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“Let everyone calling on the name of Jehovah
—2 TIM. 2:19.
So how does the WTS justify inserting “Jehovah” into 2 Timothy 2:19? I used to think that the WTS was only inserting it where the writer/speaker had quoted from the OT but the WTS takes it farther and says they interpret where the text calls for the restoration. Yet the WTS still adds in Jehovah at this scripture where there is no OT confirmation. It is worth reading Appendix 1D in the NWT.
*** Rbi8 p. 1565 1D The Divine Name in the Christian Greek Scriptures ***
…there is only one instance where we have no agreement from the Hebrew versions. But in this one instance, namely, 1Co 7:17, the context and related texts strongly support rendering the divine name.—See 1Co 7:17 ftn, “Jehovah.”
*** Rbi8 p. 1564 1D The Divine Name in the Christian Greek Scriptures ***
They have restored the divine name not only when coming upon quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures but also in other places where the texts called for such restoration.
HOW WOULD YOU
What can give rise to “foolish and ignorant debates,” and how can we avoid them?
How do we “renounce unrighteousness” when it comes to bad associations?
How can we display decisiveness when ‘renouncing unrighteousness’?
1. What occupies a special place in our worship?
HAVE you ever seen the name Jehovah inscribed on a public
building or on a museum artifact? Surely your reaction was
one of keen interest and excitement. After all, God’s personal
name occupies a special place in our worship—we are Jehovah’s
Witnesses! On a global scale, no other group of people
today is as closely associated with the divine name as we
are. Yet, we know that the privilege of bearing God’s name
comes with responsibility.
Yes, the WTS is arrogant enough to think that only they plaster “Jehovah” now jw.org on their buildings. Or that they invented the word.
But Jesus said his disciples would be witnesses of him, not God, and never in the NT can you find the phrase “Jehovah’s Witnesses” or “witnesses of Jehovah” only witnesses of Jesus.
Yet the WTS directed their congregations to take Jesus’ name off of their building signs. If the WTS wanted uniformity, why not have every KH sign say “Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Christian Witnesses” instead?
And if you search the WT-CD you will see the WTS s tops using the phrase “Jehovah’s Christian Witnesses” by 1990.
*** km 4/79 p. 4 Announcements ***
Is it appropriate to have a Kingdom Hall sign saying: “Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Christian Witnesses”? So there will be uniformity, the Society encourages all to make their signs read: “Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.” (See October 1978 Our Kingdom Service, page 3, paragraph 5.)
Originally, on spiritually anointed members of the WTS were considered jws, as the only spiritual Israelites in light of Isaiah 43:20 and Galatians 6:16. The great crowd/other sheep were not even invited to the Memorial until 1938 3 years after 1935 when the great crowd were said not to be anointed. So for 3 years the great crowd/other sheep did not have to attend; were not invited.
*** jv chap. 16 p. 243 Meetings for Worship, Instruction, and Encouragement ***
Particularly beginning in the 1930’s, prospective members of the “great multitude,” or “great crowd” of other sheep, began to manifest themselves. (Rev. 7:9, 10, KJ; John 10:16) These were at that time referred to as Jonadabs. For the first time, in its issue of February 15, 1938, The Watchtower specifically invited them to be present at the Memorial, saying: “After six p.m. on April 15 let each company of the anointed assemble and celebrate the Memorial, their companions the Jonadabs also being present.” They did attend, not as partakers, but as observers.
Why are jws not proud of bearing the name of Jesus, be known as witnesses of his?
Except for Matthew 28:19, Christians speak only of baptizing in the name of Jesus.
(Acts 2:37, 38) 37 Now when they heard this they were stabbed to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles: “Men, brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter [said] to them: “Repent, and let each one of YOU be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of YOUR sins, and YOU will receive the free gift of the holy spirit.
(Acts 3:6, 7) 6 However, Peter said: “Silver and gold I do not possess, but what I do have is what I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ the Naz·a·rene′, walk!” 7 . . .
