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Dealing with Sinners – Part 2

In the previous article on this topic, we analyzed how the principles Jesus revealed to us at Matthew 18:15-17 can be used to deal with sin within the Christian Congregation.  The law of the Christ is a law based on love.  It cannot be codified, but must be fluid,...

Dealing with Sinners – Part 1

Everything Jesus had to say about dealing with sinners within the congregation is encapsulated in Matthew 18:15-17. How can we apply those principles in the modern congregation?

Jehovah Blesses Obedience

I was doing my daily Bible reading a few days ago and came to Luke chapter 12. I’ve read this passage many times before, but this time it was like someone had smacked me in the forehead. “In the meantime, when a crowd of so many thousands had gathered together that...

WT Study: Always Trust in Jehovah

[From ws15/04 p. 22 for June 22-28] “Trust in him at all times, O people.” – Psalm 62:8 We trust in our friends; but friends, even very good friends, may abandon us in our time of greatest need. This happened to Paul as paragraph 2 of this week's Watchtower study...

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....

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) "Authority is the...

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...

Matthew 18 Revisited

In preparing the last post on disfellowshipping, I spent a good deal of time working out how to apply the procedures Jesus gave us at Matthew 18:15-17 based on the rendering of the NWT,[1] specifically the opening words: “Moreover, if your brother commits a sin…” I...

Be Modest in Walking with God

He has told you, O earthling man, what is good. And what is Jehovah asking back from you but to exercise justice and to love kindness and to be modest in walking with your God? – Micah 6:8 According to the Insight book, Modesty is “an awareness of one’s limitations;...

Love Kindness

He has told you, O earthling man, what is good. And what is Jehovah asking back from you but to exercise justice and to love kindness and to be modest in walking with your God? – Micah 6:8 Disassociation, Disfellowshipping, and the Love of Kindness What does the...

Exercising Justice

He has told you, O earthling man, what is good. And what is Jehovah asking back from you but to exercise justice and to love kindness and to be modest in walking with your God? – Micah 6:8 There are few topics that will provoke stronger emotions among members and...

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