By The Librarian
Fields Gene - Jesus Learned Obedience from the Things He Suffered.mp3
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By JOHN DAVIS
WHAT SCRIPTURES CAN WE LOOK AT AT THIS POINT IN TIME TO STRENGTHEN OUR FAITH?
Watchtower’s governing body member, Anthony Morris, stated just recently that the “theocratic organization” receives its decisions or “decrees” from God. (JW broadcasting)
He comments, “When that direction comes out to Branch committee members, or when it comes out to the congregations; If you want Jehovah’s blessing on you as an individual or family, certainly as an elder or congregation, it’d be best to ask Jehovah to help you understand it, but OBEY THE DECISION.
JWs are being told that whether they understand Watchtower’s decrees or not, they must be obeyed. Jesus tells us how we are to discern what a true teaching is. Matt 7:15-20; Luke 6:43-45
He continues, “This is a theocracy ruled by God, not a collection of man made decisions. This is governed from heaven.”
This is utterly impossible, since the Governing Body admitted to not being inspired. (Wt. 2017/2 pp. 20-26, par. 12)
Anthony Morris commented, “the decisions that are made by the faithful slave today, are made collectively. Not one man is making these decisions, these decisions are made collectively”.
Do JWs see the conundrum? Firstly, he says they are not a collection of man made decisions. Then says, the decisions are made collectively. Honestly; these are your leaders, JWs, who are speaking out of both sides of the mouth!
“Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God—who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly—and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith without doubting. For the doubter is like the surging sea, driven and tossed by the wind. 7 That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord, being double-minded and unstable in all his ways.“ James 1:5-8
Uninspired men are proclaiming they are the channel used by God who governs the organization from heaven; and yet, it is through Holy Spirit that God would grant the understanding of His will. John 14:15-17 Is there another “channel” aside from Holy Spirit? Yes, there is.
“For if a person comes and preaches another Jesus, whom we did not preach, or you receive a different spirit, which you had not received, or a different gospel, which you had not accepted, you put up with it splendidly!” 2 Cor 11:4
“A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” Luke 6:45
“Inspiration” means inhalation; a drawing in of breath. The antonym is “exhalation” – the breath that leaves via the mouth. Since the GB admit to not receiving Holy Spirit – “inspiration”, their gospel is sourced in another spirit. Only one type of “inspiration” can fill the heart – and overflow it.
God’s true messengers/witnesses receive inspiration from Holy Spirit. It is what teaches faithful anointed ones. 1 John 2:20,27; John 14:26 There is no inter-mediator; no consulting in an interior room, behind closed doors, or voting on a “decree”. John 16:12-14; Matt 10:20; Luke 12:12; Matt 24:23-27
These uninspired men must rely on each other to pass their decrees, which all JWs must obey, even if their decrees are later considered an 'err in direction'.
“If you died with Christ to the elements of this world, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations: “Don’t handle, don’t taste, don’t touch”? All these regulations refer to what is destined to perish by being used up; they are human commands and doctrines. Although these have a reputation for wisdom by promoting self-made religion, false humility, and severe treatment of the body, they are not of any value in curbing self-indulgence.” Col 2:20-23
“Now God has revealed these things to us by the Spirit, since the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. For who knows a person’s thoughts except his spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God.
We also speak these things, not in words taught by human wisdom, but in those taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual things to spiritual people.
But the person without the Spirit (the uninspired governing body) does not receive what comes from the God’s Spirit, because it is foolishness to him; he is not able to understand it since it is evaluated spiritually.
The spiritual person, (one individual) however, can evaluate everything, and yet he himself cannot be evaluated by anyone. 1 Cor 2:10-15
Following and obeying men and their teachings who pass decrees devoid of Holy Spirit, yet hypocritically say they have their source in God, are hiding the true source of the spirit that guides them. John 8:44
By accepting these hypocritical teachings, the hearer is also receiving a “different spirit”. Yet, JWs put up with it – “splendidly”. 2 Cor 11:4
1 Pet 3:10; 3 John 11
By James Thomas Rook Jr.
