Month: December 2016

What Do Watchtower “Clarifications” and “Adjustments” Show?

tuning_neutrodyne_receiver_1924In the February, 2017 article entitled “Who is Leading God’s People Today?” the Watchtower states, “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.”

It goes on to claim the guidance of the Holy Spirit, angels, and God’s Word.

Ask the Witnesses, “Why wouldn’t the Holy Spirit lead them to get it right the first time so they didn’t have to make changes in doctrine at all?”

Let’s look at just a few of these “clarifications” and “adjustments” to see if God is really guiding the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. We won’t look at minor matters but rather at life and death issues. Many Witnesses have no knowledge of these changes. Continue reading

Does Jesus Lead the Watchtower?

Leadership graphicIn the February, 2017 article, “Who is Leading God’s People Today?” the Watchtower points out that after his ascension to heaven, Jesus worked through the apostles he had chosen and empowered them “by holy spirit.”

From this, it concludes that he works through the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the same way today. Of course, this doesn’t follow at all. Any group can claim to be “God’s organization” and to be “guided by holy spirit.”

Let’s look at 3 claims the Watchtower makes in support of its assertion. Continue reading

“Neither Inspired Nor Perfect”

Broken chainThe February, 2017 Watchtower article entitled, “Who Is Leading God’s People Today?” contains the following statements regarding the Jehovah’s Witness organization: “The Governing Body is neither inspired nor perfect. Therefore, it can make mistakes when explaining the Bible or directing the organization.”

Sounds pretty humble, doesn’t it? And that’s the way the vast majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses who read those words will interpret them.

But let’s dig a little deeper. Here are some questions to ask Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading

Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses in Love: 3 Important DON’TS

When discussing the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses, conflict is inevitable. Key Watchtower teachings are simply not compatible with the doctrines of evangelical Christianity. But we should do what we can to avoid unnecessary conflict.

The Bible doesn’t tell us to avoid all conflict. In fact, Jude 3 instructs Christians “to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.” But this doesn’t mean that we are to be contentious in our manner. We should try to avoid issues that stir up ill will without advancing the message that we are trying to get across. 1 Peter 3:15-16 admonishes us to answer those who question us “with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.”

Here are 3 important don’ts. Continue reading

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