Jehovah`s Witness/Belonging to Jehovah's Organization - essential to salvation. Why?
Does Richard's highlighting of the following words below indicate that Jehovah's Witnesses believe that our religion or Organization is the "mediator between God and men"
identifying themselves with Jehovahs organization is essential to their salvation
come to Jehovahs organization for salvation
only organization that will survive the end of this wicked system of things
this channel of communication that God is using, we will not progress along the road to life
survival of individuals today depends on...their loyal association with the earthly part of Jehovahs universal organization.
everlasting life depends on our obedience
wants to survive ...and His earthly organization now
Well, let's us see.
Well, let us see.
Reading again the paragraphs he quoted.
"Do they believe that they are the only ones who will be saved? No. Millions that have lived in centuries past and who were not Jehovah's Witnesses will come back in a resurrection and have an opportunity for life. Many now living may yet take a stand for truth and righteousness before the "great tribulation," and they will gain salvation." Jehovah's Witnesses, Who are they? What do they believe? (2002) p.29
"Do Jehovah's witnesses believe that only they will be saved?
Jehovah's witnesses believe that many will be saved who are not now Jehovah's witnesses. But with regard to the coming "great tribulation," and being saved through that conflict, the Bible shows that people must now turn to God and take their stand on his side if they wish protection from Him. Jesus said: "Just as the days of Noah were, so the presence of the Son of man will be. . . . they took no note until the flood came and swept them all away, so the presence of the Son of man will be." (Matt. 24:21, 37-39) Noah and his family, however, were saved through the Flood, because they served Jehovah God. All the others were destroyed. Jesus said that is what will happen at the coming "great tribulation," and this Jehovah's witnesses believe." Watchtower 1970 Apr 15 p.247
The answer is a RESOUNDING NO.
None in the quoted paragraphs above even IMPLIED that the JW's Organization is "mediator between God and men."
No! In fact, Richard is well aware from the very beginning, the JW's Organization has said and continue to say that:
We owe our salvation to Jehovah God through the merit of the ransom sacrifice of His son Jesus Christ!
As the scripture states:
"For God loved the world so much that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone exercising faith in him might not be destroyed but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
"For if when we were enemies we became reconciled to God through the death of his Son, how much more we will be saved by his life, now that we have become reconciled." (Romans 5:10)
So Richard's claim is absolutely false.
In addition if we look closely at the statements he quoted, it specifically used the word: ESSENTIAL
"They must appreciate that identifying themselves with Jehovahs organization is essential
to their salvation." Kingdom Ministry 1990 Nov p.1
Now, why ESSENTIAL and not as falsely claimed "mediator between God and men"?
It's because Satan also has an organization - an imitation Christianity!
Hence if you don't identify yourself to be among God's people then you're in Satan's side. Simple as that.
In fact, if you will recall what Jesus said in his illustration at Matthew 13:24-30.
He said, there will be two opposing organizations. One organization claiming to be "Christians" while the other are True Followers of Christ - True Christians!
"... Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest season, I will tell the reapers: First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up; then gather the wheat into my storehouse.’”” (Matthew 13:30)
In other words, One is True Religion and the other is False Religion(composed of thousands of many differing belief and teachings).
One leads to a "door" to salvation while the other leads to destruction.
Hence the reason why he said this:
""Go in through the narrow gate, because broad is the gate and spacious is the road leading off into destruction, and many are going in through it; 14 whereas narrow is the gate and cramped the road leading off into life, and few are finding it." (Matthew 7:13, 14)
Thus it can't be emphasize more than enough, the need to belong to the Right Religion, the True Worship of the Living God - belonging to Jehovah's Organization is ESSENTIAL!
But it seems Richard thinks that somehow belonging to an organization, especially Jehovah's Organization is a joke, a quackery, a false salvation. That somehow we don't need to be organized and that anyone can do this on their own without even considering Jesus' words or for that matter the entire Bible.
Like this one here where Jesus said...
"And I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those too I must bring in, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd." (John 10:16)
As if Jesus is NOT telling his true followers to "become one flock", ORGANIZED as one with one shepherd.
Or these words by the apostle Paul where he said...
