QUESTIONS & RESPONSES

FEBRUARY 2014

 

 


02/26/14 Who is left on earth after the separating of the sheep and the goat?

02/24/14 Since the scriptures indicate that we can celebrate the Memorial Supper whenever we get       together, is there a need for an annual celebration?

 

02/22/14 Do I need to confess my sins to the Elders before I can partake at the Memorial?

 

02/20/14 What kind of meal should we serve at the Memorial?

 

02/12/14b Can I partake at the Memorial if my life is not ‘in order’?

 

02/12/14 Why don’t we just count ourselves since the Governing Body will not?

 

02/11/14 Can I celebrate the Memorial alone? (How to invite others.)

 

02/09/14 Brother is determined to celebrate the Memorial Supper with Jehovah’s Witnesses.

 

02/08/14 What sort of persons should we invite to our private Memorial Suppers?

 

02/07/14b Is it premature to suggest that people not attend the 2014 Memorial hosted by Jehovah’s       Witnesses?

 

02/07/14 When celebrating the Memorial at home, what kind of bread and wine should we use and       can our children participate?    

 

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On February 26, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry translated from a French speaking visitor: 


    “What I wanted to say, When Jesus comes, he will gather the nations into two groups, good and bad. Evil will be destroyed and the good will be resurrected as sons of God who will go to heaven. There will be no one on earth.  By the end of the 1000 years (Rev. 19:7) Satan will make war with the nations on earth. Question, just where these did these nations come from since the second resurrection has not started. These 1000 years during which they are to restore the land after (2 Peter 3:10-12) + (2 Peter 3: 13) + (Revelation 21:1).  Who put these people to be on the earth for 1000 years?”

    To the author, thank you for your email.  We understand your dilemma based on the current understanding of these prophetic words. As you may know, we hesitate in answering questions having to do with the fulfillment of Bible prophecy because those types of answers are all speculation.  

    The problem man has in coming up with accurate interpretations is that there is so much about our universe that is not revealed.  For example, the Governing Body claims that the 24 elders (Revelation 19:4) and the 144,000 (Revelation 14:1) are the same group viewed from different perspectives. (The Watchtower, January 1, 2007, page 26, paragraph 10.) How can they come up with such a ridiculous interpretation? The answer is: because they do not know all the various groups of personalities that exist in heaven. They believe there is Jehovah, Jesus, Gabriel, some angels and, in the future, some resurrected humans.  So they have to interpret all the prophetic characters according to their limited knowledge. They have not opened their minds enough to encompass the reality that they do not know everything or that mankind in general is not fully conversant in universe affairs.  For all we know, the heavens could be teaming with innumerable types of beings with unimagined responsibilities, who, for the first time, are revealed to man symbolically in the book of Revelation. Thus, humility would, and should, cause every human to exercise extreme caution when it comes to Biblical prophecy.

    Having said that, we can tell you that we suspect the separating of sheep and goats (Matthew 25:31-46), or wheat and weeds (Matthew 13:24-30), occurs after a dispensational resurrection.  To us, it seems like Jesus is referring to what he will do as a part of the resurrection and judgment of ‘the righteous and the unrighteous’ as spoken of in these scriptures:

 

“Do not be amazed at this, for the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced vile things to a resurrection of judgment.”

– John 5:28-29 

 

“And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.”

– Acts 24:15

 

    When we think about it, it seems premature to judge someone as a sheep or a goat, or a wheat or a weed, until they have fully exhausted their time on earth.  Think of the ‘evil doer’ who hung alongside Jesus. 

 

“Then one of the criminals hanging there began to speak abusively to him, saying: ‘You are the Christ, are you not? Save yourself and us too!’ In response the other rebuked him, saying: ‘Do you not fear God at all, now that you have received the same judgment? And we rightly so, for we are getting back what we deserve for the things we did; but this man did nothing wrong.’ Then he said: ‘Jesus, remember me when you get into your Kingdom.’ And he said to him: ‘Truly I tell you today, you will be with me in Paradise.’”

– Luke 23:39-43

 

    Had he been called to judgment before his death, we wonder if he would have been so thoroughly saved. No matter how stubborn or resistant people are at the moment, they can do a complete turnaround in the next moment. That is one of the reasons why murder is so detestable.  No one has the right to arbitrarily take away another’s time and opportunity to find God and become reconciled to Him before their physical bodies wear out.      

