Identifying True Worship, Part 12: Love Among Yourselves

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Hi, Eric Wilson here. I’ve been looking forward to doing
this final video in our series, Identifying True Worship. That’s because this is the only one that really
matters. Let me explain what I mean. Through the previous videos, it has been instructive
to show how using the very criteria the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses uses to show all other
religions are false also shows that the Witness religion is false. They don’t measure up to their own criteria. Yikes! How did we not see that!? As a Witness myself, for years I was busy
picking the straw out of other people’s eye while being totally unaware of the rafter
in my own eye. (Mt 7:3-5)
However, there is a problem with using this criteria. And the problem is that the Bible doesn’t
use any of it when giving us a way to identify true worship. Now before you go, “Whoa, teaching truth isn’t
important?! Being no part of the world, not important?! Sanctifying God’s name; preaching the good
news; obeying Jesus…all not important?!” No, of course they are all important, but
as a means of identifying true worship, they leave much to be desired. Take for example the criterion of adhering
to Bible truth. By that measure, according to this individual,
Jehovah’s Witnesses fail. However, there are significant differences. There’s a lot of Christians who would actually
say Jehovah’s Witnesses are not Christians; for one reason: They do believe in Jesus Christ,
but they don’t believe that Jesus Christ is divine, like Catholics do, or Anglicans do. They believe in a Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
as three different people, so that’s why they’re called non-Trinitarian. They don’t believe in the Trinity; they believe
in three separate entities. And they believe that Jesus was this created
entity who was not God. So a person who came and was supposed to usher
the flock toward salvation, but wasn’t actually God himself. Now I don’t believe the Trinity represents
Bible truth. But say you are looking to find Jesus’ true
disciples. Who are you going to believe? Me? Or the gentleman we just saw? And what are you going to do to figure out
who’s got the truth? Go into months of deep bible study? Who has the time? Who has the inclination? And what about the millions who simply lack
the mental capacity or educational background for such an arduous task? Jesus said that the truth would be hidden
from “wise and intellectual ones”, but ‘revealed to babes or young children’. (Mt 11:25) He wasn’t implying that you have
to be dumb to know the truth, nor that if you’re smart, you’re out of luck, cause you
just won’t get it. If you read the context of his words, you’ll
see he is referring to attitude. A young child, say a five-year-old, will run
to his mommy or daddy when he has a question. He doesn’t do that by the time he reaches
13 or 14 because by that time he knows all there is know and thinks his parents just
don’t get it. But when he was very young, he relied on them. If we are to understand truth, we must run
to our Father and through his Word, get the answer to our questions. If we are humble, he will give us his holy
spirit and it will guide us into truth. It’s like we’ve all given the same codebook,
but only some of us have the key to unlock the code. So, if you’re looking for the true form of
worship, how do you know which ones have the key? Which ones have broken the code? Which ones have the truth? At this point, maybe you’re feeling a little
lost. Maybe you feel you’re not that intelligent
and fear you might be easily deceived. Maybe you have been deceived before and are
afraid of going down the same path again. And what about the millions around the world
who cannot even read? How can such ones distinguish between true
disciples of Christ and the counterfeit ones? Jesus wisely gave us the only criterion that
will work for everyone when he said: “I am giving you a new commandment, that you
love one another; just as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this all will know that you are my disciples-if
you have love among yourselves.”” (Joh 13:34, 35)i
I have to admire how our Lord was able to say so much with so few words. What a wealth of meaning is to be found in
these two sentences. Let’s start with the phrase: “By this all
will know”. “By this all will know”
I don’t care what your IQ is; I don’t care about your level of education; I don’t care
about your culture, race, nationality, sex, nor age-if you’re human, you understand what
love is and you can recognize when it is there, and you know when it is missing. Every Christian religion believes they have
the truth and that they are the true disciples of Christ. Fair enough. Pick one. Ask one of its members if they fought in the