This is a three part question with THREE related answers:
I saw a movie about a year ago about this Cowboy, driving his jeep through the desert, and he comes upon about six cars and pickup trucks grouped together, out in the middle of nowhere ... with bodies all around and in the vehicles. Apparently a drug deal had "gone bad", and the buyers and sellers had killed each other.. The pickup trucks are full of bales of drugs, and the cars are full of suitcases full of money. The Cowboy puts gasoline on the drugs, burning them up, and goes home with the money.
Did he STEAL the money ... and does he have a moral responsibility to return it to the people who were going to buy the drugs?
Bear in mind, he has broken NO LAW ... and he is not legally REQUIRED to report the criminal activity ..... much like the Society's position that they will not turn JW child sex abusers over to the police unless legally REQUIRED to do so.
Using the principles long established by the WTB&TS .... I would be inclined to keep the money !
Of course I would check for hidden tracking transmitters in the suitcases ... and take other evasive precautions.
.Question 1.) Did the Cowboy STEAL the money ... ?
Question 2.) Does he have a moral responsibility to return it to the people who were going to buy the drugs ... ?
Question 3.) What would YOU do?
EXTRA CREDIT: Was it immoral for the Cowboy to deliberately destroy the drug dealers' property?
By The Librarian
William Malenfant: Morality in the Last Days (2 Tim. 3:13)
What is a Christian Man's MORAL responsibility to protect his own life, or that of his immediate or spiritual family?By James Thomas Rook Jr.
SCENARIO: You are at a packed Kingdom Hall on Memorial night, and ten minutes into the remembrance talk, six masked people with weapons enter the Kingdom Hall and begin shooting everyone they can, without any conversation.
You are shot in the left side of your face and most of those teeth are gone.
Before you know what is going on twelve Brothers and Sisters have been shot, screaming and panic ensues, and there is blood and bodies and brains all over, and the shooting continues.
Would it be fitting for a Brother to use his handgun to return fire on the murderers to try and save his own life, or the lives of his Brothers and Sisters?
Or, in PubSpeak ... "Would it be fitting for a Christian to keep a firearm, such as a handgun or a rifle, for protection against other humans?" ( July 2017 Watchtower )
This raises MANY Theocratic, moral, ethical, legal, and Societial policy questions ... all of which have REAL answers.
What is the RIGHT thing for a responsible Christian to do?
By Bible Speaks
"They lacked nothing."—Neh. 9:21.
THE NEED FOR DISCIPLINE
How did Jehovah mercifully care for his sinful people? (b) What do we learn from God’s dealings with his chosen nation?
The Levites’ prayer refers to two specific sins committed by Israel soon after they had promised to keep God’s Law at Mount Sinai. For these, they rightly deserved to be left alone to die. But the prayer praises Jehovah: “In your abundant mercy [you] did not leave them in the wilderness. . . . For forty years you provided them with food . . . They lacked nothing. Their very garments did not wear out, and their feet themselves did not become swollen.” (Neh. 9:19, 21)
Today, Jehovah also provides us with everything we need to serve him faithfully. May we never be like the thousands of Israelites who died in the wilderness because of their disobedience and lack of faith. In fact, those things “were written for a warning to us upon whom the ends of the systems of things have arrived.”—1 Cor. 10:1-11.
Faithful Worshippers Support Theocratic Arrangements
TREASURES FROM GOD’S WORD | NEHEMIAH 9-11
Faithful Worshippers Support Theocratic Arrangements
God’s people willingly supported true worship in various ways
The nation prepared for and celebrated the Festival of Booths in the correct way Each day the people gathered to listen to the reading of God’s Law, which made them rejoice The people confessed their sins, prayed, and asked Jehovah to bless them The people agreed to continue supporting all theocratic arrangements Continued support of theocratic arrangements included:
Marrying only those who worshipped Jehovah
Making monetary contributions
Observing the Sabbath
Supplying wood for the altar
Giving the firstfruits of the harvest and the firstborn of the flocks to Jehovah http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/202016047?q=neh+9%3A21&p=par
By Bible Speaks
Obedience to God is an Expression of our love for God.
3 "For this is what the love of God means, that we observe his commandments; and yet his commandments are not burdensome."
(1 John 5:3) NWT
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