[From ws15/05 p. 9 for June 29-July 5]
“Be watchful! Your adversary, the Devil, walks about like
a roaring lion, seeking to devour someone.” – 1 Peter 5:8
This week’s study is the first of a two-part series. In it, we are taught that the Devil is powerful, vicious and deceitful; someone to be wary, even fearful of. Next week we are being taught to oppose the devil by avoiding pride, sexual immorality and materialism.
Now there is nothing wrong with being watchful, as well as wary of Satan’s devices. Pride, sexual immorality and greed are, of course, things that can destroy our spirituality. However, that wasn’t Peter’s message when he introduced the metaphor of the Devil as a roaring lion seeking to devour someone.
Why did Peter use that metaphor?
The verses preceding it contain admonition to older men to shepherd the flock out of love, “not lording it over those who are God’s inheritance.” Younger men are encouraged to ‘clothe themselves with humility toward one another.’ Then all are told to humble themselves before God for he opposes the haughty ones. It is then that Peter introduces the metaphor of the Devil—the foremost “haughty one”—as a roaring lion. The following verses speak of standing firm in the faith and enduring sufferings with a view to the everlasting glory awaiting Christians in union with Christ.
So one can be “devoured” by the Devil should one—particularly a brother in position of authority—become haughty. Equally, a Christian can be devoured by the evil one if he gives in to fear and loses his faith during times of suffering and tribulation.
An Odd Little Study
There is something odd about this week’s study. It’s not easy to put one’s finger on, but there is a disconnect from reality about it. For instance, under the subtitle “Satan Is Powerful” one gets the impression that we should fear Satan because “what power and influence he has!” (par. 6) We are told that “time and again, the demons have demonstrated their superhuman strength, causing great misery to those who they have tormented”, and to “never underestimate the power of such wicked angels” or that of Satan. (par. 7)
After establishing that he is powerful, we learn that he is vicious. It is worth noting that lions are not vicious creatures. Powerful? Yes. Voracious? At times. But vicious? That is a human trait that animals only display when they have been abused by man. So the article is clearly stretching the metaphor beyond what Peter intended when it states, under the subtitle “Satan Is Vicious”, that “according to one reference work, the Greek word translated ‘roaring’ denotes ‘the howl of a beast in fierce hunger.’ How well that describes Satan’s vicious disposition!”
Under this subtitle, we are told that Satan is uncaring, pitiless, unsympathetic, and genocidal. In short, a nasty little piece of work. The subtitle concludes with the warning: “Never underestimate his vicious disposition!”
So we now have two things we should never underestimate: Satan’s power and his viciousness. One might wonder if perhaps there is an emerging trend among Jehovah’s Witnesses to underestimate Satan, though how such a trend is manifesting itself is not made clear.
Whatever the case, it appears that Jehovah’s Witnesses are not taking Satan seriously enough.
The entire argument seems odd because it apparently ignores the simple Bible truth that Satan has no power if we are with the Christ. Peter knew the extent of Satan’s power and that it was as nothing before the power of the Christ. In fact, he and the other disciples had borne witness that the demons had to obey them when they invoked the name of our Lord in faith.
“Then the seventy returned with joy, saying: “Lord, even the demons are made subject to us by the use of your name.” 18 At that he said to them: “I began to behold Satan already fallen like lightning from heaven. 19 Look! I have given YOU the authority to trample underfoot serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will by any means do YOU hurt. 20 Nevertheless, do not rejoice over this, that the spirits are made subject to YOU, but rejoice because YOUR names have been inscribed in the heavens.”” (Lu 10:17-20)
What a powerful passage this is! Rather than attempting to motivate us out of fear for our adversary, should not the Governing Body be reminding us of the power that is ours by the spirit of the Christ?
Peter was a lowly fisherman, a “nothing man” to the powerful of his day, but oh, how he was raised up by the power that became his once he put faith in the Christ. But even that was as nothing by comparison to the reward of having his name inscribed in the heavens.
