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“From now on you will be catching [people] alive.”—LUKE 5:10.
Page 25—yes, all non-jw men have long side burns and a beard….Notice it is a WT magazine the jw is presenting…not a scripture from a bible. The jw doesn’t have a tie on….
Page 26—now he’s wearing a tie to work and a coworker is making fun of him…like non-jws never wear ties. The “student” is carrying WT publications, not a bible. How then can he give a bible-based answer to his coworkers as the WTS said he should be prepared to do?
START OF ARTICLE
1, 2. (a) How did men respond to Jesus’ preaching?
(b)What will be considered in this article?
DURING a preaching tour throughout
Galilee , Jesus and his disciples boarded
a boat to withdraw into a lonely place. But
crowds followed them on foot. Those who
came that day numbered “about five thousand
men, besides women and young children.”
(Matt. 14:21) On another occasion,
a crowd approached Jesus, desiring to be
healed and to hear him speak. Included
were “four thousand men, besides women
and young children.” (Matt. 15:38) Evidently,
many men were among the people who
came to Jesus and showed interest in his
teaching. In fact, he expected many others
to respond, for after providing a miraculous
catch of fish, Jesus told his disciple Simon:
“From now on you will be catching men [or,
people] alive.” (Luke 5:10) His disciples were
to lower their nets into the sea of mankind
and could expect that their ‘catch’ would include many men.
So why weren’t the women and children counted? The WTS has instructed attendants at meetings to even count sleeping babies.
“catching men [or, people] alive…now women count but not in WTS important positions such as elders, MS, COs, DOs, branch overseers
Why is it that there are more men than women in the WTS?
2 Today, men likewise show interest in
the Scriptural message we preach and respond
to it. (Matt. 5:3) However, many men
hold back and fail to progress spiritually.
How can we help them? Although Jesus did
not develop a special ministry to seek out
men, he certainly addressed issues that concerned
the men of his day. Using his example,
let us examine how we can help men
deal with three common concerns today:
(1)making a living, (2) fear of popular opinion,
and (3) feelings of inadequacy.
So when you went door to door as a jw, how many men did you talk to, how many became jws?
“Jesus did not develop a special ministry to seek out men” but you will see that the WTS tells elders to concentrate on non-jw husbands of sisters, to ask to talk to the man if a woman comes to the door, that male jws talk to men at work…telling them basically only to try and save “drowning” men and to ignore the women.
Making a Living
3, 4. (a) What is a major concern for many men?
(b)Why do some men put earning a living ahead of
3 “Teacher,” said a scribe to Jesus, “I will
follow you wherever you are about to go.”
However, when Jesus told him that “the Son
of man has nowhere to lay down his head,”
the scribe had second thoughts. The uncertainty
of where his next meal would come from or
where he would live apparently
did not sit well with the scribe, for there is
no indication that he became a follower of
Christ.—Matt. 8:19, 20.
APPARENTLY—the WTS adds to the bible and can read minds.
So the bible records every person’s baptism?
4 Men often put material security ahead of
spiritual pursuits. Getting higher education
and securing a well-paying job are priorities
for many of them. According to their way of
thinking, the reward of making money is
more urgent and practical than any benefits
that might come from studying the Scriptures
and seeking a close relationship with
God. What the Bible teaches may appeal to
them, but “the anxieties of this system of
things and the deceptive power of riches”
choke whatever interest they may have.
(Mark 4:18, 19) Consider how Jesus helped
his disciples to adjust their priorities.
So women sit at home and do church work…how many single women and single female parents have to be concerned about material security?
THEIR WAY OF THINKING – according to whom….proof?
5, 6. What helped Andrew, Peter, James, and John
to adjust their priorities regarding sharing in the
preaching work and making a living?
5 Andrew and his brother Simon Peter
were partners in a fishing business. So were
John, his brother James, and their father,
Zebedee. Business was good enough to require
the help of hired men. (Mark 1:16-20)
When Andrew and John first learned about
Jesus from John the Baptizer, they were convinced
that they had found the Messiah. Andrew
shared the news with his brother Simon Peter,
and perhaps John did so with his
brother James. (John 1:29, 35-41) In the following
months, all four spent time with Jesus
as he preached in Galilee, Judea, and Samaria.
Then the four disciples returned to
the fishing business. They had an interest in
spiritual matters, but the ministry was not
their number one concern.
“They had an interest in spiritual matters, but the ministry was not
their number one concern”
Maybe their wives and children were having to depend on their neighbors for food and shelter……………..
1 Timothy 5:8 If anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for his immediate family, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
6 Some time later, Jesus invited Peter and
Andrew to come after him and become
“fishers of men.” How did the two respond?
