In the Congregation Bible Study yesterday, the big stick regarding Higher Education was wielded again.
The Question was -
6, 7. (a) How might a Christian unwisely reason, despite counsel from the faithful slave class today?
Here is the answer:
jr chap. 4 pp. 45-47 pars. 7-8 Guard Against a Treacherous Heart
7 A Christian might mistakenly think that his heart could never deceive him, as happened to many in Jeremiah’s day. For example, a man might reason, ‘I have to hold down a job to support my family,’ which is understandable. What if that led him to think, ‘I need more education to secure or hold a decent job’? That too might seem logical, leading him to conclude, ‘Times have changed, and to survive today you need to get a college or university education to hold on to your job.’ How easily one might start to minimize the wise, balanced advice from the faithful and discreet slave class (not from the Bible) about additional education and start to miss meetings! In this area, some have gradually been molded by the world’s reasonings and views. (Eph. 2:2, 3) The Bible aptly warns us: "Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould."—Rom. 12:2, Phillips. Granted, some Christians in the first century had riches and perhaps a bit of prominence in the world. That is true of some Christians in our time too. How should they feel about their accomplishments, and how should we view such ones? Jehovah provided the answer through Jeremiah. (Read Jeremiah 9:23, 24.) Rather than bragging about human accomplishments, a person is wise to acknowledge that knowing the Universal Sovereign is of chief value. (1 Cor. 1:31) (deceptively misapplying a Scripture to back up a spurious man-made teaching.
Why doesn't the Governing Body avoid the accusation of hypocrisy & forked tongue-speaking by expelling every brother working at Headquarters and Branches throughout the world, who have "exalted" themselves by getting degrees.
This of neccessity would mean booting out all the lawyers, doctors, architects, accountants, surveyors, electronics experts, and I.T. specialists. We cannot have such reprehensible men working for the Organisation when a congregation elder can lose his privileges because his offspring wants to get a degree as well!
Being selective as to which recipient of a college degree gets vilified is demonic thinking, nothing less! (1 John 4:1)
Challenge: Correctly apply Paul's words at 2 Corinthians 11:7-9 to the Worldwide Order of Special Full-Time Servants of Jehovah’s Witnesses!!! This is a Scriptural principle which should be applied from the Governing Body downwards, but it is rejected.