QUESTIONS & RESPONSES

JANUARY 2014

 

 

 

01/23/14    Visitor is worried that we might be going ‘beyond the things written.

01/22/14    Visitor is unclear as to who inherits the earth.

01/21/14    Anonymous email seeking forgiveness

01/20/14    Visitor has different opinion of what Jesus’ ‘new commandment’ is.

01/15/14    How should Christians flee from the antichrist leadership of the Governing Body?

 

01/14/14    Have we changed our position on who is Babylon the Great?  Do we think it is time to         formally leave Jehovah’s Witnesses.    

 

01/09/14    What do you think about the number of Memorial partakers in 2013?

 

01/08/14    Why do we continue to support the Governing Body? 

 

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On January 23, 2014, we received an email containing the following comment and inquiry: 


    “We do not want to go "beyond the things that are written" (1 Corinthians 4:6) As The Spirit "will guide us into all the truth." (John 16:13)"

    To the author, thank you for your email.  The above portion of your email is what caught our attention. We respond to that portion publicly because we believe many of our brothers have similar concerns. They are cautions about accepting any teaching or idea that is not expressly stated in the Bible and they rely on 1 Corinthians 4:6 to support that fear.  We believe this scripture has been misunderstood and misapplied. We believe a closer look at Paul’s words in context will shed light on this matter. Here is the scripture: 

 

“Now, brothers, these things I have applied to myself and Apollos for your good, that through us you may learn the rule: “Do not go beyond the things that are written,” so that you may not be puffed up with pride, favoring one against the other.”

– 1 Corinthians 4:5-6

 

    The first question is, What is Paul referring to when he said ‘do not go beyond the things written?’  At the time of Paul’ writing (55 C.E.), there were no Christian scriptures.  They only had the Hebrew scriptures.  Other writers had penned letters and narratives about Jesus’ life, but the ‘authorized’ Christian Bible canon did not appear until 325 C.E.  So if we are to take Paul's words literally, it seems that the entire Christian writings are ‘beyond the things written’ in the Hebrew scriptures. Surely that is not what Paul meant.      

 

    If we read the context, we can get a better understanding.  It is possible that Paul was referring to his own writings, telling them not go beyond what Paul had written and read into his writings something that is not there.  It appears he is referring to prophecies that he himself may have written in this or other letters to the congregation.  We reach this conclusion by looking at the preceding verses:

 

A man should regard us as attendants of Christ and stewards of God’s sacred secrets.  In this regard, what is expected of stewards is that they be found faithful.  Now to me it is of very little importance to be examined by you or by a human tribunal. In fact, I do not even examine myself. For I am not conscious of anything against myself. But by this I am not proved righteous; the one who examines me is Jehovah. Therefore, do not judge anything before the due time, until the Lord comes. He will bring the secret things of darkness to light and make known the intentions of the hearts, and then each one will receive his praise from God.”

– 1 Corinthians 4:1-5

 

    It appears that some in the congregation were trying to decipher the ‘sacred secrets’ Paul was privy to, and interpret his prophetic words.  They were trying to ‘judge things before the time’ for their fulfillment.  Paul explains at verse 6 that they were doing this so as to appear wiser than the rest and getting ‘puffed up with pride.’  But their assumptions were wrong:

 

“Are you already satisfied? Are you already rich? Have you begun ruling as kings without us? I really wish that you had begun ruling as kings, so that we also might rule with you as kings.”

– 1 Corinthians 4:8

 

        Paul was counseling the congregation against trying to assert themselves as having special knowledge of interpreting prophecy. He viewed such actions as ‘going beyond the things written.’     

 

    This tendency is rampant in this 21st century.  So many Christian teachers have set themselves up (and puffed themselves up) with their own interpretations of prophecy.  The wiser course, as Paul stated, is to allow things to unfold in their own time as ‘the Lord’ reveals them and ‘brings the secret things that are hidden into the light.’ This, we believe, is what he meant when he said ‘do not go beyond the things written.’  We agree with this counsel wholeheartedly and have explained this on many occasions, especially in the articles The Plain and Open Teachings of Jesus, and Converting Pauls into Sauls.     

