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    To be more specific the “woman” is a heavenly covenant/promise. Gal 4:21-26 It is the New Covenant. “But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother." The “mother” is symbolized by Sarah, the “free woman” - vs. 31 “And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many.” Mark 14:24 "A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars and she was with child; and she *cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth." Rev 12:1,2 These stars represent anointed ones, beginning with the twelve apostles, and who belong to this “mother”/covenant. Dan 12:3; Isa 49:6; Matt 5:14,15; Phil 2:15; Rev 1:20 The New Covenant promise for a seed/child will be fulfilled when the full number of the “144,000” are sealed. “She” labors through the distress each anointed one experiences during the battle of truth against lies. John 16:20-23 Either Satan “wins” them over with his lies, or they gain victory over him by representing Christ’s truth. Rev 12:17,10-12 The woman is not the congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses where they flee into the woods somewhere and are fed real food. Gog has already been at work deceiving and persecuting the saints when “she”, represented by those who belong to her, flees to the wilderness as the “slain” carcass, and is fed by Christ. Rev 20:7-9; 3:20 They have left the organization, disfellowshipped by the "Man of Lawlessness" elder body that rules over the anointed. John 16:2; Rev 13:15 Those that flee have rejected the “mark of the Beast” and instead, have written on their “foreheads” the seal and name of God. Rev 13:16,17; 14:1; 22:4 Gog and Magog are Revelation’s Beasts who “kill” those refusing to “worship” or give reverence to an organization/Beast as their source of salvation. Simply, very simply, they recognize their salvation is found only through Christ. 2 Cor 11:3 All of this is happening right under the nose of each JW; yet they look a thousand miles away to the Satan’s visible “machinations” for fulfillment, which is just what he wants them to do. “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: 27 They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; 29 but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. “In that day, he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. 32 Remember Lot’s wife.33 Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, in that night there will be two [j]men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. 35 Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. 36 [k]Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.” 37 And they answered and said to Him, “Where, Lord?” So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” Luke 17:26-37 Matt 24:15,16 - “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
  2. Kosonen, you said, “Similarly when today's holy place, the JW complex at Warwick, will be desacrated by political simbols by the authorities, that will be the sign to start fleeing literaly as did the jewish christians to safety. Because that will be the begining of the persecution that will last till the end.” I just want to mention again that your interpretation of Revelation and Matt 24 is no different than Watchtower’s worldly view of looking at politics for fulfillment, but with possibly different players. If we are to be “no part of the world”, our attention would not be on the world at the time of Jesus’ return. We would be looking into ourselves. We would be desiring to gather as a Body once leaving a wicked slave’s rule, up-building and helping them be successful at defeating Satan’s deception. I can’t take in your worldly views when it is very clear that the “holy place” is not Warwick, but is the Temple of God. 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22 I believe I’ve given you many scriptures to verify this, but I have not really seen scriptures to support your ideas. Please, try to comprehend the words: “ Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20,21 Observation! You believe the world will observe Warwick being plastered with political symbols! “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 2 By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, 3 and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, (Man of Lawlessness) which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. 4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 5 They are of the world. Therefore they speak as of the world, and the world hears them. 6 We are of God. He who knows God hears us; he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error. 1 John 4:1-6 Pearl Doxsey – “First the wall – then the entire Temple” 4womaninthewilderness
  3. The Ethiopian eunuch was striving to understand what he was reading in the book of Isaiah. Through Holy Spirit, Phillip is directed to go to him and explain the scriptures. Acts 8:26-31 The man, once comprehending and believing Christ as his savior, was baptized. To me, this explains the role of the anointed ones, which is to teach others about Christ and God’s Kingdom. Mal 2:7 - “For the lips of a priest (1 Pet 2:5,9,10) should keep knowledge, And people should seek the law from his mouth; For he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.” John 7:38,39; Rev 22:17 The scriptures offer guidance to everyone. The symbolism of water baptism opens the way for God to guide all of us through “living waters”. Jesus answered, "If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would ask him, and he would give you living water." John 4:10 As Satan’s world spirals down to nothing, the clear message about Christ has become severely skewed by false prophets, false teachers. The message that the anointed must teach, has been tainted as they listen to those who rule over them. Rev 8:11; 13:11,14-17 I remember reading in a Watchtower not long ago, how it was explained that there was intense focus on Christ in the early days of the organization, but it had to be changed to focus on “Jehovah’s name”. I was appalled at realizing how far from the teachings in the scriptures the WT had fallen. They have reorganized and twisted scriptures to their liking causing Christ’s message to be bridled, and his anointed oppressed. The teachings of Christ are progressively suppressed to make way for the glorification of the teachings of men….yet, it is all done in the name of Jesus Christ! This is how Satan successfully deceives, by giving us bits and pieces of truth to help an individual on the edge of falling into his trap, become prepped to swallow his lies through his agents. 2 Cor 11:4,13-15 The anointed under the “woman” covenant are fully tested by Satan as God allows, and this test is magnified as the end draws close. Luke 22:31; Rev 12:4,13,14,17;Gal 4:26 Jesus’ teachings were preparing his Temple/priests who would be serving all of mankind in the Kingdom. He’s basically saying, I’ve chosen these individuals who must be thoroughly refined and found worthy to teach and serve you in the Kingdom. Pay attention to my sayings, make sure their words are true, since many will fall away from me and “malign the truth”. 2 Pet 2:1-3 Follow my teachings and warnings about them, about the Kingdom, and submit to the guidance from the Father in all of this, so that you receive eternal life. Jesus had flocks of people hanging on to these words, as did the apostles. (1 Cor 1:1,2) So, his teachings and those of the apostles are fitting for all of us, giving guidelines and warnings to comprehend how the anointed are to be ready for the Kingdom; and what they, and all of us will face when Satan comes down hard in the last days. Which is now. It is imperative to heed what scriptures teach us about Satan's deceptions; since the Marriage Feast, which is the unfurling of Revelation’s meanings, holds out an invitation to all – to all who are leaving the “city”, which you have. Dan 12:4; Rev 1:1; Matt 22:1-14; Rev 22:17 Pearl Doxsey’s search box is an avenue to find out more about the “little flock” and “other sheep” and the Marriage Feast.
