A short recap is first given of Watchtower history when N. Knorr and F. Franz took over after Rutherford’s death. Then the Watchtower article of 11-1-1946 is discussed at length. This excellent article talks about how people can understand the Bible, using 2 Timothy 3:16,17 as a key scripture.
Franz wrote that we do not need a “magisterium” to explain the Scriptures to us, and that we do not need a “visible human organization” either, as each Christian can be completely equipped for every good work through the study and application of God’s Word.
After reading sections of the article, I discuss what Ray Franz said about it in his second book, In Search of Christian Freedom, then make a few comments. It is truly a pity that this is no longer the viewpoint of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They now say that they are the sole representatives of God on earth. They say that we do need them to understand the Bible. How ironic this is to many.
I just really felt this was worth talking about, especially for Witnesses that are just now waking up to the problems of the Watchtower Society. I plan to do more of these kinds of messages, and I hope that struggling JWs and any that have been hurt by the shunning and intolerance of the Watchtower will be encouraged by it.
It can be watched it via YouTube here: