QUESTIONS & RESPONSES
12/27/14 Visitor finds our website disturbing
On December 31, 2014, we received the following detailed comment and question which we are happy to respond to. We present the entire email:
“I'm a reader of your website since end of 2012. I followed with great interest many of your articles and I check almost daily if something is new. I was a witness [for 28 years]. I pioneered and served in various positions. We were close to attending Gilead, but decided to have children instead. In 1980, I was disfellowshiped due to not accepting the [Faithful and Discreet Slave] anymore.
“In the years after 1980 I became a very active ex-witness, trying to help our former brothers to recognize the errors I found, but my own family became even more convinced as a result. I joined an evangelical group for about 10 years, became more critical, lost my faith in the Bible as God's word and finally my faith in the God the Bible represents.
“In the 2nd part of 2012, I had the desire to see what's going on with [Jehovah's Witnesses] because [my family] are still in the organization. For many years I had no interest in religion – became an agnostic – but through your articles my hope was nourished that something is going on which finally could change the organization and I could be reunited, at least with my family. I agree with a lot of your articles, which show that Jesus needs to be the center of our faith. I never commented any of your articles, but I'm thankful for the work you have done during this period. Particularly I'm thankful, that I found on your pages for the first time a reference to the Urantia Book. I have read it meanwhile from beginning to the end and I'm reading it again. It simply overwhelmed me and since reading it, I can believe again in God. There is so much to detect and as my memory fails now often (I'm 72), I will have to read it often. I'm reading daily in it and marvel about the information presented there and I tend to believe it.
“On the other side there is something which fuels my scepticism. In your Kingdom Update December 2014 you speak of the tremendous increase from April 2014 to now (from 8.7 to 27 million) which simply ignites my doubts, because that sound unbelievable. I remember that you once answered a similar question [Question and Response 2/12/14] but the answer for me was not satisfying. On what do you base such information? It would take even for an organization like the [Watchtower Bible & Tract Society] a department of people to add up all the figures which would come in from various sources and different parts of the world. I would appreciate if you could provide a satisfying and understandable answer - no details are required for it.
“Does the figure include the figures from another group or religious organization and how then do you decide which ones should or can be included? How do you get the information? I don't expect any details, but a general, open and understandable answer. Or is it that you personally have - or believe to have - contact with some of the celestial beings? Sometimes your wording rings like that.
“Personally I think that your statement of these figures rather discourages as it will fuel doubts, especially if you don't explain how you can say that. So, I should appreciate very much a satisfying clarification, as I'm considering helping you to translate your articles into German. I'm looking forward to your answer and wish you further success in your wonderful work. With kind regards.”
To the author, we want to thank you for your email. We suspect there are many others who have followed, and are following your faith journey, and many others who share your concern about the numbers reported in the Kingdom Update – December 2014, and on other articles on this website. We are awed at the numbers as well, but we assure you they are accurate as we will explain below.
First, we want to acknowledge that many, many of our brothers who were mistreated and mislead by various religious groups and who have consequently turned away from God have found their way back to faith and back to the Father and Christ Jesus by means of The Urantia Book. What happens is that the hard to understand Bible stories, and the way many of its teachers and adherents behave make it hard for intelligent, reasonable and thoughtful people in these modern times to believe there is a wise, loving, and caring God. But, in our experience, The Urantia Book, which we call “The Teacher’s Guide to the Bible,” explains many of those hard to believe stories by adding context and background which appeals to reason, logic, intelligence, and known scientific facts. And in so doing, it makes the Bible understandable and acceptable to the modern mind, and thereby builds and rebuilds faith. But we know that the vast majority of Christians and Jehovah’s Witnesses would stumble at the book. That is why we limit what we publish on this website to what was actually presented in, and supported by, the Bible. More advanced concepts and the examination of extra-Biblical writings such as The Urantia Book are reserved for our sister site www.TheChristExperiment.org. We hope you continue visiting that website and sharing your thoughts. Now to your question.
You are right that it would take a very large army of men to count each person who claims to be a son of God, and there would always a question of whether the person is truly a son of God or just an imposter or a ‘wanna-be.’ While we do have a means of tracking visitors to our site, those reports do not identify who is a looky-loo and who is an actual son. So there must be more to it.
