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Jehovah's Witnesses against Child Abuse. Official Announcement.

Releasing a magazine that scapegoats homosexuals as pedophiles is hardly being 'proactive' against child abuse. 

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You are out right lier's! To little too late. If you really cared about protecting children you would have listened to those like Barbara Anderson, who you had dis-fellowshipped for speaking out against the governing body and exposing how you

covered up years of child sex abuse within the congregation. Oh ye knew of the "magnitude" alright. Nothing "complex" about a child being sexually abused. You chose to protect yourselves instead and risk humiliation. Jehovah is watching.

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    • By JOHN BUTLER
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      Now i come back to the duty of care.  For, in my opinion, it is the duty of anyone that has any information concerning child abuse to report it to the police. 
      This could be just a one off incident, but it could be the start of a young man becoming a pedophile. I honestly don't know where my duty is here. 
      The young girl that was the victim of this assault may need help getting over the situation. The information was also that the father of the victim does not want 'any trouble'. Hence he did not want the police involved. That helped the Elders to keep it secret, well almost. 
      Now this young man may commit sexual assault again, within the JW congregation or outside of it.  And that young lady will be in fear of him and yet still have to attend that Kingdom hall where she will see him every week. 
      So should i report what i have been told to the police or not ? Of course I would have to tell the police it is only third hand information.
      BUT, if the police could get hold of the 'records' / paperwork from the Kingdom hall regarding the incident, then it would be proved as true. 
      I do not expect that the Elders would willingly hand over paperwork, so I've no idea how it would work out in the end. But it's my actions that I'm concerned about here , my responsabilites. What should i do ?  
       
       
    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. From the Newspaper the “San Diego Reader” - October 12, 2017
      Jehovah's Witnesses look in other direction
      Lawyers for religious group argue against daily fines in sex-abuse case
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      Attorneys for the Jehovah's Witness church appeared before a state appellate court yesterday (October 11) in hopes of overturning the $4000 daily sanctions that a trial court ordered them to pay for refusing to turn over documents in one of two sex-abuse cases.
       
      Osbaldo Padron, a former parishioner of the Linda Vista Jehovah's Witness congregation, filed his lawsuit against the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, JehovahÂ’s WitnessesÂ’ governing body, in 2013. Padron was one of seven people who sued the kingdom over sexual abuse they suffered by a former church elder, Gonzalo Campos.
      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , Campos admitted to molesting seven children from 1982 to 1999. Despite his admission, church elders agreed to let Campos rejoin the congregation after a four-year expulsion.
       
      In a 1999 letter, Linda Vista church elder Eduardo Chavez argued for reinstating Campos. He wrote, “In our meeting with him he said he was very repentant for what he did. He stated that he wanted to return to Jehovah. He is willing to face the victims and ask their forgiveness. He now wants to obey Jehovah. Before, when he would speak to people on the platform he would not meditate on what he was doing. Although he needed to confess, he felt shameful and had fear of mankind. He would deceive himself thinking that he could continue serving as an elder. Now he realized that he could not change without help. Ever since his expulsion he has not abused anyone."
       
      In 2010, five victims sued the Watchtower for allowing Campos to serve as an elder despite having knowledge that he molested several children in the congregation. Watchtower settled that case in 2012. The terms of the settlement as well as the evidence against the Watchtower were sealed.
       
      Two more victims, Padron and José Lopez, followed suit.
       
      In 2013, San Diego Superior Court judge Joan Lewis ordered Watchtower to pay $13.5 million for repeatedly refusing to turn over documents that showed the church was aware of sexual abuse and did nothing to stop it.
       
      Attorneys for the Watchtower filed an appeal. They argued that Judge Lewis had acted too soon in issuing the $13.5 million in sanctions and instead the trial court should have imposed less severe sanctions. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. .
       
      In their ruling, the justices wrote, "We conclude the court erred in ordering terminating sanctions because there was no evidence that lesser sanctions would have failed to obtain Watchtower's compliance with the document production order and because there were other possible sanctions that could have effectively remedied the discovery violation. On remand, the court has broad discretion to start with a different sanction that does not wholly eliminate Watchtower's right to a trial."
       
      Then, last year in the Padron case, a different superior court judge, Richard Strauss, followed the appellate court's advice and instead of issuing terminating sanctions Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. for refusing to turn over the documents that Padron's attorneys had requested.
      Again, Watchtower's attorneys filed an appeal.
       
      On October 11, those attorneys appeared before the Fourth District Appellate Court to argue that the trial court was wrong to issue daily sanctions — exactly what they had argued for in the appellate court Lopez case just months prior.
       
      Justice Richard Huffman did not hide his displeasure that Watchtower's attorneys were arguing against what they had previously supported to the same court.
      "You can't have it both ways," Huffman said during argument. "[The Lopez] ruling has come around to bite you and now you're saying, 'not fair, not fair.' You were headed in one direction before and now youÂ’re headed another way. It's a breathtaking position to listen to."
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      With Case Study 54 only a few days away, THIS FRIDAY (AUSTRALIAN TIME) MARCH 10, 2017 (You do the math for local time...) a lot of discussion has been circulating as to exactly what we can expect when Watchtower appears once again before the Australian Royal Commission.
      I’ve decided to chip in a few observations here to help set expectations and to contribute to the discussions as best I’m able. So without further ado, let’s quickly run through what we know:
       
      What exactly will be discussed?   According to the Commission website, the scope of the study is as follows
      1.      The current policies and procedures of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
      2.      Factors that may have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse at Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd institutions.
      3.      Factors that may have affected the institutional response of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to child sexual abuse.
      4.      The responses of Jehovah’s Witnesses and Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Australia Ltd to relevant case study report(s) and other Royal Commission reports.
      5.      Any related matters.
      The purpose of this public hearing is not to inquire into individual sets of facts or particular events as has occurred in previous Royal Commission case studies.
      Why does the Case Study 54 hearing appear to be only one day long?   This may appear at first glance to be a surprise. How can a single day of testimony possibly be enough to cover the vast and complex issue of Watchtower’s child abuse scandal?
       
      Well, remember that Case Study 54 isn’t a fact finding mission. That was Case Study 29. The Commission spent days digging and interviewing, and Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. . As far as the Commission is concerned, the facts are in. There is no further debate. Case Study 54 is tasked purely with a quick review of those facts and then with publicly asking Watchtower what is has done to address the damning failures identified in Case Study 29.
      Remember what Justice McClellan said to Watchtower’s legal team? That they were going to come back to Watchtower and publicly ask them what had been done to address the issues?
      That’s what this is.
       
      So what has Watchtower done in the 21 months since Case Study 29?   As far as I am aware, the only potential effort from  Watchtower to address any of the concerns raised in the Royal Commission has been to no longer require an abuse survivor to confront their attacker. However, it was not clear from testimony if this practice had actually been halted before the Commission sat. Watchtower seemed to insist in testimony that it was, but their documentation did not reflect this.
      Thus one cannot say with certainty that even this potential change has come as a result of the Commission report.
       
      So Watchtower is going to stand before the Commission, after 21 months, and basically say they’ve done nothing at all?   I have no idea.
       
      I mean, that would be the honest thing to do, but remember how slippery and devious Watchtower was in Case Study 29, with senior Watchtower officials like Rodney Spinks, Terrence O’Brain and Governing Body Member Geoffrey Jackson attempted to mislead and outright lie to the Commission on multiple occasions. As far as I can see, Watchtower has three options
       
      Admit they’ve done nothing and that they don’t intend to for religious reasons, and turn the whole thing into an issue of religious freedom.   Try to stall and muddy the waters by saying they’ve not had enough time, that they have no authority to make the changes required without Brooklyn agreement, knowing full well that Brooklyn is beyond the reach of the Commission. The idea here would be to stall until the day is over, then slink away and wait, knowing no further testimony is required.   Dive full into another round of misleading doublespeak and outright lies to try and pull the wool over the Commission’s eyes. Which one will they pick? Again I have no idea. Judging from Watchtower’s jaw-dropping legal incompetence in Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. and in the recent Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , it’s very hard to predict their strategy. It seems to have no rhyme or reason, but keep in mind three things.
       
      The men in charge of Watchtower are firstly very deluded. They genuinely think they are defending God’s organization against Satanic and apostate attack, and feel that compromise will be a victory for Satan.   The men in charge of Watchtower are very out of touch with real life, spending all their days in a world where you don’t question Watchtower or those who run it, and now they’ve risen to the top. Their word is law. Odds are that no-one has told Anthony Morris III that his ideas are stupid for a very long time. They have no idea how to handle the kind of environment the Royal Commission brings to the table. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. , where Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. was proof of that.   The men in charge of Watchtower are caught between being honest with a Commission that has all of their dirty little secrets on the one hand, and playing to the growing audience of JW’s who they know WILL find out about March 10th one way or the other. They have to both be as compliant as possible to the Commission whilst also appearing to be steadfast and unmovable to the Witnesses who will end up seeing the testimony on YouTube.   So delusion, seclusion, and public relations are all going to crash into once horrible mess as they did in Case Study 29 and as a result I have no idea what Watchtower will do on Friday.
       
      We  hope to preserve the live steam video for future reference as the Commission does not archive or make this video available once the live stream is over. However, technical gremlins are always a factor so if you have the ability to record the live stream, it would be a great idea to do so as well. The more people do this, the less chance of this footage being lost forever.
       
      Lastly we will of course be following up with articles on the day, giving you a more detailed analysis of what has transpired.
      Get your popcorn (and your coffee if you’re staying up late) and lets all observe the car crash together!
      And one last thing: if it is safe for you to do so, please tell as many Jehovah’s Witnesses as you can about the events on March 10th. Their children are at risk and they don’t even know it. They may choose not to look up the Case Study, but simply being aware that it exists is the first step in raising awareness that the Governing Body is not being honest with them about the international scandal of child abuse inside the Watchtower organization.
      (edited for political correctness and other stuff ...) JTR
       
       

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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      I just read that the Spanish organization "Abusos TJ" has sent a letter to the Ministry of the Interior on Wednesday to urge him to investigate the alleged cases of sexual abuse that have been concealed for years from the different congregations in Spain of the Jehovah's Witnesses. And the news shows this photo of the instructions given to the elders

      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. If these instructions are true, my question is what Bible base have these instructions? And why not inform the elders of the new congregation about a person who could be a danger to the community? 
    • By Jack Ryan
      The Jehovah's Witness Church in Australia failed to protect children in its care from sexual predators, a report has found.
      The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse delivered its report into the organisation on Monday.
      It stated that: "Children are not adequately protected from the risk of child sexual abuse in the Jehovah's Witness organisation and [the commission] does not believe the organisation responds adequately to allegations of child sexual abuse."
      Survivors of sexual abuse within the church and senior church members appeared before a public hearing last year.
      The inquiry heard the church received allegations ofHello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. over a 60-year period but did not report a single claim to police.
      In its report on the inquiry, the royal commission found that the organisation's general practice of "not reporting serious instances of child sexual abuse to police or authorities, demonstrated a serious failure on its part to provide for the safety and protection of children."
      The royal commission determined that the church's response to allegations of child sexual abuse were outdated, including a rule that there must be two witnesses to an incident, which "showed a serious lack of understanding of the nature of child sexual abuse".
      "It noted the rule, which the Jehovah's Witness organisation relies on, and applies inflexibly even in the context of child sexual abuse, was devised more than 2000 years ago," the report found.

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      The Jehovah's Witnesses approach to handling claims internally was not appropriate for children or survivors of sexual abuse, the report found.
      "Survivors are offered little or no choice in how their complaint is addressed, sanctions are weak with little regard to the risk of the perpetrator re-offending."
      The head of the Jehovah's Witness community's service desk, Rodney Spinks, is considering the report and is expected respond on Monday afternoon.
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    • Guest Nicole
      By Guest Nicole
      Legislators ‘need to stopÂ’ working for institutions
      Dave Kohler, of Allentown, was abused by an ordained minister in the Jehovah’s Witnesses in November 1965. He was 9 years old. 
      When Kohler was 17, his abuser told him to never talk about the abuse again. 
      “So I obeyed and kept my mouth shut,” Kohler said. 
      He’s been coming to Harrisburg for about five years to show his support for statute of limitations reform. “Individuals vote them in, and then they work for institutions,” Kohler said of the state legislators. “That needs to stop.”
      If reform is passed that would allow Kohler the opportunity to sue his abuser, Kohler said he knows what he would do with any money he could collect.
      “I will hopefully be able to afford therapy,” he said.

      Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. Dave Kohler, who said he was abused by an ordained minister in the Jehovah's Witnesses in Kutztown and Emmaus, talks about his experience, during the demonstration for statute of limitations reform to the state's childhood sexual abuse laws at the state capitol in Harrisburg on Monday. (Photo: Paul Kuehnel, York Daily Record)

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    • By The Librarian
      This cover up goes all the way up to the Vatican!
      The Vatican is not even responding 
    • By Witness
      Watchtower 14/11/15 
      The flocking of many humans to worship Jehovah with his people in this time of the end was foretold by two ancient prophets. Isaiah prophesied: “Many peoples will go and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of Jehovah, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will instruct us about his ways, and we will walk in his paths.’ For law will go out of Zion, and the word of Jehovah out of Jerusalem.” (Isa. 2:2, 3)
      If, therefore, we wish to benefit from Jehovah’s protection during the great tribulation, we must recognize that Jehovah has a people on earth, organized into congregations. We must continue to take our stand with them and remain closely associated with our local congregation. With all our hearts, may we join the psalmist in proclaiming: “Salvation belongs to Jehovah. Your blessing is upon your people.” —Ps. 3:8.
      Protection?  Blessings?  Have you considered how a victim of abuse feels about this?
      Tell me, JWs, when the court systems of the world must alert and teach JWs to show compassion and righteous judgment to victims of child abuse, where is the “law that goes out from Zion” – GOD’S LAW?
      Does this organization protect and nurture, through the teaching of God’s law which is far superior than any court law of the land?  The “law” is found in the hearts of the anointed priests and kings that YOU refuse to recognize due to your submission to a Harlot/false prophet/ Wicked Slave; and her muscle, the elder body carrying out their own version of God’s laws. Isa 43:10; I Pet 2:5,9,10; Heb 8:10; Rev 13:1,6,7,11,14-17; Matt 24:48-51
      WAKE UP!  It can’t be excused away that this organization  IS Zion, yet offers no protection or blessing from the true God, YHWH. It is all, a delusion.  2 Thess 2:9-12
      Mount Zion, in all its glory, is NOT FOUND IN SATAN’S WORLD, called the “mountainlike organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses” but in the hearts of righteous faithful anointed ones,  who LEAVE THIS LIE BEHIND.   Many others, have found it to be “neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, the now “apostate city” of Harlots and their hardened hearts. 2 Chron 7:14  “God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”  John 4:21-24
      “What are you, mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”  Zech 4:7
      “The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, 9 a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.”  Rev 8:8,9
      It is blasphemy to believe that the cornerstone of God’s Zion/Temple (1 Pet 2:6) and his fulfillment of the “law” based on love, would approve of such twisting of God’s decrees, by men who trust only in themselves. Isa 2:22
      YHWH’s Genuine Mountain – Pearl Doxsey 4womaninthewilderness
       https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/362404/silent-lambs-child-sexual-abuse-and-the-jehovah-s-witnesses
       
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    • By Jack Ryan
      A message to young people in this weeks Watchtower Study paragraph 12:
      How to use the website jw.org to guide you answering a peer asking “Why do you believe in god?”
       
      The answer to that question can and should not be guided. If the question was about the flood or the end of the world then yes, use a textbook answer that can be “researched” on the website.
      But a personal question like that shouldn’t need to be guided from any outside source. If you have a real faith or belief in a higher power then you wouldn’t need an outside source to help you explain that.
       
    • By Witness
      This is in response to Jack Ryan's thread entitled, "...the angel of Jehovah camps all around those fearing him"  https://www.theworldnewsmedia.org/topic/57218-“’the-angel-of-jehovah-camps-all-around-those-fearing-him’/  
      It concerns the leaked Attendant Training Videos, of which I saw only a condensed review of them. The speaker of the training video remarks:"
      “Well, with a warm smile, you have the privilege to welcome all to a place of worship where the atmosphere is like a spiritual oasis in a parched land, and by taking the initiative to offer a helping hand you can be like those streams of cool water that bring refreshment to all.  And by promoting a safe and peaceful environment you can provide a place of concealment for all f our invited guests…It’s as if our great host Jehovah has extended his welcoming arms by means of you, so that everyone in attendance will feel like they have entered a house that is safe and secure.  Remember, too, you will not be working alone in behalf of God’s people.  Psalm 34:7 assures us, the angel of Jehovah camps all around those fearing him, so by means of his powerful angels, Jehovah can shield his faithful worshipers from harm, “IF IT BE HIS WILL”. 
      Jack Ryan's comment:
      “It appears that it wasn’t/isn’t Jehovah’s will to protect children from being sexually abused within His own congregations. It appears that these powerful angels are shielding no one, if He isn’t protecting these most vulnerable amongst us.
      Frankly, it appears that it isn’t Jehovah’s will to protect His people in general.”
      “IF IT BE HIS WILL”
      Temperamental god, this “Jehovah”. Would a God of love be so fickle?  
      “Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
          will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
       I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress,
          my God, in whom I trust.’”  Ps 91:1,2
       The true God, YHWH, that I am coming to know keeps His promises toward His faithful ones. If this speaker has doubts and feels the need to add an addendum to Ps 34:7, he is fully aware of the organization’s risky status in Russia and other countries, or he is reflecting on the rampant child abuse situation that the Watchtower unashamedly refuses to concretely address. Jer 8:11,12; Eph 5:11  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      The video is playing out a “showy display” of compassion and love before the masses, outweighing the hidden lack of it, which results from transgressing God’s requirements.  Eph 5:6,8,9  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      To be found “faithful” with the Father, we submit to His discipline and refinement. We prove ourselves worthy of His protection by following Christ’s Words. Zech 13:9; Mal 3:2-4; Heb 12:6 It is not God’s will that we rely on a corrupt organization for protection. Ps 26:4,5  It is His will that we rely on Him and His Son. Joel 2:12,13; Isa 48:17,18  Nowhere in the scriptures are we told to turn to an earthly image – a god of fortress for protection during the end times. (1 Sam 7:3) Dan 11:38,39; Rev 13:1,5-8  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      On the contrary, we are told to worship in spirit and truth and to seek out those Christ sends, at the same time to be on the lookout for false prophets.  John 4:24;3:8; 16:13,14; Matt 23:34; John 13:20; Acts 17:24; Heb 9:11; Matt 7:15-20   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Is “Jehovah’s CHARIOT” leading the sheep to truly love one another? All evidence of its past and present failings to protect the flock, point to “no”.   Mark 12:29-31; Matt 22:40; John 15:9-14; Rom 13:8-10  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Please, do not sweep the obvious under the carpet, JWs! 
      “…Love does NO HARM to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.”  Rom 13:10
      The trouble begins within the internal mechanism of the organization; the ruling elders, both the leaders and their henchmen; therein, is the source of all suffering, seen and unseen, happening within the Watchtower. Rev 8:10,11; Amos 5:7; Rev 9:1-4; Joel 2:1-10 Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Watchtower 13/1/15 pg 27-31  “Rather than making rigid rules for the congregation, ELDERS rely on Scriptural principles and direction from Jehovah’s organization. After all, present-day elders are not the masters over their brothers’ faith. —Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      In reality, scriptural principles are basically ignored, while direction from the organization dictates every working aspect of the Watchtower.   We have proof of this with the leaders’ latest resolve to barely bend their rigid rules with child molestation cases. Isa 10:1,2  They are WITHOUT A DOUBT cruel masters over the faith of each JW through their restrictive decrees that conflict with the ordinances of the true God, founded on love and righteousness.   Isa 29:13;Hab 1:4; 2 Cor 11:4,20;Col 2:20-22; Ps 89:14-17https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isa+10%3A1%2C2%3B+Isa+29%3A13%3BHab+1%3A4%3B+2+Cor+11%3A4%2C20%3BCol+2%3A20-22%3B+Ps+89%3A14-17+&version=NKJV
      As a result, it is absolutely clear the organization does not follow God’s laws outlined by Christ and verified by scripture. Remembering that the governing body admit they are NOT INSPIRED by God’s Holy Spirit, (Wt 2017/2) Anthony Morris recently stated that the “theocratic organization” receives its decisions or “decrees” from God.  Doesn’t it make you question the source of these decrees since God’s Holy Spirit does not “inspire” the governing body?
       Quote:  “When that direction comes out to Branch committee members, or when it comes out to the congregations; IF you want Jehovah’s blessing ON YOU as an individual or family, certainly as an ELDER or congregation, it’d be best to ask Jehovah to help you understand it, BUT OBEY THE DECISION.” (Joel 2:7)Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Deut 4:2:  “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”
      John 14:15 “If you love me, keep my commandments.”
      One of those long held unscriptural decrees is for the elders to stand/rule over the authentic priesthood of God and their companions, while charging them as conspirators for accepting Christ’s lead above the organizational format, resulting in a judgment of “death” by disfellowshipping.  Ezek 44:6-9; 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Matt 24:15; 2 Thess 2:3,4;Rev 13:5-7,11,12,15; 1 John 3:11,12  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      God, who does not change His mind unlike “Jehovah’s organization”, PROMISES to be our shield and strength, IF we submit and follow HIS decrees through Christ, the head of the anointed Body.   Deut 33:29; 2 Sam 22:31; Nahum 1:7   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      The anointed priesthood of God has a purpose – to offer sacrifices of praise and thanksgiving, to teach God’s laws written on their heart, admonish, direct, and heal, God’s sheep.  Isa 43:21; 1 Pet 2:9; Rom 2:13,15; Heb 13:15; Rev 7:10; Isa 44:23; Ezek 44:23; Jer 23:22; Mal 2:7; Rom 8:19-22; Rev 22:1,2  Yet, they have been restrained by a Wicked Slave/Harlot/Wormwood/false prophet and its delegated army from doing so, creating within the Watchtower, a spiritually “parched land”, void of the knowledge of God’s ordinances. (Yes, all these characteristic titles are prophetically fulfilled by the governing body)  Zeph 3:4; Amos 8:11; Joel 1:5-7; Rev 8:8  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Can you imagine how God and Christ view the appointed Temple priesthood submitting to the rules of men and their handbook; and not to Christ and the laws written on their heart? Ezek 8:5,6 Those who are “ambassadors of Christ” are to work as one anointed Body, with each one a branch of the vine of Christ, which allows Holy Spirit to feed and direct the Body through all of its members. John 15:5-8; 1 Cor 12:20,25,26 Paul spoke of it as a “fearful responsibility” to carry the message of reconciliation. 2 Cor 5:11,19,20 (NLT)   Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Are the unanointed elders who “represent the royal priesthood”, the true “ambassadors” or representatives of Christ? In the first century, would Christ have condoned others to replace the apostles who are the foundations stones of his Temple Body? 1 Cor 3:10,11 Neither should men muscle aside the “living stones” of God’s Temple from performing their duties as Christ’s ambassadors.  Ezek 34:20-23; Eph 2:20-22; John21:17; Luke12:42; Matt.5:14-15; Rev.1:20; Mal.2:7; Rev.22:6; John13:20 Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Can you imagine God’s disgust, as His priests continue to allow a Harlot/false prophet “decree” that they remain apart from one another, not seek one another out, not “study the Bible together”, passively swallowing such UNSCRIPTURAL lies, and allow themselves to be trampled down by them? Matt 24:15; 2 Thess 2:3,4,9-12; Rev 11:1-3; Joel 1:4,5; Eph 5:14-20  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      In each instance when God’s people in the past disregarded His ordinances, He “sent”, or allowed, discipline to fall on them. (Deut 8:1-6; Heb 12:11)   Usually, it was in the form of an enemy’s stronghold. The “rod” of discipline this time, is the organization; specifically, the very army of elders who rule over them. Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      The very army that chooses to ignore the plight of the helpless ones.  Ps 89:30-32; Rev 3:19; Rev 9:1-11  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      Joel 1:4 describes them as locust in all historic and individual stages of type and development.
      KJV:
      That which the palmerworm hath left --- “a creeping locust without wings”-“to devour”…
      …hath the locust eaten  ---  a locust “swarm”…
      …and that which the locust hath left …
      …hath the cankerworm eaten  ---  “a devourer; specifically, the young locust”…
      …and that which the cankerworm hath left…
      …hath the caterpiller eaten  ---  “a locust not yet winged” “the ravager” 
      Now, picture the locust swarm “released” by the Harlot/Wormwood to come against the anointed priesthood – against the Temple of God:
      “Many Christian men apply that encouragement and make spiritual progress to qualify for privileges in the congregation. The result is that God’s people are blessed with TENS OF THOUSANDS of capable elders and ministerial servants. But because of the increase seen in the congregations, there is a need for more brothers to reach out.” Wt 14/9/15
      FROM PEARL DOXSEY’S ARTICLE: “THE GREAT TRIBULATION – WHAT AND WHY”:
      “The Great Tribulation is a spiritual assault by Satan upon the remnant, (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.   t
      through the greatest Army that has ever existed [Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  -(Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. );Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ]  
      It has a deceptive priestly - princely veneer (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )
      of divine INSPIRATION*** and approval,through endorsement by the false prophet's lying spirit,   
      NOT by God's spirit! (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ;Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. --***"breath" -Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ).  
      (*** False prophet produces a counterfeit of "God's SPIRIT - DIRECTED Organization")
      [The AUTHENTIC Temple of God's spirit, is His Chosen, anointed priesthood (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. )] 
      God sends / allows this abomination, to assault and discipline His people (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  C; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ;Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ) (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ), because in the time of the end,  
        GOD’S PEOPLE are tolerating, subjecting themselves to, and participating in IDOLIZING, the collective "Image" of that very Army (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ). 
      THAT IS WHY THEY ARE BEING TRAMPLED BY IT”  (Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ;Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ,Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ; Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content. ).
      The love which results in righteous acts, simply does not exist in the organization since the climate of lawlessness has erased true justice. Deut 6:24,25  For those anointed who reject the GB that “substitutes” for Christ (NWT 2 Cor 5:20) ,turning instead to Jesus Christ to lead them directly; they are freed from the crushing weight of lawlessness – “ the disgusting thing standing in the holy place” – the elder body “standing” in/over the “living stones” of the Temple of God. 2Chron.13:9; 2Thess.2:4; Isa 43:10; 1 Pet 2:5,9; 1 Cor 3:16,17; Eph 2:20-22  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with LAWLESSNESS? And what communion has light with darkness? 15 And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement has the TEMPLE OF GOD with idols? For youare the temple of the living God. As God has said:
      “I will dwell in them
      And walk among them.
      I will be their God,
      And they shall be My people.”
      17 Therefore
      “Come out from among them
      And be separate, says the Lord.
      Do not touch what is unclean,
      And I will receive you.”
      18 “I will be a Father to you,
      And you shall be My sons and daughters,
      Says the Lord Almighty.” 2 Cor 6:14-18
      We are reminded during this time period, of “Who is like God”, since “Jehovah’s organization” with all its “temple” sublets, has seduced God’s people into idolatry and the transgression of God’s laws fulfilled in Christ.  Deut 4:23,24;  Isa 40:25; Dan 12:1; Rev 12:7-9; Rev 13:4; Gal 5:14 Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.  
      Within Watchtower’s walls, instead of an angel of God camping all around those fearing Him, another angel – Belial -  has surrounded the camp of holy ones, utilizing a Harlot/false prophet and the organization she so presently loves, to keep them captivated and inebriated on wormwood, and a false sense of peace and security. Matt 25:5; 22:8; Rev 18:3; 1 Cor 6:15; Jer 51:7; 1 Thess 5:3; Rev 20:9  Hello guest! Please register or sign in (it's free) to view the hidden content.
      13 “If you carefully obey my commands I am giving you today, to love the Lord your God and worship Him with all your heart and all your soul, 14 I will provide rain for your land in the proper time, the autumn and spring rains, and you will harvest your grain, new wine, and fresh oil. 15 I will provide grass in your fields for your livestock. You will eat and be satisfied. 16 Be careful that you are not enticed to turn aside, serve, and bow in worship to other gods. 17 Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you. He will shut the sky, and there will be no rain; the land will not yield its produce, and you will perish quickly from the good land the Lord is giving you.
      18 “Imprint these words of mine on your hearts and minds, bind them as a sign on your hands, and let them be a symbol on your foreheads. 19 Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 20 Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your city gates, 21 so that as long as the heavens are above the earth, your days and those of your children may be many in the land the Lord swore to give your fathers. 22 For if you carefully observe every one of these commands I am giving you to follow—to love the Lord your God, walk in all his ways, and remain faithful to him— 23 the Lord will drive out all these nations before you, and you will drive out nations greater and stronger than you are. 24 Every place the sole of your foot treads will be yours. Your territory will extend from the wilderness to Lebanon and from the Euphrates River to the Mediterranean Sea. 25 No one will be able to stand against you; the Lord your God will put fear and dread of you in all the land where you set foot, as he has promised you.
      26 “Look, today I set before you a blessing and a curse: 27 there will be a blessing, if you obey the commands of the Lord your God I am giving you today, 28 and a curse, if you do not obey the commands of the Lord your God and you turn aside from the path I command you today by following other gods you have not known.  Deut 11:13-28
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
       
    • By Jack Ryan
      Romy Maple and Barbara Anderson expose the horrendous child sexual abuse cover ups.
      You know it's bad when the program starts with this:

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    • By Anna
      Correct me if I am wrong, but it seems that despite this informative document recently made available to download in several languages on the JW website, there is not too much of a mention of it by any of the opposers and "campaigners" against child abuse in the JW organization.
      Here is the entire document:
      JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES’ SCRIPTURALLY BASED POSITION ON CHILD PROTECTION
      Definitions: Child abuse may include neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or emotional abuse.
      Child sexual abuse is a perversion and generally includes one or more of the following: sexual inter-course with a child; oral or anal sex with a child; fondling the genitals, breasts, or buttocks of a child; voyeurism of a child; indecent exposure to a child; or soliciting a child for sexual conduct. It may include sexting with a minor or showing pornography to a minor.
      In this document, references to parents apply equally to legal guardians or other persons who hold pa-rental responsibility for a minor.
      1. Children are a sacred trust, “an inheritance from Jehovah.”—Psalm 127:3.
      2. The protection of children is of utmost concern and importance to all Jehovah’s Witnesses. This is in harmony with the long-standing and widely published Scripturally based position of Jehovah’s Witnesses, as reflected in the references at the end of this document, which are all published on jw.org.
      3. Jehovah’s Witnesses abhor child abuse and view it as a crime. (Romans 12:9) We recognize that the authorities are responsible for addressing such crimes. (Romans 13:1-4) The elders do not shield any perpetrator of child abuse from the authorities.
      4. In all cases, victims and their parents have the right to report an accusation of child abuse to the authorities. Therefore, victims, their parents, or anyone else who reports such an accusation to the elders are clearly informed by the elders that they have the right to report the matter to the authorities. Elders do not criticize anyone who chooses to make such a report.—Galatians 6:5.
      5. When elders learn of an accusation of child abuse, they immediately consult with the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses to ensure compliance with child abuse reporting laws. (Romans 13:1) Even if the elders have no legal duty to report an accusation to the authorities, the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses will instruct the elders to report the matter if a minor is still in danger of abuse or there is some other valid reason. Elders also ensure that the victim’s parents are informed of an accusation of child abuse. If the alleged abuser is one of the victim’s parents, the elders will inform the other parent.
      6. Parents have the primary responsibility for the protection, safety, and instruction of their children. Therefore, parents who are members of the congregation are encouraged to be vigilant in exercising their responsibility at all times and to do the following:
      • Have direct and active involvement in their children’s lives.
      • Educate themselves and their children about child abuse.
      • Encourage, promote, and maintain regular communication with their children. —Deuteronomy 6:6, 7; Proverbs 22:3.
      Jehovah’s Witnesses publish an abundance of Bible-based information to assist parents to fulfill their responsibility to protect and instruct their children.—See the references at the end of this document.
       7. Congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses do not separate children from their parents for the purpose of instruction or other activities. (Ephesians 6:4) For example, our congregations do not provide or sponsor orphanages, Sunday schools, sports clubs, day-care centers, youth groups, or other activi-ties that separate children from their parents.
      8. Elders strive to treat victims of child abuse with compassion, understanding, and kindness. (Colossians 3:12) As spiritual counselors, the elders endeavor to listen carefully and empathetically to victims and to console them. (Proverbs 21:13; Isaiah 32:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; James 1:19) Victims and their families may decide to consult a mental-health professional. This is a personal decision.
      9. Elders never require victims of child abuse to present their accusation in the presence of the alleged abuser. However, victims who are now adults may do so, if they wish. In addition, victims can be accompanied by a confidant of either gender for moral support when presenting their accusation to the elders. If a victim prefers, the accusation can be submitted in the form of a written statement.
      10. Child abuse is a serious sin. If an alleged abuser is a member of the congregation, the elders conduct a Scriptural investigation. This is a purely religious proceeding handled by elders according to Scriptural instructions and is limited to the issue of membership as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. A member of the congregation who is an unrepentant child abuser is expelled from the congregation and is no longer considered one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (1 Corinthians 5:13) The elders’ handling of an accusation of child abuse is not a replacement for the authorities’ handling of the matter.—Romans 13:1-4.
      11. If it is determined that one guilty of child sexual abuse is repentant and will remain in the congregation, restrictions are imposed on the individual’s congregation activities. The individual will be specifically admonished by the elders not to be alone in the company of children, not to cultivate friendships with children, or display any affection for children. In addition, elders will inform parents of minors within the congregation of the need to monitor their children’s interaction with the individ-ual.
      12. A person who has engaged in child sexual abuse does not qualify to receive any congregation privileges or to serve in a position of responsibility in the congregation for decades, if ever. —1 Timothy 3:1-7, 10; 5:22; Titus 1:7.
      13. This document is available upon request to members of the congregation. It is reviewed at least once every three years.
      Source:
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    • By James Thomas Rook Jr.
      WHY would Jehovah's Witnesses reject Government  calls for Independent Inquiry into sexual abuse?