Yet this power, confidence and reward was not his alone. It was something all his readers shared:
“a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession, that you should declare abroad the excellencies” of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 For you were once not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not been shown mercy, but now you have received mercy.” (1Pe 2:9, 10)
Peter is not talking to a group of second class citizens, some subgroup called “other sheep”. The other sheep of John 10:16 were, as Peter knew from personal experience with Cornelius, the gentile Christians. They were all part of the one flock under the one shepherd, Christ. (Acts 10:1-48) The other sheep are therefore part of the “chosen race, the royal priesthood, the holy nation, a people for special possession.” Satan has been made subject to them as well, and they too have their names inscribed in the heavens.
Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid
Of course, according to Watchtower doctrine, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not have the power ascribed to this holy nation, this royal priesthood. Save for an “anointed remnant”—another JW term not found in Scripture—Peter’s words do not directly apply to its rank-and-file membership. So they have reason to be afraid, for they are only safe from Satan by clinging to the coattails of the remnant of chosen ones.[i] They have virtually no chance of ever becoming part of it.
Odd that Peter failed to mention that, isn’t it? Even stranger that he’d be inspired to write a letter intended for only 144,000 individuals while ignoring millions of faithful Christians yet to come.
Of course, the Governing Body gets around this by claiming that the salvation of these millions is tagged to the “anointed remnant”, but only if the other sheep stay inside the protective walls of the Organization. Doubtless, the majority of those studying this article will see it this way. They will see that we cannot underestimate the power and viciousness of Satan. We need to be afraid of being outside. We have to stay safe inside. Outside is darkness, but inside the Organization there is light.
“Indeed, there is a fitting darkness outside the visible part of Jehovah’s organization” (ws chap. 7 p. 60 par. 8)
The other Christian churches exist in this darkness as well, under the power of Satan.
Hence, they were thrown “into the darkness outside,” where the churches of Christendom still are. (w90 3/15 p. 13 par. 17 ‘The Faithful Slave’ and Its Governing Body)
Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that the churches of Christendom are in darkness? Because Satan is deceptive and he has misled them with false teachings.
Satan Is Deceptive
Under this final subtitle, we learn that “one of Satan’s greatest means of deception is false religion.” It warns us that “even many who think that they are worshipping God properly are shackled to false beliefs and useless rituals.” (par. 15) “Satan can fool even zealous servants of Jehovah.” (par. 16)
The irony of these words does not escape us who have been awakened. We are well aware that millions of “zealous servants of Jehovah” engage in the yearly ‘useless ritual’ of quietly observing the passing of the emblems at the Lord’s Evening Meal while refraining from partaking as commanded by Jesus. (1Co 11:23-26)
We are likewise aware that the false belief that Christ began reigning invisibly in 1914 and its consequent falsehood that he chose the predecessor of the Governing Body as his appointed channel of communication in 1919 has been a deception originating with Satan. Perhaps these teachings started out of a misguided exuberance to “decode” the word of God. Or perhaps they are the result of human pride, that haughty self-assuming attitude which Peter warned the older men to avoid; and which, if unchecked, would allow the “roaring lion” to devour them. Whatever the motivation was behind the promotion of these false teachings, God knows; we do not. However, the result was a seemingly unending parade of typical/antitypical prophetic parallels that have caused millions to stumble.
The foremost and most damaging of these was the one involving Jehu and Jonadab and the Israelite cities of refuge. In the mid-1930s, this resulted in the creation of a clergy/laity division by forming a secondary and subservient class of Jehovah’s Witnesses called the Other Sheep that has existed to this day. At what point do the men who continue to perpetrate this deception become those “liking and carrying on a lie”? (Re 22:15b NWT) God knows; we do not. However, it is a deception that Satan surely likes. And a powerful deception, it is. So much so that recently the Governing Body was able to revoke its whole premise by disavowing the use of fabricated prophetic antitypes without anyone noticing that this undermined the entire belief structure unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses. (See “Going Beyond What Is Written“)
The irony continues with these closing words from the study article:
“When we understand Satan’s tactics, we are better able to keep our senses and remain watchful. But just knowing Satan’s designs is not enough. The Bible says; “Oppose the Devil, and he will flee from you.” (par. 19)
By applying the criteria found repeatedly in the publications of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society, we have to acknowledge that if the churches of Christendom are outside in the darkness due to their false religious teachings and practices, then Jehovah’s Witnesses must be there alongside them.
