TRANSITIONING TO THE KINGDOM OF THE HEAVENS
August 8, 2014
To Samuel Herd, Stephen Lett, Mark Sanderson,
David Splane, Jeoff Jackson, Gerrit Losch, and Anthony Morris –
The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses
We are compelled to write this Open Letter to show you clearly and personally what your teachings have done and are doing to the children of God who have chosen to follow you instead of the Christ. We want you to know that your errors are not mere academic or doctrinal fumbles. Lives are involved. Your cowardice and slothfulness in correcting yourselves is taking a real, tangible toll on the lives of many. Just yesterday, we received this email:
“Hi AnointedJW, I am a [Ministerial Servant] and have been a regular visitor to this site for a few months now. I started to believe I had the spirit bore witness I was a son of God. However, this post has troubled me and has helped me to rethink my hope for the future. The identification of the faithful slave is an important part of scriptural understanding. If the [Governing Body] is not the slave, then who is? If I will live forever as a spirit son of God, then why did Jehovah create the earth 'to be inhabited'? Will I be able to hug my mum in heaven? Will I be able to know what it's like to be a perfect human like Adam and Jesus were? If I'll be a king-priest, who will I rule over?
“No. I cannot believe it. I was fooled. You all lies to me. I'm as good as dead for the sin I've committed. I will repent! I will live forever on a paradise earth, something ALL of you will miss out on. I hate you for what you've done to pretend to be of the anointed. You will all die for your sin if you do not repent. I refuse to converse with you. I never will allow the Devil to influence me again. Goodbye."
We are not concerned at all that he chooses not to visit our site again. But we are extremely concerned that he has turned his back on the Father’s invitation to sonship and heavenly life, based solely on your erroneous teachings. He is so confused. He actually wrote: “The identification of the faithful slave is an important part of scriptural understanding.” Where does this statement come from? Who taught him that foolishness? Jesus taught that identifying and following the Spirit of Truth is the most important part of scriptural understanding.
“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 16:13
This brother further wrote: “If the [Governing Body] is not the slave, then who is?” He does not understand that HE is the one who must be both faithful and discreet. He does not comprehend that Jesus was speaking to “all” of his followers (Matthew 13:37), not just a handful of men sitting in the seat of Moses. (Matthew 23:2) This brother is desperately looking to serve men, not God. He is following the directives of those ‘to whom no salvation belongs.’ (Psalms 146:3) This brother is truly lost.
Why? Because YOU have not had the courage to confess your errors! YOU have not demonstrated enough brotherly love for the poor souls from whom YOU demand unflinching loyalty. YOU have not taken one step in the direction of helping these unfortunate ones whom YOU have misled with your teachings. And YOU choose to keep silent while allowing the congregation Elders to ‘carry your water’ and promote your death-dealing doctrines.
This brother will have what he desires. He will reap what he is sowing. His rejection of the heavenly career will indeed gain him an eternity on earth, but not as a conscious being. As a part of the soil, the food chain, the elements, and the energy of the planet. But the Father will ask back his blood from your hands! Not only his blood, but the blood of millions, past present and future, who are following you into the pit! Do you know how foolish you are to the heavenly host? Do you realize how embarrassing you are to the Christ who gave his life to show us the way into the Kingdom of the Heavens? How shameful!
This is your hour, Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses! Do not squander the Father’s patience. Everything you need to do has been given to you – even scripted for you. And every indication is that the vast majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses would welcome your humility and honesty. What more has to be done to pierce your hearts of stone?
You are thieves who have broken in and are stealing the sheep of the True Shepherd. By raising your voice and chanting your slogans, you are drowning out the sound of the Master’s voice for so many. The Most High will not tolerate this much longer. Can you not see the writing on the wall? You are falling in numbers. You are drying up in attendance. Fewer and fewer brothers want to carry your message. Fewer and fewer people will even touch your literature. Your conventions have become boring political rallies.The governments are chasing you. The legal system is chasing you. And the only reason a full third have not abandoned you is because they fear being disfellowshiped. They have no love for you or your strange teachings. But, sadly many are losing their faith and their love for God because of your poor representation of what a Christian is.
It has truly become as Jesus prophesied to the Jewish Sanhedrin:
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you travel over sea and dry land to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him a subject for Gehenna twice as much so as yourselves.”
– Matthew 23:15
Many brothers, such as the one who wrote us the above email, are worse off than a person who never became associated with the Watchtower organization. This brother is near suicidal, thinking that by obeying Jesus to ‘eat and drink of him’ as he commanded (John 6:53-56), he has committed some grave sin! He actually believes that if he obeys Christ Jesus, and partakes of the Memorial emblems, he will be destroyed! He is repenting for a sin he has not even committed! How can you let this go on any longer?
