Women were not valued for much beyond their wombs, and it's only exceptional ones that were mentioned in any significant manner.
Did you notice the names of “evil” women and goddesses in that list?
What can you say about an organization that still thinks spanking a crying baby is the way to get them to “stop” crying?
Thanks for not sharing the “f” names. If anyone every watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, the brohers were given Bible names alphabetically, the six brother had to be named Frank(incense) because there were not “f” names.
, do you remember what the congregation publisher quotas were until about 1971?
6 backcalls (rvs)
1 bible study
Good day, jgnat,
Why the apostrophes for "reason"?
I think that is one of those obnoxious snippets
along with our own "power of reason." (Romans 12:1)
(Romans 12:1) Consequently I entreat YOU by the compassions of God, brothers, to present YOUR bodies a sacrifice living, holy, acceptable to God, a sacred service with YOUR power of reason.
Surely the Watchtower Society never intended to resurrect the Catholic confessional with the penances, purgatory, and penalties?
It dances around that one.
w01 6/1 pp. 30-31 Questions From Readers
view of Jehovah’s willingness to forgive sins by the merit of the ransom sacrifice, why is it necessary for Christians to confess to the older men in the congregation?
As can be seen in the case of David and Bath-sheba, Jehovah forgave David’s sin, grave though it was, because of David’s genuine repentance. When the prophet Nathan approached him, David openly confessed: “I have sinned against Jehovah.”—2 Samuel 12:13.
However, Jehovah not only accepts a sinner’s sincere confession and extends forgiveness but he also makes loving provisions to help the erring one progress to spiritual recovery. In David’s case, the help came through the prophet Nathan. Today, in the Christian congregation, there are spiritually mature older men, or elders. The disciple James explains: “Is there anyone [spiritually] sick among you? Let him call the older men of the congregation to him, and let them pray over him, greasing him with oil in the name of Jehovah. And the prayer of faith will make the indisposed one well, and Jehovah will raise him up. Also, if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him.”—James 5:14, 15.
Skillful elders can do much to ease the pain of heart that is felt by the remorseful sinner. They strive to imitate Jehovah in their dealings with him. They never want to be harsh, even though strong discipline may
be warranted. Rather, they compassionately consider the immediate needs of the individual. Patiently they strive to readjust the erring one’s thinking by using God’s Word. (Galatians 6:1) Even if a person does not voluntarily confess his sin, he may still be moved to repentance when approached by the elders, as David was when approached by Nathan. The support thus rendered by the elders helps the erring one to avoid the danger of repeating the sin and the serious consequences of becoming a hardened practicer of sin.—Hebrews 10:26-31.
It is certainly not easy to confess to others deeds that one feels ashamed of and to seek forgiveness. It takes inner strength. Reflect for a moment, though, on the alternative. One man who failed to reveal his serious sin to the elders in the congregation said: “I felt a pain in my heart that would not go away. I increased my efforts in the preaching work, but the sickening feeling remained.” He felt that confession to God in prayer was enough, but clearly it was not, for he experienced feelings similar to King David’s. (Psalm 51:8, 11) How much better to accept the loving assistance that Jehovah provides through the elders!
Right, peacefulpete, the WTS says that repetition is good.
Very good, pistoff,
Sinning: Go your way and sin no more?
Or go to the elders, who will want all the details?
Titles: All you are brothers; call no man teacher?
Or: elder, CO, DO, Judicial committee etc etc FAITHFUL AND DISCREET SLAVE.
Jesus walked with sinners: being seen with a DF'd one will get you thrown out today.
Rules: Jesus said just 2 laws; today the elders must find out from a young sinner if he touched the breasts repeatedly, through the clothes or not, and if he did so with greediness.
With just one reference to Jesus, the WT has invalidated their entire existence and their method
That’s why they are called “Jehovah’s” witnesses not Christians or Jesus’ Witnesses (that one’s take I think).
Blondie, this happens to be my favorite scripture. They've missed the point by taking a snippet of the verse for their platform pablum of a sound bite.
Isn’t that the point of snippets to direct attention away from the real meaning and to the WTS meaning?
Rules make the Bible invalid; who needs the Bible when you have WT publications to guide you?
The Borg continues to proffer more rules, followed by interpretations of the rules, and then secret rules told only to elders for enforcement of the rules. Is it any wonder that the sheep wander about in sadness instead of with joyous hearts?
, you got the equation.
Unquestioning obedience to publishing corporation = good,anything else =bad .
, the WTS writes Jesus out of the script and puts in God. Jesus becomes an impersonal object rather than someone to really draw close to.
So if an adult of legal age does something of question the first thing it is required to do is to run to the elders and turn yourself in. (Mostly speaking of sexual nature, I'm sure) the WT leaders seems to get off on hearing all the nitty gritty on its members intimate personal lives.
Only the perverts. I know of some elders who get tired of people running to them with every little sin they make and every little sin they think others make.
They do teach the only way to God is through the slave (or salve) not Jesus. And they don’t get it because it has been ingrained in the rank and file for so many years.
Thanks for that quote, pistoff. One to save for a future time.
Perhaps if they didn't follow their Spiritual leaders in their error they wouldn't have had God's wrath upon them
Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments and insight. Better than any WT study ever.