The Watchtower Bible And Tract Society: Blind Guides

Have you ever noticed what certain people say when the subject of religion comes up? “Well I just can’t get past the hypocrisy!”

“I can’t stand the preacher.”

“It’s all a money and power thing.”

Are these things true?

Certainly.

What mistake did these people make?

They allowed themselves to believe in men to make the proper decisions for them. They trusted in men to tell them what they should believe, what they should do and not do, how they should raise their kids and so on. They willingly abdicated their responsibility to determine what it was that they believed and gave it to strangers who boasted that they were the experts!

With all of the stuff in the news about churches and their failures (The Watchtower notwithstanding!) I thought I would make one thing crystal clear:

Ultimately, the responsibility for what you and I believe and how we live, lies with each of us. Your preacher can’t save you and might well damn you if you let him. The only person who can save us is Jesus Christ and only by believing in His sacrifice for our sins can our eternal lives be saved.

I’m going to cite the first letter by Paul to the Corinthians. This is the NIV. This first chapter of the letter makes it abundantly clear who we should follow:

1 Corinthians 1:

Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be holy, together with all those everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ—their Lord and ours:
Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge—because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.

I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought. My brothers, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you. What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas”; still another, “I follow Christ.”
Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized into the name of Paul?

I am thankful that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized into my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.) For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. For it is written:
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”

Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. Jews demand miraculous signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.

Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”

What this says to me is simply this: We get no “hall pass” for following a particular leader. Paul was being truly humble when he said these things. There is truly no benefit (in God’s eyes) in membership in this group or that. None of that will save you. The only Savior is in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Yes it is just that simple.

Were you baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness? If you were then you were not baptized into the name of Jesus Christ. You were baptized into the organization. Check with your organization leaders and get back to me if you disagree!  The following are the questions asked of each person baptized and nothing else is said before immersion:

1) On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?

2) Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization? (The Watchtower, April 1st 2006, pages 21-25)

Yet Matthew 28:19 makes it very plain in who’s name we should be baptized:

Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit

– New World Translation

Amazing isn’t it? Jehovah’s Witnesses love to quote that scripture as “the commission” that authorizes them to go door to door hawking magazines and pamphlets for the Watchtower.Yet they never quite put it together that their own baptism ceremony flies directly in the face of what their own New World Translation so clearly states here!

Evil men like the leaders of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, attempt to complicate salvation at every turn. They lust after the power and control and yes, the money, that this affords them. By making you and I believe we can only be saved by following them they seek to capitalize on their position which they steal not from us but from Christ Himself.

Before you give your allegiance, your work, your money and your devotion to an organization of men, think very long and hard about why you are doing it. Are you seeking redemption through that act? If you are, then you are falling into the same trap that Paul condemned in the scriptures quoted above.

God doesn’t live in a church or a Kingdom Hall or even at Bethel (this literally means “house of God”).

God lives in His Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

He is all that is necessary for your complete and total redemption. Everything else is simply “stuff” that organizations, like the Watchtower, throw in your way to confuse and deceive you.

Yours in Christ,

Doug Shields
www.thewatchtowerfiles.com