Sunday, July 13, 2014

Another Warning Letter

Here is another sample of a warning letter, which can be sent out to all you know when you are ready to obey Matt.24:15,16.
For more information about this action, please consider these links:

http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2012/02/there-are-those-who-wonder-if-my_7388.html

http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/05/warning-letter.html

http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/07/persecution.html

http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2012/08/here-is-answer-to-comment-that-was-left.html

http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/08/sanctified-justified-declared-righteous.html

http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/04/satan-misleads-entire-inhabited-earth.html

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Here is an excellent example of such a letter,
recently written and sent out, by one of our readers:

"Gaining bible knowledge through reading and study was
something I deeply cherished as a Jehovah’s Witness.  But as my comprehension grew over time, so
did my troubles with a restless conscience.
Specific information I read in the publications, and particular
statements repeated by elders and others on a regular basis didn’t appear to be
supported scripturally; likewise for certain mandated procedures that were
carried out each week, month, etc.  But
the real source of the cognitive dissonance I struggled with for years was a
couple of rules I bumped into not long after my baptism over 17 years ago--the
two most important rules for JW’s:  1.
obey the Governing Body as if they are God himself 2. Accept and comply with
all Watchtower teachings, even when they deviate from the scriptures. The
publications, elders, etc. never stated these directives in such
straightforward terms, but they were fully understood by the rank and file
nonetheless. Why the issue? These rules required me to obediently “follow the
leader” regardless of whether it bothered my conscience to do so.  This was not what I dedicated my life to God
for and in fact, such requirements were completely incongruous with what I was
preaching to individuals of other faiths.
The same bible verses were recited time and time again to the Lutheran,
Catholic and Mormon:  obey God as ruler
rather than men; be faithful even in what is least; be sure of all things; test
every inspired expression; do not put your trust in men.  I wanted to help all I met in the ministry to
understand that blind complacency was not acceptable according to God’s
word.  “True” Christians must:  1. carefully and independently scrutinize all
church teachings, policies and procedures 2. Defy church authorities and their
organizational protocols when it is evident that scriptural directives are not
being followed 3. Cancel church membership if necessary.  Needless to say, the imposed double standard
--do as I say, not as I do--made it increasingly difficult to engage in the
door to door ministry. How could I tell anyone to do these things when I wasn’t
doing them myself?

From the beginning right up to the present, the Organization
has been well-known for its countless flip-flops/revisions/discards, etc. in
doctrines, policies, and procedures, as well as numerous failed predictions. So
I am simply drawing attention to the obvious by pointing out that Watchtower
leadership is wrong at times.  As
mentioned, my biggest issue was that I was required to “follow the leader”,
i.e., accept and comply with absolutely everything the Governing Body and
elders told me to--despite the frequent changes and inconsistencies, and
despite the fact that doing so meant I had to not only ignore my bible-trained
conscience, but ignore God as well.
There were times when I went out on a limb and discussed my concerns
with a few individuals, but the response was always the same:  Wait on Jehovah.  Put another way, do what the elders and
Governing Body tell you to do no matter what; Jehovah will straighten things
out in his own due time. (sound familiar?)This stock answer never made sense to
me so one day I decided to do a bit of research (Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1)

