Meleti Vivlon

Articles by Meleti Vivlon.


God Is Love

Back in 1984, Brooklyn headquarters staff member, Karl F. Klein wrote: “Since I first began taking in ‘the milk of the word,’ here are but a few of the many excellent spiritual truths Jehovah’s people have come to understand: the distinction between God’s organization...

May TV Broadcast on tv.jw.org

An Historic Broadcast Brother Lett opens this month’s JW.ORG TV broadcast with the statement that it is historic. He then lists several reasons we might consider it to be of historical importance. However, there is another reason he does not list. This is the...

Vindicating Jehovah’s Sovereignty

Does the Bible have a theme? If so, what is it? Ask this of any one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and you’ll get this answer: The entire Bible has but one theme: The Kingdom under Jesus Christ is the means by which the vindication of God’s sovereignty and the sanctification...

The Governing Body Loves Us!

In this month’s tv.jw.org TV broadcast, Governing Body member Mark Sanderson concludes with these words: “We hope that this program has assured you that the Governing Body truly loves each one of you and that we notice and appreciate your steadfast endurance.” We know...

The Earthly Hope Paradox

When one of Jehovah’s Witnesses goes out knocking on doors, he brings a message of hope: the hope of eternal life on earth. In our theology, there are only 144,000 spots in heaven, and they are all but taken. Therefore, the chance that someone we might preach to will...

Approaching the 2015 Memorial – Part 2

It would be hard to find a more “hot button” topic for Jehovah’s Witnesses then the discussion of who goes to heaven. Understanding what the Bible really has to say on the subject is vital—in the fullest sense of the word. However, there is something standing in our...

Approaching the 2015 Memorial – Part 1

When Adam and Eve were thrown out of the garden to keep them away from the Tree of Life (Ge 3:22), the first humans were cast out of God’s universal family.  They were now alienated from their Father—disinherited. We all descend from Adam and Adam was created by God. ...

Satan's Great Coup!

“He will crush your head…” (Ge 3:15) I can’t know what went through Satan’s mind when he heard those words, but I can imagine the gut wrenching feeling I’d experience if God pronounced such a sentence on me.  One thing we can know...

Rendering Worship – How? To Whom?

We’ve just studied the meaning of four Greek words that are translated in modern English Bible versions as “worship”. True, each word is rendered in other ways as well, but they all have that one word in common. All religious people—Christian or not—think they...

What is Worship?

[This is the second of three articles on the subject of worship. If you haven’t already done so, please get yourself a pen and paper and write down what you understand “worship” to mean. Don’t consult a dictionary. Just write down whatever comes to mind first. Set the...

The Geography of Worship

[Before we get started, I’d like to ask you to do something: Get yourself a pen and paper and write down what you understand “worship” to mean. Don’t consult a dictionary. Just write down whatever comes to mind first. Please don’t wait to do this after you read this...

WT Study: Do You “Grasp the Meaning”?

[A Review of the December 15, 2014 Watchtower article on page 11] “He opened up their minds fully to grasp the meaning of the Scriptures.”— Luke 24:45 In this continuation of last week’s study, we explore the meaning of three more parables: The sower who sleeps The...

Help Us Spread the Good News

We began Beroean Pickets in April of 2011, but regular publishing didn’t begin until January of the next year. Though initially started to provide a safe gathering place for truth-loving Jehovah’s Witnesses interested in deeper Bible Study far from the watchful eye of...

How Can You Learn About God?

The #3 Student Talk in the Theocratic Ministry School has changed as of this year.  Now it includes demonstration parts with two brothers discussing a Bible topic. Last week and this week it is taken from pages 8 and 9 of the newest edition of the New World...

WT Study: The People Whose God Is Jehovah

[A Review of the November 15, 2014 Watchtower article on page 18] “Happy is the people whose God is Jehovah.”— Ps 144:15 Our review this week will not take us beyond the first paragraph of the study. It opens with: “Many thinking people today readily admit that...

WT Study: Why We Must Be Holy

[A Review of the November 15, 2014 Watchtower article on page 8] “You must be holy.”—Lev. 11:45 This promised to be an easy review covering a non-controversial subject. It has turned out to be anything but. Any honest, astute Bible student is going to encounter a...