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Comment fortifier notre foi par les épreuves que nous subissons en ce monde.
       
      DANS la vie, il y a parfois des moments où nous avons désespérément besoin d’aide pour résoudre nos problèmes. S’il nous arrivait d’être frappés par une série de malheurs, nous pourrions facilement sombrer dans le désespoir le plus complet et nous sentir écrasés par l’adversité. C’est dans ces moments-là que nous apprécions l’aide qui nous est offerte.
      Le fait que nous sommes disciples du Fils de Dieu ne signifie pas que nous n’avons jamais besoin d’aide. Nous ne sommes pas à l’abri des épreuves. La maladie, les accidents, les inondations, les tremblements de terre, les tempêtes, la criminalité, l’injustice et l’oppression sont le lot de tous les humains. Nous ne devrions pas nous attendre que le Souverain suprême utilise son pouvoir pour influer sur notre hérédité ou sur notre environnement afin de nous épargner, à nous seulement qui sommes ses serviteurs, les souffrances consécutives aux conditions actuelles. Dieu a prévu d’annuler un jour les effets néfastes du péché de l’homme, mais ce jour est encore à venir. S’il accordait dès à présent une protection miraculeuse à son peuple, une foule d’hommes viendraient sans aucun doute en grossir les rangs, mais uniquement par intérêt, et non pas par amour et par foi. — Comparez avec Jean 6:10-15, 26, 27.
       
      Non seulement nous ne pourrons pas éviter les souffrances que causent des événements pénibles, mais pour la raison même que nous sommes serviteurs de Dieu, nous devrons peut-être endurer la persécution, qu’elle vienne de notre famille, de nos voisins, de nos connaissances ou des autorités gouvernementales. Jésus alla même jusqu’à dire: “On vous livrera à la tribulation et l’on vous tuera, et vous serez les objets de la haine de toutes les nations à cause de mon nom.” (Matthieu 24:9). L’Histoire démontre que c’est ce qui s’est passé précisément dans notre vingtième siècle.
      Pourquoi le Dieu Tout-Puissant permet-il que ses serviteurs subissent des épreuves? Puisque leur mode de vie ne les protège pas des maux courants et qu’il peut même faire d’eux des ‘objets de haine’, on peut se demander s’il est vraiment le meilleur qui soit. Apporte-t-il des bienfaits qui compensent, qui excèdent même les peines subies? Se pourrait-il qu’il y ait plus de bonheur à endurer certaines épreuves qu’à les éviter? Qu’est-ce qui nous permettra de supporter victorieusement les difficultés les plus grandes? La réponse à ces questions nous aidera et nous affermira beaucoup.
      QUI EST LE VRAI RESPONSABLE?
      Il ne faut jamais oublier que notre Père céleste n’est pas responsable de la souffrance. Ce n’est pas lui qui a introduit le péché dans le monde, mais un de ses fils spirituels qui s’est rebellé délibérément contre son Créateur, se faisant ainsi Satan, c’est-à-dire opposant au Très-Haut. Influencé par lui, le premier couple humain, Adam et Ève, a violé volontairement la loi divine et s’est attiré la condamnation de Dieu et la mort (Genèse 3:1-19; Jean 8:44). Adam ayant perdu sa perfection, tous ses descendants sont nés dans le péché et sont sujets à la maladie, aux infirmités, à la vieillesse et à la mort (Romains 5:12). Pécheurs dès la naissance, nous sommes bien loin d’être le genre de personnes que nous voudrions et que nous devrions être. Il nous arrive de blesser les autres involontairement par nos paroles ou nos actes, et d’ajouter ainsi à leurs peines. Il faut donc nous rappeler que Dieu n’est pas responsable des difficultés causées par notre imperfection ou par celle de nos semblables. Si sa loi avait été respectée, la maladie, les infirmités, la vieillesse et toutes les autres causes de souffrances n’auraient jamais existé.
      Notre Père céleste n’approuve pas non plus l’extrême cruauté de l’homme envers son semblable. La Bible déclare: “Écraser sous les pieds tous les prisonniers du pays, priver un homme de ses droits au mépris du Très-Haut, égarer la justice dans les tribunaux, — le Seigneur n’a jamais approuvé ces choses.” (Lamentations 3:34-36, The New English Bible). Ceux qui violent la loi de Dieu en maltraitant leurs semblables devront lui rendre des comptes. “La vengeance est à moi; c’est moi qui paierai de retour, dit Jéhovah.” (Romains 12:19). Par conséquent, nous devons veiller à ne pas nous irriter contre notre Père céleste à cause des souffrances provoquées par des hommes qui enfreignent délibérément et effrontément sa loi.
      Évidemment, Jéhovah Dieu pourrait empêcher Satan, les démons, les hommes méchants et l’imperfection humaine de provoquer toutes sortes de situations pénibles. Toutefois, puisqu’il permet que même ses serviteurs connaissent l’adversité, il doit avoir de bonnes raisons d’agir ainsi.
      POUR LE BIEN DES “VASES DE MISÉRICORDE”
      Les Écritures expliquent que si Dieu n’est pas intervenu contre les responsables des grandes souffrances qui affligent les humains, c’est dans le but de procurer finalement le plus grand bonheur aux amis de la droiture. Dans sa lettre aux Romains, l’apôtre chrétien Paul écrivit:
      “Que dirons-nous donc? Y a-t-il de l’injustice chez Dieu? Que ce ne soit jamais le cas! Car il dit à Moïse: ‘J’aurai pitié de qui j’ai pitié, et je témoignerai de la compassion à qui je témoigne de la compassion.’ Ainsi donc, cela dépend, non pas de celui qui souhaite ni de celui qui court, mais de Dieu qui a pitié. Car l’Écriture dit à Pharaon: ‘C’est pour cela même que je t’ai laissé subsister, pour faire voir à ton sujet ma puissance, et pour que mon nom soit proclamé par toute la terre.’ Ainsi donc, il a pitié de qui il veut, mais il laisse s’obstiner qui il veut.
      “Tu vas donc me dire: ‘Qu’a-t-il encore à faire des reproches? Qui a résisté en effet à sa volonté formelle?’ Ô homme, vraiment, qui es-tu donc pour répliquer à Dieu? Est-ce que l’objet façonné va dire à celui qui l’a façonné: ‘Pourquoi m’as-tu fait ainsi?’ — Plaît-il? Est-ce que le potier n’a pas pouvoir sur l’argile pour faire, de la même masse, tel vase pour un usage honorable et tel autre pour un usage vulgaire? Si donc Dieu, bien que voulant montrer son courroux et faire connaître sa puissance, a supporté avec beaucoup de longanimité des vases de courroux rendus bons pour la destruction, afin de faire connaître la richesse de sa gloire envers des vases de miséricorde qu’il a par avance préparés pour la gloire, savoir nous qu’il a appelés non seulement d’entre les Juifs, mais encore d’entre les nations, eh bien quoi?” — Romains 9:14-24.
      Les circonstances que Jéhovah peut provoquer ou tolérer dans la vie des hommes permettent de révéler quelle sorte de “vases” ils sont. Le pharaon à qui Jéhovah ordonna, par l’entremise de Moïse et d’Aaron, de libérer les Israélites qu’il tenait en esclavage, continua à s’endurcir contre le Très-Haut. Plus les plaies s’abattaient sur les Égyptiens, plus ce pharaon s’obstinait dans son refus de laisser les Israélites quitter l’Égypte comme un peuple libre. Il se révéla donc un ‘vase de courroux’ qui méritait la destruction pour avoir défié l’autorité du Souverain suprême, Jéhovah Dieu. Par la même occasion le traitement cruel et injuste qu’il infligea aux Israélites prouvait amplement que ceux-ci avaient bien besoin de la miséricorde et de la compassion de Dieu.
      Notez également que, selon l’apôtre Paul, si Jéhovah a laissé le pharaon s’obstiner dans son défi, c’est parce que son nom était impliqué. S’il avait détruit immédiatement cet orgueilleux monarque, Jéhovah Dieu n’aurait pas eu l’occasion de faire connaître l’ampleur et la diversité de son pouvoir, comme il l’a fait en humiliant les nombreuses divinités égyptiennes ainsi que les prêtres magiciens. Les dix plaies et la destruction du pharaon et de son armée dans la mer Rouge, point culminant de l’action de Dieu, furent une démonstration tellement grandiose de la puissance divine que les nations d’alentour en parlaient encore des années plus tard. Ainsi le nom de Jéhovah fut proclamé par toute la terre, ce qui contribua à sa gloire et à son honneur et incita les humains sincères à reconnaître sa suprématie. — Josué 2:10, 11; I Samuel 4:8.
      Les Israélites, tels des “vases de miséricorde”, profitèrent assurément de cette action du Très-Haut. En tolérant l’oppression des Israélites puis en y mettant fin par une splendide démonstration de puissance, Dieu leur permit de mieux le connaître. Il leur donna un aperçu de sa grandeur comme cela n’aurait jamais été possible autrement. Bien que pénibles, les événements que les Israélites vécurent en Égypte auraient certainement dû les aider à comprendre à quel point il était important d’exercer la foi dans le pouvoir salvateur de Dieu et d’éprouver pour lui une crainte salutaire. C’était indispensable s’ils voulaient continuer à mener une vie qui leur apporterait le bonheur, la sécurité, la paix et la santé. — Deutéronome 6:1-24; 28:1-68.
      Tout comme l’inclination du cœur des hommes a été rendue manifeste à cette époque-là, de même les épreuves que Dieu permet que nous subissions aujourd’hui révèlent si nous le servons avec de bons mobiles. Satan, l’adversaire de Dieu, prétend en effet que ceux qui font la volonté divine agissent surtout par égoïsme. Voici ce qu’il déclara au sujet du fidèle Job: “Tout ce qu’un homme a, il le donnera pour son âme. Pour changer, avance ta main, s’il te plaît, et touche jusqu’à son os et à sa chair, et vois s’il ne te maudit pas à ta face.” (Job 2:4, 5). En endurant fidèlement les souffrances, nous réfutons l’accusation de Satan et nous participons à la justification du beau nom de notre Père céleste qui, lui, a confiance en ses fidèles serviteurs. Mais que dire si Jéhovah permet à Satan d’utiliser ses instruments pour infliger aux vrais chrétiens des traitements qui les rendent infirmes ou provoquent leur mort? Si des chrétiennes sont violées ou subissent d’autres agressions tout aussi abominables? Évidemment, ce sont là des choses révoltantes, mais rappelons-nous qu’il n’est rien que notre Père céleste ne puisse entièrement réparer en temps voulu. C’est pourquoi il peut parfois juger bon de permettre que l’épreuve aille jusqu’à de telles extrémités. Grâce à leur fidélité, même jusqu’à la mort, les serviteurs de Dieu ont ainsi la possibilité de démontrer de façon incontestable qu’ils lui vouent un attachement sincère.
      Aussi surprenant que cela puisse paraître à certains, les épreuves que nous subissons, qu’elles aient des causes naturelles ou qu’elles soient dues à la persécution peuvent malgré tout nous faire progresser sur le plan individuel. C’est ce que fait remarquer l’apôtre Pierre. Après avoir dit que les chrétiens sont “sauvegardés par la puissance de Dieu” pour que leur salut définitif soit assuré, il ajoute:
      “En cette chose vous vous réjouissez grandement, bien que vous soyez actuellement affligés, s’il le faut, pour un peu de temps, par diverses épreuves, afin que la valeur éprouvée de votre foi, beaucoup plus précieuse que l’or qui est périssable quoique éprouvé par le feu, soit trouvée sujet de louange, de gloire et d’honneur lors de la révélation de Jésus Christ.” — I Pierre 1:5-7.
      Comme Pierre l’admet lui-même, il n’est nullement agréable de souffrir. Nous sommes certainement “affligés” lorsque nous subissons des épreuves, et pourtant il est possible, en même temps, de nous réjouir. Pourquoi? Cette joie vient en partie de ce que nous sommes conscients des bienfaits spirituels qui découlent de l’endurance victorieuse des souffrances. Quels sont ces bienfaits spirituels?
      LES SOUFFRANCES AFFINENT LA FOI
      L’apôtre Pierre compare l’effet des épreuves sur la foi d’un chrétien à l’affinage de l’or par le feu. Dans cette opération, on obtient de l’or fin par l’élimination des scories. La valeur bien supérieure de cet or affiné justifie certainement l’utilisation de ce procédé. Pourtant, comme le fait remarquer Pierre, même l’or éprouvé par le feu est périssable. Il peut s’user ou être détruit d’une façon ou d’une autre. Il n’en va pas de même de la foi éprouvée. La vraie foi ne peut être détruite.
      Pour obtenir l’approbation divine, nous devons absolument posséder une telle foi. La Bible déclare: “Sans la foi il est impossible de lui plaire [à Dieu].” (Hébreux 11:6). La foi dont la sincérité est démontrée dans l’épreuve a vraiment beaucoup plus de valeur que l’or fin, car notre avenir éternel en fait partie.
      Mais comment les épreuves affinent-elles la foi au point qu’elle “soit trouvée sujet de louange, de gloire et d’honneur lors de la révélation de Jésus Christ”? 
      En voici plusieurs façons.

