QUESTIONS & RESPONSES

MARCH 2014

 

 

03/31/14 Visitor believes we are trashing ‘Jehovah’s earthly organization’

03/24/14 Do we really consider the Governing Body as a group of rebels?

03/22/14 Is the decision by the Governing Body to discontinue the role of District Overseers a theocratic move?

 

03/10/14 Do Jehovah’s Witnesses believe in Jesus? (WT 5/1/14)

 

03/09/14 Are those who are not anointed under the authority of the darkness? (WT 1/15/14 - Colossians 1:13)

 

03/07/14 A brother’s method of publicizing the private Memorial Suppers

 

03/06/14 What songs will they be singing at the private Memorial Suppers?

 

03/05/14 Are there any brothers in the Philippines who are having a private Memorial Supper?

 

03/04/14 Should we discourage young ones from getting baptized until they reach an age of maturity?

 

03/02/14    Response to an email about financial and other struggles

 

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On March 31, 2014, we received the following anonymous comment: 


    “I can't believe you call yourselves witnesses of Jehovah. Trashing Jehovah's earthly organization is far from being a true follower of Jehovah. How discouraging to find that such brothers and sisters that have had the blessing to serve as pioneers, Circuit Overseers, and District Overseers are appreciative and responsive to such a twisted message bordering on apostasy!”

    To the author, thank you for taking the time to visit our site and share your thoughts. We wish you had been more specific about your charge of apostasy. Perhaps you will email us again and let us know what we have published that constitutes or borders apostasy. 

    The only way to commit real apostasy is to intentionally move away from teachings one knows are from God, and then choose not to comply with those teachings. Neither we nor the ones you mention have done that.  The teachings we disagree with are the ones created by men that conflict with what Jesus and the apostles taught, such as ‘the earthly hope.’ However, moving away from the teachings of men is not apostasy.  It is an altogether different matter. It is an exercise of freewill that should have no consequences nor should there be a pronouncement of judgment against anyone who simply disagrees with the doctrines of men.  We wrote about real apostasy in the article
Beware of Apostates!  You might find that article informative. 

    It is unfortunate that those who claim to serve God continue to judge the motives of others in how they render service to the Father. It seems that it is always the zealot who declares another to be an apostate because of that one’s misplaced loyalties and idolatrous worship of men. We believe your loyalties are misplaced.  Where is your disdain for the disrespect shown to Jesus?  Where is your outrage for the usurping of the Spirit of Truth?  Where is your displeasure at how the Governing Body treats ‘the least of Christ’s brothers?’ It seems a personal inventory is in order.  (Matthew 7:1-5)

    And, for the record, the only ones ‘trashing Jehovah’s earthly organization’ is the Governing Body.  They are squandering a valuable resource of consecrated men and women who are ready, willing and able to worship the Father the way Jesus did, but who are being grossly misled.  The Governing Body’s stubbornness, and now their paranoia, is what is destroying the association of Jehovah’s Witnesses, not the faithful men and women who are waking up to the reality of the errors of their leadership and who are doing their very best to encourage and uplift those who continue to be misled. 

    The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is currently in a ‘sick bed’ because they have taken a stand against the Lord of Lord and King of Kings, and they have not repented.  Instead, they choose to follow in the footsteps of their heroes, the Jewish Sanhedrin of the 1st century. They continue to harden their hearts toward the sons of the Father and so they will suffer the same fate as their heroes.  When that occurs, we hope you will find yourself on the correct side of history, and not in the pit along with others who willingly choose to follow the sick, the deaf, and the blind. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On March 24, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry: 


    “[Concerning Question and Response 3/22/14 Am I correct in understanding that you consider or allude to the Governing Body as "group of rebels"?  As a group of rebels, would it be fair to assume that God the Father and the Christ have not blessed the work it has promoted over the decades, preaching of the good news in particular? 
    “As rebels, was there no instance that God's holy spirit guided the global preaching & bible education work, including perhaps millions of Jehovah's Witnesses who have prayed for guidance from the Father and His Son?  What about the results the organization has yielded like transforming lives - from notorious/violent to more responsible citizens, kind and peace-loving individuals?
    “When you said, "supporting a group of rebels", what does that exactly mean? Under what circumstances can a person be considered as supporting this group of rebels? Can you cite specific cases or activities?
    “Thanks in advance for your reply.”