  4. This is the warring of "kings", not those found in the world of politics, but Christ's kings - his priests. 1 Pet 2:5,9 That is what the Great Tribulation is about. Rev 1:5; 5:9,10 It is the war fought in the valley of decision. Joel 2:28-32; 3:14 This involves our heart's desire to love either a lie or truth. 2 Thess 2:9-12 Through all of this, is the presence of the "Man of Lawless" standing/ruling over the anointed ones - the Temple of God. False prophets will have declared Christ's premature coming in 1914. 2 Thess 2:3,4; Rev 11:1-3 The anointed who leave the Watchtower, leave behind oppression, idolatry and sin; hopefully desiring to be cleansed of it all. Rev 3:14-22 The preaching work before Christ returns is to "Israel" - those kings gathered within the Watchtower. Matt 10:6, 23; Rev 20:7-10 This forum is an avenue for JWs, and an avenue for anointed to spread truth - about the Wicked Slave and the Man of Lawlessness ruling over God's Temple priests. The internet is a valuable tool to reach as many JWs as possible., and the Watchtower is completely aware of just how valuable it is. As JWI said, all anointed should be found "faithful and discreet". Since the GB have labeled themselves as the only ones, I am amazed how Christ's words warning us of those who "lord it over" others is unheeded by JWs. A "Wicked Slave" has so much power over the souls of all JWs, even those who complain about it but continue to endure their lies. For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh; but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God. Rom 2:28,29
  5. Jesus did tell us to dig, because he knew the circumstances at the end of the days. He knew the confusion Satan would lay upon us. Matt 13:44; Prov 2:1-5 Of course everyone can be guided by Holy Spirit. It is through Holy Spirit that each individual who cares to find good "fruit" that anointed ones are to teach, can recognize it as such. Matt 7:15-20 Can you see that you have distinguished the "bad fruit" spoken by the GB? This is through the blessing of Holy Spirit. He doesn't abandon us to just guesswork if our heart cries out to him. If we have the heartfelt desire to serve God in truth, he helps us to do so through the Spirit. We become Christ's sheep. John 10:1-15
  6. Jesus was a humble man, but by far he didn’t keep “peace at all costs”. Matt 10:34 He exposed the lies. Anointed must follow in the footsteps of Jesus, should they remain mute when the “house steward” expects them to obey their lies? Luke 22:24-27 There is no “control” over others within the anointed Body, but each is to support the other equally; and they are fully expected by Christ, to obey him only as their head and support his truth. 1 Cor 12:21-26 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Heb 4:12 In other words, it segregates those who follow Christ's teachings completely, from those who expect the anointed and companions, to follow men and their organization. “Control” over the anointed ones signifies the presence of a Wicked Slave. Matt 24:48-51
  7. JTR, how real to you is "the only game in town"?
  8. They fell into idolatry, over and over, leaving the true worship of God, just as the anointed have done by supporting a worldly organization. This organization has convinced them of its existence by stating it had its roots in the first century and established in Jerusalem by the apostles. Yet, those same apostles accomplished their ministry through the direction of Holy Spirit, not through men. Acts 13:2,4; 8:26,27,29; Gal 1:11,12,16,17 Today’s anointed can barely move a muscle without the GB/Harlots and elders not anointed, telling them what and what not to do. They are certainly “trapped, plundered and pillaged”, as a people. I can imagine how the apostles would have dealt with that. 3 John 9,10 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+13%3A2%2C4%3B+8%3A26%2C27%2C29%3B+Gal+1%3A11%2C12%2C16%2C17%3B+3+John+1%3A9%2C10 &version=NIV The anointed also, are joining in spiritual adultery/harlotry by not listening to the Father and Christ’s direction through Holy Spirit that was placed in their heart upon their anointing. I did the same thing. Gal 4:6; 2 Cor 1:21,22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Gal+4%3A6%3B+2+Cor+1%3A21%2C22&version=NIV They refuse to hear what Holy Spirit can tell them. John 14:16,26 Just as the scripture brings out that you quoted, they do not walk “in God’s way” but choose to remain blind to the direction they are to go, which is to join Christ and his “restored” Temple priests/”living stones”. Their plundering is symbolic, being cut off from Christ and the Body, but very real through the practices of men who have been given false authority to judge them. Rom 14:4 God has allowed this to come upon spiritual “Israel” – Jacob. By listening to men and not to Christ, they have sinned against Him. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+14%3A16%2C26&version=NIV Rev 2:12-16 “To the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword.13 I know where you live—where Satan has his throne. Yet you remain true to my name… 14 Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. 16 Repent therefore! Otherwise, I will soon come to you and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth." Just briefly looking into this teaching of the Nicolaitans, we find it signifies, “victorious over the people”, “domineerers of the people” Here’s more: The two names (Nicolaitans, Balaam) have very similar meanings in their respective languages: “Balaam is derived from two Hebrew words, בָּלַע [bālaʿ] (‘he swallows’) and עָם [ʿām] (‘people’). Interestingly, according to the derivative meanings of the names, the two groups troubling this church [Pergamos] were ‘swallowers of the people’ (i.e., the Balaamites) and ‘conquerors of the people’ (i.e., the Nicolaitans).” If the similar meaning of their names is significant and their mention in adjoining verses in the letter to Pergamos is intended to show a relationship, then it is thought that the licentious tendencies of the Nicolaitans might be understood in light of the doctrine of Balaam. http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/revelation/related-topics/nicolaita The elders, through direction of the GB/wicked slave are “conquers of the people”, which signifies the trademark of the “Man of Lawlessness” standing in the Temple of God. 2 Thess 2:,4 They have “swallowed” the true priesthood and supplanted themselves over God’s Temple stones and conquered their position by boastfully saying, “Rather than challenge their authority, we truly appreciate our hardworking elders!”. This is under the ironic Watchtower subheading, “MUST YOU MEN ALSO TRY TO SECURE THE PRIESTHOOD?” of the WT 02/8/1 entitled, “LOYAL SUBMIT TO GODLY AUTHORITY” The GB and elders are NOT submitting to Godly authority, but doing exactly what the subheading asks. This is a typical twist that Satan is so good at braiding together. They are “swallowed” by such captivity reflected in the prayerful cry of Jonah while in the fish. Jonah 2:1-10; Isa 1:12-20 Only those who reject this rule, as we both have done, can relate to the plight of God’s inheritance. Jesus said he will “fight against them with the sword of my mouth”. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. 2 Thess 2:8 Ps.55:21; Heb.4:12; Rev.2:12; John12:48; Rev.19:15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ps.55%3A21%3B+Heb.4%3A12%3B+Rev.2%3A12%3B+John12%3A48%3B+Rev.19%3A15&version=NIV But, dear Kosonen, turning your eyes to the activities in the world of politics, is causing you to reject the place of “worship” that God has personally set up through His Son. You are a “living stone” of that Temple. Surely you desire to become one with its members? The Temple stones have been brought to ruin in the Wt. This is no different than what has happened in the past with Israel’s literal temples. That is the scenario that relates to history, only spiritual. “Gentile” elders – “Nicolatians” in characteristic form - have trampled God’s Temple stones, while upholding the Watchtower idol, sacrificing words of “praise” in its behalf. Rev 13:4 Please, elders! Consider your precarious position before the Father and Christ! Have you been anointed by God? Or, have you been “anointed” by the GB? Does your appointment usurp the appointment made by God? Kosonen, could it be you who ‘sees many things’, “but you do not keep watch. You open your ears, but you do not listen.”