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Not too long ago I discovered a whole new and unknown (to me) world of Ex-JW’s on You-Tube.

Most I have found extremely helpful in breaking those Watchtower chains.   My favorite You-Tube channels include 21CrosscheckDallyWally72, and The Snarky Apologist (who does it with humor), to name a few.   The comment sections are always so alive with debate.  You will find Ex-JW’s (myself included) going back and forth with Jehovah Witness apologists. Arguing everything from theology, false dates, to Watchtower history and cover ups, you name it.   At times it can get quite ugly.  So ugly in fact that I am sometimes left wondering if the goal in arguing is just to prove a point and not really to help the Jehovah’s Witness.

Part of me thinks that those who are silently reading these back and forth comments are helped, but I wonder again, how many are turned off and turned away from the Word when the other side does not exercise Christian love in their responses.

What do you think?  Is arguing “theology” a waste of time or even Christian  in your opinion? 

Just a footnote.  I do think these YouTube videos, forums and blogs can serve an excellent purpose.  Especially if they are done thoughtfully and with the goal in mind to shed light (like the video channels I referenced above) and not spread hate.  One has to use discernment in what they choose to watch and read,  which of course,  is just part of using the brain God gave ‘ya.

Blessings.

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“Judge” Rutherford had a slogan that said “Religion is a Snare and a Racket!  Serve God and Christ the King!”

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Ironic isn’t it that it was he and Charles T. Russell that created one of the most legalistic forms of “religions” to come out of the late 1800’s Adventist movement?  Jehovah’s Witnesses: an Arianistic group where the preeminence of Christ is reduced to a created being and the Faithful and Discrete Slave is the authority by which their followers openly give their allegiance to when they are baptised:  Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization?

Don’t be shocked, but I am in agreement with his statement — religion is a racket.  Religion in my mind is Churchianty — not Christianity.  Christianity is about serving Him.  Centering our lives in Christ.  Abiding in Him.  It is not a religion — it is a relationship.

But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his cunning, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:3

The simplicity that is in Christ. This is a beautiful statement really isn’t it?  Jesus said, my sheep know my voice and they will follow me.  Not a religion, not a group of men in Brooklyn or a particular denomination — they will follow him.

 

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There was a little voice inside of me telling me that I should take a shower and get cleaned up before I started my housework today. It kept nagging at me, but I ignored it. I escorted my husband and daughter out the door to go shopping, got down on my hands and knees scrubbed the floor, cleaned the kitchen top to bottom and started to work on the living room.

Well, that little voice must have been the Holy Spirit, because who showed up at my door today? Pat and Pat — those 2 nice Jehovah’s Witness ladies! I had been hoping and hoping that they would return. Of course I couldn’t invite them in. Because not only was the hair on one side of my head sticking straight up, I had mascara induced racoon eyes, unbrushed teeth and sweats soaked from the knees down — I would have frighted them away for good!

Oh well, they handed me another Watchtower and Awake trough the crack in the door and I told them I would be home for sure the week of Christmas.

I do hope they come back. I’ve got some prep work to do . . .

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Dethroned.

I cut each piece, carefully making sure I followed the blue lines of the pattern paper.

Mary showed me how to mark the seam lines and stitch the white muslin.

My mother was hesitant.

“It means associating with wordly people.”

The practices are all during school hours, mom.

She relented. We attached the gold trim.

My 5th grade teacher promised pink and purple pointed princess hats complete with trailing veils.

The day nears. Programs are sent home.

“This says the musical is on Thursday. Sorry. We can’t miss the meeting . . . “

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Jehovah will be mad. . .

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Today I heard a wonderful and powerful sermon at church. It touched my heart so much that at the end I felt the tears rolling down my face and I didn’t care who saw. I grieved for my past unbelief and for my family members who are still stuck in a lie.

Paul’s letter to the Colossians warned his brothers of a different gospel,  the gnostic philosophy that was  infiltrating their congregation. “Gnostic” comes from the Greek word gnosis, which means having  secret knowledge. A religious philosophy whereby one is taught that salvation could only be achieved through obtaining that secret knowledge. Some taught that this knowledge in addition to works  brought you closer to salvation.

This lie is the same lie of the serpent in the Garden of Eden. It is a lie still being taught today by those who seek to diminish the purpose and the very nature and deity of Christ.

Truth is found in Christ. Through in Him all things were brought into being. He who conquered death.   It is through His blood that we are reconciled. Our intercessor. In Him the fullness and deity dwell. What a wonderful gift we have been given. Something to remember in this coming season.

Colossians 1: 23:  … continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that you heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation under heaven…. – ESV

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

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May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be
like the evening sacrifice. — Psalms 141:2

In 1 Thessalonian’s we are encouraged to “Pray without ceasing”.

Exodus 30:8 shows that there is to be a “perpetual incense before the LORD throughout your generations.”

Exodus provides us with much detail concerning the Tabernacle and through it we  can find rich imagery of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  He is like the Altar of Incense.  It is through Him we are to offer up our prayers to the Father.

The beautiful smelling spices of the special incense permeated the clothes of the high priest.     Does this sweet smell permeate our clothes?  Is prayer a perpetual part of the day?    Is it the most important part of the day?  I am talking to myself here mostly, of course.

How blessed we are to have an intercessor, an altar, to offer up praise to the Most Holy.  May we bask in it’s sweet smell and take every advantage to worship here.

Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer!
That calls me from a world of care,
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief,
My soul has often found relief
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!

 

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I really feel the reason cults (or fringe religions) are successful at entrapping people is that main stream churches do such a poor job at nourishing and attending to their individual members spiritual growth. Not to mention the very little effort put into ministry outreach.

Many people are hungering for answers or are looking for a deeper spiritual experience. These same people may even go to church every Sunday, but find the experience superficial or hollow. Whatever it is, they aren’t finding the answers in those pews.

Those who do not have a good grasp on the Word are fair game for groups like Jehovah’s Witnesses, LDS, COG, etc. Because these groups are out there day after day with their message.

I can tell you that, after finally drumming up the nerve to attend “church” again after my previous experience with being a Jehovah’s Witness — a personal guiding hand to help me understand, to answer questions would have made a world of difference. Instead, the couple of deeper questions I summed up the bravery to ask were either brushed off or met with “I don’t knows” by a local pastor. As it is, at this moment, I am mainly stuck with my own research  into finding the spiritual sustainance I am hungry for. I will continue to search.

I will say, on the plus side, most do an excellent job at reaching out to their communities physical needs — something that is indeed commanded of us. I wonder though if they took it a step farther — if they mixed spreading the gospel in with these type of outreach missions. Maybe too, if they provided their flock with opportunities for in-depth bible studies or took an honest effort to check in with their individual members “spiritual” growth. Would cults have a chance then? When they knocked on a church members door…that member would be armed with an arsenal of knowledge and be able to provide a solid reason for their belief. That member might even be able to do some reverse witnessing.

I would be interested to hear how others feel their churches are doing in this area.

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