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The changes Watchtower made…which even Jehovahs Witnesses may not have noticed!!

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Jehovahs Witnesses believe that it is a good thing that changes happen in there doctrine. New light is right across their history. Some things are very blatant (1975, generation change, blood fractions etc), sometimes though the watchtower is so subtle with some changes that that you may not of even seen them. These are not necessary changes in doctrine, but changes in other areas of the publications, which when you expose them are extremely irresponsible and at times rather disturbing. I doubt that an average Jehovahs Witness even release that these happen, the devil however does appear as an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:13, 14 For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, masquerading as apostles of Christ. And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.

Changes in the songs

I am going to talk a lot the worship music, because worship is important. We have some amazing hymns as Christians (yes I know hillsong have done some bad ones as well!!) but they give glory to Jesus.

How great though art
Amazing Grace
In Christ Alone
The deep love of Jesus
How deep the Fathers love for us
Our God saves

Lets look at a few of the Jehovahs Witness hymns, and how they have changed:-

Kiss the son

One of the more doctrinal correct hymns was called “Kiss the son” where they actually took the lyrics straight out of Psalms 2:12..

“Kiss the son lest God be angry
and you will perish from the way,
Happy are all those taking refuge in Him”.

It was a really song and this chorus showed how important it was to honor the son.

They have kept the music the same but now the chorus goes :-

“Praise our God, Jehovah; Praise his Son, Christ Jesus,
Who through the ransom have set us free.
Now we have the hope to live on the earth

And serve God eternally”
Can you see the change? God is no longer going to be angry about you not honoring the son!

“Any opportunity to get rid of giving glory to Jesus, they will do it”.

Here are some more examples in the songs…

Stay awake stand firm

stay-awake

Sometimes they will replace “Jesus” with “Jehovah” here though they go one step further….now they are replacing Jesus with themselves.

Can you honestly call this a “worship” song? Read the rest of the lyrics…its all about them growing mighty and being determined…how is this worship music? The one time Jesus actually gets a mention in this awful song has now been replaced by the organisation.

Also…its not about what obeying Christ Jesus has to say, but rather the “older men”.

Make Jehovahs heart glad

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Once again, they have changed the lyrics for the purpose of giving glory to “the slave”.

Like with the other examples we have seen, the significance is that they are no longer giving any kind of glory of praise to Jesus, but now singing songs about how amazing the organisation is.

Make the truth your own

This used to be a person favorite of mine, the music was good the lyrics were good….but once again notice the one line change.

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Why the need to change it? If Jehovahs Witness do believe in imitating Jesus, why the need to get rid of him in this song as well?

Here are the biblical instructions regarding honoring the son

John 5:22,23 – Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

So here it Jehovahs Witnesses…here is one of the reasons why your organisation is an abomination. Getting rid of him from your “worship songs” is proof how you dishonor him.

This last one is the most recent……

My prayer of dedication

my-prayer

99% of Jehovahs Witnesses will be oblivious to this change in the lyrics, but there is one purpose behind this change, because the governing body wants money, putting this in the song is a way of getting it in the mind of its members so they keep giving.

Can you see…

Changing these 2 lines will creep into the minds of Jehovahs Witnesses and keep them blinded?

2 Corinthians 4:3,4. – And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. In their case the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God

How can this help a questioning Jehovahs Witness?

Look at just these little changes and ask yourself…. “are these people, giving worthy praise to God through there worship?” “Should we not be honoring the son through our worship as opposed to the governing body?”

If you are a Jehovahs Witness this would be a good question to ask yourself.

Changes to the cover

I can’t not talk about the song book without mentioning the change on the cover though. First of all I need to put a disclaimer in. The change on the back of the Jehovah Witness song book is there for all to see, the reason why….well they have not actually said, so the reason I am giving is just my view, not necessary the same view of other members of UKPFC or indeed anyone else.

Back in 2012, this is what the song book looked like….
song-bk-1

Now it looks like this…

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Can you see the black man has been taken out and replaced with a white man? This is strange, but what is the reason why the Watchtower has made this change?

Is this the Watchtower promoting what Judge Rutherford said about the fact that black should be slaves?

“It is generally believed that the curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origin of the black race. Certain it is that when Noah said, “Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren,” he pictured the future of the Colored race. They have been and are a race of servants, but now in the dawn of the twentieth century, we are all coming to see this matter of service in its true light and to find that the only real joy in life is in serving others; not bossing them. There is no servant in the world as good as a good Colored servant, and the joy that he gets from rendering faithful service is one of the purest joys there is in the world. ” — The Golden Age, July 24, 192

It is possible this is the reason why, but I think the reason is a lot more a lot more sinister.

