QUESTIONS & RESPONSES
On October 24, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry:
“All I have to say is WOW!! I have NEVER visited a website with this much hate and vitriol on display in my life!! Shame on you! I think I will take my reading pleasure elsewhere.”
To the author, thank you for your email. Although it is possible that you will not read this response, it does give us an opportunity to address this concern publicly.
Your conclusion indicates a couple of things: (1) that you have not visited many Jehovah’s Witness related websites; or (2) that you are a first time visitor to our site and not familiar with our ministry. You probably read one or two recent articles and formed your conclusion based on that. And it is true that, due to recent events by certain bodies of elders and the absolute disdain the Governing Body shows for the Christ, we have been bold and outspoken in our righteous indignation of those men and their harmful acts. However, a fair review of the body of work on our site reveals that we have been fair and open-minded with the Governing Body and that we sincerely care about the brothers and sisters in the Watchtower organization.
Look at it this way. If an out-of-towner was visiting Jerusalem for the first time on the day Jesus overturned the tables of the money changers, they would likely form an opinion that he was spiteful, violent and out of control. They would be far from correct. They were not privy to the many, many months Jesus appealed to the Sanhedrin to turn their hearts to the Father and take their worship seriously and not as a means for financial gain. They had not heard his pleas that they lessen the burdens on the flock in their care. They had not seen his loving ministry toward the suffering people. In the same way, a person who visits our site once or twice and looks only at the provocative articles will misjudge us.
While it is absolutely true that we are disgusted with the stubbornness and rebelliousness of the Governing Body and the idolatry of many in the Watchtower organization, it is also true that we are not just complaining and bellyaching like many ‘Jehovah’s Witness related sites.’ We are coming to the table with real solutions, and by far the majority of those who read our articles are becoming more loving and are drawing closer to the Father and Christ Jesus as a result.
As our articles and letters show, we are not afraid of the Governing Body and we do not hold them in any greater esteem than any other person on earth. We speak to them as equals, as brothers who are misleading and being misled. We are loathe to think that another generation of Jehovah’s Witnesses will carry on their fatal message to reject the Christ and the heavenly hope, and drag millions to their destruction. Enough is enough. And this is especially reprehensible because the Governing Body KNOWS what they are teaching is error, but pampering their greed, selfishness, and cowardice is more important to them than the lives and the very salvation of the millions who follow them.
We understand that a few members of the Governing Body are simply waiting for their own death as their way out of the situation, with the intent to leave their errors to be corrected by future generations, if ever. That is not acceptable. So we are doing all that we can to effect change now, or in the alternative, expose the fatal flaws to wake up our brothers and sisters among Jehovah’s Witnesses so they can leave as victors, not as victims of a cold hearted organization. If the Governing Body is content to dive into ‘the pit,’ fine. But there is no need to take 8 million people with them.
And no, we are not content to ‘wait on Jehovah’ as we explain in the article “Waiting On Jehovah.” Jehovah has already spoken through his Son, Christ Jesus. All we are doing is amplifying Jesus’ plain and open teachings and following the advice of the Apostle Paul to attempt to readjust those who have turned aside from his true teachings.
Of course, no one is obligated to visit our site. We are all free will creatures who have the responsibility to work out our own salvation. Nevertheless, we hope you return and give our website a fair review. But if not, we wish you the very best in your obvious search for truth outside of the Watchtower organization.
On October 22, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry:
“Dear AnointedJW, I have been following with interest the events regarding Apostasy in Fenway Congregation. I have a question for you. Since so few past/present Circuit Overseers, District Overseers and elders who profess to be faith sons of God have responded to this outrage, might this be due to their fear you might reveal their identities by printing their names as you have done with those elders in the Fenway Congregation? Why have you departed from your previous position of maintaining anonymity? Thank you.”
To the author, thank you for your email. First let us state unequivocally that we WILL NOT reveal the names, email addresses or any contact information for ANY of our visitors unless they expressly request it AND we feel it will serve some beneficial purpose.
The only reason we published the names of the elders in the congregations in Massachusetts is because they are persecuting the brothers of Christ and the children of God and have thus far gotten away with it with impunity. The organization happily announces the full names of those whom they feel are disapproved by Jehovah. And the elders who serve on those committees make sure to leak details about the reasons for those determinations by way of a “local needs” talk or their own gossiping in their congregation and in congregations round about.
So, we believe if these men could no longer cloak their activities, and were somehow held accountable for their Anti-Christ behavior, perhaps it will give other elders pause before they so grossly disregard the scriptures and disrespect the Father and His Christ. And it will notify others in those and nearby congregations that the elders are not looking out for their best interests, but are idolizing the Governing Body and their convoluted ‘understandings’ and doctrines. These are the only reasons we publish their names.
