Blondie's Comments You Will Not Hear at the 01-13-2013 WT Study (LESSER ONE)

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    Comments You Will Not Hear at the 01-13-2013 WT Study (NOVEMBER 15, 2012, pages 15-19)(LESSER ONE)

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    “He that conducts himself as a lesser one

    among all of you is the one that is great.”

    —LUKE 9:48.


    What can help us to cultivate

    the spirit of a lesser one?

    In what ways is a lesser one


    How can we manifest humility

    within marriage, within the

    congregation, and in our relationships

    with others?


    “lesser” implies being “below” not as “qualified”

    of lower rank, degree, or importance

    So are all jws lesser ones or only some?

    Elders are “princes” that rule per the WTS based on Isa. 32:1,2

    (Isaiah 32:1) . . .they will rule as princes. . .

    But notice how the WTS does a switch in vocabulary.

    *** cl chap. 16 p. 164 par. 16 “Exercise Justice” in Walking With God ***

    Notice the prophetic description of “princes,” or elders, recorded by Isaiah: “Look! A king will reign for righteousness itself; and as respects princes, they will rule as princes for justice itself.” (Isaiah 32:1) Yes, Jehovah expects elders to serve …

    *** w99 2/1 p. 19 par. 22 Our Treasure in Earthen Vessels ***

    As the number of the spirit-anointed remnant on earth has decreased, mature brothers of the great crowd have been given spiritual oversight of almost all the congregations worldwide. And as the last aged anointed Witnesses finish their earthly course, princely sa·rim′ of the other sheep will have been well trained to carry out administrative duties as the chieftain class on earth.—Ezekiel 44:3; Isaiah 32:1.


    1, 2. Jesus gave his apostles what admonition, and why did

    he do so?

    THE year was 32 C.E. Jesus was in the district

    of Galilee when difficulties arose. A few of

    his apostles were arguing about who was the

    greatest among them. The Gospel writer Luke reports:

    “A reasoning entered among them as to who

    would be the greatest of them. Jesus, knowing the

    reasoning of their hearts, took a young child, set it

    beside him and said to them: ‘Whoever receives this

    young child on the basis of my name receives me

    too, and whoever receives me receives him also that

    sent me forth. For he that conducts himself as a lesser

    one among all of you is the one that is great.’ ”

    (Luke 9:46-48) Patiently but firmly, Jesus helped the

    apostles to see the need for humility.


    How do jws make themselves the “greatest”?

    By marking some as “bad association.”

    *** w80 6/15 p. 19 par. 15 Harvesting Fruit Suitable for God’s Kingdom ***

    Today, in the congregation, do we gravitate toward members who still smack of worldliness? They regularly indulge in it and want to have the company of other members so as to feel a measure of justification for their frequent indulgence. Do we let our social environment or association inside the congregation hinder us in running well in the race for everlasting life? Do we allow congregation members who still incline to worldliness to persuade us into taking the same direction that they are taking, because it is so pleasing to our fallen flesh?

    Labeling others as inactive

    Or spiritually weak……..only one group of elders?

    *** w88 11/15 pp. 21-22 “Spiritual Words” for the Mentally Distressed ***

    Failing to grasp the nature of a certain brother’s depressive disorder, one group of elderspassed him off as spiritually weak. “Pray more,” they told him—instruction he found hard to apply because of his depressed state of mind.

    Being given “privileges” that aren’t given to others; where in the bible does

    Congregation SERVants becoming elders in the 1970’s

    Defining themselves and others by names of positions, elders, MS, their wives and children, pioneer, born in jws, administrative positions at assemblies and conventions, or some you with think of.

    Yet the WTS says that Jesus did make the 12 the greatest by making them the 12 foundation stones. And the remaining 144,000 would rule as kings over the earth as immortal, only 144,002 making them special, superior, to the ones on earth.

    *** it-1 p. 867 Foundation ***

    Most appropriately, the 12 symbolic foundation stones of the New Jerusalem, bearing the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb, are precious stones. (Re 21:14, 19, 20)

    2 Was Jesus’ admonition to behave as a lesser one

    in accord with the values of the first-century Jews?

