The power of prayer is something we recognize and when many pray for someone in need, our Father takes note. Thus, we find appeals like Colossians 4:2, 1 Thessalonians 5:25 and 2 Thessalonians 3:1 where the community of brothers and sisters is asked to pray.
There is an older couple in our online community who are going through a difficult time. The sister has posted as Orchid61 in the past. Her husband has resigned his position in the congregation out of conscience, declining to inform the elders—despite their insistence and probing questions—as to the reasons. Nevertheless, the elders are pushing and want to meet with them, even though the brother has told them it is not necessary. This is extremely trying emotionally for these dear ones. So as Paul asked for himself, I now ask of you to “carry on prayer” for them. (2Th 3:1) For the prayer of the righteous has much force. (Ja 5:16)
May the spirit of the Christ dwell in us all.
Eric, you know I am new to this group. But when I see messages of people being harassed it has to stop. I am also a trained and qualified Community Advocate and if you think I could help and give direct advice (or if they are in the UK perhaps a visit) to any of our group please let me know.
Thank you for your willingness to support our brothers and sisters when they come under attack. Many are suffering trauma from years of having been indoctrinated and coming out of a cult mentality can be very difficult.
This inquiry from the Elders happened to me today during the Quarantine. Dropped in and asked If I really believed thus and so. I said I wasn’t sure but was going to leave the door open for the possibility. They of course wanted to direct me on what the faithful slave had written on the subject. I of course said there was no need and told them “it wasn’t something they could change my mind on just because they wanted it changed” It very much surprises me that some of the best people in the world miss this point about… Read more »
Thank you brother for this information ..it reminds me of the movie the matrix in which computers were controlling people and anyone who managed to wake up or become aware of what’s really happening They would send agents to capture and bring them back under the control of the matrix In a similar sense I see this is what’s happening to this couple…The watchtower is using Elders to keep people under their control or to bring them back under their control. This is really a time of rejoicing because this couple is now witnessing and experiencing Jesus words in Matthew… Read more »
Hello, I am so sorry to hear of your situation. The saddest part is that those, who, over the years could help you, now see you differently. I have recently found myself in the same situation. I serve on a large boe so I can gradually decline and refuse to do certain parts or assignments. My wife does not feel as I do and this has even put a strain on our 40+ yrs of marriage. She has already told me she cannot view me as her spiritual head. I am still going to meetings. I do have another 2… Read more »
It is much easier to leave together with your spouse. So it’s really important that you’ll get your wife with you. I myself am an unbaptized publisher, who started studying just recently, but my wife has been a witness for 20 years. Not sure how it will work out at our home. Me as a non-witness, I have been able to tell my wife that I don’t believe WT is God’s org, because I don’t see a biblical backing to it. Almost all the biblical backing is the first half of Rev 11 and a few verses from Mal 3,… Read more »
Dear Orchid61 and Orchid61’s Husband,
Christ is with you and you are loved.
Orchid61 and her husband have expressed to me the appreciation they feel for the support you brothers have given them. They feel the gentle mercy from God upon them.
Very beautiful words Andrew. I’m also in full agreement with Andrew that the actions of the elders often result in one being further convinced that you are not leaving “the truth.” Orchid61 and husband: I have said a number of prayers already for you. I have asked that you will not be ‘cut-off’ from your sources of encouragement. How Jesus takes care of you and what those sources of encouragement are will be shown to you I’m sure. Your faithfulness to him is precious and he has promised to reward you. As Andrew says, we are far away and words… Read more »
My wife and I are in a similar situation. The hardest part of being in a situation like this is thinking that nobody can really understand how you are feeling. Please understand that there are many children of God just like you are, who are struggling, not knowing what to do. Ironically, having your faith and loyalty questioned by men often leads to a greater reliance on Jehovah. I find that I am closer to Jehovah than I have ever been, and it has been the questionable actions of the elders that have moved me closer to Him. Please understand… Read more »