QUESTIONS & RESPONSES
On November 22, 2013, we received the following disappointing comments:
“After reading your whole site I came to a decision. I will stick even closer to Jehovah and his organization. Thanks for your answers in the past. I was resuming the story about Korah very properly and meditating about it in prayer. I have the earthly hope, that's my desire. Why should it be such a difficult task for Jehovah to help us to transform the earth into a paradise? A power that is beyond every imagination? The creator can't help us restoring the earth into a paradise? That's not the God I believe in. Yes we can! And Jehovah will help us to accomplish this task. May his name be glorified for ever.
“I don't regret it to visit your homepage. I'm determined to strengthen my brothers and sisters more than ever to be careful. And yes, I have been reading the [July 15, 2013 Watchtower] for at least 5 times. It makes to me more sense than your explanations. If I should be an anointed too, why didn't I have the feeling that I'm one? Do I have a shortness of Faith? I don't think so.
“Please answer my question. Why do I don't have the feeling to be an anointed one? Feel free to answer this publicly.”
To the author, thank you for your emails. They are quite informative and even instructive. We normally would not publish our response to these types of emails because what needs to be said is rather personal. However, since you wish our response to be made public, we will acquiesce.
Our dear brother, you do not believe you are anointed because the organization has told you that you are not. And you choose to listen to men than to the Christ. We know this is true because if the organization published in next month’s Watchtower that all baptized Witnesses are sons of God, you would gladly validate it in your mind, without any special or unique spiritual manifestation, just as you do every time they come out with ‘new light’ or a ‘new understanding,’ no matter how much it deviates from the prior understanding.
What you have done, by your own admission before Jehovah and his mighty angels, is to declare that you choose not to accept Jesus’ offer of sonship. (John 1:12) You choose not to eat and drink of the Christ. (John 6:53) You choose not to be a part of the Christian congregation which is the body of Christ. (Colossians 1:24) You refuse to be transferred into the kingdom of the son of his love. (Colossians 1:13) You refuse to accept the heavenly abodes he has prepared for you. (John 14:2-3) And you choose loyalty to men rather than loyalty to the Christ. (Matthew 10:37-39)
Your decision to cling to men, an earthly organization and the ‘old wine,’ is sadly taken note of in the entire watchful universe. This sad response is what the angels had to watch when the nation of Israel rejected Jesus’ offer of sonship with God in the first century.
That being said, we wish you as much peace as you can achieve in the remaining years of your life, and we will continue to hold out hope that some day the true good news of the kingdom will reach your heart.
To our other visitors, this is an example of the minds of so many Jehovah’s Witnesses who have been taught repeatedly to reject the heavenly hope. How much better and wiser it would have been for this brother to at least be open to the possibility that the Father may have something greater in store for him. As it stands, he has rejected the Father’s foreordained purpose to adopt him as a son. (Ephesians 1:3-5) And he has rejected the entire message of Christ Jesus. This is very sobering.
To all those who are not yet sure of your sonship and your heavenly hope, do not give up praying and asking for guidance in this matter. Remember this admonition of the Apostle Paul:
“Brothers, I do not yet consider myself as having taken hold of it; but one thing is certain: Forgetting the things behind and stretching forward to the things ahead, I am pressing on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God by means of Christ Jesus. Therefore, let those of us who are mature be of this mental attitude, and if you are mentally inclined otherwise in any respect, God will reveal the above attitude to you.”
– Philippians 3:13-15
Keep on asking, keep on seeking, keep on knocking and it will be given to you. (Matthew 7:7-8)
On November 20, 2013, we received the following comments and inquiries:
“Hello, I read some of your articles. But I have one question. Who writes all this articles and who is doing all the research? Where's your headquarter or office? How can only two individuals have such an insight in the scriptures? Does there articles are going through an review from others? Please feel free to answer this question publicly.
Is this not "feeding many through a hands of few"? For me, at least there are too few who feed the many. Feel free to discuss this on your homepage publicly. “
To the author, thank you for your emails. We are happy to respond to your inquiries publicly as you wish.
You asked: Who writes all this articles and who is doing all the research? Where's your headquarter or office? All of the articles, and responses to emails, both publicly and privately, are researched and written by two individuals – an evenly yoked pair, a man and a woman, husband and wife – following the leadings of the Spirit of Truth. We have limited resources so we work out of our home in California.
You asked: How can only two individuals have such an insight in the scriptures? First, we sincerely appreciate that you characterize our writings as insightful. But the real honor goes to the Father, the Christ and his Spirit of Truth. That is a primary reason why our identities remain relatively anonymous. It is an absolute truth that when one ‘keeps on asking, seeking and knocking,’ for spirit direction with the right motive, it will be abundantly supplied. Perhaps that is what you discern.
