Changes from the Early Days

dcforrey

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The Watchtower Society has changed much since its earliest days as “Bible Students”. Charles Russell believed that true Christians were to be found scattered throughout many denominations. He didn’t believe that there should be any kind of organization to which people owe their allegiance.

From Old Theology #8 1889 or 1890:
“The underlying principle of the Great Reformation, to which all Protestants look back with pride, was the right of individual judgment in the interpretation of the Scriptures, in opposition to the papal dogma of submission to clerical authority and interpretation. On this very point was the whole issue of the great movement. It was a grand and blessed, strike for liberty of conscience, for an open Bible, and the right to believe and obey its teachings regardless of the usurped authority and vain traditions of the self-exalted clergy of Rome.... The danger, now, is that the same influences threaten to bind Protestants as securely as Romanists are bound, to the judgment and religious decrees of a system, instead of leaving faith to the intelligence, study and judgment of each individual.

We exhort all God's true church-the one church, which includes all consecrated believers-to awake to the principles of the Reformation, to a recognition of the right of individual judgment upon religious questions. Demand Scriptural proofs for all you are asked to believe; take neither the decisions of Rome, nor those of Westminster, nor those of any smaller councils or synods, as final settlements of the question, "What is truth?" And be sure that you believe and confess nothing that you do not understand fully and clearly. To subscribe to, or confess, what you do not understand, and therefore cannot truly believe, is "solemn lying in the presence of God….”

After he died the same attitude continued for a while:

From the Broadcaster August 28, 1924:
“Then came upon the scene the Protestant church denominations, each in turn claiming to be the chosen people of the Lord who should constitute the special associates in His kingdom. We apply the divinely given standard; and we see that none of these systems organized by men meet the requirements. You may ask then: What earthly organization answers the description and comes up to the requirements? The answer is: There is no such earthly organization, nor did God intend for any to have this honor.”

But 1925 came and went without any of Rutherford’s predictions coming true. Under his leadership there was a noticeable shift. By the time 1935 came the following appeared in one of the publications:

From Director for Field Publishers 1935:
“The organization of Jehovah's people on earth has increased in strength and efficiency under the rich blessing of Jehovah, and this organization, the Society, is made up of men and women who are devoted to Jehovah and seeking to faithfully serve and honor Him. The organization is one, and not divided. Jehovah's people see that the Lord has but one organization on earth and that the responsibility rests upon the office at Brooklyn to see that the organization is properly organized and works harmoniously. The policy of the Society in all matters is established by the president. All instructions are issued direct from Brooklyn through the Society's publications and such representatives as may be sent and routed direct from this office from time to time, and all communications and reports on the Kingdom service are to be made to this office. The time has come when unity must exist in all the Lord's organization; and this can come only from strict adherence to organization instructions, which are not discretionary, but entirely mandatory.”
 

keiw

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Truth was revealed at the proper time-Matt 24:45--thus changes had to occur from error to truth. Plus they only had error filled altered trinity translations to use for years. It took a lot of study by many men of bibles. true God worship history, languages, religious writings, etc. Its 2023, now is what counts.
 

dcforrey

Member
Truth was revealed at the proper time-Matt 24:45--thus changes had to occur from error to truth. Plus they only had error filled altered trinity translations to use for years. It took a lot of study by many men of bibles. true God worship history, languages, religious writings, etc. Its 2023, now is what counts.
Thank you for responding.

How do you know that the changes were from error to truth? If they changed doctrine A to doctrine B, was that a change from error to truth? If so, then what about the times when they changed doctrine B back doctrine A again? Was that changing from truth back to error?
 

keiw

Well-known member
Thank you for responding.

How do you know that the changes were from error to truth? If they changed doctrine A to doctrine B, was that a change from error to truth? If so, then what about the times when they changed doctrine B back doctrine A again? Was that changing from truth back to error?
God makes sure truth is the end result-Otherwise this couldn't be true-Dan 12:4, or no one could accomplish this-John 4:22-24.
 

keiw

Well-known member
Are you sure that the Governing body is finished making changes?
I am positive once Babylon the great falls and the tribulation begins we will get new council to follow. I am certain that just about all truth is known but some of revelation-Daniel correlation could still get revealed.
 
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