The Charter of the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society as amended in January 1945, which remains in effect as of this writing states one of the purposes of the society is “worship of Almighty God and Christ Jesus.” The relevant section of the scanned copy of the 1945 charter is on pages two and three beginning with article seven, section 2.
Watchtower charter advocates the worship of Jesus
This resolution was passed unanimously by 225,302 Jehovah’s Witnesses at the annual meeting with zero voting against it. It was submitted to the court by president Nathan Khorr and secretary William E Van Amburgh under authority granted by this vote.
Why would 225,302 Jehovah’s Witnesses vote to advocate the worship of Jesus, whom the Watchtower says is an angel? It is clear that Jesus received worship, and the Watchtower was doing the right thing by worshiping Jesus just as was done in the New Testament. Older Watchtower literature provides many examples of advocating the worship of Jesus.
In 1999 The Watchtower published a book called “Pay Attention to Daniel’s Prophecy” which states that this 1945 amendment fulfilled prophesy and brought the Watchtower into a right relationship with God (see pages 177-179).
Here is where the hypocrisy lies. You cannot be a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses if you conclude that the charter offends God and therefore does not bring anyone into a right relationship with God. You cannot be a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses if you worship Jesus. Your only choice is to blindly follow the men running the Watchtower if you wish to be a Jehovah’s Witness. You are not permitted to speak out against this document, nor are you permitted to accept the document, both actions will result in being disfellowshipped by the Jehovah’s Witnesses or disallow you from becoming a member.
Thanks to Jay Hess whom has brought this issue to my attention through an article I received in the mail recently.
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