It didn’t take long to see that such thinking was entirely
out of sync with God’s word, and the following explains why.  According to the Gospels, the leaders of
God’s covenant people had once again strayed from his Word by establishing
their own standards of righteousness and, as in times past, Jehovah wasn’t
happy about it. His feelings on the matter where made known by Jesus’ scathing
denunciations, but more than anything else, he condemned them for their
self-righteous arrogance and hypocritical double standards. (Matt. 3:9; 23:3,13-32; Romans 2:17-24)
As you know, the story ends with the destruction of the
temple in Jerusalem--God’s divine execution of justice upon his unfaithful
people, his “ channel” which, interestingly, wiped out the lives of not only
the Jewish religious leaders, but the rank and file as well, i.e., those who
had trusted and obeyed these men rather than God. From this information, one
can draw the following conclusion: We will all be individually accountable to
the Lord on judgment day, regardless of our religious affiliation (2Cor.5:10).
Therefore, no individual, nor group of individuals, nor
religious organization is exempt from God’s judgment, regardless of what anyone
may claim to the contrary (Matt. 3:9; 7:21-23) There is no salvation,  no “ark” of safety, in any religious
organizations nor the leaders who guide them consequently. (Psalms 146:3, 4)
The tragic death of each and every rank and file Jew that perished in Jerusalem
in 70 CE is a sobering reminder of what awaits those who think otherwise, who
erroneously believe the following:
1. Membership in a particular religious
organization provides divine protection and exemption from some of the
scriptural requirements they teach others to live by (Acts 10:34; Romans 2:21)
2.  Absolute, rather than relative
subjection to their religious leaders equates to obedience to God and Christ.
Remember, giving allegiance and loyalty to anyone or anything other than Jah
first, constitutes spiritual fornication, idolatry--something He does not
tolerate. (Exodus 20:3; Ephesians 5:5; Rev. 14:4a)
Think about this the next
time you compliantly promote Watchtower dogma that is not supported scripturally
(Ephesians 4:25), or follow organizational procedures that violate bible
principles, because you have probably done these things over and over again
with little or no thought as to the potential consequences.  I did.
For years, I tried to silence that little inner voice and faithfully do
whatever I was told in order to demonstrate obedience to the “Slave” and
maintain a good standing in the congregation.
It’s truly ironic that for 17 years, I was vigilant in avoiding any sort
of political and/or nationalistic demonstration of allegiance or loyalty for
fear of committing idolatry; and yet for 17 years, I made sacrifices, not to
God, but to an image –a religious organization.

But what about the verses that say we must speak in
agreement and be submissive to those taking the lead (1 Corinthians 1:10;
Hebrews 13:7), or the one that mentions the light getting brighter (Prov.4:18), you may ask.  Well think about
this: since Jah never lies or contradicts, his principles, rules and prophecies
are consistent and unchanging, even if this doesn’t always appear to be the
case. Like a beautiful masterpiece in a dimly lit museum, the many intricacies
of God’s immutable truths cannot be seen nor fully appreciated without a bright
light--a divine luminary that dissipates the shadows of unenlightenment over
time. (Psalms 36:9; 43:3) So even though we may not comprehend everything we
read in God’s Word, we can still draw the conclusion that Jah does not require
anyone to blindly “follow the leader” and/or maintain hypocritical double
standards in worship.  If the inverse
were true, verses such as Acts 5:29, Psalms 146:3, and 1 John 4:1 would not be
in the bible. With this in mind, why is it that JW’s hang on the Governing
Body’s every word, never questioning any of their claims, yet exhort their
neighbors to carefully scrutinize everything their religious leaders say and
do? After much thought, I believe I have formulated a reasonable
explanation.  Consider the following.

As a student of the bible, I can say with confidence that
neither Proverbs 4:18 nor any verse indicates that Jehovah is directly or
indirectly responsible for the Governing Body’s long track record of
contradictions, flip-flops in
understanding , major policy changes (e.g., organ transplants), failed predictions,
etc. To even imply anything to the contrary is clearly misleading, for this
suggests that the Organization’s consistent misrepresentation of the scriptures
is due to Jehovah’s slowness in shedding light, rather than the real reasons  -
presumptuousness, lack of holy spirit, arrogance, etc. on the part of
the GB.  And yet, each time these changes
occur, Proverbs 4:18 is cited in the related Watchtower articles and quoted in
talks from the podium, leading JW’s to believe that these men are not directly
responsible for any errors they make (because it’s God’s doing).  This raises the GB to the level of
infallibility, which is the very reason why you and many others mechanically
“follow the leader”, regardless of how much or how often they deviate, revamp,
revise, scrap, screw-up, etc. A similar process takes place in the case of
Hebrews 13:7, 1 Corinthians 1:10, and other verses such as Psalms 42:5. When
considered within the context of the biblical canon, not a single verse,
illustration, or account indicates that JW’s are under divine obligation to
comply with the GB’s every dictate –right or wrong (Acts 5:29). Even hinting
that the inverse is true is nothing less than a deceptive, megalomaniacal
attempt to alter God’s universal hierarchy of authority in the minds of
spiritually-inclined individuals (1 Corinthians 11:3) And yet, the GB does just
that and more in order to perpetuate the lie that absolute, rather than
relative subjection to their headship equates to obedience to God and Christ.  These eisegeses and others are consistently
and frequently dispensed via the talks, publications, etc. week after week,
month after month, and year after year.
In fact, during one particular meeting, a highly respected elder
declared, “Whatever comes out of the mouth of the Slave, you consider that as
coming out of the mouth of Jehovah.” In light of the foregoing, such grandiose
claims are utter blasphemy (Jah NEVER lies --Romans 3:4). What’s even worse is
the fact that compliance with these mistruths and others is strictly enforced
much in the same way the Catholic Church once sanctioned any who challenged its
unscriptural dogmas, policies, and practices.
Apostate branding, public humiliation, removal from the congregation and
shunning by JW family members and friends is the outcome that awaits all who
dare to listen to their consciences and loyally uphold God’s word (Acts 5:29).
These shameful implements of evil have led to mental and emotional problems,
serious physical ailments, and even death among a significant number of
disfellowshipped JW’s. Taking all this into account, it’s no wonder Jehovah’s
Witnesses practice hypocrisy!

