How can you call me an opposer to the Christian truth when you don’t even know me or my beliefs. Read my testimony http://EnochEnochEnoch.wordpress.com/about to know where I stand with Father. You assume I don’t agree with the Bible simply because I don’t agree with some of the WBTS teachings. I do believe: Father is Almighty, Omnipotent, the Father of Jesus and Creator of mankind. I believe Jesus is the Son of Father, came to the Earth in the flesh, died for forgivness of our sins, was resurrected and ascended to Heaven. How does that make me an opposer of God? I oppose the conjecture and assumptions of the WBTS on matters that aren’t plainly stated in the Bible. I oppose the WBTS assuming that no one can have a relationship with Father or survive Armageddon apart from association with the WBTS. I oppose the WBTS making itself mediator when Jesus is our Mediator. I oppose the WBTS policy of neglecting the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 18 when dealing with someone who sins against us, by leaving out the step of telling the matter to the congregation. This loving step allows the entire congregation to help and readjust the erring one. Can you tell me why this important step is omitted? I oppose the WBTS requirement of publishers counting field service time. Jesus never asked anyone to do this. I oppose to the WBTS stating the date 1914 as the date Jesus took kingdom power. This date is nowhere stated in the Bible. The WBTS uses conjecture to arrive at this date, but, of the numerous dates stated in the Bible, Father is more than able to have that kingdom power date logged as 1914 if He desired. Also, Jesus said after His resurrection that “All Authority Has Been Given Me”. Why would He need to wait until 1914? There are more inconsistancies with the WBTS I oppose, but there’s nothing I oppose about the Bible. You have me wrong
Why did God not destroy Adam and Eve and start over with another human pair? Because God’s universal sovereignty, that is, his right to rule, had been challenged. The question was, Who has the right to rule, and whose rule is right? By extension, Could humans do better if not ruled by God? In allowing them enough time to experiment with total freedom, God would establish once and for all whether they are better off under his rule or their own.
The time allowed had to be long enough for humans to try all types of political, social, economic, and religious systems apart from God’s guidance.
What has been the result? Thousands of years of human history tell us that there has been more and more suffering. In the past century, the human family has experienced the worst suffering ever.
Millions were murdered during the Holocaust. Over 100 million have been slaughtered in wars. Crime and violence are rampant. Drug abuse is epidemic. Sexually transmitted diseases continue to spread. Tens of millions die each year of hunger and disease. Family life and moral values have broken down everywhere. No human government has the answers to these problems. Not one of them has overcome aging, sickness, and death.
The human condition is just as the Bible foretold for our times. God’s Word identifies our era as “the last days” of this system of things when “critical times hard to deal with will be here.” And just as the Bible said, ‘wicked men and impostors have advanced from bad to worse.’—2 Timothy 3:1-5, 13.
I’ve recently read some twitter posts from the account of @Sacredsecret and followed the included Twextra links. While reading the teachings of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. within the links I’ve decided to add my personal comments on the @Sacredsecret Twextra postings and post all here. Enjoy.
Enoch•The WBTS may even be correct in its assumption, however, once again, WBTS is using conjecture in the above teaching by stating “All forms of spiritism are religious and demon-inspired. (Deuteronomy 18:10-12) Thus, Babylon the Great MUST symbolize a religious entity.” The writings of Revelation never state “Babylon the Great IS a religious entity”, therefore, the WBTS is guilty of adding to the writings of the Book of Revelation. Would it not be much better if the WBTS did not know a matter, to remain silent as the book of Proverbs states? The above is just another example of how the WBTS sets people up with conjecture, then lead many to believe the conjecture instead of simply believing what the Bible states. WBTS members believe WBTS teachings without knowing the truth on them. The WBTS then can say, “we only used the word MUST, not IS” when confronted by those who dare to question them. Deceitful!Watchtower:
A MAN OR WOMAN who does not know God by name does not really know him as a person. “In human relationships it is highly important to know the proper name, the personal name, of one we love, to whom we are speaking, or even about whom we speak. Precisely so it is in man’s or woman’s relation to God.A man or woman who does not know God by name does not really know him as a person, has no speaking acquaintance with him (which is what is meant by prayer), and he cannot love him, if he knows him only as an impersonal force.”
