Doctrines, Religion

Apostasy Defined by Watchtower

Apostasy, as defined by the Watchtower, is “a baptized Christian [who] abandons the teachings of Jehovah, as presented by the faithful and discreet slave, and persists in believing other doctrine”.

So specifically it is all Christians who believe the scriptures, as the teachings “of Jehovah” as taught by “the faithful and discreet slave” are often in conflict with what the scriptures teach. (1 Tim 6:3-5)

The scriptures say, “the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.”

For example, the scriptures say: “…the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended” (Rev 20:5) while the Watchtower teaches “the general resurrection takes place on earth during Christ’s Millennial Reign.” (Resurrection, The Reasoning Book, rs p. 333-p. 340)

The Watchtower teaches the “resurrection takes place on earth during Christ’s Millennial Reign.”

To believe the scriptures—the inspired Word of God—over what the Watchtower teaches is‚ according to them, to be an apostate. (2 Tim 3:16, Acts 17:11)

Thus, if you are a Jehovah’s Witness who believes the scriptures instead of the Watchtower, you will be disfellowshipped.

Letter to All Circuit and District Overseers

September 1, 1980

“Keep in mind that to be disfellowshipped, an apostate does not have to be a promoter of apostate views. … if a baptized Christian abandons the teachings of Jehovah, as presented by the faithful and discreet slave, and persists in believing other doctrine despite Scriptural reproof, then he is apostatizing. … [If] he continues to believe the apostate ideas and rejects what he has been provided through the ‘slave class,’ then appropriate judicial action should be taken. … [If] something reasonably substantial comes to the attention of the elders along this line, it would be appropriate to make a kindly, discreet inquiry so as to protect the flock.”

This is not to say that you or the elders should go on ‘witch hunts,’ as it were, inquiring into the personal beliefs of your brothers. Rather, if something reasonably substantial comes to the attention of the elders along this line, it would be appropriate to make a kindly, discreet inquiry so as to protect the flock. We cannot overemphasize the need to be cautious, discreet and kindly as such situations are dealt with.—James 1:19, 20

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