What Was Christ Really Trying To Tell Us?

Sep 20, 2014 by

jesusThe situation was dire.

The religious leaders of “God’s people” were all powerful and they determined who was considered to be “good” and who wasn’t.

They legislated virtually every single aspect of the lives of their followers with the severest of punishments at their disposal for disobedience.

They mandated what you could and couldn’t eat, how you could wear your hair, what you could and couldn’t wear and who you could talk to and who you couldn’t.

You were even limited as to what you could read, write or even say.

What was the penalty for failure to follow the letter of their litany of laws and regulations? You were publicly humiliated and kicked out of their group and treated as one condemned by God Himself. To these adherents this was a punishment worse than death. It separated them from friends, family and the only link they felt they had to God. Many even lost their ability to make a living and were kicked out of  their homes as a result.

One might assume by the title of this post that I’m speaking of the Jews of Christ’s day. However, I’m actually speaking of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society and their abuse and mistreatment of their followers, i.e. Jehovah’s Witnesses.

I could say that the actions of this modern day group of imperfect men directly reflect the wholesale abuse of power exhibited by the Jewish religious leaders of Christ’s day.

This is an eye opening comparison isn’t it?

Was I off the mark at all? Was there anything mentioned above that isn’t absolutely true?

The question this brings up is simply this: “Did Christ intend to perpetuate the Judaic abuses of power forward into the modern day Christian congregation or did He have a different plan in mind?”

In this series of articles I’m going to examine the words of Christ in the various gospel accounts so that you and I can see what His real intentions were and how he treated those who were considered “less than perfect” by the Jewish leaders as well as His own disciples!

The Path To SALVATION Not SLAVE-ATION:

John 3:14-18

14 Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, 15 that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.”

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son.

Did you notice the words of Christ that the NAME of Christ was all important? Did you notice that “JEHOVAH” was never mentioned here? If you’ve never read the account of the copper serpent it might be worth a read. In this account those Israelites who caught sight of the serpent were immediately healed of their snake bites. There was no special formula, ceremony or action that had to be performed. No “body of elders” had to convene on their behalf. Their faith, in traveling large distances to see the serpent, was enough to make them well. I believe that the Bible teaches the same thing regarding eternal salvation. It isn’t our works that get us there. It isn’t being “perfect”. It is faith in Jesus Christ and nothing else.

The Fallacy of Knowledge

John 5:39-40

39 You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

Christ condemned them because they weren’t GETTING THE POINT! The point is that CHRIST was the reason from the very beginning and they weren’t getting it. Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t either. They say that they study and know the Bible better than any other religion and yet they actively teach that they (members of the Great Crowd) do NOT have a personal relationship with Christ and are not His brothers and sisters. They teach that only by having a direct relationship with the leadership of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society that these ones will have a chance at surviving Armageddon. This is a very clear departure from the teachings of Christ.

The Real Reason Christ Came

 Luke 4:18-19

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

This was a prophecy from the scroll of Isaiah whereupon Christ applied these words to Himself. He used this prophecy to directly describe those common Jews who had been mistreated by the religious leaders who abused their charge. They didn’t care about the heavy loads they had placed upon their followers. They were merely perpetuating a man made system of control, power and yes, money. Because of this Christ completely condemned them for the hypocrites they were.

Luke 11:46

Jesus replied, “And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.

Are you beginning to see any similarities here?

There’s more; a lot more. Let’s listen to more of what Jesus has to say.

How To Tell A False Prophet From A True One:

Matthew 7:15-20

“Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.

So we recognize our prophets by two criteria according to Christ:

  1. Whether their prophecy is false or true.
  2. Their fruits or behavior.

Let me ask you something:

Have ANY of the prophecies that ANY of the leaders of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society EVER come true?

Do ANY of you personally KNOW the leaders of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society? Do you know WHO they are with the exception of outside information available on the web?

Those were both rhetorical questions. The fact is that none of the prophecies uttered by Russell, Rutherford, or Fred Franz ever came true. Nothing they ever wrote was even remotely accurate in light of historical record. To the contrary, all of their predictions have failed, miserably, and then were dodged and even blamed upon their own flock when it was called to their attention that they were WRONG.

As a result the oft stated JW axiom is as follows: “That was then and this is now.”

“We don’t teach that anymore.” “We don’t believe that anymore.” “New light has been introduced that has given us a different understanding.”

I call it “Making it up as you go along.”

These guys live lives shrouded in almost complete secrecy. They are revered as gods by any JW when they come to speak at the various assemblies but WHO really are these people? Do any of us know?

NOPE.

JW’s accept every word coming out of their mouths and off of their typewriters as gospel and yet we don’t even know WHO these people really are.

Does that scare you? It does me!

I will continue this series as I find the time to do so.

