QUESTIONS & RESPONSES

AUGUST 2014

 

 

08/29/14d   (1) Is our only grievance with JW.org the two-tiered Christian Hope?  (2) Are we seeking to reform the organization or start a new religion? (3) Why did we demand the Governing Body acknowledge our site?  (4) Shouldn’t we reconsider using the title “Elaia Luchnia”?

 

08/29/14c   Why aren’t the sons and new partakers being disfellowshiped as apostates

 

08/29/14b   Follow up comment about the removal of verse references in the New World Translation     on line.

 

08/29/14a   Why did the Society remove the statement in the Study Edition of the Watchtower that it    adheres to the Bible as its authority?

 

08/28/14    Why did the Watchtower Society remove the verse references from their online Bible?

 

08/26/14    Visitors is concerned at the sceptics about our report of the happenings at Bethel

 

08/25/14    Why did members of the Writing Department resign?08/02/14    Visitor intends to report us to the Governing Body if we do not close down this website and stop publishing Bible-based material.   

 

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On August 29, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 


    “[I have] a couple of other questions. 
    “1.) Is your only grievance with JW.ORG over the two-tiered Christian hope? 
    “2.) I saw that you have a sister site called the Christ Experiment. My understanding was that you still believe in JW.ORG and are hoping for reform. The Christ Experiment site seems like a very big step away from JW.ORG and maybe a toe in the pool of forming your own religion, or movement. Do I have it wrong?
    “The maybe a general comment: I saw from your questions from readers that someone wondered why you would demand the [Governing Body] acknowledge your site. I also read your response. Perhaps arrogant is too strong of a word to use, but I would ask you to be cautious. I also don't know about you signing your letters as the two witnesses.  If you really feel like you are the two witnesses of Revelation I would encourage you to step back and really consider that course. Wishing the best for you and hoping to continue our conversation at your convenience.”


    To the author, thank you for your email. We are happy to respond.
        
    You asked: Is your only grievance with JW.ORG over the two-tiered Christian hope? 


    Our ministry is only concerned with salvation issues – matters that prevent a person from gaining personality survival after death of the physical body.  Doctrines and misunderstandings about various facts do not concern us greatly.  As Paul wrote at 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, what matters is having the right the foundation. What we build on that foundation will be tested by fire and if what we build does not survive, we can still be saved. We wrote about this in the article Fitly United in the Same Mind.  
    
    So there is patience for our doctrinal errors such as ‘is God a trinity,’ ‘is there a Hell,’ ‘should we celebrate holidays,’ etc.  In each of these instances, whatever the truth is about those matters does not prevent us from survival. Whereas failing to have faith in Jesus as ‘the way, the truth, and the life’ (John 14:6), failure to follow in his footsteps (Matthew 16:24), failure to ‘eat and drink of him’ (John 6:53), failure to follow his way dealing with one another (John 13:35), these things can prevent our survival.  The two-tiered hope requires millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses to reject eating and drinking of the Christ, to reject the heavenly abodes he prepared for us (John 14:2), and to reject confessing union with him as his brothers. (Matthew 10:32-33)  This is fatal and that is why this issue is our primary grievance.  

    However, keep in mind that once a person understands the true hope and his true relationship with the Father and Christ Jesus, many other matters take care of themselves. There is a domino effect that automatically and organically cures many of the doctrinal and policy errors of the Watchtower Society. This is being demonstrated now in congregations where a large number of Jehovah’s Witnesses accept sonship and reject the death dealing earthly hope. In the article Defending Our Living Hope, we highlighted one particular congregation in Reno, Nevada where practically the entire body of Elders, the Circuit Overseer and the District Overseer and the majority of publishers accept the heavenly hope and the dramatic changes that positively affected the overall spirit and affairs of the congregation. 

    You also stated: I saw that you have a sister site called the Christ Experiment. My understanding was that you still believe in JW.ORG and are hoping for reform. The Christ Experiment site seems like a very big step away from JW.ORG and maybe a toe in the pool of forming your own religion, or movement. Do I have it wrong?


    We do not believe in JW.ORG or the Watchtower Society.  In fact, we do not believe in any particular religious organization.  Jesus said that the time had come where the Father was not concerning Himself with which religious ‘mountain’ we worship in. The key was that we worship the Father with spirit and truth. (John 4:21-24)  Our faith and hope is in the individuals in the organization, so our efforts are designed to reach the individual.  