For our part, we have been tutored by, and in associated with, Jehovah’s Witnesses most of our lives for the better portion of 5 decades, during which time, we took to heart the admonition to ‘Read the Bible Daily.’ This regular, consistent work, along with fervent prayerful appeals have led us to the ministry we are currently engaged in, the ministry you are now inquiring about.
Yes, there are two of us. But remember Charles Taze Russell was a solo act. And so was Paul, who was only occasionally in the company of Barnabas and/or Timothy. We recall these words of the Apostle Paul:
“For you see his calling of you, brothers, that there are not many wise in a fleshly way, not many powerful, not many of noble birth, but God chose the foolish things of the world to put the wise men to shame; and God chose the weak things of the world to put the strong things to shame; and God chose the insignificant things of the world and the things looked down on, the things that are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, so that no one might boast in the sight of God. But it is due to him that you are in union with Christ Jesus, who has become to us wisdom from God, also righteousness and sanctification and release by ransom, so that it may be just as it is written: “The one who boasts, let him boast in Jehovah.”
– 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
One must always look to the proficient Spirt of Truth, for he is the true guide the spiritual compass of mankind’s sojourn in the flesh and beyond. It should also be acknowledged that all who question the ability of the Spirit of Truth to actually conduct a ministry in the exact same fashion as the physical Jesus, would be the same who would doubt his words if they had been present in his very company. Faith follows the thing heard due to the spirit unity of self and the indwelling spirit in conjunction with and ever tied to the spirit of the our Lord and Master Son, Christ Jesus. (Roman 8:16) So what is occurring on our website is merely a natural outcome of the work of the Spirit of Truth as promised by our Lord:
“I still have many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them now. However, when that one comes, the spirit of the truth, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own initiative, but what he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things to come. That one will glorify me, because he will receive from what is mine and will declare it to you. All the things that the Father has are mine. That is why I said he receives from what is mine and declares it to you.”
– John 16:12-15
We hope you do not stumble at our small number and lowly station.
You asked: Does these articles are going through an review from others? Otherwise it is only there opinion what they're writing about. As we write the articles, we are led along by spirit. When they are complete, we feel a sense of completion and after prayerful contemplation, then we publish them. No, they do not get reviewed by any other human prior to their publication, but we regularly ask those who read the articles to review them for corrections, comments or suggestions.
We wonder how valuable it would be to have the articles reviewed by others. Take for example the writings coming out of the Writing Department of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. We are often told that they go through tremendous scrutiny and that the Governing Body will often ‘sit on’ certain articles until they can all agree on the contents. We are told that these matters remain in a pending file until the contents are agreed by all. Yet, look at what is being produced by them. Error after error. Non-scriptural doctrines. Jewish proselytizing and anti-Christian ideas. Fear mongering, judging and condemnation. And self-promoting and self-aggrandizing propaganda. Clearly, a review process is not helping them.
You will also note that all of what we write is supported by Bible scriptures, so, unless we specify otherwise, the articles we publish are not our opinions. They are the opinions of the Bible writers whom we quote, though we sometimes state matters in a more modern vernacular and with a more modern application. Hence, the plain and open teachings. No hidden agenda. No need for intellectual degrees of higher learning. Just the simple message of our Lord of salvation for our modern day.
But assuming that these are merely the opinions of just two persons, if you find the opinions in err, please write us and point out the error. We are quick to make any corrections that are needed.
Finally, you ask: Is this not "feeding many through a hands of few"? For me, at least there are too few who feed the many. Yes, we are feeding many through our few hands, but we are not exclusive, nor do we present ourselves as exclusive. Man only has two hands. Whenever we do a work, it is done with those two hands. But we are constantly begging for more workers in the field. In fact, thousands of our readers have picked up the ministry and are carrying it out into their congregations and communities with great results and without reporting in for approval, direction, or guidance. See The Powerful Message of Sonship, What Prevents Me? Go About Doing Good, Defending Our Living Hope and Emails From Our Visitors.
Unlike the Governing Body, we do not block any others, so we are not taking a position of superiority or dominance. The field is wide open and we welcome as many as possible to have a share in it. This site is just one of many sources who are feeding the plain and open teachings of Jesus. We take this ministry seriously and with all humility because we know where the source of our understanding comes from.
In conclusion, brother, think about what this ministry has accomplished in less than two years. See Kingdom Update - November 2012 and Kingdom Update - June 2013. Since that report, even more exciting things are happening. We often think of this scripture:
“For who has despised the day of small beginnings?”– Zechariah 4:10
If you have any other questions with respect to our ministry or any of the information on our site, please do not hesitate to write us again. We are happy to respond.
On November 5, 2013, we received the following comment and inquiry from a visitor:
“Excellent article! [Bringing Heaven Down - An Historic Overview] Me and my brother have been discussing these things as well, and we were talking about the events that took place in Heavens... that war... and we were getting to the same conclusions as you. I do have a question thou. You wrote: “We do not have to search out the origin of every practice and holiday and custom, and meticulously avoid those with questionable roots.