    To the author, thank you for your email.  To directly answer your question, yes, we view the Governing Body as a group of rebels because they blatantly rebel against the plain and open teachings of Christ.  Most notoriously, they are attempting to ‘close the door to the heavens’ for all but a few thousand Jehovah’s Witnesses and they fight openly and brazenly with all who dare confess union with Christ Jesus as his brothers and heirs to the kingdom of the heavens.  This specific action is expressly condemned by Jesus:

 

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut up the Kingdom of the heavens before men; for you yourselves do not go in, neither do you permit those on their way in to go in.”

– Matthew 23:13

 

    Jesus said that we must ‘eat and drink of him’ in order to gain everlasting life. (John 6:53) The Governing Body teaches that we do not need to ‘eat and drink’ of Christ to gain life.  The mainstay of their teachings are the ‘old wine’ of the Jewish religious system. (Mark 2:22) Their literature constantly honors the Hebrew prophets, but gives little time to the greatest prophet, Jesus Christ.  They reject the heavens as the hope and destiny of mankind, and instead seek their ‘land of milk and honey’ here on earth. Jesus and the apostles taught one destiny. The Governing Body teaches ‘another sort of good news’ that effectively pushes aside the one destiny Jesus taught.  These are examples of clear rebellion. (Galatians 1:6-9)    

 

    True, they have done some good works, but that does not excuse their notorious disrespect and persecution of Christ and ‘his brothers.’ (Matthew 25:40, 45) Many organizations, religious and non-religious, help people transform their lives – organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous.  Many religions engage in a Bible education work and produce responsible citizens, and kind and peace-loving individuals. These are examples of God’s blessings on the works of men. Jehovah’s Witnesses do not have a monopoly on producing good people, nor on receiving God’s blessings. And if God’s blessings are indicated by the number of people who adopt a certain religious view, then the Catholics must be the most blessed of all Christian denominations.      

 

    In fact, when it comes to good and charitable works alone, the Watchtower Society falls well behind other Christian groups. Have you ever heard of a hospital or a school or a shelter run by the Watchtower organization? No.  All of their good works are reserved for their members alone, and even these are scarce.  Any non-Witness who receives a benefit from the Watchtower Society receives it as a byproduct of helping a Witness or as part of their recruiting work. Yet, the Governing Body has no problem labeling these other religious organization as belonging to ‘Satan’s System.’ How presumptuous to view themselves as the only organization worthy of God’s blessings when they are doing very little in the way of good works toward mankind!    

 

    Nevertheless, the Father is not just looking for good people.  He is looking for sons.  He is looking for those who are willing to follow Christ Jesus’ example and pursue the heavenly kingdom.  In this area, the Governing Body is failing miserably.  Of the over 19 million who attend their Memorial ‘meetings,’ they profess to have only produced about 13,000 sons of the Father.  And they are hoping that this number dies off soon so they can have their earthly paradise.  So even in the matter of their preaching and teaching work, they are not very productive according to the Father’s standards.     

 

    The failure to produce sons of God and the blatant opposition of those who profess sonship, we believe, is the most reprehensible thing a Christian leadership can do and it outweighs and even nullifies all their ‘good works.’ The behavior of the Governing Body and the Watchtower Society illustrates most clearly why this interchange would occur:

 

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

–  Matthew 7:21-23

 

    Yes, the Governing Body has been directing some good works, but they have also turned away from Jesus and they are dragging millions down with them.  All those who choose to listen to the Governing Body instead of Jesus are ‘supporting this group of rebels.’  All those who choose to reject the Memorial emblems in obedience to the Governing Body are ‘supporting this group of rebels.’ We are doing what we can to open our brothers’ eyes to these most offensive acts by publishing articles on this website such as A Memorial of OffenseA Tale of Two SuppersThe Cherished Earthly HopeLastly He Sent His SonWaiting on Jehovah and Discerning the Time of Inspection.      

