Here we go again. Under the study article " You are My Friends " ( indicating Jesus naturally by his quote ) the WT society makes it VERY clear that the ONLY way to be Jesus friend is to COME THROUGH THEM or else you won't be approved by Jesus or God. Translation : Friendship with Jesus = treating the " faithful slave " kindly = Jesus approving you. Our JW relatives will be studying this in December at their meetings.
Under the subheading on pg. 15 " Friendship with Christ Today " in paragraph 15 it states that " the determining factor that would distinguish a sheep from a goat would be the way an individual treated even the least of these his brothers. Therefore , the primary way that those with the earthly hope demonstrate their desire to be friends with Christ is by SUPPORTING the FAITHFUL SLAVE CLASS. "
Then it says the first primary way to express " friendship " towards " Christ's brothers " is sharing in the preaching work. The second way they can help Christ's brothers ? ( Here it comes ) " By financially supporting the preaching work. Not that we can buy friendship with Jesus or Jehovah. Rather , by using our material assets to further kingdom interests , we prove our friendship and love , not just in word , but in " deed and truth" . We provide such financial support when we engage in preaching work, when we donate money toward the construction and maintenance of our meeting facilities, and contribute funds to the worldwide preaching work. " ( Gag reflex please . ) Translation : Faithful slave is hurting financially , we need your donations to cover all of our expenses , if you love us, er, Jesus you will donate from your heart !
Then the third and final way to show we are friends of Jesus ? It states in paragraph 18, " By cooperating with the direction provided by congregation elders. These men are appointed by holy spirit under Christ's direction . At times , we may find it a challenge to obey the Bible-based direction given to us by the local elders. " ( What if it's NOT Bible based ? I digress ) It continues, " We are likely aware of their imperfections , and this may distort our view of their counsel ". ( How the hell do THEIR IMPERFECTIONS DISTORT MY VIEW of their counsel ? ) "Still , Christ , the Head of the congregation, is PLEASED to use these imperfect men. Therefore, the way WE REACT to their authority directly influences our friendship with Christ. When we overlook the faults of the elders and joyfully follow their direction, we prove our love for Christ. "
Talk about mind controlling information. Wow. So let me get this straight. If the elders give me imperfect counsel , then it causes me to distort it, right ? And I should obey them no matter what because Christ is PLEASED to use them ? How the hell do THEY know if Christ is pleased with them ? Maybe he's as pissed at them as WE are ! So if we react negatively to the elders , even if they give us wrong counsel - Jesus dissapproves us ?
I don't believe it. It's all mind control jargon to keep the rank and file Jehovah's Witness trapped into fearing the power of the alleged " faithful and discreet slave " . So I ask all you friends and folks out there in JWN land - what do you think of this article and information. If you are a lurking witness - this is what you will study in December . Be prepared. As always I look forward to ALL your takes and comments. Take care, Peace out, Mr. Flipper