Friday, August 29, 2008

The Watchtower's Un-Biblical and Contradictory View of Salvation

A visible organization is out of harmony with God's divine plan. {WT 12/1/1894, p.1743}
"Beware of organization .. it is wholly unnecessary." {WT Sep 15 1895 1866}
A Christian must always be part of Jehovah's visible organization. {WT 1/1/1960, p.19}
1969 "We need to examine, not only what we personally believe, but also what is taught by any religious organization with which wemay be associated. Are its teachings in full harmony with God's Word, or are they based on the traditions of men? If we are loversof the truth, there is nothing to fear from such an examination." {TLEL 13, WT Mar 15 1969 166}
"Any person who wants to survive into God's righteous new order urgently needs to come into a right relationship with [Jehovah's]earthly organization now.. come to Jehovah's organization for salvation .." {WT Nov 15 1981 16-7/21}[compare with "For the same reasons that Jesus did not organize congregations while present with his disciples in the Jewish harvest, we do not consider expedient or necessary organizations even simple and unsectarian as those established by the apostles." {Watchtower Reprints Oct1883 536}]
"Can it be stated flatly that only baptized Witnesses of Jehovah will survive Armageddon? Yes, with a few exceptions. WT1/15/1971, p.63
{And what are these few exceptions?}
[Of those living at the time of Armageddon, only Jehovah's Witnesses will be saved] {WT Feb 15 1979 30}
1979 "PUT FAITH in a VICTORIOUS ORGANIZATION" {WT Mar 1 1979 1} [were the victories all invisible, like theParousia, Angelic communication, End of time of the Gentiles, Christ's rule, etc.? Also compare with "For the same reasons that Jesus did not organize congregations while present with his disciples in the Jewish harvest, we do not consider expedient ornecessary organizations even simple and unsectarian as those established by the apostles." {WR Oct 1883 536}]
"identifying themselves with Jehovah's organization is essential to their salvation." {KMIN Nov 1990 1}
"We cannot take part in any modern version of idolatry - be it worshipful gestures toward an image or symbol or the imputing of salvation to a person or an organization." {WT Nov 1 1990 26} [The name of one of the centres for Jeroboam to worship goldencalves was "Bethel" (1 Kings 12:28-33)]
"If we hope to win eventual salvation, we must submit to a test of endurance as part of the necessary preperation for salvation." WT11/1/1991, p.9
"But if we were to draw away from Jehovah's organization, there would be no place else to go for salvation and true joy."WT 9/15/1993, p. 22 {What happened to God's son Jesus?}
"Jehovah's organization as directed by his 'faithful and discreet slave' class should influence our every decision also. How may we avail ourselves of this good influence? By doing personal research in the Bible publications of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society on whatever subject our decision concerns. This always proves to be a real aid in making clear to us the Bible principles involved and their application to our lives." {WT Oct 15 1998}
"The Bible is organization-minded and it cannot be fully understood without our having the theocratic organization in mind." WT9/1/1954, p. 549 {In other words, you are to stupid to understand the Bible with the help of God and the Holy Spirit, so you better listen to the WTorganization for accurate Bible interpretation}
"The world is full of Bibles, which Book contains the commandments of God. Why, then, do the people not know which way to go? Because they do not also have the teaching or law of the mother, which is light. Jehovah God has provided his holy written Word for all mankind and it contains all the information that is needed for men in taking a course leading to life. But God has not arranged for that Word to speak independently or to shine forth life-giving truths by itself. His Word says: 'Light is sown for the righteous.' (Ps.97:11) It is through his organization that God provides this light that the proverb says is the teaching or law of the mother. If we are to walk in the light of truth we must recognize not only Jehovah God as our Father but his organization as our mother." {WT May 11957 274} [Independent Bible reading is dangerous.. to the Society]
And what if the decisions the so called Faithful and Discreet slave class make are not in accord with God's plan? How many times has the Society needed to revise teachings with "New Light" ? New light never contradicts old light, but adds to it. WT 2/1881, p. 188 John 5:39-40 "You are searching the scriptures, because you think that by means of them you will have everlasting life; and these are the very ones that bear witness about me." 40 And yet you do not want to come to me that you may have life. {NWT}
Acts 4:12. "Neither is there salvation in any other for there is none other name under heaven given among men. whereby we must be saved."
Acts 16:31. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.'
John 5:24, "He that heareth my Word, and believeth on Him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."
John 3:16-"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, buthave eternal life."