You will note that we intentionally and expressly refrained from publishing the name of our brother who was subjected to these machinations. There is no need to publish his name because he is of no threat to the salvation of anyone in his midst. This cannot be said about the so-called elders who wrongly judged him.
Therefore it continues to be our practice and our policy to keep private the names, and any contact information, of our brothers, sisters, visitors, and audience, even those who oppose what we do who have the courage to reveal their names and pseudonyms. This can be verified by a review of our site and no good purpose would be served to change this policy beyond the reasons we have set forth above. We hope this answers your question about revealing names.
As to the other matter, one reason we have not published recent emails from our brothers who support this ministry is because the emails were private and personal. The other reason is because those who take up the ministry of the plain and open teachings of Jesus have no obligation to report to us what they are doing. They are out being about the Father’s business and are not the type to sit at computers for any length of time blogging and such. We are quite content with that. But when we do receive reports that are suitable for publications, we will be certain to post them.
Thank you again for your email and if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to write us.
On October 12, 2014, we received the following comment and inquiry in connection with the article Apostasy in the Fenway Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Roxbury, Massachusetts:
“May the Lords peace and grace be upon you. Thank you for revealing verifiable facts! Many are appreciating it. The brother’s testimony may have benefitted from Jesus example of remaining silent when he was asked to condemn himself. Perhaps it's better to only focus on the easiest point: our right to declare our hope. The [Governing Body] themselves set that example.”
To the author, thank you for your email. We are glad you are still visiting our site and are continuing to do your part in bringing others to Christ. We relayed your email to the brother and he authorized us to provide this response.
The brother who gave us his personal account in the above article could have remained silent, but he viewed this as his opportunity to make a defense for his hope. It is not about saving himself, but about exposing an injustice that effects the eternal salvation of all who fail to confess union with the Christ by ‘eating and drinking’ of him as he commanded. (John 6:53-56)
Unlike Jesus, our dear brother’s life was not in danger. There was never a threat that the elders in his congregation would cause him physical harm, and those men certainly have no authority over his spiritual life, whether they disfellowship him or not. Their condemnation is just an opinion. Nothing more. He is very clear on this.
All these men can do is try to ruin his reputation which would have occurred whether he spoke up or remained silent. He chose to use this as an opportunity to speak up and give a witness for himself and for others who may be called before such misguided and pitiable men. And, as it is turning out, these wayward elders’ plan is backfiring, as it seems their actions are ruining their own reputations instead.
As for the subject matter of his judicial hearing, that is determined by his accusers. He had to defend whatever accusation was presented. The elders probably determined that their best opportunity to entrap and expel this brother would be based on his understanding of John 6:53-56. And while they may succeed in expelling him, it will not be without cost to themselves. But we are confident that had they chosen another subject having to do with sonship or the heavenly hope, our brother would have given just as excellent a witness.
In our opinion, our dear brother manifested a type of courage that is so needed in the Watchtower organization. Many Jehovah’s Witnesses know that many of the teachings of the Governing Body are inaccurate, but they are afraid to speak up and instead close their eyes and swallow the errors whole. They have abandoned their right to critical thinking and given their lives to men ‘to whom no salvation belongs.’
Our brothers and sisters among Jehovah’s Witnesses must abandon their fear of men and wake up to the fact that the Watchtower organization is just one of thousands of religious organizations that are, to some measure, trying to follow the Bible. They are not a chosen people, or a divinely selected group, no matter how often that idea is drummed into their heads. The mere fact that the Governing Body has to constantly change their teachings should be a clear indication of that. Like any other Bible-based religious group, to the extent that they follow the Christ, they will prosper. And to the extent that they reject the Christ, they will suffer.
According to the account in Genesis, Jehovah said to Cain:
“If you turn to doing good, will you not be restored to favor? But if you do not turn to doing good, sin is crouching at the door, and its craving is to dominate you; but will you get the mastery over it?” – Genesis 4:7
It’s that simple, even down to this day. Unfortunately, the Watchtower organization is not gaining the mastery over their sin against Christ, and soon their gross sin will dominate in every congregation. We shudder to think of what type of people Jehovah’s Witnesses will soon become.
Two of our associate writers wrote an article Leaving As Victors, Not Victims. Our brother who is the subject of the Fenway Apostate elder body is another example of how to leave as a victor. But first, he is giving a thorough witness and we, for our part, are making it known.