    Nevertheless, we must recognize and acknowledge that the Governing Body continues to have a strong hold in the faith of millions.  So a ministry that can effect change in the Governing Body, or reveal them as misguided in a way that Jehovah’s Witnesses can accept and respond to, is the quickest and most efficient way to awaken the individual. 
    
    As for The Christ Experiment site, it is indeed a step away from traditional Christianity. It is an adventure into possibilities and it is not for the faint of heart. Thus, many Christians are not quite ready for it, which we openly admit. And we have only begun developing that site. We intend to progressively propose bolder and bolder possibilities in an effort to get our brothers and sisters of all denominations to think outside the box that formalized and crystallized Christianity exists in. 

    And, no, we are not forming our own religion. We are proposing the idea that we do not need authoritative religions. We need Christians to develop spirituality and then practice their spirituality in association with one another.  We explain this in more detail in the article 
A True Christian Fellowship.

    And you commented: I saw from your questions from readers that someone wondered why you would demand the [Governing Body] acknowledge your site. I also read your response. Perhaps arrogant is too strong of a word to use, but I would ask you to be cautious. 

    
    As for the 
question from reader August 2, 2014, we did not demand that the Governing Body acknowledge our site.  The reader advised that he would report us to the Governing Body if we did not abandon our website.  We simply let him know that we have no problem with him reporting us to the Governing Body, in fact we welcome it.  Our ministry is to all men, including the men of the Governing Body. And as a matter of fact, they are already well aware of our site and read it quite regularly. And we understand that they know who we are and how to locate us. This is surprising to many who visit our site because of the fear that has been instilled into them by various talks and articles. So our response was intended to dismantle any assumption that we are afraid of the Governing Body. 

    Some may characterize our response as arrogance, but we see it as confidence. We boldly and faithfully stand with Christ and promote HIS teachings and ministry. We are not unsure of our hope and we do not doubt his promises. We are doing what Paul counseled at Galatians 6:1 to readjust those who are taking a false step. And we do our best to do so with mildness and deep respect. (1 Peter 3:15) If you have a chance to read the 
Open Letters we have written to the Governing Body, you may discern that. 

    And finally, you stated: I also don't know about you signing your letters as the two witnesses.  If you really feel like you are the two witnesses of Revelation I would encourage you to step back and really consider that course.  


    Yes, we sign our articles as “Elaia Luchnia” which has been interpreted by some to mean that we declare ourselves to be the Two Witnesses of Revelation.  That is an inaccurate assumption. We responded to a similar question in Question and Response 9/6/13 where we wrote:

 

“At the end of most of our articles, we sign off “Elaia Luchnia” which means “olive trees and lampstands.”  It is taken from the 4th chapter of Zechariah where the prophet speaks of Two Witnesses.  We chose that designation because there are indeed two of us and we are certainly bearing witness to the Father and his Christ, and are trying to be a source of illumination to the congregations and to the world.  Practically every Christian picks a name from the Bible that serves to identify what they do.  So have we.  And, before you ask, we know that the book of Revelation makes reference to Two Witnesses, but whether we are part of the symbolic drama of Revelation is a matter far beyond our knowledge.”

 

    We hope these responses satisfactorily answer your questions. But if you continue to have questions, please do not hesitate to write us again.  And, we likewise, wish you the very best.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On August 29, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 


    “As I'm reading your site and all of these reports about [Jehovah’s Witnesses] partaking it seems very strange to me. How are subgroups getting together and partaking when the Watchtower condemns even getting together to study the Bible? How are they pushing variant teachings and not being branded as an apostate? The Organization is rather swift to stomp out any insurrection from the flock. You present this concept of this growing movement, even up to Bethel, of new partakers. This seems rather fanciful based on my experiences.”

    To the author, thank you for your email.  We are publishing your question and our response because we have heard that many others have the same question. It does seem odd given the history of how partakers have been treated in many congregations and continue to be treated. But we believe there are many answers to your question.