 

    It is a sad thing to realize, but the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is not on the side of Christ Jesus.  They have taken an adversarial stance and are leading the sheep away from the true shepherd. (John 10:1-16) And no amount of good and powerful works will excuse them. Really, we believe the word ‘rebels’ is generous.  A more appropriate word, and the word more suitable to their vocabulary, is ‘apostates.’ 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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

 

“We just had our Special Assembly day yesterday. Before the program ended, an important big announcement was made from the platform. [A letter was read advising that the role of District Overseers (DO) would be discontinued.] A few questions for the letter:
“Is the pruning of the DO level supported by the Bible or biblical verses?“If Christ is the head of the congregation, would he approve such a major organizational shake-up considering that DO's serve for a unique purpose in caring for the flock? 

“Why it took 100 years (since 1914) for the [“Faithful & Discreet Slave] or the [Governing Body] to realize this simplification of duties is really necessary, technically displacing the DO's? 
“Is this a major corporate (Watchtower) strategy or decision to reduce organizational overhead in maintaining aging DO's more than a theocratic one?
“Thanks as always for your kind comments.”


    To the author, thank you for your emails and for your continued support of our work.

    This action by the Governing Body is an administrative move – nothing more than a corporate decision.  It has nothing to do with Christ, Jehovah, the Bible or spiritual matters.  The Governing Body is adjusting to their new reality that many are losing confidence in their leadership. Many Elders, Circuit Overseers, District Overseers, Pioneers, and Missionaries are stepping down and removing themselves from the direct oversight of the Governing Body.  Therefore, the Governing Body has to respond with reorganization and downsizing.  This process of downsizing will, in our opinion, continue for some time as they lose their controlling grip on the faith of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  

    So do not concern yourself too much with these trivial matters that have nothing to do with promoting faith or salvation.  Instead, focus on your own faith and enhancing your own understanding and discernment of spiritual matters — matters that will and do effect your salvation.  And know that the sons of the Kingdom are awakening and prospering worldwide.  Endeavor to be a part of this true ministry and have a sharing with Christ in bringing heaven down, rather than supporting a group of rebels who are shutting the heavens up. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On March 10, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry:  


    “I'm enjoying the articles you've published. The May 1, 2014 public edition of the Watchtower has an article that is an imaginary conversation with a householder who brings up an objection that [Jehovah’s Witnesses] do not believe in Jesus (page 8). Have you seen this? Do you have any response to it? In particular, [Jehovah’s Witnesses] believe that when Jesus said, "No one comes to the Father except through me," he was referring to prayer ("in Jesus name, Amen") Any thoughts on this?”

    To the author, thank you for your emails.  We are glad you are enjoying what you are reading here.  

    Our response to your comment is that Jehovah’s Witnesses do believe in Jesus.  But, as a whole, they do not choose to unite with him.  That is their problem. This imaginary conversation is nothing more than smoke screen designed to lull Jehovah’s Witnesses into a belief that are all Christians, when they are not.  

    Only those who ‘eat and drink’ of Christ (John 6:53), who confess union with him (Matthew 10:32), who are baptized into his death (Romans 6:3), and who are in pursuit of the heavenly kingdom (Philippians 3:14) are members of his body, belong to the Christian congregation. (Colossians 1:24)  That’s the real issue. Remember, even the Devil believes in Jesus.  So do all anti-Christs. (1 John 2:18) More than belief is necessary.  We must also exercise faith in the ways described above.  

