We all know that the number of partakers is on the rise. The question is how many and how fast? And what does a steady rise in partakers mean? What could it mean? Witnesses teach that the number going to heaven are 144,000. It was believed for many years (about 70!) that the calling of anointed ones was closed in 1935. Partakers dropped for some years, but in recent times it again began increasing. Then in May 1, 2007 the Watchtower made a change and said this:
The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were truly students of scripture. They knew the scriptures backward and forward. They had great respect for the law and scripture. This was no mere intellectual interest, they wanted to obey every detail of the law to the letter. We could say they were doctrinal experts. They were also zealous […]
I just got home from a meeting at AA. For those of you that do not know what that is, it is Alcoholics Anonymous. I have been going there on and off for about eight years. At this new meeting I attend they close by saying the Lords Prayer as everyone holds hands. Not at […]
Where will we as christians spend eternity? In heaven or on earth?
Jesus gave a parable in Matt 13:31, 32 , Mark 4:30-32 and Luke 13:18,19 about a mustard seed. The account in Matt. says – “…The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. 32 It’s the smallest of all the seeds, but when grown, it’s taller than the vegetables and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the sky come and nest in its branches.”
Romans 7:24-25 “Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from the body undergoing this death? Thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So, then, with [my] mind I myself am a slave to God’s law, but with [my] flesh to sin’s law.” (NWT) As we all know, The Apostle Paul wrote those […]
As we look at the world today with all it’s religions that claim to use the Bible as their guide, what do we find? Do they all agree on scripture or is there many differing view points? Does it matter if all Christian’s agree on a particular subject or not? It has been said that the Bible is a instrument that you can play any tune on. Is that true?
Like many, I was born into a Jehovah’s Witness family. I can remember giving my first talk at the Kingdom Hall at age 8 in the back school. I remember my parents taking my bother and I from door to door for years as a child. Teaching us what to say or giving us a pamphlet to hand to someone. I remember my job of putting the tracts in the door or under the mat. I remember all the pioneer talks as a young child and setting the goal of pioneering.
Note: The text below is taken from a PDF article I recently wrote to a dear friend. It is mostly made up of small quotes from Watchtower publications, with some comments interspersed. It is reproduced below. Perhaps it will assist some that you know. I pray that it does have a positive effect on the many faithful ones among us that have been mislead and are worshiping a “golden calf” without even knowing it.
Most of us here believe a JW reformation is sorely needed. What changes would have to be made? What would the organization look like? Is a reformation possible? or is it futile? Why would it be futile? Let me see if I can explain.
The bible in Daniel and Revelation mention a period of 3 1/2 years several times each. The Society generally interprets this time period as already having been fulfilled in the early part of the 20th century. As all or most of us have learned this timetable just does not match up with the facts. So when does this 3 1/2 yr. interval happen?
There are several things that could make our worship to God be without value. What a scary thought! What are those things? Matthew 15:8,9 mentions one thing – These people honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men.
Paul had a struggle with the “superfine apostles” of the congregation in Corinth. These men, although giving an appearance of righteousness, were actually ministers of Satan. How would the Corinthian Christians recognize these ministers of Satan?
No matter what stage you are at in your life, the title says it all- sometimes you just have to “play the game” if you want to keep your sanity. Queen made a great song about that didn’t they? So anyway our circuit assembly had been coming up and I was dreading it, feeling down about the organizational problems, injustices, etc. And believe it or not but I am a very positive person by nature. So my family and I attended, and honestly, the old saying served me well.
As most of you know the understanding that the witnesses have of the faithful and discreet parable cannot be correct.
First, as JJ pointed out in his post ” When did Jerusalem fall” all evidence shows Jerusalem did not fall in 607 BCE, therefore 1914 could not be the end of the Gentile Times and the prophecy/parable of the FDS could not have taken place in 1918/1919. The same conclusion can be had when one sees that with all probability Jesus began to reign in the first century.
Romans 6:7 – For he who has died has been acquitted from his sin.
The JWs teach that this verse says that when one dies all his sins are paid for, if he receives a resurrection he starts with a clean slate and only what he does from the time he is resurrected counts. But is this biblical? and Is this what Paul was saying in Romans 6:7? First let’s look at some other texts that have to do with this subject and then we will return to see if we can decipher what Paul was saying.
One way to be sure of the application of a particular scripture in the Hebrew Scriptures is when a writer from the Greek Scriptures quotes a text and then makes an application. For instance, notice Peter’s quote from Psalms in Acts 4:25-27 – …”Why did the Gentiles rage and the peoples plot futile things? The kings of the earth took their stand and the rulers assembled together against the Lord and against His Messiah”. For, in fact, in this city both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, assembled together against Your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed.
Now where did Peter quote from?
When one takes the time to read the bible, one thing that really stands out is the importance of charity, of using ones material goods to help the needy. Consider some examples:
James 1:27 – Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and keep oneself unstained by the world.
James 2:15,16 – If a brother or a sister is without clothes and lacks daily food and one of you says to them, “Go in peace keep warm, and eat well,” but you don’t give them what the body needs, what good is it? In the same way faith, if it doesn’t have works, is dead by itself