Watchtower’s pride precedes its crash

//Watchtower’s pride precedes its crash

Wednesday, November 23

Pride is before a crash.Prov. 16:18.

What power our sinful tendencies exert on us! Take, for example, pride. This trait can interfere with our listening to the voice of Jehovah and can lead us to take a disastrous course. A proud person has an exaggerated opinion of himself. He may feel that he has the right to do whatever he wants and that no one can tell him what to do. So he may feel that he is above the direction and counsel of fellow Christians, the elders, or even God’s organization. For such a person, the sound of Jehovah’s voice becomes very faint. During Israel’s wilderness trek, Korah, Dathan, and Abiram rebelled against the authority of Moses and Aaron. Because of pride, the rebels made independent arrangements to worship Jehovah. How did Jehovah respond? He executed them. What a crucial lesson this historical account teaches us! Rebellion against Jehovah leads to disaster.

COMMENTARY

Pride might well be the original sin, since it was the perfect, covering cherub in Eden who allowed himself to think he was Jehovah’s equal, which induced him to hatch a scheme to slander God and deceive Eve.

That inordinate pride was the motivation for the angel-turned-devil is indicated by what Paul wrote to Timothy concerning not appointing a newly converted man to the office of overseer for fear he might become puffed up with pride “and fall into the judgment passed upon the Devil.”

Surely, we, as individuals can be overreached by pride too. Sadly, the very person who long ago penned the proverb became haughty himself and disregarded God’s counsel not to multiply wives for himself. And it is not like Solomon had a few wives, or even a few dozen. No, that proud king had 700 wives, many being foreign women, which was a violation of God’s law. In time they inclined Solomon’s heart away from Jehovah, so that he built temples for the demon gods his many wives worshipped.

Solomon’s pride brought disaster upon the nation. How true young Solomon’s words: “Better is a poor but wise child than an old but stupid king, who no longer has enough sense to heed a warning.” —Ecclesiastes 4:13

But pride does not merely afflict individuals. Nations and peoples can exhibit pride too. Hence, Jehovah spoke of the pride of Babylon, Tyre and Moab. For example, Isaiah 14:11 refers to Babylon, saying: “Down to the Grave your pride has been brought, the sound of your stringed instruments. Maggots are spread beneath you as a bed, and worms are your covering.” Isaiah also wrote concerning Moab: “We have heard of the pride of Moab, that he is very proud; his haughtiness and his pride and his fury—his empty talk will not be so.”

The Jews also became proud and haughty in God’s sight, of whom God said: “In the same way I will destroy the pride of Judah and the immense pride of Jerusalem.” —Jeremiah 13:9

The prophet Amos wrote similarly concerning God’s judgment of Israel: “I detest the pride of Jacob, I hate his fortified towers, and I will hand over the city and what fills it.” —Amos 6:8

No doubt there are some lowly and humble brothers among the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses. But like Israel and Jerusalem, the Watchtower organization exhibits great pride. One of the characteristics of a proud person is that they rarely admit to a mistake and they rarely, if ever, say they are sorry. The same is true of the Watchtower.

Take for example an incident that occurred back during Judge Rutherford’s term as president of the Society. Back in 1929 he declared that the “superior authorities” that stand placed in their relative positions by God were actually Christ and God himself. Apparently a good number of Bible Students couldn’t stomach such an obviously stupid error and so they left the Society. Rutherford chided them as going off into darkness. But during the turbulent 1960’s the WT flip-flopped back to the correct teaching prior to Rutherford’s bizarre interpretation. Did the Watchtower take responsibility for having stumbled people who looked to it for truth? Of course not.

There are dozens of similar things that could be expounded upon, but the point is, the Watchtower has never, ever, taken responsibility for having stumbled what must now amount to millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses and interested persons.

Most egregious, Bethel’s pedophile policy has contributed to the lasting harm of thousands of innocents. Instead of humbly listening to the voice of complaint of the many victims, the Watchtower’s lawyers claim that elders have no duty to protect children from the crimes of sexual predators. Although the Legal Department claims in court and legal briefs that it has no such responsibility, recently the organization has been quietly instructing congregational elders with known pedophiles to contact all parents with young children to warn them of the potential danger that is posed by the presence of a known child predator.

This means that after years of denial, of disfellowshipping and persecuting anyone who dared to voice any complaint, now Bethel is quietly implementing a policy that “opposers” have long-advocated – finally taking responsibility to actually protect children. But where is the apology? Where is the acknowledgment of their previous failure to protect God’s children? There is none. What sheer haughtiness!

“The pride of Israel has testified against him…”

So, too, the Watchtower’s pride testifies against it. Like the old and stupid king, the princes of Bethel no longer have enough sense to heed God’s warning. 

The fifth chapter of Hosea goes on: “With their flock and their herd they went to look for Jehovah, but they could not find him. He had drawn away from them.”

The Watchtower’s pride will soon end in a great crash. Jehovah is certain to abandon them in disgust.

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2017-04-26T15:31:44+00:00 November 23rd, 2016|Commentary|18 Comments
  • Joseph Stephan

    The ONLY reason Bethel is quietly implementing a policy and taking responsibility to actually protect children is because their lawyers are telling them to .
    Got to protect those ASSETS.

    • Noe Namely

      Agreed!