 

    We further know that Paul was not limiting our spiritual quest for understanding to the ‘four corners’ of the ‘authorized’ Bible canon because of the obvious conflict between the two scriptures mentioned in the inquirers email – 1 Corinthians 4:5 and John 16:13.  The latter scripture, and the verse preceding it, reads:

 

“I still have many things to say to you, but you are not able to bear them now. However, when that one comes, the spirit of the truth, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own initiative, but what he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things to come.”

– John 16:12-13

 

    Here, Jesus told them that he had other things he wanted to teach them, but they were not able to receive them, so the Spirit of Truth would teach them those things Jesus withheld.  By this statement, Jesus was telling his apostles that the Spirit of Truth would go beyond the things Jesus taught (and thus beyond the things they wrote about) and that this was a good thing. Notice this verse:

 

“This is the disciple who gives this witness about these things and who wrote these things, and we know that his witness is true. There are also, in fact, many other things that Jesus did, which if ever they were written in full detail, I suppose the world itself could not contain the scrolls written.”

– John 21:24-25

 

    From this, we know that the gospel accounts do not contain everything Jesus said and did.  There is more truth out there. The challenge is being able to discern what is true and what is false.  That is the role of the Spirit of Truth – to help us hear the ring of truth in all wise sayings.     

 

    We must say, rather candidly, that this morbid fear of expounding on, and growing in understanding of, ancient writings is the thing that holds the children of God hostage and chained to primitive ideas. God’s Word remains ever alive (Hebrews 4:12) in the hearts of his breathing children now and forever.  The notion that the only valid statements of truth originated in God's earlier-born children paints the loving Father as the most partial being in all the Universe of Universes.  Mankind’s continued experience of revealed truth, as stimulated by the bearing witness by the Spirit of Truth with our spirit, makes what modern man has been given of superior value.  It is the Parable of the Talents at work, doing business and increasing what Jesus gave. (Matthew 25:14-30)      

 

    By believing that we are spiritually limited to the 66 books of the Bible, we are stifling our own growth and abandoning the very purpose of the Spirit of Truth.  We are forced to live by what took place over 2,000 years ago.  We will have done nothing more than hide what Jesus taught in the ground and wait for his second coming.  As the parable shows, that will not work in our favor!    

 

    The discovery of scientific findings and the advancements in critical thinking presents a golden opportunity to train one’s thinking ability to harmonize with our ever changing Universe and the real world around us.  Rather than ‘dumbing down’ the plain teachings of Jesus, we should be increasing the depth of our understanding.  Really, if man expects to ever see Christ in an actual sense, then one’s reliance on the Spirit’s potential to surpass the written word of incomplete knowledge (as Jesus acknowledged in John 16:12 is paramount.      

 

    We must learn to trust the everlasting capable guidance of the Spirit of Truth. This inherently means that we must use our thinking abilities and apply the principles Jesus taught, as activated and illuminated by the Spirit of Truth, to our modern experiences so that we can advance along with the rest of the world and not be left behind as primitives and neanderthals! It is this very thinking that causes non-Christians to view the Master’s teachings as useless and foolish.  Never may that be the case with the Father’s children!   

 

     If the Spirit of Truth moves us to a greater understanding of the plain and open teachings of Jesus, then we should welcome that insight, not reject it because it is not ‘written!’ How long will it take for man to grow up spiritually and let go of silly superstitions that stifle us?  How long before we learn to walk by faith and not by sight?  We must accept our liberty and be the free sons of God we were purposed to be.  Otherwise, what is the point of Christianity? It becomes no different that the ‘old wine’ under the Jewish religious system that relied on the word written on stone tablets and ancient parchment. The ‘new covenant’ is written on our hearts (Hebrews 10:16) and actuated by the Spirit of Truth. We must trust it and never forget that.     We hope we have answered your question or at least given you food for thought.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On January 22, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 


    “Hello, I would like to say that I am a life long witness and have served in an appointed capacity for some years. I find the idea of being a son of God very comforting. I have read the series of articles concerning the earthly hope and the heavenly hope, and although I like the idea of being anointed, I cannot reconcile the evidence in the scriptures for those who will be on earth. I may have missed the explanation for who exactly will inherit the earth. Could you please help me to clear up this understanding so I can research from the scriptures more about this. Thank you so much.”