Jesus once said: “When the son of man arrives, will he really find the faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8) But faith in what? Faith in the Father; faith in Jesus; faith in the Spirit of Truth; faith in Holy Spirit; faith in the angelic army whose purpose is to serve man; faith in one another; faith in personality survival after death of the mortal body; and things like these. Like those in the 1st century, a large portion of our society is ‘a faithless generation.’ In an effort to change that, we published articles such as “Faith in Unseen Realities” and “Walking By Faith.” We showed that angels are active today and very much concerned about continuing and completing the ministry Jesus began in the 1st century. As they did back then, angels continue to guide and direct his ministry. And yes, dear brother, they can count. (Matthew 10:30) Does this stumble you? “What, therefore, if you should see the Son of man ascending to where he was before?”
We hesitate to speak too much on this matter because we want people to focus on the message, not the messengers. Numbers signifying growth in the sons of God are encouraging, especially among a people who are convinced that the world is increasingly Godless and going ‘straight to Armageddon.’ But it is the plain and open teachings of Jesus that build faith and lead to peace to salvation.
The bottom line is that you can doubt the numbers if you choose to – they are only good for counting. But do not lose sight of the more important things. As some would say ‘Do not throw out the baby with the bath water.’ If what you find on this website is encouraging and if you are moved to assist us in continuing Jesus’ authentic ministry, we welcome you and any others who want to help us spread his ‘plain and open teachings.’ We especially need translators.
So reflect on what we have written and let us know if you still wish to help us.
The Inquirer’s Reply: 1/1/15 - Dear brothers, Thank your very much for your really fast and kind answer, which I appreciate and accept - it didn't stumble me, somehow I even expected it - but certain doubts will remain for the time being. You are right, there are more important things than numbers. Your message and the articles on your site bears the spirit of truth, which I can't deny, so I'm still willing to help you in translating your articles.
On December 27, 2014, we received the following comment:
“I have visited your website for the first time, and I must say that what I have seen so far is quite disturbing. If I hated an organization as much as you seem to hate Jehovah's Witnesses, I would simply leave it and find another one to my liking. That is what a reasonable person would do.”
To the author, we do not hate Jehovah’s Witnesses, as any of our regular visitors well know. But your statement that this is your first visit to our site is, to put it mildly, disingenuous. You visit us every single day, and have sent us “anonymous” emails several times a week for the past two months. If you dislike our website so much, why visit?
Do you not know that you are under no obligation to visit a website that you find so distasteful? May we suggest that you take your own counsel and find another website to your liking, because, as you say “that is what a reasonable person would do.” Even if you do not view us as reasonable, surely you consider yourself reasonable. So be true to yourself. Don’t be a hypocrite.
On December 11, 2014, we received the following comment:
"Hello! In your opinion, what is the difference, if any, between the spirit of the truth and the Holy Spirit? You say the spirit of truth was given to the disciples but the book of Acts says it was the Holy Spirit that was poured out. Isn't the Holy Spirit God 's spirit? Yet you claim that God's spirit already dwells in us? Apologies if you've covered this on your website and I missed it. Thanks in advance!”
To the author, thank you for your email. Yes, we covered this on the website. We mentioned that holy spirit manifests in many ways. While all manifestations of spirit are holy and united, each has a distinct function and purpose. We discussed a few of the different manifestations of holy spirit in the section, Divine Relationships. Specifically, we discussed the Father’s Spirit in The Divine Spirit Fragments of the Father. We discussed the Son’s Spirit in The Bestowal of the Spirit of Truth. We discussed the Holy Spirit in The Ministry of the Holy Spirit, and we expounded a little more on the Son’s Spirit in The Reality of the Spirit of Truth. After you review this information, if you continue to have questions, please do not hesitate to write us again.
However, we want to mention that the greatest manifestation of holy spirit on earth are the nine fruits of the spirit:
“On the other hand, the fruitage of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.”
– Galatians 5:22-23
We say this because these manifestations cause more people to glorify the Father than any other. The manifestations we referred to above are the Father’s provisions for reaching out to mankind. But it is only when we respond to those manifestations, by displaying the fruits of the spirit, that we accomplish the Father’s will. And more importantly, when the fruits of the spirit are manifested, no one can boast in themselves. All the glory goes to the Father.