    Or was it the opposite of their general spirit? Commenting

    on the social conditions of that time, the

    Theological Dictionary of the New Testament explains:

    “In every affair, the question constantly arose who

    was the greater, and according to each his due honor

    was an important matter which caused constant

    concern.” Jesus was admonishing his apostles to be

    different from people in general.


    Who wrote the Theological Dictionary, and when, and why that source by the WTS?

    (Gerhard Kittel) (could not find this quote online)

    3. (a) Behaving as a lesser one means what, and why might

    it be challenging for us to act in that way? (b) What questions

    arise about cultivating the spirit of a lesser one?

    3 The Greek word translated “lesser one” means

    someone who is modest, humble, lowly, insignificant,

    or of little esteem and influence. Jesus used a

    young child to make clear to his apostles that they

    should be humble and modest. That admonition

    is as applicable to true Christians today

    as it was in the first century. We may

    find it challenging to conduct ourselves

    as lesser ones—at least in some circumstances.

    The human tendency toward

    pride may motivate us to seek prominence.

    The competitive environment

    in which we live and the spirit of the

    world might influence us to be egotistical,

    combative, or manipulative. What

    can help us to cultivate the spirit of a

    lesser one? How is ‘a lesser one among

    us the one that is great’? In what areas

    of life should we strive to manifest the

    spirit of humility?


    OR of little esteem and influence – so someone who considers themselves lowly OR one who is considered by others as of little esteem…

    How are children consider in jw congregations? When the WTS depicts this event with Jesus and a child, is the child male or female, male if I remember, but why assume that.

    True Christians today = only jws

    The competitive environment in which we live and the spirit of the world might influence us to be egotistical, combative, or manipulative—and that is just at the KH.


    4, 5. What can move us to cultivate humility?


    4 One way to cultivate humility is to

    ponder over the greatness of Jehovah

    in comparison to us. Actually, “there

    is no searching out of his understanding.”

    (Isa. 40:28) Commenting on certain

    aspects of Jehovah’s magnificence,

    the apostle Paul wrote: “O the depth of

    God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge!

    How unsearchable his judgments

    are and past tracing out his

    ways are!” (Rom. 11:33) Although mankind’s

    knowledge of many things has

    increased greatly since Paul wrote those

    words some 2,000 years ago, that statement

    still holds true. No matter how

    much we know, it should humble us to

    realize that there is no limit to what can

    be learned about Jehovah, his works,

    and his ways.


    Greatness of Jehovah – why not Jesus?

    Learned only through the governing body of the WTS

    *** w07 11/1 p. 29 par. 7 Searching Into “the Deep Things of God” ***

    We should not think that “deep things” are necessarily difficult things. Knowledge of “the deep things of God” is obscured from most people, not because the wisdom of God is too difficult to acquire, but because Satan deceives people into rejecting the help that Jehovah provides through His organization.—2 Corinthians 4:3, 4.

    5 Appreciating that it is beyond our

    ability to search out God’s ways helped

    Leo* to view himself as a lesser one.

    As a young man, Leo was fascinated

    by science. Desiring to understand as

    much as possible about the physical

    universe, he studied astrophysics and

    came to an important conclusion. He

    says: “Based on my studies, I came

    to realize that current scientific theories

    alone are not likely to enable mankind

    to understand the universe completely.

    So I switched to studying law.”

    In time, Leo became a district attorney

    and later a court judge. Eventually,

    he and his wife studied the Bible with

    Jehovah’s Witnesses, embraced the

    truth, and became dedicated servants

    of God. Despite his background, what

    has helped Leo to conduct himself as a

    lesser one? Unhesitatingly, he answers,

    “It is the realization that no matter how

    much we learn about Jehovah and the

    universe, there is still much more to discover.”

    * Names have been changed.

    PICTURE: Jehovah dignifies us with the privilege

    of preaching the good news


    “Desiring to understand as

    much as possible about the physical

    universe, he studied astrophysics and

    came to an important conclusion. He

    says: “Based on my studies, I came

    to realize that current scientific theories

    alone are not likely to enable mankind

    to understand the universe completely .

    So I switched to studying law.”

    In time, Leo became a district attorney

    and later a court judge .”

    Obviously Leo was not a jw…not a faithful one. Do current scientific “theories” claim to be able to help mankind understand the universe completely? Not what I have read.

    So do you think Leo was treated as a lesser one when he became a jw or was his background held up as something to admire, that his education put him above others in the congregation, that the elders “sucked up” to him?

