Thursday, April 26, 2012

Can the Watchtower Organuzation Be Reformed

1. Teaching that true Christianity is an organization instead of a way of life

2. Claiming salvation is dependent upon belonging to the JW denomination

3. Claiming that the organization speaks for and is controlled by Jehovah, thereby equating the organization with God himself

4. Centralizing authority in an organization instead of letting Christ be the head of each Christian

5. Claiming that the “faithful and discreet slave” is the “anointed class” rather than each individual Christian who shows himself or herself to be responsible and obedient to Christ

6. Teaching that the early Christians were led by a governing body

7. Teaching that Jesus appointed the “anointed remnant” as his true church in 1919

8. Viewing the so-called “anointed” class (actually, the governing body) as God’s channel and prophet

9. Placing WT literature above the Bible

10. Frequently taking Bible texts out of context in order to build support for the organization’s man-made teachings and procedures

11. Teaching that Jesus returned in 1914 and is “invisibly present” since then

12. Teaching that Jerusalem was destroyed in 607 BCE when no historical records confirm this and the actual date is believed by nearly all historians to be 587 BCE

13. Falsifying the fact that Charles Russell predicted for 1914 the end of the world, not Christ’s return

14. Lying about a so-called “increase” in earthquakes, warfare, famines, persecution, etc., since 1914

15. Contradictorily condemning military organizations and frowning upon JWs who choose alternative service in lieu of military service while the headquarters organization at the same time owns stock in a military product organization (REGI)

16. Taking a conflicting stand with regard to the United Nations, claiming that it is the “wild beast” of Revelation that leads all nations in a fight against God and Christ at Armageddon, but signing on as an NGO member and publishing articles that present the UN in a favorable light

17. Teaching that it’s wrong to celebrate birthdays and all holidays

18. Teaching that Abraham and the faithful men and women of old are not among the holy ones who will rule with Christ in his Kingdom

19. Interpreting Jewish restoration prophecies as fulfilled in “the anointed remnant”

20. Teaching that the Scriptures are directly addressed only to “the remnant of anointed ones”

21. Teaching that only the “anointed” must be born again

22. Teaching that the “great crowd” are not begotten or anointed by the Holy Spirit

23. Teaching that the “great crowd” are God’s grandchildren and not his sons and daughters

24. Teaching that the “great crowd” are not members of the bride of Christ

25. Teaching that Jesus is not the mediator between God and the “great crowd” of Revelation chapter 7

26. Teaching that the resurrection of the “anointed” precedes the resurrection of the “other sheep” and that it has already begun

27. Teaching that only “anointed” JWs will receive immortality in the resurrection

28. Inviting only the “anointed” to partake at the memorial 29. Claiming that spiritual food comes from the “anointed” class whereas nearly all the writers of WT publications are members of the “other sheep” class

30. Creating a climate of fear by authoritarianism

31. Controlling what individual JWs may read of Bible-related publications that are not produced by the WT Society 32.

Arrogantly pretending that the JW organization maintains higher standards than any other religion and proclaiming publicly that all other churches are members of Babylon the Great

33. Forbidding attendance and participation at other churches

34. Class distinctions such as “governing body,” “anointed remnant” and “great crowd of other sheep”

35. Class distinctions such as publishers, auxiliary pioneers, regular pioneers, special pioneers, circuit overseers, district overseers, Bethelites, Governing Body, etc.

36. Prohibiting women from serving in any meaningful role in the congregation while expecting them to do the bulk of the work in “field service”

37. Constantly prodding the membership by means of literature, meetings and conventions to do ever more and more in the service of the organization, promoting an atmosphere where many feel their best is never good enough

38. Setting dates for Armageddon and thereby urging the membership to abandon normal living, this often resulting in the ruination of health and family life, as well as creating employment and financial hardships

39. Teachings that lead the members to believe righteousness and salvation can be earned by devoted and loyal support of the organization’s slavish programs

40. Keeping meeting attendance and field service records as a gauge of an individual’s spirituality

41. Organizationally requiring no blood transfusions instead of letting it be a matter of conscience, thereby cruelly informing all members that they will be shunned by the organization if they accept a transfusion that might restore health following a life-threatening accident or illness

42. Allowing their own infants and children to die instead of allowing doctors to give them necessary blood transfusions

43. Teaching that the “congregation” of Matthew 18:17 is the body of elders

44. Holding heresy trials and disciplinary hearings in secrecy from the rest of the congregation

45. Withholding information that would be helpful to persons who have been accused of wrongdoing

46. Conducting heresy trials of members who have doubts or who think differently upon the Scriptures

47. Defining apostasy as against the organization instead of against God

48. Being quick to disfellowship instead of making efforts to restore persons who have done something wrong

49. Unnecessarily and abusively shunning members even for minor infractions such as smoking or not complying with the whimsical directives of elders, thereby causing personal and family turmoil that often results in immense guilt, shame, fear, depression, bitterness, hatred, murder and suicide

50. Prohibiting fellowship with disassociated persons who show no inclination toward causing dissension

51. Showing favoritism by advising innocent victims to “leave it to Jehovah” instead of the elders taking decisive action to deal with some members who have been accused of harmful wrongdoing.

52. Ignoring or minimizing clear evidence of child molestation and other abuses simply because only one witness is available to testify against the member accused of such serious wrongdoing

53. Covering over and hiding damaging facts about the JW organization

54. In many cases, neglecting the care of their own sick and elderly members who no longer have the strength and energy to attend all the meetings and to be regular in “field service” as they did for most of their lives

55. Blatantly lying to the public by declaring to news media that members may leave the organization at any time, of their own free will and without any repercussions from the organization


Rev.LeFrench said...

Wow...I stumbled across this blog by accident. A friend of mine has just started a forum about jehavahs and your views would be good because of the way you put it. They are both jw's but are secretly reading up on all the old stuff, if they get found out they get in trouble. I am not a jehavah btw. They have started a charity called the worlwide-work to help ex jws get councilling etc. is their address if you want it. i think it would be good to have someone like you on there.

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Sincere Regards.