It is no big secret that Jehovahs Witnesses have been in big trouble with covering up child abuse for a number of years. They are currently under investigation from the charity commission in the UK as well. Article published on the gov.uk website:-

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/charity-commission-defends-its-investigation-into-jehovahs-witness-charity-in-the-court-of-appeal

Take another look at the black guy who is now disappeared off the song book…look at where he is staring…..

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It is just my opinion but this looks suspiciously like he is staring at the child, while everyone else is looking up. Also…can you see the size of his thumb? This looks suspiciously like something else!!

Is this the Watchtower mocking people who think they are involved in covering up child abuse? I think this is the most likely explanation. Either way it is creepy and if they had nothing to hide with the image…why change it?

Other changes in their images

They stole a picture from a pornography magazine for their own literature!!

It is no big secret that Jehovahs Witnesses will have hidden messages in there publications. You may well remember this one from the live forever book…..

live-forever-book

Whats odd about this picture? Well it was exposed that this image was stolen off a Germany company called “Stern”…who produce hard-core pornography magazine!! Don’t believe me…here is the cover it was taken from!!!

live-forever-image

Not long after this was exposed, the Watchtower dis-continued making the live forever book. Coincidence?  Maybe….but what is the Watchtower playing at by using these images in their literature? You also will not find the live forever book on jw.org (strange I know!!)

I have a message for you at Watchtower HQ…YOU are part of the “disgusting thing” spoken in Revelation 17:5 :-

“The name written on her forehead was a mystery: Babylon the great the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth”.

Other changes in images

In the March 15th 2004 Watchtower you have an image of Jesus and his disciples eating bread together.
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Yet in a Watchtower April 2008 they used the same image but in black and white…

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Can you spot the difference? In the first picture Jesus is holding bread in his left hand, yet in the most recent picture in black and white it has disappeared…again no explanation. Most people in EX Jehovahs forums think that the color pictures suggests that it because Jesus is holding “something” in his left hand, and due to the complaints Watchtower decided to Photoshop it out of the more up to date image. That is a possibility, but if the Watchtower was not guilty, then why change the image? Have they been deliberately putting this of images in there publications?

Changes to the meetings

In the past few years there has been a number of changes in the fellowship arrangements. I am just going to talk about a few:-

No more book study

In 2009 it was decided that they were going to do away with the midweek book study. The reason the Watchtower gave was this was because of the cost of living going up and this way families can save a few quid and also spend more time together – how nice!

Now though I will give you the real reason as to why it came to an abrupt end.

The midweek book study was a great opportunity to talk to other Jehovahs Witnesses in the area on a more intimate level as the groups were usually only between 10-15 people, most of the time you would even get a drink at the end of it….which you don’t at the kingdom hall.

In was also common practice for the book study conductor to set assignments to the group outside of the governing bodies’ control. I know when I was a Jehovahs Witness one of the things our Tuesday book study needed to do was to find out more about the history of Tarshish which was a port. This kind of independent research was common place in the Tuesday book study.

Un-fortunately this kind of independent research resulted in a lot of people releasing the problems of Jehovahs Witness doctrine. There was an instance that was over in Ireland though that caused the biggest issue which resulted in the ending of Tuesday book study.

The leader of the book study gave his group an assignment of researching the history regarding the New World Translation….big mistake! His group went away and started research outside of the Watchtower literature. In turn this information was shared other members of the congregation, and before you knew it, multitudes of people where leaving the organisation.

By getting rid of the book study and the smaller groups, it meant that the organisation can keep greater tabs on the members.

No more theocratic ministry school

The theocratic ministry school was the one time the average Jehovahs Witness could get up and do some speaking. They would do anything from a bible reading, to a role play of a bible study, to a talk on avoiding thrill seeking actives (yes this was one that I did!) once again this would involve doing some reading in Watchtower archives. Not a good idea when you don’t want people reading old light! The theocratic ministry school has now been replaced with a talk / message from a governing body member at HQ that is played to all congregations across the world.

The change regarding the theocratic ministry school has meant that not only do you avoid people potentially digging up old Watchtower articles it means that now the governing body can talk directly to their members.

Governing body no longer anonymous

When I was a Jehovahs Witness I had no idea who the faces where behind the watchtower writers.

A questions from readers from the October the 1st 1959 asked the question whether or not the writers are qualified to be writing. This was the Watchtowers response:-

They prefer to remain anonymous, not because of their educational background but in order that the students of the literature may concentrate on the truths and the facts presented instead of upon the identity of the writer and being influenced by who he is. They prefer that the Society and not the individual contributor to its publications should be the thing to recommend the Watch Tower publications to all readers and that the attention of readers should be directed to the organization that is being used by Jehovah God as his instrument rather than to any individual.

