STANDING FOR THE KINGDOM AND THE
BROTHERHOOD OF CHRIST
March 18, 2012
[This article was written in 2012 when we began this ministry. At that time, we hoped that the Governing Body would re-examine their teachings with respect to sonship with God and make adjustments to align the organization more closely with Jesus actual teachings. To date, they have not done so. Nevertheless, we leave this article on the site so that our audience will understand our efforts and our intent.]
Generally, Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society has been an organization of faithful Christians who are seeking to serve the One Father and his Christ to the best of their ability. They have taken very seriously the admonition:
“Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded you. And, look! I am with you all the days until the conclusion of the system of things.”
– Matthew 28:19-20
Historically, they have been at the forefront of preaching the Kingdom message. They follow Paul’s example of ‘teaching publicly and from house to house’ (Acts 20:20), and they endeavor to “make sure of all things of all things” and to “hold fast to what is fine.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
Yet, in spite of their scrupulous study, they have on occasion had to readjust or correct some of their cherished beliefs, such as the 2007 adjustment acknowledging that Jehovah continued to call his anointed sons after 1935, and continues to this day. Doing so has taken great humility and trust in Jehovah that he will continue to sustain them in the face of their self-created crises. We believe they are again on the precipice of another such readjustment – one that could challenge the faith of every single Witness of Jehovah, every Bible student they associate with, as well as the entire community that supports their efforts on behalf of the Kingdom.
As discussed in detail in this site, the long-held belief that there are two hopes for Christians – 144,000 going to heaven and all the remaining one gaining everlasting life here on earth – is not solidly grounded in the scriptures. While there are a few scriptural references that outwardly may seem to suggest there are two hopes, the open and supereminent message is that all Christians must pursue the upward call of eternal life in the heavens. (Philippianis 3:14) (See “Observing the Oneness of the Faith.”)
Over the years, many faithful Christians have written to the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society suggesting doctrinal changes, including that there is only one hope, and when the corrections were not published in the literature, many such individuals terminated their association – some even reaching back to attack the organization and label it false, or a cult or things of that nature.
It is truly painful when those who once associated with them begin a campaign of persecution. The natural response when such a tidal wave sweeps over is to stand erect and firm so as not to be taken down with it. Unfortunately, that strong stand can, over time, turn into stubbornness, and firmly holding your ground can turn into overmuch pride. There is indeed a time to stand firm, but there is also a time for yielding:
“For everything there is an appointed time, even a time for every affair under the heavens: a time for birth and a time to die; a time to plant and a time to uproot what was planted; a time to kill and a time to heal; a time to break down and a time to build; a time to weep and a time to laugh; a time to wail and a time to skip about; a time to throw stones away and a time to bring stones together; a time to embrace and a time to keep away from embracing; a time to seek and a time to give up as lost; a time to keep and a time to throw away; a time to rip apart and a time to sew together; a time to keep quiet and a time to speak; a time to love and a time to hate; a time for war and a time for peace.”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
For Jehovah’s Witnesses, there has come the time “to uproot what was planted” with respect to the two-hope doctrine, and the “time to speak” and publish for all faithful Witnesses worldwide the glorious good news of sonship in the Kingdom of the Heavens.
All Christians surely realize the tremendous humility it will take for the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society to make such a change. But God-fearing and God-oriented people can do this. We listen to the shepherd’s voice and follow him. (John 10:27)
We are all well aware of the potential ridicule, taunting and/or persecutions that may follow. Nevertheless, those with a love for God and for the Kingdom would not want to be a part of that behavior. Instead, we should rejoice with them and in support of them! Remember the illustration of the shepherd who lost one sheep:
"What do you think? If a certain man comes to have a hundred sheep and one of them gets strayed, will he not leave the ninety-nine upon the mountains and set out on a search for the one that is straying? And if he happens to find it, I certainly tell you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that have not strayed. Likewise it is not a desirable thing with my Father who is in heaven for one of these little ones to perish.”
– Matthew 18:12-14
In this instance, brothers, not only will one lost sheep be found, but over 7.5 million sons of the Kingdom!
As such, we encourage all Anointed Witnesses of Jehovah to fully support the Society in this readjustment. Let them know that you will stand with them and for them, and not forsake them, for we are all a part of the “Faithful Slave Class” referred to in our publications and we all have the responsibility to “feed the domestics.” We can even encourage those so-called “earthly sons” and Bible students, and friends of Jehovah’s Witnesses to do likewise. Perhaps with this outflow of love and encouragement, the Society will make this much needed adjustment.
On March 13, 2012, we received a comment from a visitor to this site asking:
“The Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses give spiritual food to God's people today. Do The Governing Body approve this web page?” (See response)
On March 14, 2012, we received a follow up comment to the inquiry stating:
“The normal is that perhaps we are talking about something that appeared in the literature. We do not discuss spiritual issues. If we have questions, we must keep it to ourselves and wait for answers in the literature. But with interested we can discuss spiritual things.” (See response)
And on March 17, 2012, we received a comment from a visitor to the site stating:
“I don’t see anything alarming but as you well know the Slave teaches that there are 2 hopes. But I’ve got to hand it to you, the information is well thought out that’s for sure.” (See response)
These visitors, although seeing the sound scriptural reasoning, will continue to resist the truth that all Christians must pursue a heavenly hope until the “Slave” – the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses – approves and publishes this message. And while their loyalties should be to Jehovah and the Christ, they have attached themselves so closely to the ‘ministers through whom they became believers’ and ‘God’s fellow workers’ (1 Corinthians 3:5-9), that they are unable to act on their own behalf.
Though all such individuals are sons of the Kingdom, they are still babes as Paul described:
“Now I say that as long as the heir is a babe he does not differ at all from a slave, lord of all things though he is, but he is under men in charge and under stewards until the day his father appointed beforehand. Likewise we also, when we were babes, continued enslaved by the elementary things belonging to the world. But when the full limit of the time arrived, God sent forth his Son, who came to be out of a woman and who came to be under law, that he might release by purchase those under law, that we, in turn, might receive the adoption as sons. “Now because you are sons, God has sent forth the spirit of his Son into our hearts and it cries out: “Abba, Father!” So, then, you are no longer a slave but a son; and if a son, also an heir through God.”
- Galatians 4:1-7
Brothers, the day us upon us! The “full limit of the time” has long since arrived. The “Faithful Steward” must now prepare to hand over these sons to the Father.
That does not mean that the sons would discontinue their association with the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. No, not at all! Instead, these mature sons would remain in the fellowship, take on the mantle as “Ambassadors Substituting for Christ” and build up the Christian congregation from within, and then take the message to the entire world.
This is a pivotal time for us as Jehovah’s Witnesses. Will we remember the ones through whom we became believers? And will we stand with them and for them through this period of readjustment? As for these writers, we will indeed! And we encourage all of the Anointed to join with us.
Unfortunately, the mere fact that an adjustment is needed does not guarantee that an adjustment will be made. All we can do in that regard is hope and pray that the Society will do the right thing. And in the meantime, we can continue to ‘make our own calling sure’ (2 Peter 1:10), and spread the message of the Kingdom throughout all the congregations we are associated with, begging them to become reconciled to God and enter the Kingdom of the Heavens as the true sons that they are.
We welcome your comments.
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