How then are we to oppose the Devil and flee from him as the article admonishes? One way we can do this is by unmasking him and exposing his deceptions. This was Christ’s work, and it is ours now. Carefully, judiciously, (Mt 10:16) we can help family and friends to see that like the churches of Christendom which witnesses look down on, they too are steeped in false religious doctrines which alienate them from God and delight Satan. Let this be our mission.
[i] The Governing Body misapplies Zechariah 8:23 which was intended to prophesy the entry of gentiles into spiritual Israel. They attribute its fulfillment to the revelation by Judge Rutherford of a secondary class of Christian with an earthly hope, a class that attaches itself to the anointed remnant so as to be saved, not as sons of God, but as friends.
qspf, It’s true that we don’t agree on absolutely everything, but then none of us knows everything. I think your comments are very interesting and beneficial here, and I look forward to more.
It all came to ahead for me 2 weeks ago today & I declared to my wife that as far as I’m concerned now I am simply a nondenominational Christian & that I’m done with it all so I’m now outside the protective walls in the darkness & vulnerable to the vicious attack of Satan. She said that she accepted my decision & didn’t want to hear anymore criticism of her faith meaning WT doctrine & practices. I can say that since I made that decision & haven’t been to anymore meetings I feel a great load has lifted off… Read more »
Hi Tony, I admire your stand. I pray that your wife will come to her senses as well and see the organization as it truly is, not as it paints itself. I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t even bother with a judicial committee. They will likely use the Facebook post as tantamount to a formal letter of disassociation. It will make their job so much easier. They will consider you a threat now, especially because of Facebook and the wider reach it affords you to unmask false teachings. Let us know how it goes. At least you have one… Read more »
I simply said “To my JW friends, I no longer consider myself one of Jehovah’s Witnesses but still consider you all my Christian bros & sis’ & love you all dearly. If you decide to unfriend me that is your choice” One non-witness friend who was the 1st to comment said “Why would anyone unfriend you Tony? What you choose to believe is your choice & you’ve been a good friend to everyone on here” The next day one of the elders is on my friends list & rang my wife, not me, last night to ask if she was… Read more »
It’s a complex psychology. People will say many hurtful things, sometimes out of good motives–to their minds at least–and sometimes a wicked spirit is at work. They are afraid. Afraid of losing a friend, afraid of being forced to look at things they’d rather not consider, afraid of who knows what. They may sense that something is wrong with the Organization but take a head-in-the-sand approach. Then when a friend takes a public stand, it pulls their head out of the sand. They’re not happy about that. If they sense something is wrong, and then see you doing something about… Read more »
Yes Meleti, I do understand why they are saying such things as not so long ago my thinking was similar under WT control, but it still hurt to have good friends say such things. Came across this interesting report in an Australian newspaper just a while ago. Mentions the Australian Bethel income for the 2011 tax year was nearly $19 million and mostly came from donations. It earned nearly $350,000 in interest.
According to the article Shunning is a myth.
That was what they told me, i had sent these letters to so and so… so i did not bother .. this was my closest friends .. said i had nothing to say and that the letter said it all ..told me i was entitled to my view.. i said i only read the bible .. what these socalled friends of mine know i’ve been doing for at least 2 years now …
Yes that is me now. I class myself as a nondenominational Christian & just read the Bible alone. It is so wonderful to meditate on Jesus words without having to be told what to believe
Mate I stll wouldn’t be so open we still don’t really know who we are dealing with here. These people believe everything they are told and may even do anything they are told regardless of how wrong it is. If it comes from the organisation. Look at what happened in tunisia. Who knows ?
What happened in Tunisia?
Hi Tony. That was a very bold move to post your feelings about the organization on facebook. The elders will most likely be getting in contact with you soon. I have made posts facebook as well. My posts aren’t as outspoken as yours may have been, but my posts are intended to get ppl to think about the faults of man-made doctrines and religious organizations. Although my posts aren’t as direct as yours, the elders have still called me asking about them. (It’s funny that none of these elders have Facebook accounts, yet they are aware of my posts. Either… Read more »
I’ve always been the type of person that if I see something wrong or disagree I will speak out. That has caused me to be seen as a bit of a rebel in some congregations but I just can’t sit back & continue with it all knowing what I know. I mentioned to my wife recently about the WT’s 10 association with the UN & that they only cancelled membership because a British journalist caught them out & made it publicly known. She said it was a lie. I told her there’s even a ststement about it on the UN’s… Read more »
I got my call from the elders sunday …
Took them a while, but when i sent out letters proving my point from the Bible …. And i have only sent them to my dearest and closest – yet.
