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"Xero, how do you know you're of the OS?"

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Although this paper is discussing things from a catholic perspective, the analysis of the conscience is, I feel a useful exercise.

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I liked your KH building experience. We've all had that experience when we would have made different decisions if we were in charge, and then we are glad we weren't. But I can't seem to fit your musing on conscience into what I thought was the most common use of the term "conscience" in the Bible. Of course, it might be right anyway, depending on what you mean by consequences. For example: Let's say that you would love the experience of eating roast beef a couple times a week, but depe

Correctly handling the "Word of Truth", is the same as correctly handling a saw, a hammer, a level, or any other tool.  WORDS are the tools with which we think. If we use tools in a wrong way, what we build will be crap. If we use words in a wrong way, what we think will be crap. My considered dogged opinion is that Sen-yor Chavez is on the verge of hysterical panic.

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11 hours ago, Srecko Sostar said:

Maybe because he gave, mind, ability to think and free will and freedom to choose, to people......and because of  Most truly I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything,

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 he will give it to you in my name 

What does this mean for your argument about forcing your will upon God? Don't use scripture to deflect on your ideology. This is something you ex-witnesses are going to have to come to grips with. Don't profane scripture to suit your argument.

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On 3/30/2021 at 11:26 PM, TrueTomHarley said:

I couldn’t stand JTR when I first came across him. But as he yielded ever so slightly, and then substantially, before he crashed and burned over other issues, I came to like him.

In some ways, he was like you, only not hypocritical. He seems to have more or less behaved himself in whatever congregation he attended, but did not hide the fact that he had non-conforming views on many things. He acted ugly here, but less so than you. He certainly did not display abuse for individuals, as you routinely do. It is the overall organization he took issue with—bad, maybe, but not hypocritical.

I still miss him..I liked him...I would have loved working with him in a car group or on the doors...and he was NOT a proven apostate....and I’ll stick up for him because nobody knows his full story and no one here can read his heart ....Just for the record Billy I am an active witness and approved In Good standing and conducting Bible studies still....

At times I Unjoin this group because it doesn’t help me with my fruit ages of the spirit..so I cannot  respond impulsively......but when I’m mentioned I will respond.

How come Billy if you are a witnesses you are not in the closed group...please come there...and I agree..not everyone there would be a witness...but we can  not prove nor prove they are not...and I am very wary..which is a wise thing to be on line.

Sorry Tom this come up under you but I meant to answer Billy...

 

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2 hours ago, Thinking said:

How come Billy if you are a witnesses you are not in the closed group...please come there...and I agree..not everyone there would be a witness...but we can  not prove nor prove they are not...and I am very wary..which is a wise thing to be on line.

Sorry to say, thinking. I have dealt with apostasy since Raymond Franz. I know exactly the "conduct" of people. JTR's humor has a "realism" in him that comes from the heart. This behavior is not unusual. Most of the time, people tend to find the autonomous, the internet really gives to an individual to express they're true nature. For a "witness" that has doubts will be the first to expose their discontent. That in itself, is putting their personal interest ahead of their true mission of putting the kingdom interest first, that Jesus spoke of. The Kingdom message by and large is unity. Just like in the Body of Christ. There needs to be unity in order to function as one. Christ church is built upon that foundation of unity. That is for the rest of us. Those two objectives form one union. Therefore, the Spirit of God is always present. 

That’s why scripture defines, different gifts. Those gifts are intertwined. That is something JOHN and WITNESS have a hard time accepting.

I once said, I do not hate anyone, nor would I. Whatever a person feels in their heart, ultimately, they have to justify themselves to God. 

The fact you refuse to see JTR as an apostate is an inner feeling for acknowledging his mistakes. In other words, you feel sorry for him. That's fine. However, under Bible consideration, there needs to be "repentance". JTR has demonstrated the opposite, since I've known him. That's a long time, that he hasn't shown "real" repentance. Neither has TTH, JWI, Anna, and a host of others.

For that reason, I advocate, this OPEN FORUM portion be "relabeled" with a warning. The Banner and heading itself is "deceptive". There is no spiritual brotherhood here, that can't be placed in the same category, regardless of anyone’s intentions. 

