1Timothy 2:5 says,
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus.” (New World Translation – NWT)
The Watchtower’s Insight book volume 2 page 360 defines Mediator this way,
“One who interposes between two parties at variance to reconcile them; an intercessor; an intermediary agent, or go-between.”
As a Jehovah’s Witness (JW) I always believed that Jesus was my Mediator, especially when I look at a definition like the one above. After all, when we pray in Jesus’ name, is that not recognizing Jesus as the Mediator or “go between” or perhaps “intercessor” between us and the Father? If you were to ask the average JW publisher the question, “Is Jesus your Mediator?” I feel very confident that the vast majority would emphatically say, YES! Even when I was serving as a ministerial servant (deacon), I was sure that Jesus was my Mediator. It was after I gave my first public talk (sermon) and said the closing prayer for the meeting that something was brought to my attention. I closed the prayer with these words,
Who are the men of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses? Most Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s) can name at best perhaps one, maybe two members of the Governing Body (GB). The vast majority of JW’s, including the Elders, have absolutely no idea what the GB’s qualifications are or who they are. Yet, this group of men (7 at the time of this writing) are the ones who formulate all of the doctrines and policies of the Watchtower organization. The GB for the most part, has the complete trust of approximately 7 million JW’s without the vast majority of them knowing anything at all about the background of the men at the helm.
For this reason, I have posted a picture list of the Men who are currently serving as the GB members (As of May 2012) along with the Watchtower’s resume’ for each one. After you have read a little about these men and see their qualifications, please consider a few questions and comments I’ve made toward the bottom of this article.
The theme of this post, “Do Others Do Your Thinking?” was the title of an article written in the Awake magazine dated August 22, 1978 pages 3-4. I have copied and pasted excerpts from the article but I highly recommend that you read the article in it’s entirety so that you can see for yourself that I am not quoting it out of context. Here’s how the article starts;
“Propaganda has power. Does it overpower you? Or do you have a mind of your own?
EDUCATION teaches you how to think. Propagandists tell you what to think. True educators present all sides of an issue and encourage discussion. Propagandists hammer hard on their view and discourage discussion. Many times their true motives are hidden.”
Now let’s be honest about the opening remarks of this Awake article. If you are currently an active Jehovah’s Witness (JW), or if you’ve ever been a JW, do these introductory questions and comments promote any thoughts in your mind? Please prayerfully ask yourself, Does the organization “teach you how to think” or do they in any way “tell you what to think?” Once you are a baptized publisher, does the Watchtower Society “present all sides of an issue and encourage discussion” or do they “hammer hard on their view and discourage discussion?” Before we continue, notice this Question Box blurb from Our Kingdom Ministry 9/2007 Page 3,
Because of my love for Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s), it’s easy for me to maintain a positive tone and show kindness toward them on this blog. Also, I do not promote blogs or websites which slander, show maliciousness, bitterness or have an ax to grind – so to speak – with JW’s or the Watchtower organization. Even so, while keeping things positive and trying to help JW’s, I cannot overlook things which I believe must be addressed, even though it may seem negative to some. I must take an honest and open approach in the articles I write, yet show love and kindness while not watering down or avoiding what may seem to be controversial to a loyal JW. I always prayerfully consider these things before I write on this blog or speak to others about the organization.
I have spent a lot of time praying and thinking about this particular article before posting it on this site. My goal is to be honest yet not gloss over the facts. Please do not mistake my candor as anger or bitterness. I write these things in Christian love.
That being said, I would like to share a few thoughts with you regarding the July 15, 2011 Watchtower study article which begins on page 15. The article is entitled, “Will You Heed Jehovah’s Clear Warnings?” This was the Watchtower study topic for Sunday 9/11/2011 which focused on apostasy and apostates.
What do you think? Did the Ten Commandments exist before Sinai? Over the years as a Jehovah’s Witness I asked this question many times. I asked not only publishers, both brothers and sisters, but also many “mature” brothers in the organization which included elders throughout our circuit and district, 5 circuit overseers and several substitute circuit overseers. The answer I always received was, “No.” Then they would usually go on to explain that the Ten Commandments did not exist until Moses brought them down from Mount Sinai.
