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Organization

The Watchtower Reprints, March 1883, p. 458 "We believe that a visible organization and the adopting of some particular name, would tend to increase our numbers and make us appear more respectable in the estimation of the world É We always refuse to be called by any other name that that of our Head - Christians - continually claiming that there can be no division among those continually led by his Spirit and example as made known through his Word."

The Watchtower Reprints, September 1, 1893, p. 1572

"The endeavor to compel all men to think alike on all subjects, culminated in the great apostasy and the development of the great Papal system."

The Watchtower Reprints, September 1, 1893, p. 1573

"There is no organization today clothed with such divine authority to imperiously command mankind. There is no organization doing this today; though we are well aware that many of them in theory claim that they ought to be permitted to do so."

The Watchtower Reprints, December 1, 1894, p. 1743

"In view of these facts and also of the nature of the harvest work, and the additional fact that each one so gathered is expected to enter into the harvest work as a reaper, and will do so to the extent of his ability and opportunity, it is plain that the forming of a visible organization of such gathered out ones would be out of harmony with the spirit of the divine plan."

The Watchtower Reprints, September 15, 1895, p. 1866

"Beware of 'organization' It is wholly unnecessary."

The Watchtower, May 1, 1957, p. 274

"The world is full of Bibles, which Book contains the commandments of God. Why, then, do the people not know which way to go? Because they do not also have the teaching or law of the mother, which is light...If we are to walk in the light of truth we must recognize not only Jehovah God as our Father but his organization as our mother."

The Watchtower, October 1, 1967, p. 587

"Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible. For this reason the Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovah's visible organization in mind."

The Watchtower, February 15, 1983, p. 12

"What does God require of those who will reside forever upon his Paradise earth?...requirement is that we be associated with God's channel, his organization...To receive everlasting life in the earthly Paradise we must identify that organization and serve God as part of it."

The Watchtower, June 1, 1985, p. 20

"Although walking with confidence in Jehovah's leadership may not be easy at times...To turn away from Jehovah and his organization, to spurn the direction of the 'faithful and discreet slave,' and to rely simply on personal Bible reading and interpretation is to become like a solitary tree in a parched land."


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