    6, 7. (a) Jehovah provides what astonishing

    example of humility? (b) How can God’s humility

    make one “great”?

    6 Another factor that helps us to be

    humble is that Jehovah himself displays

    humility. Consider this: “We are God’s

    fellow workers.” (1 Cor. 3:9) Imagine

    that! Jehovah, the God of unmatched

    greatness, dignifies us in this way by giving

    us an opportunity to carry out our

    ministry using his Word, the Bible. Although

    Jehovah is the one who makes

    the seeds that we plant and water grow,

    he bestows upon us an honorable position

    of working with him. (1 Cor. 3:6, 7)

    Is that not an astonishing example of humility

    on God’s part? Surely Jehovah’s

    example of humility should be of great

    encouragement to each of us to behave

    as a lesser one.


    God’s fellow workers—where is Jesus in this picture?

    (Acts 1:7, 8) . . .; 8 but YOU will receive power when the holy spirit arrives upon YOU, and YOU will be witnesses of me both in Jerusalem and in all Ju·de′a and Sa·mar′i·a and to the most distant part of the earth.”

    (Romans 16:3) . . .Give my greetings to Pris′ca and Aq′ui·la my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,

    But in the KH some are lesser than others……

    7 God’s example of humility had a tremendous

    effect on the psalmist David.

    He sang to Jehovah: “You will give me

    your shield of salvation, and it is your

    humility that makes me great.” (2 Sam.

    22:36) David attributed any greatness he

    had in Israel to Jehovah’s humility—to

    God’s condescending, or humbling himself,

    to pay attention to him. (Ps. 113:5-7)

    Is it any different with us? In the way of

    qualities, abilities, and privileges, what

    do any of us have that we “did not receive”

    from Jehovah? (1 Cor. 4:7) The

    person who conducts himself as a lesser

    one is “great” in that he becomes more

    valuable as a servant of Jehovah. (Luke

    9:48, ftn.) Let us reflect on how this is so.


    David should be glad that God pardoned his crime of adultery and murder, and conducting a census and choosing the deaths of 70,000 people to pay for his disobedience. What about other Israelites who committed adultery and murder, did God humble himself to pay attention to them, pardoning them of capital crimes?

    How many jws have attributed what they have as special attention from God that others were/are not privileged to receive?

    It is one thing to humble oneself before God knowing but to humble oneself before another imperfect individual.


    8. How does humility affect our attitude toward

    Jehovah’s organization?

    8 Humility is essential to our being

    content in God’s theocratic organization

    and being supportive of the congregational

    arrangement. For example,

    consider Petra, a young woman raised

    in a family of Witnesses. Wanting to do

    things her own way, Petra distanced herself

    from the congregation. Years later,

    she started to associate with the congregation

    once again. She is now happy

    to be in Jehovah’s organization and is

    eager to support the congregational arrangement.

    What has made the difference

    this time? “For me to feel at home

    in God’s organization,” she writes, “the

    two most important qualities I needed to

    understand and to cultivate were humility

    and modesty.”


    Being content = obeying the GB even when they are wrong

    Wanting to do things her own way…distanced herself from the congregation—the WTS is implying that all jws that “leave” are rebellious

    Jehovah’s arrangement = only the WTS/GB

    Are men encouraged to be modest and humble in their dealings with women in the congregation?

    What is the congregation arrangement as defined by the WTS?

    9. What attitude does a humble person have

    toward the spiritual food we receive, and why

    does that make him more valuable?

    9 A humble person has heartfelt gratitude

    for Jehovah’s provisions, including

    spiritual food. Hence, such an individual

    is a diligent student of the Bible

    and an avid reader of the Watchtower

    and Awake! magazines. Like many other

    faithful servants of Jehovah, he may

    make it a practice to read each new publication

    before putting it away on a bookshelf

    in his personal library. When we

    manifest humble appreciation by reading

    and studying our Bible-based publications,

    we make spiritual advancement,

    and Jehovah is able to use us more

    fully in his service.—Heb. 5:13, 14.


    Gratitude for Jehovah’s (WTS/GB/organization) provisions

    Diligent student of the Bible – how many cited scriptures in each WT are read or commented in each article? Why does the WTS choose which ones are read (and by a separate brother from the reader at the meeting in some congregations)

    Avid reader of WT/Awake = after 40 years of door to door, few jws ever read the magazine they were placing (let alone before when it came in the mail).