 

    At the end of a dispensation, a resurrection can occur that does not disturb those who are still living on earth. We wonder if the vast majority of those on earth would even be aware of such an event, since the promised resurrection is a resurrection to heavenly life. (See The Promised Resurrection.) The only Biblical reference we have as to dispensational resurrections is what apparently occurred after Jesus’ death, as we discussed in Question and Response 7/28/13b.  In this instance, most of the population was not even aware of the true meaning of what was occurring.    

 

    So you see, brother, there is great need for caution and an even greater need for patience.  Allow matters to work themselves out according to the Father’s plan, and focus on those things you can clearly understand and have a measure of control over – yourself and your ministry.  Have absolute confidence in the goodness and fairness of the Father. 

 

“But just as it is written: “Eye has not seen and ear has not heard, nor have there been conceived in the heart of man the things that God has prepared for those who love him.”

– 1 Corinthians 2:9

 

    And know that whatever the future holds, your hope is secure. 

 

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor governments nor things now here nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor any other creation will be able to separate us from God’s love that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

– Romans 8:38-39

 

        We also want to add that what we have written above is not doctrine.  It is one way that we view these matters, but we remain ever open to the possibility that we are mistaken and that the parables of the sheep and goat, and the wheat and weeds, have entirely different meanings.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"
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On February 24, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 


    “While I have expressed thoughts about your divergence from the Bible on some points, I also, as you may know, find agreement in many of your points that diverge from [Jehovah’s Witness] Theology. In your 1/9/2013 and 1/13/2013 responses to a writer about the timing of the Lord's Supper, you accurately stated that the Bible does not specify exactly how often this should be observed. From a careful analysis of 1 Corinthians 11, it may be argued that it was in fact celebrated fairly often. As you know, the Bible allows Christians much freedom or latitude in many areas, and this seems to be one. (Galatians 5:1,13) Why don't you share a little more with the international brotherhood that there is no need for such a big buildup for an annual observance of the Lord's Supper? Obviously, the Scriptures give no evidence of any of the hoopla such as the [Jehovah’s Witness] splashy display on the world scene, leading up to their annual Spring Memorial.”

    To the author, thank you for your email, we are always glad to hear from you.  You raise an issue that has been on our minds within the last couple of days, so we truly believe your email was spirit directed. 

    As you rightly state, we can conduct a Memorial Supper at any time we desire – even every day if we are so inclined. (1 Corinthians 11:26) It makes no sense for someone who recognizes their sonship to wait until the annual celebration to confess union with Christ.  Who knows what can happen between that time. (Ecclesiastes 9:11)

    For our part, we have encouraged such frequent commemorations ‘as often as’ our brothers get together. However, that does not mean that we cannot also choose to celebrate the Supper annually.  We think there is significant spiritual advantage for our planet to set aside one particular day to honor the Christ in a united voice in a united way.  

 

“Now may the God who supplies endurance and comfort grant you to have among yourselves the same mental attitude that Christ Jesus had, so that unitedly you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

– Romans 15:5-6

 

    For that reason, in addition to the private Memorial Suppers we may have with just our immediate family and friends throughout the year,  we encourage an annual Supper with extended family and friends whom we may not have seen in a while which can serve as a special time of association and encouragement.  It can be a time to renew our joy for the hope we hold in common, and to welcome those who just recently began the race for the real life.     

 

    Nevertheless, we do understand your observations about the Watchtower Society’s hoopla in connection with an annual celebration of the Supper.  As we mentioned in the article, A Memorial of Offense, their Memorial events have become unique opportunities to dishonor the Christ. Their staunch stance that the Memorial can only be celebrated annually effective limits the honor that could be shown to Jesus throughout the year, and suppresses our brothers’ burning desire to have a sharing with Christ whenever they so choose.     

 

    It seems that the Memorials of the Watchtower Society are more like an annual census taking. They want to see how many people they can get to come to their meetings. They are not interested in how many people choose to have a sharing with Christ Jesus, or how many people choose to become a part of the body of Christ, or how many people choose to confess union with the Christ. If they did, they would not oppose and intimidate those who choose to do so, and they certainly would not hide their numbers from the public.     