Let’s take just a few moments to examine this subject while keeping in mind that there are many more points that can be made in this regard. Is it true that the Ten Commandments came about some 2500 years after Adam was created as the Watchtower teaches? To answer this question we must consider what the Apostle Paul states in Romans 4:15b,
“Where there is no law, neither is there any transgression.” (New World Translation, NWT)
Will Adam and Eve Be Resurrected?
This is an interesting question to ask a Jehovah’s Witness (JW). The line of reasoning used by the Watchtower Society is as follows: Since Adam and Eve sinned in perfection they have no chance of being resurrected. The Watchtower 1/15/1960 page 53 third paragraph says,
“Since the supreme Judge never makes a mistake, there is no need for him to take under review any judgment that he has passed. His judgments are final. That means the people who perished in the flood of Noah’s day will never be resurrected to stand trial again. The same is true with the people of Sodom and Gomorrah as well as Adam and Eve. All had their judgment day before the great Judge of the universe and all were sentenced to destruction. They will never have a conscious existence again. ”
While the Watchtower has changed it’s view several times regarding those of Sodom and Gomorrah being resurrected, all of my life I have heard the above reasoning about Adam and Eve not being resurrected and it always seemed to make sense to me. I also have to agree that Jehovah does not make mistakes in judgment. However, as I have continued to read and study the Bible my understanding has changed a bit regarding Adam and Eve. Is it true that there is no hope for them and that they will not be resurrected? Is it possible that they cannot be forgiven? Please consider the following;
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Incorporated is the publishing agency owned and operated by the Jehovah’s Witness (JW) organization. They publish Bibles, books, tracts and brochures. They also publish the Watchtower and Awake magazines. JW’s are taught that the Watchtower (Both the organization and the magazine) is God’s means of interpreting the Bible and making it understandable for people. JW’s are also taught that the Watchtower is Jehovah God’s sole “channel” of truth and that it has been from the time of it’s first being published in 1879. This is not only what the organization teaches but this is what the vast majority of JW’s sincerely believe. However, it’s interesting what an honest examination of past Watchtower teachings will reveal. One must look at the history of the organization to really gain an understanding as to whether or not the Watchtower is or ever was, “God‘s channel of truth.”
Since the year 1943 Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW’s) have had a methodical way of teaching non-JW’s about what they believe. The method used is to invite one to a “Bible” study, then introduce them to a book published by the Watchtower organization. These books are usually very well written. Much thought goes into how they are worded, how questions are asked and how the questions should be answered. The method of study is to read a paragraph from the book, then read the question at the bottom of the page corresponding to the paragraph. At this point the student should find the answer within the paragraph that was just read and repeat either word for word, or in his/her own words, what the paragraph is saying. It is the responsibility of the JW conducting the study to make sure that the answer given agrees completely with what the Watchtower is teaching at the time of the study.
I am writing this letter after much prayer, Bible study and consideration of what Jehovah requires of us as Christians. I ask that you please consider this letter prayerfully and read the cited and quoted scriptures in their context. This subject has weighed very heavily on me for many years. In confidence, I have spoken to several elders and circuit overseers about this subject only to receive no satisfying answer. I have read every publication on this subject that is on the Watchtower CD ROM. I must tell you that at present I am inactive. However, my love for Jehovah and doing His will is stronger than ever before in my life.
My concern is regarding the 10 Commandments of Jehovah God. As Jehovah’s Witnesses, if we were to unrepentantly break 9 of the 10 Commandments we would rightfully be disfellowshiped. The question I have is, why do we as Jehovah’s Witnesses keep only 9 of the 10 Commandments? Again, please prayerfully consider the following before answering. Continue reading
The Watchtower has used many printed pages defending the doctrine that Jesus’ return is invisible, but can find only a few scriptures that seem to support this doctrine and only by the misapplication of scripture. However, when reading the Watchtower publications one can find much human reasoning to try to support Jesus’ invisible return, even quoting Sir Isaac Newton as an authority on this subject and perhaps the father of the teaching. (See Watchtower July 15 1906 page 229 and Kingdom Proclaimers book chapter 5 page 46 footnote)
Let’s take a moment to look at the evidence. In Matthew 24:30 Jesus said,
“And then the sign of the Son of man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will beat themselves in lamentation, and they will see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”