Remember, please, that Jehovah debarred Moses from entering the Promised Land because on one occasion he rashly took credit for miraculously providing water.)In view of the inordinate power the Society wields over the congregations, the question of whether Jehovah’s Witnesses have genuine faith in God can only be answered definitively if the Watchtower were to be taken out of the picture.
And not only taken out of the picture, but in view of the nature of the tests that Satan brought upon the original followers of Christ, in order to do his sifting work today the test of faith that Jehovah’s Witnesses will inevitably be subjected to is the discrediting and humiliation of the “spirit-directed organization” – the Watchtower Society.
Many of the International Bible students and Jehovah’s Witnesses in the 20th century have already had the privilege of demonstrating their faith in such a manner. Due to their faith in God and the hope of the resurrection Jehovah’s Witnesses were the only religious group that uncompromisingly stood up to Hitler and were willing to take his merciless punishment without flinching.
More recently Jehovah’s Witnesses in Malawi endured horrible persecution because of their refusal to buy 25-cent ID card that would have affiliated them with the ruling political party.
It is no exaggeration – Bethel even claims to speak for God himself and Jehovah’s Witnesses treat their every utterance accordingly.
Because of their power and dominance over the spiritual lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the Watchtower organization may have come to occupy the place in the hearts and minds of dedicated Christians exclusively reserved for Jehovah and Christ.
In the 20th chapter of Ezekiel Jehovah made reference to the Israelite experience in the wilderness in announcing his determination to establish a nation of loyal worshipers.
Specifically, Ezekiel -38 states: ‘“Just as I put myself on judgment with your forefathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so I shall put myself on judgment with you,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.
We should not suppose that the human tendency to follow men is any less ingrained now or that the Watchtower Organization is any less imposing in the spiritual lives of Jehovah’s Witnesses today than the apostles were then.By means of the world-wide work sponsored by the Watchtower Society over the past 130-years, Jehovah God has prepared a people for survival through the coming global holocaust with the prospect of your being part of the nucleus of a righteous new world.The unspeakably wonderful privilege set before you is not merely being part of the first generation of humans who will never die, but rather, because of your already knowing and participating in the resolution of the great universal issues regarding Jehovah’s sovereignty and the integrity of all intelligent creation being called into question by Satan, you are in an advantaged position to take a stand on the world’s stage as a resolute advocate of the kingdom of Christ during the critical time of the end. Rutherford may have unwisely tried to placate Hitler initially, that does not diminish the faith and courage displayed by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Germany during the Nazi reign of terror, which is well documented in the Holocaust Museum.Through the hardships that befell them Jehovah tested them to determine if they were really putting faith in him.Sadly, the historical record indicates that most did not.