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The Governing Body claims to speak for God. They claim that they are spirit directed. Jesus warned us about false prophets making such claims at Matthew 24: 4, 5 & 7:15. The Governing Body showed a video on the first day of the 2017 regional convention where they place blame on the rank and file members for believing that 1975 would Mark the end of this system. This is a blatant lie. Here are quotes from their own publications to prove otherwise. 01.) Life everlasting and freedom of the sons of God p.29,30. 02.) 1970 July kingdom ministry under announcements. The public talk for the Circuit Assembly that service year is "Who will conquer the world in the 1970's?". Even a lapel card was printed for the members to wear. 03.) 1968 Aug 15 Watchtower- Study article "Why are you looking forward to 1975?". Members were told to ignore Jesus warning about no one knowing the day or hour. 04.) 1968 Awake October 8 05.) 1969 Awake May 22- Youths were told that they would NEVER GROW OLD in this system and it's useless to go to college because the system would not be here anymore. 06.) May 1974 Kingdom Ministry- Members that sold their homes to and moved to serve as pioneers were COMMENDED as its the best way to use the rest of the time left in this system. What's very upsetting is that the Governing Body placed the blame on the members for believing the end would come in 1975. It was them and not the members that came up with This! They deliberately lie and hide evidence.
by Fredrick William Franz Time In Which We Are Now Interested Los Angeles Sports Arena, Feb 5 1975 I no longer have the version above.... Although here is a version from Australia: Franz Fred - Time In Which We Are Now Interested Australia.mp3 Agape!
Several posts from some recent topics have veered into a discussion of 1975 (yet again). My personal concern about the topic is that, like others have just mentioned, I have also been seeing a lack of honesty about it from both JWs and ex-JWs/non-JWs. We shouldn't be as concerned about what others on the outside say, but perhaps we need to take another look at the accuracy of statements that we make ourselves, in our own defense. To start, I would say that I agree that no Watchtower article or Watchtower publication ever said that the world was going to end in 1975. But when we try to convince people today about what was really said back then, what is our purpose in only selectively choosing things that were said and printed in Watchtower publications? Is it possible to be dishonest by what we omit when we defend this topic? *GA: The upvote is an artefact of this post when it was under another topic. You may wish to remove it from this topic.