? Look at these scriptures with a “new” spiritual eye on the living Temple of God (Luke 5:37,38) Deut 12 “These are the decrees and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the Lord, the God of your ancestors, has given you to possess—as long as you live in the land. 2 Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains, on the hills and under every spreading tree, where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. 3 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places. 4 You must not worship the Lord your God in their way. 5 But you are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling.” Deut 12:1-5 “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. ” 1 Cor 3:16,17 “The one who is victorious I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will they leave it. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on them my new name.” Rev 3:12 Deut 12 - “To that place you must go; 6 there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. Deut 12:6 “Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” John 4:21,23,24 “you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” 1 Pet 2:5 Deut 12 - “ 7 There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you. 8 You are not to do as we do here today, everyone doing as they see fit,9 since you have not yet reached the resting place and the inheritance the Lord your God is giving you.” The apostles focused on the anointed and the believers with them. Jesus set the foundation of the Temple and Truth, teaching them to worship “in spirit”. Today, the remnant must readjust their personal spiritual damage, and damage to the Temple caused by Satan’s deceit. Instead of concentrating on events that may or may not happen in his world, we are to help each other be “restored”, even though at the resistance of those who held power over us. Nehemiah 1:4-9;2:17-20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Nehemiah+1%3A4-9%3B2%3A17-20+ &version=NIV 1 Pet 4:17-19; Matt 7:13,14; 1 Cor 5:12,13a https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Pet+4%3A17-19%3B+Matt+7%3A13%2C14%3B+1+Cor+5%3A12%2C13a&version=NIV “Destroy completely all the high mountains”. Deut 12:2 The highest mountain that has come against the Temple of God is the “mountainlike organization” which has successfully defeated the anointed through DECEPTION. Deception takes them down and I know you can’t dismiss that. Please, don’t be gullible by thinking what you literally see happening in the world, is the fulfillment of Revelation. Surely you are not dismissing everything that the apostles in Christ taught us beginning with the foundation of the Temple? How is the mountain “destroyed”? God’s word is like “fire”, which I think you’ve brought out before, and put in the mouths of His chosen ones. This fire brings about judgment against such a mountain. Heb 1:7; Matt 3:11; Acts 2:3,4 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Heb+1%3A7%3B+Matt+3%3A11%3B+Acts+2%3A3%2C4&version=NIV I hope you see that our focus must be on each other, the Temple, as brought out in Deuteronomy, and by Christ. The anointed are to walk in Christs footsteps closer in fulfillment than we may realize. We face the leaders of our own people who have placed “heavy burdens” on us and all JWs. Matt 23:4 We turn to the new true Temple of God built on the chief cornerstone, as did the apostles. Satan will busy your mind with his worldly activities just to divert your attention from the perilous situation the “living stones” of God’s Temple already face. If we do not “go to the place of God’s dwelling” will we reach the “resting place” and the inheritance set before us? “Therefore, since the promise of entering his rest still stands, let us be careful that none of you be found to have fallen short of it. 2 For we also have had the good news proclaimed to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because they did not share the faith of those who obeyed. 3 Now we who have believed enter that rest, just as God has said, “So I declared on oath in my anger, ‘They shall never enter my rest.’” And yet his works have been finished since the creation of the world. 6 Therefore since it still remains for some to enter that rest, and since those who formerly had the good news proclaimed to them did not go in because of their disobedience, 7 God again set a certain day, calling it “Today.” This he did when a long time later he spoke through David, as in the passage already quoted: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, God would not have spoken later about another day. 9 There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven,[f] Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Heb 4:1-3,6-14 Where is God’s throne? “But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly. to the church of the firstborn, (the anointed Body of Christ) whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, 24 to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.” Heb 12:22-24 We come to the Temple of God. We proclaim how the Temple has been transgressed by the already present “Man of Lawlessness” – the elder body. Need it be bigger and more obvious from the world of politics? No! It only takes one person to crush another; yet, the army of elders is much more expansive and impressive than the number of anointed ones. Rev 9:3-6; Joel 1:6,7 Through a Wicked Slave assuming the role of “High Priest”, it has thoroughly crushed the position of the anointed, making their identity as a priesthood, nonexistent! It is our ministry during the last days. Rev 11:1-3; Matt 10:23; 24:15,16 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+11%3A1-3%3B+Matt+10%3A23%3B+24%3A15%2C16&version=NIV
  9. On facebook, were two interesting comments regarding this topic. 1. "I was told young, I got baptized at 14, to not call the police because it makes the org look bad and we don't wnt to bring reproach on jehovah...hmmm. Doesn't this sound like what Satan aka "je-hovah" would do...conceal the wickedness and not let justice take place?! 2. "If they say the deed would cause reproach, then they admit that the deed is evil... yet it goes unpunished. How can it bring reproach on God... unless God is the one that committed the crime? What shames God, is that people to claim to bear His name, let evil thrive, and let victims go without mercy, justice, or comfort."
  10. Which made me curious about the U.S. I am sure it probably already has been brought out here at some point. https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse-statistics/?gclid=CjwKCAiA0ajgBRA4EiwA9gFOR6BV2G7R1syZW2qmKOv37Dgo1GzPeKHXcBya6QjQWRA48-QCTfiWvhoCMI8QAvD_BwE
  11. https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2018/12/police-raid-jehovahs-witness-buildings-in-sexual-abuse-inquiries/?fbclid=IwAR3Tmy1_CIqcKAcCfUs8Y8S1ZwLwS3cnJ6ji4xH0f1AsGpK_Ya2qK6DgRSo
  12. You mean "some", like myself. The Pharisees and Sadducees came to test Jesus. So they asked him to show them a miraculous sign from heaven. 2 He responded to them, “In the evening you say that the weather will be fine because the sky is red. 3 And in the morning you say that there will be a storm today because the sky is red and overcast. You can forecast the weather by judging the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. 4 “Evil and unfaithful people look for a miraculous sign. But the only sign they will be given is that of Jonah.” Then he left them standing there and went away. 6 Jesus said to them, “Be careful! Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees!” Matt 16:1-6 When you look at a loaf of bread, do you see on the outside what may be hidden inside that may have contaminated it, making it unfit to eat? What you are offering as the identities of the wild beast and false prophet is no different than what the majority of the world thinks. It is not hidden, but blatant. Satan is deceitful, working as an angel of light. You know and can perceive the works of lies in the WT under the GB's influence and partnership with its "Beast/organization", (Rev 13) yet you turn away, as do the majority of JWs. Not even child abuse is enough to wake them up. What will it take? 2 Thess 2:9-12 The "power, signs, and lying wonders" stem from unrighteous DECEPTION" and a "strong DELUSION". It is God's anointed "kings" and the "nations" with them, that are deceived, just as you still are. Rev 13:7;16:12-14 (Rev 1:5; 5:9,10)
