Jehovah’s Witnesses belong to an organization known as the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society. Membership in this organization demands obedience and submission to the authority of the organization and it’s teachings. The following article demonstrates that authority.
Among the things that Jehovah’s Witnesses believe are the following: They alone are God’s people; Jesus’ second advent was in the year 1914 (invisibly); the Church, called the Christian Congregation, consisting of:( a) 144,000 Anointed Jehovah’s Witnesses destined to enjoy heaven as spirit beings co-ruling with Jesus and (b) the “great crowd” of “other sheep” who anticipate surviving Armageddon into God’s earthly paradise kingdom of 1000 years where, they can attain to eternal life, IF FAITHFUL; flag saluting is idolatry; holidays are pagan and blood transfusions are unbiblical. Most importantly, they teach that God has a latter-day “prophet” on earth today to reveal His will to all Jehovah’s Witnesses. The name of this special representative is the Faithful and Wise Servant (KJV) or Faithful and Discreet Slave (NWT). As of 2013, Jehovah allegedly gave “new Light” identifying this “Faithful and Discreet Slave” as the small governing body of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.
Christians are generally concerned more about what Jehovah’s Witnesses deny than what they believe. Witnesses deny the doctrines of the Trinity, salvation by grace through faith alone, the nature of the soul and eternal punishment. This is but a mere partial list of deviations from Christian teaching.
The question is , Where do the Watchtower Society’s leaders claim
to get their authority to oversee the interests of Jehovah’s Witnesses?
The answer is found in their interpretation of Matt 24:45, which reads: “Who is a faithful and wise servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over His household, to give them meat in due season?” (KJV). They interpret this passage by claiming that Jesus predicted God would establish a special “Servant” on the earth, having the sole spiritual authority to represent Him. The Servant would act as the sole interpreter of His word. This Servant is called “The Faithful and Discreet Slave” (NWT).
The Faithful and Discreet Slave conveys spiritual knowledge only through the publications (and official representatives) of the Watchtower Society, beginning with the first issue of the Watchtower magazine in 1879. In this way, they can maintain control, acting as the communicator of God’s will to all of the Witnesses. Since this Faithful and Discreet Slave is God’s sole means of communication, Witnesses must be in total agreement with it’s teachings. J.W’s must therefore, submit and conform to all the instructions of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.