    To the author, thank you for visiting the site and sending your email.  We are glad that you are beginning to think heavenward!  As Jesus said, ever since John the Baptist, the Kingdom of the Heavens is the goal toward which men press! (Matthew 11:12)

    You asked for an explanation of who exactly will inherit the earth. Jesus says ‘the meek’ shall. (Matthew 5:5) The problem is that we tend to think that ‘inherit’ means ‘live forever on,’ when it means more like ‘prevail’ or ‘dominate.’  In other words, one day in the future, the majority of the residents on earth will be meek.  But it does not mean that the meek will never go to heaven, as the articles you refer to explain, 
The Cherished Earthly Hope and The Glorious Heavenly Hope.  For starters, take another look at The Real Hope for Life on Earth. The time will come when the meek ones will complete their time on earth and begin the heavenly ascent, leaving the earth to the next generation of meek ones.                 

    Also, recall that when Jesus ‘arrives,’ he will separate the sheep from the goats.  The sheep ‘inherit’ the kingdom of the heavens, and goats will go into destruction. (Matthew 25:31-46) Also in the illustration of the wheat and the weeds, the wheat go to the storehouse and the weeds get burned up. (Matthew 13:24-30) These are not two hopes, but two destinies. And only one destiny leads to everlasting life, the one in the heavens.  It is either life in heaven or death on earth. Jesus left no middle ground.

    It is important to note that the term ‘earthly hope’ is a misleading fallacy because it carries the idea that ‘hope’ means ‘destiny.’  The ‘heavenly hope’ is a true destiny because we are not there yet.  But we are already on earth so what is there to hope for?  If we say ‘everlasting life,’ we have to look to the scriptures to see if Jesus ever told his disciples to pursue everlasting life on earth.  The answer is ‘no.’  The only way one comes to the idea of a so-called ‘earthly hope’ is by looking to the book of Revelation and making erroneous assumptions. And then taking those assumptions and believing they trump Jesus’ plain and open teachings about the destiny of his followers, namely that they should follow him into the heavens, into the heavenly abodes he prepared for us. (John 16:1-4) This is explained further in the article “
Proving Ourselves Worthy of the Christ.”  You might take a look at the series of articles in the section Transitioning to the Kingdom of the Heavens.  They are written specifically to our brothers among Jehovah’s Witnesses who must make their minds over and accept the teachings of Jesus over and above the teachings of the Governing Body.

    Also, here are some questions to consider:

 

  • Do you believe Jesus is the son of God?  (Matthew 16:16)  (John 21:24-25) (John 14:6)

  • Do you believe Jesus was here to show us ‘the way?’(Matthew 12:41-42)

  • Do you believe Jesus was the greatest prophet and teacher?

  • Do you believe the gospel accounts accurately reflect what Jesus taught? 

  • Do you believe we should teach the things Jesus commanded?  (Matthew 28:19-20)

  • Do you believe that relying on what Jesus taught will lead to salvation?  (John 5:24)

  • Do you believe Jesus is still alive? (Matthew 18:20)    

  • Do you believe Jehovah wants us to rely on what Jesus taught? (Luke 9:35)    

 

    If you answer yes to these questions, then you must conclude that the heavens is the goal that we all must pursue.  Neither Jesus nor the apostles taught any other hope.   

 

    This emphasizes the problem with identifying one's self as a witness of Jehovah (Isaiah 43:10) rather than a witness of Jesus. (Acts 1:8) A witness of Jehovah is required to witness about the acts of God according to the ‘old wine’ of the Jewish religious system; whereas a witness of Jesus are required to witness about the ‘new wine’ as taught by Jesus.  And as long as one is reading the ‘old wine,’ one’s mind will be veiled.

(2 Corinthians 3:15)

 

    After you research the information on our site, if you continue to have questions, please do not hesitate to write us again.  

