leaders teach that their
Organization supplied the "right sort of food" in
1919 and therefore God appointed them as his "faithful
Examine this doctrine by reading the following response to their Flashes
Light articles in The Watchtower 1995 May
FLASHES OF LIGHT
B J Kotwall
(Investigator 44, 1995
Magazine of May 15, 1995 appeals to Psalm 97:11 and Proverbs 4:18 as
justification for past errors and subsequent newer doctrines.
In the New
Translation of the Holy Scriptures of The Watchtower
Society (WTS) Psalm 97:11 reads: "Light itself has
flashed up for
the righteous one, and rejoicing even for the one upright in heart."
this to mean that they regularly receive "flashes of light" from
interpretation is convenient though false is seen by reading the entire
chapter of Psalm 97. Also Peake's Commentary on the Bible
"… light and
life are synonymous. Hence 'see light' should not be taken in the
sense of mental illumination, but as denoting the experience of a full,
free satisfying life." (p. 420)
"The path of the righteous one is
like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day
is firmly established."
Reading the entire chapter shows that verses 18-19 contrast the benefit
to the "righteous" of obeying the instructions of a wise father
with the damage to the wicked who forsake such wisdom. Proverbs 4:18
does not, taken in context, justify any individual or organization
replacing doctrines and failed prophecies with new doctrines and
be called "false words" and Proverbs 13:5 says: "A false word is what
"Flashes of Light" articles in the May 15 WT summarises various New
Testament teachings and calls them "brilliant light", "flashes of
light", "stream of light", etc. This is done with the resurrection
story of Lazarus, Jesus being recognized as Messiah, circumcision seen
as unnecessary, etc.
applies the same "light" phrases to modern WTS doctrines, for example
that Holy Spirit is a force, Christ's return would be invisible, the
"faithful and discreet slave" of Matthew 24:45-47 is a class dispensing
Christian truth, etc. About 60 times the WTS doctrines are called
"light", "striking flash of light", "brilliant light", etc.
By using Proverbs 4:18 for New Testament statements and for WTS
doctrine as well, the WTS leaders imply they are as infallible as they
teach the Bible to be!
of WTS leaders amount to claims of infallibility:
interpreted but the interpretation comes from God and is then
published. (WT 1943 pp. 202-203)
deliver what is
1933 pp. 36-37, 64)
publishes "no man's opinion". (WT 1931 November 1 p.
March 15 p. 85)
organization] alone … the Bible is not a sealed book." The WTS is "the
organization on earth that understands the ‘deep things of God.'"
(WT 1973 July 1 p. 402)
"spirit directed" (WT 1988 March 1 p. 10) and "God's channel." (WT 1969 January 15 p.
July 15 pp. 439, 442)
vital that we
appreciate this fact and respond to the direction of the 'slave' as we
would to the voice of God, because it is his provision." (WT 1957 June
15 p. 370)
Jehovah revealed his
truths by means of the first-century Christian congregation so he does
today by means of the present-day Christian congregation. Through this
agency he is having carried out prophesying on an intensified scale.
All of this activity is not an accident. Jehovah is the one
behind all of it." (WT 1964 June 15 p. 365)
to Jehovah's theocratic organization, we must be in full and
complete agreement with every feature of its apostolic procedure and
requirements." (WT 1967 October 1 p. 593)
Russell, founder of
the WTS, called himself "God's mouthpiece" (WT 1906 July 15 p.
229); claimed that compared to reading his books Bible reading is
"a waste of time" (WT 1910 September 15 p. 298); and that his
books "harmonize … every statement in the Bible." (Divine
Plan of the Ages 1886 p. 348)
uses and directs the
WTS. (Vindication Book 1 1931 p. 77)
SLAVE - "RIGHT SORT OF FOOD"
The May 15
"Jesus … returned and found
‘the faithful and discreet slave' giving the ‘domestics' their
food at the proper time. As a result Jesus Christ appointed that
slave 'over all his belongings'." (p. 15)
made in 1919. (WT 1977 January 1 p. 14) The basis was that
the message at that time was "accurate and well founded"
(Revelation - Its Grand Climax Near At Hand! 1989 p. 164) and the slave
was "faithful" and: "proclaiming Jehovah's kingdom and announcing its
establishment in A.D. 1914." (WT 1943 January 1 p. 7)
Also: "the serving of food,
sort of food, at the proper time was the issue. It had to be according
to this that a decision must be rendered by the returned master."
Kingdom of a
Thousand Years Has Approached 1973 p. 350)
"right sort of food", the "brilliant light" of "God's mouthpiece"
compared to which Bible reading is a "waste of time", and which got
the "faithful slave" appointed:
the end,' a period of one hundred and fifteen (115) years, from A.D.
1799 to AD 1914 is particularly marked in the Scriptures."