Second World War. If the answer is “Yes”, you can safely move
on to the next religion. Repeat until the answer is “No”. Doing this will eliminate 90 to 95% of all
Christian denominations. I remember back in 1990 during the Gulf War,
I was in a discussion with a couple of Mormon missionaries. The discussion was going nowhere, so I asked
them if they had made any converts in Iraq, to which they answered that there were Mormons
in Iraq. I asked if Mormons were in the US and Iraqi
military. Again, the answer was in the affirmative. “So, you have brother killing brother?” I asked. They answered that the Bible commands us to
obey the superior authorities. I felt rather smug that I could claim as a
Jehovah’s Witness that we applied Acts 5:29 to limit our obedience to the superior authorities
to commands that do not go against God’s law. I believed that Witnesses obeyed God as ruler
rather than men, and so we would never act unlovingly-and shooting someone, or blowing
them up would, in most societies, be viewed as a tiny weeny bit unloving. But Jesus’ words do not apply exclusively
to the fighting of wars. Are there ways in which Jehovah’s Witnesses
obey men rather than God and so fail the test of the love toward their brothers and sisters? Before we can answer that, we need to complete
our analysis of Jesus’ words. “I am giving you a new commandment…” When asked what was the greatest commandment
of the Law of Moses, Jesus answered in two parts: Love God with one’s whole soul and
love one’s neighbor as oneself. Now he says he’s giving us a new commandment,
which means that he is giving us something not contained in the original law on love. What could that be?
“…that you love one another; just as I have loved you, you also love one another.” We are commanded not just to love another
as we love ourselves-what the Law of Moses required-but to love each other as Christ
loved us. His love is the defining factor. In love, as in all things, Jesus and the Father
are one.” (John 10:30)
The Bible says that God is love. It follows therefore that Jesus is too. (1 John 4:8)
How was God’s love and the love of Jesus manifested toward us? “For, indeed, while we were still weak, Christ
died for ungodly men at the appointed time. For hardly would anyone die for a righteous
man; though perhaps for a good man someone may dare to die. But God recommends his own love to us in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” (Ro 5:6-8)
While we were ungodly, while we were unrighteous, while we were enemies, Christ died for us. People can love a righteous man. They may even give their lives for a good
man, but to die for a total stranger, or worse, for an enemy?… If Jesus would love his enemies to this extent,
what type of love does he display for his brothers and sisters? If we are “in Christ”, as the Bible says,
then we must reflect the same love he displayed. How? Paul answers:
“Go on carrying the burdens of one another, and in this way you will fulfill the law of
the Christ.” (Ga 6:2)
This is the only place in Scripture where the phrase, “the law of the Christ”, appears. The law of the Christ is the law of love which
surpasses the Mosaic Law on love. To fulfill the law of the Christ, we must
be willing to carry the burdens of one another. So far, so good. “By this all will know that you are my disciples-if
you have love among yourselves.” The beauty of this measure of true worship
is that it cannot be faked or counterfeited effectively. This isn’t simply the type of love that exists
between friends. Jesus said:
“For if you love those loving you, what reward do you have? Are not also the tax collectors doing the
same thing? And if you greet your brothers only, what
extraordinary thing are you doing? Are not also the people of the nations doing
the same thing?” (Mt 5:46, 47)
I’ve heard brothers and sisters argue that Jehovah’s Witnesses must be the true religion
because they can go anywhere in the world and be welcomed as a brother and a friend. Most Witnesses are unaware that the same can
be said of other Christian denominations, because they are told not read non-JW literature
and not to watch non-JW videos. Be that as it may, all such manifestations
of love only prove that people naturally love those who love them back. You personally may have experienced an outpouring
of love and support from the brothers in your own congregation, but beware of falling into
the trap of confusing this for the love that identifies true worship. Jesus said that even the tax collectors and
gentiles (people despised by the Jews) exhibited such love. The love true Christians are to display goes
beyond this and will identify them so that “all will know” who they are. If you are a long-time Witness, you may not
want to look into this any deeper. That may be because you have an investment
to protect. Let me illustrate. You may be like a shopkeeper who is handed