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On January 21, 2014, we received the following comment anonymously: 


    “The same stroke that saves you one day may cause you harm the next. Forgive me and all my fallen brothers to whom I've taken without regard of life, and to God forgive me please for being so stupid. Remember me Lord in your Kingdom.”

    We were especially moved by this email.  We wish the author would have provided some contact information so that we can hopefully be of some encouragement.  Since the author did not, we will respond here in hopes that he or she will contact us again.

    Dear brother or sister, the mere fact that you so sincerely seek forgiveness is proof that you are worthy of it, and thus have already been forgiven by the Father.  Your challenge now is to forgive yourself.  

    The Father, Christ Jesus, and the angels rejoice with you. (Luke 15:7) We join in the rejoicing. We are certain that Jesus has already decided “you will be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On January 20, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 

    “We have not had the most pleasant of conversations recently, and this reply is in no way vindictive. However, I do take issue with you again over "A New Commandment." You claim that the love of brother is new and different from that of love of neighbor. "Blood is thicker than water" they say. In fact, Isn't AGAPE love the greatest show of love, when the love for strangers is greater for no other reason than the sacrifice is greater?  I think the "New Commandment" is more to do with the insular and inward looking attitude of the Jewish nation that did not look upon or fraternize with Gentiles. I believe Jesus was asking them to love Gentiles, who were "Afar off, and alienated from the commonwealth of Israel, but now you are drawn close." A penny for your thoughts please.”

    To the author, thank you for your email.  Please know that we never take personal offense at the comments of our visitors.  We understand the challenge of this type of ministry and we willingly subject ourselves to it.  Please do not think we have any negative feelings toward you because we happen to disagree on some matters.  We view you as a brother and we will continue to do so.

    Now, to your question regarding the article “
A New Commandment.” You stated: ‘You claim that the love of brother is new and different from that of love of neighbor.’ That is not correct. The article said "it was not concerning our neighbors; it was concerning our brothers."  In our opinion, brotherly love and love of neighbor is the same thing – what the Greeks would call ‘philia.’  What the article states is that the love of the new commandment is a fatherly love, and is new and different from the love of the ‘second commandment,’ which was brotherly love. 
                               
    You also asked whether ‘agape’ is the greatest show of love.  We believe so.  Agape is defined as ‘the love of God or Christ for humankind.’ It is consider a spiritual type of love and an unconditional love. This aptly describes a fatherly love which is different and greater than brotherly love, or ‘philia.’ In our view, and apparently in the view of the Associated Writer, the love in the ‘second commandment’ is philia, whereas the love in the ‘new commandment’ is a type of agape. It was going the extra mile, beyond common courtesy and beyond humane dealings.  It is what is mentioned by Paul when he wrote:

 

“So, then, as long as we have the opportunity, let us work what is good toward all, but especially toward those related to us in the faith.”

– Galatians 6:10

 

       We believe if you read the scripture in context, remembering that Jesus gave this ‘new commandment’ on the night of the Memorial Supper, you might come to the same conclusion as the Associated Writer of the article.  This night, Jesus was making extra efforts to unify the apostles because he knew that he would soon be gone and all they would have was each other.  Thus, they would need a greater bond than the love they would have for those whom they were to preach to.     

 

    Jesus washed the feet of his apostles as a demonstration of the type of love they were to have for one another. This is a more personal type of love and it was directed specifically to the apostles when we said: ‘each other.’  The second commandment is to ‘love your neighbor as yourself.”  The new commandment is to “love each other as I have loved you.”  And we note that although Jesus washed the feet of Judas, the ‘new commandment’ was not given until after Judas left.      

 

    Nevertheless, if after considering these matter, you still disagree with the article, that is fine. Our difference in opinion is merely semantics.  The important thing is that we continue to love one another ‘just as Christ loved us.’  If you chose to widen that love out to include your neighbors, all the better.  

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On January 15, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 


    “Your last article [Discerning the Time of Inspection] was straight forward and powerful indeed and will for sure have a great impact on its readers. Therefore my follow up question is: How do you mean then that a Jehovah's Witness should "flee" from the influence of the "antichrist" like leadership of the present [Governing Body]?”

