God called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. —1 Pet. 2:9.
A few courageous men at the dawn of the 16th century began to translate God’s Word into the languages spoken by the common people. And as the Bible became available, people did read it. As they read, they asked questions: ‘Where in God’s Word is there mention of purgatory? of paid masses for the dead? of popes and cardinals?’ From the point of view of the church, this was an outrage. How dare the multitudes question church leaders! The church fought back. Men and women were condemned for heresy because they rejected teachings of the church. The church handed down the death sentence; the State carried it out. The goal was to discourage people from reading the Bible and questioning the church. For the most part, the scheme worked. Nevertheless, a few brave souls refused to be cowed by Babylon the Great. They had now had a taste of God’s Word —and they wanted more!
About a year ago I left off doing a commentary on the Daily Text, but this is just too much. Saddening, actually, that the Governing Body has become so hypocritical. How like the clergy the hierarchy of the Watchtower has become!
How dare the lowly publishers question Jehovah’s anointed spokesmen on earth! You think not? How many of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been condemned as apostates (heretics) for questioning the Watchtower’s unseemly handling of child abusers or speaking about the Watchtower’s double-dealing partnership with the United Nations? How many have been disfellowshipped for pointing out the many errors of interpretation related to 1914? Why is it considered tantamount to blasphemy to speak of the Watchtower’s dishonesty in reshaping its history?
Where in the Scriptures does it mention building granite palaces for the self-proclaimed apostles to reside like kings? What authority does the Watchtower have to water down the prophecies, so as to render Jehovah’s judgments meaningless? Just like the clergy during the dark ages, the Watchtower condemns independent Bible study. It is actually a disfellowhipping offense if two brothers or sisters get together to discuss the Scriptures in private –the goal being, to discourage JW’s from questioning the Watchtower.
Truly, the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses has become just like the clergy they love to condemn. The outcome will be the same as befell the hypocritical Jews.
“I will bring in the worst of the nations, and they will take possession of their houses, and I will put an end to the pride of the strong ones, and their sanctuaries will be profaned. When their anguish comes, they will seek peace, but there will be none. There will come disaster upon disaster, and one report after another, and people will seek a vision from a prophet, but the law will perish from a priest and advice from the elders. The king will go into mourning, and the chieftain will be clothed with despair, and the hands of the people of the land will tremble in terror. I will treat them according to their ways, and I will judge them as they have judged. And they will have to know that I am Jehovah.”