When is a Refinement not a Refinement?

“But the path of the righteous is like the bright morning light That grows brighter and brighter until full daylight.” (Pr 4:18 NWT) Another way to cooperate with Christ’s “brothers” is to have a positive attitude toward any refinements in our understanding of...

Logos – Part 4: The Word Made Flesh

One of the most compelling passages in the Bible is found at John 1:14: “So the Word became flesh and resided among us, and we had a view of his glory, a glory such as belongs to an only-begotten son from a father; and he was full of divine favor and truth.” (John...

The Good News Defined

There has been a debate over what the Good News really is.  This is no trivial matter because Paul says that if we don’t preach the right “good news” we will be cursed.  (Galatians 1:8) Are Jehovah’s Witnesses preaching the real good news?  We...

Logos – Part 3: The Only-Begotten God

“At that time Jesus prayed this prayer: “O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, thank you for hiding these things from those who think themselves wise and clever, and for revealing them to the childlike.” – Mt 11:25 NLT[i] “At that time Jesus said in response: “I...

Logos – Part 2: A God or The God?

In part 1 of this theme, we examined the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) to see what they revealed about God’s Son, Logos. In the remaining parts, we will examine the various truths revealed about Jesus in the Christian Scriptures. _________________________________...

Logos – Part 1: The OT Record

Just under a year ago, Apollos and I planned to do a series of articles on the nature of Jesus. Our views diverged at that time about some key elements in our understanding of both his nature and his role. (They still do, though less so.) We were unaware at the time...

The Hypocrisy of the Pharisees

[A Review of the August 15, 2014 Watchtower article, ”Hear Jehovah’s Voice Wherever You Are”] “13 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you shut up the Kingdom of the heavens before men; for you yourselves do not go in, neither do you permit those on...

WT Study: How Jehovah Draws Close to Us

“Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you.” – James 4:8 “No one comes to the Father except through me.” – John 14:6 Jehovah Want to Be Your Friend In the introductory paragraphs of this study, the Governing Body tells us in what context Jehovah draws close to...

Dealing with Persecution

  [This is a continuation to the article, “Doubling Down on Faith”] Before Jesus came on the scene, the nation of Israel was ruled by a governing body made up of the priests in coalition with other powerful religious groups like the scribes, Pharisees and...

Doubling Down on Faith

[An opinion piece] I recently had a friend break off a decades-long friendship. This drastic choice didn’t result because I attacked some unscriptural JW teaching like 1914 or the “overlapping generations”. In fact, we engaged in no doctrinal discussion at all. The...

WT Study: "You Will Be Witnesses of Me"

“[Jesus] said to them: ‘…You will be witnesses of me… to the most distant part of the earth.’” – Acts 1:7, 8 This is the second of a two-part study intended apparently to reinforce our belief in the alleged divine origin of our name, “Jehovah’s Witnesses”. In...

Playing the Victim

“…YOU are determined to bring the blood of this man upon us.” (Acts 5:28)  The chief priests, Pharisees and scribes had all conspired and succeeded in killing God’s Son. They were blood guilty in a very big way.  Yet here they are playing...

The Greater Korah

A discussion based on the July 15, 2014 Watchtower study article, “Jehovah Knows Those Who Belong to Him.”   Over the decades, The Watchtower has repeatedly referenced Korah’s rebellion against Moses and Aaron in the desert whenever the publishers felt the need...

Lovers of Darkness

I was telling a friend the other day that reading the Bible is like listening to classical music. No matter how often I hear a classical piece, I continue to find unnoticed nuances which enhance the experience. Today, while reading John chapter 3, something popped out...

A Spirit Directed Majority?

Alex Rover gave an excellent summary of the changed state of affairs in our Organization in his comment on my most recent post. It got me to thinking about how these changes came about. For instance, his third point reminds us that in the “old days” we did not know...

The Shadow of the Pharisee

“. . .And when it became day, the assembly of elders of the people, both chief priests and scribes, gathered together, and they led him into their San′he·drin hall and said: 67 “If you are the Christ, tell us.” But he said to them: “Even if I told you, you would not...