However, this is something that needs to happen, toward the end. Remember Jude 1:8-10 and Revelation 12:10. Even though, the accusation of the Watchtower slowly started with Pastor Russell, it became very apparent after 1914.

Thank you for the invitation to join the closed club. My presence is needed here, not there. We all have a mission in life. My calling was made clear decades ago. As a servant, I obey faithfully.

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15 minutes ago, César Chávez said:

I advocate, this OPEN FORUM portion be "relabeled" with a warning.

It’s a job for WTJWorg lawyers. No one can forbid the gathering of people on forums that deal, among other things, with JW’s beliefs. What is the difference between an Open and a Closed Club? According to GB, everything is ...  both are .... "illegal". :))

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12 hours ago, Srecko Sostar said:

It’s a job for WTJWorg lawyers. No one can forbid the gathering of people on forums that deal, among other things, with JW’s beliefs. What is the difference between an Open and a Closed Club? According to GB, everything is ...  both are .... "illegal". :))

The GB would not bother giving the warning, or forbidding JWs to "go there",  if they didn't have their sharks hunting the waters for them, who then report to the wolves.   Or, maybe in their spare time, in the privacy of their own room, the wolves also visit the forums, and listen to videos.  So, the sharks and the GB are immune to what happens on the forums.  They can thwart any demonic persuasion that they may read, while the rank and file are too ignorant to protect themselves?  

"I know that after my departure fierce wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. 30 Men will rise up even from your own number and distort the truth to lure the disciples into following them. 31 Therefore be on the alert, remembering that night and day for three years I never stopped warning each one of you with tears."

“lure the disciples into following them”. 

These wolves will not tolerate competition.  They are fierce competitors, disguised as sheep who offer "fruit", that has distorted the truth in Jesus Christ.  Matt 7:15-19 

 

 

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12 hours ago, Srecko Sostar said:

It’s a job for WTJWorg lawyers. No one can forbid the gathering of people on forums that deal, among other things, with JW’s beliefs. What is the difference between an Open and a Closed Club? According to GB, everything is ...  both are .... "illegal". :))

Is this what your ignorance understood? Before you make a bold nonsensical statement, learn Gods laws and the laws of secular authority. Do you think, Trump was banned from several platforms if he hadn't received a backlash, and his intent as you so boldly mention, wasn't dangerous? Then he wouldn't have been kicked out. His freedom of speech led to 6 people losing their lives. The same kind of freedom of speech that have lead crazy people to BURN DOWN KINGDOM HALLS and attack members in them. 

So, your kind of freedom of speech is actually hate speech. The last time I looked, the EU has LAWS against HATE speech. New laws enacted in 2018. Guess what, jah4me, you and anyone else can be prosecuted for hate speech. Just because this site blocks general access unless you sign in, doesn't give anyone, immunity. Google, Amazon, GoDaddy has everything backed up in case a court subpoena any dangerous and hateful speech, such as John Butler (jah4me) when he threatened the GB or when he claims the GB condone child sexual abuse, putting in danger the GB with that rhetoric in today's environment.

Now, it's not the same when hypocrites, kicked out Allen Smith because he was defending the truth using JTR style arguments and behavior. His behavior was NOT dangerous, while JTR's rhetoric was. Why, because JTR aligns with apostate thinking. Especially, when the material he used came from "apostate" sites.

It is no different when people go to AD1914,APOSTATE site and see a disclaimer stating they have "permission" from JWinsider to post his apostate comments there. Why, because that's where ALANF and that idiot Doug Mason, arguments reside.

"This site now has permission to reprint various postings and articles from JWFacts, JWStudies, JWInsider, and several others."

So, this open forum is just an "excuse" for "disgruntled" witnesses to go against scripture by,

(Jude 16) 16 These men are murmurers, complainers about their lot in life, following their own desires, and their mouths make grandiose boasts, while they are flattering others for their own benefit.
 

How can people that divide and cause strife in the church of Christ make a proper spiritual argument?

That in essence is why "witness" fails as a self-appointed anointed. That's why her argument of being an anointed is so ridiculous.

