The latest Study Watchtower out now - December 2017
“IF YOU were asked, ‘What are the key teachings of your faith?’ what would you say?.... You would likely mention your belief in Jesus Christ...” (page 8, par. 1)
(As a Christian, you'd likely mention your belief in Jesus Christ? Wake up and smell the coffee, J.W.'s)
“Will those who died recently be raised near the start of Christ’s Thousand Year Reign?...... Will faithful men of old with leadership abilities come back early......? What about people who never served Jehovah? When and where will they be raised? Many questions could be asked. But, frankly, is there any real need to ponder those issues now?” (page 12 par. 20)
(“.....is there any real need to ponder those issues now?” Duh! So why has the “faithful slave” devoted 8 paragraphs of an alleged "Bible" study article (13-20) to speculation & conjecture on the subject?
I'm not even prepared to attempt to analyse the two other Study articles which promote and encourage the baptism of J.W. kids. The melding of the words "youths" and "children" - as if they are one and the same - is a prime example of the cult's literature indoctrination methods. Someone else may have the stomach to tackle these so-called "study articles."
Biologically, a child (plural: children) is a human being between the stages of birth and puberty. The legal definition of child generally refers to a minor, otherwise known as a person younger than the age of majority.
I would say that up to about 15 years ago all of what the corporation printed was mostly reprinted and recycled stuff on about about a 10 year cycle. Know what I mean? So if you had 10 years of Watchtowers and books you had about all of their current teachings. I came to that conclusion when I did research for talks. Would find all these references on a point or scripture with little difference between them, often word for word. Same crap recycled over and over.
So now it's different, how it's all dumbed down or it's explanations about their (failed) generation doctrine or their (failed) anointed class growing instead of shrinking. More like damage control.
What hasn't changed is the corporation doesn't want you to think, ponder, reason. Just mindlessly follow the leader. That's all there is to being a JW today, follow the leader, parrot what they say. So say your in a car group and a conversation starts (on your 1/2 hour drive between return visits) about whether or not some old faithful servant will be a leader in the new system. The most spiritually minded one will say "the F&D slave has counseled us not to speculate on that." Everyone else will think "I wish I was the spiritual one that spit out that counsel."
That's it----modern day Jehovah's Witness.
IF YOU were asked what was the key teachings of your faith? A JW would say "Wait, let me watch the latest broadcast and I'll get back to you"
“IF YOU were asked, ‘What are the key teachings of your faith?’ what would you say?.... You would likely mention your belief in Jesus Christ...”
I may be alone in this observation, but I have noticed it seems that whenever WT asks a question then begins their answer with the words, "You would likely....", it ALWAYS means they are going to try to convince you that YOUR answer is WRONG!
I may have to try to peruse this WT to see if that observation still holds true.