WHO'S AWAKE AT THE WATCHTOWER?
WATCHTOWER OCTOBER 15, 2014
COMMENTS FROM VISITORS
Article 3: Cherish Your Privilege of Working with Jehovah [Submit Comment]
Article 4: Keep Your Minds Fixed on the Things Above
December 28, 2014 - Washington, USA
This article is a sad perversion of the wonderful hope set out for Christ’s faithful brothers.
Paragraph 1: "Some within the congregation were creating divisions by promoting adherence to the Mosaic Law. Others were advocating the pagan philosophy of asceticism, which involved extreme self-denial."
The writer of this articles must not see the irony here. The organization does not promote adherence to the Mosaic Law, per se. But it does promote adherence to the PRINCIPLES of that law. The organization DOES promote asceticism. The previous article in the same magazine says this (p. 27 par. 18): "Thus, we should be willing to postpone the pursuit of many of our personal interests, knowing that in his new world, Jehovah will allow us to enjoy "the real life"—everlasting life in happy, peaceful conditions."
Paragraph 2: "If those anointed Christians focust their minds on "the elementary things of the world," they would be turning their backs on Jehovah’s provision for salvation. (Col. 2:20-23)"
Does the article include what that provision for salvation is? This was a prime opportunity to name that provision, Christ. Sadly, they do not do that.
The rest of the article focuses on those with an "earthly hope," something Paul was never preached about.
December 21, 2014 - Los Angeles, California USA
The article starts by quoting Colossians 2:8 that says: “Look out that no one takes you captive by means of the philosophy and empty deception according to human tradition, according to the elementary things of the world and not according to Christ.” This is exactly what the Watchtower does. It promotes human tradition and elementary things of the world instead of the Christ, as this article shows.
Paragraph 2 says “If anointed Christians focused their minds on the elementary things of the world they would be turning their backs on Jehovah’s provision for salvation.” But isn’t that true for the earthly hopers, too? When they focus on living forever on earth and having big houses, playing with animals, eating good food, isn’t that focusing on the elementary things of the world? So in pursuing the earthly hope, aren’t they turning their backs on Jehovah’s provision for salvation?
Paragraph 5 says “those who place primary emphasis on ‘storing up treasures on the earth’ put themselves in grave spiritual danger.” Isn’t that what earthly hopers are doing? Don’t they treasure living forever on earth? So then that means they are in grave spiritual danger by virtue of their hope!
Paragraph 6 says: “To win the battle against ‘the things on the earth’– things that appeal to the flesh–we must keep our minds fixed on things above.” How can you follow this counsel if you are looking forward to living forever on earth and treasuring fleshly things as part of that hope?
Paragraphs 7-9 look at the example of Abraham as one who kept his mind fixed on things above. Paragraph 9 says: “Remember, Abraham kept in mind ‘the city having real foundations.” What was the city he was keeping in mind? Hebrews 11:16 says: “But now they are reaching out for a better place, that is, one belonging to heaven. Therefore, God is not ashamed of them, to be called on as their God, for he has prepared a city for them.” So Abraham was keeping his mind fixed on being in the heavenly city! Jesus said that Abraham would be in heaven at Matthew 8:11: “But I tell you that many from east and west will come and recline at the table with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of the heavens.” So if the earthly hopers are going to follow Abraham’s example, they had better be planning on being in the heavenly city God prepared for them!
Then the last subheading, paragraphs 15-19, says we should keep our minds fixed on three things – our conduct, our attitude and our support. But what about our hope? Shouldn’t we be keeping our minds fixed on our hope? The same hope Abraham had? The same hope Jesus taught us to have?
The scriptures relied on in this article are encouraging us to keep our minds fixed on the heavenly hope. The efforts to make these scriptures promote the earthly hope is dishonest. Shame on them!