And when hate becomes love, depression becomes joy, discord becomes peace, intolerance becomes patience, when maliciousness become kindness, badness becomes goodness, fear becomes faith, when haughtiness becomes mildness, and when self-indulgence becomes self-control, we can change our world.
On December 8, 2014, we received the following comment:
“Unusual spiritual experiences, visions, audible words, sensation of oil being poured over the body, other unusual occurrences? This is what [Jehovah’s Witnesses] believe? Now I do know beyond doubt that you people are mentally deranged and purposely trying to deceive others.”
To the author, thank you for your emails. Before we respond to your comment, we want to say that even though your emails are mostly hateful, the fact that you write us practically every day shows that you are reading everything we post. If you are sincerely seeking truth, we believe in time the things you have read will begin to bear witness with your spirit. We excuse most of your comments based on the fact that you have only been studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses for 3 months and really do not understand the organization you are associating with. But if you would like to have a real interchange, the next time you write, provide an email address and we will be happy to respond privately to your comments since most of what you write is not suitable for publication.
We chose to post this email because we suspect there are other people who may have a similar reaction, but perhaps from a different perspective. Your comment indicates that you don’t believe Jehovah’s Witnesses are having these experiences. Others might think that Jehovah’s Witnesses who have those experiences are mentally challenged. Either way, we want to provide a little more insight into these experiences for both points of view.
As we mentioned in the article The Witness of the Spirit, Jehovah’s Witnesses have a unique and significant struggle to accept their awakening to sonship. Many have been taught from infancy the idea that only a very small number of people are sons of God with the heavenly hope and that small number are likely very old. Others have been mesmerized by the constant repetition of that teaching in the Watchtower publications, artwork and in congregational comments and discussions, and by the unspoken, but real, threat of being ‘marked’ or disfellowshipped for simply having a different view. This may be information you are not aware of since you have so little knowledge of the Watchtower organization and its people. But as a result of these real issues, the wall separating Jehovah’s Witnesses from their sonship with their heavenly Father is almost insurmountable. Here is where the witness of the spirit among Jehovah’s Witnesses may take on a more unusual and profound nature.
Our celestial family, including the Father, Christ Jesus, and the myriads of other revealed and unrevealed personalities are very aware of the struggle of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the struggles of others whose circumstances interfere with them freely accepting sonship, such as those raised in Judaism, Islam, and other religions who do not yet understand the true nature of Christ Jesus. In order for these individuals to understand the magnitude of the Father’s love and His desire for them to come to Him and be with Him, there often, but not always, needs to be an additional manifestation to give them the courage to take the leap of faith despite their upbringing and training. These additional manifestations are spiritual in nature and therefore not easily explainable.
Accordingly, when such a person tries to explain this additional spiritual manifestation, what comes out may sound strange, odd, even foolish to the average person. Spiritual matters are hard to explain in fleshly terms. The human mind does not have the vocabulary to accurately convey what really occurred. Notice the difficulty the Apostle Paul had in describing his own spiritual experience:
“I have to boast. It is not beneficial, but I will move on to supernatural visions and revelations of the Lord. I know a man in union with Christ who, 14 years ago—whether in the body or out of the body, I do not know; God knows—was caught away to the third heaven. Yes, I know such a man—whether in the body or apart from the body, I do not know; God knows—who was caught away into paradise and heard words that cannot be spoken and that are not lawful for a man to say. I will boast about such a man, but I will not boast about myself except of my weaknesses. For even if I want to boast, I will not be unreasonable, for I would say the truth. But I refrain from doing so, in order that no one should give me more credit than what he sees in me or hears from me, just because of receiving such extraordinary revelations.”
– 2 Corinthians 12:1-7
It took him 14 years to openly speak about it and when he did, he hesitated to admit it was his own experience! And recall the difficulties the Apostle John and other prophets had in describing the visions they recorded that became part of the Bible canon. They struggled because there was nothing in their experience consistent with what they saw that they could draw from to explain the visions. So they used the language of the day and drew parallels to things common to their generational experiences. Consequently, many who read these writings find them fanciful and even foolish. Many of their contemporaries likely viewed these prophets as mentally unstable.
