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In case you couldn’t tell from my last post, I really did not enjoy (to put it mildly) going door to door, preaching the Good News of God’s Kingdom.  The Good News that in a nutshell was: if you do not become a Jehovah’s Witness, you have no hope of living in Paradise on earth and that Jehovah was going to smite you at Armageddon.

I was listening to a podcast the other day by Pastor Joe Schimmel of Good Hope Chapel of Simi Valley, CA entitled “Witnessing to Jehovah’s Witnesses” (see my links to download).  I encourage you, if you are interested in conversing with the Witness that comes to your door to take some time to listen to this 2 part podcast if you can.  Pastor Schimmel makes an excellent point:   While the Witnesses know that they are commanded to go forth and preach the gospel of the kingdom (Matthew 24:14), they really have no idea about what the gospel truly is.

The Gospel:  1 Corinthians 15:  Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, (ESV)

Pastor Schimmel touched on the bodily ressurection in his podcast, but I would like to focus on the very first part of the gospel message and how the scriptures really compare to what the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach.

Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures:  While many Jehovah’s Witnesses say they believe that Jesus died for all men,  the truth of the matter is that the Watchtower and their Governing Body (their leaders)  teach that Jesus only died for 144,000 and he is only the Mediator between God and these annointed ones. Below are some excerpts from the Watchtower’s publications:

Worldwide Security Book, p. 10: “Jesus Christ is not the Mediator between Jehovah God and all mankind. He is the Mediator between his heavenly Father, Jehovah God, and the nation of spiritual Israel, which is limited to only 144,000 members.”

The “great crowd” of “other sheep” that is forming today is not in that new covenant. However, by their associating with the “little flock” of those yet in that covenant they come under benefits that flow from that new covenant.” Watchtower 1979 Apr 1 p.31

“They recognize that they are not spiritual Israelites in the new covenant mediated by Jesus Christ, nor part of the “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation.”-1 Pet. 2:9. Yet they do benefit from the operation of the new covenant. They benefit from this just as, in ancient Israel, the “alien resident” benefited from residing in among the Israelites who were in the Law covenant.-Ex. 20:10; Lev. 19:10, 33, 34; Rev. 7:9-15. To keep in relationship with “our Savior, God,” the “great crowd” needs to remain united with the remnant of spiritual Israelites.” Watchtower 1979 Nov 15 p.27 Benefiting from “One Mediator Between God and Men”

Watchtower of 8/15/1989 Page 31, Questions From the Readers: Consequently, 1 Timothy 2:5, 6 is not using “mediator” in the broad sense common in many languages. It is not saying that Jesus is a mediator between God and all mankind. Rather, it refers to Christ as legal Mediator (or, “attorney”) of the new covenant, this being the restricted way in which the Bible uses the term. Jesus is also a corresponding ransom for all in that covenant, both Jews and Gentiles, who will receive immortal life in heaven. The apostle John referred to these at 1 John 2:2. But he indicated that others too will receive the benefit of Christ’s sacrifice: “He is a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins, yet not for ours only but also for the whole world’s.” 

Is Jesus the “mediator” only for anointed Christians? … So in this strict Biblical sense Jesus is the “mediator” only for anointed Christians.” Watchtower 1979 Apr 1 p.31

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This doctrine of course means that most Jehovah’s Witnesses are not saved by Jesus unless they affiliate themselves with the anointed Jehovah’s Witnesses and obey God’s anointed slave. Really though, who do the scriptures point to as the mediator between God and man?:

‘For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,’ 1 Timothy 2:5 NIV

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order  that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God –  John 3:16-18 ESV

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit, – 1 Peter 3:18

If you are a Jehovah’s Witness reading this, my plea to you is please consider what Psalms 146:3 has to say:

Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save.  NIV

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I get to go
up to the doors
by myself
that way
my partner
doesn’t realize
that my
knocking is
too soft
for
Mr. Householder
to hear
that I am there.
Quietly I tuck
the Watchtower and Awake
in the door knob,

and run like hell….

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I recently joined a Sunday morning bible study group that has been focusing on the book of Colossians. This study has touched me in so many ways. Especially as the Gnostic influence that Paul was warning this congregation in Colosse about hits very close to home for me having been raised a Jehovah’s Witness.

This past Sunday we came to this passage in Colossians 2:18-19 (KJV): Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind. And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and hands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.

Beguile is defined by Dictionary.com in this way: 1. to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude. 2.to take away from by cheating or deceiving (usually followed by of ) 3. to charm or divert.

How easy is it for a person to be “beguiled” as far as the gospel is concerned? Easier than one would like to think. Take for example a charismatic and confident leader who appears to have a great knowledge of history and the bible. Or a writer who can lay the words out in such a way their conclusions seem to come from great insight. How many times do we as Christians sit back and say to ourselves — yeah, that must be what the Bible means, after all this person has invested so much time and energy in researching this subject and they have a greater understanding than I could ever have? Not even bothering to revisit the scriptures discussed? Could it also be true of us that it is easier to accept what they say because we don’t have the time, energy or drive to checkup on what they are telling us? How far really is that from being tied to a person or group that will make us feel that if we question what they have to say — we are questioning God himself?

What does God’s word say about how to keep ourselves from being “beguiled”?:

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. — 1 John 4:1 (NIV)

prove all things; hold fast that which is good; — 1 Thes. 5:21 (ASV)

Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. — 1 Cor. 14:29 (ESV)

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. — Acts 17:11 (NIV)

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. — 2 Cor. 11:3 (NIV)

and also . . .

But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. – Galatians 1:8-9

To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. — Isa. 8:20

This is a subject I have touched on a couple of times in this blog. I feel the urge to shout it from the mountaintops! I also feel the need to remind myself constantly that it is I who bears the responsibility before God to test that I am holding on to the firm foundations of the Word and not losing sight of the real leader in my life, the head of the church – Jesus our Lord.

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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 . . . “

dress

Jehovah will be mad. . .

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