three twenty-dollar bills in payment for some merchandise. You accept them trustingly. Then later that day, you hear that there are
twenty-dollar counterfeits in circulation. Do you examine the bills you hold to see if
they are really authentic, or do you just assume they are and give them as change when
others come in to make purchases? As Witnesses, we have invested so much, perhaps
our whole lives. That is so in my case: Seven years preaching
in Colombia, two more in Ecuador, working on construction projects and special Bethel
projects that utilized my programming skills. I was a well-known elder and a sought-after
public speaker. I had many friends in the Organization and
a good reputation to uphold. That’s a lot of investment to abandon. Witnesses like to think that one leaves the
Organization out of pride and selfishness, but really, pride and selfishness would have
been the very things to keep me in. Returning to the analogy, do you-our proverbial
shopkeeper-examine the twenty-dollar bill to see if its genuine, or do you just hope
it is and carry on business as usual? The problem is that if you know that the bill
is counterfeit and then still pass it on, we are complicit in criminal activity. So, ignorance is bliss. Nevertheless, ignorance does not transform
a counterfeit bill into an authentic one with real value. Thus, we come to the big question: “Do Jehovah’s
Witnesses really pass the test of the love of Christ?” We can best answer that by looking at how
we love our little ones. It has been said that there is no greater
love than that of a parent for a child. A father or mother will sacrifice their own
life for their newborn child, even thought that infant lacks the capacity to return that
love. It’s just too young to understand love. So that intense, self-sacrificing love is
one-sided at that point in time. That will change as the child grows of course,
but we’re discussing a newborn now. That is the love God and the Christ showed
for us-for you and me-when we did not even know them. While we were in ignorance, they loved us. We were the “little ones”. If we are to be “in Christ”, as the Bible
says, then we must reflect that love. For this reason, Jesus talked of the extreme
adverse judgment that would be brought down on those who “stumbled the little ones”. Better for them to have a millstone tied round
the neck and chucked into the deep blue sea. (Mt 18:6)
So, let us review. 1) We are commanded to love one another as
Christ loved us. 2) “All will know” we are true Christians,
if we display the love of the Christ. 3) This love constitutes the law of the Christ. 4) We fulfill this law by carrying the burdens
of one another. 5) We are to show special consideration to
the “little ones”. 6) Christian’s fail the test of love when
they obey men over God. To answer our big question, let’s ask a supplementary
one. Is there a situation within the Organization
of Jehovah’s Witnesses that is equivalent to that found in other Christian faiths whereby
Christians break the law of love by killing their fellows in war? The reason they do this is because they have
chosen to obey men rather than God. Do Witness act unlovingly, even hatefully,
to the brothers and sisters out of obedience to the Governing Body? Do they act in such a way that “all will know”
they are not loving, but cruel? I’m going to show you a video taken from the
Australia Royal Commission hearings into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. (A shout out of thanks to 1988johnm for compiling
this for us.) Well, it’s a pretty cruel way of dealing with
someone, isn’t it…who has suffered sexual abuse? I can only repeat what I’ve said, your Honor. No, but it’s cruel, isn’t it? To take away, by reason of the rules that
you impose, all of their social structure. That’s cruel. I think the real issue is that for some people,
the circumstances will be such that they just can’t stay and they will find it necessary
for their own survival, effectively, to disassociate. But the consequence of that is they are shunned
and lose all of their prior social structure. That’s the issue, and you heard the evidence
that some people gave about that issue. That’s the problem. If I could, your Honor, with respect… That doesn’t happen in other parts of society,
generally. If they are so unable to cope with what’s
happened and the way they’ve been treated inside the organization that they disassociate,
then they lose all of their previous social structure. Is that right? That could be the case, and we respect their
right to make that decision. Well, it’s a pretty cruel way of dealing with
someone, isn’t it…who has suffered sexual abuse? I can only repeat what I’ve said, your Honor. No, but it’s cruel, isn’t it? To take away, by reason of the rules that
you impose, all of their social structure. That’s cruel. Someone who comes to you and says, ‘I was