  13. There is a children’s video put out by JW Broadcasting entitled, “Make Jehovah Happy”. After watching it a few times the scene of Jesus tempted by Satan in the wilderness became progressively more disturbing to me. I thought I’d tell you why. Satan begins by saying, “If you are A son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” Matt 4:3 NWT The majority of other translations say, “THE Son of God”. Satan obviously knew Jesus was THE Son of God. Is Satan using the Watchtower as his avenue, makes subtle taunting hints disclosing his hatred for Jesus? There is another facet to the NWT’s phrase, “if you are A son of God”, which could refer to the anointed sons of God, and their time of testing “in the wilderness” by Satan. These “living stones” of God’s Temple can only become living “bread”, one loaf with Christ, by relying on every word that proceeds from the mouth of God. John 6:35,33,51; John 8:51; 1 Cor 10:14-17; John 15:4,5,15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+6%3A35%2C33%2C51%3B+John+8%3A51%3B+1+Cor+10%3A14-17%3B+John+15%3A4%2C5%2C15&version=CSB Pearl Doxsey: “God allows all those called to be His sons, to be tried by the devil (Luke22:31,46; Eph.6:12-13; 1Pet.5:8-9; 2Cor.11:3,13-14,4,20;Rev.2:20,10; Col.2:8; Eph.5:6; Matt.24:4; James1:13-14; Job 1:6,8-12,22; 27:6; 13:18; 31:6; James5:10-11) (Rev.13:10;Luke21:24; Matt.5:13; Rev.11:2). https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke22%3A31%2C46%3B+Eph.6%3A12-13%3B+1Pet.5%3A8-9%3B+2Cor.11%3A3%2C13-14%2C4%2C20%3BRev.2%3A20%2C10%3B+Col.2%3A8%3B+Eph.5%3A6%3B+Matt.24%3A4%3B+James1%3A13-14%3B+Job+1%3A6%2C8-12%2C22%3B+27%3A6%3B+13%3A18%3B+31%3A6%3B+James5%3A10-11)+(Rev.13%3A10%3BLuke21%3A24%3B+Matt.5%3A13%3B+Rev.11%3A2&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR3rEgWRrdgSgz8qRdQdOSdzju-sxIotfh6i_nh4e52LBsrwxUeixSZdHeo It is our opportunity to rise and meet the occasion, and to PROVE whose sons we truly are. If we belong to Christ, we will, like him, endure in faithfulness, by obeying God throughout our trials. In doing so, we are spiritually branded and sealed, as servants of God "(Deut.11:18; Rev.14:4-5; 22:4,3; Heb.8:10; Deut.11:18; 1Pet.2:10,9).” https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deut.11%3A18%3B+Rev.14%3A4-5%3B+22%3A4%2C3%3B+Heb.8%3A10%3B+Deut.11%3A18%3B+1Pet.2%3A10%2C9&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR3ZUlk5YdrEX86KrbIH8ioRgB8Yb4kmteiMEG2DwJ420L5hArK2LQwWfrs In the video, Jesus answers, “it is written, man must not live on bread alone.“ But, the scripture in full reads, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, BUT BY EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS FROM THE MOUTH OF GOD. ” Is this possible in the Watchtower? No. JWs cannot truly say they survive on every word that comes from God’s mouth, since their “bread” are the “words” from uninspired governing body members, and made with the same recipe the Pharisees used – the leaven of deceit. Matt 16:6-12; Mark 13:22 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+16%3A6-12%3B+Mark+13%3A22&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR0PyToU9Au5Cgfthw5cfiZhgPthmRAlnBj8IC8TXT0TfTMpXBzLIVLHakQ A troubling part follows, when Satan has taken Jesus to a pinnacle of the temple. Satan says, “if you are a son of God, throw yourself down”. The video shows Jesus falling backward off the temple wall while Satan’s voice is heard, “for the angels will carry you on their hands, so that you may not strike your foot against a stone.’” Two angels return Jesus to the top of the temple. Behind Jesus’ back and in a sinister voice, Satan says, “PROVE IT TO THEM”. I showed this part to my husband, and he immediately said, “but Jesus didn’t do that”. Why would the makers of this video for children, even remotely entertain the possibility of Jesus falling from the temple heights? Well, who is it that desires to see Jesus conquered at the end of the days? Gen 3:15; Rev 12:7 Who has the ability to fabricate lies and call them “good”? This video could likely be considered by JWs as a blessing from God, but is it? Isa 5:20,21; 2 Pet 2:1-3 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Gen+3%3A15%3B+Rev+12%3A7%3B+Isa+5%3A20%2C21%3B+2+Pet+2%3A1-3&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR1mrN2e3EoSHbLTG9wnQkMl59xfZ0gwG8kiaqWi9vlh8busE3zcgjFHw90 Today, the “Temple of God” is the Body of Christ, his priesthood built with living stones. 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17 Are the anointed sons of God being tempted by Satan to fall away from God’s Temple, the anointed Body of Christ? 2 Cor 6:14-18 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Pet+2%3A5%2C9%3B+1+Cor+3%3A16%2C17%3B+2+Cor+6%3A14-18&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR1QbLFUkqCU7yvJGA-snerRXY3SQjGkBFi_pCUpogbaZzcG_BGMKremdpQ Watchtower 16/1 pp. 22-27 – “In addition, anointed Christians do not view themselves as being part of an elite club. THEY DO NOT SEEK OUT OTHERS WHO CLAIM TO HAVE THE SAME CALLING, HOPING TO BOND WITH THEM endeavoring to form private groups for Bible study.” Please JWs, do not listen to the lies of men and their demonic expressions, (Rev 16:13,14) but let God’s inspired Word teach you about the anointed ones. Paul tells us why it is imperative that the Temple/Body bonds with one another: "But as it is, GOD has arranged each one of the parts in the body JUST AS HE WANTED. 19 And if they were all the same part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” Or again, the head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that are weaker are indispensable. 23 And those parts of the body that we consider less honorable, we clothe these with greater honor, and our unrespectable parts are treated with greater respect, 24 which our respectable parts do not need. Instead, God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the less honorable, 25 so that there would be NO DIVISION IN THE BODY, but that the members would have the same concern for each other. 26 So if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it." 1 Cor 12:18-26 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rev+16%3A13%2C14&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR2t2Szy7kCQINTwvyqQqzNS4ys3eVUkmjoqSv5Qaqd_5sAdJQEM6mke5NM This is only possible if the members of God’s Household recognize who its members are! Eph 2:18-22 The Watchtower has ignored “God’s handiwork”, by successfully tearing it down before your eyes, while it builds its empire in literal stone. Eph 2:10; Isa 3:8,9 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Eph+2%3A18-22%3B+Eph+2%3A10%3B+Isa+3%3A8%2C9&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR39TRzdD7e2Y84sAji6umYFuUSqmGmzyvrFeEeZwpkkiNHDUkzTcpf_a3k “…so that you may not strike your foot against a stone”. Satan is quoting from Ps 91 which emphasizes our true security and protection is “in the shadow of the Almighty”. In Ps 91:12, the word “stone” is from the root meaning “to build”. It seems obvious from the WT quote, that Jesus, the chief cornerstone of God’s House, has become a “stone of stumbling” for the anointed in the WT. Isa 28:16 Jesus is not accepted as the one and only Head of the Body. Instead, obedience must be given to the governing body and their elders BEFORE considering any obedience to Christ. Matt 24:48-51; Luke 22:24-27; Rev 13:14-17 