John speaking under inspiration says:
(1 John 4:1) . . .Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired expression, but test the inspired expressions to see whether they originate with God, because many false prophets have gone forth into the world.
This isn’t a suggestion, is it? It is a command from Jehovah God. Now, if we are commanded to test expressions where the speaker claims to be talking under inspiration, should we not do likewise where the speaker is claiming to interpret God’s word without benefit of divine inspiration? Surely the command applies in both instances.
Yet we have been told not to question what we are taught by the Governing Body, but to accept it as equivalent to God’s word.
“…we cannot harbor ideas contrary to God’s Word or our publications.” (2013 Circuit Assembly part, “Keep this Mental Attitude—Oneness of Mind”)
We could still be testing Jehovah in our heart by secretly doubting the organization’s position on higher education. (Avoid Testing God in Your Heart, 2012 District Convention part, Friday afternoon sessions)
To cloud matters further, we are told that the Governing Body is Jehovah’s Appointed Channel of Communication. How can anyone be God’s channel of communication without being inspired?
(James 3:11, 12) . . .A fountain does not cause the sweet and the bitter to bubble out of the same opening, does it? 12 My brothers, a fig tree cannot produce olives or a vine figs, can it? Neither can salt water produce sweet water.
If a fountain sometimes produces sweet, life-sustaining water, but at other times, bitter or salty water, would it not be prudent to test the water each time before drinking? What fool would just guzzle down water from what has been proven to be an unreliable source.
We are told that when the members of the Governing Body speak as one, they are Jehovah’s Appointed Channel of Communication. They produce must wisdom and fine instruction in this way. However, it is a matter of record that they have also made many interpretive mistakes and misled Jehovah’s people doctrinally from time to time. So both sweet and bitter water has flowed from what they claim is Jehovah’s Appointed Channel of Communication.
Inspired or not, the apostle John still relays the command from God to test every inspired expression. So why would the Governing Body condemn us for wanting to obey Jehovah’s command?
Actually, it doesn’t matter what they think on the subject, because Jehovah has commanded us to test every teaching and that’s the end of the matter. After all, we must obey God as ruler rather than men. (Acts 5:29)