I discovered what is meant by the covards in Rev 21:8 , and since i sincerely see that that book is NOT about this world … politics, governments etc … i do not want to be one ..
And i’ m surtenly not one to jump to conclusions and i’m known for thinking through everything several times … so i did not deside from one day to another ….
If you live in a area that allows a conversation to be recorded if one of the parties is aware of the recording, I highly recommend that you do so, if for no other reason then to keep an accurate record. They will not allow witnesses, as public trials are something they fear. If I can be so bold as to offer one more piece of advice. Don’t be goaded into providing them with evidence against yourself. Instead, follow the example of our Lord and answer their questions with questions of your own. Do not be anxious. These words of… Read more »
For a long time I have found articles such as this one border on an almost superstitious dread of Satan,granted one must not underestimate Jehovah’s main adversary,but without the real weapons to fight Satan then such fear becomes real,the scriptures are clear that Jesus ransom has undone the works of Satan,once again Jesus gets left out of the equation and the rank and file stay on the treadmill hoping it will protect them . How can an organization protect anyone from Satan ? There isn’t a verse in the bible that even hints at such protection, superstition at its finest… Read more »
Meleti, I’m not expressing an opinion as to whether a brother or sister should or should not remain in the JW Organisation. What I am wondering is should we be comparing the Jews of the first century with the JW organisation of today? The Jewish nation were God’s chosen people – Jesus Christ was a Jew – and this was where the Christian congregation was to originate from and then to the Gentiles. And so where is the comparison with the WT – I don’t see one.
The legalism. Spitting image of the jewish system of things.
Thanks, Anonymous, but that wasn’t the point I was making. But what you say is, of course, very interesting.
I take your point, Skye. The Jewish nation was chosen by God, but when they murdered his son, he rejected them. From that point on, his chosen people were Christians comprising Spiritual Israel. “But YOU are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession…” (1Pe 2:9) These words no longer applied to the Israel of the flesh, but to that of the spirit. When I compare Jehovah’s Witnesses to the rejected nation of Israel, it isn’t done exclusively, only contextually. In other words, I’m not elevating the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses to the status… Read more »
Meleti, I understand what you are saying. Thank you.
Meleti, I agree with much of what you said there. However, the thought that Israel was rejected by God is a misleading thought that has spread throughout the Christian faith for centuries. The growing anti-semitism of the early centuries established the way for a theology that is now known as ‘Replacement Theology’. This is a misleading theology because it throws off our view of the prophecies that have been, are being, and will be fulfilled. The idea that Israel was rejected and replaced by the ‘Church’ if believers sprouted a new way of interpretation. Prophecies were no longer viewed in… Read more »
eyeontorah, So many scriptures in the OT seem to me to confirm what you are saying here with regard to the Jews, and I do not see any other explanation. In my Bible study this evening I came across Luke 13:34,35 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is… Read more »
And who are a jew ? Other than one praising jah? More and more i see this in the prophecies …
It shouldn’t surprise us that Paul went teaching at the synagogues. Paul, the disciples, and Jesus all went to the Synagogues to preach, and in the case of the disciples, to learn and teach. Jesus commanded disciples to observe and do what is taught out of Moses’ seat, the Law of Moses. This was done at the synagogues every sabbath. (Matt. 23:1-3)”Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on the seat of Moses. Therefore do and observe everything that they tell you, but do not do as they do, for… Read more »
It is very true that Paul did not break off contact with the Jews and preached the message of Christ in the synagogues. Of course he did so boldly but at great cost to himself as we can see at Acts 14:19: “But some Jews arrived from Antioch and Iconium, and persuaded the crowds to stone Paul. They dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead.” The following Scriptures from Acts are examples of his preaching activity at the synagogues: Acts 9:20, 21 At once he proclaimed Jesus in the synagogues, saying “This really is the son of God!”… Read more »
Who are you following? Who are your Master? Who do you belong to? Mark on tbe forhead. Who do you serve? Mark on your hand. JW.ORG ? When i see all these pictures on the net with witnesses and the JW.ORG emblems on everything, it makes me sick. They even show it off under water with somebody in diving suits …
I love this. Focusing on the ‘power’ of Satan will not encourage anyone. What good is it to point out and reflect the ‘power’ of The Devil? Granted, we should be constantly aware of his deception and his motives. But I’d rather focus on the power that one can have in Christ! Knowing that with Christ, anything is possible, is the most encouraging thought for any believer!