 

    So while we agree that the Memorials of the Watchtower Society are a splashy display of ‘much ado about nothing,’ we do believe that annual celebrations are beneficial, upbuilding and encouraging, not only for us on earth, but also for our celestial family looking on.  Imagine the spiritual energy that ascends when, on one day, so many people are offering prayers of thanksgiving and appreciation in honor of the one who has been given ‘all authority in heaven and on earth.’ (Matthew 28:18) Imagine the joy of the ‘angels of the congregations’ (Revelation 1:20) who are seeing progress in the ministry of Christ Jesus in the groups they oversee.  Imagine the Father’s joy at so many united souls collectively honoring his appointed sovereign. (Hebrews 1:2) And imagine the satisfaction of Christ Jesus as he watches his creation, knowing that his life, his death and his ministry was not in vain! (John 6:51)    

 

    For these reasons and more, we wholeheartedly believe that it is never considered inappropriate by the Father to have this type of unity of believers confessing the Christ and renewing hope and consecration of will on a designated night.  The words of the Apostle Paul to ‘keep our minds fixed on the things above’ (Colossians 3:2) are given supernal life on such a night.  This is a golden opportunity for the true congregation of Christ who believe in God’s everlasting kindness and mercy to truly show appreciation as a collective all around the world of how much we value the life and death of our Lord and Savior.  This type of expression and this type of love should be shown throughout the year, but when offered up as one united throng, it has incredible spiritual force.     

 

    Such outpouring of honor culminating in an annual commemoration is one of the most important things we hope to accomplish through this ministry. The annual Suppers can be widely advertised, but they should be modest, yet joyous occasions, attended by those who are willing to drink the cup of Christ and be baptized into his death. (Romans 6:3-5) It is our celebration of the life and death of Christ Jesus and our exodus from a world of confusion into ‘the kingdom of the son of his love.’ (Colossians 1:13) So while we should certainly commune with the Christ throughout the year, there is only honor and glory to be had for the Christ if we also honor him with one united voice on (or near) the anniversary of the first Memorial Supper. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"
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On February 22, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 


    “Hi brothers! Thank you so much for all the great articles you have published. It is truly wonderful to know that our great Father in heaven cares for us, His children! I have a question to ask you. I have sinned (fornicated) and have not confessed it to the elders. My question is: Do I have to do it before the Memorial to be worthy to partake of the emblems? This has tormented me, to be unworthy to partake. I know that the blood of our savior, Jesus Christ, can cleanse my sins. We always have been instructed to go to the elders to set things straight. Is that right? I'm so afraid to go to them.”

    To the author, thank you for your email.  We publish our response here because we believe others might have similar concerns.  

    We have already answered a similar question about whether one needs to be sinless or sin-free before one can partake of the Memorial emblems.  See 
Question and Response 2/12/14b.  The Father and Christ Jesus knew, before the offer of sonship was made, before the Memorial Supper was instituted, that we were sinners.  They also knew we would continue to sin that is why faith and belief is emphasized by Jesus more than works and personal righteousness. (John 3:16; John 6:40; John 6:47; John 5:24; 1 John 5:11-13) This may be a bold statement, but it is quite possible to sin and still believe and exercise faith. You know this first hand or you would not have written this email. 

    We also direct you to some information we published on the depth of the Father’s forgiveness in 
Question and Response 4/7/12-3 where we wrote: 
        
 

“We find the problem with mankind in general is that many fail to appreciate the depth of divine forgiveness.  We ask you, how often do you think loving and intelligent parents must forgive their erring offspring?  We think, not too often.  Not because the children do not err.  But because there exists an intimate and understanding relationship between the two that prevent estrangements that necessitate repentance by the child and forgiveness by the parent.  

 

“The parent is able to view the immaturity of the child in the light of the more advanced parental maturity.  The child, being immature and lacking in the fuller understanding of the depth of the child-parent relationship, frequently feels a sense of guilty separation from a parent’s full approval.  But a true parent is never conscious of any such separation such that repentance and forgiveness need come into play.”

 

    We are the faith-children of a mature, loving and intelligent parent – the Universal Father of All.  Many times when we have sinned, our guilty conscience causes us to separate from Him.  But He does not separate from us.  Repentance is not for God’s benefit as if we need to coax Him to return His favor to us.  Repentance is for us – so that we can abandon the guilt, re-orient ourselves toward the Father and move forward.  When we understand the depth of the Father’s mercy, the second part of your question – whether you need to confess your sins to the Elders to set things straight – become clearer.      

 

    Confessing sins to men is not for the purpose of setting things straight between you and God, but for setting things straight between you and your brother, or between you and the one or ones you sinned against.

 

“Moreover, if your brother commits a sin, go and reveal his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.” 

– Matthew 18:15

 

    While James does suggest that one can call the Elders to pray with ‘sick’ ones (James 5:13-15), the Elders’ involvement is for the purpose of helping the ‘sick’ one to go to the Father in prayer to seek forgiveness. We read nothing in the scriptures that requires Christians to confess their sins to Elders as a prerequisite to ‘get right’ with God.   

