Here are my comments on the 2020 Watchtower study 1.
The year text is appropriate, because the Watchtower society is leaking both money and members. They need to sell off a lot of real estate, and for every 100 people joining, 40 leaves. Making more disciples is very important to keep going.
The article introduces with the great commission by Jesus and why it applies to us. So far so good.
I find it interesting that the Watchtower dares to publish this scripture. It essentially promotes the doctrine of the Trinity. Notice that they are baptized in one name, but of three persons, the name (singular) of the Father and the son and the holly spirit.
The Watchtower teaches that the Father is Jehovah, the Son is the archangel Michael and the holy spirit is an impersonal force like in Star Wars. So they really should render this scripture as “In the name of Jehovah, the Archangel Michael and the light side of the force.”
In paragraph 6, it talks about Matthew 28:20, and I think it’s interesting that Jesus said “I am with you all the days”. However a large part of Watchtower teaching is based on the idea that from the second century CE until the 19th century CE, Jesus was in fact not with his disciples. If Jesus was with his disciples, how could they possibly fall into “apostasy” and come up with such ideas as the trinity, and why were there so many schisms? Clearly if Pastor Russel restored true religion in the end of the 19th century and believed that Jesus returned (from where?) in 1914, it means that Jesus was not with his disciples for some 1800 years. Who is right? Jesus, or Russel?
When you think about it, the only book we should use is the Bible itself. After all the Bible is self explanatory, and Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would teach us all things. A proper Bible teacher should be able to answer any question using only the Bible.
The real reason why the Watchtower wants us to use their literature hails back to what Pastor Russel once said, that if someone were to read the Bible and not read his books they would naturally gravitate toward classic Christianity. If your books drag people away from the natural and obvious conclusion of reading the Bible, you’ve got to ask yourself if they are actually the truth?
Have you ever wondered how a street preacher like Ray Comfort can get someone to understand the Good news and convert to Christianity in less than 10 minutes, while Jehovah’s witnesses need to study for years with someone to slowly mold their thinking. Who really has the help of the Holy Spirit?
The Watchtower is hurting for money. Therefore they make sure to point out how important it is for you to get your Bible students to give them money.
Because don’t forget, giving of your money to this New York based Printing and Real Estate Corporation is a privilege.
You may have noticed lately the Watchtower are bringing up donations and begging for money over and over again. Stephen Lett recently said that the money going out was more than the money coming in. This is interesting in the light of what Pastor Russel wrote in the second issue of the Zion’s Watchtower in 1879:
Zion’s Watch Tower’ has, we believe, JEHOVAH for its backer, and while this is the case it will never beg nor petition men for support. When He who says: ‘All the gold and silver of the mountains are mine,’ fails to provide necessary funds, we will understand it to be time to suspend the publication.Pastor Russel, Zion’s Watchtower, August, 1879
So since funds are drying up and the Watchtower has started both begging and petitioning for money, it can only mean that Jehovah is no longer backing them, and it’s time to suspend the Watchtower.
Paragraph 15 teaches us how to prepare the students for being disappointed. Because they will be. He’s going to need it. We who are born in to the organization knows from experience that it’s “1% inspiration and 99% imperfection”. And lately we must ask if there’s even as much as 1% inspiration, since the Governing Body admits they’re “neither inspired nor infallible”. So just train the students to hold it in, press it down, put on a brave smile and don’t “bring reproach on Jehova’s name”.
If they aren’t accepting the teaching fast enough we must ditch them. They are a waste of time, because Armageddon is coming soonish and we apparently shouldn’t do our outmost to save their lives.
“What do you think will be your biggest challenge in becoming one of Jehovah’s witnesses?”
“If I regret it later, I will lose all of my friends and since I have already rejected my family to get in, I will have nothing left. The people who said they ‘love’ me will start to treat me like a leper or like I’m dead.”
These were just a few tidbits from this week’s Watchtower study. Did you have any favorite part? Share it in the comments.