The Governing Body continue to ratchet up the pressure upon Jehovah’s Witnesses to trust – nay, obey – them without question.
Failure to do so, failure to look to The Governing Body alone for direction, may result in a Jehovah’s Witness losing any chance of salvation.
Rather than Jesus alone being the way, the truth and the life, rather than Jesus being the bread of life, rather than Jesus being the lamb who takes away the sin of the world, rather than Jesus reconciling us with God, a Jehovah’s Witnesses needs to insert a man-made religious position known as “The Governing Body” into the salvation equation*.
The Governing Body, a concept and title not found in scripture, takes itself very seriously, likening itself to Moses.
Yes, rather than Moses prefiguring, in a small way, Jesus Christ, the Witnesses are taught (by The Governing Body) that Moses prefigures…The Governing Body. (See Hebrews 3:3)
However, Jesus perfectly fulfils the role of spiritual leader, thereby allowing us to eschew having to place our trust in imperfect men, unlike the Israelites who had to trust Moses.
The Governing Body have once again draped the mantle of “the greater Moses” upon themselves. Sadly for them, though, you can still see the cheap polyester business suits underneath.
You see, Moses ultimately did not make it into the promised land.
Secondly, Moses took the credit for bringing forth the water.
I find the second of the two disobedient acts particularly interesting.
Do The Governing Body take credit away from Jesus Christ, the leader of the congregation, the perfect Lamb, the founder of our faith? Here are some examples from the above mentioned Study Edition Watchtower.
When faced with far-reaching decisions, we do not trust in our own wisdom but look to Jehovah and his organization for guidance. And just as a child seeks his parents’ protection when a storm rages, we seek protection in Jehovah’s organization when, like a thunderstorm, the problems of this world strike us. [Watchtower April 15 2011 page 4]
Notice how The Governing Body inserts the “organisation” into the equation.
While the Bible tells us the Jesus is King, Lord, Leader and has all authority in heaven and earth, The Governing Body manage to squeeze themselves into it.
In the above quote, if Jehovah is the Father to a Jehovah’s Witness? Who is Mother? Clearly The Governing Body intend Witnesses to attribute that title to the Watch Tower Society.
And if we’ve got the Father and Mother identified, who does that make Jesus?
Tacitly, The Governing Body places their mouthpiece – the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society – above Jesus Christ.
Moses disobeyed God and didn’t make it into the Promised Land. Yahweh used Joshua to lead the Israelites across the Jordon, not Moses. Rather, under Moses’ leadership the Israelites fell into unfaithfulness and ultimately wandered aimlessly for a generation.
Has The Governing Body remained faithful to Jehovah? Three examples which would suggest an emphatic no:
- dangerous flip-flop theology such as organ transplants being tantamount to cannibalism; how many lost their God-given life because of this teaching?
- falsely prophesying future events and doing so in God name: 1914, 1918, 1925, 1975, “this generation” etc
- being aligned with the United Nations in the capacity of an NGO and agreeing, per UN guidelines, to propagate UN ideals
Despite this unfaithfulness, The Governing Body continues to elevate itself:
Today, Jehovah’s steward class [identified as being The Governing Body] gives a clear signal whenever it is time to make a move. How does the steward do that? By means of articles in The Watchtower and Our Kingdom Ministry, new publications, and talks at assemblies and conventions. Instructions are also conveyed to the congregations through traveling overseers or through letters or training sessions attended by brothers having congregation responsibilities.
Do you clearly discern the evidence of divine guidance? Jehovah uses his organization to guide us, his people, through “the wilderness” during these last days of Satan’s wicked world. As a result, we enjoy unity, love, and security. [Ibid page 5]
How grand and important The Governing Body and Watch Tower Society are to a Jehovah’s Witness!
Notice how Jesus doesn’t even get a look in! All he’s good for is the following:
He has delegated some authority to a faithful slave class, made up of faithful spirit-anointed Christians. That slave class, in turn, appoints overseers in the Christian congregation.—Matt. 24:45-47; Titus 1:5-9. [Ibid page 4]
Isn’t it stunning that Matthew 24 does not identify the slave!
Yet The Governing Body never fails to miss a chance to gloriously apply this parable (which in reality is a rhetorical question) to itself.
Christians rely solely on the faithfulness of Jesus and the perfect atonement of his sacrifice (Romans 8:1), freeing them from the condemnation of sin, sin that would result in God’s perfect judgement against them.
And the April 15 2011 Study Edition Watchtower magazine leaves the reader in no doubt why it’s so important for a Jehovah’s Witnesses to recognise The Governing Body’s authority over every aspect of their life:
Likewise, God’s people today will without fail reach the promised new world. However, whether we personally will be there depends to no small degree on our humble willingness to follow God’s direction. Therefore, may we all keep on discerning the evidence of Jehovah’s guidance! [Ibid page 5]
A Jehovah’s Witness’s hope of salvation is not dependent on Jesus.
Instead, whether they personally reach the “promised new world” depends in “no small degree” upon their willingness to follow God’s direction, direction that can only be found – according to the previous 3 pages of rhetoric in the Watchtower article – via The Governing Body.
Yes, a Jehovah’s Witness must keep himself up to speed with:
The Watchtower and Our Kingdom Ministry, new publications, and talks at assemblies and conventions. Instructions are also conveyed to the congregations through traveling overseers or through letters or training sessions [Ibid page 5]
And these are only available from….The Governing Body.
Isn’t it obvious how vital The Governing Body has made itself to the heart and mind of a Jehovah’s Witness?
- If you want to hear Jehovah speak, listen to The Governing Body
- If you want to please Jehovah, obey The Governing Body
- If you want life, humbly and willingly follow – NOT JESUS – The Governing Body
Jehovah’s Witnesses, are you starting to see a pattern emerge from the teachings in the Watchtower magazine?
* Bible-believing Christians, what spirit creature doesn’t want humans to rely on Christ alone for salvation and life? Exactly.
May the love and grace of Christ Jesus touch your eyes and heart, opening them to the life and freedom that come from him alone and not from men on earth.