(Acts 4:8-12) . . .Rulers of the people and older men, 9 if we are this day being examined, on the basis of a good deed to an ailing man, as to by whom this man has been made well, 10 let it be known to all of YOU and to all the people of Israel, that in the name of Jesus Christ the Naz·a·rene′, whom YOU impaled but whom God raised up from the dead, by this one does this man stand here sound in front of YOU. 11 This is ‘the stone that was treated by YOU builders as of no account that has become the head of the corner.’ 12 Furthermore, there is no salvation in anyone else, for there is not another name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must get saved.”
2. Our privilege of bearing God’s name comes with what responsibility?
2 Using the divine name does not in itself bring us Jehovah’s
favor. We must live in harmony with his moral standards.
For that reason the Bible reminds us that Jehovah’s
people must “turn away from what is bad.” (Ps. 34:14) The
apostle Paul clearly stated this principle when he wrote: “Let
everyone calling on the name of Jehovah renounce unrighteousness.”
(Read 2 Timothy 2:19.) As his Witnesses, we are
indeed renowned for calling on Jehovah’s name. But how are
we to renounce unrighteousness?
Yes, the WTS was to write out any non-jws that might use “Jehovah” or put it on their buildings. And if they happen to live moral lives, they are not supporting the Kingdom found only in the WTS organization.
When then do none of their “sample presentations,” introductory or later use the name Jehovah? A look at the WT-CD in the KMs is enlightening.
Whose witnesses are Christians said to be by Jesus himself? (Acts 1:8)
Except for Matthew 28:19 in whose name are Christians baptized?
(Acts 2:38) . . .Peter [said] to them: “Repent, and let each one of YOU be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of YOUR sins, and YOU will receive the free gift of the holy spirit.
(Acts 10:48) . . .With that he commanded them to be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. . . .
Even here the WTS does not dare insert “Jehovah” into the scripture.
*** w10 8/15 p. 16 par. 16 How the Ransom Saves Us ***
These anointed followers of Christ immediately began to urge their fellow men to escape God’s wrath by getting baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of their sins. (Read Acts 2:38-40.)
Why did not Peter use the triad of baptism Jesus gave in Matthew 28:19, why did no Christian writer?
“MOVE AWAY” FROM BADNESS
3, 4. What scripture has long intrigued Bible scholars, and why?
3 Consider the Scriptural background
of Paul’s words found at 2 Timothy 2:19.
This text refers to “the solid foundation
of God” and then mentions two proclamations
imprinted on it. The ﬁrst proclamation,
“Jehovah knows those who
belong to him,” is evidently a quote from
Numbers 16:5. (See preceding article.)
The second proclamation, “Let everyone
calling on the name of Jehovah renounce
unrighteousness,” has long intrigued
Bible scholars. Why?
So what Bible scholars is the WTS talking about? The ones they approve of, do they pick and choose? They circumvent this by naming few if any of these scholars just “certain” “some” bible scholars.
4 Paul’s wording suggests that he was
quoting from another source. Yet, there
appears to be no text in the Hebrew
Scriptures that matches Paul’s quote.
So, what was the apostle referring to
when he said: “Let everyone calling on
the name of Jehovah renounce unrighteousness”?
Immediately preceding this
statement, Paul quoted from Numbers
chapter 16, which relates the account
of Korah’s rebellion. Could the second
proclamation likewise be related to the
events surrounding that rebellion?
No text in the Hebrew Scriptures yet the WTS inserts “Jehovah.” Now back to Korah’s rebellion.
5-7. What events in Moses’ day provide the
background for Paul’s words recorded at 2 Timothy
2:19? (See opening image.)
5 The Bible says that Dathan and Abiram,
sons of Eliab, joined Korah as leaders
of the rebellion against Moses and
Aaron. (Num. 16:1-5) They were openly
disrespectful to Moses and rejected his
God-given authority. Those rebels continued
to dwell among Jehovah’s people,
endangering the spiritual health of
faithful ones. When the day came for Jehovah
to make a distinction between his
loyal worshippers and the rebels, he
gave a clear command.
Remember that Aaron and Miriam rebelled too; did they die? Actually, Miriam was struck with leprosy but not Aaron (already having escaped death when he made the golden calf). The WTS says that Miriam was the APPARENT instigator….no scripture no proof.