    For one, in many of those congregations, members of the body of Elders or the Circuit Overseer for the congregations are partakers. So these men certainly are not going to condemn as apostates those who accept sonship or disfellowship them.  They are sons who honor the true shepherd and his flock, unlike the Elders who have the so-called ‘earthly hope’ who are merely hired men. (John 10:12-13)

    Also, many who find themselves disfellowshiped often forget the counsel to make their defense with ‘mildness and deep respect’ (1 Peter 3:15), to be clothed with humility or lowliness of mind (Philippians 2:3) and the fruitage of the spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23) Partaking is not a disfellowshiping offense neither is honoring the son. But being belligerent, abusive, judgmental, or confrontational can be used as a pretext to accomplish disfellowshiping. 

    Another reason is because everything we encourage on this site is solidly founded on scripture and, in many instances on Watchtower publications. So there is not much a body of Elders can do unless they choose to ‘go rogue’ and venture way outside the directions of ‘the Slave.’  For example, many can point to the June 15, 2009 Watchtower, page 22, paragraph 15 which states:

 

“On the other hand, how should other Christians view a person who claims to have received this anointing and begins to partake of the emblems at the Memorial? He or she should not be judged. The matter is between this person and Jehovah. (Rom. 14:12)

 

    They can also point to these scriptures which all agree refer specifically to those with the heavenly hope:

 

“Let us hold firmly the public declaration of our hope without wavering, for the one who promised is faithful.”

– Hebrews 10:23

 

“But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone who demands of you a reason for the hope you have, but doing so with a mild temper and deep respect.”

– 1 Peter 3:15

 

  This, we suspect is the reason we have not been disfellowshipped, because the Elders at the congregation we used to attend knows what we are doing and knows to contact us, as does our Circuit Overseer, and other Circuit and District Overseers who are all regular visitors to our site.     

 

    And finally, the reason could also be that there is such a large number of Jehovah’s Witnesses who are accepting sonship and partaking of the emblems that an effort to silence or disfellowship them all would cause such an uproar that the Elders and likely the Governing Body like want to avoid it.    

 

    These are just a few reasons. But whatever the case, those who have accept their sonship and no longer serve men are not very concerned about what man can do to them, including disfellowshiping them.  They have decided to remain in the congregations as long as they can for the sole purpose of helping other brothers and sisters to understand the true hope.  From what we have been told, they all accept the possibility that they could be disfellowshiped, and when their time to leave arises, they will leave, but not as victims, as victors.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On August 29, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 


    “Regarding verses removed from NWT on jw.org... It's probably a technical glitch, something in their stylesheet that will likely be corrected shortly. We'll have to wait and see. 
    “That said, there is a lot to be said for a Bible without verses. For that matter, without chapters. Those serve great for references, but for actual reading without thought or context being interrupted, removing them is not a bad thing. After all, the original texts did not have chapters and verses. There is movement among other translators in this direction. It may be a new trend in Bible production. For example, the ESV Reader's Bible, or Zondervan's "Books of the Bible", an NIV translation. If jw.org gave an option to at least turn off verses, cross references and footnotes, it would be a huge help for just reading without those tiny distractions. Just my opinion.”


    To the author, thank you for your email. At first, we, too, thought it might be a technical glitch, however, there were several chapters where the verse references had not been omitted. So it appeared someone was manually removing the references. 

    But we notice today, the verse references are being added back into the text online. As of this writing, the return of the references is not complete, but it does appear that individual or persons in the Watchtower organization are diligently adding the reference back in. 

    Thank you for your insight. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On August 29, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 

    “Dear Brothers: I have noted significant changes in the contents of the Watchtower magazine in recent years. Whilst I still read them in detail and check the scriptural references, yet I no longer find that all the articles therein have the appeal which they used too. I have also noted that the statement of purpose/principle on the inside front cover ("It adheres to the Bible as its authority") was last included in the December 2012 edition. For me, it is so, so very disappointing that the authors of the magazine have saw fit to remove this statement. Yet the statement is still included in the edition of the Watchtower intended for members of the public. I'd be so grateful for any insight you may have into this (I assume willful) omission. With gratitude in advance for your kind attention on this matter of importance to me, may I remain, Yours fraternally.”


    To the author, thank you for your email. We did not notice that change before you brought it to our attention. In checking the issues for 2010, 2011 and 2012, the statement you refer to states:

 

“THE PURPOSE OF THIS MAGAZINE, The Watchtower, is to honor Jehovah God, the Supreme Ruler of the universe. Just as watchtowers in ancient times enabled a person to observe developments from afar, so this magazine shows us the significance of world events in the light of Bible prophecies. It comforts people with the good news that God’s Kingdom, which is a real government in heaven, will soon bring an end to all wickedness and transform the earth into a paradise. It promotes faith in Jesus Christ, who died so that we might gain everlasting life and who is now ruling as King of God’s Kingdom. This magazine has been published by Jehovah’s Witnesses continuously since 1879 and is nonpolitical. It adheres to the Bible as its authority.”