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  1. John

    Christ came to clarify the meaning of the Law. What did He say about divorce and that Moses said a husband could give his wife a certificate of divorce.?..”because of the hardness of their hearts.

    The Sabbath?…And he said unto them, The sabbath was made for man, and not man for the sabbath: Mark 2:27

    The Pharisees even changed “honer thy Father and Mother”….”Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition. 7 Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, 8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. 9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” Matthew 15;2-8

    Christ’s correction could only come from above…he knew the Law because He wrote it.

  2. I totally agree John. Christ interpreted the law just as a judge would interpret it in a court case. He applied it the way it was meant to be applied because He did write the law.

    Rather than go through the motions or misapplying “the rules” Christ explained the intent of the law versus the letter of it.

    Excellent conclusion sir.

    Doug

  3. zeb

    You used a heading here, “The fallacy of knowledge”. I recall a time in the ‘truth’ when the buzz phrase was something about having detailed or exacting knowledge. This implied that any k. would be true factual and stand against any examination.. I never heard anything about ‘new light’ mentioned in those times. This ever changing flip flopping by the gb/wts indicates very temporary knowledge or as you say make it up on the run.

  4. The amazing thing is that they are able to spin this whenever they are found out and nobody questions (or if they do they are summarily disfellowshipped).

    Such is life in a mind control cult.

    Doug

  5. Alicia

    Another great article, Doug! Your observation of the power the governing body enforces upon their members is spot on & so true to life. I don’t think Christ intended to inflict such a burdensome load on his followers then or now. I’ve even heard that their some type of elder’s manual with rigid & strict rules on everything from what type of music/movies are forbidden, how to dress, who to associate with & the list goes on & on. All witnesses are expected to adhere to these secret rules without really knowing how much they’re being controlled behind the scenes. It tired me out just thinking about it!

  6. The book you mentioned is available at this link:

    http://www.x-jv.dk/aeldstebog.pdf

  7. Alicia

    Thank you, Doug. I will check this out.

  8. Jerry

    Thank you for your great article. Salvation is indeed available to whoever believes in Jesus, and does not require membership of the wts, or any church. God bless you for your time and effort to expose this malicious cult. I was born and raised in it, and it took me 40 years to get out. But I’m free now.

  9. I’m so happy for you Jerry! You made my day!

    Doug

  10. John

    Doug- Do you have nay problem with sharing portions of your postings on social networks? There’s a lot of cults in the world, but one that you see even in the smallest towns is JW’s Kingdom halls. Christians just don’t know what’s going on around them most of the time. Compassion and understanding is needed towards these snared ones.

  11. Peacemaker

    Doug I discovered this site 2 weeks ago, Hats off to you on the content and sticking to the facts.

    JW’s have completely eliminated Jesus out of their worship and treat him like an after thought. They presumptuously direct all their attention to Jehovah and Jesus is just a bystander while they zoom past him to get to his father.

    As you eloquently wrote if they dare do their own research and independently arrive at a conclusion other than what has been given to them by the GB, they are disfellowshipped as causing divisions and not following God’s ONLY channel on earth for dispensing “truth”.

    When I left the org 3 years ago I was nervous because I had never visited any other sites that had alternate or conflicting views, when I braved the waters and started researching, I discovered this religion in which I have spent 30 something years, was missing the mark and scores of other felt the same way,

    Kudos to all that have bravely left suffering loss of family and “friends” and to the ones still in carefully researching these things to see if they were so.

  12. Hi John,

    No, you are more than welcome to share my blog on any social network you would like.

    Thanks,

    Doug

  13. Thanks for your kind words Peacemaker.

    I agree wholeheartedly with what you posted and I can only hope that more continue to awaken as we get closer to the end of the hundred years since Armageddon was supposed to happen!

    Doug

  14. Jodie

    About 4 or 5 years ago while my Jehovah’s Witness Mother was still alive I had a discussion with her over the phone about the 607/587 controversy. I asked her, “Why are there no archaeologists who agree that Jerusalem fell in 607?” She said,”Do you know who’s influence archaeologists are under? Satan’s!”

    I did not speak with my Mother for awhile after that. I found that sort of talk not only disturbing but also so very unchristian. I could not help but wonder how she might speak of me to my Jehovah’s Witness sister and my other Jehovah’s Witness relatives.

    A few months ago I had said something to my sister’s son about how the International Bible Students had believed that Jesus came invisibly in 1874 and did not start believing in the date 1914 until Rutherford changed it sometime in the late 1920’s. My sister flat out called me a liar and we have not spoken since.

    This horrible awful cult was one of the worse things to ever happen to my family.