How different this is today! Now we know the governing body members and what they look like. This means that Jehovahs Witnesses will now feel closer to the organisation than they ever did before.

These are just few changes that you may have missed, but certainly these changes do play a part in control the minds of Jehovahs Witnesses.

My hope and prayer is this is article will show Jehovahs Witnesses that the Watchtower is blatantly pulling the wool over your eyes, the truth is right in front of you – you just can’t see it.

Every blessing.

Jason Thickpenny

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4 Responses »

  1. Jason, you brought up a good reason why prudent persons should not follow the Watchtower (W.t.) as a guide . While the W.t. has made some suspicious changes to various areas within the organization ( your thoughts concerning that song book cover are not something I would focus on , so I appreciate that you offered your disclaimer ) , by far the worst is in the changes to doctrine they have exhibited through the years . Their teaching track record has been a consistent mess of doctrinal vacillation , it reveals a PATTERN . It’s a pattern of unstable doctrines because it is merely man’s opinions masquerading as ” Bible based ” truth / “spiritual food ” from Jehovah .

    Their record has been so bad that now the W.t. has cleverly used the excuse of having Jw’s tell the public that all the changes are a good sign ! ( talk about psychological manipulation — it reminds me how some polished politicians try and spin their errors so they don’t lose their followers etc ) Supposedly it proves God is leading their preaching work because of Prov 4:18 . But the W.t. has butchered the context of Prov 4 , and their huge amount of doctrinal flip flops are anything but “new light” from God . But because W.t. members are told they are not allowed to interpret the Bible for themselves as individuals [ W.t. magazine 10-1-1967 p 587 ] then members simply accept any new teaching which comes from Brooklyn , along with any excuse to justify doctrinal vacillating . That arrangement is a false prophet’s dream !

    The following aptly describes what W.t. leaders have done to rank and file members , Paul warns us to beware of Bible teachers who cause people to be tossed to and fro ( doctrinally) like a ship in the ocean without a rudder . People submitting to these teachers were :

    ” … forever changing our minds about what we believe because someone has told us something different , or has cleverly lied to us and made the lie sound like the truth .” [ Eph 4:14 Living New Testament ] .

    Freedom from the false prophet led organization in Brooklyn , the leaders of which have proven to be not consistently reliable as guides in understanding the Bible , is available to those who turn from the W.t. and trust Jehovah to lead them in their study of His Word .

  2. A quick reminder for those who may not be aware of how bad this problem has been within the Watchtower (W.t. ) organization .

    First the claims made by the W.t. as to why it alone is to be trusted as God’s sole channel for the flow of correct scripture understanding to mankind :

    – a person can’t understand the Bible without the W.t. [ 1983 Year Book of J.w’s p 21 ]
    – only the W.t. understands ” the deep things of God ” [ W.t. magazine 7-1-1973 p 402 ]
    – the teachings in the W.t. magazine are not human opinions [ W.t. magazine 7-1-1958 p 406]
    – the teachings in W.t. publications have been tested and served by Jehovah and Jesus thus it is
    safe ( accurate) spiritual food [ W.t. magazine 8-1-1950 p 231 ]

    – the Lord uses the W.t magazine to aid His people to understand scriptural truths [ 1936 Y.B. p 63 ]
    – the W.t. magazine has ” consistently proven itself dependable ” since it’s was first published [ 1950 NWT p 793 ] .
    – the W.t. organization ” is a tremendously dependable source “, because “never once ” has it
    misled anyone [ W.t. magazine 6-1-1984 p 12 ] .
    – The Lord has caused W.t. books to be published , He has prepared the message in them so
    that people may know what the Bible teaches [ What You Need 1932 p 50 ] .

    A few of the doctrines once taught as being correct interpretation of the scriptures by the W.t. prophet / faithful slave but which have since been dumped for something different :

    – Jesus has two natures , human and divine [ W.t. magazine Oct 1880 p 3 ]
    – Jesus is NOT Michael [ W.t. magazine 11-1-1879 p 4 ]
    – It is proper to worship Jesus and the Father [ W.t. mag 7-15-1898 p 216 ; W.t. mag 10-15-1945
    p 313 ]
    – ok to display the cross because ” the cross of Christ is the great pivotal truth of the divine arrangement from which radiates the hopes of men ” . [ Harp Of God p 142 ]

    – Jesus is NOT acting as mediator for the church [ W.t. mag 10-15-1921 p 308 ]
    – those who comprise the “great crowd ” are a heavenly class [ Vindication vol 3 p 204]
    – Organ transplants are likened to ” cannibalism ” [ W.t. mag 11-15-1967 p 702 -704]
    – Adam benefits from the ransom and will be resurrected [ W.t. mag 10-15-1920 p 316 ] .
    – Jesus’ body mentioned in Matt 26:26 refers to the christian congregation [ W.t. mag 3-15-1954
    p 174 ] .