    That is an interesting conversation cited in the Watchtower, but we fear that far too many Jehovah’s Witnesses will find themselves in this conversation: 

 

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

– Matthew 7:21-23

 

    Dear brother, there is so much foolishness in the Watchtower publications that we could spend our entire ministry trying to debunk it all. As you surely know, there are many, many other websites who have chosen to take on that task. Instead, we pick our battles and focus on building up our brothers with matters that are ‘in connection with faith’ (1 Timothy 1:4), like sonship with the Father and the heavenly hope for all. If our brothers don’t understand, accept and exercise faith in these two concepts, it does not matter what theology they hold. They will return to the ground and all their theological thoughts and doctrines will perish with them. (Psalms 146:4)

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On March 9, 2014, we received the following comment: 

    “According to the January 15, 2014 Watchtower, “However, as in times past, Jehovah remained in control. On the third day, he resurrected his Son, and on the day of Pentecost 33 C.E., Jesus established a spiritual kingdom over the Christian congregation of his anointed brothers. (Col.1:13)” (wt 15/1/2014, page 11, paragraph 17.)  Col. 1:13 says: "He rescued us from the authority of the darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son."
    “If only "anointed brothers" have been “transferred into the kingdom of his beloved Son" that would logically mean that those who believe they are not of the anointed, even though they are faithful Christians, are still under "the authority of the darkness." A pretty absurd idea don't you think? Doesn't that show how absurd the "two class" theory is?”


    To the author, we certainly agree with you. The two-class theory is absurd! And we also agree that those who are not in the spiritual kingdom of anointed Christians, are indeed under the authority of the darkness. Their minds are veiled and that is why they cannot see what is so obvious to you, to us, and to so many others the world over. We further note that when Jesus offered sonship and discussed the pathway to heaven, he was speaking to a multitude, not just his apostles and disciples. (John 1:12)  How much more clearer need the scriptures be?  

    We lay this blame directly at the feet of the blind guides who call themselves ‘the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses’ who are promoting this gross error and dragging the majority of our brothers into the pit of darkness and non-existence. (Matthew 15:14) 

    It is only by means of the incorruptible seed of the Father that we can navigate through the valley of decision and arrive at the doors to the kingdom.  But the unholy acts of those who are proving themselves unworthy of partaking with the Christ are being accused, not excused, and they have no shelter to hide over them. They are becoming like cornered animals who choose to fight to the death rather than surrender to the Lamb, the light of the world!  They are going after those who have the work of bearing witness to Jesus. But they will not prevail. 

    And so, we say to you, as we have said since this year began, expect the unexpected!  The patience of the Most High is quickly running out, but the Father’s loving-kindness is being manifest to all who confess union with His son. 

    Thank you for your email. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On March 7, 2014, we received the following encouraging email: 

    “Dear Brothers in Christ, I have made up a flyer that I have shared with a number of pastors in the local churches. I also put it out in Christian coffee shops and places around town. I have found that with the pastors, it has created good conversation and one said he did not know April 14th date was anything special. I asked if they would put it on their Church bulletin boards. Also I have a print ready copy that I have submitted to monthly Christian journals as a article to see if they will print it in April. Also I am working at making contact with the local Christian Radio Stations on this subject. You may like to join me in this joy.”
    
    To the author, what bold efforts you are putting forth in publishing to the Christian community the anniversary of the most important celebration in Christianity. We are publishing your email along with the flyer you sent in hopes that it may encourage others to have a greater share in publicizing this most important event.  

                     Flyer for April 14, 2014 Private Memorial Suppers

    This is your ministry, brother, and you are doing well.  We do not need to interject ourselves.  But we wholeheartedly support you.  Please keep us informed with how it goes.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On March 6, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry:  

    “Hello Dear ones. I follow through your articles for quite some time. I was raised up as a [Jehovah’s Witness] but struggling for more than a year with these 8 men-dominated Religion and their private teaching. My question: Regarding the upcoming Mémorial, you lately explained/compared the procedure [in A Tale of Two Suppers]. Which Songs will the sons of God sing that night? Best regards.”
    
    To the author, thank you for your email.  We do not know what songs will be sung. Each group will make that decision for themselves.  We suspect Jehovah’s Witnesses might think they are limited to the songs in the Watchtower publication, “Sing To Jehovah.”  However, that is not so. There is a whole world of uplifting and inspiring music to choose from that originate outside of the Watchtower society. Though the Governing Body has been very effective in convincing our brothers that the only appropriate spiritual songs are the ones published by them, that is so far from the truth.