“At once abandoning the nets, they followed
him.” It was the same with James and
John. “At once leaving the boat and their father,
they followed him.” (Matt. 4:18-22)
What helped these men take up the full time
ministry? Was it an emotional, spur-of the-
moment decision? Hardly! Over the
previous months, these men listened to Jesus,
saw him perform miracles, observed his
zeal for righteousness, and witnessed the
amazing response to his preaching. As a result,
their faith in Jehovah and their trust in
him became stronger!
They could abandon their nets because they had hired men to do their job and make money for their family, as well as their father was running the business…can married jws do the same?
So what miracles to men see the WTS/FDS/GB doing?
Does the WTS have an “amazing” response; what about Islam and LDS (Mormons)?
7. How can we help Bible students to build trust in
Jehovah’s ability to provide for his people?
7 How can we imitate Jesus in helping our
Bible students to build their trust in Jehovah?
(Prov. 3:5, 6) The way we teach has a
considerable bearing on this. When teaching,
we can highlight God’s promise to bless
us abundantly if we put Kingdom interests
first. (Read Malachi 3:10; Matthew 6:33.)
Although we can use various scriptures to
emphasize how Jehovah provides for his
people, not to be overlooked is the effect of
the example we ourselves set. Sharing experiences
from our own life can accomplish much in
helping our students develop reliance
on Jehovah. We can also share encouraging
experiences that we read about in our
*See Yearbooks of Jehovah’s Witnesses as well as life
stories published in The Watchtower and Awake!
Trust in God or trust in an organization
“the way we teach” WTS read the paragraph, ask a programmed question, read the paragraph to answer
CARROT: God’s promise to bless us (everlasting life) if we put “WTS” interest first
Scriptures but set example…what examples do the elders set?
Reliance on God or the WTS organization
Experiences that cannot be confirmed and are known to be massaged and adjusted for assemblies/conventions.
8. (a) Why is it important for a Bible student to
“taste and see that Jehovah is good”? (b) How can
we assist our student to experience Jehovah’s goodness
8 Developing strong faith requires more
than reading and hearing about how others
have experienced Jehovah’s blessing. A Bible
student also needs to experience Jehovah’s
goodness personally. The psalmist
sang: “Taste and see that Jehovah is good,
O you people; happy is the able-bodied man
that takes refuge in him.” (Ps. 34:8) How can
we assist the student to see that Jehovah is
good? Suppose a student who has financial
worries is also trying to overcome a bad habit,
such as smoking, gambling, or heavy
drinking. (Prov. 23:20, 21; 2 Cor. 7:1; 1 Tim.
6:10) Would not teaching the student to
pray for God’s assistance in overcoming a
bad habit help him to experience Jehovah’s
goodness? Consider also what can happen
when we encourage the student to give priority
to spiritual things by making time for
weekly Bible study and preparing for and attending
Christian meetings. Why, as he personally
experiences Jehovah’s blessing on
his efforts, his faith will grow stronger!
Requires more than reading and hearing……..experience personally….when a jw did you?
Financial worries…so smoking, gambling, heavy drinking are the reasons why most people don’t have money? Perhaps it losing your job, both husband and wife, a serious health problem and insurance because you lost your job………..
So should they quit their job…..will the “teacher” help them financially? Give them a ride?
Do you make opportunities to reach men with the good news?
Fear of Popular Opinion
9, 10. (a) Why did Nicodemus
and Joseph of Arimathea keep
their interest in Jesus secret?
(b)Why do some men today hesitate
to follow Christ?
9 Because of peer pressure, some men
may hesitate to follow Christ fully. Nicodemus
and Joseph of Arimathea kept their
interest in Jesus secret because they were
afraid of what other Jews might say or do if
they found out. (John 3:1, 2; 19:38) This fear
was not imaginary. The religious leaders’
hatred for Jesus eventually became so great
that anyone who confessed faith in him was
expelled from the synagogue.—John 9:22.
Nicodemus/Joseph of Arimathea….secret,,afraid of what other Jews might say or do; well remember they killed Jesus
Expelled—has the jw told this person that he has to leave his church to be a jw…
10 In some places today, if a man takes too
much interest in God, the Bible, or religion,
he may be harassed by his workmates,
friends, or relatives. In other places, it may
even be dangerous to talk about changing
one’s religion. Peer pressure can be especially
difficult when a man is actively serving in the military, in politics, or
in the local community. For example, a man in Germany admitted:
“What you Witnesses preach about the Bible is true. But if I became a
Witness today, by tomorrow everyone would know about
it. What would they think at work, in the neighborhood,
and at the club my family and I belong to? I could not put up with
Harassed…never seen here unless they try to make conversions or say their righteousness is better, or attack other people’s lifestyles, say they are doomed to hell. MAY BE OR WILL BE HARASSED; aren’t they told if they aren’t persecuted, they aren’t true Christians, aren’t worshipping correctly?