sexually abused’, but because there’s no two witnesses, you don’t accept it. You don’t make that finding. They’re left in a very difficult position,
aren’t they? The organization doesn’t acknowledge that
they were abused. That imposes a great burden on them, doesn’t
it? If there’s not two witnesses, you don’t accept
it, do you? Because scripturally, we’re not able to. That can lead to a chain of circumstances
where that person feels unable to do other than disassociate from your organization. We are extremely aware of the damage that
is done, where the victim…it’s compounded by the action that we’ve taken. In that context, we absolutely, absolutely
agree with you. I understand what you say, but can I just
ask you this simple question: Why is it necessary when someone feels that they can no longer
abide the organization and has to disassociate, why is it necessary to shun them? Why can’t they keep having social contact
with those people who happen to remain in the organization? We understand and agree with the point you’re
making, your Honor. Well, you haven’t answered the point yet,
but we’ll move on. The real answer to the question is because
you say the Bible says so, that’s the answer, isn’t it? That’s our understanding of the scriptural
disfellowshipping, disassociation doctrine. Let’s pretend that the two men in the hot
seat are not Witnesses, but are Catholic priests. Would you view their answers and the policies
they uphold as evidence of the love of Christ within their religion? In all likelihood, you would not. But being a Witness, it might color your viewpoint. These men claim they are acting this way because
the policy of disassociation is from God. They claim it is a Scriptural doctrine. Yet, when asked a direct question from his
Honor, they prevaricate and evade the question. Why? Why not just show the Scriptural basis for
this policy? Obviously, because there is none. It is not scriptural. It originates from men. Disassociation
How did it come about? It seems that back in the 1950s, when the
policy of disfellowshipping was first introduced into the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses,
Nathan Knorr and Fred Franz realized they had a problem: What to do about Jehovah’s
Witnesses who chose to vote or to join the military? You see, disfellowshipping and shunning such
ones would be a violation of federal law. Serious penalties could be levied. The solution was to create a new designation
known as disassociation. The premise was that we could then claim that
they didn’t disfellowship such individuals. Instead, they were the ones who abandoned
us, or disfellowshipped us. Of course, all the penalties of disfellowshipping
would continue to apply. But in Australia, we’re talking about people
who have not sinned as defined by the Organization, so why apply it to them? Here’s what is really behind this horrible
policy: Do you recall the Berlin Wall in the 1970s and 1980s? It was built to keep East Germans from escaping
to the West. By seeking to escape, they were rejecting
the authority of the communist government over them. In effect, their desire to leave was a non-verbal
form of condemnation. Any government that has to imprison its subjects
is corrupt and failing government. When a witness resigns from the Organization,
he or she is likewise rejecting the authority of the elders, and ultimately, the authority
of the Governing Body. The resignation is an implicit condemnation
of the Witness lifestyle. It cannot go unpunished. The Governing Body, in an effort to preserve
its power and control, has built its own Berlin Wall. In this case, the wall is their shunning policy. By punishing the escapee, they send a message
to the rest to keep them in line. Any who fail to shun the dissenter are threatened
with shunning themselves. Of course, Terrence O’Brien and Rodney Spinks
could hardly say such a thing in a public forum like that of the Royal Commission, so
instead they try to shift the blame. But, they’re actually taking the stand to
shun the congregation for themselves. Because the individual has not taken the decision
to no longer associate or to no longer be involved with congregation activities, which
is their right. They’ve taken the decision to say, “I’m shunning
the congregation. I’m no longer a part of the congregation.” How pathetic! “We don’t shun them”, they say. “They shun us.” ‘We’re the victims.’ This is, of course, a bald-faced lie. If the individual were really shunning all
members of the congregation, would that require the individual publishers to shun them in
return, effectively returning evil for evil? (Romans 12:17) This argument insulted the
intelligence of the court and continues to insult our intelligence. What is particularly sad is that these two
Watchtower representatives seemed to believe it’s a valid argument. Paul says that we fulfill the law of Christ
