[Watchtower study for the week of March 24, 2014 – w14 1/15 p.22]
This is a good Watchtower study which encourages all to reach out in any way they can and to use the gift God has given each one to help others. — 1 Peter 4:10
It speaks of those older ones who have acquired wisdom and knowledge following years of faithful service and encourages them to use whatever power and capability they possess to continue to help others, possibly serving in a foreign land, or a foreign language congregation in their home country.
Many of the frequent, thoughtful contributors to this site are such ones. Men and women in their 50s, 60s, and 70s who have progressed in spiritual knowledge and discernment and who are willing and able to help younger ones to come to a greater knowledge of the truth. The irony is that if they were to follow this article’s counsel to the letter, these ones would get tossed out of the very Organization they are serving. The reason is, of course, that with growing knowledge from careful and honest Bible study, such ones have come to a greater knowledge of the truth from God’s word and in some important ways this truth varies from what our publications would have us teach.
How can you go to a foreign land to teach interested ones about the Bible, while knowingly teaching some things which are contrary to Bible truth? An honest person cannot do this. What options are there? How did sincere Christians in centuries past teach Bible truth that conflicted with Church doctrine? In those days, they were not only in danger of being disfellowshipped, but of being imprisoned by the Church authority; or worse, executed. They had to pursue the course of truth by acting courageously, but cautiously. The truth was taught in an underground manner.
We will explore this theme in an upcoming post, since many have asked about this.