      Si notre foi est solide, elle nous réconfortera et nous soutiendra quand nous subirons une épreuve. Ayant passé victorieusement cette épreuve, nous serons plus forts pour faire face à d’autres difficultés éventuelles. L’expérience nous aura montré ce que notre foi peut faire pour nous.
      D’autre part, une certaine épreuve peut révéler un défaut particulier de la personnalité du chrétien, par exemple l’orgueil, l’entêtement, l’impatience ou encore l’amour du monde, du luxe ou des plaisirs. Ces traits viennent en fait d’un manque de foi. En effet, ils montrent que ce chrétien ne se soumet pas totalement à la direction de Dieu et à sa volonté à son égard. Il n’est pas convaincu que son Père céleste sait mieux que quiconque ce qui lui procurera le bonheur ni qu’on est toujours béni quand on suit la direction divine (Hébreux 3:12, 13). Quand les épreuves révèlent au chrétien ses faiblesses, il se rend compte qu’il doit affermir sa foi s’il veut rester un serviteur approuvé du Très-Haut.
      Par conséquent, si un événement particulier révèle que notre foi présente une faille, nous pouvons nous examiner et décider quelle correction apporter. Il serait bien que nous nous posions ces questions: “Pourquoi ma foi est-elle faible? Est-ce que je néglige l’étude et la méditation de la Parole de Dieu? Est-ce que je saisis toutes les occasions qui me sont offertes de me réunir avec mes frères chrétiens afin de m’affermir grâce à la déclaration de leur foi? Ai-je tendance à trop compter sur moi-même au lieu de me décharger sur Jéhovah Dieu de tous mes soucis et de toutes mes ‘inquiétudes’? Est-ce que je prie Jéhovah du fond du cœur chaque jour?” Une fois que nous aurons déterminé dans quels domaines il nous faut progresser, faisons de grands efforts pour effectuer les changements nécessaires dans notre vie quotidienne, afin de fortifier notre foi.
      Si nous recherchons la direction de Dieu et attendons patiemment et avec foi qu’il nous indique le moyen d’être soulagés de nos épreuves, nous ferons en sorte que ces circonstances pénibles nous aident à devenir de meilleurs serviteurs du Très-Haut. Alors, notre foi sera vraiment “trouvée sujet de louange, de gloire et d’honneur lors de la révélation de Jésus Christ”. Le Fils de Dieu ‘louera’ ou fera l’éloge de notre foi. Il nous récompensera largement à cause de celle-ci, nous accordant ainsi la “gloire”. Il nous fera l’“honneur” de nous reconnaître comme ses disciples devant Jéhovah Dieu et devant les anges (comparez avec Matthieu 10:32; Luc 12:8; 18:8). Cela signifiera que nous aurons devant nous la perspective de vivre éternellement et heureux. Mais que pouvons-nous faire pour ne pas faiblir dans la foi quand nous passons par de dures épreuves?
      COMMENT RÉAGIR FACE À L’ÉPREUVE
      Il nous sera plus facile d’endurer avec succès de pénibles épreuves si nous reconnaissons qu’elles sont temporaires. L’affinage de l’or a un commencement et une fin. De même, aucune peine ne durera indéfiniment. Si nous gardons présente dans notre cœur la promesse divine de la vie éternelle sans maladie, ni cri, ni douleur, alors même la pire de toutes les souffrances dans le présent système sera à nos yeux “momentanée et légère”. (II Corinthiens 4:17.) Pensez à l’époque où “l’on ne se remémorera pas les choses précédentes, et [où] elles ne monteront pas au cœur”. (Ésaïe 65:17.) Qu’il est merveilleux de savoir qu’il ne restera même pas un mauvais souvenir de ces moments difficiles!Et puis, il est rare d’avoir à subir quotidiennement de grandes souffrances de la part des hommes. D’ailleurs, notre bonne conduite ne donne guère de raisons aux gens de nous faire du mal. Comme les autorités gouvernementales ont la responsabilité de faire respecter la loi et l’ordre, elles peuvent même louer les serviteurs de Jéhovah pour leur obéissance aux lois. De nos jours, même des gens hostiles aux chrétiens ont dû faire la même constatation que les ennemis de Daniel, fidèle prophète de Dieu; ceux-ci déclarèrent: “Nous ne trouverons dans ce Daniel aucun prétexte, à moins qu’il ne nous faille en trouver contre lui dans la loi de son Dieu.” Oui Daniel était “digne de confiance et (...) aucune négligence ni chose malhonnête ne fut trouvée en lui”. (Daniel 6:4, 5.) En général, il n’y a aucune raison pour qu’à elle seule la bonne conduite du chrétien lui vaille l’hostilité de ses semblables. C’est peut-être pourquoi l’apôtre Pierre soulève la question suivante: “Et en effet qui vous fera du mal si vous devenez zélés pour le bien?” — I Pierre 3:13.
      Mais, par cette question, il se peut que l’apôtre ait plutôt voulu dire: “Qui peut vraiment faire du mal à un chrétien dont la voie est droite?” Personne ne peut nous infliger de mauvais traitements indéfiniment. Jésus Christ déclara en effet à ses disciples: “Ne craignez pas ceux qui tuent le corps mais qui ne peuvent tuer l’âme; mais craignez plutôt celui qui peut détruire et l’âme et le corps dans la Géhenne.” (Matthieu 10:28). Oui, les hommes peuvent aller jusqu’à nous tuer, mais ils sont incapables de nous priver du droit de vivre en tant qu’âmes. Le Dieu Très-Haut, par l’entremise de son Fils, a le pouvoir de rendre la vie à ses fidèles serviteurs et c’est ce qu’il fera. Seul Jéhovah peut nous ôter pour toujours le droit à la vie en nous livrant à la mort éternelle, sans espoir de résurrection.
       L’apôtre Pierre pouvait donc dire à ses frères chrétiens: “Et même si vous souffrez pour la justice, heureux êtes-vous. Cependant ne craignez pas l’objet de leur crainte, et ne vous laissez pas émouvoir.” — I Pierre 3:14.
      Nous pouvons être heureux si nous souffrons “pour la justice, car nous avons alors une conscience pure vis-à-vis de Dieu et des hommes. Nous souffrons pour une juste cause. Nous retirons une satisfaction et une paix profondes de savoir que nous sommes agréables au Très-Haut. Toutefois, comme le fait remarquer l’apôtre, cela n’est possible que si nous ne cédons pas à la peur. Pierre parle peut-être ici de la peur que peuvent nous inspirer nos persécuteurs, à moins qu’il ne s’agisse de la peur qu’éprouvent les persécuteurs eux-mêmes. Par exemple, comme ils ne croient pas que Jéhovah Dieu ressuscitera les morts par l’entremise du Christ, les ennemis des vrais chrétiens redoutent une mort prématurée (Hébreux 2:14, 15). Mais nous, qui sommes serviteurs de Dieu, nous ne partageons pas la crainte des non-croyants, car nous avons été affranchis de la peur d’une telle mort et nous savons que notre Père céleste ne nous abandonnera jamais. Par conséquent, nous ne devrions pas nous laisser “émouvoir” au point, par exemple, de nous élever avec colère contre nos persécuteurs.
      Que faire s’il nous arrivait d’être convoqués devant les autorités gouvernementales et interrogés sur un ton dur et méprisant? Nous ne voudrons jamais rendre la pareille. Sachant que Dieu nous soutient, nous aurons de la hardiesse, sans pour autant nous croire autorisés à adopter une attitude agressive ou arrogante (comparez avec Actes 4:5-20). L’apôtre nous donne ce conseil: “Dans vos cœurs, sanctifiez comme Seigneur le Christ, étant toujours prêts à la défense devant quiconque vous demande la raison de l’espérance qui est en vous, tout en le faisant avec douceur et un profond respect.” (I Pierre 3:15). Si, au lieu de tenir compte de cette exhortation, nous nous montrions au contraire méprisants et irrespectueux, ce ne serait plus pour la justice que nous souffririons. Les autorités s’estimeraient alors en droit de prendre des mesures contre nous pour insoumission et manque de respect. Dans le monde, les gens laissent éclater leur irritation, leur colère et leur rancune quand ils estiment que leurs droits sont lésés, mais le chrétien, lui, n’agit pas ainsi.
      Dans de telles circonstances, nous devons, comme nous le conseille l’apôtre, penser à notre Seigneur et Maître et nous souvenir de l’exemple qu’il nous a donné. Nous veillerons à accorder à Jésus Christ le plus grand respect et à lui réserver une place sacrée dans nos cœurs. Étant ses disciples, nous voudrons répondre à n’importe quelle autorité qui nous interroge comme si nous nous trouvions en la présence même de notre Seigneur. Nous devrions présenter les raisons de notre attitude chrétienne respectueusement et calmement.
      UNE HEUREUSE INFLUENCE SUR NOS ADVERSAIRES
       En endurant fidèlement les souffrances, nous pouvons aussi réduire au silence nos adversaires. C’est là une pensée qui, selon l’apôtre Pierre, nous encouragera à garder une conscience pure. Il déclare: “Gardez une bonne conscience, afin que, sur le point même où l’on parle contre vous, soient pris de honte ceux qui décrient votre bonne conduite pour ce qui est de Christ.” (I Pierre 3:16). En observant la patience des serviteurs de Dieu qui ne se plaignent pas, des gens hostiles peuvent se sentir honteux de les avoir calomniés. Cela est particulièrement vrai lorsque nous traitons nos ennemis avec bonté. — Romains 12:19-21.
      Le fait que l’endurance fidèle dans les épreuves pour la justice produit de tels bienfaits, vient appuyer les paroles suivantes de Pierre: “Car mieux vaut souffrir parce qu’on fait le bien, si le veut la volonté de Dieu, que parce qu’on fait le mal.” (I Pierre 3:17). Quel mérite y aurait-il, en effet, à souffrir parce qu’on a volé, escroqué, fraudé le fisc ou défié l’autorité à cause d’un sentiment de piété mal compris ou d’un zèle intempestif? Celui qui serait puni pour de telles actions ne pourrait que jeter l’opprobre sur lui-même et sur ses compagnons dans la foi. Mais si un chrétien supporte avec patience les mauvais traitements qui lui sont infligés injustement, certains seront impressionnés en se rendant compte qu’une force soutient les vrais adorateurs, tandis que ceux qui portent de faux témoignages sur les vérités divines et sur leurs défenseurs pourront être réduits au silence. Puisque Dieu permet que le chrétien subisse des épreuves, c’est à juste titre que Pierre pouvait dire: “Si le veut la volonté de Dieu.”
      COMME JÉSUS, NOUS SERONS RÉCOMPENSÉS
      Le cas de Jésus illustre bien comment on peut recevoir de grandes bénédictions en restant fidèle dans les souffrances. Étant sans péché, il ne fit rien qui justifiât les mauvais traitements dont il fut victime. Cependant, parce qu’il supporta les épreuves jusqu’à mourir d’une mort ignominieuse sur un poteau, il en résulta pour nous de merveilleux bienfaits, et pour lui, une grande récompense. L’apôtre Pierre écrivit:
      “En effet, le Christ lui-même est mort une fois pour toutes en ce qui concerne les péchés, un juste pour des injustes, afin de vous mener à Dieu, ayant été mis à mort dans la chair, mais ayant été rendu à la vie dans l’esprit. C’est dans cet état qu’il est même allé prêcher aux esprits en prison, qui jadis avaient été désobéissants quand la patience de Dieu attendait, aux jours de Noé, pendant que se construisait l’arche, dans laquelle peu de gens, c’est-à-dire huit âmes, furent transportés sains et saufs à travers l’eau.” — I Pierre 3:18-20.
      Comme Jésus resta absolument intègre dans l’épreuve, il put donner sa vie en sacrifice humain parfait. Ainsi, sa mort prépara la voie pour “mener à Dieu” des humains, pour les réconcilier avec le Très-Haut et pour leur offrir la perspective de la vie éternelle. Étant donné que nous retirons de si grands bienfaits du sacrifice du Christ, ne devrions-nous pas être disposés à suivre son exemple et à souffrir pour la justice?
      En outre, comme dans le cas de Jésus, nous pouvons être certains que notre endurance fidèle sera bénie. Le fait que Jésus a été “rendu à la vie dans l’esprit”, c’est-à-dire qu’il a été ressuscité pour une vie spirituelle, constitue une garantie absolue que ses disciples aussi retrouveront la vie. — I Corinthiens 15:12-22.
       Étant sorti victorieux grâce à son endurance fidèle, le Fils de Dieu, désormais créature spirituelle, pouvait proclamer un message de condamnation aux “esprits en prison”. Puisque ces esprits désobéirent à l’époque de Noé, il doit s’agir des fils angéliques de Dieu qui quittèrent leur résidence originelle dans les cieux pour se marier avec des femmes (Genèse 6:1-4). Ils sont appelés des “esprits en prison” parce que leur châtiment inclut certaines restrictions qui leur interdisent définitivement de reprendre leur place parmi les anges fidèles. Jude confirme que ces anges déchus ne pouvaient recevoir qu’une sentence de condamnation; il dit: “Les anges qui n’ont pas gardé leur position originelle, mais ont abandonné leur propre demeure. [Dieu] les a réservés dans des liens éternels, sous l’obscurité épaisse, pour le jugement du grand jour.” (Jude 6). C’est son endurance fidèle jusqu’à la mort qui valut à Jésus d’être ressuscité et de pouvoir ainsi prêcher ou proclamer une sentence de condamnation contre les anges déchus.
       
