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The Anointed's Inescapable False Prophecy
In my opinion, the Anointed of
Jehovah’s Witnesses put into writing a false prophecy in The
The following is a summary of the article. There is only one organization claiming to fill the righteous requirements of Jehovah. That organization which is represented by the Watchtower, Bible, and Tract Society is the Anointed. Jesus the King commissions the Anointed as his faithful and wise servant who, “...brings forth “meat in due season...” Then it further states that if you love the Lord, you will answer the call of the Anointed. This call is the organizational instructions. It goes on to give the chain of authority as Jehovah speaking to us through his son, and the Anointed is the visible mouthpiece of the son. Now, the mouthpiece gives the instructions:
“The Lord breaks down our organization instructions further and makes them more practicable by further instructing us through his “faithful and wise servant.” He says, ‘Let us assign the field, the world, to special pioneers, regular pioneers and companies of Jehovah’s Witnesses...” Then there are details given on hours and back-calls for pioneers per month. The mouthpiece continues, “These directions come to us from the Lord through his established agency directing what is required of us...This expression of the Lord’s will should be the end of all controversy...These directions from the Lord...” Now, more details are given for individuals and companies dealing with territories. The Anointed then say, “...there is absolutely no excuse for anyone, man or woman, to claim to be unable to accept an individual territory assignment and assume full responsibility for it. Those who really love the Lord and are fighters for the New World will not try to excuse themselves on that or any other ground, but will hear the Word of the Lord when he says, Let us do thus and so...The Lord through his “faithful and wise servant” now states to us, “Let us cover our territory four times in six months.” That becomes our organization instructions and has the same binding force on us that his statement to the Logos had when he said, Let us make man in our image.” It is our duty to accept this additional instruction and obey it”
Notice the Anointed quoting God. This is a ‘thus says the Lord.’ The question is, did the Lord say this? You will look in vain in the Old and New Testaments to find these organizational instructions. So this is a new word of the Lord from the Anointed. Here is an important scripture to keep in mind while reading this Watchtower article:
Here is a list of questions regarding this article:
Is this article by the Anointed an aberration, or is it consistent with what the Anointed has taught through the years? I will show through statements by the Anointed through the years that this article is consistent.
attitude does the Anointed expect from the great crowd?
1952-2-1, page 80, “We should meekly go along with the Lord’s
theocratic organization and wait for further clarification, rather than
balk at the first mention of a thought unpalatable to us and proceed to
quibble and mouth our criticisms and opinions as though they were worth
more than the slave’s provision of spiritual food.
Theocratic ones will appreciate the Lord’s visible organization
and not be so foolish as to pit against Jehovah’s channel their own
human reasoning and sentiment and personal feelings.”
1957-6-15, page 370, “Let us now unmistakably identify Jehovah’s
channel of communication for our day, that we may continue in his
favor...It is vital that we appreciate this fact and respond to the
directions of the “slave” as we would
to the voice of God, because it is his provision.”
1983-1-15, page 22, 27, “Avoid Independent Thinking...Satan called
into question God’s way of doing things.
He promoted independent thinking...How is such independent
thinking manifested? A
common way is by questioning the counsel that is provided by God’s
visible organization...Yet there are some who point out that the
organization has had to make adjustments before, and so they argue:
“this shows that we have to make up our own mind on what to
believe.” This is
independent thinking. Why is
it so dangerous? Such
thinking is an evidence of pride. And
the Bible says: “Pride is before a crash, and a haughty spirit before
stumbling.” If we get to
thinking that we know better than the organization, we should ask
ourselves: “Where did we learn Bible truth in the first place?
Would we know the way of the truth if it had not been for the
guidance from the organization?” Really,
can we get along without the direction of God’s organization?”
No, we cannot!”
1979-11-15, page 27, “To keep in relationship with “our Savior,
God,” the “great crowd” needs t remain united with the remnant of
1981-8-1, page 26, “Your attitude toward the wheat like anointed
“brother” of Christ and the treatment you accord them will be the
determining factor as to whether you go into “everlasting cutting
off” or receive “everlasting life.”
Prove yourself to be a loyal companion of the anointed
“wheat” class, the “faithful and discreet slave, “ whom Christ
has appointed to provide spiritual “food at the proper time.”
1992-11-15, page 21, “...a long time Witness of Jehovah said, “If
one thing has been most important to me, it has been the matter of
keeping close to Jehovah’s visible organization.
My early experience taught me how unsound it is to rely on human
reasoning. Once my mind had
been resolved on that point, I determined to stay by the faithful
organization. How else can
one get Jehovah’s favor and blessing?”
There is nowhere else to go for divine favor and life eternal.”