    Suitable songs can be found among many “gospel” and contemporary Christian artists.  When we ventured to listen to ‘outside spiritual music,’ we were pleasantly surprised.  Many of the lyrics are so in line with the plain and open teachings of Jesus, and many of them moved us to tears, and continue to do so. We also know that there are talented songwriters in our midst who may choose to write appropriate songs for the occasion.  There are just so many options. 

    But do not unnecessarily restrict yourself in this regard. If you find songs with lyrics you don’t like, don’t use them.  Use your perceptive powers.  Train them to distinguish between the ‘good fish’ and the bad ones, and throw the bad ones back. It’s that simple. This is what Christian freedom is all about!

    At the same time, we know that some may not choose to include the singing or playing of songs at their private Memorial Suppers.  That’s fine too. You are in control of how you choose to honor the Christ on this occasion.  The important thing is that you partake and have a full sharing with Christ. We hope you contact us after the Memorial to let us know how your Supper went.
 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On March 5, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry:  

    “Dear brothers in Christ, Can you publish an announcement asking if there are brothers based [at or near Quezon City] Philippines who are eagerly awaiting for the Memorial to partake of the emblem/bread and wine? I would like to partake but not inside the local Kingdom Hall in order to avoid murmuring, speculation and other unnecessary reactions from the brothers. Probably we can do it together before the scheduled memorial time? What are your suggestions? Thanks in advance. May Jehovah our God continue to enlighten us and more of our innocent brothers through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    
    To the author, thank you for your email.  We will post your request here in hopes that others in the Philippines may see it and send us an email.  If we hear from anyone, we will let you know privately. Also, please see Question and Response 2/11/14 for more suggestions.
 

"Elaia Luchnia"  
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On March 4, 2014, we received the following inquiry:

    “Dear Brothers, I noticed in the past District Conventions, younger ones, as early as the age of 9 years old, getting baptized. In our congregation, a close friend of my son with the age of 10 years old became an unbaptized publisher last year. After reading The Golden Age June 6, 1934 p.571 from the article "What is Real Baptism?" and Luke Chapter 2, it was clear Christ was not baptized as a babe nor a child. He was around 12 years old when found in the temple reasoning out with the teachers of the Law. He got baptized when he reached the age of 30, the legal majority age then observed by the Jews. It was also the perfect time for dedicating his time and effort to fulfill the prophecy for His Father.
    “Given these Scriptures, while we are not to follow strictly Jewish customs with reference to age, would it not be more Christian to follow the example of our Lord Jesus Christ with respect to the baptismal age? This means that the Society should not allow infants, as well as children under the majority age of today, to be baptized. More than the age is the spiritual maturity which I think should be way past teenage years, e.g. 20-25 years old and above. Looking forward to your comments. Thanks.”


    To the author, thank you for your email. To directly answer your question, no, we do not think it is necessary for young ones to wait until they are 20 or 30 years old to make a personal dedication to doing the Father’s will and getting baptized into Christ.  One does not have to reach 30 in order to know whether he wants to worship God and follow the life and ministry of Jesus Christ.

    Think about it.  Children as young as 5 years old make decisions about who they will imitate. Some choose ‘superheroes.’ Some choose entertainers or athletes.  Some choose their parents or other close family or friends.  Why should they not be able to decide that they want to imitate Jesus?  

    This is not a tough decision to make either.  Jesus said his “yoke is kindly and his load is light.” (Matthew 11:30) And he counseled his apostles to stop preventing the children from coming to him because they, too, are heirs to the heavenly kingdom:

 

“Then young children were brought to him for him to place his hands on them and offer prayer, but the disciples reprimanded them. Jesus, however, said: “Let the young children alone, and do not try to stop them from coming to me, for the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to such ones.’”

– Matthew 19:13-14

 

    The only reason one might think it is necessary for a person to reach an age of maturity before getting baptized is when man has burdened the concept of baptism with their own rules and laws.  For example, getting baptized with the Watchtower organization is more than just a simple dedication to the Father and public acknowledgment that one has chosen to live a Christ-like life.  It is also a kind of contract.  The individual is not only subjecting him or herself to the will of the Father, but they are subjecting themselves to an organization and the rules of men. As part of the Watchtower baptism, one of the questions is: “Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with God's spirit-directed organization?” This is far beyond what the Father and Christ Jesus require!    

