Can Jehovah's Witnesses Disagree With Rules and Doctrines?

By word or action, may we never challenge the channel of communication that Jehovah is using today. ... we should cherish our privilege to cooperate with the slave class.' Watchtower magazine Nov 15, 2009, article, 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.

In the above same article dated Nov 15, 2009, the organization cautions Jehovah's Witnesses against disobedience, disrespect, and a spirit of independence. JW's are told to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead.

The Watchtower magazine says, 'Today, the Governing Body represents the faithful and discreet slave class. There was a similar arrangement in the first century'. Watchtower magazine June 15, 2009. Article: 'The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body'.

Jehovah's Witnesses are afraid to question their religious leaders because they believe that would be disagreeing with God's channel of communication, - the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Independent thinking is strongly discouraged. As in other religious cults, everyone is expected to 'speak in agreement' and be like-minded.

'Since Jehovah God and Jesus Christ completely trust the faithful and discreet slave, should we not do the same? ... The slave deserves our complete trust.' (Watchtower magazine Feb. 15, 2009 Page 27)

The belief that the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses is authorized to speak on behalf of Jehovah God and Jesus, comes from a parable of Jesus about a faithful and unfaithful slave. Matthew 24:45-51

'Through the congregation, Jehovah has provided an abundance of spiritual food. You received the truth that set you free from religious error and spiritual darkness. (John 8:32) At congregation meetings, assemblies, and conventions arranged by “the faithful and discreet slave,” you obtained knowledge that will lead to everlasting life on a paradise earth without pain and suffering.' Watchtower magazine July 15, 2009, Article: 'Accept Gratefully - Give Wholeheartedly'. See Conventions

Jehovah's Witnesses believe it's NOT sufficient to read the words of Jesus and follow him to receive the free gift of eternal life.

Jehovah's Witnesses must be loyal to the organization to the end in order to please their God Jehovah. They must work for salvation, but even then, everlasting life is uncertain. There's always the fear that they didn't do enough for Jehovah

Why Don't Jehovah's Witnesses Leave?

  • Jehovah's Witnesses believe they are 'in the truth'
  • Everyone else is referred to as being 'out of the truth'
  • Only Jehovah's Witnesses have any scriptural hope of being saved Watchtower magazine Sept 1989

Fear of Leaving.

'Apostasy is, in reality, a rebellion against Jehovah. ... True Christians share Jehovah’s feelings toward such apostates; they are not curious about apostate ideas. On the contrary, they “feel a loathing” toward those who have made themselves God’s enemies, ...' Watchtower magazine Oct 1, 1993. Article: 'Search Through Me, O God', par 15

'Apostates' are disfellowshipped Jehovah's Witnesses who disagree with the rules and doctrines of 'God's faithful slave', the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. They are referred to as 'Gods enemies'. See Apostate Jehovah's Witnesses

Religious Propaganda and Fear Tactics.

'As Jehovah's dedicated Witnesses, all of us must be loyal to him and to his organization. We should never even contemplate turning aside from God's wonderful light, pursuing an apostate course that can lead to spiritual death now and eventual destruction.' Watchtower magazine 1992 Nov. 15 pp. 19-20 Serve Jehovah Loyally

Learn more about the intense fear Jehovah's Witnesses have about Rebellion Against Jehovah's Organization