This of course is different, when someone is arguing the "correct" interpretation, application of scripture, such as I, against apostate mentality.

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3 hours ago, Witness said:

The GB would not bother giving the warning, or forbidding JWs to "go there",  if they didn't have their sharks hunting the waters for them, who then report to the wolves.   Or, maybe in their spare time, in the privacy of their own room, the wolves also visit the forums, and listen to videos.

I just need you to understand a few things. First, your correct, the Watchtower is not going to bother with ex-witnesses and opposers. Second, they don't need to ask anyone. Any person can initiate an investigation. Third, the Watchtower nor its lawyers need to file a complaint, unless its for copyright violations and or a threat to the safety of its members.

Forth, Your ignorant presumption that free speech shields you. No one is immune!

Fifth, I would research the words, "solicitation" and "provocation", when it comes to hate speech.

I'll give you an example:

"But the most important limit on the reach of the First Amendment in terms of hate speech is that solicitation of, and participation in, criminal activity is not protected. Thus, even though expressed in spoken words, the offer of money for a gangland hit is punishable."

Now, this is just an example. Don't read too much into it, to make a false claim and misrepresentation. Hate groups and terrorist can be and in my opinion, ex-witnesses should be included with such groups.

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19 hours ago, César Chávez said:

Sorry to say, thinking. I have dealt with apostasy since Raymond Franz. I know exactly the "conduct" of people. JTR's humor has a "realism" in him that comes from the heart. This behavior is not unusual. Most of the time, people tend to find the autonomous, the internet really gives to an individual to express they're true nature. For a "witness" that has doubts will be the first to expose their discontent. That in itself, is putting their personal interest ahead of their true mission of putting the kingdom interest first, that Jesus spoke of. The Kingdom message by and large is unity. Just like in the Body of Christ. There needs to be unity in order to function as one. Christ church is built upon that foundation of unity. That is for the rest of us. Those two objectives form one union. Therefore, the Spirit of God is always present. 

That’s why scripture defines, different gifts. Those gifts are intertwined. That is something JOHN and WITNESS have a hard time accepting.

I once said, I do not hate anyone, nor would I. Whatever a person feels in their heart, ultimately, they have to justify themselves to God. 

The fact you refuse to see JTR as an apostate is an inner feeling for acknowledging his mistakes. In other words, you feel sorry for him. That's fine. However, under Bible consideration, there needs to be "repentance". JTR has demonstrated the opposite, since I've known him. That's a long time, that he hasn't shown "real" repentance. Neither has TTH, JWI, Anna, and a host of others.

For that reason, I advocate, this OPEN FORUM portion be "relabeled" with a warning. The Banner and heading itself is "deceptive". There is no spiritual brotherhood here, that can't be placed in the same category, regardless of anyone’s intentions. 

However, this is something that needs to happen, toward the end. Remember Jude 1:8-10 and Revelation 12:10. Even though, the accusation of the Watchtower slowly started with Pastor Russell, it became very apparent after 1914.

Thank you for the invitation to join the closed club. My presence is needed here, not there. We all have a mission in life. My calling was made clear decades ago. As a servant, I obey faithfully.

Example:

babber.jpg

 

 

Unfortunately these sites and others such as e watchman...e JW ..and beroeans pickets...of which at some stages and many years I was a member of ...and of which I usually got disfellowshipped or banned from.

All start out ..promoting Jehovah’s people as Gods true people but in serious error...hence their web sites...and they also go on to promote their own understandings on certain issues..

The serious matter that happens with such places is that they are refusing and lacking trust in Jehovah to be able to correct, allow..and rule his people as he sees fit.

Thus they act in a presumptions manner trying to do what he has not done ( in their minds) and eventually they go on to claim JWs were never a people he used anyway etc etc.

yet many have had doubtful thoughts answered in a proper scriptural manner..thus they become trusting...and primed for future deceiving.

Jehovah is allowing these places to exist...as a winnowing...many have come to understand this...some unfortunately get caught up and deceived by these ones who themselves are deceived...they are not evil...but like Eve ....thoroughly deceived.