Excellent article Meleti. As always refreshing and eye opening. A few weeks ago someone used the phrase “programme of deception” in reference to the WTBS. It made me think about before I was awakened and how a lot of the doctrine never made sense. I could study all day but still not get to where I felt like I was getting to the heart of matters, to where it made sense. Now that I am fully awake I’m able to explain complex doctrine to my wife and she is amazed. My wife is a regular pioneer and didn’t know who… Read more »
Thanks noblemindedthinker. Of course, the GB would correct your father by saying that his salvation is dependent on his support for them. “The other sheep should never forget that their salvation depends on their active support of Christ’s anointed “brothers” still on earth. (Matt. 25:34-40)” (w12 3/15 p. 20 par. 2) This highlights something I’ve observed which is in line with your observation that Witnesses don’t understand their own theology. In studies where the topic is the other sheep as friends of God, brothers and sisters will express themselves as God’s children, and the conductor will agree. In a study… Read more »
Great comment noblemindedthinkersaid , a few weeks ago when were going over the while anti type thing and getting Our Understanding on many things, one. Brother commented I never under who the faithful and discreet slave was, I wanted so much to raise up and grab the microphone and say you got the time I got the answer and it gonna make sense. But I agree a lot of our understanding don’t make sense, look at the recent convention of Jesus they had a video where they in a way made fun of the whole prophecy of 1914 and how… Read more »
Sorry about some of my typing, man typing on small screens is not cool, and I.meant to say the faithful and discreet slave ain’t gonna make sense, but I think we all know that, again love this site continue on my brothers
Thanks Meleti. Only when one somehow “wakes up” it becomes visible how the WBTS reasons. By positioning the organisation outside Christendom and by promoting the organisation to a position above all others and to be the only acceptable organisation, JW’s are made to believe that Satan is against the organisation and te JW’s only as Satan has all the others already. Mat 6:23 But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
“So much so that recently the Governing Body was able to revoke its whole premise by disavowing the use of fabricated prophetic antitypes without anyone noticing that this undermined the entire belief structure unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses”
Well they are selective. I don’t think they will abandon the Daniel chapter 4 type anti-type in relation to the 1914 calculation or the faithful and discreet slave equals the governing body.
Nice review Meleti ,
have read the study, no doubt satan is making inroads, good reminders nevertheless,..I liked your reference to Lu 10:17-20.
If we do not think in terms of the anointed ones, we will not see what GOD calls ‘a disgusting thing’ .. The prostitute riding the beast is also about those called ones.. .. Michael and his ‘angels’ are at war with satan and his ‘angels’ .. OR .. Michael and the womans seed are at war with satan and his seed .. it’s a war about spiritual things http://www.wehaveawrestlingwithwho.blogspot.com
Wow. Most of the conclusions you come to is what CT Russell taught the whole time. :). Good job.
Paragraph 3 in next weeks follow up. ( As jehovahs servants we are not among those who are misled………. When gods kingdom was established in 1914 satan began to wage war with the anointed remnant. Ok dougal.
All I can say is “Yes!”. The fear of Satan, the fear of Jehovah, the fear of the GB. The Watchtower operates on the use of fear. Lord have mercy on those who are trapped in the web of the Watchtower.
“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.” Luke 12:4,5
After doing a Google search and seeing my name pop up on this comment I want to clarify vis a vis Skye’s biblical quote. When I said “Jehovah”, I meant the “Jehovah” of the Watchtower, not the Jehovah of the Bible. For JWs Jehovah is synonymous with the organization. I do fear the true God, not the god of the Watchtower.