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa+28%3A16%3B+Matt+24%3A48-51%3B+Luke+22%3A24-27%3B+Rev+13%3A14-17&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR2FRnpA_DLdMzCSbzHfmwrepiEAEDvTBu5m9qU844Rqch8BaSzTkcWuiV4 In the video, Satan taunts, “prove it to them”. Are the anointed thoroughly convinced they have God’s protection by complying with the “decree” outlined in the WT quote above, choosing men’s lies over the truth in scripture? Have they attempted to “prove it”; prove that all is well for them spiritually, by boldly proclaiming before God and the angels that “Jehovah’s organization” is their safety net? In reality, these “living stones” have fallen from the Temple and from the truth of God’s laws in Christ. They lie scattered and disconnected from their true Head, Jesus Christ. Heb 2:1; John 14:6; 1 Tim 4:1 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Heb+2%3A1%3B+John+14%3A6%3B+1+Tim+4%3A1&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR152B4nHrFIOvW7BffISULpYpGp7lPPrwFVaziVTRVC7FczFzUjI77banw From Pearl Doxsey’s article, “Lukewarm”, “Hot” or “Cold”: At Rev.3:15,16 Jesus said to his anointed Congregation... "I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth." "Heat" symbolizes zeal for truth (Rom.12:11; Acts 18:25). https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rom.12%3A11%3B+Acts+18%3A25&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR19hQNVNnXF5Fiqk7Tb3gMjv5rlLIzLsR3p7BYotyXW4lYC52A5oSIdlQI That zeal can exist, but be misguided (Rom.10:2; Acts 21:20; Rom.9:31; 10:3). https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rom.10%3A2%3B+Acts+21%3A20%3B+Rom.9%3A31%3B+10%3A3&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR2TX861hMddo9JCIuR_z7869dR_IqZ6aKQPWZ1AEpAUUNg0DaPwZLV-lbU This can happen to the anointed, when they are looking at establishing their OWN righteousness; BY RITUALS, TRADITIONS, ARRANGEMENTS, AND COMMANDS OF MEN; rather than seeking the righteousness OF GOD, through submission and obedience to Him (Matt.6:33; 7:21; Rom.2:29). https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt.6%3A33%3B+7%3A21%3B+Rom.2%3A29&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR0pIXgSU2RFg7rbW2WUGl0etLJ6OqpViHpC4ryVFiQa_PDPh06pWysdhvU This mistake results in stumbling (Rom.9:32,33; Matt.11:6). https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Rom.9%3A32%2C33%3B+Matt.11%3A6&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR2eBs3iEtQiL2oofs90sePUEa8dd-5e2YEtZ0Ar0o94vFrjQxX0kFUHRPM That stone is Christ (Isa.28:16; 8:14; Matt.7:24; 21:42; Rom.9:33; Zech.3:9) https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa.28%3A16%3B+8%3A14%3B+Matt.7%3A24%3B+21%3A42%3B+Rom.9%3A33%3B+Zech.3%3A9&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR1URyl6Ocnk8itInTM3V_7pOpO6JYs_JjB211Fv2om0DqnnMvKByeKLdOA In the video, Jesus replied to Satan’s challenge by saying, “Again, it is written, you must not put Jehovah your God to the test.” Matt 4:7 It is interesting that Jesus quoted a verse from Deut chapter 6. Notice the circumstances that prompted these words of Moses. "Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you, 15 for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a jealous God. Otherwise, the Lord your God will become angry with you and obliterate you from the face of the earth. 16 Do not test the Lord your God as you tested him at Massah. Deut 6:14-16 “Jehovah’s organization” is another “god”, JWs, built as any other organization in the world, using all of its assets; although, this one is taught as “spirit-directed” where you can find refuge and shelter from the same world that it exists in. This is quite a paradox, isn’t it? 1 John 5:19; Rev 13:1,11,15 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=%3F+++1+John+5%3A19%3B+Rev+13%3A1%2C11%2C15&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR37MXM0cPCRpmwZiS6keZ-myBRXOIWtSOitAY-bNHgYI9O--9dRWHvNrg4 Kingdom Ministry, 5/84, pp. 3-6: “Many have escaped from satanic influence and have sought REFUGE IN Jehovah’s theocratic ORGANIZATION.” This is nothing more than a psychological trap, which anointed and all, have fallen for. Jer 5:26; Rev 13:4 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jer+5%3A26%3B+Rev+13%3A4&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR3xRisIkIRTgpUz9Qzmbybo_3GgV-msVeVHlTRlFritDjv2HJVxO_4YH1c Next, the video sweeps past several rock buildings and centers on what appears to be a temple of Asian influence and design. Jesus finds himself quickly inside an expansive room of sculptured pillars and long red curtains hanging from above; the color similar to what I have seen draped behind governing body members during broadcasts of annual meetings. Or I liken it the rich hues and decorated pillars that embellish the inside of the organization's Stanley Theater, a desirable place for conventions. A running red carpet leads to a red throne where Satan reclines. He is seen gulping down the last wine from a golden goblet which is then tossed empty, across the room. “Woe to those who rise early in the morning, That they may follow intoxicating drink; Who continue until night, till wine inflames them! 12 The harp and the strings, The tambourine and flute, And wine are in their feasts; BUT THEY DO NOT REGARD THE WORK OF THE LORD, NOR CONSIDER THE OPERATION OF HIS HANDS. 13 Therefore MY PEOPLE HAVE GONE INTO CAPTIVITY, Because THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE; Their honorable men are FAMISHED, And their multitude dried up with thirst. 14 Therefore Sheol has enlarged itself And opened its mouth beyond measure; Their glory and their multitude and their pomp, And he who is jubilant, shall descend into it. Isa 5:11-14 Satan offers Jesus a large roomful of golden utensils and statues; one being a haughty, stout looking individual with outstretched arms, standing on a pedestal. There is just something familiar about him. Isa 5:15,21 Satan reveals images of buildings in his opened palm which he offers to Jesus. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa+5%3A15%2C21&version=NKJV&fbclid=IwAR15vzs8LSIlA08V99DHZohOAiDR0eLow5lXIecTmmz7UmYyZ9JI1bkYRmY He exclaims, “See all this glory! It is MINE and I give it to whomever I wish. And all these things, I will give to you, if you fall down and do an act of worship to me.” In an article about the Stanley Theater's renovation, a JW said, “We automatically assign a SACREDNESS TO THE BUILDING BECAUSE OF OUR WORSHIP,” said Warren, of Witness Assembly Halls. “Having this space adds to the grandeur of why we are here.” Without a doubt, this statement exudes pure idolatry. “Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord. 6 You, Lord, have abandoned your people, the descendants of Jacob. They are full of superstitions from the EAST; they practice divination like the Philistines and embrace PAGAN CUSTOMS. 7 Their land is full of SILVER AND GOLD; THERE IS NO END TO THEIR TREASURES. Their land is full of horses; there is no end to their chariots. 8 THEIR LAND IS FULL OF IDOLS; THEY BOW DOWN TO THE WORK OF THEIR HANDS, TO WHAT THEIR FINGERS HAVE MADE.” 9 So people will be brought low and everyone humbled— do not forgive them. Isa 2:5-9 Please, stop and think, JWs. What is the organization built on? Money from heaven? Would Jesus eventually influence Satan to give up his gold to finance false worship centered around “temples” at the end of the days? Does he recognize any “temple” other than his Body, a living Temple in the anointed ones? Do you really believe Jesus would coerce JWs to finance this folly when he rejected what Satan offered him while on earth? Matt 19:21; 6:20 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matt+19%3A21%3B+6%3A20+&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR1x0-j8eRajsbdX7VifbIROQceVCp1_PkREW8mFS799_1GeeePCVpbkdNw Are you getting the idea? Behind Watchtower’s pious demeanor is the unquenchable desire for riches and power motivating the organization’s leaders to ask YOU to foster their idolatrous claims. In a news article about the Stanley Theater, a JW stated, “We are largely self-financed,” said Robert Warren, media consultant for the World Headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses, NOTING THAT THE PROJECT WAS FUNDED BY INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS FROM WITNESSES ACROSS THE WORLD. “Whoever wants to build a tower must first count the cost,” he cited biblically, attributing the successful funding to strategic planning. “Rather than start and escalate, we evaluate first.” This is a tell-all statement. The cited scripture is from Luke 14: “Now as Jesus proceeded on his journey, great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and spoke to them, “If anyone comes to me without ‘hating’ his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be a disciple of mine. The man who will not take up his cross (“figuratively, exposure to death, i.e. self-denial”) and follow in my footsteps cannot be my disciple. 