I also have read ray Franz...but it strengthened my faith that Jehovah does indeed use a faulty people...I read his second book and binned it half way thru as I could see what he was doing....much like in time such web sites you have named and I have been on do.

They promote their own understandings..(all seem to become anointed...).most feel they are needed to do this I guess..because they truly LACK TRUST that Jehovah does not see the errors and will fix them when he is ready.

The thing is...most of these are lovely people..nicer..kinder ...better in personality ..and deeds ..than myself....but this too is a trap in itself..

He USES faulty sinful men..men who make serious errors...such as Moses Jonah..King David..and yes even and more so theGB...to get his job done but to teach us and them...it is HE...and only HE..who achieves his desired plans...regardless of who he uses.

On line has always been a playground for the demons ...they are very very active on all sites...they are enticing To hurt and stumbling ones....but they will devour them off course...but not all are deceived..not all fall prey to them....

This has serious consequences as all witnesses need to learn...Moses did not make it into the promised land for a number of reason...Firstly he railed at the people for the being rebellious...of which he had no right to do nor was he commanded to say that...He forgot..THEY WERE JEHOVAHS PEOPLE...not his.......and then he hit the rock twice..in anger...expressing a leaning on his own understanding and a feeling and lack of trust in Jehovah that it needed it...( there is more to that hitting the rock twice which is very serious but I won’t enter into here ) Also he promoted himself and Aaron here in a presumptuous manner.

This is what happens on line ...ones who suddenly claim to be anointed ..and feel directed by this anointing  to correct or safely guide JWs to a real place of spiritual  security...thus a lack of faith that their God of Who they claim to worship can not do this .

Jehovah’s Witnesses get more hate and abuse on line than the Natzis ...some of it earned..some of it not..a lot of it directly from demons using certain types of personalities.......and unless you are prepared to understand how Jehovah deals with his people down thru time...and WHY...it will definitely stumble some....

You are right..this is not a Jehovah’s Witness site....and I’m giving you your just due in saying that....and there should be a warning as such for ones who come here...

Having said all of that...many go to such sites because of huge errors and pain they experience in certain congregations..

This must be acknowledged..and recognized ..some things that have been allowed is nothing short of ruthless and cruel.....but this has always been amongst his people..when certain kings ruled ruthlessly over his people...he allowed it...I now  view it as a testing for me ..

I also have seen great love and genuine care...of which tips the scales to the better degree.

Being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses means their really is a world bond like no Other  I can think of....if you travel overseas and bump into a brother or sister and it becomes known to both parties...their is a great exuberance of fellow feeling and love to a stranger...even for that short moment of pleasantry exchanges..there is a bond...and it’s undeniable..

One could physically feel it at our last assembly when all the songs were played at the end of the convention....at that time...all the errors and pain become a thing of the past...and we were just a motley lot of people try to bend our knees to Our Great Creator....and it was a glimpse of what it will be like in the New World ...

Lastly I would like to say...I do not believe that a real anointed one would ever go on line and sow seeds of doubt..and put any brothers and sisters life in danger  so as they may risk a spiritual death....nor would they be discreet in claiming to be one....

I have no issues with a chatty forum amongst brothers and sister and discussing subjects not openly discussed amongst us for whatever reasons....I think some...were once like that..and I enjoyed them ....but .then they seem to slowly morph into a hatred of anything to do with the watchtowers or JWs...or even using Jehovah’s name.

I don’t always agree with you Billy...but I do back you with renaming this site with a warning...because there are obvious apostates on here...but my view of apostasy is different to yours I think...but I know we would agree with the ones I’m thinking off....

 

 

 

 

 

 

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7 hours ago, César Chávez said:

I just need you to understand a few things. First, your correct, the Watchtower is not going to bother with ex-witnesses and opposers. Second, they don't need to ask anyone. Any person can initiate an investigation. Third, the Watchtower nor its lawyers need to file a complaint, unless its for copyright violations and or a threat to the safety of its members.

Forth, Your ignorant presumption that free speech shields you. No one is immune!

Fifth, I would research the words, "solicitation" and "provocation", when it comes to hate speech.

I'll give you an example:

"But the most important limit on the reach of the First Amendment in terms of hate speech is that solicitation of, and participation in, criminal activity is not protected. Thus, even though expressed in spoken words, the offer of money for a gangland hit is punishable."