  15. zeb

    Dear Jodie,
    In all my reading of this site and jw.net and a couple of books like “I wept by the rivers of Babylon” it has never missed me that people like yourself who have left still have such loving concern for their families.
    But temper your mind with this. Jw are probably the least educated bunch on earth and have never learned to analyse or synthesize any belief or issue. Their one response as with you mum is to quote the party line or become belligerent as with you sister.
    I see how hurtful this can be. What was it Jesus (Yeshuah) said that leave mothers, brothers sisters for me and your will have mothers, sister and brothers with me … something like that. Perhaps I am saying don’t waste your soul trying to convince them.
    “Cast not your pearls unto swine (which have poor eye sight) lest they trample them under foot turn and rend thee.”
    We have a son who led a ‘street’ life was frequently never at school and if we had followed the ‘party line’ would have shunned him. Had we done so I have no doubt he would have suicided. It was only years later it came out he and many many others had been sexually abused by a “perfect” brother who as a result of Police contacting our son and the names that lead to names and more so that he is in prison. My end with the wts came about after that when thanks to the internet (“Satans tool”–wts) I discovered the industrial level of child abuse and the wts defence of paedophiles.
    “This horrible awful cult was one of the worst things to ever happen to my family”– simply true.
    and I leave with a big hug for you.

  16. I don’t have any idea what you went through Zeb. That is just so tragic. I’m so glad that you stayed with your son in his darkest hours.

    God never leaves us and we should never leave our children either.

    Prayers for you and yours.

    Doug

  17. Jehovah’s Witnesses label people according to a very strict programmed response.

    “Weak” “Goat” “Sheep” “Apostate” “Inactive” “Active” “Worldly” “Spiritual” “Bad Association” “Good Association”

    All of these labels are judgments. Yet Christ clearly stated: “Judge not lest ye be judged.”

    It is a horrible cult and it is truly sad that people willingly allow themselves to be blinded to the true meaning of the scriptures. Yet Paul foretold of this when he stated:

    Acts 20: 29-31

    I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Even from your own number men will arise and distort the truth in order to draw away disciples after them. So be on your guard! Remember that for three years I never stopped warning each of you night and day with tears.

    He knew, just as Christ foretold, that there would be counterfeit Christians that would claim to be servants of God but instead would not treat the flock with tenderness and would set themselves up in His place so as to enslave those looking for God.

    Doug

  18. Peacemaker

    I also wanted to add to Doug’s comment, that JW’s are also programmed to always be judging everyone they meet, whether in or outside the org, and the conclusion that is drawn is always in relation to the person’s affiliation with and/or interaction with the organization.

    I have always said this, that the relationship is with the org and not with the person.

    The relationships that are forged are not from natural human affection and are unlike other human interactions where people you first meet are given the benefit of the doubt. There is a constant assessment of each personal encounter to see if a person fits into any of the labels you mentioned. If they are non witnesses the thought process starts with how can I “witness” to this person, even though they have no knowledge of the person, neither do they care.

    If this person is the most loving, loyal, discreet, Christlike person, it doesn’t matter to them if you can’t witness to this person, they keep it moving. Why bother trying to find out about this other human being?

    Sadly it even spills over into family relationships where that relationship usually should transcend any other.

    So much for Jesus’ admonition to love your neighbor as you would love yourself. And when he was asked “who constituted neighbor?” He did not say only other fellow believers.

    During one of the last few conversations I had with my mother a few months ago it slipped out that she had been to Catholic Charities to receive food and produce that they were bountifully distributing in her small town. Note: She had heard about it from some other sisters who went and received more than they could consume.

    She also said that they said a small prayer (inside the church) before they did distributions. However she was careful to mention that she did not “close her eyes”.
    I asked her for all her zeal and steadfastness and many years of uninterrupted service to Jehovah, why would he allow his faithful worshiper to be fed by Babylon the Great instead of the Faithful and Dis’ Slave whose primary duties were to provide “food” (no pun intended) at the proper time?

    I also reminded her that all the donations went one way and was never available if a single witness in a congregation was in need. If you wrote the society they would not send you a dime.

    Her response indicated the ignorant and mechanical view that is generally held by the rank and file.
    “Well the GB says we can use the still use the services, but not be apart of their group. The same way we live in the world and use the services but not be 100% a part of it. Furthermore we are only following Jesus’ example and Jesus did not volunteer.”

    The Jewish religious leaders also followed the letter of the law but missed the lesson behind the laws and bound up weighty rules on the people that they themselves did not follow. Similarities anyone?

    She has since stopped speaking to me, but I pray that she looks intently at the Chief Agent and Perfecter of our faith, Jesus and stop following men.

  19. zeb

    In public talks or at conventions so often the comment was made that the jews of the time of the Christ were hung up on all their ‘rules’ and this was always derided by speakers. What a joke! The jw have all manner of rules and quasi legalistic norms they follow with ‘exacting obedience’. hence Peacemakers account above where her mother justifies the use of Catholic charities. I like the observation too that if you hit hard times write to the wts and you wont get a ‘dime’.