28-30 “If any of you wanted to build a tower, wouldn’t he first sit down and work out the cost of it, to see if he can afford to finish it? Otherwise, when he has laid the foundation and found himself unable to complete the building, everyone who sees it will begin to jeer at him, saying, ‘This is the man who started to build a tower but couldn’t finish it!’ In the foregoing scriptures Jesus is not talking about building and repairing physical assets, but he is speaking of the cost and consequences of FOLLOWING HIM! Are the leaders of the WT., who delegate their pagan building endeavors, true disciples of Christ? No. 1 John 2:19; Jude 1:12,13; Matt 7:18,20; Rev 8:10,11 They are attached to their ever-increasing pagan idols, and desire your money, JWs, to keep financing their “towers”. Jer 22:13-17; Isa 5:8,9 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+John+2%3A19%3B+Jude+1%3A12%2C13%3B+Matt+7%3A18%2C20%3B+Rev+8%3A10%2C11%3B+Jer+22%3A13-17%3B+Isa+5%3A8%2C9+&version=NKJV&fbclid=IwAR398AYdmn5J2QBEOBlPDpt5Sz8K_Nw26nqqq_Uu5O6f-_3q3i2oGKWW8k4 Can you discern that the CORNERSTONE of God’s true Temple has not only been rejected by your leaders, but is a source of stumbling for the anointed, and for you, JWs? Jesus and his living stones have been replaced with an idol. 1 Pet 2:6-8 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Pet+2%3A6-8&version=NKJV&fbclid=IwAR36hv2NfavH1z78oseqrGZXQ17bAiP1LhIncLvtYTs6Pdb9Vc0WYerslrg Jesus answered Satan; “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and SERVE HIM ONLY.” Under the spiritual influence of the Mastermind of deception, a false prophet/ spiritual Harlot and her Beast/organization has captivated and seduced the anointed and companions; making jest at the same time of Jesus’ testing in the wilderness, through the children’s video. All financial support and “worship” given to this organization upholds one goal; to keep all within, blind and drunk on the “Harlot’s wine”, and far from the daylight of Christ. 1 Thess 5:4-7; 2 Thess 2:9-12; Rev 12:3,4; 13:1,6,7 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Thess+5%3A4-7%3B+2+Thess+2%3A9-12%3B+Rev+12%3A3%2C4%3B+13%3A1%2C6%2C7&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR3tFyJ5X2MZD3XbYNoSTrkZVRaBxHVcyjO_vxG6TpYrt1IlLo3u6rIGdWQ Please, walk away from it. Stand for Truth found in Christ’s Words. Mark 8:35 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Mark+8%3A35&version=CSB&fbclid=IwAR349ta6vb98HJHTZ8QbausJnfs8KuwO5C9imM8_yYRze-qmCwcYZVO92Bs Hear the word of the Lord, people of Israel, for the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land: There is no truth, no faithful love, and no knowledge of God in the land! 4 But let no one dispute; let no one argue, for my case is against you priests. 5 You will stumble by day; the prophet will also stumble with you by night. And I will destroy your mother (“Israel”). 6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will reject you from serving as my priest. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your sons. 7 The more they multiplied, the more they sinned against me. I will change their honor into disgrace. 8 They feed on the sin of my people; they have an appetite for their iniquity. 9 The same judgment will happen to both people and priests. I will punish them for their ways and repay them for their deeds. 10 They will eat but not be satisfied; they will be promiscuous but not multiply. For they have abandoned their devotion to the Lord. 11 Promiscuity, wine, and new wine take away one’s understanding. 12 My people consult their wooden idols, and their divining rods inform them. For a spirit of promiscuity leads them astray; they act promiscuously in disobedience to their God. Hos 4:1,4-6,7-12 Pearl Doxsey, 4womaninthewilderness "Baptism Series - Lesson Two Section 1/The Wilderness" "Why Did Jesus Get Baptized"? "Forty Days and Forty Nights"
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    In Defense of Shunning

    I should make clear that my last post here concerning the letter, was not written by me. I could never organize my thoughts as well as the writer of the letter. When reading your post, and before reaching the scriptures you quoted, I had them in mind. I agree wholeheartedly with your words, but the concept would never be expressed by the leaders of the organization. Your explanation is so foreign to the way the entire organization is run. The chance that there would be a renewal of thought, is slim to nonexistent. Although, as I believe the GB will be disfellowshipped, there will be an effort made for a "restoration". Did you notice how you felt the need to carefully word your thoughts?: “We can't completely disfellowship our elders from their responsibility, but we can avoid giving the impression that we agree with these practices.” “We should be willing to speak out against the kind of videos we have seen recently which praise a person for avoiding familial contact with their own brothers and sisters and mothers and fathers” The fear factor of going against leadership is too high for most JWs to risk speaking out. You said, “Of course, when it comes to those who no longer call themselves a brother (or sister) in the congregation we can treat them just as we would any other sinner or tax collector; we are in no danger of giving the impression that we support their conduct, because they are not even claiming to be related to us in the faith." What category do those who are like myself fall into? I can’t claim to be part of the Watchtower faith, but only in Christ. Those friends I have left behind would never consider me a “sister”. Should people like myself be treated as “any other sinner or tax collector”? I have not sinned and have a strong relationship with the Father and Christ. Thus, for doing so, I am an “apostate”. Those in the organization are thoroughly convinced this is apostasy against God; which in reality it is apostasy against “teachings unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses” – Bible not included in this phrase. You see it all as it should be seen, but cannot be accomplished in the organization. My perspective, as one outside looking in, and believing strongly that the Wt. is complete deception is written in Jude: “But, dear friends, remember what the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ foretold. They said to you, “In the last times there will be scoffers who will follow their own ungodly desires.” These are the people who divide you, who follow mere natural instincts and do not have the Spirit. But you, dear friends, by building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life. Be merciful to those who doubt; save others by snatching them from the fire; to others show mercy, mixed with fear—hating even the clothing stained by corrupted flesh. Jude 1:17-23
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    In Defense of Shunning