Now, this is just an example. Don't read too much into it, to make a false claim and misrepresentation. Hate groups and terrorist can be and in my opinion, ex-witnesses should be included with such groups.

You misunderstood me.  I was only replying to Srecko's comment, in particular.. 

22 hours ago, Srecko Sostar said:

. No one can forbid the gathering of people on forums that deal, among other things, with JW’s beliefs. What is the difference between an Open and a Closed Club? According to GB, everything is ...  both are .... "illegal". :))

 

7 hours ago, César Chávez said:

the Watchtower is not going to bother with ex-witnesses and opposers

Contrary to what you think, the WT is very much bothered by exjws and "opposers".  That's why they send out their sharks, to report back to the wolves about what's happening out there, with both exjws AND JWs.  

If they weren't "bothered", they wouldn't be up in arms about "despicable apostates".  They wouldn't attempt to shut down exjw youtube channels.  

You're really into the lawyer stuff and how necessary it is to guard your "watchtower".   Jesus condemned the lawyers in his day, because of their slanderous misuse and disregard for God's word, which is repeating itself in the organization.  Matt 23:13,15,23

The Wt's "kingdom" is in the world, fighting its worldly battles. 

Jesus' kingdom, is not.  John 18:36

 

 

 

 

 

 

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      Dans le livre de Proverbes 16:16, Salomon nous encourage par cette déclaration certaine: “Acquérir la sagesse [la sagesse qui commence par la crainte de Jéhovah], oh! combien cela vaut mieux que l’or! Et acquérir l’intelligence est préférable à l’argent.” Poussés par cette sagesse et cette intelligence, nous considérerons l’accomplissement de la volonté de Dieu comme le premier centre d’intérêt de notre vie. Et quelle activité Dieu a-t-il confiée à ses Témoins en cette période de l’histoire humaine? Faire connaître son Royaume par la prédication et aider les personnes sincères à devenir de vrais disciples de Jésus Christ (Matthieu 24:14; 28:19, 20). Il s’agit d’une activité dont on retire une satisfaction véritable et un grand bonheur. C’est donc à propos que la Bible dit: “Heureux l’homme qui a trouvé la sagesse, et l’homme qui acquiert le discernement.” — Proverbes 3:13.
      Elle nous retient de commettre le mal
      Un deuxième bienfait que nous procure la crainte de Dieu est qu’elle nous retient de commettre le mal. Celui qui respecte profondément Dieu ne détermine pas par lui-même ce qui est bien et mal. Il ne tient pas pour mauvais ce que Dieu déclare bon, ni ne considère comme bon ce que Dieu déclare mauvais (Psaume 37:1, 27; Ésaïe 5:20, 21). De plus, celui que motive la crainte pieuse ne se contente pas de savoir ce que Jéhovah déclare bon ou mauvais. Une telle personne aime ce que Jéhovah aime et elle hait ce que Jéhovah hait. En conséquence, elle agit en harmonie avec les préceptes divins. Ainsi, comme le dit Proverbes 16:6, “par la crainte de Jéhovah, on se détourne du mal”. Cette crainte pieuse devient une motivation puissante qui permet d’atteindre des résultats qu’on n’obtiendrait pas même si une personne commence tout juste à l’éprouver, la crainte pieuse peut lui donner le courage de ne pas faire quelque chose qu’elle regretterait le restant de ses jours. Au Mexique, par exemple, une femme enceinte a demandé à une chrétienne Témoin de Jéhovah ce qu’elle pensait de l’avortement. La chrétienne lui a lu plusieurs versets bibliques, puis lui a tenu ce raisonnement: “Pour le Créateur, la vie est très importante, même la vie de ceux qui ne sont pas encore nés.” (Exode 21:22, 23; Psaume 139:13-16). Des examens laissaient entendre que le bébé serait anormal. Néanmoins, après ce qu’elle avait vu dans la Parole de Dieu, cette femme a décidé de garder son enfant. Son