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My wife and i sat and watched this Special Talk on Sunday 5th April 2020 In honesty I thought it was a bit weak, but I suppose it was for 'people of the world', or was it to convince the congregants ? However the stupidity of starting the talk with the idea of comparing to other religions and their morality. Come on, even some of you have said CSA is everywhere, in all religions. And divorce, and fornication. The CCJW is not seen as the clean religion standing out above other religions anymore. It is rather naive to think that the public find the CCJW cleaner or with higher moral standards. Or was it aimed at JWs ? Who really was he trying to convince? And the second failure was the 'picture of the GB etc'. The speaker makes the point that Jesus is the leader, which of course is good. But then he shows this picture of the GB and others as if the picture is from God. He was using scripture, great, but then this picture, as if it came from the same source. Anyone that was convinced by it must be very naive or lack intelligence. And the excuse cannot be that God and Christ use the less intellectual, because the Bible tells us to make sure of all things. The speaker did not use any scripture in relation to the picture, but tried to convince people that just because it was in that picture it must be true. How totally uninspired is that ? A picture of Christ above the GB, above others in the CCJW. with no scriptural backing. And then he went on to ask 'How would you show how you accept Christ's leadership ? ' He follows this by quoting Matthew 16 v 24, to disown oneself and follow Christ. But that in no way proves that the CCJW are the way to go. It says to follow Jesus Christ. One last point, he mentions the Great Crowd 'described in Revelation' but once again NO scripture. A very poor talk with very little basis and even less scripture. It really showed a lack of God's Holy Spirit.
Point 1. I really do laugh at this term "Only game in town" As I've said before the JEWISH RELIGIOUS LEADERS would have said that serving God by obeying THEM and the Mosaic Law, was the only game in town. Jesus however proved those Religious leaders to be wrong. Jesus and his disciples carried over the good points of the Mosaic Law and discarded the bits no longer needed. (Such as animal sacrifices, circumcision etc). Russell & Co came out of former religions. I presume they must have carried over some good points from those former religions, then made adjustments or changed doctrines. So why would it not be possible for people that have left the JW Org to form a new religion ? Carrying over the good and disposing of the bad, of which there seems to be plenty.... I'm not saying it will happen but it does dispose of this idea of 'the only game in town' brainwashing. JW's seem to be taught that there cannot be anything else ever. What if Russell had believed that, the Bible Students would have never been formed. Point 2. The 'Truth' / JW Org. As I read more and more on here I am finding out that the Governing Body / Writing Dept' / Legal Dept' et al, have deliberately told many lies. The latest I'm reading (on a new topic on here) but the info stems back a while, seems to contain information whereby the 'Org' / those in charge at the time, implied, that children cannot get baptised, and that blood transfusions were acceptable to the Organisation. It seems that this was written in order to get favours from a certain government. Both of those things are lies but seem to be deliberately used for some form of dishonest gain. Then of course we have lawyers telling lies in court about shunning. And C.S.A court cases have proved that elders and others have deliberately lied. And the American 'section' of the JW Org deliberately withholding information regarding such matters. Link this to misuse of scriptures, such as, Superior Authorities, which deliberately took away people's conscience / freedom of choice, in WW2. And I'm sure people here can come up with lots more examples of lies, deliberate wrongdoing, mistakes, misinterpretations, 'new light' corrections et al. Why am i writing all this ? Well I am proving two points. 1. If it's your 'only game in town' then it's not a good one. 2. That calling it 'The Truth' is totally deceptive. I do not think you would like it if I gave you a meal that was three quarters yummy, but a quarter poison. The poison might well contaminate the good food ! So, saying that the Org / GB are three quarters right does not help.