TRANSITIONING TO THE KINGDOM OF THE HEAVENS
A SHAM IN THE HALLS OF SHAME
September 2, 2014
Yesterday, we received a report that the Governing Body is organizing a sham meeting consisting of a ‘special committee’ to ‘speak with’ a certain former District Overseer concerning the one true Christian hope. As of the time of this writing, all of the members of the special committee have not been determined, although we have been told that two members of the Canadian Branch office have been requested to participate. And all indications are that this ‘special committee’ is more interested in silencing this brother than in having an Christian interchange.
We do not know whether this brother has yet been informed of this meeting or its true nature, as we have no way of reaching this brother other than by way of this special article. So want to encourage him and remind him that the Governing Body has no power over him. He is under no obligation to submit to their ambush. From what we have heard, he has given a fine witness to various members of the Bethel family, including the members of the Governing Body. He is free to shake the dust off his feet and let the Governing Body decide for themselves whether they will bury themselves or heed the Master’s call.
As we have written many times, the only power the Governing Body has over Jehovah’s Witnesses is the power Jehovah’s Witnesses give them. And just as quickly as they give the power, they can just as quickly take it away by choosing to “obey God as ruler rather than men.” (Acts 5:29) Any member of the congregation can refuse to submit to a ‘witch hunt’ or an ‘inquisition’ by simply telling the requesting brothers “Thank you, but no thank you.” These ‘witch hunts’ are not judicial meetings in themselves. They are the fishing expeditions designed to obtain information that can be used in a judicial meeting. Our brothers can simply refuse to participate in the fishing expeditions.
But to all those who, after prayerful consideration, choose to submit to such a meeting, we want you to know that you will not be alone. You will have the special attention of the spirit of the Father and certain members of our celestial family who will be present and fully supporting you, as Jesus explained:
“Be on your guard against men, for they will hand you over to local courts and they will scourge you in their synagogues. And you will be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations. However, when they hand you over, do not become anxious about how or what you are to speak, for what you are to speak will be given you in that hour; for the ones speaking are not just you, but it is the spirit of your Father that speaks by you.”
– Matthew 10:17-20
In support of our brothers and sisters undergoing this foolishness, we request the more than 11 million sons of the Kingdom, wherever you are on this beautiful blue planet, pray regularly for their courage and strength, even as we pray for those of the worldwide Jesus brotherhood undergoing real and actual persecution in the Middle East.
To our dear brother, even though we have never met, we want you to know that we are with you in spirit, and we know that hundreds of overseers among Jehovah’s Witnesses, including Elders, Circuit, District and Branch Overseers will also be with you, knowing that their time may soon come. But know that these weak and pitiful attacks on the ‘least of Christ’s brothers’ will backfire.
The proposed sham meeting and inquisition of our dear brother will not work out to the Watchtower Society’s advantage. It will, instead, reveal their true hatred for Christ and his invitation to ‘follow him’ into the Kingdom of the Heavens, and not only for Jehovah’s Witnesses but for all Christians who are pursuing the heavens. It will further put to the test those individual members of the Governing Body who are having a wrestling in their spirit. Each of them knows the character and integrity of this particular former District Overseer. They should be ashamed of what they are attempting to do. And they should also know that “there is nothing hidden that will not be exposed; nothing is carefully concealed that will not come out in the open.” (Mark 4:22) We vow to do our very best to make sure that is true in this case.
Shame on you, Brother Herd, Brother Lett, Brother Sanderson, Brother Splane, Brother Jackson, Brother Morris, and Brother Losch for perpetrating this sham and allowing the Bethel headquarters and the local Kingdom Halls to become Halls of Shame. You, who should be at the forefront of protecting Christ’s brothers, are leading the charge against them! So, on behalf of all of the sons of the Kingdom, shame on you! We wonder if Christ ever knew you! (Matthew 7:21-23)