médecin a refusé de la revoir, et son mari l’a menacée de la quitter, mais elle a tenu bon. Elle a finalement donné naissance à une magnifique petite fille, normale et en bonne santé. Par gratitude, elle a recherché les Témoins et s’est mise à étudier la Parole de Dieu avec eux. Moins d’un an après, son mari et elle se faisaient baptiser. Quelques années plus tard, à une assemblée de district, tous deux ont été enchantés de rencontrer la chrétienne qui avait parlé à la femme la première fois. Ils lui ont présenté leur jolie fillette de quatre ans. Incontestablement, le respect de Dieu et le désir puissant de ne pas lui déplaire exercent une grande influence.
      La crainte pieuse peut nous garder d’un grand nombre de mauvaises actions (2 Corinthiens 7:1). Cultivée avec soin, elle est capable d’aider quelqu’un à mettre un terme à des péchés cachés, connus de lui seul et de Jéhovah. Elle peut l’aider à se libérer de la dépendance de l’alcool ou de la drogue. Un ancien drogué d’Afrique du Sud a raconté: “Au fur et à mesure que j’apprenais à connaître Dieu, la crainte de le décevoir ou de lui déplaire grandissait en moi. Je savais qu’il m’observait, et je désirais ardemment son approbation. Cela m’a incité à me débarrasser de la drogue qui était en ma possession en la jetant dans les toilettes.” La crainte pieuse a aidé des milliers de personnes de la même manière. — Proverbes 5:21; 15:3.
      La crainte salutaire de Dieu nous préserve également de la crainte de l’homme. La plupart des humains connaissent, à des degrés divers, la crainte de l’homme. Les apôtres de Jésus Christ l’ont abandonné et se sont enfuis lorsque les soldats se sont emparés de lui dans le jardin de Gethsémané. Plus tard, dans la cour du grand prêtre, désarçonné et en proie à la crainte, Pierre a nié faire partie des disciples de Jésus et même le connaître (Marc 14:48-50, 66-72; Jean 18:15-27). Mais grâce à l’aide qu’ils ont reçue, les apôtres ont retrouvé leur équilibre spirituel. Par contre, aux jours du roi Jéhoïakim, Urie, fils de Schémaïah, fut terrassé par la crainte au point d’abandonner son service de prophète de Jéhovah et de fuir le pays, ce qui ne l’empêcha pas d’être capturé et tué. — Jérémie 26:20-23.
      Comment vaincre la crainte de l’homme? 
      Après nous avoir prévenus que “trembler devant les hommes, voilà ce qui tend un piège”, Proverbes 29:25 ajoute: “Mais celui qui se confie en Jéhovah sera protégé.” La réponse tient donc dans la confiance en Jéhovah. Cette confiance s’appuie sur la connaissance et l’expérience. L’étude de sa Parole nous démontre que les voies de Jéhovah sont droites. Nous découvrons des événements attestant qu’il est digne de confiance, que ses promesses sont sûres (y compris celle de la résurrection), qu’il est amour et qu’il est tout-puissant. Lorsqu’ensuite nous agissons conformément à cette connaissance, accomplissant ce que Jéhovah demande et rejetant fermement ce qu’il condamne, nous commençons à constater dans notre propre cas qu’il prend soin de ses serviteurs avec amour et que l’on peut compter sur lui. Nous acquérons personnellement la certitude que sa puissance est à l’œuvre pour que s’accomplisse sa volonté. Notre confiance en lui s’accroît, de même que notre amour pour lui et notre désir sincère de ne pas lui déplaire. Cette confiance est bâtie sur un fondement solide. Elle est un rempart contre la crainte de l’homme.
      Notre confiance en Jéhovah, alliée à la crainte pieuse, nous rendra fermes en faveur du bien dans le cas où un employeur menacerait de nous renvoyer si nous refusions de participer à des pratiques commerciales malhonnêtes (voir Michée 6:11, 12). Grâce à cette crainte pieuse, des milliers de chrétiens persévèrent dans le vrai culte malgré l’opposition de membres de leur famille. Elle donne aussi aux jeunes le courage de se faire connaître comme Témoins de Jéhovah à l’école, et elle les affermit face aux moqueries de leurs camarades de classe qui méprisent les principes bibliques. Ainsi, une adolescente Témoin de Jéhovah a dit: “Ce qu’ils pensent m’est bien égal. L’important, c’est ce que pense Jéhovah.”
