John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is the way to the Father. This means he is mediator and High Priest for all humankind who have faith in him. 1 Tim. 2:5 – “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, a man, Christ Jesus”. Jesus is the only way to have a relationship with God. The organization claims that he is mediator for only 144000 throughout all history. If this is so, who is the mediator for the so-called “other sheep”?
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25 To keep in relationship with “our Savior, God,” the “great crowd” needs to remain united with the remnant of spiritual Israelites. Why? Because these spiritual Israelites are the “holy nation” of which we read in Jeremiah 31:35, 36
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Those of spiritual Israel still remaining on earth make up “the faithful and discreet slave.” (Matthew 24:45-47) Only in association with them can acceptable sacred service be rendered to God.
The organization seems to say: the way = Watchtower organization.
Jesus is the truth. Worshipping God in “truth” (John 4:24) revolves around Jesus. It entails accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, and following his teachings.It is common to hear JWs ask “How long have you been in the truth?”, which means “How long have you been in the organization?”. If a JW says that someone has left the truth, they mean that the person has left the organization. If someone is in the organization they are in the truth. The organization seems to say: the truth = Watchtower organization.
Jesus is the life. Only through him can we gain eternal life. Only by following him and putting complete trust in him can we gain salvation. How does a JW gain salvation?
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And while now the witness yet includes the invitation to come to Jehovah’s organization for salvation, the time no doubt will come when the message takes on a harder tone
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Jehovah is using only one organization today to accomplish his will. To receive everlasting life in the earthly Paradise we must identify that organization and serve God as part of it.
The organization seems to say: the life = the Watchtower organization.
This is one of the biggest if not the biggest aspect of the Jehovah’s Witnesses that truly saddens me. At a recent special assembly day the FDS was mentioned more than Jesus was. I am forced to agree with those that say that the organization has been put in front of the JWs as an idol and what breaks my heart is to see how the friends are just taking it all in with no suspicion whatsoever. When I was asked by the local body of elders why I would even doubt something that God’s organization said I quoted Ps. 146:3,4 “Do not put YOUR trust in nobles, Nor in the son of earthling man, to whom no salvation belongs.4 His spirit goes out, he goes back to his ground; In that day his thoughts do perish.” They believed that this text doesn’t apply to the Governing Body or the organization, because it isn’t men talking it is Jehovah. If that isn’t idolatry I guess I don’t know what is.
Some people go to the extreme and say that JWs aren’t Christians. I don’t agree with this. Most do have faith in Jesus’ sacrifice, however they have been misled to put too much emphasis on the org. and not enough on Jesus. This doesn’t prove they aren’t Christians just that they are unfaithful in this important matter. This doesn’t mean however that they are condemned. In Luke 12 Jesus gives the parable of the faithful and the evil slave but he also mentions 2 other types of slaves. Notice Luke 12:47,48 – “Then that slave that understood the will of his master but did not get ready or do in line with his will will be beaten with many strokes. 48 But the one that did not understand and so did things deserving of strokes will be beaten with few.”
The slaves that will be beaten with few or many strokes will have been disobedient to varying degrees but will not be judged as part of the evil slave. I believe many JWs truly want to do their Master’s will but just do not understand clearly what it is. Perhaps many of them will be judged as deserving of a few strokes. None of us knows this of course, but we shouldn’t judge individual JWs as not being Christian. I do believe the leaders of the organization have put themselves in a dangerous position, but again that is for Jesus to judge.
We can only as individuals stop looking to an organization or a church as some kind of mediator, rule-giver, or an ark of salvation. We as humans tend to concentrate on what is seen and that is why it is so easy to give more importance to a visible organization than we should. Although to stay strong we need fellowship with other Christians never let us lose sight of the fact that Jesus and Jesus alone is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
(Written by Andrew, Re-posted by Greybeard)