    Faithful servants of Jehovah = where is Jesus in this picture?

    Jws put new publications on the bookshelf right away (assuming they get one), and don’t pull it out until the book study at the KH, and don’t read it because the paragraphs will be read right? In wonder how many in the congregation get an opportunity to answer since fewer paragraphs and the whole congregation meets not just small groups?

    Humble appreciation = only for bible-based publications?

    Make advancement only by reading human publications, what about the bible?

    10. How can we manifest the attitude of a lesser

    one within the congregation?

    10 He who conducts himself as a lesser

    one is “great” in another way. Every

    congregation has qualified men appointed

    under the guidance of Jehovah’s holy

    spirit to serve as elders. They make arrangements

    for such spiritual matters as congregation

    meetings, field service, and shepherding.

    When we manifest the attitude of a lesser one by willingly

    supporting these arrangements, we

    contribute to the joy, peace, and unity of

    the congregation. (Read Hebrews 13:7,

    17.) If you are serving as an elder or a

    ministerial servant, are you not humbly

    grateful to Jehovah for entrusting you

    with such a privilege of service?


    Other than prayer and using the bible to define the qualifications, what answer or message is sent through the holy spirit that the person is qualified? How do a group of imperfect men know? What about pedophiles, practicing alcoholics, wife/child abusers, adulterers, etc., that are appointed? Where was the holy spirit then?

    Elders make arrangements – but assign others to actually go out in service, sticking some MS with the chore; assigning junior elders or unqualified elders; as the go out with their family in a separate car doing return visits. I saw many an elder picking up dry cleaning, his wife doing grocery shopping, meeting up at a coffee shop at 11 a.m.

    Willingly supporting – see elders above and the older couple that would suddenly want to work alone in their own territory (found out we were doing a black territory), the jws that always scheduled a bible study Saturday morning, the jws we never saw at the book study they were assigned to because their friends and family we at another one or the conductor was better than at the one they were assigned to.

    Privilege = does that sound like a humble concept?

    Privileged/Adjective :

    1. Having special rights, advantages, or immunities.

    11, 12. What attitude will make us more valuable

    to Jehovah’s organization, and why is that

    the case?

    11 The one behaving as a lesser one

    is “great,” or more valuable to Jehovah’s

    organization, because his humility

    makes him a good and useful servant

    of God. Jesus had to admonish his disciples

    to behave as lesser ones because

    some of them were influenced by the

    prevailing spirit of the day. “A reasoning

    entered among them as to who would be

    the greatest of them,” states Luke 9:46.

    Might we also begin to reason that we in

    some way are better than our fellow believers

    or are superior to people in general?

    Many in the world around us are

    motivated by pride and selfishness. Let

    us distance ourselves from the proud by

    acting humbly. When we do so and put

    Jehovah’s will to the fore, we become

    more refreshing associates of our brothers

    and sisters.


    More valuable to the organization = where’s God in this, does God = organization?

    But just above they said that the “lesser” one is more valuable.

    Distance ourselves from the proud = does that include the elders?

    12 Jesus’ admonition to conduct ourselves

    as lesser ones truly is motivating.

    Should we not strive to manifest the

    spirit of a lesser one in all aspects of life?

    Let us give particular attention to three



    So what example do the princes give?

    Jesus washed the feet of his disciples; he showed them what to do. Would the elders in the congregation wash your feet?


    13, 14. How should a husband or a wife behave

    as a lesser one, and how can this affect a


    13 Within marriage. Many people today

    are so concerned about their personal

    rights that they demand them even if

    doing so means infringing on the rights

    of others. A lesser one, though, is guided

    by the attitude that Paul encourages us

    to have. In his letter to the Romans, he

    writes: “Let us pursue the things making

    for peace and the things that are upbuilding

    to one another.” (Rom. 14:19) A

    person who behaves as a lesser one pursues

    peace with everyone and especially

    with his or her own cherished marriage



    Personal rights = the right not to be verbally, emotionally, mentally, and physically abused?

    Do the married men in the congregation recognize their standing before God depends on how they treat their wives and how all brothers treat the sisters?

