The historical changes of Watchtower doctrine and its current inadequacies are an excellent indication that the Governing Body are not directed by Holy Spirit. However, many followers do not manifest a scholarly nature and are ambivilous to the issues of doctrine, or simply dismiss it as foretold by "brighter light".
In such cases, Doctrine is not the way to open the Witness mind's eye. Particularly where the follower holds the Governing Body in high esteem, to learn of indiscretion can be a shocking awakening. This is especially so when it is in areas where the Watchtower is outspokenly critical of other religious organizations. The areas listed here are considered particularly important by active Jehovah's Witnesses and becoming aware of the duplicity shown by the leadership has been instrumental in many followers leaving since the late 1990's.
In order to gain legal recognition in Bulgaria during the 1990's, the Watchtower changed its policy on military service in 1996. It also signed a document before the European Commission on Human Rights, deceptively stating it does not sanction followers for taking blood transfusions.
Jehovah's Witnesses suffered terribly at the hands of the Nazi's in concentration camps. The reason they were there related to the the vitriolic tirade Rutherford directed against governments and the Catholic Church. What is disturbing is a letter sent from the Watchtower branch to Hitler asking for leniency on the basis that the Watchtower shared the principles of the German government and Hitler's feelings towards the Jews.
This article covers one of the great blights on the history of Watchtower. Illogical doctrine prevented Malawian Witnesses from holding a political card, which led to the unnecessary torture and death of thousands. During the very same period of time, contradictory principles allowed Mexican Witnesses to break the law in order to obtain military service cards.
The Watchtower openly criticises the Catholic Church for the scandal it faces with paedophilia, when they have been facing very similar issues internally. Arcane Watchtower principles that protected Witness paedophiles have resulted in the Watchtower Society paying millions of dollars in compensation claims.
The Watchtower applies a different set of principles for the Organisation than its followers. Witnesses have suffered abuse for decades due to Watchtower doctrine forcing them to remain politically neutral. Yet the organisation does not follow the same set of standards, being an active participant in political rallying, and the world's commercial and the legal systems.
During the 1990's, the Watchtower applied to be an Non-Governmental Organisation associate member of the United Nations. This stands in direct contravention of it's principles against political involvement and descriptions of the United Nations as the Scarlet Coloured Beast of Revelation. It only withdrew membership once caught and publicly shamed by the Guardian newspaper.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are told to have complete trust in the information the Governing Body provides them. Examples of numerous misquotes, misinformation and lies within the pages of the Watchtower are included in this article, showing that such trust is not warranted.
Paul Grundy 2005 - 2013