*** w09 8/1 p. 26 Jehovah Values Meekness ***Miriam, the apparent instigator, was stricken with leprosy.
*** it-1 p. 11 Aaron ***
The fact that only Miriam was stricken with leprosy may mark her as the instigator of the action and may indicate that Aaron again had shown weakness by being induced to join her.
(Numbers 12:1-16) . . .Now Mir′i·am and Aaron began to speak against Moses on account of the Cush′ite wife whom he had taken, because it was a Cush′ite wife he had taken. 2 And they kept saying: “Is it just by Moses alone that Jehovah has spoken? Is it not by us also that he has spoken?” And Jehovah was listening. 3 And the man Moses was by far the meekest of all the men who were upon the surface of the ground. 4 Then Jehovah suddenly said to Moses and Aaron and Mir′i·am: “Go out, the three of YOU, to the tent of meeting.” So the three of them went out. 5 After that Jehovah came down in the pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Mir′i·am. At this both of them went out. 6 And he went on to say: “Hear my words, please. If there came to be a prophet of YOURS for Jehovah, it would be in a vision I would make myself known to him. In a dream I would speak to him. 7 Not so my servant Moses! He is being entrusted with all my house. 8 Mouth to mouth I speak to him, thus showing him, and not by riddles; and the appearance of Jehovah is what he beholds. Why, then, did YOU not fear to speak against my servant, against Moses?” 9 And Jehovah’s anger got to be hot against them, and he went his way. 10 And the cloud turned away from over the tent, and, look! Mir′i·am was struck with leprosy as white as snow. Then Aaron turned toward Mir′i·am, and, look! she was struck with leprosy. 11 Immediately Aaron said to Moses: “Excuse me, my lord! Do not, please, attribute to us the sin in which we have acted foolishly and which we have committed! 12 Please, do not let her continue like someone dead, whose flesh at the time of his coming out of his mother’s womb is half eaten off!” 13 And Moses began to cry out to Jehovah, saying: “O God, please! Heal her, please!” 14 Then Jehovah said to Moses: “Were her father to spit directly in her face, would she not be humiliated seven days? Let her be quarantined seven days outside the camp, and afterward let her be received in.” 15 Accordingly Mir′i·am was quarantined outside the camp seven days, and the people did not pull away until Mir′i·am was received in. 16 And afterward the people pulled away from Ha·ze′roth and took up camping in the wilderness of Pa′ran.
6 The account reads: “Jehovah then
said to Moses: ‘Speak to the assembly
and tell them, “Get away from around
the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram!”’
Then Moses got up and went to
Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of
Israel went with him. He told the assembly:
‘Move away, please, from the tents
of these wicked men and do not touch
anything that belongs to them, so that
you may not be swept away in all their
sin.’ They immediately moved away
from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and
Abiram, from every side.” (Num. 16:23-
27) Jehovah then put to death all who
had rebelled. Conversely, loyal worshippers—who
by moving away renounced unrighteousness—
were preserved alive.
What about the wives and minor children of these men? Did they die like the family of Achan did?
Moving away from unrighteousness or unrighteousness? Wicked or wickedness? The WTS teaches that all non-jws are wicked and unrighteousness.
So will these men be resurrected?
7 Jehovah reads hearts! He perceives
the loyalty of those who belong to him.
Still, his loyal ones had to take decisive
action, separating themselves from unrighteous
ones. It is possible, then, that
Paul was referring to the account at
Numbers 16:5, 23-27 when he wrote:
“Let everyone calling on the name of Jehovah
renounce unrighteousness.” Such
a conclusion would be in harmony with
Paul’s words: “Jehovah knows those
who belong to him.”—2 Tim. 2:19.
“loyal ones” separating themselves from unrighteous ones….df’ing? again? What about the illegal and cruel things the organization has done and knowingly allowed behind the words “imperfect men” and “wait on Jehovah”?
“is it possible” adding to the Bible, eh, WTS?
“REJECT FOOLISH AND IGNORANT DEBATES”
8. Why is using the name of Jehovah or belonging
to the Christian congregation not enough?