by carrying the burdens of one another. “Go on carrying the burdens of one another,
and in this way you will fulfill the law of the Christ.” (Ga 6:2)
His Honor shows that the child abuse victim is carrying a
great burden. I can certainly think of no greater burden
to bear than the childhood trauma of being abused sexually by someone you were supposed
to look to for support and protection. Yet, how are we to support such ones laboring
under such a burden-how are we to fulfill the law of the Christ-if the elders tell us
we cannot even say ‘hello’ to such a one? Disassociation and disfellowshipping are two
sides of the same coin. The cruel nature of the policy as practiced
by Jehovah’s Witnesses will not even permit a mother to answer the phone from her daughter,
who-for all she knows, may be lying in a ditch bleeding to death. Love is easily recognizable by any and all,
from the poorest and most uneducated to the wisest and most influential. Here, his Honor says repeatedly that the policy
is cruel and the two representatives of the Governing Body having no defence other than
to look chagrined and to point to official policy. If we can dismiss another Christian religion
as false because its members obey men when told to engage in war, we can dismiss the
Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the same way, because its members will all obey
men and shun anyone condemned from the platform, even if they have no idea-which they rarely
do-of the sin of the person, or even if he or she has sinned. They simply obey and in doing so grant the
elders the power they need to control the flock. If we do not grant them this unscriptural
power, then what are they going to do? Disfellowship us? Perhaps it will be we who disfellowship them. Perhaps you have not experienced this problem
yourself. Well, most Catholics have not fought in a
war. But what if, at the next midweek meeting,
the elders read out an announcement telling you that a particular sister is no longer
a member of the Christian congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses. You have no idea why or what she has done,
if anything. Perhaps she has disassociated herself. Perhaps she has committed no sin, but is suffering
and desperately needs your emotional support. What will you do? Remember, at some point you are going to stand
before the judge of all the earth, Jesus Christ. The excuse, “I was just following orders”,
will not wash. What if Jesus responds, “Whose orders? Certainly not mine. I told you to love your brother.” “By this all will know…” I was able to casually dismiss any religion
as unloving and disapproved of by God when I found that it supported the wars of man. Now I must apply the same logic to the religion
I have practiced my whole life. I must acknowledge that to be a Witness these
days is to give the Governing Body, and its lieutenants, the congregation elders, unquestioning
obedience. At times, that will require us to act in a
hateful way to those who are carrying an enormous burden. Thus, we will fail to fulfill the law of Christ
individually. At the most basic level, we will be obeying
men as ruler rather than God. If we support the problem, we become the problem. When you obey someone unconditionally, they
become your GOD. The Governing Body claims they are the Guardians
of Doctrine. The role of the Governing Body which, may
I state, a group…a spiritual group of men who are the Guardians of our Doctrine and
as Guardians of the Doctrine… An unfortunate choice of words, perhaps. It raises a question each of us must answer,
a question sounded out musically in Song 40 of the Songbook. “To whom do you belong? Which God will you obey?” Now some might say I’m advocating that all
depart from the Organization. That is not for me to say. I will say that the parable of the Wheat and
Weeds indicates that they grow together till the harvest. I’ll also say that when Jesus gave us the
law of love he did not say that, “By this all will know that you are my Organization.” An organization cannot love. Individuals love, or hate, as the case may
be…and the judgment is to come upon individuals. We will stand before Christ on our own. The questions each must answer are: Will I
carry the burdens of my brother despite what others might think? Will I work what is good toward all, but especially
toward those related to me in the family of faith even when told not to by men in authority? A good friend of mine wrote to me expressing
his belief that obedience to the Governing Body was a matter of life and death. He was right. It is. “To whom do you belong? Which God will you obey?” Thank you very much Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotes
are taken from the (NWT) New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures published by the Watchtower
Bible & Tract Society.