If you have no problem being deceived, lied to, manipulated
and controlled by fear, you are where you should be—in the Organization of
Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, if, like me, you have experienced a crisis of
conscience due to the unscriptural autocratic style of governance the
Organization wields, DO NOT IGNORE IT. God has given you a conscience for a
reason, so it is vitally important that you use it as HE intended.  Here’s how:
1. Read and study your bible exclusively and independently 2.
Independently research the history of the Organization and current and past
Watchtower doctrines, policies, and procedures, paying particular attention to
the frequent flip-flopping, revisions, etc.
3. Independently and carefully verify all information that is dispensed
via the publications and public talks, rejecting anything that is not solidly
backed by God’s word.  Be particularly on
guard for statements that tell you to accept and/or comply with whatever you
are told, even if it doesn’t make sense, add-up, etc. 4. Practice what you
preach!  Refuse to hypocritically teach
others to apply bible standards that you are not fully complying with yourself
(e.g., preaching 1 John 4:1 but not applying it) 5. Refuse to commit
idolatry/spiritual fornication by complacently “following the leader” when you
know or even sense that doing so requires, or may require, disobedience to God
and his word (Remember, he who is faithful in what is least, is faithful in
what is most!)  6. Refuse to be
intimidated and controlled by family, friends, elders or anyone else that
attempts to frighten you into remaining in subjection to the Organization
rather than Jehovah 7. Pray to God for strength and courage to do what is right
according to his word.  If you are
unclear by what I mean by “independently”, let me explain.  Rather than relying on the Organization’s
self-published material to verify the accuracy of the Organization’s
assertions, claims etc., seek out sources that are not controlled by, nor
affiliated with the Watchtower. This is what Jah wants you to do and it’s what
you tell others to do! (Acts 17:11; 1 John 4:1) Verify, test, check--just as
you would if you were buying a vehicle.
Rather than rely on the salesman’s claims, you would consult independent
and objective sources of information like Consumer Reports or carfax.com,
before making the decision to buy.    

What is the purpose of this letter? I assure you it is in no
way an attempt to subvert your faith in God. To the contrary, it is a plea to
fully trust and comply with God’s Word, regardless of the consequences (fear of
man is what lays a snare).  And it is a
warning. If you continue to remain in the Organization and complacently accept
whatever you are spoon-fed, you are pleasing men, not Jehovah…. and you are in
danger.  The tragedy that befell God’s
unfaithful anointed in the first century foreshadows future events that will
befall God’s modern-day, unfaithful anointed remnant and all those (the rank
and file) who put their faith and trust in them.  I realize JW’s are taught to believe that
Christendom is modern day apostate Jerusalem, but this simply isn’t so. If
that’s the case, God’s anointed remnant is in Christendom, not the Organization
of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  This is a
critical point because it involves you on a very personal level.  How?
According to the scriptures, wherever the anointed are is precisely
where the apostasy and subsequent judgment will occur. So then, if the remnant
is located in your religious organization, the foretold apostasy will also
occur within your religious organization. Ask yourself:  why did Jehovah spare the Samaritans –the
“pagan half-Jews”--when he brought destruction upon his covenant people in 70
CE?