Aspects of human relationships are noted with physical eyes and physical expectations. A spiritual relationship deals with Father’s Grace and eyes of faith. Does the WBTS really believe that our Omnipotent Almighty Father is so weak that He doesn’t know us or our hearts without our knowing His Name? Moses didn’t know Father’s Name, yet he had a better relationship with Father than any Governing Body member ever had. Can anyone disprove this fact? It is souls that deal with the Spirit and the Spirit pleads our case with groanings unuttered for us when we don’t even know what to say. WBTS puts so much emphasis on a name because WBTS uses “Jehovah” in membership marketing for their organization because WBTS has that name on it: “Jehovah’s Witnesses”. Any English interpretation of the Divine Name doesn’t do Father justice. What child in a close relationship even calls his parent by his name. Abba or Father or Daddy is perfectly fine in a close relationship. The theme of the Bible is Father’s Love, not His Name. I Am That I Am was good enough for Moses to demonstrate that Moses’ God is Almighty. WBTS distracts from this fact by promoting themselves and how many preaching hours and publications they pump out. The WBTS is a cold corporation which knows little about love because it would rather disfellowship a member than lovingly follow all the steps, as stated by Jesus, to gain a brother in Matthew 18. Love means telling the congregation what the member did BEFORE disfellowshipping so the entire congregation may lovingly help readjust the brother. Whether the WBTS is embarrassed of the brother’s sin or is fearful other members may follow the erring brother, this is no reason ignore any one of the steps Jesus stated. To not follow all steps shows the WBTS acts deceptively to the congregation. The WBTS know little about loving relationships when it, as a cold corporatation, unlovingly exploits funeral memorial services to market for their organization. Trust Father Who knows us, never trust man or his religious organizations.
This is the way, Walk in it, you people.”—ISA. 30:21.
A ROAD sign that is pointing in the wrong direction is not just misleading; it is potentially dangerous. Imagine that a friend warned you that an evil
man had deliberately changed a sign in order to cause harm to unwary travelers.
Would you not heed the warning?
To be sure, Satan is an evil foe who is bent on misdirecting us. (Rev. 12:9)
All the bad influences in this wicked world are aimed at causing us to veer off the road that leads to eternal life. (Matt. 7:13, 14)
Thankfully, our benevolent God warns us not to follow Satan’s misleading ‘road signs.’
Let us now discuss three more of Satan’s negative influences. As we consider how God’s Word helps us to avoid being misled, we might imagine that Jehovah is walking behind us and is pointing us in the right direction, saying: “This is the way. Walk in it, you people.” (Isa. 30:21) Reflecting on Jehovah’s clear warnings will strengthen our resolve to heed them.
Do Not Follow “False Teachers”
Picture yourself on a journey in an arid land. You spot a well in the distance and head for it, hoping to get some water to quench your thirst. Upon
arriving, however, you see that the well is dry. How disappointed you are! False teachers are like driedup wells. Anyone coming to them for waters of
truth will be bitterly disappointed.
Jehovah through the apostles Paul and Peter warns us about false
teachers. (Read Acts 20:29, 30; 2 Peter 2:1-3.)
Who are such teachers? The inspired words of these two apostles help us to identify where false teachers come from and how they operate.
To elders of the Ephesus congregation, Paul said: “From among you yourselves men will rise and speak twisted things.” Addressing fellow Christians, Peter wrote: “There will also be false teachers among you.” So from where do false teachers come? They may arise from within the congregation. Such ones are apostates. What do they want? They are not content just to leave the organization that they perhaps once loved. Their aim, Paul explained, is “to draw away the disciples after themselves.” Note the definite article in the expression “the disciples.” Rather than going out and making their own disciples, apostates seek to take Christ’s disciples with
them. Like “ravenous wolves,” false teachers are out to devour trusting members of the congregation, destroying their faith and leading them away from the truth.—Matt. 7:15; 2 Tim. 2:18.
