Will Power: you're right, because these are very recent magazines it does have a bit more impact on those in the org, as they will generally expect their "current truth" to be accurate!
JeffT: it certainly seems like the WTS writers/editors are not comparing notes with each other!
jgnat: Thanks for your comments, you wrote
The daily bible reading last week gave a most interesting interpretation. Since the WTS has determined that only the anointed receive the inheritance, the "other sheep" don't get to participate in this momentous separation of the sheep and the goats. So the evil are judged, and the anointed the judged. So what are the "other sheep"; chopped liver?
I find the interpretation (at your daily bible reading) that the "other sheep" do not receive any inheritance rather curious. The WTS clearly teaches that the "brothers" in this parable are the anointed, and those performing acts of kindness to the brothers are the "other sheep". Therefore, the separation is of the sheep (read: other sheep) and the goats (read: all non-Witnesses) with the sheep receiving an inheritance. I posted another thread on this topic at: Are the "Other Sheep" heirs to the Kingdom?
This teaching can be demonstrated by their own publications, for instance, this is on their "official" Web site:
The sheep are humble people who associate with and support Christ's brothers, submitting to God's rule. The goats are stubborn people who reject Christ's brothers and do nothing to support God's rule. With what result? Jesus said: "These [the goats] will depart into everlasting cutting-off, but the righteous ones [the sheep] into everlasting life."
The interpretation of the dub who was giving your bible reading leads me to think that he had his facts wrong...which really isn't hard to do when presented with such convoluted teachings!!
You hit the nail on the head when you said that (according to the WTS) Jesus is really only concerned with the welfare of his "brothers", which is of course only around 8,800. This not only short changes his gift but is a real slap in the face!!