8 By referring to those events of Moses’
day, Paul was reminding Timothy of
the need to take decisive action in order
to protect his precious relationship
with Jehovah. In itself, belonging to the
Christian congregation was not enough,
just as merely calling on the name of Jehovah
was not enough in Moses’ day.
Faithful worshippers must decisively renounce
unrighteousness. What did this
mean for Timothy? And what lessons
can Jehovah’s people today derive from
Paul’s inspired counsel?
Is the WTS saying that within their congregation are members who have not renounced unrighteousness and have fooled the spirit anointed GB and spirit appointed elders?
9. How did “foolish and ignorant debates” affect
the early Christian congregation?
9 God’s Word gives speciﬁc advice
concerning the types of unrighteousness
that Christians must renounce or reject.
For instance, in the immediate context of
2 Timothy 2:19, we ﬁnd that Paul tells
Timothy “not to ﬁght about words” and
to “reject empty speeches.” (Read 2 Timothy
2:14, 16, 23.) Some members of
the congregation were promoting apostate
teachings. Also, it appears that others
were introducing controversial ideas.
Even if the latter were not directly unscriptural,
they were divisive. They resulted
in bickering and arguing over
words, creating a spiritually unhealthy
atmosphere. Hence, Paul stressed the
need to “reject foolish and ignorant debates.”
Specific “advice”? Suggestions, a choice, free will?
What were these apostate teachings, controversial ideas?
What do the mean not unscriptural but divisive? If adhering to the Bible is divisive why is that wrong, weren’t the Israelites divided into 2 groups over a disagreement? Shouldn’t Moses have let it go rather than cause division?
What words are apostates bickering over and what is considered a spiritually unhealthy atmosphere?
10. How should we respond when confronted
10 Today, Jehovah’s people are not often
confronted with apostasy within the
congregation. Still, when exposed to unscriptural
teachings, regardless of the
source, we must decisively reject them.
It would be unwise to engage in debates
with apostates, whether in person, by
responding to their blogs, or by any other
form of communication. Even when
the intention is to help the individual,
such conversation would be contrary to
the Scriptural direction we just considered.
Rather, as Jehovah’s people, we
completely avoid, yes reject, apostasy.
Based on the comments in paragraph 9, do jws know what topics are apostate? What if 2 years later the WTS adjusts/clarifies their teaching to match what was considered “apostate”?
In Isaiah’s time the Jews were worshipping false idols in the temple itself. Did Isaiah go down to the temple to worship?
11. What could give rise to ‘foolish debates,’
and how can Christian elders set a good example?
11 There are other things besides
apostasy that have the potential for
disrupting the peace of the congregation.
For instance, diﬀerences of opinion
regarding entertainment can result
in “foolish and ignorant debates.” Of
course, when individuals promote entertainment
that violates Jehovah’s moral
standards, Christian elders should
not tolerate such behavior simply to
avoid controversy. (Ps. 11:5; Eph. 5:3-5)
Still, elders are careful not to promote
their personal views. They loyally adhere
to the Scriptural admonition given
to Christian overseers: “Shepherd the
ﬂock of God under your care, . . . not
lording it over those who are God’s inheritance,
but becoming examples to
the ﬂock.”—1 Pet. 5:2, 3; read 2 Corinthians
More likely the debates are over overly scrupulous elders making rules that bible never discusses and rules you can’t find being followed in any congregation in the circuit. I remember an argument between congregation BOEs over whether sisters could have 2 piercings in each ear, that it could be only one in each ear. Finally one elder called the branch and got the ruling that the BOE could decide…..4 months of “discussion” over that.
12, 13. (a) What is the position of Jehovah’s
Witnesses regarding choice of entertainment,
and what Bible principles apply? (b) How do
the principles discussed in paragraph 12 apply
to various personal matters?
12 In the matter of entertainment, our
organization does not review speciﬁc
movies, video games, books, or songs in
order to rule on what we should avoid.
Why not? The Bible encourages each individual
to train his “powers of discernment
. . . to distinguish both right
and wrong.” (Heb. 5:14) The Scriptures
set forth basic principles that a Christian
can weigh when selecting entertainment.
