But sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts,
always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to
give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness
and reverence - 1 Peter 3:15
Johnnie Walker Whiskey
vs. The Watchtower
The Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society claims
to be God's representatives on earth. God speaks to the governing
body and they in tern speak to the people through the Watchtower
magazine. Since God is directing the organization you would expect
any information given as if from the voice and hand of God.
Under Charles Taze Russell, the founder of Zions'
Watch Tower Tract Society, the emphasis was on Russell's 6 volume
work Scripture Studies. The claim that studying them was superior
to studying the Bible alone:
"Furthermore, not only do we find that
people cannot see the divine plan in studying the Bible itself,
but we see also that if anyone lays the 'Scripture Studies' ...
after he has read them for 10 years-if he then lays them aside and
ignores them and goes to the Bible alone...out experience shows
that within 2 years he goes into darkness. On the other hand, if
he has merely read the 'S.S.' [Studies in the Scriptures] with their
references, and had not read a page of the Bible, as such, he would
be in the light at the end of the two years." (Watchtower,
Sept. 15, 1910)
This same thinking would continue after Russell's
death with the Watchtower magazine "the means the Lord is
pleased to use to transmit his message of truth":
"The Watchtower is issued twice
each month and brings to its readers the current report which the
Lord, in the exercise of his loving-kindness, manifests in the unfolding
of his prophecies to those who are devoted to him....the Watchtower
being the means the Lord is pleased to use to transmit his message
of truth to the people, it is a real comfort to the remnant and
the other sheep of the Lord to have this given to the regularly
twice each month." (1937 Yearbook, p. 82)
In 1940 Fred Franz represented the Watchtower
in Court and admitted Jehovah God is the editor of the Watchtower
Question to Fred Franz: "Who subsequently
became the Editor of the magazine, the main editor of the 'Watch
Franz's Answer: "Jehovah God."
(Fred W. Franz on the witness stand under
oath, New York King's County Clerks' Court Record, 1940, vol.
II, p 795)
Not only has the Watchtower made many false prophesies,
reverses and changes in doctrine, but in 1982 they were forced to
change the cover to the September 15 issue of the Watchtower because
they had plagiarized the graphic from a Johnnie Walker Whiskey advertisement.
September 1982 Watchtower
Readers Digest 1982
The bound volumes of the Watchtower magazines printed at the end of the same
year were altered with the above cover picture for the September 15 issue.
Somerset corporation (owners of the Johnnnie Walker
label),was alerted to the problem of the cover of the September
issue of the Watchtower and promptly contacted Watchtower headquarters.
An embarrassed Watchtower Bible and Tract Society agreed to immediately
cease printing the borrowed graphic.It was too late to stop production
for United States Watchtowers but foreign editions were changed
as well as the future bound volume reprints.
Sommerset was assured the printing was done in
error and graciously considered the matter settled with no litigation
against the Watchtower.
Unfortunately, there appears to be no apology
to Watchtower readers of the mishap and devout members are left
in the dark if they discover the illegal cover that the organization
The Johnnie Walker mishap certainly does not in
and of itself prove the Watchtower is a false religion. Nor would
we expect perfection from ANY religious organization.
However, considering the long list of false prophecy
and doctrinal changes within this organization (many attributed
to Jehovah God Himself), it is further evidence that the Watchtower
Bible and Tract Society is a man made religious system. One would
be wise indeed to test very carefully whether to risk ones eternal
destiny in following the teachings of the Watchtower.
The Holy Bible gives the very best guidance:
Prove all things; hold fast that which
is good. (1 Thess 5:2) KJV
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