How do false teachers operate? Their methods reveal a cunning spirit. Apostates “quietly bring in” corruptive ideas. Like smugglers, they operate in
a clandestine manner, subtly introducing apostate views. And just as a clever forger tries to pass phony documents, so apostates use “counterfeit words,” or
false arguments, trying to pass their fabricated views as if they were true. They spread “deceptive teachings,” “twisting . . . the Scriptures” to fit their own ideas. (2 Pet. 2:1, 3, 13; 3:16) Clearly, apostates do not have our best interests at heart. Following them would only divert us from the road that leads to eternal life.
How can we protect ourselves against false teachers? The Bible’s counsel regarding how to deal with them is clear. (Read Romans 16:17; 2 John 9-
11.) “Avoid them,” says God’s Word. Other translations render that phrase “turn away from them,” “keep away from them,” and “stay away from them!”
There is nothing ambiguous about that inspired counsel. Suppose that a doctor told you to avoid contact with someone who is infected with a contagious,
deadly disease. You would know what the doctor means, and you would strictly heed his warning. Well, apostates are “mentally diseased,” and they seek to infect others with their disloyal teachings. (1 Tim. 6:3, 4) Jehovah, the Great Physician, tells us to avoid contact with them. We know what he means, but are we determined to heed his warning in all respects? What is involved in avoiding false teachers? We do not receive them into our homes or greet them.
We also refuse to read their literature, watch TV programs that feature them, examine their Web sites, or add our comments to their blogs.
Why do we take such a firm stand? Because of love. We love “the God of truth,” so we are not interested in twisted teachings that contradict his Word of truth. (Ps. 31:5; John 17:17)
We also love Jehovah’s organization, through which we have been taught thrilling truths—including Jehovah’s name and its meaning, God’s purpose for the earth, the condition of the dead, and the hope of the resurrection.
Can you recall how you felt when you first learned these and other precious truths? Why, then, allow yourself to be soured by anyone who would denigrate the organization through which you learned these truths? —John 6:66-69.
No matter what false teachers may say, we will not follow them! Why go to such dried-up wells only to be deceived and disappointed? Instead, let us be
determined to remain loyal to Jehovah and to the organization that has a long record of quenching our thirst with the pure and refreshing waters of
truth from God’s inspired Word.—Isa. 55:1-3; Matt.
Do Not Follow “False Stories”
At times, it may be easy to discern that a road sign has been tampered with and is pointing the wrong way. At other times, it may be difficult to detect the deception. It is similar with Satan’s negative influences; some are more obvious than others. The apostle Paul warns us about one of Satan’s insidious
strategies—“false stories.” (Read 1 Timothy 1:3, 4.) *Lest we become sidetracked from the road leading to life, we need to know, What are false stories, and how can we avoid paying attention to them?
Paul’s warning about false stories is part of his first letter to Timothy, a Christian overseer who was charged with preserving the purity of the congregation and helping fellow believers to remain faithful. (1 Tim. 1:18, 19) Paul uses a Greek word that can refer to fiction, myth, or falsehood. According to this word refers to “a (religious) story that has no connection with reality.” Perhaps Paul had in mind religious lies promoted by sensational tales or fanciful legends. Such stories only “furnish questions for research”—that is, raise frivolous questions that lead to pointless research. False stories are a ploy of the archdeceiver, Satan, who uses religious lies and godless
myths to sidetrack unsuspecting ones. Paul’s counsel is clear: Do not pay attention to false stories!
What are some false stories that could lead astray the unwary?In principle, the expression “false stories” can apply to any religious lie or myth that
could turn us “away from the truth.” (2 Tim. 4: 3, 4)
Satan, who pretends to be “an angel of light,” has made clever use of false religion in misleading people. (2 Cor. 11:14) Under the guise of Christianity, Christendom teaches doctrines—including the Trinity, hellfire, and immortality of the soul—that are awash in myths and falsehoods.