 

    And we now notice beginning in the January 2013 edition, that paragraph does not appear. Like you, we feel it is a significant deletion. The only reasonable conclusion one could come to is that the Governing Body no longer wants to represent to its members, Jehovah’s Witnesses, that the Study Edition of The Watchtower  “honors Jehovah God”, “promotes faith in Jesus Christ” or “adheres to the Bible as its authority.” Other than that, we have no idea why it was deleted.     

 

    Thank you again for bringing this to our attention. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On August 28, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 

    “Dear Brothers, I noticed today that the online version of the New World Translation on the jw.org website has removed all the verse numbers, except from Matthew 3 and John 6, as far as I can tell.  Do you have any insight on why this happened?"

    To the author, thank you for your email. We checked the jw.org website, and even used different browsers, and you are correct.  It seems they have removed practically all the verse numbers. What an odd thing to do. And it seems their quality control missed a few chapters. We noticed not only the verses in Matthew 3, John 6 are still there, but also the verses in Isaiah 43 and 44, as far as we were able to tell.  

    This certainly raises a lot of suspicions. Why would they have a campaign to get people to visit their website, and then remove the verse numbers from their online Bible so that visitors cannot to check scripture references? We noticed also the verses were removed from the revised version as well as the older version. This is a first! We are stumped! We will have to ask our visitors if they have any insight into this unusual decision by the Watchtower organization. If anyone knows, please write us and we will publish your response here.  

    In the meantime, for those who are looking for an online Bible with verse references, we have found the following link very helpful: www.biblegateway.com.  On that link, they provide access to dozens of different Bible versions and in many different languages. They do not include the New World Translation or the Revised New World Translation, but we find that having a variety of different versions is extremely helpful in Bible Study.

    And thank you again for bringing this to our attention.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On August 26, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 

    “The question raised and your comments about the resignation of some members of the Writing Dept.[Question and Response 8/25/14] were posted on [an ex-JW website]. The thread has received more than 5,000 views at this time with skeptics and critics, as expected, running the show, ruining the spirit behind. Sad they can just see the surface of what has been going on."

    To the author, thank you for your email. We are aware of that thread as we received an unusually high number of visitors today from that site. We thought to respond to the thread, but we doubt they are truly interested in our response. Ex-JW skeptics and critics have an agenda. Their trust has been destroyed and as a result, it is nearly impossible for them to believe positive things of a religious nature, especially as they pertain to the Watchtower Society.  Really, even if we posted the emails from those brothers directly, many would doubt them and say we made them up, too. So we prefer to let time tell the tale. 

    Their biggest area of doubt has to do with the current condition of the Governing Body.  Please know that we receive regular reports on the goings on in Bethel and have absolute confidence in the accuracy of the information and the credibility of the sources. We could name names, but if we did, it would only serve to slow down progress. And surely one must realize if we revealed our sources, they, too, would be subjects of attack. 

    Those who choose to demonize the Governing Body are giving them far too much power. Believe it or not, they are flesh and blood just like the rest of us, and are subject to the same feelings, emotions, fears, confusions and vicissitudes as every other man. So it is not far fetched that the spirit of truth could reach their hearts and cause a spirit agitation leading to repentance. We are not saying that they will definitely reach that place, but we do see movement in that direction by a few. We should applaud any movement by them in a positive direction since it can positively affect so many Jehovah’s Witnesses who remain trapped in error.

    And how unfortunate that the brother who posted the link was attacked. It seems many ex-JW sites not only attack the Watchtower Society, but they also devour each other. They surely parallel Jesus description of those who are worse off than those who never knew anything about Watchtower’s Pharisaic teachings. (Matthew 23:15)

    This has been the problem in the Jehovah’s Witness community. They have developed the practice of judging others when they do not have all the facts, and mischaracterizing and imputing improper motives to their brothers when they have no foundation for it.  Many have never learned the social grace of giving another the benefit of the doubt. They utterly lack the faith and hope in the power of godly devotion. So their response does not surprise us at all.

