CHANNEL OF COMMUNICATION
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In the Jehovah's Witness belief system, God's "Channel of Communication" is considered to be solidly tied to the leadership located in the headquarters of the Jehovah's Witnesses, the Watchtower Society. This "Channel" is basically viewed as a direct link of communication between Heaven and Earth.

THE CONNECTIONS

It is important to understand how the "Channel of Communication" is tied into Watchtower doctrine. Let us break it down step by step:

1. The function of the Governing Body towards the Jehovah's Witness membership can be summed up on one single sentence: "The overall direction comes from the Governing Body at the world headquarters in Brooklyn, New York" (Jehovah's Witnesses, Who Are They? What Do They Believe?, 2000, p.25).

2. The Watchtower Society claims that the Governing Body belongs to the faithful and discreet Slave (Bearing Thorough Witness About God's Kingdom, 2009, p.71 para.10).

3. The Watchtower Society also teaches that God has appointed a channel of communication, known as the "faithful and discreet slave," and that members should always look to this channel for reliable information (Our Kingdom Ministry, September 2002, p.8, para.5).

    4. The Watchtower Society also teaches that anyone who wants to understand the Bible must realize that such understanding can only come through Jehovah's Channel, the faithful and discreet slave and nowhere else (The Watchtower, October 1, 1994, p.8).


SANCTITY OF THE CHANNEL

The Jehovah's Witness membership is admonished to cooperate with, and to never challenge, this channel of communication (The Watchtower, November 15 2009, p.14 para.5). They are also taught to accept guidance through this channel even when they don't understand it, to increase fellowship with other members when doctrinal doubts come to light, and to keep mindful that the "faithful and discreet slave" determines what and when information is dispensed to the membership (The Watchtower, December 15, 2007, p.20 para.16; The Watchtower, July 15, 2006, p.22 para.16; Our Kingdom Ministry, September, 2002, p.8 para.5, respectively).

In the The Watchtower, August 1, 2002 the Watchtower Society published an article titledLoyally Submit to Godly Authority.” This article taught that this modern day channel of communication was the royal priesthood of Jehovah (para.16-17), and the elders shepherding the congregations are representatives of this royal priesthood (para.18). The membership is then told that These men deserve our respect and wholehearted support... (para.18).


SPIRITISM?

The Watchtower Society has taught that past anointed ones who've served as a part of the Channel on Earth, and are now deceased and in Heaven, may currently be involved in communicating God's truths to the living members of the Channel on Earth today. Their exact words are (underline ours): John describes his vision of “a great crowd, which no man was able to number.” The identity of that great crowd is revealed to John by one of the 24 elders, and these elders represent the 144,000 joint heirs with Christ in their Heavenly glory. (Luke 22:28-30; Revelation 4:4)..since he was still a man on Earth when the elder spoke to him, in the vision John must represent anointed ones on Earth who have not yet received their Heavenly reward...It seems that resurrected ones of the 24-elders group may be involved in the communicating of divine truths today. (The Watchtower, January 1 2007, p.28, para. 10-11, see also: Revelation -- Its Grand Climax at Hand, 1988, p.125, para.17).

Many find it interesting that the Watchtower Society posits this idea of deceased members communicating truths from Heaven, considering that this is actually a form of spiritism, which the Watchtower Society itself defines as (underline ours): The belief or doctrine that the spirits of the human dead, surviving the death of the physical body, can and do communicate with the living, especially through a person (a medium) particularly susceptible to their influence (Insight On the Scriptures, 1988, Vol.2, p.1027). The Watchtower Society clearly condemns the practice of spiritism in their literature as an unscriptural activity (Bearing Thorough Witness About God's Kingdom, 2009, p.163, para.15).

A Jehovah's Witness may argue that they don't believe in an immortal spirit which survives death (Reasoning On the Scriptures, 1989, pp. 378-379, 382 -384). They will argue that, in their belief, the ones chosen to go to Heaven are unique because they are the only ones whom God changes into spirit creatures in order to go to Heaven; no others receive this privilege of becoming resurrected as spiritual creatures (The Watchtower, February 15, 1995, p.22, para. 15-17).

This argument is extremely weak, indeed. No matter how you word it, the fact is the Watchtower Society teaches that those chosen anointed people will survive death by becoming resurrected, living, spirits in Heaven -- and to be living after one's death can only be seen as surviving death since that one isn't actually dead, but simply changed. On top of this, the anointed who are resurrected to Heavenly life are viewed as being immortal (The Watchtower, Feb. 15, 2009, p.25, para.6), as opposed to angels who are considered to be mortal (Insight On the Scriptures, 1988, Vol. 1, p.1190). Therefore, they are teaching that some spirits are those who are surviving the death of the physical bodyand that such spirits are immortal. AND...since they have also taught that these chosen spirits are involved in the communication of divine truths today,” this can only mean that these spirits fall under their own definition of spiritism and a form of channeling since they communicate with the livingas described a few paragraphs ago.

Since the Watchtower Society teaches that they are the only channel in which these spirits communicate, this could only mean that they are actually spirit mediums, as defined by their own teaching: A medium is a person who is able to receive messages directly from the spirit world. A great many people, including mediums themselves, believe that these messages come from spirits of the dead. But as we have seen from the Bible, this is impossible (Spirits of the Dead, brochure, 2005, p.15). It intriguing that they claim communication with the spirits of the dead to be an impossibility while at the same time teaching their own brand of the practice.


WATCHTOWER vs. THE BIBLE

The Bible shows that it is only through the Holy Spirit that God teaches and conveys information to His people (John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 2:13, 1 Thessalonians 1:5, 1 Peter 1:12, 1 John 5:7); there are no Scriptures which indicate a substitution with the spirits of deceased anointed ones, meaning that such a teaching goes beyond the Scriptures. And since the Bible strongly warns us to beware of teaching that is beyond the Scriptures (Galatians 1:8), we should be specially wary about this doctrine.

A Jehovah's Witness may argue:
The Bible shows that God used angels to deliver messages (Genesis 16:7-12; Numbers 22:32-35; Judges 6:11-22; etc. ). Since these deceased anointed ones are now in Heaven, they are being used in the same way to communicate divine truths.

The Rebuttal:
Yes, the Bible shows that angels were used to deliver messages, but NEVER in Scripture are they shown to teach or deliver doctrine to people. there is a BIG difference. Again, only the Holy Spirit is spoken of as teaching and conveying doctrinal information to God's people; there are no exceptions.

 

A Jehovah's Witness may argue:
In the Bible, Jesus sent an angel to give the Revelation to the Apostle John (Revelation 1:1-2). Since the Revelation is used in teaching doctrine, does this not count?

The Rebuttal:
It is correct that an angel was used for delivering the Revelation to John. However, there is no teaching or doctrine contained in Revelation. Instead, it is simply a detailed, prophetic message regarding future events and nothing more. Prophecy is not a teaching, it is a message. Prophecy doesn't teach doctrine, it simply reveals the future.