Christendom also promotes holidays, such as Christmas and Easter, whose seemingly innocent customs are actually rooted in mythology and paganism. By heeding God’s warning to separate ourselves and “quit touching the unclean thing,” we will not be misled by false stories.—2 Cor. 6:14-17.
Satan has promoted other lies that could mislead us if we are not careful. Consider some examples. Anything goes—right or wrong. It is determined
by how you feel.
This idea is promoted in the media and in entertainment. Such a distorted view of God’s standards exerts pressure on us to cast aside all moral restraint. The truth is that we have a desperate need for moral guidance that only God can fill. (Jer. 10:23) God will not intervene in earth’s affairs. Being influenced by such a live-for-today spirit could cause us to become “inactive or unfruitful.” (2 Pet. 1:8)
The truth is that Jehovah’s day is fast approaching, and we must keep in expectation of it. (Matt. 24:44) God does not care about you as an individual. Believing this satanic lie could cause us to give up, feeling that we could never be worthy of God’s love. The truth is that Jehovah loves and values his worshippers as individuals.—Matt. 10:29-31.
*For example, the apocryphal book of Tobit (Tobias), written about the
third century B.C.E. and thus extant in Paul’s day, is full of superstition and
absurd tales of magic and sorcery presented as truth.—See Insight on the
Scriptures, Volume 1, page 122.
From the Watchtower
The WBTS fits the above description of apostates. This organization publishes hundreds of pieces writings in-addition-to the Bible. Just look at the numerous times these publications use uncertain terms like “could be” and “it stands to reason”. Then, after setting us up, continue on teaching something not clearly stated n the Bible. The Bible uses certain terms. The Bible is all we need. The dangerous result is the WBTS becomes “truth”, in fact a distortion of truth and a replacement of the Bible. Apostacy! The WBTS places itself as mediator between Father and humans by teaching we need to be associated with “The Organization” to have Father’s approval, survive Armageddon or have a relationship with Father. This is an apostate LIE when Jesus is our Mediator and His shed Blood and Father’s Grace calls us to Himself, without needing the WBTS. The WBTS is simply a publishing empire, produces publications and its members are called publishers. The WBTS ignores Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 18, and refuse to allow the congregation help readjust a member as a step in gaining a brother. By the time the congregation hears “So and So has been disfellowshipped”, it’s too late gain our brother. Among many other signs of apostacy, the WBTS is guilty of adding to the writings of the Book of Revelation by naming the world empire of false religion as Babylon the Great. This may be true, however, by this identification, the WBTS is adding something that Revelation does not specifically state by name. The WBTS also claims to be Jehovah’s visible organization. This LIE is nowhere stated in the Bible. What Bible book, chapter and verse have you read the name Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, Inc. ever stated in the Bible? Never and never will. You will read about Christians, not Jehovah’s Witnesses. Apostacy! Now, would you want to be contaminated by this apostate organization who teaches conjecture as the Bible?
What Will the Lord’s Day Mean for You? ***
BACK in 1914, Jesus was installed as King of God’s Kingdom, and the Lord’s day began.
Immediately, the new King faced violent opposition from Satan the Devil and his agents here on earth. (Psalm 2:1-6) So these early years of the Lord’s day have been a time of conflict in which Jesus has gone ‘subduing in the midst of his enemies.’—Psalm 110:2.
The new King’s conquests have been impressive. After 1914, Satan tried to “devour” the newborn Kingdom but, instead, was ignominiously cast out of heaven. (Revelation 12:1-12)
He then ‘waged war’ with the remaining ones of the anointed, but he was unable to prevent their ‘standing up’ in 1919 or their accepting “the little scroll” from the hand of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 10:8-11; 11:11, 12; 12:17) He was equally powerless to prevent the gathering of the final ones of the 144,000 and the assembling of the great crowd (out of all the nations), who render “sacred service day and night in [Jehovah’s] temple.”—Revelation 7:1-3, 9-15.
