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The Watchtower Society and the Occult
The Bible is very clear that God's people are NOT to associate with the occult:
"... thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
"There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer."
"For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD:..." (Deut 18:9-12)
Jehovah's Witnesses would be quick to agree and could even point to the society's stand concerning the occult:
The Flood forced the disobedient angels to dematerialize, and, now separated from Jehovah's holy organization, they became an invisible demonic organization under Satan's domination. (Ephesians 6:12) In order to control mankind, they use spiritism, necromancy, astrology and other occult devices. Although unable to take on human form again, they often possess humans, animals and inanimate things such as fetishes. The Watchtower 1984 March 15, p. 28-29
Unfortunately the Watchtower's record proves the opposite.
As an example, necromancy is an occult practice that has to do with communication with the dead. Following the death of Charles Russell, first president of the organization, the society published statements that Russell was still supervising the organization under direction of the Lord:
"This verse (Revelation 8:3) shows that, though Pastor Russell has passed beyond the veil, he is still managing every feature of the harvest work...We hold that he supervises, by the Lord's arrangement, the work yet to be done." The Finished Mystery 1917 pp. 144, 256
"Hence our dear Pastor, now in glory, is without doubt, manifesting a keen interest in the harvest work, and is permitted by the Lord to exercise some strong influence thereupon." Watch Tower 1917, November 1 p. 6161 [ Watchtower Society reprints]
Apparently, Joseph Rutherford sensed the seriousness of this thinking and charged that it would be foolish to believe any dead brother could direct living saints:
"No one of the temple company would be so foolish as to conclude that some brother (or brethren) at one time amongst them, and who has died and gone to heaven, is now instructing the saints on earth and directing them as to their work." Jehovah 1934 p. 191
However, in fairly recent times the Watch Tower light is once again getting brighter or dimmer (depending on your viewpoint), and has reverted back to the dead communicating with the living:
"It is fitting, then, that one of the 24 elders, representing anointed ones already in heaven, should stir John's thinking...(Revelation 7:13, 14a) Yes, that elder could locate the answer and give it to John. This suggests that resurrected ones of the 24-elders group may be involved in the communicating of divine truths today." Revelation - Its Grand climax At Hand! 1989 p. 125
Officially the organization rejects spiritism, yet they have repeatedly used the scholarship of known "spiritist" Johannes Greber. Greber's writings support Watch Tower beliefs, especially their much criticised translation of John 1:1.
Although the organization was aware of Greber's spiritism for decades, they used his writings anyway. After much criticism the Watch Tower has abandoned using Johannes Greber for scholarly support.
Today the society considers astrology and star worship as pagan. But as with many Watch Tower doctrines this has undergone change as well.
For over 60 years the Watch Tower taught that God directed the universe from his home on a star called Alcyone. The Great Pyramid of Egypt was also believed by the society to provide further evidense of God's throne on the star Alcyone.
From a Watch Tower publication in 1928 we find this strange statement:
"But the greatness in size of other stars or planets is smallwhen compared with the Pleiades in importance, because the Pleiades is the place of the eternal throne of God." (Reconciliation p. 14)
In 1953. without admiting any guilt the society discarded the once held doctrine about Alcyone and the Pleiades:
"Some attribute striking qualities to these constellations or star groups and on the basis of such they then offer private interpretations of Job 38:31, 32 that amaze their hearers... when viewed scripturally they are completely without foundation." (The Watchtower 1953 November 15 p. 703)
This is, of course, exactly what we would expect to find if an organization was man made and not from God. Unfortunately, because the Watch Tower is constantly attempting to repair it's false teachings with New Light, one can never be sure that what one accepts as from God today, may be considered false tomorrow.
True Christians can be at total peace that our trust is in the Bible alone and it's truths that do NOT change.
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