    To the author, thank you for your follow up question.  Again, we respond publicly because we believe others would be interested in our response.  Your questions are indeed spirit led.  Our next article will discuss this in more detail, but we will provide some preliminary thoughts here.

    “Fleeing” begins in the mind.  Breaking away from the mental bonds that hold one in servitude to men, and acknowledging your liberty as a free son of God.  As long as a Witness views himself or herself as a friend of God, and not a child of God, he will continue as a slave of men, and a victim of their devices.  The Jubilee that Jesus instituted (Luke 4:16-21) was to awaken the sleeping children so that they would have a consciousness of their true identity – that they were not slaves, but sons - the revealing of the sons of God! (Romans 8:19)  This mental acknowledgment and spiritual realization is what frees us, as Paul explained: 

 

“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 4:1-7

 

    Once one takes his or her rightful position as a son of God, and properly establishes his loyalty to the Father and Christ Jesus, then it does not matter what foolishness or machinations are propagated by men – or in our case, by the Governing Body.  One will have developed sufficient godly devotion and powers of discernment that he will be uneffected by their error.  Such a son will be like Jesus who said: “The ruler of this world is coming and he has no hold on me.” (John 14:30)  Such a mentally and spiritually free son will know how to be ‘in the world, but no part of the world.’ (John 17:6-19)     

 

    This is what we are currently observing in connection with the many Elders, and Traveling Servants who have stepped down from their positions of oversight, but remain in association with the congregation to help others.  Mentally and spiritually, they are free of the control of the Governing Body and its teachings. They have begun their flight.     

 

    Once the mind is free and the spirit is activated, the rest of the body will follow, according to one’s circumstances and personal decision as to the timing. That is the meaning of the phrase “let the reader us discernment.” (Matthew 24:15) One can remain in association with the congregations for the purpose of helping others for as long as his spirit allows.  He will have abandoned his loyalty to the Governing Body and is working to promote the interests of Christ Jesus.  When such persons, in their own time, discern that it is time to physically leave, they will do so as courageous victors, not victims.  And we trust that all those who confess union with Christ Jesus and who are led by spirit will know when it is their personal time to physically flee. As we mentioned, our next article will provide a more detailed answer to your question.  In the meantime, please take a look at the article The Freedom of the Children of God.      

 

    As for our reference to the Governing Body as an Anti-Christian group, we believe it is quite obvious they are anti-Christian in their teachings and in their reactions to those who chose to confess union with Christ Jesus.  We do not hold the idea that the Governing Body is THE Anti-Christ that so many Christians are waiting for.  As John wrote, ‘there are many antichrists.’  (1 John 2:18) Being Anti-Christian is more than not accepting Christianity.  It is a particular disdain for Jesus of Nazareth and his teachings.  As the article showed, rather thoroughly, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses are, and have been for decades, Anti-Christian.  They much rather prefer the old wine of the Jewish religious system than the new wine of peace, liberty, and brotherhood.  We will be discussing more on this subject in upcoming articles.   

 

    For now, we hope we have satisfied your inquiries enough to whet your appetite for the upcoming article.  We sincerely appreciate you and your diligent study of the materials on our site.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On January 14, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 


    “I e-mailed you a question some time ago that if you think that JW's as an organization is to be considered Babylon the great which you should flee and escape from (Rev. 18:4)  Your answer then was that we can't say which identity she has. You also mentioned that it would be difficult to help and support JW's if you disassociated from them. My questions are: Have change your position in the matter? (Having your last article in mind [Discerning the Time of Inspection.] Do you think is high time to formally leave Jehovah's Witnesses?”

    To the author, it is good to hear from you again and thank you for your email.  We are responding publicly because we believe others may have the same questions.