 

    However, we do recognize an organization or a church’s right to establish its own rules of conduct. Jehovah’s Witnesses require those who commit ‘serious sin’ to confess those sins to the Elders so the Elders can determine whether the individual is repentant enough and whether the individual can remain in association with the congregation.  This is more like a judgment than simply aiding an individual to go to the Father in prayer.  And while many may object to this administrative rule, those who become Jehovah’s Witnesses understand this rule and subject themselves to it when they undergo baptism by the Watchtower organization.    

 

    Therefore, if it is your intent to remain in association with the Watchtower organization, you may have to submit to their rules. But that would only serve to ‘set things straight’ between you and the congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  It has no real bearing on your relationship with the Father. You do not need the Elders’ approval in order to gain forgiveness from God. They have no power in this regard.  And remember, the Elders are also sinners who have a need to confess their own sins to the Father and seek forgiveness.  “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23)    

 

    On the other hand, if it is not your intent to remain in association with the Watchtower organization, you have no obligations to the Elders.  You can openly confess your sins to the Father and Christ Jesus through heartfelt and sincere prayer, and make a determination to do your very best under all circumstances in the future. In this way, you gain forgiveness of your sins and a clean conscience:

 

“If we make the statement, ‘We have no sin,’ we are misleading ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous so as to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 

– 1 John 1:9

 

    If you cannot see your way to approaching the Father and Christ Jesus in prayer, you can ask for assistance from a trusted friend who can pray with you and by means of that person’s prayer, you can gain relief and the strength to approach the Father on your own.

 

“Therefore, openly confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. A righteous man’s supplication has a powerful effect.”

– James 5:16

 

   We hope this response helps.  After you consider your circumstances and your intentions, we encourage you to do whatever you need to do to clear your conscience so you will have no impediment or stumbling block to participating in the Memorial Supper.  Partaking of the Christ is mandatory if you are to gain salvation and it is only through confessing union with Christ that you will ever have the opportunity to truly be sin-free. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"
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On February 20, 2014, we received the following inquiry: 

    “I want to say Thank You again for all that you do. I look forward to each Email Alert. I read the last email about the brother getting ready for the Memorial Supper and they were going to have a meal. My question is what kind of food (besides the bread and wine) would someone serve at this most special event? With Christian Love.”

    To the author, thank you for your email.  We, too, were encouraged by the brother’s email, and we have heard from others who are making similar preparations.

    As far as an appropriate meal, what we can say is that it should not overshadow the main event. Special occasion foods, such as what one might prepare for a holiday celebration, might be a bit much.  These scriptures might provide some guidance:
    

“Now as they went on their way, he entered into a certain village. Here a woman named Martha received him as a guest in her house. She also had a sister called Mary, who sat down at the feet of the Lord and kept listening to what he was saying. Martha, on the other hand, was distracted with attending to many duties. So she came to him and said: ‘Lord, does it not matter to you that my sister has left me alone to attend to things? Tell her to come and help me.’ In answer the Lord said to her: ‘Martha, Martha, you are anxious and disturbed about many things. A few things, though, are needed, or just one. For her part, Mary chose the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her.’

 Luke 10:38-42

            

“On this account I say to you: Stop being anxious about your lives as to what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your bodies as to what you will wear. Does not life mean more than food and the body than clothing?”

 – Matthew 6:25

 

“With that he called the crowd near and said to them: ‘Listen and get the sense of it: It is not what enters into a man’s mouth that defiles him, but it is what comes out of his mouth that defiles him.’”

– Matthew 15:10-11

 

“Eat whatever is sold in a meat market, making no inquiry because of your conscience, for ‘to Jehovah belong the earth and everything in it.’ If an unbeliever invites you and you want to go, eat whatever is set before you, making no inquiry on account of your conscience. But if anyone says to you, ‘This is something offered in sacrifice,’ do not eat because of the one who told you and because of conscience. I do not mean your own conscience, but that of the other person. For why should my freedom be judged by another person’s conscience? If I am partaking with thanks, why am I to be spoken of abusively over that for which I give thanks? Therefore, whether you are eating or drinking or doing anything else, do all things for God’s glory.” 