  20. The Watchtower hides behind laws enacted by the very government that they condemn as being minions of Satan. It appears that their followers are following suit.

    Seems quite hypocritical to take charity from “Babylon The Great” but then again, I’m just an apostate so my opinion counts for nothing.

    Doug

  21. You can’t get blood out of a turnip or the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society!

    You can get a boat load of rules but no money unless of course you file a willful negligence lawsuit and then they’ll just settle out of court!

    http://www.rutlandherald.com/article/20141001/NEWS03/710019905

    Doug

  22. first of all to Doug I just want to say keep up the good work. Your web site has help many open there eyes to Christ and I know you will be rewarded for it. For the post about ” we don’t teach that anymore” how do you know? Becouse your elders or your jw family and freinds told youthey don’t. The Watchtower might of gave up on the prophecies but the teachings of Russell and Rutherford and others are still being told today. What I’m trying to say is those men that made false prophecies and encouraged people to sell their homes, quit their jobs, take their children out of school and give all there money away because they had little time left on this old world. It’s easy for somebody to have forgiveness when those lies didn’t have that much of an impact on your life. Do you think the people back then thought they were being lied to when they were told that Armageddon was going to be on a certain date ? That’s how mind control works. (CULTS) If a person hears something for so long and every one in there environment tells them over and over that it is the ” truth” they will believe it. I hope and pray one day that these people will open their eyes and realize there in a mind control cult. I hope sooner than later.

  23. Peacemaker

    Yes Doug, there is always a “need” for 13,000 kingdom halls, and a deficit at the conventions, yet when there is a lawsuit, they somehow always find the money to settle out of court…..

    There’s something up their sleeves, and it’s not just armpits….

  24. zeb

    My wife attended the Melbourne convention. There was 70,000 attended on the Sunday. some 700 baptised. I never asked her anything of it as she came home happy an unusual 4 her after a convention.
    But I can only wonder hm of the baptisms were children?
    The convention never made it to the ABC news probably the commercial channels covered it.
    I was not impressed to see her badge wt org. Isnt this wearing of images?
    No doubt attendees donated to the cause. At $5 each a small amount here in Australia that’s quite a pile of $$$ to carve up.
    and there is the possible ‘kick-backs’ to the wts from ‘recommended accommodations”.
    sadly everyone she met who was kindly on observing the conv.badges is considered as supporting the wts. They are not. such people are just being polite.

  25. Absolutely fascinating article! Yes I know all this, but it was written in such a way that made it both interesting and fascinating. So I want to read the rest, where is it? lol, hoping its been posted? Yes those of us who have left have come to see that the Jehovah’s Witness Organization is Exactly Like the Pharisees back in Jesus’ day, the parallel is too obvious to miss. We’ve all come to learn that yes, every single one of their prophesies have FAILED and this makes them a false prophet according to Deut. 18:20-22. Would Love to read the rest of this, as well as your own conclusions from your own study of the Bible, are your current beliefs on this site? Please continue in this, you are doing a very fine work!!

  26. Hi Sally,

    Thanks for the kind remarks!

    I have been extremely busy with life in general the past year and so my writing has suffered as a result. I do plan on publishing more of this and thank you for asking about it!

    Doug

  27. Jessica Trujillo

    This article is very good, it really hit home. I was reading the comments and i believe it was Zebb who spoke about sexual abuse from the JWs. I believe that anywhere you go, whether that be undenominational, catholic, Mormon, or any other religion/organization, there are going to be people that abuse power. There are going to be people that use their power over people to make them do what they want and to satisfy their needs and desires. Most of which, those desires are immoral and wrong. And the easiest of the flock is a children. Children can be manipulated very easily because they are still growing and still trusting, especially if they grew up in a safe place like a church where they can expect to be loved. The fact is that these kind of people aren’t only in the JW organization, but everywhere around us. Its just that being in a position that is suppose hold you a little higher makes it all the more recognized as hypocritical. One the other hand I loved the article and I see a lot of truth to it. Will continue to read more

  28. Hi Jessica. Thank you for your post. I agree fully with your assessment. I will add that while it is true that other organizations have similar challenges, the fact that the Watchtower leaders have turned a virtual blind eye to the presence of sexual predators in their congregations is gravely disturbing. Their “two witness” rule is simply unenforceable in most cases. The fact that they have discouraged victims and their families from involving the authorities in cases of sexual and physical abuse is a stinging rebuke of their claim to be an organization of love.

    Instead, their failure to involve the authorities in these cases, as well as seeking to sweep these crimes under the theocratic “rug” have resulted in countless members of this group being put in harm’s way.

    It is obvious to me that the Watchtower leaders are much more concerned about the organization’s reputation than they are the safety and well-being of their flock.

    Doug

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