    – the “it” mentioned in 1Cor 15:42-44 refers to the Christ’s body the church [ W.t mag 5-15-1941
    p 155]
    – the Great Pyramid is ” the Bible in stone ” ( but years later it was called ” Satan’s Bible ” ) [ see
    W.t. 3-15-1911 compare to W.t. mag of 11-15-1928 p 339 ] .

    – members of the great crowd are called ” Jonadabs ” , these do not bear the official name i.e. “Jehovah’s witnesses ” , but they are companions of Jehovah’s witnesses [W.t. mag 8-15-1937
    p 250 ] .
    – the church is not under the new covenant [ W.t. mag 9-15-1918 ]
    – the Faithful and wise servant ( Matt 24:45 ) is Charles T. Russell [ W.t. mag 3-1-1923 p68 ]
    – Jesus’ second advent occurred in 1874 [ The Finished Mystery p 68-69 ]

    So many more can be shared . But these are destructive enough to the W.t’s claim of being a reliable guide in understanding the Bible . But the W.t. claims it’s teachings are “new light” from God and use Prov 4:18 . But here’s some more examples of the W.t.”new light ” :

    – the inauguration of the new covenant : it’s future [ W.t. mag June 1880 p 110] ; no it’s already
    realized [ W.t. mag 8-15-1901 ; no it’s future [ W.t. 1-1-1907 ] ; no it’s been inaugurated since A.D. 33 [ W.t. 8-1-1934 p 235 ] .

    – will the men of Sodom be resurrected ? Yes [ W.t. mag July 1879 p 8 ] . No [ W.t. mag 6-1-1952 p 338 ] . yes [ W.t. mag 8-1-1965 p 479 ] .

    – Is Jesus mediator for the church ? yes [ W.t. mag 1-15-1906 . No [ W.t. mag 10-15-1921 p 308]. Yes [ Insight vol 2 p 362 ] .

    The W.t. should need it’s own words : ” It is a serious matter to represent God and Christ in one way , the find that our understanding of the major teachings and fundamental doctrines of the scriptures was in error , and then after that , to go back to the very doctrines that , by years of study , we had thoroughly determined to be in error . Christians cannot be vacillating —
    ‘ wishy washy ‘ — about such fundamental teachings . What confidence can one put in the sincereity or judgement of such persons ? ” [ W.t. mag 5-15-1976 p 298 ]

    Here’s what the W.t. has said about why another group who teach the Bible should’nt be trusted as guides :

    ” The Fundamentalists … their claim or teachings are contradictory and inconsistent , showing that they are deceived and do NOT represent God … If they were God’s representatives then their teachings would be in harmony with God’s Word and would be consistent .” [ The People’s Friend 1928 p 51 ] .

    This statement by the W.t. reminds me of the old adage , “The pot calling the kettle black ”

    Given the the W.t’ s erratic behavior as a teacher those in the W.t. organization have no quarantee that right now what they are believing and giving to the public is not erroneous doctrine .

    The W.t’s record is clear , and it proves that the W’t’s ” faithful and discreet slave ” ( Matt 24:45 NWT ) is actually a unfaithful and disqualified slave .

    Members of the W.t. organization can be loyal to Jehovah by dismissing the W..t from their lives . It will be difficult but He can help .
    Let’s pray for them .

  3. Jason after carefully reading your acrimonious article have come to a consensual judgment that your article are all base on sentimentalize feats I know a little about your tale with the witnesses your just getting back at them YES!

    why will pay attention to little things as pictures of the watchtower?If the watchtower decides to change images I don’t see how that affect you.our work is financed by voluntary contributions and it will
    continue to be!
    still you accused the watchtower in your article of cunningly asking for money

    maybe you haven’t heard those exjws are beginning to return ?more are yet to return as the number climb to 9million

    you’re talking about the watchtower becoming filthy?that’s upsurd and incongruous your statements lacks every bit of Alacrity’s and liveliness.hw about your site?is it 100%pure?No A site that reads comments and if found unfavorable to the site owners it Will never post it, your policy are abscess and obscured unaccepted anyway that’s all I can say for now I be waiting for your reply at your convenience

    • anonymous , you said , ” maybe you have’nt heard those exjws are beginning to return ? more are yet to return as the number climbs to 9 million .”

      Are you saying that many ex jw’s are returning to the W.t. organization ? Also, if the W.t. reaches 9 million members does that really prove that it is God’s exclusive group of true Christians ?

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