The purpose of this website

Watchtower headquartersThis website examines controversial and disputable teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It follows the scriptural idea that God refined his ancient people in his figurative smelting pot to remove any dross. Christians should therefore be eager to test and refine their own teachings as well as exposing the false teachings of other groups.

This website also reminds Jehovah’s Witnesses that it is a scriptural requirement to critically examine one’s own religious beliefs. Like the ancient Boreans (Acts 17), a Jehovah’ s Witness who is noble-minded and has a love of truth will objectively examine and fully convince himself that what he is being taught by the Watchtower Society is absolutely in harmony with the Bible. The inspired Christian writers warned that anything that goes beyond what is written should either be rejected outright, or left up to the conscience of each one. Not even the apostles had the right to demand obedience to beliefs that were beyond what is written (Gal 1:8; 1 Cor 4:6).

The Watchtower Society promotes fearless examination of one’s religious beliefs:

Watchtower August 15, 1950 p. 263 Name and Purpose of The Watchtower

“…The Watchtower… invites careful and critical examination of its contents in the light of the Scriptures”

Watchtower March 1, 1965 p.151 Basis for Reliance on Prophecy

“The best method of proof is to put a prophecy to the test of time and circumstances. The Bible invites such a test.”

Awake! October 22, 1973 p. 6 Examine the Evidence

“Reasonable persons agree that the only fair method is to examine the evidence on both sides, both for and against a disputed theory. That is how one arrives at the truth.”

The Truth That Leads to Eternal Life 1968 p.13 Why It Is Wise to Examine Your Religion

“4 …The Bible informs us that “the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth.” (John 4:23) If our worship is to be acceptable to God, it must be firmly rooted in God’s Word of truth. Jesus reproved those persons who claimed to serve God but who relied heavily on the traditions of men in preference to God’s Word. He applied to them God’s own words from Isaiah 29:13, saying: “It is in vain that they keep worshiping me, because they teach commands of men as doctrines.” (Matthew 15:9) Since we do not want our worship to be in vain, it is important for each one of us to examine his religion.

We need to examine, not only what we personally believe, but also what is taught by any religious organization with which we may be associated. Are its teachings in full harmony with God’s Word, or are they based on the traditions of men? If we are lovers of the truth, there is nothing to fear from such an examination. It should be the sincere desire of every one of us to learn what God’s will is for us, and then to do it.-John 8:32.”

The only test for what is Christian truth for a Jehovah’s Witnesses is how any doctrine measures up against the Bible. If anyone claims to have special insight or to uniquely act as a channel of truth between heaven and earth, then we are commanded by Christ to “test” the teachings of anyone who has appointed themselves to a position of apostolic like authority over the congregations (Rev 2:2). The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses certainly stands in a position of almost apostle-like status over all Jehovah’s Witnesses. To only test the teachings of other religious authorities but unquestioningly obey everything taught by our own governing body is religious hypocrisy and authoritarianism.

Each Jehovah’s Witness must ask himself where he draws the line on what is undeniably true and what is not solidly rooted in scripture. For example, if the Governing Body announced new light tomorrow that the trinity is a true teaching after all, how would you react? You might think “It would never happen. The Trinity is obviously a false teaching and I would never accept it even if the Governing Body expected me to.”  Something like the falsehood of the Trinity dogma may seem like a clear-cut thing to you, a black-and-white matter, but how much have you really researched and tested many other teachings of the organisation to be sure they are as equally clear cut? Where is the line drawn? If we feel it is wrong to doubt something taught by the Governing Body because we believe they are a unique channel for dispensing spiritual truth, then we are not noble-minded, we are not like the ancient Boreans, and we are disobedient to the scriptural command for Christians to keep testing anything appearing to have come from an inspired source (1 John 4:1).

We each must thoroughly examine and weigh up the arguments for and against before we can hope to arrive with any degree of certainty on the truth of some scriptural matter. Jehovah himself is prepared to hear the legal case of those who have a cause for complaint or suffering injustice. The great issue of universal sovereignty, as taught by the Watchtower Society, is the greatest example of how Jehovah permits the evidence to be gathered over a period of time, like a court case being conducted with arguments being presented by both sides. This is a basic principle of justice, which is one of Jehovah’s cardinal attributes.

While Jehovah’s Witnesses encourage persons of other religions to examine their beliefs against what the Bible really says, when it comes to their own beliefs Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught by the Watchtower Society to put all doubts aside, not do any independent research, and obediently submit to everything taught to them by a few self-appointed men. Since the death of the apostles and what was written under inspiration in the first century, no one has the right to claim a monopoly on what is religious truth, not the Pope nor the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Not even the apostles had the right to lord it over the conscience of any Christian. Christian governance and leadership must not be an excuse for authoritarianism.

The author believes that although Jehovah’s Witnesses hold to many correct interpretations of scripture, certain leavenous teachings are being perpetuated, dross-like impurities, that are long overdue for being refined out or moderated. The articles on this site examine what the author believes are some of those teachings that should either be entirely rejected, or reduced to a category of teaching where belief is optional, up to one’s own conscience. Some of these teachings have produced the most rotten of fruitage, particularly the policies on blood transfusions, handling child abuse claims (an article will be appearing on this subject soon), and shunning.

The author was born into the Jehovah’s Witness religion. He has been a pioneer and ministerial servant, and although no longer an active member, he is not disfellowshipped. He does not claim to be one of the anointed or to have any special insight from the holy spirit.

The articles are the result of many years of research combined with the author’s own unique views. Some of the material and ideas have been adopted from other writers, and in some places another writer’s thoughts have been reproduced verbatim without necessarily referencing the original author, some of whom are also anonymous. The author is indebted to those whose research and ideas he has drawn on or copied.

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2 replies »

  1. I am a JW although inactive somewhat and attending a few meetings here and there. thank you for you blog, excellent commentary and very helpful thank you!

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