    No, we have not changed our position on the identity of Babylon the Great.  We still cannot say with any certainty who she represents.  The article, 
Discerning the Time of Inspection, was not based on the prophesies in Revelation about Babylon the Great, but on the parallels between the Governing Body and the 1st century Jewish Sanhedrin.  Our comments about fleeing from the organization are based on Jesus’ words to his apostles (Matthew 24:15-16), and Paul’s words to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 6:15-18). We emphasized that since the Governing Body has chosen to pattern itself after a disapproved nation, they will reap what they have sown. (Galatians 6:7) This is not prophesy, it is patterns and parallels.    
    
    We want to further emphasize that we did not base anything in the article on the prophesies in the Old Testament either. We strongly believe that any message that the Father or the Christ would have for anyone today, including the Governing Body, will be found in the New Testament and will be based on Jesus’ words as the last and greatest prophet. (Matthew 21:37) For further discussion of this, see 
Lastly He Sent His Son.

    You asked whether it is time to formally leave the organization.  We believe that is a personal decision that each individual will have to make for him or herself and their families. We do not want to become a new governing body, making personal decisions for our brothers. Our message is one of liberty and freedom. We reiterate the plain and open teachings of Jesus and the need to openly confess union with him. And we have provided spiritual provisions to sustain those who elect to leave. But how and when our brothers choose to respond is up to them. As the scripture says: “let the reader use discernment.” (Matthew 24:15) The Father will hold us individually accountable for our actions, so we should be sure that our actions are OUR actions, and not the result of blindly following others. 

    Finally, yes, we continue to believe that if you formally disassociate yourself from the congregation, it will be difficult to help those who remain behind. For that reason, we suggest that those who chose to leave do so in a way that allows for continued freeness of speech. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On January 9, 2014, we received the following inquiry:


    “I have a question. The Yearbook 2014 has been published. What do you think about the numbers of Memorial partakers? It is real? ”
    
    To the author, thank you for your email.  You asked if the number is real.  We believe you are asking whether the number is accurate.  Our answer is NO. 

    First, we want to make it clear that the number is supposed to reflect those who partook of the Memorial emblems at the gatherings of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world on March 26, 2013.  It is not a report of the total number of  persons who have accepted the invitation to be anointed as faith sons of God who were living on earth at that time.  Nevertheless, the Governing Body and its operatives have chosen to distort the number to suit their own agenda of promoting a false hope of everlasting life on earth. They are fearful of the growing number of the children of God and they believe that by distorting this number, they will somehow discourage them. A steady growth in the number of Memorial partakers is a threat to their central doctrines. 

    The number of partakers in 2012, as published in the 2013 Yearbook, was 12,604.  The number of partakers in 2013, as published in the 2014 Yearbook, is 13,204 – an increase of exactly 600.  That fact in itself raises questions about its accuracy.  And we know firsthand and through personal emails that more than 600 new sons of the Kingdom partook with Jehovah’s Witnesses on that night.

    According to the report we received, the 2014 Yearbook was delayed because the Governing Body and its operatives were distressed at the large number of partakers that were reported by the congregations.  So they sent inquiries out to selected congregations where more partook than was expected, asking the body of elders to recheck their figures.  They gave them certain criteria to use to decide which partakers were legitimate in their opinion and they were to only report those who the elders believed were genuinely ‘anointed.’  (Our article 
Defending Our Living Hope gives an account of how one congregation was targeted due to the large number of partakers.) As a result, the reports came in late which delayed the publication of the 2014 Yearbook, and the numbers were significantly reduced. So there was never an intent to truly report the number of partakers, let alone the number of anointed faith sons of God.

    What is interesting is that they reported every single attendee, whether they were Christians or not, whether they were ‘mentally unstable’ or not, and whether they even understood the proceedings or not.  They also counted those who were coerced to attend by family members, and those who have been disfellowshiped and disassociated, even though they will not allow anyone to speak to them!  We wonder if they counted the infants being held in their parents’ arms.  Yet, they make it a point to severely scrutinize any who dare to openly confess union with the Christ (Matthew 10:32-33) on the one night we are commanded to do so! (Luke 22:19) We even have reports that in some congregations, the servants refused to pass the emblems to some whom the elders believed wanted to partake!  What a travesty! What an abomination to all that is righteous!