       Ce message de destruction adressé aux esprits méchants devrait nous encourager à endurer fidèlement quand nous rencontrons des épreuves. Pourquoi? Parce que ce sont ces forces spirituelles méchantes qui contribuent dans une grande mesure à attiser l’hostilité des humains éloignés de Dieu envers les disciples de Jésus Christ. La Bible déclare: “Le dieu de ce système de choses a aveuglé l’esprit des incrédules, de peur que ne les éclaire l’éclatante lumière de la glorieuse bonne nouvelle au sujet du Christ, qui est l’image de Dieu.” (II Corinthiens 4:4). “Pour nous [les chrétiens] la lutte n’est pas contre le sang et la chair, mais contre les gouvernements, contre les autorités, contre les chefs mondiaux de ces ténèbres, contre les forces spirituelles méchantes qui sont dans les lieux célestes.” (Éphésiens 6:12; voir aussi Révélation 16:13, 14). Si donc Jésus Christ ressuscité a pu prêcher un message de condamnation aux esprits mauvais, nous pouvons être sûrs qu’un jour leur influence haineuse sera réduite à néant (comparez avec Marc 1:23, 24). Quel merveilleux soulagement ce sera alors!
      Non seulement Jésus Christ a été relevé d’entre les morts comme un serviteur approuvé de Dieu, ce qui lui a permis de condamner les anges rebelles, mais il a aussi été élevé à une haute position. L’apôtre Pierre nous dit: “Il est à la droite de Dieu, car il est allé au ciel; et anges, et autorités, et puissances lui ont été soumis.” (I Pierre 3:22). Ces paroles sont tout à fait conformes à celles de Jésus lui-même qui, après sa résurrection d’entre les morts, déclara: “Tout pouvoir m’a été donné dans le ciel et sur la terre.” (Matthieu 28:18). Bien des hommes ont accepté de souffrir et de mourir au service de chefs humains infiniment moins puissants que Jésus. Ils considéraient comme un grand honneur de servir ainsi un roi ou une reine. À combien plus forte raison devrions-nous nous sentir honorés de pouvoir endurer des épreuves à cause de notre fidélité à notre Roi céleste, Jésus Christ!
      IMITEZ JÉSUS CHRIST
      Quand vous êtes affligé, prenez toujours pour modèle le Fils de Dieu. L’apôtre écrit: “Puisque Christ a souffert dans la chair, vous aussi armez-vous de la même disposition d’esprit, parce que celui qui a souffert dans la chair a rompu avec les péchés, afin de vivre le reste de son temps dans la chair, non plus pour les désirs des hommes, mais pour la volonté de Dieu.” — I Pierre 4:1, 2.
      Quelle était la disposition d’esprit de Jésus? Il supporta humblement toutes les attaques verbales et physiques et subit finalement une mort douloureuse sur un poteau. En refusant de rendre la pareille, le Fils de Dieu accomplit ces paroles prophétiques: “Comme une brebis il a été mené à l’abattage, et, comme un agneau qui est sans voix devant celui qui le tond, ainsi il n’ouvre pas la bouche.” — Actes 8:32; Ésaïe 53:7.
      Étant serviteurs du Très-Haut, nous voudrons endurer de la même façon les souffrances, sans céder à un esprit de rébellion ou de vengeance. Si nous menacions ceux qui nous persécutent ou cherchions des occasions de leur faire du mal, nous montrerions que nous sommes encore esclaves des passions de la chair imparfaite. Si nous endurons des souffrances de la part des hommes, ce devrait être uniquement parce que nous refusons de suivre les voies égoïstes du monde (Jean 15:19, 25). C’est ainsi que nous pouvons démontrer par notre attitude d’esprit, nos paroles et nos actions que nous vivons "non plus pour les désirs des hommes, mais pour la volonté de Dieu".
      UNE RAISON D’ÊTRE HEUREUX
       
