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IMITATE JESUS--PREACH WITH BOLDNESS "We mustered up boldness...to speak to you the good news."--1 THESS. 2:2
Sorry for the lateness.
Q1. Why is the good news of the Kingdom so appealing?
jws go from door to door promising a future end of suffering. Everlasting life is the CARROT that they use to get
people to join and it is what they use to get people to stay despite all the suffering members experience in the WTS
Why is a relationship with Jesus not held out? Because only anointed jws are considered to have such a relationship
with Jesus. Where do you find Jesus held out as the spiritual brother of the other sheep? Are they considered
children of God now or do they have to wait for the end of the 1,000 year reign?
*** w95 7/1 p. 11 par. 7 Christian Witnesses With Heavenly Citizenship ***
Anointed Christians on earth point righthearted ones to this blessing by bearing witness to their spiritual brother Jesus
Christ and to their adoptive Father, Jehovah God.
*** w86 2/15 p. 12 par. 11 Unitedly Pursuing the Goal of Life ***
The spirit-anointed sons of God, who are “the things in the heavens,” enjoy a very intimate relationship with Jesus and
with the Father.
*** w80 4/1 p. 21 par. 22 Creation’s Hope—Awaiting Its Realization ***
The secondary members of the “seed” of God’s composite “woman” are the disciples of Jesus Christ, the ones who
receive a begettal by God’s spirit to become spiritual “sons of God” and joint heirs with their elder brother, Jesus
Christ, in heaven.
*** Thousand Year book chap. 14 p. 276 par. 44 Earthly Subjects of the Kingdom of God ***There will finally be
144,000 of these spiritual brothers who will share the heavenly glory with Jesus Christ, their oldest spiritual Brother.
*** w04 11/1 p. 13 par. 17 Happy Servants of Jehovah ***
The peaceable “other sheep” serve Jehovah under the Fine Shepherd, Christ Jesus, who becomes their “Eternal
Father.” (John 10:14, 16; Isaiah 9:6) Those who successfully pass the final test after the Millennial Reign of Christ will
be adopted as Jehovah’s earthly sons and “have the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
*** w00 10/15 p. 19 pars. 14-15 What God’s Kingdom Will Do ***
At the end of the thousand years, Jehovah will allow perfect humans to exercise their free choice as to whom they want
to serve. The Bible shows that “Satan will be let loose out of his prison.” He will again try to mislead humans, some of
whom will choose independence from God. To prevent ‘distress from rising up a second time,’ Jehovah will annihilate
Satan, his demons, and all who rebel against Jehovah’s sovereignty. No one could object that any humans who are
destroyed eternally at that time did not have a chance or that their wrong course was due to imperfection. No, they will
be like perfect Adam and Eve, who willingly chose to rebel against Jehovah’s righteous rule.—Revelation 20:7-10;
On the other hand, likely the vast majority of people will choose to uphold Jehovah’s sovereignty. With every rebel
annihilated, the righteous will stand before Jehovah, having passed the final test of loyalty. These loyal ones will then be
accepted by Jehovah as his sons and daughters. They therefore come back into the relationship that Adam and Eve
had with God before they rebelled. Hence, Romans 8:21 will be fulfilled: “The creation itself [humankind] also will be set
free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God.” The prophet Isaiah
foretells: “[God] will actually swallow up death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will certainly wipe the tears from
all faces.”—Isaiah 25:8.
Q2. Explain Jesus' statement: "I came to cause division."
Notice how the WTS predicts that "most people reject it." Believing that, many if not most jws do not try very hard to be
effective in their message. Plus their eternal life does not depend on their bringing anyone into the organization. The
only "good news" is from the WTS and its members. Even if an individual or group says and lives their best as
Christians, they are not in the WTS judgment, merely "professed" Christians. The WTS sets up people to expect
persecution. There have been several rude jws I have gone in the field ministry; and they could not understand why we
were ordered off the person's property. But of course, it was God they were rejecting, not their rude conversation.
Q3. In carrying our our assignment to preach, what do we need?
WE proclaim the same truths that Jesus did. Is there some proof provided here? Did Jesus teach that Christmas and
birthdays were wrong, did he teach Jews to shun other Jews.
So does disdain and apathy mean that they do not accept the WTS doctrine or the Bible?
Q4. Why did Paul need to 'muster up boldness' to preach?
"Perhaps YOU find it is HARD to share." This is the crux of this article. Even more so today, jws do not enjoy the
required preaching, and time requirements and reporting. Where is the love in that? Did the apostles turn in time slips
to elders in their congregation? STRUGGLE to preach?
servants of God - only jws
Q5. Why has boldness always been needed by those loyal to Jehovah?
Where's the loyalty to Jesus? The WTS teaches that the beginning of human history started with the creation of Eve
not to be confused with the end of the 6th creative day which ended with the creation of Eve. Based on WTS
chronology it has been 6,034 years (supposedly 6,000 years of human history ended in 1975).
OT examples for Christians again - Abel and Enoch
Judgment against the ungodly -- all nonjws including those who claim to be Christians
While the WTS dances around the disappearance of Enoch, they teach that God killed Enoch early in his life to protect
him from persecution. Does that mean that jws can expect God to end their lives early for the same reason?
Q6. Why did Moses need boldness in speaking to Pharaoh?
