Speculative readings of predictive prophecy occur when “a predictive prophecy is too readily explained by the occurrence of specific events, despite the fact that equally committed biblical scholars consider the interpretation highly dubious.”
The prophetic speculation errors of the Watchtower are enough to fill a book—maybe several books.
I am going to highlight just some of the things it has said over the years about the significance of the year 1914. Note how—instead of giving up making predictions and assertions—the Watchtower simply changes its teachings and keeps on making prophetic claims. Continue reading
A major source of biblical error is reading more into a passage than God actually put there. Sire calls this “overspecification”, which occurs when “a more detailed or specific conclusion than is legitimate is drawn from a Bible text.” Using this method of interpretation allows one to create new doctrines with little or no actual biblical foundation. Continue reading
Imagine if the Watchtower simply asserted, “In order to please God, you must believe whatever we tell you whether you understand why or not.”
That statement would be outrageous!
Who would believe it?
So in order to convince people to believe what they say, the Watchtower frequently uses a “Biblical hook”. Continue reading
Young children need the structure of household rules established by their parents, backed up by rewards for obedience and punishment for disobedience. However, if they live under such a system all their lives, something has gone seriously wrong.
Why do I say the Watchtower perpetuates immaturity through legalism? What is wrong with the way it functions? Continue reading
Jehovah’s Witnesses can be disfellowshipped and shunned as apostates for believing differently than what the Watchtower teaches as truth.
The Watchtower states that “apostates are ‘mentally diseased,’ and they seek to infect others with their disloyal teachings… Jehovah, the Great Physician, tells us to avoid all contact with them.” It compares them to “a dog that returns to his own vomit.” Continue reading