The Apostle Paul wrote something on this subject:
“For who among men knows the things of a man except the man’s spirit within him? So, too, no one has come to know the things of God except the spirit of God. Now we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit that is from God, so that we might know the things that have been kindly given us by God. These things we also speak, not with words taught by human wisdom, but with those taught by the spirit, as we explain spiritual matters with spiritual words. But a physical man does not accept the things of the spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot get to know them, because they are examined spiritually. However, the spiritual man examines all things, but he himself is not examined by any man. For “who has come to know the mind of Jehovah, so that he may instruct him?” But we do have the mind of Christ.”
– 1 Corinthians 2:11-16
Here, Paul says that spiritual matters are explained by spiritual words, words that are difficult for the human mind to express. He says that in order to understand spiritual matters, one would have to view them with the mind of Christ. This is the challenge that our brothers and sisters who have unique spiritual experiences are faced with when they try to explain their experience. Many of those who listen to them do not have the mind of Christ, and so these matters, and unfortunately these brothers and sisters, appear foolish.
For this reason, we have earlier suggested that our brothers and sisters who have these types of experiences recognize that they were given for their own benefit, not to prove their faith to others (See Question and Response February 25, 2012), and why we choose not to publish many of these personal experiences on our website. (See Question and Response March 23, 2012.) Should you chose to share them, we suggest you share them with those who are capable of putting on ‘the mind of Christ’ so as not to stumble others from establishing and accepting their own relationship with the Father.
We also want to emphasize that spiritual experiences occur and are real and purposeful, but are never given for mere amusement. Also, they are more common than many people think, so it is wise not to become fanatical about them, thinking that those who receive them are especially chosen by God. We are all chosen. The question is: Who will respond to the choosing? Who will accept the invitation to be adopted as sons of God into the heavens? As Paul wrote:
“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
We hope these comments have been helpful, especially to the visitor whose email we are responding to. Never underestimate God’s ability and desire to communicate with His children and guide them into all truth. He is as active and concerned today as He ever was, and even more so since the advent of His Son Christ Jesus and the outpouring of the Spirit of Truth.
We encourage you to use your study as an opportunity to develop the mind of Christ and not as fuel to attack others, as Jesus counseled (Matthew 7:1-5), especially when you have so little knowledge about us and about the organization you have begun associating with. And take a close look at Jesus’ words at Matthew 5:21-22, as some of your emails have stepped far beyond fair criticism, and are putting your own salvation in jeopardy.
On December 6, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry:
“We both know the [Governing Body] does not have special insight and has a big problem with dogmatism. Dogmatism means stating things in a way as though they were 100 factual although the evidence is unclear. The writers of this website have stated their beliefs in no uncertain terms. Question: Do the writers of this website have special insight? We both know the writings of Jesus and the Apostles were not clear about everything (no disrespect). Why should I trust the writers’ interpretations (estimations) on unclear Bible subjects on this website.”
To the author, thank you for your email. Please know that we do not ask our visitors to trust our writings. Nor do we hold ourselves out as the authority that everyone must listen to in order to be saved. We only ask our visitors to consider what we write and then put them to the test in their own lives to see if they ring true to them. And we know that not everything we write rings true to everyone who reads them. And that’s fine with us.
Finding truth is a personal experience. You cannot find truth by piggybacking on the faith of others, not even on the faith of the Bible writers. What the apostles and other Bible writers wrote was their experience of truth. They firmly believed what they wrote and so they wrote it with conviction, ‘not as scribes.’ But those who read their writings are getting second-hand truth, also called hearsay. Each reader must test those inspired expressions for themselves (1 John 4:1) and prove to themselves whether these matters are true. (Acts 17:11) It is the same with the writings on our website and any other website, including the Watchtower website and its publications.
People who freely accept the writings of others without testing them out first are the easiest people to mislead. They are followers of men (the writers), not followers of truth (Christ Jesus). We hope to develop in our readers critical thinking so they can be followers of truth.
