Romans 14:3-5 Show This to JW Loved Ones

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  • White Dove
    White Dove

    See what reaction you get this holiday season.

    I thought this was a powerful scripture to use to get the JW family to shut up about the fact that I celebrate stuff. What do you think?

  • WuzLovesDubs

    ...which says...

  • PSacramento

    All of chapter 14 is a thorn in the side of the JW's.

  • White Dove
    White Dove

    Don't judge others for celebrating a day as special. Each one must work it out in their own mind.

  • PSacramento

    14 Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. 2 One man’s faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. 3 The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.

    5 One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. 7 For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. 8 If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.

    9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on your brother? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:

    “ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,

    ‘every knee will bow before me;

    every tongue will confess to God.’ ” a

    12 So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.

    13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. 14 As one who is in the Lord Jesus, I am fully convinced that no food b is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for him it is unclean. 15 If your brother is distressed because of what you eat, you are no longer acting in love. Do not by your eating destroy your brother for whom Christ died. 16 Do not allow what you consider good to be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, 18 because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and approved by men.

    19 Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 20 Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a man to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. 21 It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother to fall.

    22 So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the man who does not condemn himself by what he approves. 23 But the man who has doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

  • White Dove
    White Dove

    The NWT says that if someone wants to observe the full moon, then that's okay! Yippee for Wiccans! hehehe

  • isaacaustin

    my wife said it doesn't mean holidays. ia sked her what it means, since all scriputre os there for a reason. She said she didn't know. LOL A JW will try to say it was referring to the Jewish festivals WHICH WERE NO LONGER NECESSARY, yet paul was telling the Gentiles not to judge the Jews who still observed. I capitalized 'which were no longer necessary', because that concept is not in there, yet is claimed by the WT so as not to make it desireable to observe, let's say, the Feast of Tabernacles. But either way, even IF it indicated it was no longer necessary, that itself indicate choice- something JWs do not have.

  • PSacramento

    The festival of dedication ( Hanukah) is not a "biblical" festival but Jesus comemorate it, as did all the other Jews of his time ( and still do), so it is not nesessary for a fetival or special day to be noted in the bible.

  • carla

    yep, been there, tried that script, got the same response as Isa. Isn't it strange with all their 'studying' they do they don't know what a simple script means?

    The following is a real problem for jw's,- 'disputable matters'. A jw will tell you there are none there must be complete unity.

    "without passing judgment on disputable matters"

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