      Au premier siècle de notre ère, la foule idolâtre ne subissait pas de persécutions religieuses. Par contre, quiconque embrassait le christianisme devenait un objet de haine. Ce devait être une expérience étrange, déconcertante même. Voilà qui était bien loin des bénédictions promises à ceux qui acceptaient la “bonne nouvelle”. Ces chrétiens avaient grand besoin d’acquérir le bon point de vue sur cette question. Aussi les paroles suivantes de l’apôtre Pierre leur furent-elles certainement d’un grand secours:
      “Bien-aimés, ne vous laissez pas déconcerter par l’incendie qui est au milieu de vous et qui vous advient pour servir d’épreuve, comme s’il vous arrivait quelque chose d’étrange. Bien au contraire, continuez à vous réjouir puisque vous avez part aux souffrances du Christ, pour que vous vous réjouissiez et frémissiez aussi de joie durant la révélation de sa gloire. Si l’on vous outrage pour le nom de Christ, heureux êtes-vous, car l’esprit de gloire, oui, l’esprit de Dieu repose sur vous.” — I Pierre 4:12-14
       Ne soyons pas déconcertés si le malheur nous frappe, mais considérons plutôt que cela nous prépare à recevoir les bénédictions qui accompagneront la révélation de noootre Maître. Pierre compare les souffrances à un “incendie”. En effet, de même que les métaux sont affinés par le feu, de même Dieu permet que ses serviteurs soient affinés ou purifiés par les tribulations. Évidemment, Dieu ne nous a pas faits pécheurs, mais comme nous le sommes, il peut permettre que nous endurions des souffrances dans le but de nous purifier. Elles peuvent nous rendre meilleurs, plus humbles et plus compréhensifs à l’égard de nos semblables. En outre, quand nous avons nous-mêmes subi de cruelles épreuves, nos paroles de réconfort et d’encouragement ont beaucoup plus de poids. Ceux que nous consolons savent que nous comprenons ce par quoi ils sont en train de passer.
       Puisque le Fils de Dieu a souffert, les tourments que nous subissons confirment que nous sommes bien ses disciples et que nous demeurons en union avec lui. Jésus dit à ses apôtres: “Rappelez-vous la parole que je vous ai dite: Un esclave n’est pas plus grand que son maître. S’ils m’ont persécuté, ils vous persécuteront aussi.” (Jean 15:20). Lorsque nous sommes persécutés pour les mêmes raisons que notre Maître et que nous souffrons comme lui pour la justice, nous ‘avons part aux souffrances du Christ’. Tout comme sa fidélité lui valut d’être récompensé par son Père céleste, de même notre endurance fidèle dans les épreuves nous donne l’assurance que nous serons approuvés lors de la révélation du Fils de Dieu. Nous déborderons certainement de joie quand Dieu nous accordera la vie éternelle dans un nouvel ordre de choses où toutes les causes actuelles de chagrin auront disparu.
      Comme le déclare également Pierre, être outragé pour le nom de Christ, c’est-à-dire parce que l’on est son disciple, devrait être une source de joie. Cela prouve que ceux que l’on diffame ainsi possèdent l’esprit de Dieu, oui, le bel “esprit de gloire” qui émane de Dieu. Puisque cet esprit est saint, il ne peut reposer que sur des personnes qui sont pures du point de vue de Dieu.
      C’est pourquoi il est très important de faire en sorte qu’aucune mauvaise action de notre part ne soit la cause des souffrances que nous subissons. L’apôtre Pierre fait cette exhortation: “Mais qu’aucun de vous ne souffre comme meurtrier, ou voleur, ou malfaiteur, ou comme quelqu’un qui se mêle des affaires d’autrui.” — Celui qui prétend être chrétien et qui commet une mauvaise action contre son semblable ne doit pas s’attendre à échapper à la punition (comparez avec Actes 25:11). Ce châtiment jettera l’opprobre non seulement sur ce chrétien, mais aussi sur toute la famille spirituelle et sur le nom de Christ. Il n’en retirera pas de la joie, mais de la honte.
      Celui qui se mêle des affaires d’autrui peut se rendre haïssable. Le mot grec utilisé par Pierre montre bien comment on peut en arriver à agir ainsi, car il signifie littéralement “surveillant de ce qui appartient à un autre”. Ayant acquis une certaine connaissance des Écritures, un chrétien pourrait se croire capable de dire aux gens du monde comment gérer leurs affaires. Il avancera peut-être son point de vue personnel sur la tenue vestimentaire, les distractions, la façon de se nourrir, de discipliner les enfants, de régler les problèmes conjugaux et sexuels, etc. Quand il s’immisce dans la vie privée des autres, sans y être invité, leur disant ce qu’ils doivent faire ou ne pas faire, il cherche à devenir le “surveillant” de leurs affaires, ce qui les irrite généralement. Quelqu’un dira peut-être carrément à cet importun de se mêler de ses affaires. Il se peut aussi qu’il essuie des coups de la part de personnes qui sont furieuses de le voir s’ingérer dans leur vie privée. Cet homme, qui se mêle d’affaires qui ne le regardent pas, s’attire des ennuis et dénature le christianisme et son message auprès des gens du dehors. Évidemment, même au sein de la congrégation, il n’y a pas de place pour ce genre d’individus. — Comparez avec 1Timothée 5:13.
      Celui qui est dénoncé publiquement comme un délinquant ou comme quelqu’un qui se mêle des affaires d’autrui, celui-là est un objet de honte. En revanche, celui qui souffre parce qu’il est chrétien en est honoré. Pierre écrit: “S’il souffre comme chrétien, qu’il n’ait pas de honte, mais qu’il continue à glorifier Dieu en ce nom.” (I Pierre 4:16). Quand nous sommes persécutés à cause de notre mode de vie chrétien et que nous supportons l’épreuve patiemment, sans nous plaindre, le Très-Haut est glorifié. Cela prouve que ce que nous possédons en tant que chrétiens, — de précieuses relations avec Dieu et avec le Christ, une conscience pure, le bonheur spirituel et une ferme espérance pour l’avenir, — tout cela est un trésor de grande valeur. Nous démontrons que nous sommes disposés à souffrir et, s’il le faut, à mourir pour ce trésor, et le Dieu que nous servons de tout cœur en est glorifié. Par contre, si nous cédions aux pressions et reniions notre foi, nous déshonorerions son nom. Ceux qui nous observent pourraient alors douter sérieusement qu’être disciple de Jésus Christ est vraiment un grand trésor. — Comparez avec Éphésiens 3:13; II Corinthiens 6:3-10.
      UNE FORME DE DISCIPLINE
      Nous avons vu que Jéhovah Dieu, qui est tout-puissant, pourrait épargner aux chrétiens des souffrances injustifiées, mais qu’il les tolère pour de bonnes raisons. Cependant, le Très-Haut n’abandonne jamais ses serviteurs. L’apôtre Pierre développe cette pensée en disant:
      “C’est en effet le temps fixé où le jugement commence par la maison de Dieu. Or, s’il commence par nous, quelle sera la fin de ceux qui n’obéissent pas à la bonne nouvelle de Dieu? ‘Et si le juste est sauvé avec difficulté, où paraîtront l’impie et le pécheur?’ Ainsi donc, que ceux qui souffrent selon la volonté de Dieu continuent à confier leur âme à un Créateur fidèle, tout en faisant le bien.” — I Pierre 4:17-19.
      En tant que “maison de Dieu”, la congrégation chrétienne a été fondée en l’an 33. Depuis lors, ses membres sont en train d’être jugés par Dieu. La façon dont ils se plient à sa volonté, leur attitude d’esprit, leurs paroles et leurs actions face à tout ce que Jéhovah Dieu permet qu’il leur arrive, sont autant de choses qui influeront beaucoup sur le verdict final de Jéhovah. Parfois, Dieu tolère qu’ils soient éprouvés très sévèrement. Mais il peut faire en sorte que la persécution constitue une forme de discipline pour le bien de son peuple. — Hébreux 12:4-11; voyez aussi Hébreux 4:15, 16, où il est montré que les souffrances qu’endura Jésus Christ le préparèrent à devenir un grand prêtre compatissant.
       Des hommes dirigés par Satan peuvent essayer de détruire notre foi en nous brutalisant. Mais Jéhovah est capable de faire échouer leurs funestes projets. Oui, tout en haïssant lui-même ce qui est mauvais, notre Père céleste peut faire en sorte que ce qui était destiné à nous faire du mal s’avère en définitive très utile. Prenez l’exemple de Joseph, le jeune fils de Jacob. Ses demi-frères, qui le haïssaient, le vendirent comme esclave. Pendant des années, Joseph connut bien des malheurs; il fut même emprisonné injustement. Pourtant, par la suite, Jéhovah Dieu tira avantage de cette situation pour préserver la famille de Jacob. Joseph déclara à ses demi-frères:
      “À présent, ne soyez pas peinés et ne soyez pas irrités contre vous-mêmes, de m’avoir vendu pour ici; car c’est pour la préservation de la vie que Dieu m’a envoyé en avant de vous. Car ceci est la deuxième année de la famine au milieu de la terre, et il y aura encore cinq ans sans labour ni moisson. Aussi Dieu m’a-t-il envoyé en avant de vous afin de mettre, pour vous, sur la terre, un reste et vous garder en vie par une grande évasion. Ainsi donc, ce n’est pas vous qui m’avez envoyé ici, mais c’est le vrai Dieu, pour m’établir comme père pour Pharaon et comme seigneur pour toute sa maison et comme quelqu’un qui domine sur tout le pays d’Égypte.” — Genèse 45:5-8.
      "Or je désire que vous le sachiez, frères: mes affaires ont plutôt tourné au progrès de la bonne nouvelle, si bien que parmi toute la garde prétorienne et parmi tous les autres il est devenu notoire que mes liens ont un rapport avec Christ; et la plupart des frères dans le Seigneur, rendus confiants par mes liens, se montrent d’autant plus courageux à parler sans crainte de la parole de Dieu.” — Philippiens 1:12-14.
       Puisque Jéhovah Dieu tolère que ses fidèles serviteurs subissent de cruels traitements pour qu’ils soient affinés et pour qu’ils lui prouvent leur attachement, comment imaginer qu’au dehors de la congrégation chrétienne, ou “maison de Dieu”, “l’impie et le pécheur” puissent “paraître” devant lui en compagnie du “juste”? Le psalmiste déclare: “Les méchants ne se mettront pas debout devant le jugement, ni les pécheurs dans l’assemblée des justes.” (Psaume 1:5). Non, les méchants ne seront pas approuvés mais condamnés. Ils n’auront jamais la faveur de Dieu. Eu égard à tout ce qu’il leur faut affronter dans ce monde, les croyants doivent faire beaucoup d’efforts et manifester une foi et un amour profonds dans la voie de la droiture pour parvenir au salut et à la vie éternelle. C’est donc “avec difficulté” qu’ils acquièrent le salut. Par conséquent, il incombe à chaque membre de la congrégation chrétienne (“la maison de Dieu”) de veiller à ne pas devenir “impie” et “pécheur” en ce “temps fixé” de “jugement”. — I Pierre 4:17, 18; Proverbes 11:31.
       Nous pouvons subir des épreuves qu’il nous serait impossible de supporter avec nos propres forces. Mais aussi dramatique que puisse être notre situation, Jéhovah Dieu a le pouvoir de nous soutenir et d’annuler complètement tout le mal qui nous est infligé. Quand nous nous en remettons entièrement à lui, il peut nous donner assez de force, au moyen de son esprit, pour supporter les souffrances. Il est, comme le dit Pierre, un “Créateur fidèle”, un Dieu en qui nous pouvons avoir confiance et qui n’oubliera jamais sa promesse de venir en aide à ses serviteurs (I Pierre 4:19). Cette connaissance nous aidera à ne pas réagir envers nos persécuteurs d’une façon qui déshonorerait Dieu. Plutôt que de lutter contre eux et de leur rendre la pareille, nous voudrons continuer à faire le bien. — Luc 6:27, 28.
      Si nous acceptons humblement toutes les choses qui peuvent nous survenir dans notre vie, tout en gardant la même disposition d’esprit que le Christ, nous pouvons être sûrs que Jéhovah nous élèvera. Aucune épreuve ne durera indéfiniment. Toutes prendront fin. Tant que sous les mauvais traitements nous nous conduisons en harmonie avec la volonté divine, nous demeurerons sous la main de Jéhovah. Or, sa main peut nous élever au rang de serviteurs éprouvés et approuvés. Aussi Pierre nous fait-il cette recommandation: “Humiliez-vous donc sous la main puissante de Dieu pour qu’il vous élève en temps voulu, tout en vous déchargeant sur lui de toute votre inquiétude, car il prend soin de vous.” — I Pierre 5:6, 7.
      Qu’il est réconfortant de savoir que Jéhovah se soucie vraiment de nous! Son amour nous réchauffe le cœur, son esprit nous fortifie et nous soutient. Lorsqu’une épreuve est passée et que nous nous rappelons la sollicitude de Jéhovah à notre égard, nous nous sentons plus proches de lui. Notre situation est alors comparable à celle d’un enfant reconnaissant qui a pu constater l’amour et la sollicitude affectueuse de ses parents pendant qu’il était gravement malade. Sa confiance et son amour pour eux s’en trouvent grandis. Certes, lorsque des circonstances très éprouvantes se présentent, nous ne pouvons pas tout simplement nous y soustraire, mais nous pouvons nous décharger sur Jéhovah Dieu de nos inquiétudes. À quoi bon nous tourmenter en nous demandant pendant combien de temps nous serions capables de supporter les mauvais traitements d’une foule déchaînée et impitoyable, des viols répétés ou d’autres atrocités? Avec l’aide de notre Père céleste aimant, nous pouvons, si nous lui restons fidèles, endurer les épreuves et remporter une victoire morale sur ceux qui nous persécutent. Cette assurance nous libère de l’anxiété qui pourrait nous priver de la paix de l’esprit et du cœur si nécessaire pour rester fermes dans les épreuves.
      Toutefois, ce n’est pas parce que nous nous sommes déchargés de nos inquiétudes sur Jéhovah que nous devrions maintenant être trop sûrs de nous ou insouciants. Nous avons un ennemi. “Gardez votre équilibre, soyez vigilants, écrit Pierre. Votre adversaire, le Diable, comme un lion rugissant, circule cherchant à dévorer quelqu’un.” — I Pierre 5:8.
      Selon ce conseil de l’apôtre, nous ne pouvons pas nous permettre d’être insouciants face à l’épreuve. L’adversaire guette la moindre occasion de nous faire tomber. Si Satan peut nous amener à douter de la fidélité de nos frères ou nous affaiblir spirituellement par tout autre moyen, il ne manquera pas de le faire. Cesser de fréquenter la congrégation chrétienne ou de faire la déclaration publique de sa foi équivaudrait à se laisser dévorer par Satan, le “lion rugissant” toujours à l’affût de proies imprudentes.
      Pour rester vigilants il nous faut, entre autres choses, nous rappeler constamment que nous ne sommes pas les seuls à endurer des souffrances. Sur la terre entière, nos frères chrétiens subissent toutes sortes d’épreuves et, avec l’aide de l’esprit de Dieu, ils parviennent à les surmonter victorieusement. Cette pensée nous aidera à ne pas tomber dans les pièges de Satan, car elle nous donnera l’assurance que nous pourrons endurer l’épreuve nous aussi, grâce à la puissance de Jéhovah. Alors, “tenez-lui tête, solides dans la foi, sachant qu’en fait de souffrances les mêmes choses s’accomplissent dans la famille entière de vos frères dans le monde”. — I Pierre 5:9.
      Puisque Jéhovah Dieu veut que nous surmontions les obstacles pour parvenir au salut, nous pouvons lui demander son aide en toute confiance, tout en considérant les épreuves qui nous adviennent avec sa permission comme une discipline utile qui fera de nous des chrétiens complets et forts dans la foi. L’apôtre Pierre exprime très bien cette pensée lorsqu’il déclare:
      "Après que vous aurez souffert un peu de temps, le Dieu de toute faveur imméritée, qui vous a appelés à sa gloire éternelle en union avec Christ, parachèvera lui-même votre formation, il vous affermira, il vous rendra forts. À lui la puissance pour toujours! Amen.” — I Pierre 5:10, 11.
      Tout comme Jésus a souffert un peu de temps sur la terre et a été élevé à une haute position, de même les disciples du Fils de Dieu attendent une récompense glorieuse. Si les souffrances que nous pouvons être amenés à endurer de par la permission de Dieu affermissent notre attachement aux principes bibliques et font de nous des disciples plus humbles, plus compréhensifs et plus compatissants, cette formation aura alors atteint son but. Pour qu’il en soit ainsi, nous devons compter entièrement sur notre Père céleste en étant confiants que tout ce qui peut nous arriver avec sa permission contribuera finalement à notre bonheur éternel, si toutefois nous nous y soumettons humblement (Romains 8:28). Dans le même esprit que l’apôtre Pierre, nous pouvons élever nos voix et dire: “Grâce soit rendue à Dieu de nous avoir permis d’être formés par les épreuves et de nous aider à devenir des serviteurs fermes et forts, approuvés par lui, ayant l’espérance de la vie éternelle!”