    Do jw men feel they must conduct themselves as “lesser” in regards to women?

    14 Consider the area of recreation. A

    couple may differ in their preferences

    when it comes to entertainment. Perhaps

    the husband likes to stay quietly

    at home during leisure time and

    read a book. On the other hand, the

    wife may prefer going out for a meal or

    visiting friends. Would it not be easier

    for the wife to respect her husband

    when she sees that he manifests humility

    and gives sincere consideration to her

    likes and dislikes rather than being concerned

    only about his own preferences?

    And how the husband loves and appreciates

    his wife when he sees that she

    does not just try to get her own way

    but considers his wishes! The marriage

    bond is strengthened when each partner

    behaves as a lesser one.—Read Philippians



    So do you think the choice of recreation is the worst problem in a marriage?

    Get her own way….that swings both ways except in the publications. They give details about the wife and throw a bone about recreation.

    *** w66 2/15 p. 100 Do You Limit Cooperation to Your Terms? ***

    For example, a wife might prevail upon her husband to go visiting her relatives, but if he is not particularly fond of them he may do little, if anything, to make the visit a truly enjoyable one. Then, again, a husband might want to bring some friends home for supper, or he might want a certain food. But if his wife does not particularly like those friends or that food, she may go about preparing the meal in an indifferent, routine way, refusing to give wholehearted cooperation, to underscore how she feels about it.

    *** w81 6/1 p. 24 par. 12 Aids in Conducting Ourselves as Lesser Ones ***

    Practical wisdom that makes us conduct ourselves as lesser ones also applies within the family circle. For example, the wise wife will be content to play the complementary, submissive role in relation to her husband, knowing that this makes for peace in the family and is conducive to happiness. Being willing to play such a role wins her husband’s affection and love, and makes him want to do things for her. And what could make a wife happier than to have her husband so well disposed toward her that he is always giving her tokens of appreciation and affection, by words and deeds? In this regard, it is also practical wisdom for a husband to acknowledge wherein his wife excels and be content to play the lesser role, granting her such recognition under his headship. This will have a similar fine effect on her.

    Lesser role woman excels at – cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, looking after children?

    15, 16. What attitude did David recommend

    in Psalm 131, and how should this affect our behavior

    within the congregation?

    15 Within the congregation. In the

    world, many individuals live for the immediate

    gratification of their desires.

    For them, patience is in short supply

    and waiting is a trial. Cultivating the

    spirit of a lesser one helps us to wait on

    Jehovah. (Read Psalm 131:1-3.) The benefits

    of being humble and waiting on Jehovah

    are security and blessings, solace

    and satisfaction. No wonder David encouraged

    his fellow Israelites to wait patiently

    for their God!


    In the world =many live for immediate gratification = proof?

    Patience at the conventions; waiting at the door opening, pushing, running, having workers inside the building with closer access grab up all the good seats

    David was a good role model of patience; could not “wait” for Bathsheba to be free

    David didn’t wait for God but conducted a census

    I always wondered if David knew his son Amnon raped his half sister Tamar; or if he waited in the dark?

    16 You can experience similar comfort

    when you humbly wait on Jehovah. (Ps.

    42:5) Perhaps you are “desirous of a fine

    work” and, therefore, are “reaching out

    for an office of overseer.” (1 Tim. 3:1-7)

    Of course, you should do all that you

    reasonably can to allow the holy spirit

    to develop in you the qualities needed

    by an overseer. But what if the process

    seems to take longer in your case than in

    the case of others? The lesser one, who

    waits patiently for a privilege of service,

    will continue to serve Jehovah joyfully

    and will rejoice in whatever assignment

    he is given.


    Wait on Jehovah = translation: wait but we never named a date

    Bible students from 1879 to 1914 waited = end did not come

    Some of the same ones waited till 1925 = end did not come

    Most had died from 1925 and 1975 was “suggested” = end did not come


    *** w11 7/1 pp. 5-6 Why Does Life Seem Meaningless? ***

    Very soon now, he will begin bringing the earth back to the perfect state he originally purposed.

    *** w08 5/15 p. 15 par. 16 Deliverance by God’s Kingdom Is at Hand! ***

    This world has been in the last days, or “the conclusion of the system of things,” since the year 1914. (Matt. 24:3) Very soon now, what Jesus called the “great tribulation” will occur. (Read Matthew 24:21.) That unparalleled tribulation will bring Satan’s entire world to its end.

