Facts On ---- Jehovah's Witnesses -- Chapter Nineteen


#19 The Facts on Jehovah's Witnesses

Analysis and Critique: Does God Speak Only Through the Watchtower Society?
Four Tests Examining This Claim

TEST FOUR: If the Watchtower Society admits it received much of its teachings from angels or spirits and those teachings have proven to be false, is such a source trustworthy?
19. Has the Watchtower Society ever claimed to receive information from angels or spirits?

    It can be documented that the Watchtower Society in its early years dabbled in the occult, although the Society's official position toward occult activity is supposedly in agreement with the prohibition found in Deuteronomy 18:9-12. Nevertheless, today the Watchtower Society appears to be unsuspectingly involved in the occult in at least one manner: It seems to accept demonic guidance and revelations which come to it in the disguise of angelic or spiritistic contacts.
    The Watchtower in the past has claimed "angelic guidance" for its Bible translators in their writing of Jehovah's Witnesses' doctrine and practice. Of real supernatural activity has occurred, and the Watchtower's translation, doctrines, and practices have failed to meet biblical, moral, and scholarly standards, it hardly seems likely that the supernatural assistance was from God. Godly angels would never lend help to an organization that denies the true nature of who God is, deliberately distorts His word, and completely rejects His Son. But the Bible says fallen angels - demons - would. The Bible further declares that demons masquerade as "angels of light" while doing so (2nd Corinthians 11:14-15).
    Besides the Watchtower Society's express claim (p. 21) that "angels" guided its translators in translating the New World Translation of the Bible, former service department member Bill Cetnar in the Jehovah's Witnesses headquarters at Brooklyn, New York, found many Watchtower beliefs were also professed by a spirit-possessed medium the Society was quoting.
    Judge Rutherford openly stated that angels helped write the Watchtower magazine when he said "the Lord through His angel sees to it that the information is given to His people in due time . . ." F. W. Franz also spoke of angels guiding the Watchtower. He said, "We believe that the angels of God are used in directing Jehovah's Witnesses."
    Among other things the Watchtower claims that angels enlighten and comfort, bring refreshing truths, and transmit information to "God's anointed people." In another statement of its belief that angels guide the leaders of Jehovah's Witnesses, we read in the Watchtower magazine, "Jehovah's Witnesses today make their declaration of the good news of the kingdom under angelic direction and support."
    In the Watchtower, December 1, 1981 (p. 27), and July 15, 1960 (p. 439), the leaders of the Jehovah's Witnesses claim to be God's "channel of communication," actively "channeling" (the use of this common New Age term is theirs) since the days of Rutherford. In the issue of April 1, 1972 (p. 200), they claim that all spiritual direction is supplied by invisible angels. In the issues of November 15, 1933 (p. 344), November 1, 1935 (p. 331), and December 15, 1987 (p. 7), they claim that the name "Jehovah's Witnesses" and their key doctrine of "Christ's" invisible return in 1914 were channeled by invisible angels.
    Under the second president of the Jehovah's Witnesses, Judge Rutherford, the Witnesses received most of their basic doctrine. Yet Rutherford believed that God's "holy spirit" (God's impersonal active force) had ceased to function as his teacher and had been replaced by angels who taught him in his mind (the Watchtower, September 1, 1930, p. 263, and February 1, 1935, p. 41; Rutherford, Riches [1936], p. 316).
    Today the Society's leaders claim that both "holy spirit" and "angels" communicate information to them (the Watchtower, March 1, 1972, p. 155; August 1, 1987, p. 19).
    In conclusion, these rather startling admissions from the Watchtower documenting that it receives information and guidance from "angels" coupled with the fact of all its false prophecies, biased Bible translation, and unbiblical teachings lead us to believe it is receiving its information from lying spirits the Bible identifies as demons, rather than from God.

John Ankerberg & John Weldon