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God's 'Only Organization'? [Continued]
[...continued from...] And lest you still think you can study the Bible - any version or translation of the Bible - for yourself, the Watchtower Society wants you to know the following:

We should eat and digest and assimilate what is set before us, without shying away from parts of the food because it may not suit the fancy of our mental taste. The truths we are to publish are the ones provided through the discreet slave organization, not some personal opinions contrary to what the slave has provided as timely food."
Source: The Watchtower, Feb. 2, 1952, page 79

We should meekly go along with the Lord's theocratic organization and wait for further clarification, rather than balk at the first mention of a thought unpalatable to us and proceed to quibble and mouth our criticisms and opinions as though they were worth more than the slave's provision of spiritual food. Theocratic ones will appreciate the Lord's visible organization and not be so foolish as to pit against Jehovah's channel their own human reasoning and sentiment and personal feelings.
Source: The Watchtower, Feb. 1, 1952, page 80

It should be expected that the Lord would have a means of communicating to his people on the earth, and he has clearly shown that the magazine called The Watchtower is used for that purpose.
Source: 1939 Yearbook of Jehovah's Witnesses, Page 85

Since The Watchtower assists in understanding the Bible, its study is imperative. Private study of the magazine is essential... If we have love for Jehovah and for the organization of his people, we shall not be suspicious, but shall, as the Bible says, 'believe all things,' all the things that The Watchtower brings out.
Source: Qualified To Be Ministers, 1967, p.156

Hence Jehovah's Witnesses are guided in their understanding more by a magazine, The Watchtower than by the Bible. What if you think that is not right? Sorry. According to Jehovah's Witnesses, to reject The Watchtower is to reject God:

Would not a failure to respond from direction from God through his organization really indicate a rejection of divine rulership?
Source: The Watchtower, Feb. 15, 1967, Page 124

The apostate makes himself a decider of what is true and what is false; of what is "good and bad" in the way of spiritual food... We should be thankful for the abundant spiritual food we are receiving through the "faithful and discreet slave.
Source: The Watchtower, Aug. 1, 1980, Page 20

Of course, The Watchtower's control does not stop at intrepeting its version of the Bible. As God's "only organization" it wants Jehovah's Witnesses to submit:

What is your attitude towards directives from 'the faithful and discreet slave?' Loyalty should move you to be ready to obey.
Source: The Watchtower, Dec. 1, 1981, Page 14

We should meekly go along with the Lord's theocratic organization.
Source: The Watchtower, Feb. 1, 1952, Page 80

...Jehovah poured out his spirit upon them and assigned them the responsibility of serving as his sole visible channel, through whom alone spiritual instruction was to come. Those who recognize Jehovah's visible theocratic organization, therefore, must recognize and accept this appointment of the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ and be submissive to it.
Source: The Watchtower, Oct. 10, 1967, page 590

Jehovah is using only one organization today to accomplish his will. To receive everlasting life in the earthly Paradise we must identify that organization and serve God as part of it.
Source: The Watchtower, Feb. 15, 1983, page 12

Thus, when direction comes from Jehovah's organization, we can wisely submit to it, knowing full well that Jehovah will only lead us in a way that will be to our everlasting benefit.
Source: The Watchtower, Nov. 1, 1990, Page 30

It is clear from the quotes provided that Jehovah's Witnesses are expected - indeed, required - to submit to The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society.

However, the WTB&TS

  1. has a lengthy record of failed prophecies,
  2. teaches doctrines that contradict the Bible,
  3. has a history of doctrinal contradictions and flip-flops, and
  4. has published a manipulated, flawed version of the Bible in support of its doctrines
  5. exercises strict control over its followers

Aside from its incorrect interpretation of Matthew 24:42-46 with regard to who the 'slave' or 'servant' is, the actions, teachings and characteristics of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society show that it can not possibly be the 'faithful and discreet slave' it claims to be.

Those who get involved with this organization soon learn what it means to come under its tight control.

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• Subject: Jehovah's Witnesses : The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society
• First posted: Oct. 2, 1996
• Last Updated: Jul. 8, 2004
• Editor: Anton Hein
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