You stated, “By applying the criteria found repeatedly in the publications of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society, we have to acknowledge that if the churches of Christendom are outside in the darkness due to their false religious teachings and practices, then Jehovah’s Witnesses must be there alongside them. How then are we to oppose the Devil and flee from him as the article admonishes? One way we can do this is by unmasking him and exposing his deceptions. This was Christ’s work, and it is ours now. Carefully, judiciously, (Mt 10:16) we can help family and friends to see… Read more »
And who am I to rule the conscience of another? Would you have me become yet another Governing Body? The first century Christians did not break off all contact with their former religion. In fact, Paul gained many converts by preaching in the synagogue in whatever town he was visiting. Jesus did require the disciples to take definitive action, but only when they saw the disgusting thing. (Mt 24:15) Likewise, there will come a time when we will have to follow his command to get out of her by means of definitive action. (Re 18:4) At that time it will… Read more »
Either way, there is no guarantee that we will keep our families. “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law – a man’s enemies with be members of his own household. Anyone who loves their father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves their son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. Whoever does not… Read more »
I agree Meleti. At this time, leaving the organization is a personal decision each person has to make for himself. It’s not as easy for one person as it is for the next. I personally, have recently stopped going and haven’t been in months. This wasn’t an easy decision, but I felt, for me, it was necessary. It was a tough decision because my wife still makes every meeting and it causes a strain in our relationship. But I could no longer sit still in meetings. I would hear a lie from the platform and it would eat me up.… Read more »
These are the same reasons I had to leave. I just couldn’t stand to listen to the false teachings as well as the hypocritical callous judgement they pass on all other Christians
Greetings qspf, I have really enjoyed some of your contributions, but wonder as I read them if you have ever been affiliated as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses? I respectfully suggest that only a current or X JW would understand Meleti’s and thousands of others situation and why we are on sites like this. If you attend another Christian denomination I’m sure you find yourself listening to things you do not agree with or that are totally not from scripture yet do you still attend? My point is, yes we can leave the Organization, but the only way to effect change… Read more »
Have I “ever been affiliated as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses”? Yes, and yes I do understand these issues. “And who am I to rule the conscience of another”? I am not asking you to, nor would I follow you if you attempted. However, to completely omit this issue from your discussion, and not even mention it as one possible course of action for the courageous to consider, is a glaring oversight. That is a simple fact, one that you should admit. It is one thing not to pressure others to drastically change their lives, when it could have so many… Read more »
I can see that your emotions run deep on this. I can respect that. I ask that you do the same. I am trying to avoid having an agenda. That is what every organized religion has and if I adopt one, even with the best of intentions, it will go wrong at some point. The only “agenda” a Christian should have is Christ’s and the spirit leads us to an awareness of what he wants. I believe the spirit leads us both individually and collectively. That is why we encourage commenting on this forum. The Watchtower strongly discourages comments and… Read more »
qspfsaid. I see that you want some sort of directive from the originators of this site. It was never about telling us readers or contributors what to do. It has been about gradually unravelling the deceptions and misunderstandings. Some here (myself included) would not appreciate being told what to do………again. We have, for the greater part of our lives within WTdom, been told how to act and think and what to read or how to simply live. If Meleti or any other person had tried to force this issue of getting out of the WT, I for one would have… Read more »
Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I fear that my statements have been misunderstood, as is so often a risk when being part of an online community such as this one. I will attempt to clarify. First, allow me to state that I am not offended at your remarks, nor am I overly frustrated (neither “incredibly” so nor to any other excessive amount) at the current state of affairs. I am disappointed – a far different and far less emotional state. I also want to state that what I said before, and am about to say now, is not driven… Read more »
Great review of the article, will be reading it today, and just skimming through it ,yeah a lot of things are very disturbing, yes we should always be on the watch from the evil one, No doubt. And I love how this week article and and the one you Reviewed both have Lion themes going through the article…Very telling. Any way great review and keep them coming,
Let us reason, friends. If it were not for the marvel of the way the organisation has become built, then there would be hardly anyone talking about God in the world, in comparison with what there is. It is worth being as integrated as possible, as was Joshua with the other spy outs for Israel. But I do feel the J W s do not show enough merciful sensitivity on the No Blood. I have studied 9 years with them. I thank God for them, but am a baptised SDA. But I hate the lack of forum, among people in… Read more »