One might ask, “Since Jehovah is the one who forgives sins, why do I need to “call the older men of the congregation?” The Watchtower is correct telling us the “mature older men in the congregation can help remorseful sinners.” But is this always the case? Do most Jehovah’s Witnesses feel like they can gain forgiveness from going to the elders as James 5:14-16 tells us will happen if a sinner confesses to them?
John 14:6 – “Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Jesus is the way to the Father. This means he is mediator and High Priest for all humankind who have faith in him. 1 Tim. 2:5 – “For there is […]
“…If we as individuals do not fully understand a certain position taken by the slave class, that is no reason for us to reject it or return to Satan’s world. Instead, loyalty will move us to act humbly and wait on Jehovah to clarify matters.” Watchtower 08/8-15 If we find ourselves in a position where […]
Most if not all of us have considered talking to a close friend and broaching the subject of “the truth about the truth” with them. How would we go about it? Is it worth the risk? How much should we share? How little? It is a dangerous course, but may be a necessary one. Ezekiel told us to sound a warning. Does that apply in this case? Only you and your Bible-trained conscience can answer that.
Why do you apply the Bible to everyone else and not yourselves? Why do you constantly go beyond what is written when the Bible says not to? Why do you disfellowship people for not agreeing with your every word when you have been proven wrong and without Gods spirit direction for over 100 years? Why […]
I would like to bring everyones attention to the new “Media Downloads” link at the top of this web page. Here JJ will be posting audio and video for your enjoyment. JJ and Andrew have already given their story for anyone who would like to listen in. Because they both are still in good standing […]
If you are a struggling Jehovah’s Witness of the “conscious class” you may feel very lonely. I know I do as most of my friends are JW’s. It’s not easy to tell if your JW friends are of the “conscious class” without possibly risking being disfellowshipped. Before you know it you could be approached by an elder or two elder asking you questions about your loyalty to the GB.
People since the beginning of time have been revising their history. When a person in favor with the king lost his status or went rogue, his name never spoken again. If his likeness or name was carved into the walls, the walls were destroyed or erased. Officially, he never existed. A number of books have been written about this, with 1984 by George Orwell being among the most famous. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is another great book that is ironically about the banning of books. It was itself a banned book for many years and may still be in certain places of the world.
On Sunday, April 3 2011 the article “Empowered to Overcome Any Trial” was studied. Notice paragraphs 10-12: 10 Some young ones might face a dilemma if they learn that a friend has engaged in unscriptural conduct. They may feel that seeking spiritual help for their friend would violate an unwritten code of silence; therefore, they […]
Our Heavenly Father, we approach you with deeply grateful hearts for everything that you are and everything you have done for us. We praise your great Name and your wonderful qualities. We praise also your Son and our Redeemer, Jesus. On Sunday evening we will be remembering in a special way all that You and […]
The forums now have replaced the old “Stories” page. The contents of the page has been preserved below. In the future, go to the forums and share or read the stories there.
The following are questions and comments on the old “Questions” page that has been replaced by the forum. It is a bit messy, sorry about that, but at least it has been preserved for posterity:
As per many requests JJ has added a new forum page to this web site. Many of you may have noticed that the subjects in these blogs have taken different directions off subject. I am probably the most guilty one as far as that goes. However we had no place to take a different subject. […]
As most or all readers know the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses makes a long list of beliefs that are mandatory. They say that if someone rejects one or more of these so-called mandatory beliefs his or her eternal life is in jeopardy since they are all salvation issues. For instance, in the last meeting that […]
More and more JWs are starting to be faced with a difficult decision. They have found out about or suspect the falsehood of a number of doctrines that the Society claims are “salvation issues”. Some may think “where else would I go?” Really, to gain Christ’s approval there is not a place or an organization […]
I have been thinking about partaking at the up coming memorial of Christ death for quite some time. For the last two years it has been a goal of mine. when I do I will do this in private. I have second thoughts only because sometimes I feel unworthy. However I do believe that partaking […]
As I was tucking in my daughter last night she asked me why we have to be so different. Her exact words were:
There’s these boys at school always bugging me about birthdays, saying ‘Why don’t you celebrate your birthday? Isn’t that the most important day of the year for you? It is for me…’
And sometimes I get it because I know we don’t celebrate birthdays because the only two people that did it in the Bible got their heads cut off. And I know that when we are born we haven’t really done anything yet either. But… I still don’t really get it!
She doesn’t get it- how interesting; how perfect! My beautiful, intelligent, innocent daughter doesn’t get it…
For the most part of my life as a Jehovah’s Witness I would turn away rejecting beggars and pan handlers viewing them as bums. If I saw them smoking or over weight I really felt justified in rejecting them. I had more respect for the guy who said, “hey, I’ll be honest, I want to […]
Denial and Isolation. At first, we tend to deny the loss has taken place, and may withdraw from our usual social contacts. This stage may last a few moments, or longer. Anger. The grieving person may then be furious at the person who inflicted the hurt (even if she’s dead), or at the world, for […]
Who are your true friends and loved ones? What if you were tasked with making a list of them? How long would the list be? Usually the word “love” comes into play when you refer to the most important people in your life. Who do you love? This may not be something that is verbalized very often, especially among men towards one another, but nevertheless it is a valid part of this discussion. Here’s what Jesus said about friendship