“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut up the Kingdom of the heavens before men; for you yourselves do not go in, neither do you permit those on their way in to go in.” (Matthew 23:13)
The most important event of the year for every Jehovah’s Witness around the world is the Memorial of Jesus Christ’s death .To miss this meeting is something to be frowned upon .Every congregation will spend at least two months placing thousands of invitations around their area to advertise this event and many brothers and sisters will increase their hours in the ministry to assist this campaign.All for nothing!
As many have witnessed the past few years ,the whole celebration is becoming more and more cynical.Austere and clinical. More like a seminar minus the humour. In years past the speaker’s main focus of the talk was Jesus.His life but especially his trials and final death .The speaker was allowed to add his own personal style and words to the layout of the talk .Make it more personal. All speakers these days seem to be sticking
very strictly to the outline. It is irrelevant who the speaker is anymore ,you can’t diverge from the “Mother’s” directions.
So, these are some hair raising changes that have inflicted upon us the past few years and have removed forever the essence of what the “Lord’s meal ” meant to be in the first place.
Distorted View of the Father : It must be very strange for any other denomination Christian visiting the Kingdom Hall that night to hear the speaker spending so much time on Jehovah .This is Jesus’ night not Jehovah’s .Although we appreciate the fact that Jehovah made the ransom sacrifice available ,shouldn’t the appreciation and honor at least for that one night go to the person ,namely Jesus ,who gave his life for it ? The Watchtower has truly become the distorted version of Christianity that the apostle John warned about in 1 John 2:23 :
Do not partake : In times past the two classes doctrine was mentioned in the talk along with the clarification of who is to partake and why .These days more time is spend explaining why you shouldn’t partake .It comes in the form of underlying threat really! Do you want to partake ? Are you sure ? You don’t choose to be an anointed ,Jehovah does ! You need to be 100% sure .
Don’t forget who your real Mediator is !
Even on that special night the final remarks ,even the closing prayer are not dedicated to Jesus rather to the Governing Body. We are reminded that without them we wouldn’t be in a position to understand the wonderful truths of the Bible or the meaning of Jesus death and sacrifice.