Do we have special insight? That depends on what you view as special. We believe we have insight which is why we publish this website. If we didn’t think so – if we didn’t think we had something special to share – we wouldn’t do this. But the value of our insight is determined by the reader. If you find it has value, then we suppose it would be specially insightful to you. If not, it wouldn’t be. We have no dog in that race. We are not the masters over your faith.
We are simply following Jesus’ request that we ‘teach the things he commanded.’ (Matthew 28:9-20), his plain and open teachings. We are trying to uplift the spiritual conversation about Jesus, the Father and the heavens. We do not engage in prophetic interpretations, nor do we dogmatically impose our personal views on others. We are engaged in the ‘ministry of reconciliation’ as ‘ambassadors substituting for Christ.’
(2 Corinthians 5:18-20) And we respect our limitations and the free will of others.
And we write with conviction because we firmly believe what we write. We have tested these matters out for ourselves and they are truth to us. Whether others find these matters to be truth rests in their own experience. We simply write what we write and we leave it on the table for others to chew on or not.
We believe if you approach our writings and the writings of others in this way, you should have no fear of being misled. If you trust the Spirit of Truth to guide you (John 16:13), then through prayer and critical thinking, using your powers of perception (Hebrews 5:14), you will know truth and the truth will set you free from following men. (John 8:32)
We don’t want to belabor this topic as we have written about this subject many times on our website, such as Question and Response 11/20/13, and Receiving Truth under the subheading “Obtaining First Hand Religion.” But if you after reading these references, you continue to have questions, please feel free to write us again.
On December 4, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry:
“Quick question for you guys...Why you keep calling the Father: Jehovah... if that is a name invented by a Catholic monk? Isn't Yahweh more appropriate? In fact, we shouldn't be using the NAME in vain... right? So why use it at all? Looking forward for your response!”
To the author, thank you for your email. We addressed a similar question in Question and Response 9/14/12. Feel free to read that in addition to what we present here.
History does indicate that the name Jehovah did not come into use until about the 12th or 13th century and originated as a hybrid of the tetragrammaton YHWH and the vowel points of the word “Adonay.” Controversy continues as to whether “Jehovah” is an appropriate rendering of the tetragrammaton. But these historical matters have little meaning to us. We refer to God as “Father” unless we are quoting from the New World Translation or appealing directly to Jehovah’s Witnesses. To us, we view it as disrespectful to call our heavenly Father by a name, just as it would be for a human child to call his or her father by his name. To us, God is Father, Papa, Abba. (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6) We deal with God in terms of a parent/child relationship, not as a friend or a subject.
We know there are many who are conditioned to use the name Jehovah for our heavenly Father, and we respect their decision to do so. But we follow in Jesus footsteps. While in his model prayer, he prayed that the Father’s name be sanctified (Matthew 6:9), we find it interesting that Jesus never used the name in that prayer. And though he said he made the Father’s name known (John 17:6), there is no record that he ever used the name, though it is speculated that he may have said the name Yahweh or some form of the tetragrammaton when reading from Hebrew scriptures. We think Jesus meant that he was making the Father’s fame known, not necessarily a literal name.
On December 3, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry:
“The [Jehovah’s Witness] anointed have a special overwhelming feeling when they think of heaven and Jesus. That feeling of home. If you are an ex-[Jehovah’s Witness] anointed, do you have that feeling still? PS, I know the [Governing Body] don’t have special insight.”
To the author, thank you for your email. You are apparently new to our site as we have written on this subject many times. See Questions and Response subheading “Anointed”, especially Question and Response 2/25/12)
We often hear from certain “anointed ones” that they had some special super-spiritual experience that confirmed to them they were of the elite “anointed class.” And we have heard others say, as you do, that the anointed have some unique feeling about being in heaven. As a result, most Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that unless one has a supernatural confirmation, they cannot have the heavenly hope. The Watchtower Society promotes this idea in support of their agenda, which we will discuss below. But first, let’s talk about what the anointing is.
Anointing does not have anything to do with being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, active or inactive, current or former. The anointing is really just an awakening – a realization of who we already are in our relationship to the Father:
“Now I say that as long as the heir is a young child, he is no different from a slave, although he is the lord of all things, but he is under supervisors and stewards until the day set ahead of time by his father. Likewise, we too, when we were children, were enslaved by the elementary things of the world. But when the full limit of the time arrived, God sent his Son, who was born of a woman and who was under law, that he might release by purchase those under law, so that we might receive the adoption as sons. Now because you are sons, God has sent the spirit of his Son into our hearts, and it cries out: “Abba, Father!” So you are no longer a slave but a son; and if a son, then you are also an heir through God.”