      La même conviction donne aux vrais chrétiens la force de rester attachés aux voies de Jéhovah lorsque leur vie est en jeu. Ils savent qu’ils risquent d’être persécutés par le monde. Ils sont conscients que les apôtres ont été fouettés et que même Jésus Christ a été frappé et tué par des hommes méchants (Marc 14:65; 15:15-39; Actes 5:40; voir aussi Daniel 3:16-18). Mais les serviteurs de Jéhovah sont assurés qu’il peut leur donner la force d’endurer, qu’avec son aide ils peuvent remporter la victoire, que Jéhovah récompensera sans faute ses fidèles, si besoin en les ressuscitant dans son monde nouveau. Leur amour pour Dieu ajouté à la crainte pieuse les pousse puissamment à éviter toute action qui pourrait lui déplaire.
      C’est parce qu’ils étaient animés d’une telle motivation que les Témoins de Jéhovah ont supporté les horreurs des camps de concentration nazis dans les années 30 et 40. Ils ont pris à cœur le conseil de Jésus consigné en Luc 12:4, 5: “D’autre part, je vous le dis à vous, mes amis: Ne craignez pas ceux qui tuent le corps, et qui après cela ne peuvent rien faire de plus. Mais je vais vous indiquer qui vous devez craindre: craignez celui qui, après avoir tué, a le pouvoir de jeter dans la Géhenne. Oui, je vous le dis, Celui-là, craignez-le.” Par exemple, Gustav Auschner, un Témoin qui avait été interné dans le camp de concentration de Sachsenhausen, a écrit plus tard: ‘Les SS ont exécuté August Dickmann et ont menacé de nous passer tous par les armes si nous refusions de signer un document par lequel nous abjurions notre foi. Pas un seul n’a signé. Notre crainte de déplaire à Jéhovah était plus forte que la crainte de leurs balles.’ La crainte de l’homme mène aux compromis, mais la crainte de Dieu nous affermit pour faire le bien.
      La préservation de la vie
      Noé a connu les derniers jours du monde antédiluvien. Jéhovah avait décidé de détruire le monde d’alors en raison de la méchanceté des humains. Toutefois, en attendant, Noé a vécu dans un monde où régnaient la violence, l’immoralité sexuelle choquante et le mépris de la volonté divine. Noé a prêché la justice, et pourtant “ils ne s’aperçurent de rien jusqu’à ce que le déluge vînt et les emportât tous”. (Matthieu 24:39.) Noé n’a cependant pas renoncé à l’activité que Dieu lui avait confiée. Il fit “selon tout ce que Dieu lui avait ordonné. Ainsi fit-il”. (Genèse 6:22.) Qu’est-ce qui a permis à Noé, année après année et jusqu’au déluge, de toujours agir comme il convenait? Hébreux 11:7 répond: “Par la foi, Noé, divinement averti de choses qu’on ne voyait pas encore, fit montre d’une crainte pieuse.” Pour cette raison, sa femme, ses fils, leurs femmes et lui ont été sauvés du déluge.
       Notre époque ressemble de bien des manières à celle de Noé (Luc 17:26, 27). De nouveau un avertissement est lancé. Révélation 14:6, 7 parle d’un ange qui vole au milieu du ciel et invite les gens de toute nation et tribu et langue à ‘craindre Dieu et à lui donner gloire’. Quel que puisse être le comportement du monde autour de vous, obéissez à ces paroles, puis transmettez l’invitation à autrui. À l’instar de Noé, agissons avec foi et manifestons une crainte pieuse. Par cela, des vies peuvent être sauvées: la vôtre et celle de nombre de vos semblables. Lorsque nous considérons les bienfaits dont profitent ceux qui craignent le vrai Dieu, nous ne pouvons que souscrire aux paroles du psalmiste divinement inspiré qui chanta: 
      “Heureux est l’homme qui craint Jéhovah, dans les commandements de qui il prend grand plaisir!” — Psaume 112:1.

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