    These actions only retard the mission of reconciliation to God by supposed believers in Christ. Their continued disrespect of one another only put themselves in the dangerous position of losing sight of the true beauty of Kingdom fellowship – unconditional brotherly love, and the faith provided by the Universe Father through His Son, and our celestial family that allows a brother to accept the testimony of a sibling.
            
    At any rate, as we said, time will tell whether what we have written is true or not.  Many who doubted what we wrote in the beginning of our ministry are discovering for themselves first hand what we have reported is true, and have become regular visitors and supporters of our ministry.  So do not allow the naysayers to disturb you.  It is par for the course. 

    Finally, we want to add that their so-called ‘proof’ that there is no God are weak arguments based on a lack of perspective. The sad thing is how many of them will miss out on a glorious future because they allowed themselves to be misled by men. Their hurt and anger blinds them to the fact that the Father and Christ Jesus had nothing to do with those machinations. And so they have thrown out the baby with the bath water, not realizing that it is their own futures they have discarded.  

    Of course, should any of them wish to direct their scepticism and concerns to this website, we will be happy to respond to them.  Until then, we will just let them be. But thank you again for your email. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On August 25, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 

    “Good evening. I took notice of the recently posted report that 3 members of the Writing Dept. had resigned.  Are you privy as the reasons why they left?  If not confidential, yours truly would appreciate vital information about it. :) Thanks."

    To the author, thank you for your email.  The report that 2 or 3 members of the Writing Department have recently resigned is not confidential, although we doubt the Watchtower Society would publicly admit this. The reports we have been given indicate that the men who resigned from the Writing Department resigned as a direct response to the plain and open teachings of Jesus.  They each accept their sonship and the truth that ‘we are all, in fact, sons of God through our faith in Christ Jesus.’ (Galatians 3:26) They have decided that they can no longer participate in the publication of blatant errors or promote the death dealing ‘earthly hope’ doctrine, and they refuse to be a party to the disrespect shown to Jesus. 

    Do not marvel at this. In the Bethel Headquarters and in Branch Offices and congregations around the world, our brothers and sisters are waking up to the true hope for Christians and the error of the Governing Body of ‘shutting up the kingdom of the heavens before men.’ (Matthew 23:13) We might say that stepping down from positions of oversight is ‘trending’ among Jehovah’s Witnesses. But not just overseers and pioneers, many, many publishers and Bible students are also awaking to the true hope and are taking their stand with Christ. And know that this ‘trend’ will continue until all of the Father’s children have left the servitude of men and gotten on the path to ‘the real life.’ (1 Timothy 6:19) All that will be left in the Watchtower organization will be those who truly want to serve men ‘whether it appears sound from a human standpoint or not,’ and they will receive their reward in full.

    We can also share with you that certain members of the Governing Body are having a crisis of conscience. Some of them see death as their solution and means of escape. But there are a few who are being tormented in spirit with many sleepless nights and are prayerfully seeking a way to extricate themselves from their error. In these men, the spirit has found an opening and is bearing witness to them that God truly is not partial and that any man exacting righteousness is acceptable to him. (Acts 10:35) They are beginning to see their way to correction and repentance. But as a body, they have lost control over the flock and are being manipulated by legal and public relations problems, and pressured by those in line to step into their shoes. We do not envy their position, and that is why we are doing all we can to help them. But as Paul made clear:

 

“Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap; because the one sowing with a view to his flesh will reap corruption from his flesh, but the one sowing with a view to the spirit will reap everlasting life from the spirit.”

– Galatians 6:7-8

 

    It is our prayer that each one of them begins ‘sowing with a view to the spirit’ by openly confessing their errors and leading the flock to the Christ, so that they, and all who follow them, can be saved.        