 

    We think young ones are wholly incapable of understanding the ramifications of such a statement and contractual relationship.  For that reason, our opinion is that baptism with the Watchtower organization should be held off until a person reaches the age of maturity, at least 18 or 21 years, and is fully aware of the potential negative impact.    

 

    This is an issue that has been raised by many people over the years, but more so in recent years as the Governing Body asserts its grip of authority more aggressively over the congregations.  Once a person has been baptized in connection with the Watchtower organization, that person cannot voluntarily leave without suffering severe repercussions.  If the reason for leaving is a disagreement with the teachings, such a person will be disfellowshiped as an apostate.  If the reason for leaving is a decision not to follow the rules, they will be disfellowshiped as a gross sinner.  In either case, the entire congregation is commanded to shun all disfellowshiped persons. And not just the congregation, even intimate family members are obligated to do so. And if those family and friends do not strictly shun the person who has been disfellowshiped, the friends and family may also be disfellowshiped and shunned! It is estimated that the fear of being shunned is what is keeping about a third of Jehovah’s Witnesses from leaving the organization.    

 

    When one makes a dedication to the Father and is baptized into Christ Jesus, there are no penalties associated with it.  The gift of freewill allows a person to decide to worship God and then later to decide not to worship God.  Freewill is free.  It has no strings attached. Though everyone, young and old, will always be subject to the basic law of reaping what one has sown (Galatians 6:7) that is quite a different matter than being punished for exercising free will.     

 

    We can illustrate it this way: If a person drives a car recklessly, he may get into an accident. If he does, he is reaping what he has sown.  But if the reckless driver also gets a ticket and has to pay a fine, that is a punishment for driving recklessly.  Accordingly, when a person decides they no longer want to associate with the Watchtower organization, they will no longer be viewed as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. That is reaping what one has sown.  But the Watchtower Society goes further. They punish those who no longer want to be Jehovah’s Witnesses by demanding that even their family members shun them, not even saying a greeting to one’s own flesh and blood! This is a punishment that far exceeds the “crime” of exercising freedom of religion.     

 

    This is why baptism of very young people becomes problematic.  A 9-year-old child is not sufficiently equipped, mentally or emotionally, to make an informed decision on whether to subject themselves to these ramifications.  Their innocence and inexperience prevents them from discerning the potential harm and isolation that will result from a decision to leave the Watchtower organization.     

 

    Many secular governments recognize the incapacity of young ones to enter into contracts that have detrimental consequences. While they allow minors to enter into such contracts, the law does not hold the minor accountable if they decide they no longer want to be bound by the contract terms.  In fact, if a minor enters into a contract, years later when they are adults they can void the contract because they were minors when they agreed to the terms.  If the Watchtower Society honored the innocence and inexperience of the young ones in their midst, and only applied their disfellowshiping procedures to those who were baptized (and contracted with the Watchtower organization) as adults, a great deal of sorrow and misery would be avoided.  And so would the question of whether it is wise for young ones to get baptized.    

 

    The way we see it, the Governing Body encourages young ones to be baptized so that the number of active Jehovah’s Witnesses will increase.  And a threat of disfellowshiping will keep them from leaving in the future.  However, if a 9-year-old, or even an adult, wanted to be baptized so that they could be with Christ in heaven, we strongly doubt that the overseers would allow it without aggressively seeking to change their minds.  The official opinion is that those who want to be with Christ in heaven are probably “mentally or emotionally unbalanced.” (August 15, 2011 Watchtower, page 22)  Only if they change their hope will their baptism be approved!    

 

    Because of the seriousness of getting baptized with the Watchtower organization, we would strongly discourage any children from getting baptized with them.  Instead, we would encourage private baptisms in the presence of those who love them and who are looking out for their best interests.  We would encourage them to undergo what we call “free agent baptism” that allows them freedom of worship without the encumbrances of the rules and laws of men.  Their baptisms can be small private events with close family and friends.  They can be performed practically anywhere there is a body of water – a pool, a lake, an ocean, etc.  They do not need to be sanctioned by men or priests.  Doing it in the presence of the Father and Christ Jesus is all that is required.  See the article, What Prevents Me? for examples of how these types of baptisms have been performed.    