    This is a letter written by an exJW and sent to many in the Watchtower. This person saw through the delusion to join an organization and its process of disfellowshipping. It seems apropos to bring out under this thread. "Gaining bible knowledge through reading and study was something I deeply cherished as a Jehovah’s Witness. But as my comprehension grew over time, so did my troubles with a restless conscience. Specific information I read in the publications, and particular statements repeated by elders and others on a regular basis didn’t appear to be supported scripturally; likewise for certain mandated procedures that were carried out each week, month, etc. But the real source of the cognitive dissonance I struggled with for years was a couple of rules I bumped into not long after my baptism over 17 years ago--the two most important rules for JW’s: 1. obey the Governing Body as if they are God himself 2. Accept and comply with all Watchtower teachings, even when they deviate from the scriptures. The publications, elders, etc. never stated these directives in such straightforward terms, but they were fully understood by the rank and file nonetheless. Why the issue? These rules required me to obediently “follow the leader” regardless of whether it bothered my conscience to do so. This was not what I dedicated my life to God for and in fact, such requirements were completely incongruous with what I was preaching to individuals of other faiths. The same bible verses were recited time and time again to the Lutheran, Catholic and Mormon: obey God as ruler rather than men; be faithful even in what is least; be sure of all things; test every inspired expression; do not put your trust in men. I wanted to help all I met in the ministry to understand that blind complacency was not acceptable according to God’s word. “True” Christians must: 1. carefully and independently scrutinize all church teachings, policies and procedures 2. Defy church authorities and their organizational protocols when it is evident that scriptural directives are not being followed 3. Cancel church membership if necessary. Needless to say, the imposed double standard --do as I say, not as I do--made it increasingly difficult to engage in the door to door ministry. How could I tell anyone to do these things when I wasn’t doing them myself? From the beginning right up to the present, the Organization has been well-known for its countless flip-flops/revisions/discards, etc. in doctrines, policies, and procedures, as well as numerous failed predictions. So I am simply drawing attention to the obvious by pointing out that Watchtower leadership is wrong at times. As mentioned, my biggest issue was that I was required to “follow the leader”, i.e., accept and comply with absolutely everything the Governing Body and elders told me to--despite the frequent changes and inconsistencies, and despite the fact that doing so meant I had to not only ignore my bible-trained conscience, but ignore God as well. There were times when I went out on a limb and discussed my concerns with a few individuals, but the response was always the same: Wait on Jehovah. Put another way, do what the elders and Governing Body tell you to do no matter what; Jehovah will straighten things out in his own due time. (sound familiar?)This stock answer never made sense to me so one day I decided to do a bit of research (Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1) It didn’t take long to see that such thinking was entirely out of sync with God’s word, and the following explains why. According to the Gospels, the leaders of God’s covenant people had once again strayed from his Word by establishing their own standards of righteousness and, as in times past, Jehovah wasn’t happy about it. His feelings on the matter where made known by Jesus’ scathing denunciations, but more than anything else, he condemned them for their self-righteous arrogance and hypocritical double standards. (Matt. 3:9; 23:3,13-32; Romans 2:17-24) As you know, the story ends with the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem--God’s divine execution of justice upon his unfaithful people, his “ channel” which, interestingly, wiped out the lives of not only the Jewish religious leaders, but the rank and file as well, i.e., those who had trusted and obeyed these men rather than God. From this information, one can draw the following conclusion: We will all be individually accountable to the Lord on judgment day, regardless of our religious affiliation (2Cor.5:10). Therefore, no individual, nor group of individuals, nor religious organization is exempt from God’s judgment, regardless of what anyone may claim to the contrary (Matt. 3:9; 7:21-23) There is no salvation, no “ark” of safety, in any religious organizations nor the leaders who guide them consequently. (Psalms 146:3, 4) The tragic death of each and every rank and file Jew that perished in Jerusalem in 70 CE is a sobering reminder of what awaits those who think otherwise, who erroneously believe the following: 1. Membership in a particular religious organization provides divine protection and exemption from some of the scriptural requirements they teach others to live by (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:21) 2. Absolute, rather than relative subjection to their religious leaders equates to obedience to God and Christ. Remember, giving allegiance and loyalty to anyone or anything other than Jah first, constitutes spiritual fornication, idolatry--something He does not tolerate. (Exodus 20:3; Ephesians 5:5; Rev. 14:4a) Think about this the next time you compliantly promote Watchtower dogma that is not supported scripturally (Ephesians 4:25), or follow organizational procedures that violate bible principles, because you have probably done these things over and over again with little or no thought as to the potential consequences. I did. For years, I tried to silence that little inner voice and faithfully do whatever I was told in order to demonstrate obedience to the “Slave” and maintain a good standing in the congregation. It’s truly ironic that for 17 years, I was vigilant in avoiding any sort of political and/or nationalistic demonstration of allegiance or loyalty for fear of committing idolatry; and yet for 17 years, I made sacrifices, not to God, but to an image –a religious organization. But what about the verses that say we must speak in agreement and be submissive to those taking the lead (1 Corinthians 1:10; Hebrews 13:7), or the one that mentions the light getting brighter (Prov.4:18), you may ask. Well think about this: since Jah never lies or contradicts, his principles, rules and prophecies are consistent and unchanging, even if this doesn’t always appear to be the case. Like a beautiful masterpiece in a dimly lit museum, the many intricacies of God’s immutable truths cannot be seen nor fully appreciated without a bright light--a divine luminary that dissipates the shadows of unenlightenment over time. (Psalms 36:9; 43:3) So even though we may not comprehend everything we read in God’s Word, we can still draw the conclusion that Jah does not require anyone to blindly “follow the leader” and/or maintain hypocritical double standards in worship. If the inverse were true, verses such as Acts 5:29, Psalms 146:3, and 1 John 4:1 would not be in the bible. With this in mind, why is it that JW’s hang on the Governing Body’s every word, never questioning any of their claims, yet exhort their neighbors to carefully scrutinize everything their religious leaders say and do? After much thought, I believe I have formulated a reasonable explanation. Consider the following. As a student of the bible, I can say with confidence that neither Proverbs 4:18 nor any verse indicates that Jehovah is directly or indirectly responsible for the Governing Body’s long track record of contradictions, flip-flops in understanding , major policy changes (e.g., organ transplants), failed predictions, etc. To even imply anything to the contrary is clearly misleading, for this suggests that the Organization’s consistent misrepresentation of the scriptures is due to Jehovah’s slowness in shedding light, rather than the real reasons - presumptuousness, lack of holy spirit, arrogance, etc. on the part of the GB. And yet, each time these changes occur, Proverbs 4:18 is cited in the related Watchtower articles and quoted in