    *** w07 3/15 p. 25 par. 18 Angels—How They Affect Mankind ***

    Angels will serve as God’s executioner forces in the near future. Very soon now, Jesus will come “with his powerful angels in a flaming fire.” Their mission will be to bring “vengeance upon those who do not know God and those who do not obey the good news about our Lord Jesus.” (2 Thessalonians 1:7, 8) What an effect this action will have on mankind! Those who refuse to respond to the good news of God’s Kingdom now being declared earth wide will suffer destruction. Only those who seek Jehovah, righteousness, and meekness will be “concealed in the day of Jehovah’s anger” and be unharmed.—Zephaniah 2:3.

    17, 18. (a) What benefits result when we seek

    forgiveness and are willing to grant it to others?

    (b)What course is recommended at Proverbs 6:


    17 In our relationships with others. To

    apologize is difficult for most people.

    However, servants of God cultivate the

    spirit of a lesser one by admitting their

    mistakes and asking for forgiveness.

    They are also ready to forgive others

    for their transgressions. Whereas pride

    fosters division and contention, forgiveness

    promotes peace within the congregation.


    Servants of God = only jws = where’s Jesus, Christian?

    Have you ever had an elder admit a mistake to you?

    How quickly did God “forgive” David; how quickly does a congregation forgive, or individuals?

    *** w96 9/15 p. 24 Do You Really Need to Apologize? ***

    Should you apologize if you think that you are not at fault? When deep feelings are involved, it is hard to be objective about where the blame lies. But the important thing is peace in the marriage. Consider Abigail, an Israelite woman whose husband mistreated David. Though she could not be blamed for her husband’s stupidity, she apologized.

    *** w02 11/1 p. 6 Apologizing—A Key to Making Peace ***

    Peace among fellow believers is more important than proving who is right and who is wrong. Keeping this principle in mind makes it easier to apologize for a wrong that someone thinks we have committed against him or her.

    18 We may need to ‘humble ourselves’

    by sincerely apologizing to another person

    if we are unable to honor an agreement

    because of circumstances beyond

    our control. Although he may be able to

    assign a measure of blame to the other

    party, the humble Christian concerns

    himself with his own failings and is willing

    to admit them.—Read Proverbs 6:



    What?! They can’t even come up with $5 a week?

    Don’t do business with jws…….you will not be repaid.

    19. For what reasons should each of us be

    grateful for the Biblical counsel to behave as a

    lesser one?

    19 How grateful we are for the Scriptural

    encouragement to cultivate the

    spirit of a lesser one! Although we may

    at times find it challenging to manifest

    such a spirit, having the correct view

    of our position in relation to our Creator

    and appreciating his humility can

    motivate us to cultivate that fine quality.

    By doing so, we will indeed prove to

    be more valuable as Jehovah’s servants.

    May each of us, therefore, conduct himself

    as a lesser one.


    Lesser than who…aren’t all Christians equal?

    Correct view of our position = don’t worry the elders will let you know what that is.

    Conduct yourself as a lesser one = obey the elders and the organization


    Sorry this is late…things have been hectic at work as I try to be 3 people and have been running to the doctor and setting up a new specialist, I guess it was time they retired, in their 80’s.

    Next Sunday, WHAT DOES JEHOVAH’S FORGIVENESS MEAN FOR YOU? Makes me think the WTS reads my comments about David…this is a damage control article.

    Since humans cannot read hearts and minds, not even the elders, how can they possibly determine genuine repentance? David did not meet with the judges in the gates as the Law provided for but had a private “JC” with Nathan the prophet and was not executed as any other Israelite would have been. Remember David and Manasseh were kings through which the Messiah was to come.

    Love, Blondie

  • Nika Bee
    Nika Bee

    Thank so much Blondie. Your taking the time to write this is really appreciated.

    I hope things get quieter for you.

    My last two weeks have also been kind of crazy, seems to be the time of the year.

  • BlindersOff1

    Thanks Blondie

  • LoisLane looking for Superman
    LoisLane looking for Superman

    Oh Blondie-Blondie-Blondie,

    You do such a great job. I have been lax in my appreciation to you for all of your hard work on our behalf.