 

12 Responses

  1. Azalea LJ

    August 18, 2019 1:44 am

    Such a great point you made about being humble as a child and going to our Father asking for understanding. I have been praying for understanding of God's word, and of the deeper things of his word. I believe he has led me to your videos so I can benefit from your insight.

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  2. River Avon

    September 5, 2019 8:57 pm

    How wonderful it is to hear you teach what the Bible really says. Thanks.

    About these liars I think of Romans 9:18 saying “So then he hath mercy on whom he will, and whom he will be hardeneth.”

    These men are only hardened tools determined by God to learn us something. They are like Esau, Pharaoh, or a wessel of wrath determined to be destroyed.

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  3. Lucille Hills

    September 10, 2019 4:15 pm

    This I had been feeling always. The lack of Holy Spirit and I have said it a few times and for that reason I have been put in a corner. But I don’t care because I know Jehovah and Jesus and I have been blessed with Holy Spirit and the holly spirit is keeping my soul alive and feeding by supernatural visions and in one of them I saw the witnesses that worship the gb having a hard time to get close to Jesus to be saved, because they didn’t have Holy Spirit, meaning they were not able to get saved by Jesus. So you guys start listening to the voice of Christ. That’s Jehovah’s will Deuteronomy 18:15,18,19;Acts 3:22,23. They have ignored the Christ ‘s voice and teachings many times and have ignored the Christ’s commands. I have also been enlightened with the situation of the death that did not obeyed Jesus saying. From the coming of Christ till now we had enough time to listen to Christ and to subject ourselves to the Christ; many have ignored to do soo. So to believe that they will have the same opportunity that the ones that decided to obey, and get the opportunity at the time of resurrection… it is not a teaching of God or his father Daniel 12:2;John 5:28,29. This is very serious because many people think that they can do what they want and later on after death have a change of heart…..Jehovah approves individuals ; no one can live his or her life in independence of God’s teachings. No one can obey other than the Christ 1 Timothy 2:5;Acts 17:31…I have been watching the painful situation inside and out. There just an organization of actors. They teach you how to act in a school. A school of hypocrisy . So “they smile and love not from the heart but as a way of acting “ So again we see it by their the cold way they act when you really have a need. Example when you get sick or someone in your family passes away. It’s very sad how they don’t even give you their condolences and those who pretend do it in a very hypocritical way… so sad is also the treatment that those who have aged with properties and those who have nothing to offer to hand over to the organization.. please do a video about that situation. Some people has passed away in an abandoned situation where for example in Mexico they have been found by the local authorities in a state very inhuman and some of their had their bodies mutilated by the rats . Used and removed from their friends and families and society to later on be mentally abused by their lack of love and later on being discarded as trash …. So sad end for some people who have served their whole life to a dangerous organization…. Apparently it is this practice of taking advantage of the elderly that sparked the situation in Russia. But, of course they will never tell the truth to the members. Are we suffering or even facing death for Christ or for the sins of an organization? Are we going to face the same thing in a near future in America?
    Please do more research on some of the things I have noticed please. I am sure you will find more vital information to protect the sheep of Jesus that Jehovah gave to him john 17.
    The truth will make us holy and free John 17:17; 8:32
    By the way I forgot to mention something very important too. There are many elders that know all these things and have decided to take advantage of the financial box and are buying expensive cars and clothes and traveling throughout the world etc. They are just going with the program and sharing also with some circuit overseers, which in turn return their favor appointing their close friends to join the circle of money lovers; and they act worse than a man without faith in their practices…. Keep an eye 👁… Make good use of your money and use it with those who are in need. “ Make treasures in the heaven; where the thieves can’t still them “ be careful you might be storing your treasures not in heaven “…

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  4. Rita Malik

    September 18, 2019 4:23 am

    I do fear, even with scripture that if I’m wrong from
    My way of understanding , maybe Jehovah will not kill me , but. Would I not get the Holy Spirit poured into me,? Tbe g b snd watchtower make a fool of Jesus and Jehovah, that alone not taking into consideration all my research, too many scriptures glare on them as false, but the teaching of how Satan would pull us away from the truth with his lying snd all of ehst he dose, how do I know if it’s Satan causing division orb tbe g b teslly did be part of the u n cond theyvatevguiktybof sex abuse. I cannot lie more sibto Jesus, he can read my heart and I don’t believe in the g b or the watchtower, thevproblem id the g b. Makingbus fesr everything, is this svlie from Satan? Have I been tricked ? Prvthe g b have been the weeds in the wheat

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  5. Captain Nemo

    September 27, 2019 3:45 pm

    I WORRY ABOUT PIECE OF SHITS JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES AS MUCH AS I WORRY ABOUT ISLAMIC BULL SHIT… FCK THEM PIECE OF SHITS PEDOPHILES, HUMAN TRAFFICKERS, GANGSTALKERS, ABUSIVE CRIMINALS, LYING SON OF BITCHS.

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  6. James Richard Wiley

    October 6, 2019 2:20 am

    I worshiped Yeshua and his heavenly Hebrew father Yahweh for twenty years.
    Nothing happened.

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  7. Tracy Owens

    October 7, 2019 2:10 am

    Everyone should know that every person in a position of leadership, be and elder or governing body member or just a parent are imperfect people. No one is inspired and no one is immune to mistakes and sin. Sure, maybe there is a few stories of individuals who were misunderstood. It's that persons duty to love GOD more than those making the mistakes; thus forgiving them. They can go to a different congregation and serve God there if they are too triggered by people at their home congregation. What will be telling is if a totally strange congregations welcomes them in as a sister or brother. They never had to disassociate in the first place! Technically by disassociating they are like the ones who rebelled from Moses and got swallowed up by the ground. Moses wasn't perfect; he threw down the stones! But he did a damn good job leading the Israelites! The governing body aren't perfect either, but they certainly give a lot of encouraging talks, articles, videos, songs etc etc etc for Jesus lovers to keep enduring. There's no other organization like JW's that talks to complete strangers day after day simply to encourage them to Christ-like path. A true JW wouldn't steal or lie to their boss. There's no church that you can go in a congregation in NY and be welcomed as family then go to china and get the same greeting. You make a big argument out of such a small example. You must look at the bigger picture. praying for you! <3 Plus, if you really want to know why someone disassociated you can ask them-ur not going to be disfellowshipped for talking briefly with them. ITS THE PRINCIPAL of staying away from people who may stumble your faith or cause you to sin. That's a dang good principal.

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