– 1 Corinthians 10:25-31

 

    The way we see it, you are free to have whatever foods you like.  Just be careful not to get so overtaken by the pre-Memorial meal and find yourselves bloated, imbibed, and incapable of carrying on spirit-filled conversations, thus ‘eating and drinking unworthily.’ (See Eating and Drinking Worthily.)  The highlight of the evening should be the mutual sharing with Christ and the mutual encouragement of one another. This is one reason why it is good to share the night with like-minded Christ-following, God-oriented brothers and sisters.  Spectators would only serve to stifle communication and create division.     

 

    We look at the Memorial Supper as the beginning of a new year where we make our plans for the upcoming 12-month period, becoming more resolute in our worship and our ministry. You might want to take this opportunity to make your own forward-looking plans on how you can develop your own spirituality and have a greater share in promoting and completing Jesus’ ministry.    

 

    We hope this helps.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"
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On February 12, 2014, we had the following email exchange in connection with Question and Response 2/8/14: 


    “Thank your very much for your reply. I agree 100 % with your feedback when it comes how to deal with fellow man vs. the memorial. My follow up question is how should we deal with ourselves? 
    “Let's say that we as individuals feel strongly touched by the message of sonship but at the same time find ourselves in life situations, that by the letters of Paul, in one way or the other, is depicted as reasons for being excluded from the kingdom of the heavens. Shall we as individuals take a personal responsibility to set things straight before we attend or even participate at the memorial, or can this very event be considered as step in the process of fully adopting the mind of Christ?"


Our Response:

    Thank you for this email.  We want you to know that your emails to us are held in strict confidentiality.  We do not and will not divulge any personal identifiable information about our visitors.  Additionally, you will find that our responses are more in line with what one would expect from the Christ than what one would expect from the apostles, even Paul.  That is because we are not ‘congregators’ (we are not establishing congregations) so we have no need to decide who is and who is not ‘good association.’ This ministry is truly spirit directed – by the Spirit of Truth, the representative of the glorified Christ.  We are not saying these things to brag or boast, but to assure you of our utmost concern for your spiritual well being.  We are solely concerned with the spiritual growth of our brothers and their developing a strong personal relationship with the Father.

    Having said that, we perceive that your question has a specific subject matter in mind.  If so, please feel free to be open and frank so that we can provide the best spiritual direction and advice as possible.  This ministry is largely driven by the questions we receive from our visitors.  If certain questions are not asked, it may be some time before those issues will be addressed here.  So again, please feel free to be open with us.

    Of course, if we are mistaken, and you are simply seeking general information, we will provide a general response on our site.  Before we do so, please let us know if there is something in particular you are inquiring about. 

The reply from our Brother:

  
 “Thanks for your reply. I think it's great that you don't have intentions to be congregators, neither do I.  Well aware of that, some of us are more or less traumatized by earlier spiritual abuse. Make no mistake I'm not asking for "go or not go", rather guidelines of how to think and reason in the matter. "Congregators” and not the least experiences of Jehovah’s Witnesses have affected our thinking and attitudes for good and for bad. Some of us, which you also have highlighted in your articles, almost lost faith in God and Jesus due to the aftermath when leaving the congregation. Your website has a strong impact. The idea of getting rebooted spiritually or rather getting charged with the spirit of truth, based on the plain and simple teaching of Christ, for the first time in life is indeed refreshing.

    “However the thought of participating at the Memorial takes some time to digest due to the doctrine of the selected few of 144 000.  Further the illustrations laid out by Paul of being "united in the body of Christ" or integrated in the "temple of Christ" is thought-provoking and Galatians 5 makes me uncertain of how to think.  
    “I have open discussions of celebrating the Memorial with some friends who also belonged to my former congregation. One question discussed is if we as individuals, provided we know that we don’t meet the admonitions of Paul, have do the homework of setting our life straight before we have a share in the Memorial even if we feel touched by the message of son-ship? 
    
    “To be frank: We are talking about an individual who is in the process of divorce and has entered in a new relationship. Another is concerned about his struggle with addiction to alcohol. Of course we can always turn to Galatians 5 and refer to the fruits of the spirit and the works of the flesh and consider "case closed."  But again I'm not asking for "go or not go" but rather guidelines of how to think and reason in the matter. Keep up your good work.”


Our Response:

    Dear brother, never let your current situation prevent you from having a sharing with Christ.  And never, ever, prevent anyone else from having such a share.  No matter where one stands on the scale of ‘righteous conduct,’ all are obligated to ‘eat and drink of the Son of man’ or we will have no life in ourselves, we will not be in union with Christ ,and we will not be resurrected. (John 6:53-56) This is our primary priority. Without it, no amount of ‘righteous conduct’ will save us.