Again an OT example for Christians. Are there no Christian examples?
Notice how Moses came repeatedly--unbidden and unwelcome. Is the WTS using this an example of how jws do the
Q7,8. (a) What trials befell faithful ones of long ago? (b) What enabled those in pre-Christian times to show boldness in
upholding and promoting pure worship?
Three more OT examples, Abel, Abraham, Sarah (at least they mention a woman).
When jws would tell me that they were longing to see the end in their lifetime, I would remind them that Abraham and
Sarah had no expectation, yet they served God anyway.
(Hebrews 11:13) . . .In faith all these died, although they did not get the [fulfillment of the] promises, but they saw them
afar off and welcomed them and publicly declared that they were strangers and temporary residents in the land.
*** w01 8/15 p. 28 par. 12 Do Not Give Up in Doing What Is Fine ***
Once again, consider Abraham’s example. He built his whole life on faith in God’s promises, even though there was no
chance that they would all be fulfilled within his lifetime.
Eventually reach perfection? I used to ask when that would be, 100 years, 200 years, 500 years, 1,000 years into the
reign of Christ? If it takes that long for the "other sheep" to reach perfection, why do the anointed reach perfection
immediately upon resurrection as a spirit (per the WTS)? They are all imperfect humans, why do the anointed instantly
Q9,10. In what ways did Jesus show boldness in front of (a) the religious leaders, (b) a band of soldiers, (c) the high
priest, (d) Pilate?
Are jws really hated by those having power? While the WTS was willing to compromise and not disobey the laws
regarding segregation in the US (South Africa, etc.), they were not willing to adjust their preaching times. Instead they
flooded areas with carloads of jws from other areas until the local jails were full. Try and imagine that. Weren't the
segregation laws unconstitutional?
*** jv chap. 22 p. 456 Part 3—Witnesses to the Most Distant Part of the Earth ***
In North America too, Jehovah’s Witnesses were confronted by severe obstacles during the war. Widespread mob
violence and unconstitutional application of local laws brought great pressure on the preaching work.
Have you ever seen the cartoons that appeared in the publications then? What would happen if the same tactics were
used today? (if anyone has some they can post, that would be great). So if the religious leaders in the WTS resemble
the Pharisees, then jw members should expose their false teachings and tell them they are condemned just like Jesus
So did Jesus always identify himself as the Christ? What has the WTS said about that? Is this why so many elders
and COs say that jws should not identify themselves as such directly at the door. Notice how the sample presentations
in the Kingdom Ministry do not use "Jehovah" in the introduction and certainly not identify yourself as a jw.
(Mark 8:29-30) . . .” 29 And he put the question to them: “YOU, though, who do YOU say I am?” In answer Peter said to
him: “You are the Christ.” 30 At that he strictly charged them not to tell anyone about him.
Q11. How is boldness related to love?
Do jws look at the people they visit as having difficult lives or do they rather say "they are having their paradise now"?
Do jws love their neighbor in regard to physical needs or do they merely talk about it and expect others to care for
Q12. What brought joy to the early disciples?
3,000 jews approximately baptized...is this the foundation for recording time spent talking about WT doctrines? How
long do you think these people "studied"? a month, 2 months?
Q13. Why did the brothers pray for boldness, and with what result?
Religious leaders ordered the disciples not to talk about Jesus...but no mention is made of "Jehovah"? Is that what jws
should be talking about, Jesus?
Q14. How does the holy spirit assist us in our preaching?
How does God give holy spirit to jws? How do they know they have it? To understand the Bible? How many jws can
explain their beliefs just using the Bible without the crutch of WT publications? How many can do it even with that
crutch? Are the jws the only ones "preaching"? See www.forum18.org
*** w01 4/1 pp. 16-17 par. 10 True Christianity Prevails! ***
Not only has holy spirit empowered God’s people to carry the word of God to the most distant part of the earth; it has
moved people of all sorts to respond to the good news. Truly, those who have embraced God’s word have come from
“every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”
Q15. How does the truth divide people today?
THE TRUTH divides people...some hate us (jws); target of misinformation and malicious propaganda through the
Of course, the WTS does not target other religions this way, right?
Q16. What experience shows that boldness can change the view of those to whom we preach?
Almost all the jws I know would never have gone back to a house with a vicious dog and an owner that threatened to set
it on them. How many jws go back to talk to someone that showed interest let alone back to a house like this? The only
place we called back on homes to talk to other family members were those with little territory and everyone hated doing
this. So did this guy get baptized? The WTS experiences leave that part out.
Q17. How did the boldness of a sister strengthen a fearful Bible Student?
So what was she doing offering magazines on the bus where people were trapped and could not leave? No one
around my area would even consider this. So is this women still attending meetings, did she get baptized?
Q18. What will help you to preach with boldness, as Jesus did?
Notice how the WTS says that everyone except jws are alienated God. Hearing that would make someone grab the
magazine and slap it on the ground!
Why no mention of Jesus being with you?
Sorry for the late and non-existent articles (9-13 and 9-20-09). I am still struggling with the scans and my hands
(serious arthritis). I will be on a new anti-cancer medication starting this week. Hopefully, I will see improvement soon.
Next week, Everlasting Life on Earth--A Good Given Hope.