Friday, 7 March 2008

Is the Watchtower Society 'wishy-washy'?

WE SHOULD NOT BE WISHY-WASHY


"It is a serious matter to represent God and Christ in one way, then find that
our understanding of the major doctrines of the Scriptures was in error, and
after that, to go back to the very doctrines that, by years of study, we had
thoroughly determined to be in error, Christians cannot be vacillating -
‘wishy-washy’ - about such fundamental teachings. What confidence can one
put in the sincerity or judgement of such persons?" - The Watchtower, 15 May
1976, p.298.

This is the Watchtower’s own statement on what it means to be wishy-washy. This is very revealing when we consider the following statements. Each one shows a change and then a reverse to a specific doctrine. Wishy-washy or what?

THE POWERS
Evil as these Gentile governments have been, they were permitted or
‘ordained of God’ for a wise purpose (Rom 13:1). - Studies in the Scriptures,
Vol.3, 1886, p.250.

. . . the Scriptural exposition of Romans chapter 13. It showed
that Jehovah God and Christ Jesus, rather than the wordly rulers and governors
are ‘The Higher Powers’ . . . - The Truth Shall Make You Free, 1943,
p.199.

So the ‘superior authorities’ have their setting logically in the world
outside the congregation. - The Watchtower, 15 November 1962, p.683.


THE SOWER


Jesus Christ, with his prophetic foresight, could foreknow the outcome for
the symbolic mustard grain that he planted in the first century. - The
Watchtower, 1 October 1975, p.600.

In the parable, the ‘man’ that sowed the mustard grain pictures the ‘wicked
one,’ Satan the Devil. - Man’s Salvation out of World Distress at Hand, 1975,
p.208.

Which is correct . . . Jesus is to be considered as the planter referred to
in this parable. - Our Kingdom Ministry, November 1975, p.4.


THE LEAVEN

Leaven represents corruption throughout the Scriptures: in every other
instance . . . it is represented as evil and impurity, something that is
defiling . . . Jesus refers to leaven as a corruption . . . - Zion’s Watch Tower
Reprints, 15 May 1900, p.2635.

The leaven of righteousness of this God-approved nucleus . . . (Matt
13:33). - The Watchtower, 1 April 1962, p.204.

Accordingly, the parable of the leaven . . . is on the negative side . . .
leaven . . . is used throughout scripture in an unfavorable sense . . . - The
Watchtower, 1 October 1975, pp.592, 603.


HEAVEN OR EARTH?


But while we still urge justified believers . . . we cannot hold out as a
hope, the heavenly prize. We point such to . . . future earthly blessings.
- Zion’s Watch Tower Reprints, July 1882, p.377.

Though both companies will be spiritual beings . . . the ‘great company’
will be companions of the Bride . . . there will be a very great difference in
the degrees of glory. - Zion’s Watch Tower Reprints, March 1883,
p.458

Do those of the ‘great crowd’ . . . also go to heaven? . . .
Great Crowd, earthly hope. - Reasoning from the Scriptures, 1985, pp.167,
441.


INFLUENCE OF THE DEAD

Hence our dear Pastor, now in glory, is without doubt, manifesting a keen
interest in the harvest work, and is permitted by the Lord to exercise some
strong influence thereupon. - The Watch Tower Reprints, 1 November 1917,
p.6161.

No one of the temple company will be foolish as to conclude
that some brother (or brethren) at one time amongst them, and who has died and
gone to heaven, is now instructing the saints on earth and directing them as to
their work. - Jehovah, 1934, p.191.

It is fitting, then, that one of the 24 elders, representing anointed ones already in heaven, should stir John’s thinking . . . that elder could locate the answer and give it to John. This suggests that resurrected ones of the 24-elder group may be
involved in the communicating of divine truths today. - Revelation Its Grand
Climax At Hand, 1988, p.125.

3 comments:

Mike's 4 Tea said...

A very good example of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing. We ignore the past at our peril in many areas of life but this is simply embarrassing.

I was especially interested in the last example concerning those who are "now in glory" somehow watching over and directing the work on earth. Isn't this dangerously close to the RC doctrine of praying to the saints?

Anonymous said...

hey there, just wanted to let you know that your wishy washy page reference is wrong, it is not on pg 293, but on page 298, hopefully you can update that for the sake of being accurate to any nay sayers

Mike Tea said...

Thanks for letting us know about the error in the page number. It is now corrected.