    We suspect that some will have in mind the counsel from Paul:

 

“Consequently whoever eats the loaf or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily will be guilty respecting the body and the blood of the Lord. First let a man approve himself after scrutiny, and thus let him eat of the loaf and drink of the cup.  For he that eats and drinks eats and drinks judgment against himself if he does not discern the body.”

– 1 Corinthians 11:27-29

 

    But this counsel has to do with how we approach the Memorial Supper, not with our personal conduct. (See the article Eating and Drinking Worthily.) The fact is that we all commit sins of some kind.  It is the nature of living in fleshly bodies.  As you contemplate the matters described in the 5th chapter of Galatians, you will note that being jealous or having angry outbursts are condemned right along side sexual immorality and drunkenness. Yet, we doubt anyone would turn away from the Memorial Supper because they struggle with jealousy.    

 

    We should, of course, all strive to do the Father’s will ‘to be perfect as He is perfect’ (Matthew 5:48), by doing the best and right thing under the circumstances. We should never cease in this endeavor.  But neither should we allow our failings to prevent us from the one thing that will give us the opportunity to truly be washed forever clean in the Kingdom of the Heavens.  All of the guilt and shame that accompanies our shortcomings can be eased by heeding the Master’s call to take his yoke and place it upon ourselves, knowing that in the heavenly ascent, we will climb to perfection as Christ Jesus completes his ministry as the ‘Chief Agent and perfecter of our faith.’ (Hebrews 12:2)    

 

    Everlasting life is dependent upon us choosing to do the Father’s will, as demonstrated and taught by Jesus of Nazareth. When our hearts desire God, our soul knows God, and our mind believes God, then our survival is assured.  That is the meaning of the ‘first and greatest commandment.’ (Matthew 22:37-38) So, limitations of intellect, education, culture, social and economic status, even a failure to live up to human standards of morality, as a result of the unfortunate lack of advantages or genetic mishaps, cannot invalidate the future of believing individuals.     

 

    Our challenge in the flesh is to keep hoping, keep knocking, and keep seeking knowledge, understanding, wisdom and faith, and ‘love God with our whole being and our neighbors as ourselves.’ In so doing, we fulfill all divine requirements on this side of the real life which can give us the moral strength to conform our conduct and make our minds over to the best of our ability so as to foster good relationships with one another.      

 

    And we should never forget, minimize or underestimate the infinite love of the Father and its expression through Christ Jesus.  Really, brother, the bar is low.  The yoke is kindly and the load is light. (Matthew 11:30) It is man that has made worship so complicated.  So, have faith. Love God and your brothers.  Confess union with the Christ.  And live. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"
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On February 12, 2014, we received the following comment in connection with the Governing Body’s refusal to count all of the Memorial partakers: 

    “Why not count ourselves. Do you think there is any way to count all partakers outside the kingdom hall?  One could send the email-address as identifier of each individual. If that is done every year you can measure our growth. Just an idea. Keep up the Good work.”

    To the author, thank you for your email.  We have thought about this also, but even if we implemented a way whereby our brothers could send us a report of how many partook at their private Memorial Suppers, that would be no guarantee that it was accurate since we would have no way of knowing if every partaker responded. But we do have confidence that Christ Jesus and our celestial family know the number, since ‘every hair of our heads are numbered.’ (Matthew 10:30) 

    We can share that our current reports indicate that the number of openly confessing ‘sons of God’ and ‘heirs to the kingdom of the heavens’ who understand Jesus’ plain and open teachings has reached 8 million.  A little more than 1 million are part of the Jehovah’s Witness community, but not all of them have yet openly participated in a Memorial Supper.  That may sound like a lot, but there are a little over 7 BILLION people on the planet, so all who join with the Christ still have a lot more work to do.  

    As you see, we are not solely concerned about Memorial partakers among Jehovah’s Witnesses.  We are hoping that in time, the entire Christian community– and eventually the entire planet – will set aside at least this one day per year to honor our Leader, our Creator, and ‘the one to whom every knee should bend.’ (Matthew 23:10; John 1:3; Colossians 1:15-16; Philippians 2:10) 

    So rather than implementing a way to count the number of partakers at the private Memorial Suppers, we encourage all, who are willing and able, to share their experiences of the evening with us for the edification and upbuilding of the Jesus brotherhood. That may include the number of participants, but more importantly, we hope it will show the courage and love of our brothers for Christ Jesus and for one another. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"
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