According to the pattern set in the first century, the
purpose of the modern day apostasy is to fully test the anointed. (Mal.3:2,3)  Whether they qualify to co-rule
mankind in the future will be determined by whom they ultimately choose to
serve –Jah or their unfaithful religious leaders.  The Revelation prophesies and many others
reveal this tuggle war of loyalty
(Matt.4:8, 9; John14:30; 18:36; Rev.1:5; 5:10; 6:15; 16:12,14; 17:2,10,12,14,18; 18:3,9; 19:16-19; 20:4,6; 21:24; 22:5).
On one side is Satan and the
unfaithful anointed who, like the Pharisees, deviate from God’s word (and
deceive the rank & file into doing the same), and on the other, Christ and
his faithful anointed who loyally uphold Jah’s standards even unto death
(Revelation 2:10).  Sadly, the vast
majority of those on the battle lines will not prevail because they are on the
losing side, caught in the same trap that Satan set in the first century:  a religious organization that appears to have
God’s approval.

This information (preceding two paragraphs) is not of my own
originality but comes from anointed brothers and sisters--yes, members of the
body of Christ--who have been kicked out of the Organization for refusing to
comply with unscriptural doctrines, policies, and practices.  Many of these faithful ones wrote letters to
the Governing Body about these matters, but they were largely ignored.  How do you think Jehovah feels about
that?  Well, how did He feel when Jesus
and his disciples were thrown out of the synagogues?

In closing, I want to
point out that I still worship Jehovah God (and no, I’m not a
Trinitarian).  And I still care about
you; this is the sole reason why you have personally received this
information.  Should you desire to
discuss any of the points presented here in greater detail, or simply need a
listening ear and some loving support, please don’t hesitate to contact
me.   All communication will be
completely confidential so you don’t have to worry.

All My Love,

Xxxxx"

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2 comments:

  1. Thought provoking letter and a help to all of us who are still struggling in this organization.i cannot give a name as i am a desperately unhappy witness who has recently been labelled an apostate merely for doing research .those i thought i knew are slowly turning against me,even my own son.i fear that it is only a matter of time before someone moves against me.what sin will i have been guilty of?desperately need help and support.

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    1. Please consider Mark 8:35. It is applicable now, as end-time prophecy is being fulfilled.
      Regarding your stand for truth, and what all the faithful are now facing, I suggest this post:
      (http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2012/02/there-are-those-who-wonder-if-my_7388.html).

      The division with loved ones and close associates, was also foretold by Christ (Luke12:51-52).
      Although like Jesus, you may be accused of "causing divisions", Christ himself did such (John7:43).
      (http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/07/who-are-mentally-diseased.html)

      You are guilty of no genuine sin, despite the reactions you are enduring (1Pet.4:12; John15:20; 8:40; Luke 12:8).
      This situation is due to events which God foresaw and disclosed (Rev.13:15; 19:20), which are now being made understandable; and their fulfillment, recognizable in our own experiences.
      [Here are three posts that may contain helpful information: (http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/search?q=Mark8%3A35)].

      If you remain on this faithful path, you will be confronted with more distress; because the Organization's representative "elders" are now searching out all who do not worship the "Image" they represent (Rev.13:15,8,7).
      (http://4womaninthewilderness.blogspot.com/2013/05/fire-from-heaven.html)

      If you continue reading, you will learn more about these prophecies and their current fulfillment.

      Your need for help and support, is greater than what this one reply can do.
      I therefore suggest contacting me by means of the "contact form" on the right side of this page. In that way, we can converse in a more personal way, via email. There is also the Forum, which is exclusively for readers of this Blog, who are seeking support for their trials, specific to the times in which we live, and through which the scroll of Revelation is being fulfilled.
      There is a link to the Forum just above, at the end of the article.
      Please write to me, and if you desire, I will help you through the process of joining the forum. Your trials and sacrifices do feel intense and grievous now (1Pet.5:8,9,10,11; Mark 10:28-30; Matt.13:44-46), but as you learn more, you will see, that there is also great reason to rejoice, that God has granted you perception, resulting in life (Luke 17:32-37; 13:23-24; Rev.19:9).

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