Under what is called New Light, constant changes in Watchtower doctrine continue on and on, even to reteaching old opposed doctrines of the past. The following is an example. The subject is whether those destroyed at Sodom and Gomorrah will, or will not, receive a resurrection, based on the teaching authorities of Jehovah's Witnesses.
No JW Can Be Sure That
Their Present Beliefs Won't Change
YES, they will be resurrected -- 1920"The Scriptures distinctly tell us that the Israelites and the Sodomites will be sharers in that work of restoration, restitution." (Watchtower 1920 Oct 15 p.316 )
NO, they will not be resurrected -- 1941"Sodom and Gomorrah were reduced to complete desolation, from which there is no possibility of recovery; and so likewise the modern Moabites, Ammonites and Edomites shall be destroyed, and the place where they have inhabited shall be, as prophesied, "even the breeding of nettles, and saltpits, and a perpetual desolation." The religious-totalitarian rule and rulers,the commercial robbers and those who have defied Jehovah God and his Theocracy, shall perish for ever at the battle of Armageddon, as the prophecy declares." (Watchtower 1941 p.367 )
MAYBE they will be resurrected -- 1965"As in the case of Tyre and Sidon, Jesus showed that Sodom, bad as it was, had not got to the state of being unable to repent... So the spiritual recovery of the dead people of Sodom is not hopeless" (Watchtower 1965 Mar 1 p.139)
NO, they will not be resurrected -- 1967"How will these, having been caught, be disposed of? Will they be preserved alive? Will they be killed and buried in Hades or Sheol, which is the common grave of dead mankind, from which resurrection is possible? No, these political organizations are slated to be "hurled into the fiery lake that burns with sulphur." This the Bible describes as the "second death." (Rev. 20:14) It means the death from which there is no resurrection. They will be burned up root and branch, as completely gone forever as the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, which Jehovah God burned up by a rain of fire and sulphur from heaven, never to be rebuilt. It is destruction in Gehenna in which God destroys both body and soul (any right or possibility of living)." (Watchtower 1967 Jul 1 p.409)
YES, they will be resurrected -- 1974"Moreover, God’s undeserved kindness and care are so great that he will bring back the people of Sodom by a resurrection, with opportunity to learn and turn around to the way of life, even as his Son stated." (Awake 1974 Oct 8 p.20)
NO, they will not be resurrected -- 2005"Those who are judged unworthy of a resurrection are pitched into "Gehenna," or "the lake of fire." (Matthew 5:22; Mark 9:47, 48; Revelation 20:14) Among these would be the first human pair, Adam and Eve, the betrayer Judas Iscariot, and certain ones who died when God executed judgment upon them, such as the people in Noah’s day and the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah." (Watchtower 2005 Jul 15 p.31)
Truth Does NOT ChangeAre you confused by all of that? The evidence proves that no Jehovah's Witness can really know when their doctrines will be changed again, even going back to a previous opposite position that was once rejected, as with the Sodomites. The governing body of Jehovah's Witnesses changes their own beliefs based on what they call 'new light' and a misuse of scripture:The path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, shining ever brighter till the full light of day. (Prov 4:18)That verse surely doesn't apply. To make a 180 degree pendulum swing to the extreme opposite view doesn't imply any light in the old position once embraced, but instead darkness and error. Also, no bible-defined false prophet, as the governing body, is or can be considered righteous. Proverbs 4:18 has nothing to do with them or their doctrinal changes.
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ObservationsFurthermore, it is also clear that all the Jehovah's Witnesses who thought they were in the truth by believing what they were taught by their governing body were blatantly wrong. Their own position was rejected to embrace the extreme opposite view.
Their governing body really wants us to believe falsehood becomes truth to become false to become truth again and again whenever they say so. They actually have their followers duped to that degree. Watchtower's so-called 'new light' sometimes becomes their old rejected erroneous teachings.
That also means that all the dedicated Jehovah's Witnesses during those time frames were teaching and believing lies, while they wrongly thought they were "in the truth," and were "taking in knowledge." In reality, they were drinking in the poisoned waters of a false prophet, who teaches they alone can correctly understand the bible.
Finally, it is also explicitly clear that the Watchtower was not dispensing 'meat in due season' by teaching doctrines that were later rejected to be reaffirmed to be rejected again. Confusion (and error) reigns at the Jehovah's Witness so-called "Bethel," as it has been from the beginning with Charles Taze Russell, who consulted the Great pyramid for date calculations.
God's Word Teaches Everyone Will Be Resurrected,FYI, scripture teaches a resurrection for all:
Including the SodomitesDo not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice and come out--those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned. (John 5:28,29)I have the same hope in God as these men, that there will be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked. So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man. (Acts 24:15,16)
JWs Worshiped Jesus Until 1954The bible does absolutely teach we should worship Jesus. For a time period, the Jehovah's Witnesses were right about that, then changed as they did with the resurrection of the Sodomites. This, however, is much more critical. The following is what the Watchtower taught about worshiping Jesus from Russell to Rutherford to Knorr -- all of the Anointed Jehovah's Witnesses taught and worshiped Jesus:It seems clear that His Divinity was retained in humanity because He repeatedly spoke of Himself as having come down from heaven, and because He, though passing through trial and sorrow as a man, was yet possessed of the authority and exercised the prerogatives of a God. He was the object of unreproved worship even when a babe, by the wise men who came to see the new-born King. Matt. 2:2-11. Even the angels delighted to do Him honor. "When He bringeth the first-begotten into the world, He saith, "And let all the angels of God worship Him." Heb. 1:6. He never reproved any one for acts of worship offered to Himself, but when Cornelius offered such service to Peter--the leading apostle-- "he took him up, saying, stand up; I myself also am a man." .... Had Christ not been more than a man the same reason would have prevented from receiving worship...." (Zion's Watch Tower 1880 Oct pp.2-3)During the Millennium, the princes will lead the people in their worship of Jehovah and of Christ. [Vindication Volume 3 (J. F. Rutherford, 1932) p.295]Now, at Christ's coming to reign as king in Jehovah's capital organization Zion, to bring in a righteous new world, Jehovah makes him infinitely higher than the godly angels or messengers and accordingly commands them to worship him. Since Jehovah God now reigns as King by means of his capital organization Zion, then whosoever would worship Him must also worship and bow down to Jehovah's Chief One in that capital organization, namely, Christ Jesus, his Co-regent on the throne of The Theocracy. (Watchtower 1945 Oct 15 p.313)
Then Came 1954 and Their 180 Degree ChangeShould we worship Jesus? Consequently, since the Scriptures teach that Jesus Christ is not a trinitarian co-person with God the Father, but is a distinct person, the Son of God, the answer to the above question must be that no distinct worship is to be rendered to Jesus Christ now glorified in heaven. (Watchtower 1954 Jan 1 p.31)That 1954 change unwittingly condemned all of the past JW presidents and leaders as idolaters and all idolaters go to the lake of fire (Rev. 21:8). Don't allow the Watchtower Society's new light to confuse you about their deadly poisonous teachings.
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