– Galatians 4:1-4
It is simply a quickening in our own spirit caused by the operation of the spirit of truth that confirms we are sons and heirs to the heavenly kingdom:
“The spirit itself bears witness with our spirit that we are God’s children. If, then, we are children, we are also heirs—heirs indeed of God, but joint heirs with Christ—provided we suffer together so that we may also be glorified together.”
– Romans 8:16-17
That awakening may be accompanied by an emotional release in some persons, but not in all, and it varies from person to person. But this emotional release is a reaction to the realization of sonship, not a validation that is required in order to give the anointing legitimacy.
The anointing causes every God-loving individual to long to be with their Father in heaven. It is natural and authentic, not magical or mystical. Those who have awakened from the sleep of their animal nature chose to be baptized into Jesus death and to become sharers with Christ by eating and drinking of him through the Memorial emblems. And in accepting that path in life, they have an excelling peace. (Philippians 4:7)
True anointed sons know that the “Doctrine of 144,000" is a manmade doctrine that has no support in scripture. We wrote about this in articles such as, The Great Crowd of Partakers, Who Are Led By Spirit?, Hold Fast to the Sacred Secret, and Moving Forward in Faith. The fact is that every true lover of God has the heavenly hope. Neither Jesus or the Apostles ever spoke about any eternal destiny other than being in heaven. Check for yourself. Remember the parable of the sheep and the goat. (Matthew 25:31-46) Which group lives forever on earth? Neither. One goes to heaven, the other goes to everlasting death. In the parable of the wheat and the weeds (Matthew 13:24-30), which group stays in the field? Neither. One goes to the Father’s storehouse (heaven), the other gets destroyed. There is no middle ground.
The Watchtower organization continues to promote the silly ideas of supernatural manifestations for the sole purpose of discouraging our brothers and sisters from following Christ Jesus and accepting the one hope he held out to all of being faith sons of God with a heavenly destiny. (John 1:12) The Governing Body and the Writing Department want to mystify and confound the meaning of being “anointed with spirit” in hopes that our brothers and sisters will be too confused and too scared to accept the hope for themselves. Sadly, this machination has worked for many, many years. But it is slowly changing.
We know of hundreds of Jehovah’s Witnesses who once believed they were part of an elite class of 144,000, who now know that all their brothers have the same hope. They have dropped their elitists views and have settled into a natural, authentic relationship with the Father and Christ Jesus, and are closer than they every felt when they thought they were a special class of Christians. When a Christian understands and believes that there is ‘one hope, one faith, one baptism, one Lord, and one God and Father of all’ (Ephesians 4:4-6), he or she will not be misled by the machinations of men designed to control and debase the faith and spiritual standing of others.
Unfortunately for millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses, they are being led by elitists who stand with their backs to the doors of the Kingdom of the Heavens, not going in themselves, and fighting with all who are attempting to go in. (Matthew 23:13) We find that neither the Governing Body nor the Writing Department have any special knowledge about the heavens as demonstrated by the glaring absence of heavenly information in their written materials. Nor has their supernatural anointing created in them spiritual clarity. Instead, they vacillate from one preposterous assumption to another, going from error to error instead of following the clear, plain and open teachings of Christ.
Until the Governing Body humbly accepts that they are, at best, on equal footing with every other Christian who picks up the torture stake of Christ, they will continue being mislead and misleading others, distorting the love of God and Christ Jesus who are not partial and who make no class distinctions.
“You are all, in fact, sons of God through your faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeman, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in union with Christ Jesus. Moreover, if you belong to Christ, you are really Abraham’s offspring, heirs with reference to a promise.”
– Galatians 3:26-29
We hope you have not allowed the error of superstitious confirmations or the pursuit of a fleshly destiny prevent you from accepting the natural and authentic offer of sonship with the Father for yourself. If you have, perhaps you will allow this response to adjust your mental attitude as Paul wrote:
“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 3:14-15