_____________________DO YOU KNOW?
(Referred to below: Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Presidents: Russell, Rutherford, Knorr, Franz )
Did you know that from 1879 until 1954 ...
... the writings of C.T.Russell, J.F.Rutherford, Nathan Knorr, and the Watchtower's own charter...
... agreed ...
that Jesus Christ was to be WORSHIPED?
This fact has been cleverly and dramatically hidden by manipulation of older quotations. Jehovah's Witness in 2020 would never believe this to be true!
Pastor Charles Taze Russell answers the question for us.
See below Zion’s Watch Tower 1898 Jul 15 p.216
“Question: The fact that our Lord received worship is claimed by some to be an evidence that while on earth he was God the Father disguised in a body of flesh and not really a man. Was he really worshiped, or is the translation faulty?
Answer: Yes, we believe our Lord Jesus while on earth was really worshiped, and properly so. … It was proper for our Lord to receive worship in view of his having been the only begotten of the Father and his agent in the creation of all things, including man."
Judge J.F.Rutherford also taught that Jesus was to be worshiped:
“Jehovah God commands all to worship Christ Jesus because Christ Jesus is the express image of his Father, Jehovah, and because he is the Executive Officer of Jehovah always carrying out Jehovah’s purpose (Heb.:3–6).”
Watchtower 1939 Nov 15 p.339.
Nathan Knorr continued the policy of teaching that Jesus was to be worshiped by all:
"Since Jehovah God now reigns as King by means of his capital organization Zion, then whosoever would worship Him must also worship and bow down to Jehovah’s Chief One in that capital organization, namely, Christ Jesus, his Co-regent on the throne of The Theocracy.”
Watchtower 1945 Oct 15 p.313
From the 1945 Charter where it states to worship Christ Jesus.
Not until 1999 that worship of Jesus was finally removed to simply state "arrange for and hold assemblies for religious worship;"
In 1945 Knorr amended the Watchtower Charter. Included within the new Charter is the statement that the purpose of the Watchtower Society is to promote the worship of Jehovah
This charter is a legal document that continues to be the Watchtower Charter to this day.
WHY is this unknown to today's Jehovah's Witnesses?
They believe a lie about their own history.
They have been taught they were selected among all other religious worshipers in 1918 because of their teachings.
Current "TRUTH" standard--marks those earlier teachings as both
apostate and blasphemous!
But wait! It is referred to merely as OLD LIGHT ... not blasphemy.
How have Watchtower leaders been able to keep this fact a secret?
Is it the insidious strategy of avoidance, misquotation, substitutions and omissions?
The quote in the 1971 Watchtower only changes one word ...
... but this is significant as it
hides the true meaning of the sentence.
NOTICE THE ... [word in brackets] leading the reader to the
“…for public Christian worship of Almighty God [through] Christ Jesus: to arrange for...” Watchtower 1971 Dec 15 p.760
The Yearbook of 1969 p.50 leaves the words
‘and Christ Jesus’ out altogether.
Ellipsis (… or . . .), indicates an intentional omission of a word
“ ... for public Christian worship of Almighty God ... ”
Why the change?
Why stop the worship of Jesus?
The answer comes from the release of the New World Translation by Fred Franz and other secret committee members in 1954.
Franz insisted that contrary to most other translations, this new Bible for Jehovah’s Witnesses translate the word proskuneo as obeisance rather than worship whenever it referred to Jesus. This is despite the fact that in almost every other place the New World Translation translates proskuneo as worship.
Proskuneo occurs 55 times.
Of the 15 times it applies to Jesus it is
translated 15 times as obeisance!
Franz goes out of his way to remove worship for Jesus and switching worship to Jehovah to bolster his BRAND NAME religion Jehovah's Witnesses.
Questions from readers:
“Should we worship Jesus?—G. B., Ethiopia.
" ...the answer to the above question must be that no distinct worship is to be rendered to Jesus Christ now glorified in heaven. Our worship is to go to Jehovah God..." Watchtower 1954 Jan 1 p.31
Judge Rutherford had created the title: Jehovah's Witnesses in 1931.
Instead of "Christians" the Watchtower was encouraging identification with a brand name for a newly minted religion distinct from the Bible Students of Russell's day.
Peculiar doctrines were introduced effectively creating martyrs to publicize this new religious Brand.
Almost everything a Jehovah's Witness "stood for" was contrarian and provocative.
Judge Rutherford weaponized his new religion.
Mainstream Christians were mocked, scorned and labeled "satanic' and business and military institutions single out for attack.
Now, in 1954, the transition from Christian to Jehovah's Witness cult came full circle.
THE OLD SWITCHEROO
Publicly changing Christianity's worship from Jesus Christ ...
... and REPLACING Jesus ...
... with a weird newly-minted entity...
... called"faithful and discreet slave" (i.e. governing authority of men) ...
... a switcheroo toppled Jesus from his throne and a substitute religious scheme
with Jehovah and his band of merry frauds were newly installed.
AFTER: JEHOVAH'S WITNESS
BEFORE : JESUS
AFTER : FAITHFUL & DISCREET SLAVE (Watchtower leader/leaders)
Thus, false worship was officially instituted by Fred Franz for Nathan Knorr and later himself.
Current Watchtower teaching makes it absolutely clear that Russell, Rutherford and Knorr were (by their new standard) committing idolatry!
BLASPHEMY (Defined: taking what belongs to God and giving it to someone else)
The entire history of Jehovah's Witnesses as "chosen" as a "mouthpiece of God" and guided by The Truth is demonstrated to be blasphemous falsehood!
Nothing Christian remained.
Governing Body became the MEDIATOR between God and man replacing Jesus Christ.
Watchtower says Jesus is mediator for just the 144,000 anointed.
"So in this strict Biblical sense Jesus is the "mediator" only for anointed Christians." Watchtower 1979 Apr 1 p.31
"Likewise, the Greater Moses, Jesus Christ, is not the Mediator between Jehovah God and all mankind. He is the Mediator between his heavenly Father, Jehovah God, and the nation of spiritual Israel, which is limited to only 144,000 members." Worldwide Security Under the "Prince of Peace" (1986) pp.10-11
Loyalty to the GB instead of Jesus permeated the organization.
This religion became, in effect, Anti-Christ!
From 1966 through 1975 the entire worldwide work of these Jehovah's (non-christian) Witnesses consisted of warning people of the most important date in human history about to take place in their own lifetime: 1975--THE END of six thousand years of human history!
False Prophecy created by a False Religion that won't even call itself
Christian by title!
Ask current Jehovah's Witnesses if they KNOW what happened in 1954.