    • Joseph Stephan

      Has Bethel become rich? Indeed it has. As a reflection of its amassed wealth the organization just recently cashed out its prized Brooklyn properties for around a billion dollars. By year’s end it will be settled in its brand new, luxurious headquarters complex in the New York countryside, built by the sweat of thousands of volunteers.

      And true to prophecy, in all its storied history Bethel has never once admitted an error or wrongdoing or said they ‘we are sorry’ for anything. That is truly amazing when you take into consideration the many flip-flops, false dates, the sexual abuse of 10’s of thousands of children and the stumbling of untold numbers of Jehovah’s Witnesses and interested persons. Even when publicly exposed as having been in a secret political partnership with the United Nations the Watchtower passed it off as mere allegations by opposers, although they quickly dissolved their NGO affiliation.

      • Lisa

        Amen, Amen You took the words right out of my mouth Joseph!

    • Simpletruth

      Right!

  • DA

    “he may feel that he is above the direction and counsel of fellow Christians, the elders, or even God’s organization”. but in our case when all the above are in action against Jehovah, is it our pride that keeps us from following men who are in the wrong or our love for Jehovah and the truth and hating what is bad? Acts 5:29

    we are NOT like Korah, Dathan, and Abiram because they were not seeking and considering Jehovah as we are and we do not reject that Jehovah has apointed those taking the lead just as David did not go against king Saul who was in error. 1-Samuel 26:9

    • e.v.g

      What’s the point? We have to be obedient to the gb unconditionally? Are they saying that they are similar to moses? Why they are thinking that? They saw the burning bush

      • DA

        good point

  • Beverly kenyon

    Reading about them makes me want to take 10 showers! I feel contaminated by association…but I love my religion and I love and respect some of the people who listened and took a stand for the Truth of God’s Word…even though they’re being fed milk and are malnourished spiritually! I recently said to a couple of witnesses about them being taught the elementary things of the Bible and they were absolutely offended and had a bit of a cocky attitude and fired back, ‘So what are you doing here (at the Kingdom Hall)? I get a few bits and bobs out of it, i.e reminders of scriptures, etc, I replied, and as a witness it’s my obligation to be in Jehovah’s House. I can honestly say that I’ve heard one really good Talk given by a Brother from the London Bethel at our Assembly about 4 weeks ago and it was about Not Holding a Grudge…the Brother was Irish and had the knack of making you feel as if he was talking to you one on one…he was a talented speaker…you could hear a pin drop…very natural, so that kept most of us awake! After that talk I will never hold a grudge again!! Then it was all ruined when they started begging for money…telling us to go the cash machine in the foyer and even write a cheque…who writes cheques?? Eh! I felt embarrassed for them having to sink so low..next they’ll be passing plates around! I don’t recognise my religion anymore but maybe it’s because my eyes are wide open now and I’m being taught the REAL truth of God’s here.

    • DA

      ill question to ever ask someone. i was ask once ‘so what religion are you now?’. insulting and unloving. but they are good people.

      “obligation to be in Jehovah’s House”, humm interesting reply…

      • Beverly kenyon

        That’s really cheeky DA that person asking you that ridiculous question! There’s a lot I would’ve said to that! Lol. I try to have a filter but sometimes I like to test the waters. I wasn’t offended at their reaction and comment…I just thought, I had you down as a clever person but I read you wrong.

    • Kevin b

      Here in the USA the branch is having credit card machines installed very soon in each Kingdom Hall. So if you don’t have any cash on you, or a check, you can just add to your debt. This way a billion dollar corporation can add to its wealth, while you can add to your debt. What loving provision from the branch.

      • Joseph Stephan

        At this point there is nothing that anyone can do to break the spell the Watchtower has cast on its followers. Not even a NWO-ready, cashless society debit machine at the back of each Hall. If that’s not a sign to flee, I don’t know what is……….

        • Kevin b

          You are correct. At this point, in the eyes of the JWs, the branch and the elders can absolutely do no wrong. Its mind boggling when you look at it from our perspective. What ever happens, Jehovah will undoubtedly play a key roll in opening the eyes of right hearted ones.

      • Beverly kenyon

        Kevin b, I choked on the water I was drinking whilst reading your post, laughing at your cutting sarcasm! I’m not having that Kevin…cash machines in Kingdom Halls, eh! Now that’s really knocking me sick! That’s really gonna test me. I can almost hear the guilt tripping talks about that idea! I’m gonna be mugged off at the meetings by ‘religious people’.

      • Tabitha

        I wonder what Jesus would do to those “money changing” machines, if he visited one of those Kingdom halls? I think I know!

  • Searcher

    Another faith-strengthening aspect to consider is the courage and honesty of the men who wrote the Bible. Many ancient writers flattered their leaders and glorified their kingdoms. Jehovah’s prophets, however, always spoke the truth. They were willing to point out the shortcomings of their own people, even their kings. ( 2 Chron. 16:9, 10; 24:18-22 ) And they made plain their own failings and those of other servants of God. ( 2 Sam. 12:1-14; Mark 14:50 ) “Honesty like that is rare,” said a young brother in Britain. “This adds to our confidence that the Bible truly is from Jehovah.”
    September 2016 WT

  • Burt Reynolds

    Oh CRASH! I misread the title as Watchtower Precedes its CASH. I though the text was a bit vague about the monetary issues. Thanks for putting me right Joseph.

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