Kingdom Come 1891 p.
prophecy shows that the Lord was due to appear for the second time in
1874. Fulfilled prophecy shows beyond a doubt that he did appear in
1922 November 1 p.
"Beyond a doubt" but
it was wrong!
proofs that the setting up of the Kingdom of God is already begun, that
it is pointed out in prophecy as due to begin the exercise of power in
A.D. 1878, and that the ‘battle of the great day of God Almighty'
(Revelation 18:14)…will end in A.D. 1915, with the complete overthrow
of earth's present rulership…" (The Time Is At Hand 1889 p. 101)
The fake kingdom of
1878 was proclaimed until 1926!
the Great Pyramid of Gizeh is "inspired" and "God designed". (Thy
Kingdom Come 1891 p. 362; WT 1922 June 15 p. 187) This was taught for
47 years from 1881. In
1928 the Pyramid became "Satan's Bible" and its devotees had: "turned
away from Jehovah and his Word." (WT 1928 November 15
pp. 341, 344)
1918…Christendom shall go down as a system to oblivion… " (The Finished
Mystery 1917 p. 513)
Finished Mystery, has been estimated to contain 1,500
interpretations rejected by later WTS writers. (Jehovah's Witnesses: A
Statistical Survey 1992 p. 204)
claim in May 15 WT that: "Jesus…returned and found the…slave
giving…food at the proper time." (p. 15)
The WTS has only since 1927 understood the "slave" as referring
to a large group collectively. Prior to 1927 the doctrine was
that the "slave" or "servant" is one man, C T Russell. (WT
Reprints 1916 December 1 p. 5998; The Finished Mystery 1917 p. 418) His teachings were
appointed teachings…" (The Finished Mystery 1917 p. 426)
"though pastor Russell has passed
beyond the veil, he is still managing every feature of the Harvest
work." (p. 144)
The WT in
stated: "to repudiate him and his work is equivalent to a
repudiation of the Lord..." (May 1 p. 132) Then in May 1927 Russell was
repudiated as "that servant" (WT February 15 p. 56) and thousands of
his interpretive points were gradually repudiated as well.
Therefore, using WTS's own words, they "repudiated the Lord."
The May 15
mentions some past doctrines such as Armageddon being a social
revolution and the Bible predicting a literal restoration of Israel as
things "once thought." (pp.18-19) Such things weren't just "thought"
but had entire books about them and were promulgated as "divine
light" and "Bible truth"!
Armageddon 1897; Comfort for the Jews 1925)
CAUSED BY JEHOVAH
supposedly appointed the "slave" (i.e. the class or group) in
1919 the WTS promulgated the absurd public lecture Millions Now
Living Will Never Die. This was published as a book in 1920 and
confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac,
Jacob and the faithful prophets of old." (p. 93)
this message was a message "Jehovah caused to be preached"! (WT 1955
November 15 p. 698)
Obviously the "Jehovah" of the WTS is not the Jehovah of the Bible but
is a man or men who stole the name.
The May 15
contain many more deceptive assertions. For example p. 21 gives the
impression that in 1962 the WTS got a bright flash of light that
subjection to the "superior authorities" of Romans 13 is relative
not absolute. However in 1886 such subjection was viewed as relative.
(The Divine Plan of the Ages p. 266) Until 1929 the "superior
authorities" were interpreted to mean secular governments; then this
changed and they were God and Christ this being taught as "truth" and
"light"; then in 1962 they became the secular governments again!
The May 15
Russell and his followers "part of the faithful and discreet slave" and
"those Jehovah used" and "anointed". (p. 17) Also: "they took no credit to
themselves… All credit went to God."
Russell claimed he alone was the "slave" not "part of". Also,
besides his numerous failed prophecies he, in 1881, urged his followers
to give all spare money to "the Lord's service" - mainly Russell's
service - and thereby avoid sickness and death. (WT Reprints p. 187)
Reports of miraculous cures, even old people restored to youth,
appeared in the WT until the 1890s!
praise a fraud like Russell as "Jehovah used" and "anointed"
while insulting all other religions as "false" and do this as an
ongoing policy clearly constitutes double standards - religious
hypocrisy. By giving "credit…to God" the WTS leaders wish readers
to view them as humble, sweet, faithful and wise but instead really
blame God for the false prophecies they could have avoided.
of "flashes of light" the May 15 WT could have mentioned but
didn't. For example: "… vaccination is a
violation of the law of Jehovah God." (The Golden age 1935 April 24 p.
Jehovah's law got
the boot in 1952!
light-getting-brighter doctrine existed in 1881 when Russell wrote: "New light never
older light but adds to it… So it is with the light of truth, the true
increase is by adding to, not by substituting one for another."
(WT Reprints p. 188)
(February 1881) Russell taught that he and the "saints" would rise
physically to heaven in Autumn. Afterwards this "light" was
extinguished and Russell substituted the doctrine that the general
selection for heaven ceased in 1881 and they'll ascend by 1914!
the light of understanding
shines even brighter, old ideas have been replaced. Now, in these
1970s, it can truly be said that ‘the day is firmly established' among
Jehovah's people…" (July 1, p. 400)
doctrinal changes since 1976 show that "the day is not firmly
established after all!" For example, tissue transplants stopped being
"unscriptural" in 1980, Armageddon is no longer in 1970s, the
"Communist king of the north" is currently not Communist, and
"this generation" of 1914 has a new starting date!
Witnesses follow men who attach God to lots of lies and who then keep
changing this so-called "bright spiritual light" almost like traffic
repetition. As already mentioned the May 15 article calls WTS doctrines
"light" about 60 times. In the course of a year WTS doctrine is called
"light", "education", "accurate knowledge", "truth", "genuine
Christianity", "loyal to God's word", and similar things several
thousand times! Christianity is summed up negatively as
"apostate", "Babylonish", "deceitful", "fraudulent", "false", etc.,
also thousands of times yearly. Also Jehovah's Witnesses have to
shun all who criticise them or their publications.
leaders of WTS
claim to be a prophet. (WT 1959 January 15 pp. 40-41; WT 1972 April 1
p. 197) To claim to be God's prophet and then hide behind Proverbs 4:18
when prophecies fail is a trick since the Bible says that prophets who
make false predictions in God's name deserve death. (Deuteronomy
18:21-22; Jeremiah 28)
"If then the light in you is
darkness, how great is the darkness!" (Matthew 6:23)