 

    Practically every Christians religion, other than Jehovah’s Witnesses, acknowledges “free agent baptisms.”  When you arrive at a church and tell them you have already been baptized into Christ, they accept that and welcome you as a member of their church.  Only Jehovah’s Witnesses (as far as we know) require re-baptisms so that the newly baptized one would be subject to the Watchtower rules of conduct and discipline and would be beholding to the oversight of the Governing Body.  To them, it is not just a baptism; it is a contract of allegiance to men.    

 

    So, in summary, we would never discourage a young one from being baptized into the Christ.  But we would surely discourage a young one from being baptized into any organization, the Watchtower organization or any other one.  An organization is not your mediator, not your true leader, not your redeemer, cannot transfer you from death to life, and is not the judge over your eternal existence, your destiny or your hope.  Children simply are not capable of making an informed decision to dedicate their lives to such fallible organizations and men.  But they are absolutely safe and secure if their baptism only subjects them to the Father and Christ Jesus.     

 

    We hope that answers your question. 

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

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On March 2, 2014, we received the following email from a brother who we have been communicating with for some time who is struggling financially.  We get other emails occasionally from our brothers who are likewise suffering.  So we thought we would share a portion of his email and our response in the hope that it might encourage those who are undergoing difficulties: 


    “Hello Brothers! Didńt have much to say really, just wanted to "talk" Íll guess. I’m in a youth hostel right now, being homeless is no fun at all but I can cope for now. I have decided to move back to the city were I used to live before. I have no friends here. I have two friends in my old city, ex-witnesses actually, but they have been severely damaged by the watchtower religion. It́s a shame. They are very timid, mild tempered and honest. Íll pray they will find faith (the Father) again. Perhaps I can help them in that regard. 
    “And also Ím very lonely at the moment. The big difference from now and then is that I have come to know the real truth, Jesus teachings thanks to you. You have helped many moving on despite being abused by religious propaganda. To regain faith in a loving God, not condemnation.
    “Strange enough, an "elder" called me some weeks ago in, he lives in that same city I will be moving to. Haven’t talked to him in over a year. He asked if he should arrange so that I could met with elders in my current city. I said no, no point. I told him that I haven’t lost faith in Jesus and that totalitarian religious leadership is noting but bad. I also said that watchtower doctrine on many topics is simply wrong. He’s the one being misled. We said goodbye but after some time I sent him a [message] with your web-address and hoped that would clear up matters as to why Ím not going back to Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Hopefully he will see the light, if God wants him to. He was nice, but totally indoctrinated with Watchtower propaganda.
    “All too often I feel as the very least of all the least of Christ’s brothers, not exactly a role model, being homeless and all. But I let the Lord judge me when that day comes. I will take no more judging from others. Take care dear Brothers. Íll be in touch.”


    Dear brother, it is great to hear from you. Thanks for thinking of us.  Please do not discount yourself because of your financial status.  We will share with you that we, too, struggle greatly financially.  As you may know, one of us due to health is unable to work.  The other one can only work part-time because of the time it takes to write articles and administer this site.  So we never know if we will have enough money to pay our rent and utilities.  It is a struggle every single month.  Even today, we have no idea how we will pay rent.  

    Although our ministry is positively affecting millions of people, only about 10 people have made a donation in the 2 years we have conducted this ministry. We assume it is either because people doubt the honesty of our motives, or because they think we must have money based on the quality and professionalism of the site.  Either way, we are giving it our very best – our first fruits – and letting financial matters work themselves out.  Something good always happens to take us through to the next month. And to those who check in with us to ask if are okay because we have not posted something in a while, it is because we are likely working secularly to make ends meet.  But do not worry, we will always return to this ministry. We have a lot more to do. 