*** w90 1/1 p.12 par.8***
While it is true that Jehovah’s Witnesses are hated and opposed in all the nations of the earth, this is in fulfillment of what was foretold to be an identifying mark of genuine worshipers of the one living and true God. (John 15:20, 21; 2 Timothy 3:12).
Are Jehovah’s witnesses the only religion that is persecuted. Look at this website www.forum18.org which has current news of religious persecution and it is not all about jws.
So how many men did you call on that were in the military or politics. Many secular jobs here are organizations to help people (I see no problem with that).
How many jws stay in the WTS organization because of fear of shunning?
11. How did Jesus help his disciples to cope with
fear of man?
11 Although none of Jesus’ apostles were
cowards, they all struggled with fear of man.
(Mark 14:50, 66-72) How did Jesus help
them to progress despite intense pressure
from their peers? Jesus took steps to prepare
his disciples for the opposition they would
later face. “Happy are you whenever men
hate you,” he said, “and whenever they exclude
you and reproach you and cast out
your name as wicked for the sake of the Son
of man.” (Luke 6:22) Jesus warned his followers
that they should expect reproach.
Any reproach was “for the sake of the Son of
man.” Jesus also assured them that God
would back them up as long as they relied
on Him for help and strength. (Luke 12:4-12)
Moreover, Jesus invited new ones to associate
freely with his disciples and make
friends with them.—Mark 10:29, 30.
Expect reproach for doing the kind, loving thing only happens to jws?
Did you realize that the WTS and the elders feel caution is necessary around jws even if they are “studying”?
12. In what ways can we help new ones to overcome
fear of man?
12 We too need to assist Bible students to
overcome fear of man. A challenge is often
easier to face when it is anticipated. (John
15:19) For instance, why not help the student
to prepare simple, reasonable, Bible based
replies to the questions and objections
his fellow employees and others may
bring up? In addition to our being his personal
friend, we can introduce him to other
members of the congregation, especially
those with whom he might have something
uncommon. Above all, we should teach him
to pray regularly and from the heart. This
can help him to draw close to God and make
Jehovah his Refuge and Rock.—Read Psalm
94:21-23; James 4:8.
If jws encourage these people to leave behind their family and friends and neighbors or workmates, do they become their friend; do they socialize with them or only expect them to attend all the meetings and socialize there and at the one a week “bible” study? And after they are baptized, the love bombing ends because the jw can no longer “count their time”?
Can jws give “simple, reasonable, Bible based replies” to these questions or is it “I’m a Jehovah’s witness” or “my religion forbids it”?
So how will they be a “personal” friend apart from the one hour a week discussing WTS teachings from a WT book occasionally reading a scripture that may or may not in context fit the situation?
I remember one elder’s approach was to get to know everything about a sport a non-jw husband liked, or educate themselves about fishing to draw them into a bible study. I remember one husband asking me if it was that time in the year that the elders showed some attention to non-jws…I had to laugh because it was pre-Memorial time and the KM had encouraged them to reach out to non-jw husbands. No dummy this non-jw husband.
In November 2010 KM, there was a campaign:
*** km 11/10 p.5***
Do some publishers in your congregation have an unbelieving husband or wife? If so, no doubt these publishers desire that their mate join them in true worship. But they are not the only ones. The entire congregation mirrors God’s desire that “all sorts of men should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth.” (1 Tim. 2:4) How may we reach out to the unbelieving mates of publishers in our congregation?
How can you prepare your Bible student to face trials?
Feelings of Inadequacy
13. How can feelings of inadequacy hold some
back from getting involved in spiritual matters?
13 Certain men hold back from getting involved
in spiritual matters because they do
not read well or cannot express themselves
fluently or are just shy. Some men are uncomfortable
sharing their views or feelings
in a public setting. The thought of having to
study, comment at Christian meetings, or
share their faith with others may seem overwhelming
to them. “When I was young,”
admits a Christian brother, “Would quickly
walk up to the door, pretend to ring the
doorbell, and quietly walk away, hoping no
one would hear or see me. . . . The thought
of going from door to door made me physically
How many men fit these categories….some proof that it is not a minority?
What about men that are already jws but “don’t reach out” how did they every get baptized? I’ve known of several that were appointed MS and could not read or write and it was their native language.
Why are they sending someone out that is young by themselves????????????????
How are these men going to becomes those taking the lead if they lack courage?