“And let us consider one another so as to incite to love and fine works, 25 not forsaking our meeting together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24, 25)
...where we are admonished to gather together to encourage one another as the end draws near.
Or this one where he said:
"...earnestly endeavoring to maintain the oneness of the spirit in the uniting bond of peace. One body there is, and one spirit, just as you were called to the one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all." (Ephesians 4:3-6)
...where True Christians should be united, not scattered and confused like Christendom is.
So really, just because, False Religion (Christendom) has made a mockery of the word Organization or Religion, it doesn't mean that there's no True Religion! To the contrary, like the First Century Christians headed by Jesus Christ through the Apostles and the Governing Body in Jerusalem, Jehovah's Witnesses today are IN the True Religion, they are the True Organization of God!!!
And if Richard thinks that this is NOT Jehovah's Organization or that God has no Organization on earth today - bringing people together to become "one flock", then I feel sorry for him. He has no idea of what's he's talking about.
Too sad though. Although he has in his possession many if not all of our publications, it didn't do him any good as he continue to use its pages to fight against Jehovah's Organization.
But saddest of all, if this IS God's true organization, then this warning is for him and to those like him:
“. . .So under the present circumstances, I say to you, do not meddle with these men, but let them alone. For if this scheme or this work is from men, it will be overthrown; 39 but if it is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them. Otherwise, you may even be found fighters against God himself.”” (Acts 5:38, 39)
Just a friendly advice, you don't want to "be found fighters against God himself.” Do you Richard? If no then think carefully of what you're doing.
“. . .May people know that you, whose name is Jehovah, You alone are the Most High over all the earth.” (Psalm 83:18)
*** w62 12/15 pp. 758-759 We Need Jehovah’s Organization ***
"We Need Jehovah’s Organization
IT WAS with good reason that Jesus Christ likened the worshipers of Jehovah to gregarious sheep. Like sheep, they need one another and the loving oversight of a shepherd. That it is Jehovah’s will for them to be together in one flock instead of being scattered, having a separate spiritual existence, is made evident by what Jesus said in the tenth chapter of John. In the eleventh verse he identifies himself as their shepherd, saying: “I am the fine shepherd; the fine shepherd surrenders his soul in behalf of the sheep.” Then in verse sixteen he states: “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; those also I must bring, and they will listen to my voice, and they will become one flock, one shepherd.” This gathering of worshipers of Jehovah into one flock shows that it is his purpose for them to be in close association with one another.
Jesus would not have likened Christians to sheep in one flock and one fold if it were not God’s purpose for them to be together in an organization. His spirit is where the Fine Shepherd and the flock are. How can a person expect to continue under the influence of that spirit if he separates from the flock and seeks to live a solitary spiritual life? It is like separating a coal from a bed of coals. As the coal soon cools because of its being separated from the fire, so the spiritual flame in a dedicated servant of God will soon cool and die out when he willfully separates from the flock where Jehovah’s spirit is.
Regarding straying sheep, Jesus said: “What do you think? If a certain man comes to have a hundred sheep and one of them gets strayed, will he not leave the ninety-nine upon the mountains and set out on a search for the one that is straying? And if he happens to find it, I certainly tell you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that have not strayed. Likewise it is not a desirable thing with my Father who is in heaven for one of these little ones to perish.” (Matt. 18:12-14) With the flock of God’s organization there is safety, but there is grave danger in straying from it.
Being in the Christian flock involves more than just belief in Christian teachings. It also means contact with the organization of Jehovah’s worshipers. When sheep are in a flock, they are in physical association with one another. This also is necessary with Christians. The apostle Paul made that clear when he said: “Let us consider one another to incite to love and fine works, not forsaking the gathering of ourselves together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, and all the more so as you behold the day drawing near.” (Heb. 10:24, 25) Is not a person forsaking the gathering with dedicated worshipers of Jehovah when he tries to live a solitary spiritual life, having no physical association with the Christian flock? Jesus would not have given his illustration likening Christians to a flock of sheep if he did not believe that worshipers of Jehovah need the Christian organization."
To carry out the international preaching work requires organization:
Like door-to-door ministry
Construction of places of worship and many more.