    We feel very blessed to do this work.  As Jesus said, he brought his message to the lowly ones, not those rich in this system of things, because such ones will appreciate it. We deem it honor because we know the struggle in this life will be as a blink compared to the glory that awaits those who exercise faith in Christ Jesus.  But we cannot deny that it is difficult and sometimes discouraging. We tell you this because we want you to know that we truly understand your plight, and that we are not just spouting superlative statements from an ivory tower. 

    These are indeed difficult times, hard to deal with. But not impossible to deal with. In all of our trials, we have confidence that the Father will make a way out.  He has never failed us. And He will never fail you. What it requires sometimes is a readjustment in our outlook and being thankful for what we have, knowing that there are many worse off than we are.  

    But look at what can be accomplished with practically nothing! The Father is being preached, the Son is being honored and the faith sons are being gathered together! Our brothers are becoming free from religious oppression and suppression, and learning self-governance.  Each year a larger throng of voices cry out in united confession of our Lord at the Memorial Suppers.  It is our hope that one day, practically the entire planet raises its voice to honor the one who has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. These joys are priceless!  

    At the same time, we realize that there are many brothers and sisters who are not struggling financially, but they are struggling in other ways.  Life on earth is a great tribulation. But the inner strength developed through tests of endurance and when under fire only refines the core of our faith. And by exercising faith in the promises of Jesus, we can all come out victorious and begin the real life in the heavenly ascent to the Father. 

    We keep in mind that this world is just a training ground – the preliminary trial run in preparation for the great race.  But as more and more people join in the ministry to bring heaven down, eventually our planet will be more friendly, less stressful, more peaceful.  When the true good news is preached throughout the entire inhabited earth, then will come the end to suffering, sorrow and unrighteousness.  

    This is what Jesus taught back in 33 C.E.  Imagine if his followers had continued with his true message instead of being sidetracked by self-promotion and greed.  Imagine how close our planet would be to the conditions described by the Hebrew prophets if the freedom Jesus brought had expanded instead of contracted.  We believe a return to his actual, authentic, original, plain and open teachings is the key to solving all of our extraordinary difficulties. But because mankind is so far behind, it will take time.

    It is said that good people care about their children; whereas spiritual people also care about their grandchildren, their great grandchildren, etc.  Spiritual people are willing to put in the time now with a view to making the world better for future generations.  They understand that life is not a sprint.  It is a marathon. And some sacrifices will need to be made for the greater good.

    And we must accept that the Father is expecting us to do our part in gaining salvation. How easy it would be for the Father to wipe out all unrighteousness in one great war.  But what would we learn?  In time, mankind would find itself back in the same situation because nothing really would have changed. Man would just be like spoiled children who expect their daddy to fix everything.  How much better to stand up for ourselves and work to make our lives and our world better now. The Father and Christ Jesus will certainly bless those efforts as they are doing now. And we have no doubt of the excitement of our celestial family at man’s awakening to his responsibilities.                  

    As we work to bring heaven down, we must also expect the fact that there may be some upheavals, political and otherwise.  There may be local wars and conflagrations around the world as the sons of God shake off the shackles of antiquated systems. Those who will not grow will be left behind and most of them will suffer destruction at their own hands as a result of their own willfulness and ignorance. 

    But let us take this time to settle in for the long haul, keeping in mind the betterment of our children and grandchildren.  Let us work not only for self, but also for posterity.  Let us work with Jesus to reconcile mankind to its Father so that Jesus can hand over to the Father a perfected universe that found its way, not by military might, but by spirit.  And let us endure our trials with joy knowing that a wonderful and unimaginable future awaits us.  This is our prayer.

    As for you, our brother, you are a great role model because in spite of your circumstances, and in spite of the religious abuse you suffered at the hands of the Watchtower organization, you have found your way to the Father through Christ Jesus. You are more of a victor than a victim. And while you have your down times, you always return to the Father in full faith.  That is something to be proud of.  We are glad to have your association and to call you brother. 

    Please continue in this course and we will meet one day, if not on this side of life, then certainly on the other side when these trials and tribulations will be just a passing dream. Pray for us as we pray for you. And please keep in touch.

 

"Elaia Luchnia"  

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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