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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 8 years ago

Do the "Governing Body" of Jehovah's Witnesses, Have any " Spiritual Authority" or claim to have any?

Does the "Governing Body" of Jehovah's Witnesses have any authority over the members of the worldwide "Organisation" of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society?

Is there anything in their corporate rules or Organizational outline that identifies this Governing Body as having any Spiritual "Authority"?

Update:

‘Jehovah’s Witnesses’ means that body of Christians who recognise the spiritual authority of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses situated at 25 Columbia Heights Brooklyn New York, United States.” – Defined under section 9.1 of the Articles of Association (30th October 2000), for the Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Britain.

Update 2:

This "spiritual authority" is recognized on a worldwide basis in the same way, every country.

Update 3:

Perrrrfect....You say their "fruits" are an example of the Holy Spirit that guides them?

I You say that THEY have "Spiritual AUTHORITY"?

The Bible says that "ALL Authority has been given to Jesus Christ"...are you saying that Jesus is "sharing" some of His authority?

Where is that in the New World Translation?

You also need to look up the meaning of "Blasphemy".

Update 4:

They also claim this; "Since Jehovah God and Jesus Christ completely trust the faithful and discreet slave, should we not do the same?" Watchtower 2009 Feb 15 p.27

This statement is in opposition to the words in the Bible, "Do not put your trust in Earthly man, or Nobles, in whom there is NO salvation"...and we KNOW this organization says you must "come to Jehovah's Organization" for salvation.

These proofs herein, identify Jehovah's Witnesses & the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, as Frauds.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago
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    The 15 May 1997 Watchtower magazine had a main article where the implication was made that the Governing Body might disappear one day.

    The 1 January 2000 Watchtower magazine named the 13 members of the Governing Body (page 29), showing that its role is to oversee the activities of God's people around the world and to serve their spiritual interests. Of course, it restricts "God's people" to Jehovah's Witnesses and includes no others.

    The 1 April 2007 Watchtower magazine had an aritcle about showing respect to and supporting the Governing Body "in view of their diminishing number". (pages 21-25) It applied Mat. 24:45-47 to a faithful remnant of spirit-anointed Christians in 1918 using the Watchtower journal and other publications to spiritually feed others, so in 1919 Jesus entrusted them with the management of all his earthly belongings and interests. Here are some quotes:

    "As in early Christian times, a small group of spirit-anointed overseers make up the Governing Body of Christ's followers on earth today. By means of his 'right hand' of applied power, Christ, the Head of the congregation, directs these faithful men as they supervise the Kingdom work." Then it used Hebrews 13:17 ("Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive, for they are keeping watch over your souls") to urge obedience to the Governing Body.

    It then equated showing respect for the GB with showing respect for Jesus Christ: "Therefore, when we loyally submit to the directon of the faithful slave and its Governing Body, we are submitting to Christ, the slave's Master... Another Scriptural reason for showing respect for the faithful slave is that anointed Christians on earth are figuratively spoken of as a 'temple' that Jehovah inhabits 'by spirit'. As such, they are 'holy.'.. For this reason, all in the congregation view it as their sacred duty to follow and uphold the direction coming from the faithful slave and its Governing Body... Symbolically, the other sheep today walk behind the anointed slave class and its Governing Body, following their leadership."

    As the Governing Body has not yet disappeared, then its claim to authority over the millions of present-day Jehovah's Witnesses remains as stated above.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Yes of course Holy Spirit guides them especially when they hide IMPORTANT DATA from the public such as pedophiles. Would the Holy Spirit actually assist such a group of individuals who KNOW there are sexual predators in there flock but do nothing about it? They protect their own but will God protect them when their Watchtower collapses due to radical reform and abandonment?

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  • God's holy spirit operates in them so that's all the authority they need. Careful what you say, since God's holy spirit operates in them you could be found to be blaspheming the holy spirit which is unforgivable. The faithful and discreet slave are the adoptive sons of the Most High and they have God's holy spirit. Their fruitage proves such. Many peoples and even nations have tried to erradicate Jehovah's Witnesses, Rome for one, Hiltler for another, and they have been banned at different times by many governments, all have failed because God says of his people, no matter what sort of weapon they may form against you they will fail. Your words and actions can not slow down Jehovah and you can not hurt his people, only yourself.

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  • 8 years ago

    I don't care what they believe, but I know some Jehovah's Witnesses and they are very cool people. They're super-nice and don't spend time trying to tear down the beliefs of others, the way you seem to enjoy doing. If the character of its followers is any way to measure the quality of a religion, their religion is superior to yours.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    they have no spiritual authority , as their belief of what the spirit is, is not scriptural . to them it is an impersonal force , yet the bible quotes the holy spirit as a person

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  • Ritaah
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    They have just as much authority as their members allow them to have. Those who find out the truth leave and then are ostracised. Some who, eventually, leave say they stayed longer than they wished to stay out of fear because their families would never speak to them again if they left.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    They only have the authority that the other members choose to give them.

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  • 8 years ago

    I am not a JW, so I don't know if they do or not, but if they do, they don't advertise it. My feeling is that they make no claim. Spirituality appears (to me, at least) to be lacking in the religion

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  • 8 years ago

    They have 'authority' in that their members concede it.

    There is no scriptural basis.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    They claim to have spiritual authority but actually do NOT based on scripture.They are like any other cult in this way.

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