talks from the podium, leading JW’s to believe that these men are not directly responsible for any errors they make (because it’s God’s doing). This raises the GB to the level of infallibility, which is the very reason why you and many others mechanically “follow the leader”, regardless of how much or how often they deviate, revamp, revise, scrap, screw-up, etc. A similar process takes place in the case of Hebrews 13:7, 1 Corinthians 1:10, and other verses such as Psalms 42:5. When considered within the context of the biblical canon, not a single verse, illustration, or account indicates that JW’s are under divine obligation to comply with the GB’s every dictate –right or wrong (Acts 5:29). Even hinting that the inverse is true is nothing less than a deceptive, megalomaniacal attempt to alter God’s universal hierarchy of authority in the minds of spiritually-inclined individuals (1 Corinthians 11:3) And yet, the GB does just that and more in order to perpetuate the lie that absolute, rather than relative subjection to their headship equates to obedience to God and Christ. These eisegeses and others are consistently and frequently dispensed via the talks, publications, etc. week after week, month after month, and year after year. In fact, during one particular meeting, a highly respected elder declared, “Whatever comes out of the mouth of the Slave, you consider that as coming out of the mouth of Jehovah.” In light of the foregoing, such grandiose claims are utter blasphemy (Jah NEVER lies --Romans 3:4). What’s even worse is the fact that compliance with these mistruths and others is strictly enforced much in the same way the Catholic Church once sanctioned any who challenged its unscriptural dogmas, policies, and practices. Apostate branding, public humiliation, removal from the congregation and shunning by JW family members and friends is the outcome that awaits all who dare to listen to their consciences and loyally uphold God’s word (Acts 5:29). These shameful implements of evil have led to mental and emotional problems, serious physical ailments, and even death among a significant number of disfellowshipped JW’s. Taking all this into account, it’s no wonder Jehovah’s Witnesses practice hypocrisy! If you have no problem being deceived, lied to, manipulated and controlled by fear, you are where you should be—in the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, if, like me, you have experienced a crisis of conscience due to the unscriptural autocratic style of governance the Organization wields, DO NOT IGNORE IT. God has given you a conscience for a reason, so it is vitally important that you use it as HE intended. Here’s how: 1. Read and study your bible exclusively and independently 2. Independently research the history of the Organization and current and past Watchtower doctrines, policies, and procedures, paying particular attention to the frequent flip-flopping, revisions, etc. 3. Independently and carefully verify all information that is dispensed via the publications and public talks, rejecting anything that is not solidly backed by God’s word. Be particularly on guard for statements that tell you to accept and/or comply with whatever you are told, even if it doesn’t make sense, add-up, etc. 4. Practice what you preach! Refuse to hypocritically teach others to apply bible standards that you are not fully complying with yourself (e.g., preaching 1 John 4:1 but not applying it) 5. Refuse to commit idolatry/spiritual fornication by complacently “following the leader” when you know or even sense that doing so requires, or may require, disobedience to God and his word (Remember, he who is faithful in what is least, is faithful in what is most!) 6. Refuse to be intimidated and controlled by family, friends, elders or anyone else that attempts to frighten you into remaining in subjection to the Organization rather than Jehovah 7. Pray to God for strength and courage to do what is right according to his word. If you are unclear by what I mean by “independently”, let me explain. Rather than relying on the Organization’s self-published material to verify the accuracy of the Organization’s assertions, claims etc., seek out sources that are not controlled by, nor affiliated with the Watchtower. This is what Jah wants you to do and it’s what you tell others to do! (Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1) Verify, test, check--just as you would if you were buying a vehicle. Rather than rely on the salesman’s claims, you would consult independent and objective sources of information like Consumer Reports or carfax.com, before making the decision to buy. What is the purpose of this letter? I assure you it is in no way an attempt to subvert your faith in God. To the contrary, it is a plea to fully trust and comply with God’s Word, regardless of the consequences (fear of man is what lays a snare). And it is a warning. If you continue to remain in the Organization and complacently accept whatever you are spoon-fed, you are pleasing men, not Jehovah…. and you are in danger. The tragedy that befell God’s unfaithful anointed in the first century foreshadows future events that will befall God’s modern-day, unfaithful anointed remnant and all those (the rank and file) who put their faith and trust in them. I realize JW’s are taught to believe that Christendom is modern day apostate Jerusalem, but this simply isn’t so. If that’s the case, God’s anointed remnant is in Christendom, not the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is a critical point because it involves you on a very personal level. How? According to the scriptures, wherever the anointed are is precisely where the apostasy and subsequent judgment will occur. So then, if the remnant is located in your religious organization, the foretold apostasy will also occur within your religious organization. Ask yourself: why did Jehovah spare the Samaritans –the “pagan half-Jews”--when he brought destruction upon his covenant people in 70 CE? According to the pattern set in the first century, the purpose of the modern day apostasy is to fully test the anointed. (Mal.3:2,3) Whether they qualify to co-rule mankind in the future will be determined by whom they ultimately choose to serve –Jah or their unfaithful religious leaders. The Revelation prophesies and many others reveal this tuggle war of loyalty (Matt.4:8, 9; John14:30; 18:36; Rev.1:5; 5:10; 6:15; 16:12,14; 17:2,10,12,14,18; 18:3,9; 19:16-19; 20:4,6; 21:24; 22:5). On one side is Satan and the unfaithful anointed who, like the Pharisees, deviate from God’s word (and deceive the rank & file into doing the same), and on the other, Christ and his faithful anointed who loyally uphold Jah’s standards even unto death (Revelation 2:10). Sadly, the vast majority of those on the battle lines will not prevail because they are on the losing side, caught in the same trap that Satan set in the first century: a religious organization that appears to have God’s approval. This information (preceding two paragraphs) is not of my own originality but comes from anointed brothers and sisters--yes, members of the body of Christ--who have been kicked out of the Organization for refusing to comply with unscriptural doctrines, policies, and practices. Many of these faithful ones wrote letters to the Governing Body about these matters, but they were largely ignored. How do you think Jehovah feels about that? Well, how did He feel when Jesus and his disciples were thrown out of the synagogues? In closing, I want to point out that I still worship Jehovah God (and no, I’m not a Trinitarian). And I still care about you; this is the sole reason why you have personally received this information. Should you desire to discuss any of the points presented here in greater detail, or simply need a listening ear and some loving support, please don’t hesitate to contact me. All communication will be completely confidential so you don’t have to worry. All My Love, Xxxx Pearl Doxsey posted this letter on her blog - 4womaninthewilderness
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