Independent vs. Critical Thinking

We are very down on independent thinking in the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. For example, Pride may play a role, and some fall into the trap of independent thinking. (w06 7/15 p. 22 par. 14) Due to background and upbringing, some may be more given to...

WT Study: You Must Love Jehovah Your God.

[Watchtower study for the week of August 4, 2014 – w14 6/15 p. 12] This is one of those articles we look forward to because it gives us the opportunity to praise our grand creator in the big congregation. (Ps 35:18) (Feel free to share your thoughts on Jehovah’s love...

Why Does God Allow a Man of Lawlessness?

Recap: Who Is the Man of Lawlessness? In the last article, we discussed how we can use Paul’s words to the Thessalonians to identify the man of lawlessness. There are various schools of thought regarding his identity. Some feel he has not yet been manifested but will...

Identifying the Man of Lawlessness

Let no one seduce YOU in any manner, because it will not come unless the apostasy comes first and the man of lawlessness gets revealed, the son of destruction. (2 Thess. 2:3)   Beware the Man of Lawlessness Has the Man of Lawlessness Fooled You? How to Protect...

WT Study: No One Can Serve Two Masters

[Watchtower study for the week of June 16, 2014 – w14 4/15 p. 17]  Study theme text: “No one can slave for two masters… You cannot slave for God and for Riches”—Mat. 6:24  Some months ago, when I first read this week’s Watchtower study article, it disturbed me....

Labeling the Apostate

[This post continues our discussion on the issue of apostasy – See A Weapon of Darkness] Imagine you are in Germany circa 1940 and someone points at you and cries out, “Dieser Mann ist ein Jude!” (“That man is a Jew!”) Whether you were a Jew or not wouldn’t matter....

WT Study: Imitate the Faith of Moses

[Watchtower study for the week of June 2, 2014 – w14 4/15 p. 3] The topic elements for this Watchtower study are: WHAT DOES MOSES’ EXAMPLE TEACH US ABOUT… the difference between material and spiritual treasures? (Consider how the publishers demonstrate their view of...

Watchtower Topic Summary for 2014

The purpose of this recurring post is to provide a brief summary of each issue of The Watchtower studied throughout 2014. It is our hope to thus provide some insight into the true nature of the “food at the proper time” provided to Jehovah’s...

A Weapon of Darkness

[This post is a follow-up to last week’s discussion: Are We Apostates?] “The night is well along; the day has drawn near. Let us therefore throw off the works belonging to darkness and let us put on the weapons of the light.” (Romans 13:12 NWT)...

WT Study: Providing Care for the Elderly

[Watchtower study for the week of May 26, 2014 – w14 3/15 p. 26] The purpose of this site is principally to deepen our study and understanding of the Bible. With that in mind, this week’s study article in The Watchtower doesn’t offer much in the way of greater...

Are We Apostates?

When Apollos and I first discussed the creation of this site, we laid down some ground rules. The purpose of the site was to serve as a virtual gathering place for like-minded Jehovah’s Witnesses interested in deeper Bible study than was being provided at the...

WT Study: Honor the Aged Among You

[Watchtower study for the week of May 19, 2014 – w14 3/15 p. 20] The thrust of this article concerns identifying who should care for the elderly among us, and how the care should be administered. Under the subtitle “The Family’s Responsibility”, we start by quoting...

The New "Donation" Arrangement

“The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.” (Mat. 12:37 New Living Translation) “Follow the money.” (All the President’s Men, Warner Bros. 1976)   Jesus instructed his followers to preach the good news, make disciples and baptize them. Initially,...

WT Study: Jehovah Our Best Friend

[Watchtower study for the week of April 28, 2014 – w14 2/15 p. 21] Par. 1,2 – “Jehovah, our heavenly Father, is the Giver of life…we, his human children…have the ability to maintain friendships.” Thus, deftly, we address the thorny issue of how we can be God’s...

It's the Message, not the Messenger.

1Now Jesus left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. 2When the Sabbath came, he began to teach in the synagogue. Many who heard him were astonished, saying, “Where did he get these ideas? And what is this wisdom that has been given to...