Does any other denomination change Doctrines as often as JW's?
Zeb re the CARC -There was no defence uttered no holy spirit evident.
Great point. The CARC also demonstrated that there was no HS evident with the policies that they already had in place.
Rank and file members look forward to "new light" as if it were a box of chocolates instead of stark proof the previous "understanding" (Ha!) was dead wrong.
The word ADJUSTMENT comes to mind this way...
If a picture of Jeebus hanging on your wall hangs a bit wonky this way or that...
You ADJUST by slightly moving it.
Jehovah's Witnesses' GB remove the picture from the wall and replace it with an
Elvis on black velvet in garish oil.
JeffT , yes most mainstream faiths do have a small core doctrine . Where l live , Tamworth Uk , all the main denominations get together under the umbrella of TCC ( Tamworth Christian Churches ) to pool resources to run local projects . They have a mutual statement of faith as you said about Christ , salvation through faith etc . This is so that groups like the JWs can't join , not that they would anyway . These tenets have been held throughout all of the history of the churches and not changed . Any differences between the denominations are not held to be necessary to adhere to and are considered personal to the individuals who attend each group .
I think it is worth pointing out the obvious (just this once ) :)
When the word CHRISTIANITY is spoken or written a kind of magic trick is underway.
There is no singularity--only multiplicity--like a Multiple Personality Disorder which appears to be just one thing (person), but there is no "there" there. It is illusion.
Maybe there never was a singular Christianity!
The Apostles were always at loggerheads. Paul and Peter clashed.
There are four disparate "gospels", Constantine tried to "herd cats" invoking the
325 AD assembly of ragtag and disputatious ruffians from all over the Diaspora.
All of which to say this:
Constantine put all the body parts into the stew, closed the lid and clicked "on" the pressure cooker.
The result? It doesn't taste like chicken!
For 1,500 years "Christianity" tasted out of one bowl.
When the impious monk Martin Luther broke the mirror one gazes into to see Christ--the pieces shattered into teeny bits each of us stares into (like Nietzsche's abyss)
and aren't we in for shock at what stares back? OUR OWN "Christianity".
Many people don't even change their underwear as often as the JW doctrines are changing these days.
But you can smell that something just ain't right!