So about a week ago, I showed my cousin & her husband [An Elder in our congregation] the picture on pg 29 of our 4/15/2013 study WT and asked, "If Jesus is head of the congregation then where is he?"
After several minutes of searching, dead silence.
I then asked if they had heard the part on the 2012 Summer District conv the part about "Our spiritual mother, where the C.O said that "The bible by itself does not shine thru as life-giving truths just by itself." They were shocked and said that I must have misheard it because that would be apostasy. But they had an audio copy of the conv. and would listen to it and get back to me.
So cousin elder calls me this afternoon and says that yes, they heard them say that.
Me: Do you remember what you said that it would be apostasy?
E: I never said that, but now that I heard the entire thing it's like the Ethiopian Eunich and we cannot understand the bible without 'Mother's' help.
Me: But people have been reading and understanding the bible for thousands of years without the WTS.
E: But all your knowledge, where did you get it?
Me: From reading and studying the bible.
E: But who helped you understand all these deeper things of God?
Me: Russell started this religion and he didn't have anyone teaching him, he just started reading the bible and came up with his ideas.
E: but he studied the bible searching for truth with help of the holy spirit
Me: Russel was a whackadoodle that was into pyramids and Freemasons symbols [Told him to get his Proclaimer's book pg 88] You see his books at the top of the page? Those outstretched wings are the Egyptian Sun disk for one of their God's and the WT has mason symbols all over it how is that finding the truth. He took a little from every religion of the day
E: But like you he started without knowing and made some mistakes, like the pyramid thing, celebrating x-mas etc
Me: Yeah but I'm not starting my own religion claiming to be the ONLY channel thru God to salvation either!"
So, I will more than likely be hearing from our local elders. I did send my cousin & him the article from the Guardian magazine about the WTS being members of the U.N and he promised they would read it, but he doesn't believe it for a minute and told me so.
Point to all this. You cannot reason with the Jdubs. If they cannot hear the true shepherd's voice becasue of the WT cult brain washing then the error is their's.
Peace to all and may the Most High and Jesus bless you