Sunday, January 29, 2012

Watchtower – Does It Contain Council Approved by God?

The Watchtower corporation's charter stipulates that its central control stems from a council it terms “the ecclesiastical Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses.”

Watchtower teaches that deliberations of its Governing Body are patterned after what it terms “The Jerusalem Gathering”. Of the Jerusalem gathering, Watchtower says:

The biblical account of the Jerusalem gathering is found in Acts Chapter 15, where it reveals the deliberations and decisions of that council.

Does Watchtower’s Governing Body follow that biblical pattern?

Historian Zoe Knox observes

The biblical pattern would have Watchtower’s Governing Body disclose its deliberations. But, as observed by Historian Knox, Watchtower fails to follow this model. Watchtower does not disclose the deliberations of its Governing Body.

Jesus’ followers are truth lovers. It is a patent falsehood to say Watchtower’s Governing Body is patterned after something that it fails to adopt. How could such a thing be said to have God’s approval?

April, 2012 Watchtower on Disfellowshipped Persons

The April 2012 WT study article has some of the most strongly worded statements about contact with disfellowshipped family members.
Page 12, paragraph 17: -
17 Consider just one example of the
good that can come when a family loyally
upholds Jehovah’s decree not to associate
with disfellowshipped relatives. A
young man had been disfellowshipped
for over ten years, during which time his
father, mother, and four brothers “quit
mixing in company” with him. At times,
he tried to involve himself in their activities,
but to their credit, each member
of the family was steadfast in not
having any contact with him. After he
was reinstated, he said that he always
missed the association with his family,
especially at night when he was alone.
But, he admitted, had the family associated
with him even a little, that small
dose would have satisfied him. However,
because he did not receive even
the slightest communication from any
of his family
, the burning desire to be
with them became one motivating factor
in his restoring his relationship with
Jehovah. Think of that if you are ever
tempted to violate God’s command not
to associate with your disfellowshipped

So, is this sick or what?  Disfellowshipping and shunning are just "theocratic blackmail."  Unless the person returns to the organization his family will have nothing to do with him.  It seems too me that this persons returned to the organization just because he wanted his family back.  It has nothing to do with serving Jehovah.  The Watchtower organization is a sick, creepy cult and though they profess love and building strong families their action show just the reverse.  They surely do not have Jehovah's blessings.