Loyalty to Jehovah.

What Does It Mean To Be Loyal To Jehovah?

The Watchtower teaches that Jehovah requires 'exclusive' devotion. If you're a JW, you know they are absolutely correct. Loyalty to Jehovah means having no other loyalties.

Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, AND the Holy Spirit. [1] This is very important. Loyalty to Jehovah includes nothing else because Jehovah requires exclusive devotion.

The Problem.

The problem as that Jehovah's Witnesses dedicate their lives to Jehovah AMD the Watchtower organization contrary to what the Bible teaches. Baptism Vow To GOD includes a promise of loyalty to the Watchtower! They are baptized in the name of their religion! Baptism 'identifies' them as one of Jehovah's Witnesses. [1]

Why did the Watchtower do that? Instead of telling JW's they must be loyal to the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, they say that God can only communicate with 'the faithful and discreet slave' which is represented by the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. [2]

Obey God is in the Bible [1], but where did obey Jehovah's organization come from?

What the Watchtower does is very clever. Instead of telling Jehovah's Witnesses that God's Holy Spirit will guide them (like the Bible says) [1], they say that 'Jehovah's organization' will guide them because Jehovah cannot. [2] Thus JW's don't pay attention to guidance directly from God's Holy Spirit. Instead, they look to the organization to answer all their spiritual questions.

If the Watchtower said, 'we require loyalty', who would obey? Would you? Of course not. The Bible tells us not to obey humans. [5] So instead of doing that, they say, 'God can't communicate with anyone other than us'. Then they say, 'Obey Jehovah, ... be loyal to Jehovah'. Now they have accomplished exactly the same thing! Think about it. What the Watchtower does is like what a magician does with smoke and mirrors. Jehovah's Witnesses are convinced they're loyal to Jehovah but they totally ignore guidance from God's Holy Spirit! Instead they depend upon the Watchtower to give them 'God's commands'. [6]

Need more convincing? Consider this. When questioning whether a JW is loyal or not, Elders always ask, 'Do you believe the Watchtower is God's organization?' They never ask, 'Do you believe Jehovah's Holy Spirit is guiding you?' Why is that? Because the second question is about loyalty to God. The first one is about loyalty to the organization. The Watchtower is concerned about your loyalty to the organization.

Why Must Jehovah's Witnesses Be Loyal To Jehovah's Organization?

Are you attending all the meetings and conventions? Are you participating? Are you going door to door? Are you keeping all the organization's rules? Is your conduct making the organization look good? This is what the organization is concerned about.

Why is the organization concerned about these things? Because every religion is a business. The more devoted members are, the more money the religion makes. But wait! The Watchtower isn't interested in money. They don't pass around a collection plate at meetings. How can they be interested in money?

Consider the value of the Watchtower's assets such as Kingdom Halls, factories, office buildings, residences, equipment, investments, and cash. For more than a hundred years, the Watchtower was one of the wealthiest corporations in NYC.

If JW's don't pass around a collection plate, where did the Watchtower's wealth come from? Certainly Jehovah's Witnesses donate a lot. They donate money, resources, and time. The Watchtower pays little or nothing for a marketing force of 7 million people. They also pay hardly anything for their labor force at Bethel. Many zealous JW's die with no heirs and no one else to leave their estate to. Who gets that wealth? The Watchtower of course.

The Watchtower wants you to be loyal to 'Jehovah's organization'. But what do YOU want? Do you want to be loyal to Jehovah's organization? Or do you want to be loyal to Jehovah and give him exclusive devotion?

It's up to you, but God is the path to eternal life. The Watchtower has tricked Jehovah's Witnesses into believing loyal to Jehovah's organization is the same as loyalty to Jehovah. It is not. Christians have always been baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. [1]

A relationship with Jehovah works like this. You pray in the spirit of love, thankfulness, and appreciation (because that's what God is). God then answers you through the Holy Spirit. The process is the same today as it was 2000 years ago. The only reason you don't believe that is because the Watchtower told you something different. They told you something that's not in the Bible. They told you that God speaks only to them. They told you a lie. It's not in any Bible, including your NWT Bible.

Why Are Jehovah's Witnesses Leaving Their Religion?

Millions of Jehovah's Witnesses have left the Watchtower religion in order to have an exclusive relationship with God. Without interference from a human organization, Christians can pray to God, and listen for guidance directly from Holy Spirit.

The idea that all Christians are able to receive messages from Holy Spirit is in God's Word [1], even though the Watchtower says it's impossible. [2] They say that only their Governing Body is in communication with Jehovah and only they understand what God requires. [2] They say that anyone who reads only the Bible falls into spiritual darkness. [3] [4] Who's telling the truth? God and the Bible? Or the Watchtower organization?

The best thing to do is read only the Bible. More importantly love, pray, and listen for answers from Holy Spirit. Let God guide you in the way you should go. What the Watchtower wants you to do, may be different than God's plan for you. Be loyal to Jehovah.

References.

1. Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, AND Holy Spirit. They are to obey Jesus because ALL authority is His. Matthew 28:18-20. The Watchtower teaches that JW's must obey Jehovah AND Jehovah's organization contrary to what Jesus required. Compare what the Bible says with the Watchtower's baptism vows

2. 'Today, God does not speak to his servants directly as he did to Job. Instead he reproves them by means of his Word and his spirit-directed organization.' Watchtower, June 1, 1993, Article: 'What Does It Take to Make You Happy?', sub title: 'Accepting Divine Reproof', par 1 (Other than the Watchtower's word on this, there is no evidence in the Bible to support such a statement.) See Channel of Communication for more Watchtower quotes.

3. According to the Watchtower, anyone who reads only the Bible falls into spiritual darkness. See Watchtower quotes about Bible Study

4. The founder of Watchtower, Charles Taze Russell, believed what he believed and then attempted to find supporting information, anywhere he could find it. If it was in the Bible, great! If not, he would find it somewhere else or just make it up because in his mind he knew it was 'the truth'. The July 1879 Watchtower said this. "We should learn to love and value truth for its own sake; to respect and honor it by owning and acknowledging it wherever we find it and by whomsoever presented. A truth presented by Satan himself is just as true as a truth stated by God. ... Accept truth wherever you find it, no matter what it contradicts. " Watchtower, July 1879, p 8, Headline: "What Is Truth?".

5. Compare what the Bible says about obeying humans with what the Watchtower says. Read Watchtower quotes: Obey Us

6. In recent years the Watchtower has become increasingly bold. They now use the name Jehovah when referring to themselves! In this article about the Watchtower's Shunning Policy, the Watchtower says it's 'God's command' that JW's must not associate with anyone who disagrees with the Watchtower but they don't quote any proof from God's Word to back up such a 'command'. Although the Bible does talk about avoiding immoral persons, leaving your religion does not automatically make a person immoral. Contrary to what the Bible says, in 1981, the Watchtower made it a sin to leave their organization. The Watchtower says, 'Persons who make themselves “not of our sort” by deliberately rejecting the faith and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses should appropriately be viewed and treated as are those who have been disfellowshipped for wrongdoing.' Watchtower magazine, Sept 15, 1981, p 23, par 14-16; See Religious Persecution of Jehovah's Witnesses, Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Beliefs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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