In all areas of life, our goal should
be to “keep on making sure of what is
acceptable to the Lord.” (Eph. 5:10) The
Bible teaches that family heads have
a measure of authority, so they may
choose not to allow certain entertainment
in their household*.—1 Cor. 11:3;
No the WTS may not but instead have circuit and district overseers make comments from the platform that are adopted and enforced at the congregation level. Or elders on “shepherding” calls check what DVDs, CDs, etc., brothers and sisters have. When my husband was a new elder he was instructed by the training elder to check to see what this family had for entertainment and was disappointed when he found it w as locked up and then judged this family without seeing as having bad stuff. My husband was shocked and said this was bad to be so nosy and the training elder told him that was how he was trained.
And who has all the porn problems…family heads are the chief viewers of that.
*See the jw.org article “Do You Ban Certain
Movies, Books, or Songs?” under ABOUT US >
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.
13 The Bible principles discussed
above do not apply only to our choice
of entertainment. Opinions about dress
and grooming, health and nutrition, and
other personal matters may also trigger
controversy. Accordingly, if no Scriptural
principle is being violated, Jehovah’s
people wisely abstain from arguing over
such matters, “for a slave of the Lord
does not need to ﬁght, but needs to be
gentle [tactful, ftn.] toward all.”—2 Tim.
Dress—in some areas brothers can wear no time or suitcoat
Health—I was told by a sister that if I didn’t buy her vitamins I really did not want to stay in the pioneer service
Scriptural principle = specific advice, conscience matter unless one person could be stumbled
AVOID BAD ASSOCIATIONS!
14. What illustration did Paul use to highlight
the need to avoid bad associations?
14 In what other way may those “calling
on the name of Jehovah renounce
unrighteousness”? By avoiding close association
with people who practice unrighteousness.
It is noteworthy that Paul
followed his illustration of “the solid
foundation of God” with another illustration.
He wrote about “a large house”
with “utensils not only of gold and silver
but also of wood and earthenware, and
some for an honorable use but others for
a use lacking honor.” (2 Tim. 2:20, 21)
He then admonished Christians to ‘keep
clear of,’ or separate themselves from,
the utensils that are used for a purpose
What does it mean to “practice” unrighteousness; do it once, twice, etc. What about murder, doing it once not practicing.
*** g05 8/22 pp. 26-27 How Can I Avoid Getting Involved With the Wrong People? ***Friendships Among Fellow Christians
What, though, about friendships inside the Christian congregation? When writing to the young man Timothy, Paul warned: “In a large house there are vessels not only of gold and silver but also of wood and earthenware, and some for an honorable purpose but others for a purpose lacking honor. If, therefore, anyone keeps clear of the latter ones, he will be a vessel for an honorable purpose, sanctified, useful to his owner, prepared for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:20, 21) So Paul did not gloss over the reality that even among Christians, there may be some who do not conduct themselves honorably. And he was just as frank in exhorting Timothy to keep clear of such ones.
Does this mean you should be suspicious of your fellow Christians? No. Nor does it mean that you should expect your friends to be flawless. (Ecclesiastes 7:16-18) However, the mere fact that a young person attends Christian meetings or has parents who are zealous in the congregation does not of itself mean that this one is a good choice for a close friend.
“Even by his practices a boy [or girl] makes himself recognized as to whether his activity
15, 16. What can we learn from the illustration
of “a large house”?
15 What is the meaning of this illustration?
Paul’s metaphor compares
the Christian congregation to “a large
house” and individual members of the
congregation to “utensils,” or household
implements. In a house, some utensils
may become contaminated by dangerous
substances or unsanitary conditions.
The householder will keep such
implements separate from clean utensils,
such as those used for cooking.
PICTURE: Avoid engaging in debates with apostates
(See paragraph 10)
(for jw posters on JWN: Think about this)
16 Likewise, Jehovah’s people today,
striving to live clean lives, should avoid
intimacy with individuals in the congregation
who persistently disregard
Jehovah’s principles. (Read 1 Corinthians
15:33.) If this is true of some inside
the congregation, how much more
should we “turn away” from having close
association with those outside the congregation,
many of whom are ‘lovers of
money, disobedient to parents, disloyal,
slanderers, ﬁerce, without love of goodness,
betrayers, and lovers of pleasures
rather than lovers of God’!—2 Tim. 3:1-5.
