The Watchtower Society's Official Caveat

Dant01

Active member
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I once asked a JW missionary how he knew for himself that the Society's theology
was reliable. He answered: "They go by the Bible and everything they say makes
sense." Well; a large percentage of traditional Christianity goes by the Bible, and
much of what it says makes sense too.

Bottom line is: the missionary couldn't really be 100% certain beyond a hint of
reasonable doubt whether the Society is reliable. He was courageously assuming
the bosses know what they're talking about; but no one should ever do that
because of the Society's caveat located in the Feb 2017 Watchtower-Study Edition;
paragraph 12, under the heading; "Who is leading God's People today?" which
reads like this:

"The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible. Therefore, it can err in
doctrinal matters or in organizational direction. In fact, the Watch Tower
Publications Index includes the heading “Beliefs Clarified,” which lists adjustments
in our Scriptural understanding since 1870. Of course, Jesus did not tell us that his
faithful slave would produce perfect spiritual food.
"

Just imagine the degree of confusion and insecurity that would pervade the minds
of regular Christians had the authors of the New Testament scriptures attached a
caveat to their writings similar to the above.
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imJRR

Well-known member
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I once asked a JW missionary how he knew for himself that the Society's theology
was reliable. He answered: "They go by the Bible and everything they say makes
sense." Well; a large percentage of traditional Christianity goes by the Bible, and
much of what it says makes sense too.

Bottom line is: the missionary couldn't really be 100% certain beyond a hint of
reasonable doubt whether the Society is reliable. He was courageously assuming
the bosses know what they're talking about; but no one should ever do that
because of the Society's caveat located in the Feb 2017 Watchtower-Study Edition;
paragraph 12, under the heading; "Who is leading God's People today?" which
reads like this:

"The Governing Body is neither inspired nor infallible. Therefore, it can err in
doctrinal matters or in organizational direction. In fact, the Watch Tower
Publications Index includes the heading “Beliefs Clarified,” which lists adjustments
in our Scriptural understanding since 1870. Of course, Jesus did not tell us that his
faithful slave would produce perfect spiritual food.
"

Just imagine the degree of confusion and insecurity that would pervade the minds
of regular Christians had the authors of the New Testament scriptures attached a
caveat to their writings similar to the above.
_

There's a very serious problem with this quote in italics you have here: It is in direct contradiction to what the WTS claims for itself. If you read over the quotes in my post on "Is the term 'JW masters' really inaccurate?", this is easily seen. JWs are to regard whatever comes out of the Watchtower as being the voice of God. As for the WTS making "adjustments", that's not really an honest or accurate word, since some of their "adjustments" are 180 degree flip-flop contradictions from previous doctrinal pontifications. For instance, the founder of the JWs, Russell, openly declared in writing that Michael is not Christ and Christ is not Michael. Total 180 degrees the opposite from later pontifications by the WTS.

That was just "an adjustment"?? Right - And Chernobyl was just a set of leaky pipes. 😁
 
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