    Most of the time, when you post your "Comments, You Will Not Hear, etc", I have to pass it by. It makes me want to throw up, cry, the mixed feelings of betrayal, anguish, anger, despair, in other words, reading the Watchtower puts me not in a real good mental state. I sat there for 60 years drinking the Kool-aid. I can't take being brain washed any more.

    But thank you for all your hard work and all the hours you put into these articles.

    Just Lois

  • blondie

    Thanks all. It is therapeutic for me. I remind myself why I left. I can remember the times I stayed away from my abusive family and then the abuse would dim in my mind and I would convince myself to try one more time to be a "good" Christian only to get kicked in the teeth again. I started these comments while I was still in. And I know some have posted I should be gone by now I have stayed for others. I have taken a vacation from these but have come back when asked.

    After dealing with other forms of abuse in my life, the WTS spiritual abuse became more apparent to me and I had the tools to do deal with it. So I walked away from my abusive jw family, the so-called but abusive jw friends of over 30 years, and free and healed in less than a month. It took over a year for the phone calls to stop and the drop-bys from the elders. I did not answer the door and erased the voicemails.

    I healed by reading the experiences of people on ex-jw boards who are healing and finding a new life, and see them help others. I hope my comments reaffirm why people have left and confirm their experiences, that they are not alone.

    Love, Blondie

  • PaintedToeNail

    Thanks again blondie. As I type this, my hubby is shoving this crap down my kids throats. He sequestered the older two while I was putting the very sick little one down to bed, and is 'studying' this for tomorrow. I love the insights you give, it helps me with the critical thinking I do with them on Mondays, when Dad is at work. I ask them questions about some of the things in the Watchtower, give them alternate views, ask them if they are general statements or statements without proofs or whatever, and blondie, your comments often help me.

  • blondie

    PN, thanks, but this was last week....but I hope to have tomorrow's up in the am. I'm so sad about the children. It is like a divorce where children can be used by one or more parent to put a wedge between them and the other parent. I always hope that the light dawns. jws are being told that their children will die if they don't have a believing parent. I can remember that fear when I was six when my mother stopped going to meetings for a year. My siblings and I were certain that the fire of Armaggedon would rain down on us.

  • PaintedToeNail

    Thanks for the heads up on the actual study blondie, I obviously misread the date! But, I still glean points from each and every review you do, and my kids really do see the discrepancies with the reasoning. The past week was hectic, several sets of out of town guests and then my little one getting sick, so I missed the opportunity to speak to the kids about this study. We have a lot of critical thinking/logic sessions and the kids really enjoy them.

  • JW GoneBad
    JW GoneBad

    The WTBTS would do well to follow its own advice. Paragraph 17 starts out:

    ‘To apologize is difficult for most people. However, servants of God cultivate the spirit of a lesser one by admitting their mistakes and asking for forgiveness.’

    There have been tons of mistakes in the literature published by WT over the years that has resulted in pain, suffering and loss to its readers for which WT has yet to apologize!

    Clearly, WT has missed the mark on ‘Cultivating The Spirit Of A Lesser One.’

    Thank you Blondie.

  • Bobcat

    In regards to the quote from the TDNT in paragraph 2:

    It comes from Volume IV, page 655, footnote 33. It is actually a quote from an "A. Schlatter." The whole quote reads:

    The question of greatness took on great significance because the striving to be great permeated all Palestinian piety. On all occasions, at worship, at court, in common meals, in every affair, the question constantly arose who was greater, and according to each his due honour was an important matter which caused constant concern. By breaking the disciples free from this tradition Jesus gave His community a completely new form."

    Note: TDNT is a 10 volume work, although there is a one volume condensed version.

    Par 2.

    The Greek word translated “lesser one” means someone who is modest, humble, lowly, insignificant, or of little esteem and influence.

    Actually, the Greek word translated "lesser ones" is mikroteros [#3389] which is the comparitive form of mikros which has the meaning of "small" or "little." Mikroteros means "smaller." Mikros is the antonym of megas which means "large" or "great."

    The word is used both literally and figuratively throughout the NT. (Compare Mt 13:32; 26:39, 73; Mk 14:70; 15:40; Lu 12:32; 19:3; Rev 20:12 as typical examples.)

    The definition the WT gives is its own.

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