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When fascination with angels becomes worship

It is quite obvious from this year's convention of "Declaring the Good News" that the visual references to angels has reached new heights. The hierarchy of the Jehovahs Witnesses are obsessed with angels and the way they affect the ministry as well the lives of everyday Witnesses. This is a problem!

You see in order to create a healthy organisation that claims to be Christian 3 ingredients are paramount : the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. After all Jesus was explicit of that requirement in His departing words in Matthew 28:19

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

No where does the verse makes mention of angels BUT the Watchtower will have you believe that angels are an integral part of this equation. Of course when you remove any meaningful contribution of Christ as the head of the congregation and reduce him to figurehead only with the Governing body using Him or Jehovah for their ever changing policies or doctrinal changes and when you remove the holy spirit from the lives of rank and file Jehovah's Witnesses then you are left with a massive dark spiritual void that they want to fill in with angels. This is dangerous!

The apostle Paul speaking to first century Christians that were facing simular spiritual traps issued the following warning in Galatians 1:6-9

6I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you to live in the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7which is really no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse! 9As we have already said, so now I say again: If anybody is preaching to you a gospel other than what you accepted, let them be under God’s curse!

This is not an empty warning, Jehovah's Witnesses have fallen in this trap in the past when the second president of the Watchtower Judge Rutherford made the spectacular statement in 1932 in his book Consolation that

The holy spirit as an advocate or paraclete had ceased!!! functioning in behalf of the consecrated (meaning himself since he was the only one allowed to dictate doctrine with his writings) and angels were now employed were employed to now do the job of the Holy Spirit.

Since the doctrinal changes he instigated after this statement namely the two tier class system of the 144000 and the great crowd in 1935 where 8.4 million Jehovah's Witnesses refuse communion and are inferior to the all promises for Christian in the Bible it can be surmised that the angels that Judge Rutherford was consulting were in fact demons that convinced him to impose a different Gospel on his rank and file followers.

The Watchtower never officially walked away or distanced themselves from this 1932 statement. Although it has never been repeated since the current Governing body with their constant fascination with angels is once again flirting with the idea that angels and not holy spirit is the ones that we should concern ourselves with. This is dangerous and they are setting once again Jehovah's Witnesses down a perilous path.

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