ACCEPT JEHOVAH'S (Governing Body of Imperfect Men) AUTHORITY "This is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome."-1 JOHN 5:3.
As you study the article it becomes evident that Jehovah's Authority means Governing Body Authority.
Here are some of the more incriminating paragraphs:
Q 10. What is one area in which Satan has sought to undermine God's authority?
10. Satan has long sought to undermine God's authority. His independent spirit is manifest in many ways. (Do you see how the witness is being manipulated into believing that independent thinking is bad. It is being linked with Satan.)
12. Consider the comments made some time ago by a Christian named Sharon: "Because of disregarding Jehovah's law, I have contracted the deadly disease AIDS. I often look back at the many happy years I had in serving Jehovah." She recognized that it was foolish to break Jehovah's laws and that she should have treated them with the greatest respect. Jehovah's laws are for our own protection. Sharon died just seven weeks after writing the above words. As her tragic experience shows, Satan has nothing good to offer those who become part of this wicked system. As "the father of the lie," he makes many promises, but they fall flat, just as did the one he made to Eve. (John 8:44) Truly, it is always best to accept Jehovah's (Governing Body)authority.
So by not listening to the Governing Body you are likely to contract AIDS and die? Actually I know Jehovah's Witnesses that have contracted AIDS from their Jehovah's Witness husbands. Stuff happens to all of us, both inside and outside of the congregations.
Q 13. What is one area in which we need to guard against an independent spirit?
13. In accepting Jehovah's (Governing Body) authority, we need to guard against an independent spirit. A haughty attitude can cause us to feel that we do not need guidance from anyone. For example, we might resist counsel given by those taking the lead among God's people. (Elders who are infallible, have had no formal training, and whose opinion is probably just as good as mine?). God (The Governing Body) has established an arrangement by which a faithful and discreet slave class provides spiritual food at the proper time. (Matt. 24:45-47) (How do we know that this Faithful andd Discreet Slave is the Governing Body? Because they said so!) We should humbly recognize that this is the way Jehovah is caring for his people today. Be like the faithful apostles. When some disciples were stumbled, Jesus asked the apostles: "You do not want to go also, do you?" Peter replied: "Lord, whom shall we go away to? You have sayings of everlasting life." -John 6:66-68.
Can you believe that the Watchtower has the audacity to compare themselves to Jesus. It is simply incredible, but the most incredible thing is that Jehovah's Witnesses really believe it!
18. Yes, make it your aim to resist the world's spirit of independence and to accept Jehovah's (Governing Body of Imperfect Men) authority. From time to time, meditate appreciatively on the great privilege you have to serve Jehovah. The fact that you are among God's people is evidence that he has drawn you by means of his holy spirit. (John 6:44) Never take your standing with God for granted. Strive in all aspects of life to show that you reject an independent spirit and that you accept Jehovah's (Governing Body) authority.
The Watchtower Societies policy of putting themselves in the place that Christians put Jesus in is not new but it has become more and more blatant over the years.
It is interesting to note the change that has taken place in the vows taken just prior to baptism.
Years ago these were the two questions to be answered at baptism:
“Have you repented of your sins and turned around, recognising yourself before Jehovah God as a condemned sinner who needs salvation, and have you acknowledged to him that this salvation proceeds from him, the Father, through his son Jesus Christ?”
“On the basis of this faith in God and his provision for salvation, have you dedicated yourself unreservedly to do his will henceforth as he reveals it to you through Jesus Christ and through the Bible under the enlightening holy spirit?”
These questions, or vows, were changed in 1985 to the following:
“On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?”
“Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, in association with God’s spirit-directed organization? Having answered yes to these questions, candidates are in the right heart condition to undergo Christian baptism.”
The Watchtower organization is changing. At assemblies, conventions, the magazines and publications, they are going more towards rules and authority and less towards the doctrine.
Their message is now OBEY US, OBEY US.