Today's remarks about the WTS's 1985 baptismal vows reminded me of
an incident an elder recently told me about. Seems a man was still
married to his first wife when he married a second wife, making him
a bigamist. Then they both got baptized. Eventually the congregation
learned about the bigamy, so the man was brought before a judicial
committee. Eventually the Society was called in, which decided that
the man's and the woman's baptisms should be annulled, since they
were not "clean in Jehovah's eyes" when they were baptized. So the
baptisms were annulled, but the man couldn't be disfellowshipped
since, no longer being baptized, he was not a member of the
Now think about that a bit. If baptism is a symbol of one's dedication
to God, then nothing that any human being might decide has any
bearing on either the dedication or the baptism. Therefore the
Society's action in annulling the baptisms was outrageously
unchristian. On the other hand, if the ceremony of baptism in
JW-land is not a dedication to God, but a rite of joining the JW
organization, then the Society can certainly annul it, since it
makes the rules for JW membership.
Given these facts, it becomes obvious that the Watchtower Society
does not view baptism as a dedication to God, but as a ceremony
where a proselyte joins himself to the Watchtower organization.
In other words, in JW-land, dedication and baptism have nothing to
do with God, but are entirely focused on the Watchtower Society.
Anyone who retains any notion that Jehovah's Witnesses have anything
to do with "Jehovah" is fooling himself.