    However, the most embarrassing thing is that the Governing Body is admitting that of the over 19 million who attended, only 13,204 of their number have a real relationship with the Father.  This is nothing to boast over.  It is a sad reflection of their impotence and their inability to build a true Christian congregation. (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:24)

    We will have more to say about this matter in our upcoming Memorial articles.  This is an important year for Jehovah’s Witnesses, but not necessarily in a favorable way, as will soon be seen.  It does mark 100 years from their assumption that Christ did not begin ruling as king until 1914.  But that is an insignificant milestone and a very small matter.  The more important issue is that this is the ‘Father’s Acceptable Year’ (Luke 4:18-21) and the ‘time of their being inspected.’ (Luke 19:41-44) So far, they are not discerning this, and it does not look good.  But we shall see.

    In the meantime, do not be discouraged by their stubborn and rebellious ways.  The faith sons of God are growing exponentially around the world.  They are no longer looking to ‘this mountain’ or ‘that mountain.’ (John 4:21) They are not misled into believing the cries that ‘here is the Christ’ or ‘there is the Christ.’ (Matthew 24:23)  They are serving with spirit and truth “for the Father is looking for ones like these to worship him.” (John 4:23)  In truth, the actual ‘body of Christ,’ the Christian congregation of those who have accepted their sonship and are actively and knowingly pursuing the heavenly hope worldwide, far exceeds the total number of baptized publishers in the whole Watchtower organization!

    Brothers, this is a great time to be alive and to confess union with Christ Jesus.  And it is a special privilege to have a share in the authentic ministry Jesus started.  We encourage all to stay close to the Father and to Christ Jesus and to expect the unexpected!

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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 On January 8, 2014, we received the following inquiry which has been translated from the French language: 

    “In reviewing the article, Standing for the Kingdom and the Brotherhood of Christ, you mention several times that the Watchtower Society was wrong in shutting the doors to the Kingdom of the Heavens, the two-hope doctrine, their mistaken dates, and their corrections and adjustments in their beliefs.  All this is true, but the question is this: You say that "Jehovah will continue to sustain them in the face of their self-created crises."  What arguments can you mention to support this since for several years, the Watchtower Society has not made the important changes and continues to deceive people?”
    
    To the author, thank you for your email.  We hope we have properly translated and summarized your question.  If we have not, please write us again.  However, based on our understanding of your question, here is our response:

    We did not say that Jehovah will continue to sustain them.  Here is what the article states:

 

“Yet, in spite of their scrupulous study, they have on occasion had to readjust or correct some of their cherished beliefs, such as the 2007 adjustment acknowledging that Jehovah continued to call his anointed sons after 1935, and continues to this day.  Doing so has taken great humility and trust in Jehovah that he will continue to sustain them in the face of their self-created crises.  We believe they are again on the precipice of another such readjustment – one that could challenge the faith of every single Witness of Jehovah, every Bible student they associate with, as well as the entire community that supports their efforts on behalf of the Kingdom.”

 

    Please notice that what we wrote was that they believe that Jehovah will sustain them.  They trust that He will.  And the evidence to date shows that He has allowed them to continue to this day. However, the subject article was written almost 2 years ago in the beginning of this ministry.  Since that time, there has been little change in the teachings of the Governing Body as you mention, even though we, and many others, have clearly and unambiguously shown them respectfully, lovingly, supportively, scripturally and by means of the working of the Spirit of Truth that change must be made.      

 

    Accordingly, we believe the patience of the Most High is rapidly coming to an end.  This is why we are so urgent and bold in our letters and articles.  We keep in mind this scriptural thought:

 

“Jehovah is not slow concerning his promise, as some people consider slowness, but he is patient with you because he does not desire anyone to be destroyed but desires all to attain to repentance.”

– 2 Peter 3:9

 

    Since the Father does not desire any to be destroyed, we are doing our best to work with His desire.  We know that many turn away from the Governing Body and the Watchtower Society and judge it unworthy. But we continue to be concerned about the millions who are still blinded.  That is the reason we wrote the article, and why we continue to stand with them, and for them at this time.    We hope this answers your question.  Again, if we have misunderstood your question, please write us again. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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