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Watchtower functions as sole, infallible interpreter of Scripture

September 6, 2013

1951 But if each of us were left to himself just because he has a copy of the Bible and were to direct his movements dependently as he thought he understood the Word, what? It is likely, or possible, that there would be a great deal of confusion or working in competition among us. Hence, besides individually possessing God’s Word, we need a theocratic organization. Yes, besides having God’s spirit of illumination, a Christian needs Jehovah’s theocratic organization in order to understand the Bible. (Watchtower; June 15, 1951; p. 375)

1957 “The world is full of Bibles, which Book contains the commandments of God. Why, then, do the people not know which way to go? … “God has not arranged for [His] Word to speak independently or to shine life-giving truths by itself. It is through his organization God provides this light.” (Watchtower, May 1, 1957, pg. 274)

1967 “The Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah’s visible organization in mind.” (Watchtower, Oct 1, 1967, pg. 587)

1965 “He does not impart his holy spirit and understanding and appreciation of his Word apart from his visible organization.” (Watchtower, July 1, 1965, pg. 391)

1981 “We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the scriptural guidance we need outside the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ organization.'” (Watchtower, February 15, 1981, p.19)

1981 They say that it is sufficient to read the Bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such ‘Bible reading,’ they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines that commentaries by Christendom’s clergy were teaching 100 years ago,… (Watchtower; Aug. 15, 1981; p. 29)

1994 Channel to understanding the Bible… All who want to understand the Bible should appreciate that the “greatly diversified wisdom of God” can become known only through Jehovah’s channel of communication, the faithful and discreet slave. (Watchtower; Oct. 1, 1994; p. 8)

The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society claims it is not infallible in its publications and through its adherents. but how can the above quotes be read without them functioning as if they are the sole, infallible interpreters of Scripture?