Jehovah's Witnesses know that Jehovah is a jealous God. He does not share, just like a jealous wife won't share her husband with another woman. If a jealous wife finds out her husband is having a love affair with another partner, that might be the end of their relationship forever, with no hope of a reconciliation.
That's why Christians obey only God. They respect religious leaders and teachers, but obedience is not required. Because God is a jealous God, Christians, pray directly to God and obey their Creator, not man.
Obeying men who claim to represent God, could be viewed by a jealous God as a modern day form of idolatry.
Being submissive and obeying Elders might be the same as bowing down to false gods, idols, statues, and religious images of God. Certainly it would be reasonable to assume that a jealous God would be less than pleased, would he not?
The Watchtower says this, 'Jehovah is “a jealous God,” and no one can serve him acceptably while revering other gods.' Watchtower July 15, 2005, Article: 'Jehovah's Sword and Gideon's! Subtitle: ' “Let Baal Make a Legal Defense” '
Even though they teach Jehovah is a jealous God, obedience to Elders and the Governing Body is something to 'strive' for.
Here's what the Watchtower says. 'And should we not strive to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead in our local congregation?' Watchtower Magazine, Nov 15, 2009, Article: 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.
Thus, contrary to what the Bible says about loving God with ALL our heart, mind, soul, and strength, JW's have two lovers. They find themselves in a spiritual love affair with two very attractive partners, - God AND the religion of Jehovah's Witnesses. In their baptismal vows, they acknowledge both partners. It's almost like a plural marriage.
In this spiritual union of religion and God, obedience to both authorities is expected. Rebellion against Jehovah's organization is thought to be virtually the same as rebellion against God.
Is it appropriate to include the 'spirit directed' organization of Jehovah's Witnesses in our baptismal vows to God? Can we serve two masters and please God at the same time?
A Christian's devotion to God is symbolized by baptism. They are NOT baptized in the name of Jehovah and their favorite spirit directed religion. There's a difference between dedicating our life to the Holy Spirit and dedicating our life to a human spirit directed organization that has no divine inspiration
Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Matthew 28:18,19.
Compare the baptismal instructions of Jesus, with the baptismal vows of the Watchtower. What's the difference? Would a jealous God approve of Watchtower vows?
Could being baptized as a Jehovah's Witness, negatively affect our hopes of eternal life in God's Kingdom?
Take to heart what the Bible says about how to inherit eternal life.