Believe it because we say it?

*** w59 5/1 p. 269 pars. 6-7 Attain Completeness in the New World Society ***

The whole body under the direction of the head moves and acts as a beautifully co-ordinated unit, perfectly organized. In the same way Christ, the Head, employs the organization that is his body to carry out his assigned work. His orders reach the whole of the organization on earth through the governing body, and on down through the Branches to the congregations.—1 Cor. 12:12-18; Matt. 24:45-47.

7 To hold to the headship of Christ, it is therefore necessary to obey the organization that he is personally directing. Doing what the organization says is to do what he says. Resisting the organization is to resist him

This is one of the most amazing statements made by the Watchtower.  Consider the parallel:

Doing what we say = not resisting us

This means that you cannot question or disbelieve any teaching of the organization and remain faithful to Jehovah. Thus, anything they say is the truth, according to The Watchtower. The problem is, every JW knows that the organization has taught many things that are not true since the organization’s inception. And we all know that the organization doesn’t claim infallibility or inspiration. So what are we to do with this? The thinking person should say to themselves, “If the organization has taught things in the past that were completely false, and we must believe everything the organization teaches without question, then I am probably believing things that are false at the present moment. But that doesn’t matter, because I must believe everything they say.”

Ultimately, truth cannot matter to the JW. If it did matter, then JW’s throughout their history would have questioned the organization when they taught false ideas.  And those who did suffered the consequences.

My challenge to Jehovah’s Witnesses is to be more concerned for the truth. Read the Scriptures and study them for yourself. If your conclusions disagree with the Society, don’t just think, “God will straighten this out if the Society is wrong. In the meantime, I won’t question them. After all, who am I to say I know better than them?” There is nothing biblical about this mentality. The Scriptures are your ultimate authority. And your organization is not above that. Therefore, if the Bible disagrees with your organization, then the organization is wrong. Don’t be afraid to speak out. You may fear the consequences. But the cost will be worth it because the truth is worth it.

One thought on “Believe it because we say it?

  1. It is incorrect to say that we can not question or even disagree with a particular view that might present some ambiguity within the scriptures. Naturally, in harmony with Ephesians 4:11-17, Christians would want to maintain the unity until complete underestanding is achieved.

    Questions are welcome, and if one insists on not accepting a particular teaching due to scriptural ambiguity, they are asked to keep it to themselves and if Jehovah sees the need for a correction, he would naturally work through the faithful and discreet slaves, those gifts in men who continue to readjust the holy ones until full truth is attained. Suggestions, questions and opposing arguments can be offered to that goe=verning body for their consideration, but if ones continues to recognize them as that faithful slave, they should strive to maintain unity until the change, if it is legitimate, comes about.

    The problem is, NOT the doubting or questioning, the problem is the promoting of a view against the determination of the faithful slave, as they are the ones responsible for providing food at the proper time to the domestics of the household.

    Only in the case where there is non-ambiguous, in other words, absolute proof of their error, should one ever embolden themselves to outright rejection of a teaching or the promotion of a abberant view against that slave. Otherwise, unity is destroyed as is evidenced by the fragmented state of so-called Christianity today.


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