"...You are scrupulously observing days and months and seasons and years. I fear for you, that somehow I have wasted my efforts on you." – Galatians 4:8-11
I thought these verses suggested the contrary. How you came up with such conclusion? I'm going to agree with you. It is tiresome to read all the articles from certain "Christians" on why holidays are pagan, etc. But do not realize that there are so many things that has pagan origins and we practice/use them on a daily basis. Thoughts? Hope to hear from you soon! With love.”
To the author, thank you for your email. This is a subject many among Jehovah’s Witness are interested in. Although the teaching of the Governing Body is that Christians should not celebrate birthdays or most holidays because of so-called pagan origin, we know firsthand that a very large number do participate in such celebrations though they might do it a day before or after, or they might call it something else, or they simply do it in secret. These brothers and sisters are not allowed to exercise their God-given free will or to make personal decisions based on their own conscience without coming under judgment or condemnation from their brothers. Of course, this results in many of our brothers and sisters leading double-lives, which is a mild way of saying that they are practicing hypocrisy.
It is hypocrisy, not because they are celebrating pagan holidays. It is hypocrisy because they are not living truthfully. They are not being true to what they hold themselves out to believe. They are not worshiping ‘with spirit and truth.’ (John 4:24) Thus, it behooves all of our brothers, whether Jehovah’s Witnesses or not, to endeavor to live truthfully in all things. If one holds the belief that celebrating certain days or holidays is wrong, be true to that belief and refrain from celebrating. And conversely, if they believe they are free to make a personal decision in this regard, they should do so without shame.
Now to the author’s question. We made the above statement and supported it by quoting Galatians 4:8-11. We understand these verses to mean that, after they had been released from the Mosaic Law, some of the Jewish Christians continued to strictly observe the holidays and special anniversaries under the Law. Paul was telling them that this was no longer necessary and he expressed frustration that they did not understand that after all he had taught them. He wondered if he was wasting his time teaching them about Christian freedom that released them from obligation to these mundane observances.
Paul explained that under ‘The Way’ for Christians, we are not obligated to observe any holidays, memorials or celebrations other than the one celebration instituted and commanded by Jesus – the Memorial Supper. The operative word here is ‘obligated.’ As Christians, we are free from obligatory religious observances with that one exception. While many Christians understand this freedom, they actually use that freedom to create another form of slavery. In other words, they are free from celebrating under the Law, but they are restricted from celebrating anything else. They are giving freedom and then taking it away!
Jesus’ teachings freed us from dominion by priests along with their rites. Our spiritual lives are now in our own hands to do as our own spirit directs us. It is true freedom and it carries with it the freedom to celebrate certain events if we so choose, as long as they are not in direct conflict with the plain and open teachings. We are free people with free will. But we are counseled:
“Be as free people, using your freedom, not as a cover for doing wrong, but as slaves of God. Honor men of all sorts, have love for the whole association of brothers, be in fear of God, honor the king.”
– 1 Peter 2:16-17
So, really, we are free to do most anything we want to do. But we are not to use our freedom to ‘do wrong,’ whereas we can use our freedom to honor men of all sorts. To us, that means we can celebrate significant events in our lives and the lives of others such as birthdays, anniversaries, memorials, etc. We can even make up our own special days to celebrate, if we choose. But when doing so, we should remember that in everything, we must be ‘in fear of God’ – careful not to do things that grieve the Father’s Spirit that dwells within us. (1 Corinthians 3:16; 1 Corinthians 6:19)
For example, if we chose to celebrate a birthday, we, obviously, would not want to behead anyone such as occurred during Herod’s birthday celebration (Matthew 14:6-10), nor would we want to hang someone as occurred at the Pharoah’s birthday celebration. (Genesis 40:20-22) And if we are invited to a celebration where we can expect gross loose conduct, such as a modern-day bachelor party, we might refrain. This is apparently why the early Christians refrained from certain celebrations. Not specifically because of the type or name of the event, but based on what would occur at those events.
Whatever the celebration, the decision is up to the individual. There are so many variables that it is difficult and unfair to lay down hard fast rules in these matters. Each celebration, and the way it is carried out, must be considered on its own merit. Jesus did not lay down doctrine in this regard. Therefore, we must follow the leading of the spirit and the spirit of Christ. In all things, we remain sons of God and heirs to the Kingdom of the Heavens. (Romans 8:16-17) In all of our dealings we are ambassadors ‘substituting for Christ’ conducting ourselves in a way that honors the Father and the Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:20) And it is as a matter that rests within each individual’s own free will to decide for themselves and their families in this regard. That’s how we see the matter and that is the way we conduct ourselves.