Sunday, 31 October 2010

Do Jehovah's Witnesses Say Their Policies are Divinely Inspired?

StandFirm has issued the following challenge:
Apparently so, according to this comment:

"The other churches do not claim to be exclusively chosen by Jesus in 1919. Because your religion does make such a claim, every single piece of information, doctrine, policy etc etc published by the Watch Tower Society comes from God himself, according to your faith's beliefs."

I challenge the author of this to prove his assertion.

For starters I didn't say "divinely inspired". Read what I said again and please think carefully before putting words in my mouth.

Here's what your Governing Body says about itself (and yes, the "faithful steward" really is the Governing Body):
Today, Jehovah provides instruction by means of "the faithful steward." Pay Attention to Yourself and to All The Flock p.13

"Similarly today, a Governing Body composed of spirit-anointed Christians contributes to the unity of the worldwide congregation. The Governing Body publishes spiritually encouraging literature in many languages. This spiritual food is based on God’s Word. Thus, what is taught is not from men but from Jehovah.—Isa. 54:1 Watchtower Study Edition September 2010

The Governing Body/"faithful steward" here claims to be the conduit for the word of Jehovah God. In other words, when the "faithful steward"/Governing Body/"faithful and discreet slave" "class" (insert your lofty title/esoteric term here (sure, Jehovah's Witnesses don't have a clergy class...) speaks, it is God himself that you're hearing/reading:
All who want to understand the Bible should appreciate that the "greatly diversified wisdom of God" can become known only through Jehovah's channel of communication, the faithful and discreet slave," (Watchtower, Oct. 1, 1994, p. 8) 
Since Jehovah God and Jesus Christ completely trust the faithful and discreet slave, should we not do the same? After all the slave has shown itself to be faithful in doing it's assigned work. For example, the Watchtower magazine has been published for some 130 years. Meetings, assemblies, and conventions of Jehovah's Witnesses continue to build us up spiritually. ... The slave is able to provide wise and timely warnings because Jehovah God and Jesus Christ are blessing it. The slave deserves our complete trust. (Watchtower Feb. 15, 2009 Page 27)
So, the evidence is clear: God only communicates through his "channel of communication" which the Watchtower magazine identifies as "the faithful and discreet slave" "class".

Therefore it follows that if this "class" produces a series of polices regarding how children should be protected from actual or alleged child molesters, these policies come from Jehovah God himself.

Who is really behind such direction?
The overall direction comes from the Governing Body at the world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York. [source]

 So, to answer this question;

Do Jehovah's Witnesses Say Their Policies are Divinely Inspired?

We have to say, no, Jehovah's Witnesses don't say their policies are "divinely inspired". Rather the Governing Body says that it is the sole channel of communication being used by God on earth today. By following the lead of the Governing Body, by being quick to obey them, this Body teaches that Jehovah's Witnesses are, in fact, following and obeying Jesus.

Further reading:
"In this time of the end, Christ has committed “all his belongings”—all the earthly interests of the Kingdom to his “faithful and discreet slave” and its representative Governing Body, a group of anointed Christian men. (Matt. 24:45-47) The anointed and their other sheep companions recognize that by following the lead of the modern-day Governing Body, they are in fact following their Leader, Christ.[emphasis added] source

"We cannot hope to acquire a good relationship with Jehovah if we ignore those whom Jesus has appointed to care for his belongings. Without the assistance of “the faithful and discreet slave,” we would neither understand the full import of what we read in God’s Word nor know how to apply it. (Matt. 24:45-47)" source

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