2001-8-1, page 14, “A mature Christian must be in unity and full
harmony with fellow believers as far as faith and knowledge are
concerned. He does not
advocate or insist on personal opinions or harbor private ideas when it
comes to Bible understanding. Rather,
he has complete confidence in the truth as it is revealed by Jehovah God
through his Son, Jesus Christ, and ‘the faithful and discreet
next issue is, how are we to handle the Bible according to the Anointed?
can be seen from the preceding quotes, the teaching of the Anointed has
been consistent through the years. They
are the prophet of God, mediator of salvation, and interpreter of the
scripture. What are some of
the arguments Jehovah’s Witnesses have used in order to rid themselves
of these dilemmas?
One: These are just mistakes. If you accuse us, you have to accuse the Apostles also.
In Luke 24:19-24, John 21:20-23, and Acts 1:6-7, the Apostles had
mistaken prophetic beliefs. There
is no comparison between Luke 24:19-24, John 21:20-23, and Acts 1:6-7and
statements made by the Anointed. Misunderstanding
prophecy does not make one a false prophet.
When the Anointed class claims that they are Jesus’ mouthpiece
and the message they received is as binding as Gen. 1:26, this makes
them a false prophet. They
said ‘Thus says the Lord,’ but the Lord did not say!
If the Anointed claims that by association with them and the way
you treat them will be the determining factor of whether you will
receive eternal life or not, they must be inspired.
The disciples and other followers of Jesus had wrong expectations
but they were not making prophetic statements.
When they were being prophetic, they were inerrant.
Where in the above passages did the apostles say anything like
Jehovah is their editor or no man’s opinion is expressed in what they
said? Acts 1:6-7 is a
question and not a statement. Jesus
did not address their understanding.
He addressed their desire to know something that was not for them
to know (the time and season). In
Luke 24, the disciples were not teaching anything.
They were having a discussion with Jesus.
In John 21, there was no teaching or prophecy being done.
It states in the text that a rumor was going around (verse 23).
Compare these verses to what was stated in the Watchtower,
1931-11-1, page 327, “The Watchtower is not the instrument of any man
or set of men, nor is it published according to the whims of men.
No man’s opinion is expressed in the Watchtower.”
Some people within historic Christianity have given false prophecy.
is true, and they are just as much a false prophet as the anointed if
they say ‘thus says the Lord” but the Lord did not say.
Three: This article in the 1943 Watchtower is just an interpretation of the scriptures.
I would then
ask the rhetorical question, ‘where would you interpret in the Bible
to get ‘175 hours and 50
back-calls per month,’ ‘publisher’s quota of 60 hours,’ or
‘Let us cover out territory four time in six months?’
Four: Greg Stafford (The author of Jehovah’s Witnesses Defended) in his book Three Dissertations on the Teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the chapter on the First Dissertation tries to remove himself from the dilemma. In a private e-mail to me, he told me that he was a Jehovah’s Witness because the Anointed think like him, not because he thinks like the Anointed.
assertion of independent thinking. And
as can be read above, the Anointed take a very dim view of such
thinking. I find it
incredible for Mr. Stafford to have written this book.
Even though he says he is not questioning the Anointed, he is.
What he has done is to take away the authority of the Anointed.
They are just a religious group of men giving their opinions of
what they think the Bible teaches. Mr.
Stafford believes he has the right to reprove the Anointed just like
Paul reproved Peter, or to call them on the carpet in light of Gal. 1:8.
Of course, he has to water down the meaning of Gal. 1:8: But even
if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one
we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! (NIV)
This verse is teaching more that just going beyond what the
scriptures proclaim. It is
referring to teaching a false Gospel.
And, he can’t do that because he came from them.
On page 13 of his book, he quotes from a 1952 Watchtower that
states that the ‘other sheep’ have the holy spirit also and can
understand the Bible. It is
my opinion based on the above statements of the Anointed through the
early 1900s till now, that question and answer is an anomaly. If fact,
that question and answer is in conflict from the above statements of the
Anointed. Who does Mr.
Stafford think he is? It is
the Anointed that give out meat in due season, not him.
The Anointed already put out the Awake and Watchtower that come
out twice a month. They also
publish books every now and then. What
need is there for Mr. Stafford and his fellow mavericks?
Does he think he knows better than the Anointed?
Does Jesus from the secret chamber put his words in Mr.
Stafford’s mouth instead of the Anointed?
From the above statements by the Anointed, it sounds like change
is suppose to come from the top down, not from the bottom up.
I think that what Mr. Stafford is noticing is his writings are
ten times better than what the Anointed are writing and, he is not one
of the Anointed. So what
does Mr. Stafford do when he runs across this 1943 Watchtower article?
He can’t admit to the Anointed being a false prophet, for they
are his people (religious community).
He could never admit to being a part of a pseudo-Christian group.
That would call into question most of his beliefs.
Basically he has to (and does) water down the
powerful statements that the Anointed claim in the 1943 article by
calling them “extremely inappropriate” (page 43) and “as a form of
manipulation.” (Page 43) In
other words, he cannot deal with this article.
He cannot get out of the dilemma of false prophecy in this
Five: This is old light.
article does not give this as an option.
Remember, the Anointed said this requirement is as binding as