This is my list of references to the Watchtower literature that shows how the Watchtower teachings are inconsistent, weird or outright wrong. Many Jehovah’s witnesses simply will not look at anything but their literature, not even the Bible, and even refuse Watchtower literature that is too old. But these links are all from the latest, current material straight on their own website. so these are references that no JW can in good conscience say is false or doctored.
Prophecy and predictions
- 1977: The Watchtower claims to be a prophet of God
- 1955: Claims to be God’s channel of communication
- 1955: Claim to be both channel and prophet
- 1955: Affirms that Satan uses false prophets who channel false teachings.
- 1981: Claims that without the Watchtower you can’t understand the Bible
This is significant because claiming to be a prophet is serious business. A person claiming to be a prophet of Jehovah but gave predictions that failed was not a true prophet, and they should not listen to them , false prophets were to be killed likely by stoning. So if the Watchtower has any failed predictions at all, we really ought to drag them outside the camp and stone them to death.
- 1950: Used to believe that the “ancient worthies” would be resurrected in the 1920’s.
- Confirmation of the belief in the “ancient worthies” resurrection.
- 2013: Used to believe the Great Tribulation was between 1914-1918.
- 1972: That the generation who saw 1914 would not pass away until the end comes.
- 1951: Confirmation that 1951 is “37 years into the time of the end”
- 1984: Claiming that a “generation” is 80 years long.
- 1951: We should worship Jesus Christ.
- 1978: Charter of the Society still mentions the worship of Jesus (up until 1999).
1914 / Christ’s presence
- Used to believe Christ’s presence began in 1874, that he started reigning in 1878 and that Armageddon would come in 1914.
- 1966: Gave our book insinuating that the end would come in 1975.
- 1968: Says 1975 is possibly the end of this world, with the caveat that “It may involve only a difference of weeks or months, not years.”
- 1969: Claims the 7th Millenium will start in 1975.
- 1980: Admitting that they got everyone excited about 1975 but still blames their believers for believing.
- 1980: Basically throws everyone else, including the writing department, under the bus for believing what they told them.
Flip-flopping on issues
They often claim that new light can change doctrines, but that the progress is forward. But in some cases their view has been flip-flopping back and forth. If you continue doing 180° turns you can’t claim any “progress”.
The Watchtower itself says “Christians can’t be wishy-washy”. But here are some wishy-washy teachings:
Will the men of Sodom be resurrected or not?
- 1951: No.
- 1952: No.
- 1955: No.
- 1965: Yes.
- 1967: No.
- 1971: Yes.
- 1975: Yes.
- 1987: Yes.
- 1988 Watchtower: No.
- 1988 Insight: No.
- 1988 Insight: Yes.
- 1988 Insight: No.
- 1988 Insight: No.
Who are the “superior authorities”?
This teaching was heavily influenced by fear of the Nazi regime and 2nd world war. Read the whole story here. This article also describes the whole process, how they were right, then wrong then right again just for convenience’s sake.
To explain away this 180° wishy-washy uninspired behavior they claim it to be like the tacking, or zig-zaging of a sailing boat. But tacking is never in 180° turns. That gets you nowhere. If they ever got it right and actually had the truth at any point, that point was short and the rest of their history they’ve been teaching falsehood.
On the other hand, when it comes to inserting the name Jehovah into the New Testament even though no manuscripts use the name anywhere, they claim that the Bible has been changed. They claim a ridiculous conspiracy that the name was removed by “scribes” in the 2nd century.
When translating the New World Translation the Watchtower has made some strange decisions. In John 1:1 they chose to translate “the Word was God” as “the Word was a god”. One source given as support for this is The New Testament—A New Translation and Explanation by Johannes Greber.
Turns out this Johannes Greber was a Catholic priest and a spiritist who himself admits that when he wrote his New Testament, he was inspired by demons. In other words, the New World Translation is inspired by demons and any doctrine it supports is a teaching of demons.
The Watchtower has since rejected Greber, but has not revised the verses inspired by his demonic New Testament.
The number of anointed
- 1955: 17000 anointed left
- 1981: Decline in memorial participation means the end is near
- 1995: The gathering of the anointed ended in 1935Notice that this would mean that none of the Governing Body is actually anointed because they are all born after 1935.
- 2000: Claiming that dwindling number of memorial partakers means the end is near
- 2007: NEW LIGHT! Since new the number of anointed stopped decreasing, the society have to make up an excuse for the failed 1935 cut of date: They’re replacements!
- 2016: NEW LIGHT! Anyone new who claims to be anointed is INSANE!!!
- 1956: Prior to 1928 they engaged in Pyramidology. (See footnote)
- Proclaimers book affirms that they engaged in Pyramidology.
- 2000: Confirmation of doing pyramidology.
- 2007: Admiting to necromancy (communicating with dead anointed Christians)
- 1956: Johannes Greber who influenced the NWT translation, was a catholic prist and spiritist
- 1983: Acknowledges they used demonic influenced translation in NWT
- Br. Knorr at a masonic temple
- Assembly held in Masonic temple
- Br. Rutherford held talks in a masonic temple
- Witnesses held meetings in Masonic meeting hall
- Meetings held in Masonic temple
- Meetings held in Masonic hall
- Talk held in masonic hall
- They used to believe that Jehovah’s throne was located in the Pleiades star system
- Adam wrote Genesis 1
- Adam wrote Genesis 2-4 as well
- Joseph “Snake eyes” Rutherford was night active.
- Adam was androgynous.