14. Why could Jesus’ disciples not heal a demon possessed
14 Think of the lack of confidence Jesus’
disciples must have experienced when they
could not heal a demon-possessed boy. The
son’s father came to Jesus and said: “[My
son] is an epileptic and is ill, for he falls often
into the fire and often into the water;
and I brought him to your disciples, but
they could not cure him.” Jesus expelled the
demon, thus curing the boy. The disciples
later approached Jesus and asked: “Why is it
we could not expel it?” Jesus answered: “Because
of your little faith. For truly I say to
you, If you have faith the size of a mustard
grain, you will say to this mountain, ‘Transfer
from here to there,’ and it will transfer,
and nothing will be impossible for you.”
(Matt. 17:14-20) Faith in Jehovah is needed
in order to overcome mountainlike obstacles.
What happens if a person loses sight of
this and begins to focus on his own abilities?
Failure to succeed will result in a lack of
So jws today expect to be able to heal a demon-possessed boy? Does even an elder or a CO think they have that ability?
15, 16. How may we be able to help a Bible student
to overcome feelings of inadequacy?
15 A fine way to help someone struggling
with feelings of inadequacy is to encourage
him to focus on Jehovah instead of on himself.
Peter wrote: “Humble yourselves . . . under
the mighty hand of God, that he may
exalt you in due time; while you throw all
your anxiety upon him.” (1 Pet. 5:6, 7) This
requires that we help our Bible student to
develop spirituality. A spiritually inclined
person keenly values spiritual things. He
loves God’s Word and manifests “the fruitage
of the spirit” in his life. (Gal. 5:22, 23)
He is a man of prayer. (Phil. 4:6, 7) Moreover,
he looks to God for the courage and
strength needed to face any situation or to
fulfill any assignment successfully.—Read
2 Timothy 1:7,8.
Why is there no focus on Jesus? Why not look to Jesus for courage or strength?
16 Some students may also need practical
assistance with their reading, conversation,
or speaking abilities. Others may feel unworthy
of serving God because of the bad
acts they committed before coming to know
Jehovah. In either case, our loving, patient
assistance may be just what they need. “Persons
in health do not need a physician,”
said Jesus, “but the ailing do.”—Matt. 9:12.
Is the average jw qualified to teach reading; being able to read does not make one a teacher. How many jws know how to have a conversation or have speaking abilities, remember the talks at your old KH?
Feel unworthy; how many jws have continued to feel unworthy for years, being told to DO MORE and their FULL share (as judged by the WTS)?
‘Catch’ More Men
17, 18. (a) How might we reach out to more men
in our ministry? (b)What will we study next?
17 It is our desire that many more men will
respond to the deeply satisfying message
that is found only in the Bible. (2 Tim. 3:16,
17) So how can we reach out to more men in
our ministry? By spending more time witnessing
in the evenings, on weekend afternoons,
or during holidays when more men
are at home. We can ask to speak with the
man of the house when possible. Let us witness
informally to male workmates when
appropriate and reach out to unbelieving
husbands in the congregation.
All the barriers the WTS gives regarding men are true of all people. The fact is that most of the door to door is done by women, who rightly so feel a reluctance to make a friend of someone else’s husband and try to turn the call over the a brother, an elder. How many follow through, how many men at the KH actually go door to door or return to call on someone who seems “interested.”
How many brothers ask to speak to the man of the house….assuming the brothers go door to door much? One elder did reach out to a sister’s husband by helping him build a fence, hiding behind that to pretend personal interest. That husband said he played along because it was a great way to get his fence built….but it did not lead to his becoming a jw.
In many congregations in this area, evening witnessing is no more. Only the elder/MS assigned to the holidays shows up and leaves after arranging the groups. And unbelieving husbands know what the games is.
18 As we preach to everyone we meet, we
can be confident that those with appreciative
hearts will respond favorably. Let us patiently
help all who show a sincere interest
in the truth. How, though, can we help baptized
men in the congregation to reach out
and qualify for responsibility in God’s organization?
The next article will address this
Help baptized men….by appointing non-readers to be MS? Or try and figure out why there are 8 ex-elders who have stepped down compared to 5 active elders in a congregation, or congregations that have to bring elders over from another congregation or another state?
Because the ex-elders are tired of the emotional and spiritual abuse from the other elders, the CO, and other WTS representatives. They know they don’t need to be elders to have everlasting life just as the rank and file know they do not have to bring any one into the organization to live forever on a paradise earth.
How Would You Answer?
How can men be helped to give
spiritual pursuits priority?
How can we help new ones to cope
with peer pressure?
What may help some to overcome
feelings of inadequacy
TRAIN OTHERS TO REACH OUT, next week. How many young men are staying with the WTS after they turn 18? How many are MS and possible elders? How many MS have turned down the “privilege” to be an elder, for years? As older elders die off, and new ones don’t come in (as the end does draw near), will there be new light to use sisters? In the 50’s and 60’s many congregations consisted only of women who handle the chores in the congregation. Is that what the future holds?