From the new brochure ?Keep on the Watch!? page 15 ?The Issue of Sovereignty?
?Satan the Devil claimed that Jehovah was unduly restrictive, that He had lied to our first parents about what would happen if they ignored God?s law and did things their own way, and that it really would be better if they governed themselves apart from God.? (The brochure refers us to Genesis chapters 2 and 3) ?If God had destroyed the rebels right away, that would have demonstrated his power, but it would not have settled the issues raised.?
At first this may seem reasonable but there are some difficulties with this teaching. It puts Satan on a footing, if not equal to God, certainly on a level where God is concerned what the angels think of him. This is confirmed by what is stated in the last paragraph:
?The settling of the issue of divine sovereignty, along with the related issue of human integrity, is vital in order for there to be proper respect for law in the universe. Without that, true peace would never be possible.? (Emphasis added)
This, then, is a god who is subject to popular opinion i.e. his power is dependent on the creation ? much like President Bush or any other political leader is in power subject to ?the will of the people?.
But just as President Bush?s sovereignty is limited, so must be this god that the Witnesses describe.
Yet strangely, the brochure also states:
?If God had destroyed the rebels right away, that would have demonstrated his power, but it would not have settled the issues raised.? (Emphasis added)
Yet isn?t that what they are teaching when they present God as one who is subject to public opinion but will override all due to His superior power?
The reality is, then, that the WTS worships a weakened God. With their determination to differentiate their God from the Christian god of the churches they have reduced Him to a god who holds court in the heavens and feels compelled to satisfy it.