July 9, 2021 E-Letter
Doublethink!!! The art of self-contradiction without being noticed.
Any Bible-based cult must distinguish itself from every other group’s expression of Biblical teaching. Otherwise, the cult’s followers might get the idea that there is somewhere else to go if they have a disagreement with the cult.
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The Watchtower has practiced this for a very long time. They claim to be the only expression of true Biblical faith on earth.
The Watchtower presents a false dichotomy of the Watchtower being the one true faith and all others are apostate. The truth they don’t want their followers to find out is that Jesus is not another faith, or organization. He in Himself is “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6). Jesus Himself is the One Whom we must follow. Not a denomination or organization.
I have frequently recommended to people in high control groups that they read the Bible alone. Ask God in prayer before reading to be shown the truth in His Word. In other words, eliminate the middle man. This can open the way for God to speak directly with an individual with no middleman to confuse things.
The following two quotes show dramatically how the Watchtower practices what George Orwell’s novel 1984 called doublethink.
Then by degrees there came into existence a special class called “the clergy,’”who regarded themselves, and were regarded by others, as the proper guides to faith and practice, aside from the Word of God. Thus in time the great system of Papacy was developed by an undue respect for the teaching of fallible men and a neglect of the Word of the infallible God.The Divine Plan of the Ages, 1908, page 23, Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society
On the other hand they say, …
We should eat and digest and assimilate what is set before us, without shying away from parts of the food because it may not suit the fancy of our mental taste. … We should meekly go along with the Lord’s theocratic organization and wait for further clarification, rather than balk at the first mention of a thought unpalatable to us and proceed to quibble and mouth our criticisms and opinions as though they were worth more than the slave’s provision of spiritual food. Theocratic ones will appreciate the Lord’s visible organization and not be so foolish as to pit against Jehovah’s channel their own human reasoning and sentiment and personal feelings.The Watchtower, Feb. 1, 1952, pages 79-80
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