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    • Eric Ouellet

      Suivons les traces de celui qui est la source de vie
       
      Avec amour, Jéhovah invite des personnes “ de toutes nations et tribus et peuples et langues ” à l’adorer (Rév. 7:9, 10 ; 15:3, 4). Celles qui acceptent cette invitation peuvent “ contempler le charme de Jéhovah ”. (Ps. 27:4 ; 90:17.) À l’instar du psalmiste, elles élèvent la voix pour louer Dieu par ces termes : “ Adorons et courbons-nous ! Agenouillons-nous devant Jéhovah notre Auteur. ” — Ps. 95:6.
      Un culte d’une grande valeur
      Étant le Fils unique-engendré de Dieu, Jésus avait eu largement la possibilité de découvrir la pensée, les principes et les normes de son Père. Par conséquent, il pouvait avec assurance enseigner aux autres la bonne façon d’adorer Jéhovah. Il a déclaré : “ Je suis le chemin, et la vérité, et la vie. Personne ne vient vers le Père sinon par moi. ” — Jean 1:14 ; 14:6.
      Jésus nous a laissé un exemple parfait en restant humblement soumis à son Père. Il a indiqué : “ Je ne fais rien de ma propre initiative, mais [...] comme le Père m’a enseigné, moi je dis ces choses. ” Il a ensuite ajouté : “ Je fais toujours les choses qui lui plaisent. ” (Jean 8:28, 29). De quelles manières Jésus a-t-il plu à Jéhovah ?
      En premier lieu, le Fils était entièrement dévoué à son Père. C’est d’ailleurs ce qu’implique fondamentalement adorer Dieu. Jésus montrait qu’il était personnellement attaché à son Créateur en lui étant obéissant, en accomplissant sa volonté, même si cela lui demandait de grands sacrifices (Phil. 2:7, 8). Il consacrait beaucoup de temps à enseigner et à former ses disciples. C’était là un aspect important du culte qu’il rendait à Dieu, à tel point qu’il était appelé Enseignant tant par les croyants que par les non-croyants (Mat. 22:23, 24 ; Jean 3:2). De plus, Jésus se dépensait pour autrui. Son esprit de sacrifice lui laissait peu de temps pour lui-même, mais il était heureux de servir les autres (Mat. 14:13, 14 ; 20:28). Bien que très occupé, il prenait toujours le temps de parler à son Père céleste dans la prière (Luc 6:12). Sans nul doute, Dieu accordait une valeur inestimable au culte que Jésus lui vouait !
      Des efforts soutenus pour plaire à Dieu
      Jéhovah a remarqué la conduite de son Fils et a exprimé son approbation (Mat. 17:5). Mais Satan le Diable également a observé la fidélité de Jésus. Jésus est donc devenu sa cible privilégiée. Pourquoi ? Parce qu’aucun humain n’avait jamais réussi à rester totalement obéissant à Dieu et, de ce fait, à l’adorer de la manière qui lui convient vraiment. Aussi le Diable voulait-il empêcher Jésus de rendre à Dieu le culte qui Lui revenait de droit. — Rév. 4:11.
      Satan a essayé de corrompre Jésus en lui faisant une offre tentante. Il l’emmena sur “ une montagne extraordinairement haute et lui montra tous les royaumes du monde et leur gloire ”. Puis il lui dit : “ Toutes ces choses, je te les donnerai si tu tombes et fais un acte d’adoration pour moi. ” Quelle fut la réaction de Jésus ? Il répondit : “ Va-t’en, Satan, car il est écrit : ‘ C’est Jéhovah ton Dieu que tu dois adorer, et c’est à lui seul que tu dois offrir un service sacré. ’ ” (Mat. 4:8-10). Quels que soient les avantages qu’il aurait pu en retirer, Jésus comprenait bien que se prosterner devant Satan, c’était commettre un acte d’idolâtrie. Il refusait d’accomplir ne serait-ce qu’un acte d’adoration devant quelqu’un d’autre que Jéhovah.
      En ce qui nous concerne, Satan ne nous proposera pas tous les royaumes du monde et leur gloire en échange de notre adoration. Néanmoins, il essaie encore d’empêcher les chrétiens sincères de rendre un culte à Dieu. Le Diable veut que nous adorions quelqu’un ou quelque chose d’autre. — 2 Cor. 4:4.
      Jésus Christ s’est montré fidèle jusqu’à la mort. En restant intègre, il a glorifié Jéhovah comme aucun humain ne l’avait jamais fait. Aujourd’hui, nous qui sommes de vrais chrétiens, nous nous efforçons d’imiter la fidélité de Jésus en mettant le culte de notre Créateur à la première place dans notre vie. Sans conteste, nos bonnes relations avec Dieu sont ce que nous avons de plus précieux.
      Les bénédictions que procure le culte que Dieu agrée
      Favoriser “ le culte qui est pur et sans souillure ” du point de vue de Dieu apporte de nombreuses bénédictions (Jacq. 1:27). Par exemple, nous vivons à une époque où de plus en plus de gens sont “ amis d’eux-mêmes, amis de l’argent, arrogants ” et “ sans amour du bien ”. (2 Tim. 3:1-5.) Par contraste, au sein du peuple de Dieu, nous avons le privilège de côtoyer des personnes pures et de saine compagnie qui s’efforcent de respecter les normes de Dieu en matière de culte. N’est-ce pas là une source de réconfort ?
      En outre, nous tenir à l’écart des souillures de ce monde nous procure une conscience pure. Nous voulons qu’elle reste pure, et c’est pour cela que nous nous soumettons aux principes justes de Dieu et que nous obéissons aux lois de César qui ne sont pas en désaccord avec les lois divines. — Marc 12:17 ; Actes 5:27-29.
      Un culte rendu à Dieu de toute son âme apporte d’autres bénédictions. Quand nous nous soucions d’accomplir la volonté de Dieu plutôt que la nôtre, notre vie a un sens véritable et elle est plus gratifiante. Au lieu de dire : “ Mangeons et buvons, car demain il nous faudra mourir ”, nous entretenons l’espoir certain de la vie éternelle sur une terre transformée en paradis. — 1 Cor. 15:32.
      Le livre de la Révélation attire notre attention sur le moment où ceux qui seront demeurés purs devant Jéhovah “ vien[dront] de la grande tribulation ”. Le récit précise que “ Celui qui est assis sur le trône étendra sur eux sa tente ”. (Rév. 7:13-15.) Celui qui est assis sur le trône n’est autre que Jéhovah Dieu, le Personnage le plus glorieux de l’univers. Imaginez quelle joie ce sera quand il vous accueillera comme l’hôte de sa tente et vous protégera pour qu’aucun mal ne vous soit fait ! Et dans une certaine mesure, nous bénéficions dès à présent de cette protection.
      De plus, tous ceux qui rendent à Dieu le culte qu’il agrée sont décrits comme étant guidés vers “ des sources d’eaux de la vie ”. Ces sources revivifiantes représentent toutes les dispositions prises par Jéhovah pour que nous puissions obtenir la vie éternelle. Assurément, grâce à la rançon du Christ, “ Dieu essuiera toute larme de leurs yeux ”. (Rév. 7:17.) Tandis que les humains seront élevés à la perfection, tous connaîtront une joie indicible à la perspective de vivre éternellement sur la terre. Dès maintenant, les adorateurs heureux de Dieu poussent des cris de joie, exprimant leur profonde reconnaissance envers Jéhovah et lui vouant un culte en compagnie de ses serviteurs au ciel qui chantent : “ Grandes et prodigieuses sont tes œuvres, Jéhovah Dieu, le Tout-Puissant. Justes et vraies sont tes manières d'agir, Roi d’éternité. Qui ne peut te craindre et ne pas glorifier ton nom? Car toi seul tu es fidèle! Car toutes les nations viendront et adoreront devant toi, parce que tes décrets justes ont été manifestés. ” — Rév. 15:3, 4.



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    • Patiently waiting for Truth

      I am seriously looking for TRUTH. Yes I do feel lost in the wilderness. 
      But, when Jerusalem was about to be destroyed (70C.E) didn't some return 'home' there, only to perish when the Romans slaughtered them. They returned to Jerusalem because they lost their faith in Almighty God and in the words of Jesus. And therefore they died through lack of faith.
      I do not lack faith in Almighty God or in Jesus Christ. But I do lack immediate direction. However, at this moment in time, I would not return to the Jehovah's Witnesses Org.  In my opinion that Org will be either made clean or destroyed. Either way, right now I would not want to be part of it. 
      I also do not pay any attention to those on here that condemn me to death or tell me that I have no hope left.  
      My faith is not in earthling man. My faith in Almighty God through Jesus Christ. 
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    • Esther  »  Eric Ouellet

      Bonjour Éric
      Je recherche un discours pour une étudiante. Le thème c'était "Dieu approuve-t-il une religion en particulier ? " 
      Si tu l'as en audio ou écrit, c'est assez urgent car je la vois cet après-midi. 
      Merci beaucoup mon frère
      Esther😉
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    • folens  »  Esther

      Bonsoir Esther et-ce celui-ci?

      Dieu accepte-_t-_il toutes les religions.docx
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