Indeed, since 1914 Jesus has ‘gone forth conquering.’ Nevertheless, much remains to be done. Jesus has yet “to complete his conquest.” He has yet to take action in removing all traces of Satan’s world system of things. (Revelation 6:1, 2; 19:11-21
What will this momentous act mean for us as individuals?The Bible tells you if you know where?
From the Watchtower
Please be careful not to add to or take away from the writings of Revelation. The WBTS uses the date of 1914, a date not stated in the Book of Revelation, as the date Jesus was installed as King. Alot of dates are stated in the Bible, however, 1914 is never stated for any event. The WBTS is guilty of adding to the writings of Revelation.
God’s Kingdom has trustworthy representatives on earth.
How do we know this? Psalm 45:16 states: “You will appoint . . . princes in all the earth.” “You” in this prophecy is the Son of God. (Psalm 45:6, 7; Hebrews 1:7, 8) Hence, Jesus Christ himself will appoint the princely representatives. We can be sure that they will be faithful in carrying out his direction. Even today, qualified men who serve as elders in the Christian congregation are taught, not to “lord it over” their fellow believers, but to protect, refresh, and comfort them.—Matthew 20:25-28; Isaiah 32:2.
The Kingdom has righteous subjects. They are blameless and upright in God’s eyes. (Proverbs 2:21, 22) “The meek ones themselves will possess the earth,” says the Bible, “and they will indeed find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” (Psalm 37:11) The subjects of the Kingdom are meek—teachable and humble, mild and gentle. Their primary interests are spiritual matters. (Matthew 5:3) They want to do what is right and are responsive to divine direction.
From the Watchtower
The WBTS is once again alluding to a group by only mentioning elders in the Christian congregation in the above propaganda, but don’t clearly identify the elders as princes because the Bible doesn’t state the elders are these princes. If the WBTS don’t know the answers for sure, it would be best not to lead and deceive others with pure conjecture.
The Scriptural description of Babylon the Great fits the world’s collective body of false religion.
Although the thousands of religions are not formally united as one world organization, they are inseparably joined in purpose and deed. As depicted by the immoral woman in Revelation, false religion has tremendous influence over governments.
Resembling a woman not faithful to her marriage vows, false religion has prostituted herself by forming alliances with one political power after another. “Adulteresses, do you not know that the friendship with the world is enmity with God?” wrote the disciple James. “Whoever, therefore, wants to be a friend of the world is constituting himself an enemy of God.”—James 4:4.
This mixing of false religion with the governments has resulted in much human suffering. African political analyst Dr. Xolela Mangcu observed that “world history is littered with examples of mass killings caused by linking religion and politics.” One newspaper recently stated: “The bloodiest and most dangerous disputes today . . . are wrapped in religion.” The lives of millions have been snuffed out in religiously supported conflicts.
Babylon the Great has even persecuted and killed God’s true servants, becoming drunk with their blood, as it were.—Revelation 18:24.
From the Watchtower
The WBTS is very careful not to directly state that Babylon the Great IS the collective body of false religion. WBTS can only state that Babylon fits the description. After setting the stage, however, the WBTS goes on to mislead any who will listen by easing in its arguments to teach that Babylon the Great IS the world empire of fale religion. Since the Book of Revelation does not directly state Babylon the Great is for sure the world empire of false religion, please be careful to not add to or take away from the writings of the Revelation. Besides this matter, if the WBTS is Jehovah’s spokesman, why does WBTS use the uncertian language: “the scriptural description of Babylon the Great fits the world’s collective body of false religion”? All Biblical spokesmen always knew for certain what they were talking about. The identity of Babylon the Great is not specifically stated but the “waters” she sits upon in Revelation 17:15 are directly referred to as people, multitudes, nations and tounges. WBTS conjecture is not the only presumptive teachings by the WBTS.