So what principles do they mean? Doesn’t this open up judgmental conclusions about others in the congregation and sharing those with others?
So you can have some association with those outside the congregation, just not CLOSE, whatever that means.
JEHOVAH BLESSES OUR DECISIVENESS
17. How thorough were loyal Israelites when
taking their stand against unrighteousness?
17 The Bible makes speciﬁc mention
of how decisively the Israelites acted
when told to “get away from around the
tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”
The account says that “they immediately
moved away.” (Num. 16:24, 27) There
was no hesitation or procrastination.
The scripture also alludes to the thoroughness
with which they complied.
They “moved away . . . from every side.”
Loyal ones were not about to take any
risks. Their obedience was not partial or
halfhearted. They took a clear stand
for Jehovah and against unrighteousness.
What lessons can we learn from this example?
DF alert: immediately moved away..no hesitation or procrastination
Alludes==just in case you did not get the WTS point.
18. What was the spirit behind Paul’s words
when he admonished Timothy to “ﬂee from
18 When it comes to protecting our
friendship with Jehovah, we must act
swiftly and decisively. This is the spirit
behind Paul’s words when he admonished
Timothy to “ﬂee from youthful desires.”
(2 Tim. 2:22) At the time, Timothy
was already a grown man, possibly in
his 30’s. Still, foolish “youthful desires”
are not always restricted by age. When
confronted with such desires, Timothy
was to “ﬂee” from them. In other words,
Timothy was to “renounce unrighteousness.”
Jesus conveyed a similar message
when he said: “If your eye makes you
stumble, tear it out and throw it away
from you.” (Matt. 18:9) Today, Christians
who take this counsel to heart deal decisively
with spiritual threats, without hesitation or procrastination.
Foolishness not restricted by age, e.g., porn
Do BOEs deal decisively with pedophiles???
19. How have some today acted with decisiveness
to protect themselves from spiritual dangers?
19 Some who had problems with alcohol
before becoming Witnesses have
made the personal choice to abstain
from alcoholic beverages altogether.
Others avoid certain types of entertainment
that are not in themselves wrong
but that can fuel personal moral weaknesses.
(Ps. 101:3) For example, before
becoming a Witness, one brother enjoyed
the immoral atmosphere of the
dance parties he frequented. But after
learning the truth, he has completely
avoided dancing even at Witness gatherings
for fear of awakening improper
desires or thoughts from his past. Of
course, Christians are not required to
abstain totally from alcohol, dancing, or
other things that are not wrong in themselves.
We are all expected, however,
to take decisive and thorough action
to protect ourselves from spiritual dangers.
So what are types of entertainment not wrong in themselves? Jws will be running to the elders to get rules.
Dance, how many jws realize that waltzing was a wild dance in its day…touching other dancers; the bouncing around of square dancing. What dancing is allowed nowadays that doesn’t requiring touching your partner or dancing and being viewed?
So what is the WTS saying?
20. Although it might not be easy to “renounce
unrighteousness,” what gives us conﬁdence
20 The privilege of bearing God’s
name comes with responsibility. We
must “renounce unrighteousness” and
“turn away from what is bad.” (Ps. 34:14)
True, doing so is not always easy. But
how comforting it is to know that Jehovah
will always love “those who belong
to him” and who adhere to his righteous
ways.—2 Tim. 2:19; read 2 Chronicles
Jehovah will always love the WTS say belong to him.
I think the WTS is not getting the obedient response they want from either elders, MS, pioneers, and all other jws. Young jws see the lack of obedience in older jws and follow along. Older jws know how to get around the eagle eye of the WTS spies.
I knew of male Bethelites who easily obtained alcohol when they were not legally old enough and did not hide it that much. I watched Bethelites have parties and get so bombed I was stunned. Or the hidden alcoholics in the congregation that were almost always elders, protected by the other elders.
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