Is the term "JW masters" really inaccurate?

imJRR

Active member

How the JW Masters View Themselves and What They Write:

"The Watchtower is not the instrument of any man or set of men nor is it published according to the whims of men. No man's opinion is expressed in The Watchtower." Watchtower magazine, “Taught of God”, 11/1/31, paragraph 19

“The Governing Body publishes spiritually encouraging literature in many languages. This spiritual food is based on God’s word, thus what is taught is not from men, but from Jehovah.” (The Watchtower, "Unity Identifies True Worship", September 15, 2010, paragraph 8.)

JWs are directed to “….respond to the directions of the “slave” (the Watchtower Society) as we would to the voice of God, because it is His provision.” (Watchtower, June 15, 1957, p.370)

From JRR: This "direction" is quite clear: JWs are to regard what comes out of the Watchtower as being the voice of God. In view of that, the term "JW masters" is pretty accurate. I mean, if you're a JW, they're IT; they're the voice of God (because they say they are).

"From time to time, there have arisen from among the ranks of Jehovah's people those, who, like the original Satan, have adopted an independent, faultfinding attitude...They say that it is sufficient to read the Bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such 'Bible reading,' they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines that commentaries by Christendom's clergy were teaching 100 years ago..." The Watchtower, Aug. 15, 1981.

From JRR: Did you get that? If you read the Bible by itself, you will become a Trinitarian because that is exactly what the Watchtower is referring to here when it says "apostate doctrines." In other words, if you read the Bible alone, you will not arrive at Watchtower doctrines. This is an amazing admission by the Watchtower organization. It is clear, Jehovah's Witnesses do not get their teachings from the Bible, but from the Watchtower literature.

From the October 1, 1967 Watchtower: “Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible. For this reason the Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah’s visible organization in mind.”

From JRR: Note the word "cannot" - it is very important. This statement shows that it is not the Bible that has the final say in a person's life; it's what the JW masters SAY the Bible says that has the final say.

“Jehovah God caused the Bible to be written in such a way that one needs to come in touch with His human channel before one can fully and accurately understand it. True, we need the help of God’s holy spirit, but its help also comes to us primarily by association with the channel Jehovah God sees fit to use.” Watchtower Feb 15, 1981.

Jehovah poured out his spirit upon them and assigned them the responsibility of serving as his sole visible channel, through whom alone spiritual instruction was to come. Those who recognize Jehovah's visible theocratic organization, therefore, must recognize and accept this appointment of the "faithful and discreet slave" and be submissive to it. Watchtower 1967 October 1 p.590 – “Finding Freedom with Jehovah's Visible Organization”

From JRR: Note the phrases "sole visible channel through whom alone" and "must recognize and accept" - This is a requirement; if you're a JW, you HAVE TO DO THIS - You have to recognize and accept and see and follow whatever Brooklyn says as being the voice of God.
 

Manfred

Well-known member

How the JW Masters View Themselves and What They Write:

"The Watchtower is not the instrument of any man or set of men nor is it published according to the whims of men. No man's opinion is expressed in The Watchtower." Watchtower magazine, “Taught of God”, 11/1/31, paragraph 19

“The Governing Body publishes spiritually encouraging literature in many languages. This spiritual food is based on God’s word, thus what is taught is not from men, but from Jehovah.” (The Watchtower, "Unity Identifies True Worship", September 15, 2010, paragraph 8.)

JWs are directed to “….respond to the directions of the “slave” (the Watchtower Society) as we would to the voice of God, because it is His provision.” (Watchtower, June 15, 1957, p.370)

From JRR: This "direction" is quite clear: JWs are to regard what comes out of the Watchtower as being the voice of God. In view of that, the term "JW masters" is pretty accurate. I mean, if you're a JW, they're IT; they're the voice of God (because they say they are).

"From time to time, there have arisen from among the ranks of Jehovah's people those, who, like the original Satan, have adopted an independent, faultfinding attitude...They say that it is sufficient to read the Bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such 'Bible reading,' they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines that commentaries by Christendom's clergy were teaching 100 years ago..." The Watchtower, Aug. 15, 1981.

From JRR: Did you get that? If you read the Bible by itself, you will become a Trinitarian because that is exactly what the Watchtower is referring to here when it says "apostate doctrines." In other words, if you read the Bible alone, you will not arrive at Watchtower doctrines. This is an amazing admission by the Watchtower organization. It is clear, Jehovah's Witnesses do not get their teachings from the Bible, but from the Watchtower literature.

From the October 1, 1967 Watchtower: “Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible. For this reason the Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah’s visible organization in mind.”

From JRR: Note the word "cannot" - it is very important. This statement shows that it is not the Bible that has the final say in a person's life; it's what the JW masters SAY the Bible says that has the final say.

“Jehovah God caused the Bible to be written in such a way that one needs to come in touch with His human channel before one can fully and accurately understand it. True, we need the help of God’s holy spirit, but its help also comes to us primarily by association with the channel Jehovah God sees fit to use.” Watchtower Feb 15, 1981.

Jehovah poured out his spirit upon them and assigned them the responsibility of serving as his sole visible channel, through whom alone spiritual instruction was to come. Those who recognize Jehovah's visible theocratic organization, therefore, must recognize and accept this appointment of the "faithful and discreet slave" and be submissive to it. Watchtower 1967 October 1 p.590 – “Finding Freedom with Jehovah's Visible Organization”

From JRR: Note the phrases "sole visible channel through whom alone" and "must recognize and accept" - This is a requirement; if you're a JW, you HAVE TO DO THIS - You have to recognize and accept and see and follow whatever Brooklyn says as being the voice of God.
Definitely a cult controlling it's members.

I would not want any organization to control me in such a manner, scary.
 
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