7 comments:

chocolatepuddingeyes said...

"We cannot take part in any modern version of idolatry - be it worshipful gestures toward an image or symbol or the imputing of salvation to a person or an organization." {WT Nov 1 1990 26}

To me this is an example of the good and faithful slave's input because it is an obvious contradiction to other information published by the same journal.

(Matthew 13:24-30) . . .“The kingdom of the heavens has become like a man that sowed fine seed in his field. 25 While men were sleeping, his enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat, and left. 26 When the blade sprouted and produced fruit, then the weeds appeared also. 27 So the slaves of the householder came up and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow fine seed in your field? How, then, does it come to have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy, a man, did this.’ They said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go out and collect them?’ 29 He said, ‘No; that by no chance, while collecting the weeds, YOU uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the harvest season I will tell the reapers, First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up, then go to gathering the wheat into my storehouse.’”

(Luke 12:42-48) 42 And the Lord said: “Who really is the faithful steward, the discreet one, whom his master will appoint over his body of attendants to keep giving them their measure of food supplies at the proper time? 43 Happy is that slave, if his master on arriving finds him doing so! 44 I tell YOU truthfully, He will appoint him over all his belongings. 45 But if ever that slave should say in his heart, ‘My master delays coming,’ and should start to beat the menservants and the maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that slave will come on a day that he is not expecting [him] and in an hour that he does not know, and he will punish him with the greatest severity and assign him a part with the unfaithful ones. 47 Then that slave that understood the will of his master but did not get ready or do in line with his will will be beaten with many strokes. 48 But the one that did not understand and so did things deserving of strokes will be beaten with few. Indeed, everyone to whom much was given, much will be demanded of him; and the one whom people put in charge of much, they will demand more than usual of him.

Ronde said...

1894?


That is not the Watchtower, and not related to Jehovah's Witnesses. That was Charles Russell's writings.

But what difference does it make?

There are 7 million worshippers of Jehovah God and unitedly we form a congregation.

JoePublish said...

I'm curious Ronde, in your own mind - or thinking - just who is Charles Taze Russell? (I'm serious, who was he and how does he tie to Jehovah's Witnesses???)

Ronde said...

CT Russell wrote for a magazine under the banner "Zion's Watchtower Herald of Christ's presence" from 1879 to 1916. He served at the president of the Zion's Watchtower Tract Society that was incorporated in 1881.

JoePublish said...

And how does he relate to Jehovah's Witnesses religion? I mean is he part of the other sheep? Or, was he hand-picked by God to be part of the 144,000 (the little flock)?

Also, you stated: "CT Russell wrote for a magazine under the banner "Zion's Watchtower Herald of Christ's presence" from 1879 to 1916." Is that magazine not the predecessor to The Watchtower, as we know it today?

Ronde said...

Joepub said:
"And how does he relate to Jehovah's Witnesses religion? "

Some people think that the JW religion is founded on the WTBTS that was started by him. But his research started the ball rolling for others to get and keep going.


"I mean is he part of the other sheep? Or, was he hand-picked by God to be part of the 144,000 (the little flock)?"

As they say in the army:"I don't know and I don't care."

Also, you stated: "CT Russell wrote for a magazine under the banner "Zion's Watchtower Herald of Christ's presence" from 1879 to 1916." Is that magazine not the predecessor to The Watchtower, as we know it today?"

Yeah, but he does not write for it anymore.

JoePublish said...

"There were also other expectations concerning 1914. Alexander H. Macmillan, who had been baptized in September 1900, later recalled: “A few of us seriously thought we were going to heaven during the first week of that October.” In fact, recalling the morning that Russell announced the end of the Gentile Times, Macmillan admitted: “We were highly excited and I would not have been surprised if at that moment we had just started up, that becoming the signal to begin ascending heavenward—but of course there was nothing like that.” -jv

Russell, like Macmillan claim to be part of the 144,000 as you read above where they strongly believed that they were heaven-bound in 1914.