 

    And to all our brothers and sisters who are already standing up for Christ, we encourage you to continue standing firm.  Your efforts are indeed making a difference, not just in an organization, but in promoting Jesus’ ministry and uplifting the spiritual conversation worldwide. It is by means of your efforts that the Ninevite Possibility continues and is becoming a reality.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On August 2, 2014, we completed the following email exchange that we want to share with our audience: 

    “Dear brother and sister, It is to my regret I must tell you that at one convention 2 years ago, it was specifically said that NO brother or sister should make a website in addition to jw.org. Also the brother said that making bible based publications independently would be wrong. Some suggest that because the Faithful Slave has not contacted them, it must be alright to keep it up. Well that is not the case as it has already been mentioned at such assemblies in recent years. It is an act of apostasy. The very fact you're subtly trying to confuse individuals with the hope of heavenly life will cause people to make a serious decision- partaking of the emblems at the memorial. As you know, if anyone partakes of the emblems and is not of the anointed, Jehovah will judge that individual according to that deed.
    “If you were in my congregation, you would be disfellowshipped quite quickly. I've dealt with individuals who falsely believe they are of the anointed. In fact, I once thought I was anointed. But I came to realise I suffered from anxiety and THAT is what made me believe that in the first place!
    “Do you trust in the Faithful Slave? In fact, does the fact that the change in understanding of who the Slave is make you feel like a 'lesser one'? Well actually all of Jehovah's Witnesses are lesser ones. You don't need this site. Where is the ministry? If you are ambassadors of God, you'd be working closely with the Organization. The two last articles in our current study Watchtowers are excellent.
    “Do not think I am attacking your faith. I just had to speak out because I know your situation and you need to tell your elders about this site. If you don't, I will have to report it to the Governing Body."


    Before responding to this email, we wrote back to the brother:

    "Dear Brother, Thank you for visiting our site. However, before we respond, we want to be sure this is not a hoax.  Or a joke.  Is this sincerely how you feel?"  

    In response, we received this email from the brother:

    “This is no hoax, I am a real person. I'm not actually one of your brothers, I should've reworded my email. I am an active witness of Jehovah. The best web site is jw.org
I wish that you do not reply to this email with a refute. The case is closed and I wish you respect my privacy.”


    To the author, thank you for visiting our site and sending your email.  We will respect your request that we not refute your comments to your email address. However, we have notified you that we have posted your email and our response on our site in the event you visit again, and for the benefit of those who might share you views or know persons who do. 

    As a preliminary matter, when you wrote to us, you referred to us as ‘Brothers.’ That is why we referred to you as ‘Brother’ when we responded.  However, according to your request, we will refrain from doing so. We shall address you as ‘Sir.’

    So, Sir, we notice that the authority for your position that we should not have a website or publish Bible-based material independent from the Watchtower Society is an unknown talk by an unknown brother at an unknown convention on an unknown date, during an unknown year. We would think that counsel that made such an impression on you to the point where you feel free to judge us as apostates would have a little more meat, a little more teeth, and be much more memorable. Something such as a scripture from the Bible, perhaps? 

    Unless, of course, it is your practice to accept as ‘the word of God’ anything that any brother says from any platform on any district convention hosted by the Watchtower Society.  If that is the case, then you are not following the counsel from the Apostle John:

 

“Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements to see whether they originate with God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world.”

– 1 John 4:1

 

    Sir, have you tested the validity of a statement that no one should have a website other than jw.org?  Have you tested the validity of the statement that no one should publish Bible-based material independent of the Watchtower Society? Of course not.  No such authority exists! Thus, your judgment that we are apostates or doing an act of apostasy is a burden you will have to carry alone, one that you alone will have to answer for.    

 

    You further wrote: “The very fact you're subtly trying to confuse individuals with the hope of heavenly life will cause people to make a serious decision- partaking of the emblems at the memorial. As you know, if anyone partakes of the emblems and is not of the anointed, Jehovah will judge that individual according to that deed.” No, Sir, we do not ‘know’ that.  What we ‘know’ is what Jesus said:

 

“So Jesus said to them: “Most truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink his blood, you have no life in yourselves. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has everlasting life, and I will resurrect him on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood remains in union with me, and I in union with him.”

– John 6:53-56

 

    According to Jesus, only those who partake of the emblems have life, will gain a resurrection and are in union with him.  All others would be these folks:

 

“Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. Many will say to me in that day: ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ And then I will declare to them: ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’”

– Matthew 7:21-23

 

    Next, you wrote: “If you were in my congregation, you would be disfellowshipped quite quickly. I've dealt with individuals who falsely believe they are of the anointed. In fact, I once thought I was anointed. But I came to realise I suffered from anxiety and THAT is what made me believe that in the first place!” What a shame! The Spirit bore witness with you and you rejected it! Don’t you know, Sir, that when one is faithfully undergoing trials, that is when they are closest to the Father, that is when their hope is confirmed:

 

“Though I walk in the valley of deep shadow, I fear no harm, For you are with me; Your rod and your staff reassure me.” 

