There is a website over at e-watchman.com where a former-Jehovah’s Witness by the name of Robert King writes numerous thought-provoking articles.
This person, like myself, are viewed – by Watch Tower definition as Apostates. Yet, Mr. King is still a captive to that organization as his writings uphold the organization as Jehovah’s Earthly organization.
When one reads from the many articles Mr. King has written, he largely subscribes to most of what the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society teaches. (I am not saying that the Watch Tower is entirely wrong, but in error on key prophecies upon which the organization believes is true and hinges upon).
Mr. King primarily critiques Awake! and Watch Tower articles and Governing Body decisions. I find this very strange from a person who is no longer in the organization but still believes that it is God’s earthly organization. It is almost as if he cannot fully detach himself from that organization.
Either the organization is true and Jehovah’s organization or it is false and it is not. Mr. King plays it safe. If Jehovah did have an organization on earth, surely it would not advertise and dispense error as only truth can issue from him through His Son who is the truth. (John 14;6)
If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Discipleship and attachment are not to organizations, never has been. Discipleship is to the person of The Christ and none other.
Mr. King and many others, who are you a disciple of? For example, who told you that there is an earthly organization? Jesus or men? Who told you that there is a remnant of 144000 on earth today? Jesus or men?
It is men who are telling other men that they are naked and without knowledge, faith, and insight if they do not accept what they say. The Most High God through His Christ tells us that we clothe ourselves when we listen to Him through his ONLY approved spokesman. (Matthew 3:17; Luke 9:35; Matthew 6:30)
This is one thing many in captivity to religious organizations and religious concepts and teachings have not come to realize. They think they are disciples of the Christ when the reality is that they are disciples of the organization that holds them captive.
This can be easily tested: Speak contrary, think differently, believe otherwise, question or challenge the teachings of the captive organization and see what that organization does to you. It is an organization of men who are acting upon you, not your true Master, Purchaser, and Owner. The organization will treat you as if it gave up its life in your behalf. The organization has taken ownership of another’s sheep.
Those who are Jehovah’s Witnesses, for example, are disciples of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society. Charles Taze Russell is held as a cornerstone; as it is the organization he founded. I maintain that discipleship has not to Christ. It is the organization of the Watch Tower that leads and directs those in the congregations below. Failure to live up to the baptismal vow each Jehovah’s Witness has taken will lead to disfellowshipmentt from the organization.
Thus, it is not the Christ who accepts and disposes of his sheep, but men who think they have the authority to accept and dispose of sheep that is not theirs to accept or dispose of.
I have written in several articles that the baptismal vow all Jehovah’s Witnesses take is not to The Most High God, but to the organization. Read the vow for yourself in the June 1, 1985 issue of the Watchtower, page 29 below and notice that one is a Jehovah’s Witness (Witness of Jehovah) only if they are associated with the “spirit-directed organization.” There is no mention of the Holy Spirit. It it’s place we see spirit-directed organization. This also implies that one is not viewed as a servant of the Most High God if they are not “associated” with the organization.
The organization places itself in a position where it does not belong. Only The Son of God decides who and who are not his. (Matthew 7:21-23)
Neither did our Lord and Master instruct us to take a vow to anyone or anything. Vow taking is nothing but enlistment into human organizations so as to be controlled. It is being taken into captivity.
Here is the second part of that baptismal vow from the June 1, 1985 issue of the Watchtower, page 29:
Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization?
All religious organization should be rejected. Such a rejection does not make one godless of faithless as these organizations would like to “paint it.” No, it makes you godly and faithful.
Our ears should not be turned to listening to religious organizations, but to listening to our only teacher and leader, The Son of God who is The Christ. (Matthew 23:8-12 and Luke 9:35)
No one of importance. A disciple (student) of Christ apart from the established religious systems who reasons, thinks and concludes matters for myself. Something is not right with the state of religion in the world. The real dichotomy is that we live in a world so full of religion, yet is an evil, immoral, and dangerous place to live. A mental and spiritual separation from this world that Jesus said his kingdom is no part of is the first step to a "break-through" to freedom and entry into a much larger spiritual world where God and Christ resides and the wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of God can be accessed.