The young blond girl in a patterned dress at my door stammered and shook a little as a Matronly older woman looked on and observed her memorized presentation.
"This is the great issue that faces everyone," she said jitterly.
And indeed the cover of her Watchtower magazine10 said, "The Great Issue Faces You," along with a picture of an old man with stars surrounding him.
As a scholar of the Watchtower Society, my curiosity was aroused, What is the great issue?
Her visit had caught our family at an unfortunate time when I couldn't invite them in. I took her magazines, and silently prayed she'd keep her word to return on her back call, which she didn't unfortunately.
I opened the magazine. What is the great issue—was it sin? That certainly was Christ's great issue, his central message was man's slavery to sin. He preached that theme from several different angles. The captives he came to set free were the captives of sin. Those he was able to bless, were those poor in spirit, that is those who realized their sinful nature.
The apostle Paul continued Christ's message on sin. "This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus." (Rom. 3:22-24)
Even the Apostle John, a favorite among the Masons and other esoteric groups made sin the great issue. "If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (I Jn. 1:8,9)
So what was the Watchtower's Great Issue?
At the end of page three, which is the first article, we learn the answer, "In fact, the great issue facing each one of us is whether we accept or reject the sovereignty of God, "whose name alone is JEHOVAH." Having been associated with Jehovah's Witnesses, I knew that the issue of God's Sovereignty meant Jehovah's name. For instance, Moses had done all he did to Pharoah and the Egyptians the JWs had instructed me, solely to teach them his name is pronounced Jehovah.
Knowing this, it was fairly certain what would follow in the Watchtower article, "The time must come when he will resolve all aspects of this issue of sovereignty in harmony with his own stated purpose: "They will have to know that I am Jehovah."11
And there they did it again. The WT Soc. has taken a Biblical concept the Sovereinty of God and perverted it into a test of "Are they promoting the word Jehovah or not?"
The real issue is not whether some magical word Jehovah is promoted or not. The issue is sin.
If you want words the Hare Krishna's have magical words. "Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Krishna Krishan, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, " they chant.
If you want magical words the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi will give you for around $20 a mantra (the name of some Hindu deity picked especially for you) to relax with.
These groups all have plenty of magical words to save us, but what do they say about sin?
Transcendental Meditation (TM) says sin is a state of mind. Hare Krishnas see sin as something that can be purged with eating, clapping and dancing. The Watchtower Society chooses to believe that the results of sin can be ignored, for in the New order sinfull mankind will teach himself to be perfect with the aid of 144,000 elite teachers. The guilt, the horror, and the need for confession of sin eludes their religious teachings.
Christianity realizes sin, realizes the guilt man has, his need to confess his sin to God, and his need to rely on God for salvation.
WHAT IS THE WATCHTOWER'S REASON FOR USING THE TERM "NEW WORLD" & "NEW ORDER"?
The WTs answer to the public was given in the WT May 1, 1987 issue pg.30. Their answer is that the greek word kosmos allows them to fittingly speak of a coming "new world." To quote, "But the Biblical use of Ko'smos allows for a Christian to speak of a 'new world' when referring to the coming Paradise restored on earth." This answer is good fodder for brain-washed androids, but is not a responsible answer at all. Strong's Concordance's Greek dictionary indicates that the word kosmos (word #2889 in the dict.) probably came from a root word meaning orderly arrangement such as a decoration, and by implication means the world. The Bible however does not speak anywhere of a new world order or a new order.
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