The most vile thing is that you yourselves are not misled. You know full well that your teachings are in error but you will not lift a finger to save the millions who hang on your every word. (Matthew 23:4) What you are doing is shameful! Reprehensible! And we pity you with the utmost pity. Like the Father, we do not wish you to be destroyed. Our wish is that you stop, repent, and turn around. Otherwise, you will certainly reap not only what you have sown, but you will bear the burden for the millions who have lost their opportunity for personality survival because they willingly turned their back on the Christ and chose to follow YOU instead. It is YOU of whom Jesus spoke:
“Then he said to his disciples: “It is unavoidable that causes for stumbling should come. Nevertheless, woe to the one through whom they come! It would be more advantageous for him if a millstone were hung from his neck and he were thrown into the sea than for him to stumble one of these little ones.”
– Luke 17:1-2
This is most serious! Brother Herd, Brother Lett, Brother Sanderson, you know these matters to be true. Brother Splane, Brother Morris, Brother Losch and Brother Jackson, how much longer will you allow this travesty to continue? We call you out by name so that there is no mistaking who we are addressing.
Because of your pride, you continue to try to make a vision come true of a select group of 144,000 being the only ones qualified to inherit the Kingdom, the only ones qualified to follow the Lamb into the heavens, the only ones qualified to partake of the Christ! You have brothers, like the one who wrote the above email, shaking in their boots and afraid to accept their sonship because you teach them they are not good enough, not special enough, and that they will be destroyed if they obey the Christ.
Is there not one among you who is brave enough to stand for the Christ? The one who you claim appointed you to your lofty position! Hypocrites! You tell others to humble themselves and openly confess their sins, but you stand firmly planted in your arrogance! You have your operatives preach to others to examine their teachings, but you stand quietly by while Elders and Circuit Servants chastise and disfellowship those among Jehovah’s Witnesses who do the same.
We understand the magnitude of your self-exalted error. This is why we have continued to appeal to your spirit, your mind, your sense of reason. That is why we took great pains to show you step by step what you can do to extricate yourselves from your error. That is why we continue to write articles, and dramas, and emails to support our brothers and sisters among Jehovah’s Witnesses who continue to hold out hope that you men actually care about them, the Father and Christ Jesus, and are not simply self-absorbed animalistic false prophets taking advantage of their kindness and resources to build your own storehouses.
But you are not proving these brothers and sisters to be wise. You are instead showing them that their loyalty and hope in you is sorely misplaced. And worst of all, you are destroying their faith. Your time is limited. Use it wisely. Humble yourselves. Correct your teachings. Direct your soldiers to treat the flock with tenderness and honesty. The only thing standing in your way is your own hard heartedness. If you do not change your ways, your bloodguilt will rise to the heavens, even the heavens of heavens, and you will not escape it.
And to our brothers and sisters among Jehovah’s Witnesses, this letter is not from our own origination, but the spirit within calls forth these words of righteous indignation on behalf of the children of God. If we suffer for these words, we suffer for righteousness’ sake, and so we are content with that.
But to you, our dear brothers and sisters, take courage. Be strong. And rely fully on the Spirit of Truth to direct you. You deserve so much more than what this so-called ‘Faithful and Discreet Slave’ is providing. They have only been faithful in keeping our brothers out of the kingdom; and they have only been discreet in covering their errors. You deserve a true Christian fellowship where each one is dignified as a son of God and an heir to the Kingdom of the Heavens.
Do not continue to be fooled. As Jesus illustrated many times, the choice is either life in heaven or everlasting cutting off. (Matthew 25:31-36) The ‘third door’ offered by the Governing Body of everlasting life on earth is merely a side entrance to everlasting death.
“Do not be misled: God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing, this he will also reap; because the one sowing with a view to his flesh will reap corruption from his flesh, but the one sowing with a view to the spirit will reap everlasting life from the spirit.”
– Galatians 6:7-8
Our dear lost brother will unfortunately reap what he is sowing by his own freewill choice to reject the offer of sonship by the Father and Christ Jesus. We pray that few others, if any, follow in his footsteps. And we, of course, pray that he finds his way back into the true Christian congregation, the Body of Christ.
May the love of the Father and the mercy of the Christ be with the entire association of brothers who want to serve God with their whole hearts, minds, and souls. Turn away from error and the certain death that awaits all who choose to follow stubborn and unreasoning men into the pit.
And to the Governing Body, Jesus was clear that unless we eat and drink of him, we will not have everlasting life. (John 6:54) Only by confessing union with Christ will we pass from death to life. (John 5:24; Romans 8:1-2) So we publish the above email to show you the effects of your teachings and what a dying man sounds like! Woe to you! Your bloodguilt remains!