november 2018 study wt

by days of future passed 12 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Newtonian

    Jesus' faithful slave does NOT control our thinking/mind/heart/soul.

    All faithful Jehovah's Witnesses obey the greatest commandment in the Bible at Matthew 22:37-40.

    We don't love Jehovah with someone else's (elders, etc.) heart/soul/conscience.

    We love Jehovah with all OUR heart.

    And this is the best heart/mind control - which us peace lovers enjoy:

    Colossians 3:15 - let the peace of Jesus Christ control in your hearts.:

  • Bad_Wolf

    But Jehovah will not force his thinking on us. “The faithful and discreet slave” does not exercise control over the thoughts of individuals, and neither do the elders. (Matt. 24:45; 2 Cor. 1:24) Rather, each Christian has the personal responsibility to bring his or her thinking into harmony with God’s the governing body's. If they don't do it on their own, and follow their responsibility ordered through the governing body, they must be disfellowshipped. But it's their choice to get disfellowshipped or not by obeying the governing body or not. How can we do that?

  • days of future passed
    days of future passed

    Newtonian - Most Jehovah's Witnesses believe that - until they question something that the Governing Body has published.

    If you were baptized before 1985, your baptismal question would not be this:

    1) On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?

    2) Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah's Witnesses in association with God's spirit-directed organization?

    Originally there was no mention of an organization in the vows. Jehovah, Jesus and the Holy spirit was it. But now, you are pledging your obedience to the organization. The Governing Body requires you to Listen Obey and Be Blessed. Otherwise they will say you are going against GOD.

    Perhaps you are equating everything that the organization is saying, as being from GOD and therefore proper to obey. Yet recently, they have admitted they are imperfect humans who make mistakes. Still, if you don't do as they say, you will be in trouble.

    I have a good example of that. An elder at my old hall, gave a talk about how some parents have allowed their children to go to college. He said with an angry voice, that the organization has printed pages and pages of information about the dangers of college. And yet he says, they point out one paragraph that says it up to an individuals conscience. He likened them to Korah

    Yes going against the "advice" of the Governing Body is traitorous.

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