can YOU think of any authority the JWs are subservient to? (Don't say Jehovah. We know what a joke that is.)

    The cult teaches or implies that its supposedly exalted ends justify means that members would have considered unethical before joining the group. Check. The WTB&TS has said in print that lying is an acceptable technique in their "spiritual war."

    The leadership induces guilt feelings in members in order to control them. Check. I remember entire study articles in the WT dealing with how great guilt feelings are, zeroing in especially on one of the Psalms in which David states that his "sin is constantly before" him, and holding that up as an example for good little JWs.

    Members' subservience to the cult causes them to cut ties with family and friends, and to give up personal goals and activities that were of interest before joining the group. Check. No illumination here is even needed.

    Members are expected to devote inordinate amounts of time to the group. Check.

    Members are encouraged or required to live and/or socialize only with other group members. Check.

    I could go on further with this, but why bother? The organization of Jehovah's Witnesses is, and has always been, a cult. It is also a false prophet. Remember Deut. 18:20-22 and its comments about false prophets and what would happen to them?

    In the WTB&TS publication "Jehovah's Witnesses In the Divine Purpose" the organization charges mainstream religions with revealing how they are false prophets and constitute a false religion by the fact that they will not come out and meet "Judge" Rutherford and others in debate in various halls that he had hired. Don't believe it? Get yourself a copy of the referenced publication if you can find one they haven't collected and destroyed. You will find the organization crowing very loudly about how this lack of willingness to debate proves how false they are.

    I issue this challenge to the governing body of Jehovah's Witnesses: I will debate any aspect of your so-called religion with any one or all of you at any reasonable time, at any reasonable place, in the same spirit as disclosed in your publication "Jehovah's Witnesses in the Divine Purpose." You will be free to bring any publication, any "expert" of your choosing, and I will be able to do the same. I suggest a classical debate upon the proposition "Jehovah's Witnesses Constitute a Religious Cult." I will, of course, debate the affirmative.

    I publicly accuse you of being false prophets, unworthy of notice, much less fear.

    I publicly accuse you of constituting a false religion. And of operating nothing more than a publishing and real estate empire.

    I publicly accuse you of the ruination of hundreds of thousands of lives and, in fact, of dealing to death - by your teachings - thousands of lives that did not have to be sacrificed to your illicit teachings.

    I publicly accuse you of being what I have here proven: that you are a cult, not unlike any other two-bit cult to be found in their thousands on this planet.

    And I publicly accuse you of being cowards who will NOT on any account accept this challenge. Proving for all to see that you are no more supported by God - much less that you are God's spokesmen - than I am the Virgin Mary.

    You can accept this challenge at any time during the next 90 days from today, or until July 1, 2001 by posting your response as a new topic on this bulletin board. We all know you don't have the spine to do it.

    And do you remember the contest between the priests of Jehovah and the priests of Baal? The priests of Baal couldn't make the fire come down and ignite the bonfire, but by their God, they did have the guts to show up. You won't.

    Standing By.


  • happytobefree

    That Watchtower lesson being presented this Sunday go hand and hand with this being the Sunday of the Special Talk. I received a phone call this morning from my father inviting me to try and attend.

    I just pray that all of the nonJW who visit the KH today, do not get taken in by this garbage.

    Happy to be Free (Me)

  • Had Enough
    Had Enough

    Good point Ozzie:

    <<"It is not explained with scripture references in the Watchtower article how the organisation is linked to salvation.">>

    I so often wish now that I had thought about these things years ago. My dearest friend and I have discussed this kind of thought many times lately saying 'where does it say that in the Bible?'

    Before I began thinking more deeply (dangerous thing to do??) I fell into the category so many still active, go-by-the-book, totally pro-organization witnesses are in now. The WTS says it so..OK, they believe it. Or if they don't believe it they feel guilty that there's either something wrong with their spirituality or they'll wait for Jehovah to fix it. How long will they keep their blinders on? These points we question may not seem like 'life and death' questions, but its statements like those in today's WT that keep many witnesses tied to org. and keep them following all the rules and regulations no matter how hurtful they are.

    Hopefully more and more will open their eyes and seek the real 'truth'.

    Patio34: Old habits die hard...I still capitalize my "I"s...

    Zev: I feel for the position you're in..I've read several of your posts and I understand what it's like to be caught between that rock and a hard place, and how you feel that for now you have no choice but to sit through the meetings for family sake. For now I guess there's no other real least here you're not alone.

    Had Enough

  • Englishman


    This is excellent news!

    On Friday I had a long talk with our Dub-in-the-pub, specifically about the fact that there is no scriptural reference to "Jehovahs earthly organisation".

    Tonight we are having a big birthday celebration and and my dub pal is arriving at the pub straight from the WT study.

    This is going to be highly entertaining.


  • stephenw20


    You woudl have abattle with an unarmed man or group........

    shame on kind to those less fortuante than you.....

    but really....why would they debate you...they just want to be left alone.... counting the beans and the hours and the magazines...chcching!


  • Francois


    "You woudl have abattle with an unarmed man or group........

    shame on kind to those less fortuante than you....."


    What do you mean?

    Of course they want to count their money. But you don't have to promulgate a system of beliefs that destroy families, and kills people in order for you to run your little scam.

    And of course they don't want to debate. Me nor anyone else. They know they would loose their ass in an open debate.

  • ozziepost

    Herr Englander,

    Be sure to tell us how the birthday party in a pub went. This is getting exciting!

    Make mine a Killarney, thanks, mate.


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