Saturday, 23 August 2008

Letters From The Governing Body Of Jehovah's Witnesses: Obey The Dictates of The Governing Body

Here is a site sharing letters from the governing body of Jehovah's Witnesses to Congregational Elders. Commenting on the controlling nature of the society the author writes:

"The Watchtower Societies policy of putting themselves in the place that Christians put Jesus in is not new but it has become more and more blatant over the years."

Letters From The Governing Body Of Jehovah's Witnesses: Obey The Dictates of The Governing Body

2 comments:

Z i n j said...

What a waste of a life. While Mormon Missionaries sacrifice and dedicate themselves in the service of God by bringing the message of Christ to those in search of the truth...you spend what precious time you have in this life exposing your opposition to this act of Christian service. How pathetic. Get a life. Lift someone up. Follow the example that Jesus gave us. There's enough hate & misunderstanding in the world . Dedicate yourself to real Christian Service. Feed the poor. Enrich the elderly. Serve the downtrodden. Bring the atonement to unbelievers. This is what Mormon Christians do. Charity never faileth.

Mike's 4 Tea said...

An interesting development, a Mormon condemning a Christian ministry for exposing the error in the Jehovah's Witness organisation. I commend you for your earnest and, no doubt, sincere desire to teach and model Christian virtues but when did the Lord tell us to stop teaching truth and denouncing error?

You write that "Mormon Christians" (an oxymorn itself) display the highest virtues you describe but consider the following:

“All their (the Christian churches) creeds were an abomination in [God’s] sight; that those professors were all corrupt; that ‘they draw near to me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, they teach for doctrines the commandments of men, having a form of godliness, but they deny the power thereof’” Joseph Smith, Mormonism’s founding prophet

“If the Catholic religion is a false, religion how can any true religion come out of it? If the Catholic Church is bad how can any good thing come out of it? The character of the old churches have always been slandered by all apostates since the world began" Joseph Smith, Mormonism’s founding prophet

“We talk about Christianity but it is a perfect pack of nonsense...Myself and hundreds of the Elders around me have seen its pomp, parade and glory; and what is it? It is a sounding brass and a tinkling symbol; it is as corrupt as hell; and the devil could not invent a better engine to spread his work than the Christianity of the nineteenth century” John Taylor, Mormon prophet

If you wish to see for yourself a fine example of this charitable and uncritical approach you advocate you could do no better than read the words of John Taylor, the late 19th century Mormon prophet, in an address entitled, "On the Incompetency of the Means Made Use Of by Man to Regenerate the World".

It is a splendid address and more to be admired than the mealy-mouthed words of more recent prophets, notably Gordon B Hinckley. You can read it here:

http://www.lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=2354fccf2b7db010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD&locale=0&sourceId=3be0945bd384b010VgnVCM1000004d82620a____&hideNav=1

It seems that these virtuous and noble Mormons consider my church apostate and abominable, my leaders corrupt, and the lot of us the best engine to do the work of the devil. Frankly, I don't find this particularly insulting, indeed it seems inevitable given that Mormonism "restores" what we have allegedly lost. What does cause insult is the sanctimonious way Mormons insist that it is otherwise and we can all be chums for the kindgdom.

This blog, as well as its partner web site, www.reachouttrust.org, is dedicated, as Mormonism once was, to telling the truth about these differences and encouraging folk to consider the implications of these differences. It seems to me that this is more honest and "Christian" than pretending those differences don't exist or signify.