This episode goes into a deeper discussion on why the Jehovahs Witnesses are required to count field service time to track their progress when engaging in door-to-door proselytizing. It provides evidence that the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society wrote a Watchtower article on July 1, 1943 that set the stage for this practice that continues to this day. The counting of time sets the barometer to determine how spiritual individuals are that claim to be Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Watchtower Article “Righteous Requirements” – July 1, 1943
Date of Broadcast: 2/17/15 (Length- 8:35)
Speakers: JT and Lady Cee
The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach it is very important to understand where the teaching originates.
The Watchtower claimed that God sanctioned the notion of counting time.
- July 1, 1943 “Righteous Requirements”: [Lady Cee Reads]
- Counting time is an expression of God that constitutes law
- The Lord required of the special pioneers: 175 hours and 50 back calls per month which should develop into a reasonable number of studies or for regular pioneers 150 hours and as many back calls and studies as they can be developed during the month. For company publishers 60 hours and 12 back calls and at least one study a week.
- According to the above cited Watchtower, “These instructions come to us through God through his established agency directing what is required of us. And for those that really love the Lord and are guided by his council, that is a reasonable service requirement.”
The Watchtower emphasizes that “God says” counting time is necessary.
- “Let us” is invoked by the Watchtower. Previously, this language was invoked by God at the start of creation. This is an example of how the Watchtower Society has no problem signing something with God’s signature.
- In order for any requirement to be made for Jehovah’s Witnesses, it must be signed off by God. The expression of “God’s will” is a tool to end controversy about counting time.
God never said anything about counting time nor did he sign off on it. The Watchtower used the same tactics as the Pharisees when they were claiming that washing up to the elbows was God’s law, when it was in fact a man-made law. Jesus condemned the Pharisees for their practices.
- These man-made laws are a burden that did not take into account people’s obligations for family, work, and personal time. This is what Jesus talked about when he cautioned against the burdens of men.
- As the years passed, the Watchtower began to back away from the teaching of counting time. Many Jehovah’s Witnesses realized that counting time is not actually what God requires. The required hours are constantly being reduced. Now, they are only requiring that Publishers put in 15 minutes.
- The more time a person has, the more spiritual they are considered. Time is used as a barometer of worthiness and is used to judge spirituality. It is often the determining factor in appointments, congregations can be inflexible if they perceive someone as not having enough time.
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