– Psalms 23:4

 

“Happy is the man who keeps on enduring trial, because on becoming approved he will receive the crown of life, which Jehovah promised to those who continue loving Him.”

– James 1:12

 

    Sir, it is while suffering from trials that the Spirit draws closer to you than at any other time. And how awful that because you rejected the Spirit, you feel the need to persecute, judge and disfellowship those to faithfully do accept the Spirit’s witness! You are on very dangerous ground, Sir. If you don’t believe us, then look at what ‘the Slave’ has written in the June 15, 2009 issue of the Watchtower magazine, page 22, paragraph 15:

 

“On the other hand, how should other Christians view a person who claims to have received this anointing and begins to partake of the emblems at the Memorial? He or she should not be judged. The matter is between this person and Jehovah. (Rom. 14:12)

 

    You are on dangerous ground from both the Spirit and the Governing Body!  Watch out that it is not you who is disfellowshipped!    

 

    Then you wrote: “Do you trust in the Faithful Slave? In fact, does the fact that the change in understanding of who the Slave is make you feel like a 'lesser one'? Well actually all of Jehovah's Witnesses are lesser ones. You don't need this site. Where is the ministry? If you are ambassadors of God, you'd be working closely with the Organization. The two last articles in our current study Watchtowers are excellent.”  Do we trust in ‘the Faithful Slave?’ Notice this scripture:

 

Do not put your trust in princes Nor in a son of man, who cannot bring salvation. His spirit goes out, he returns to the ground; On that very day his thoughts perish.”

– Psalms 146:3-4

 

    That is the position every God-oriented, Christ-following, Spirit-directed person should take. And it is the position we take.     

 

    Further, the Governing Body’s change in who ‘the Slave’ is does not concern us one bit. If they want to take on the role of playing ‘masters over the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses,’ that will be their burden they will have to carry. As for us, we feel as did Peter: 

 

“In answer Peter and the other apostles said: “We must obey God as ruler rather than men.”

– Acts 5:29

 

    You asked, “Where is our ministry?”  THIS is our ministry! This website. The one you visited. The one you corresponded with. And for the record, we are not ambassadors of God. We are ambassadors for Christ. That is why we promote the plain and open teachings of Jesus Christ and encourage our brothers, and 'sirs,' to confess union with Christ. We would like to work closely with the Watchtower Organization, but they are not ambassadors for Christ.  They promote the ‘old wine’ of the Hebrew scriptures. But we do hold out hope that they will see their error and then we can all work closely together.    

 

    Finally, you wrote: “Do not think I am attacking your faith. I just had to speak out because I know your situation and you need to tell your elders about this site. If you don't, I will have to report it to the Governing Body." Your disapproval of us is not an attack on our faith.  Our faith is quite outside the realm of human approval.  But we do wonder if you see your hypocrisy here. You are on this site. You are reading the articles enough to know our position on partaking. You have violated what you believe to be ‘the word of God’ by visiting a non jw.org site. So, perhaps it is you who needs to be reported to your body of elders and the Governing Body.     

 

   As for us, our elders know what we are doing.  They know our names and our addresses.  So does our Circuit Overseer. And from what we have been told, so does the Governing Body. In fact, it seems the Governing Body reads this website more closely than the average visitor. And yet here we are and here we will stay.     

 

    Notwithstanding these matters, we encourage you to contact the Governing Body and mention our site.  They need to know that more and more brothers, and 'sirs,' are visiting us. They need to know that more and more ‘sirs’ such as yourself are indulging in a form of idolatry and worship of men that is reprehensible. They need to know that more and more ‘sirs’ such as yourself have become cowards as respect the Spirit and are afraid to ‘take life’s waters free.’ They need to know that they are feeding, breeding and churning out ‘dead soldiers walking.’    

 

    Your call or letter to the Governing Body might encourage them to make an open statement about our website and the Bible-based material we independently and freely publish so that the entire organization will know where they stand. We can tell you that millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are waiting for their open response.  So, please do not hesitate!     

 

    We will pray for you, Sir, and hope that should the Spirit mercifully bear witness with your Spirit again, that you will favorably respond.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

 

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