Religion is an extremely sensitive issue for many people — nations go to war over religious differences. Its no surprise that families do, too. In a careless disregard for life the following article in addition to others have been printed, read and studied by J..Witnesses around the world.
The November 15, 2011 Study version of the Watchtower, has this to say in an article praising Jehu’s actions against the family of Ahab. “The prophet Elisha sent one of the sons of the prophets to anoint Jehu as king and to instruct him to kill every male of the apostate house of Ahab.—2 Ki. 8:28; 9:1-10.” “Though the thought of violence is unpleasant, we should realize that in those days, Jehovah used his servants to carry out his judgments…. Today, no servant of Jehovah uses physical force against opponents of pure worship. “Vengeance is mine,” God says. (Heb.10:30) But to rid the congregation of potentially corrupting influences, Christian elders may have to act with courage similar to that of Jehu. (1 Cor. 5:9-13) And all members of the congregation need to be determined to avoid the company of disfellowshipped individuals.— 2 John 9-11.” “Jehu announced that he intended to hold “a great sacrifice” for Baal. (2 Ki. 10:18, 19) “This is a clever play on words on the part of Jehu,” says one scholar.While the term employed here “generally means ‘sacrifice,’ it is also used of the ‘slaughter’ of apostates.” “It is true that Jehu spilled much blood. Yet, the Scriptures present him as a courageous man… …..
This instance can’t be used to justify asking elders “to act with courage similar to Jehu” ‘the slaughter’ of apostates. A careful reading of the account shows these were worshipers of the false god Baal, brought in by marriage to Jezebel. Persons leaving the JW organization have not left off worshipping Jehovah and going after another god. Most have found Jesus in the process, however, since he has mostly been replaced by the GB. Unless these are Baal worshippers and they are bringing such in the cong. the elders have no right “to act with courage similar to Jehu” ‘the slaughter’ of apostates. Even so, the order must be given by Jehovah or Jesus. If, “Today, no servant of Jehovah uses physical force”, why suggest it with buzz words fo acting like Jehu in ridding the cong. There are other scriptures that actually deal with this in the Greek scriptures. What were they thinking? I sincerely hope no elders follow this advice and lay hand or finger on God’s people.
Quite a few of Jehovah Witnesses are consumed by “unquiet mind” and the “performance anxiety” that comes with constantly being pushed to “earn” salvation by works, rather than accept the Ransom Sacrifice of Jesus. The governing body teaches that if you are alive at armageddon but not in the organization of Jehovah witnesses you will perish eternally. So as lovers of people, witnesses with vigor try to preach to as many as possible, to convert the world now if possible for salvation. The Bible teaches world conversion is in Millenium, however. See, Isa. 11:9
It is this fear of a relative dying that causes the anxiety. It used to be the society said this will bring them back if you shun but as noted above they are getting sinister and suggesting to somehow do more to rid oneself of persons that are DF’d. They have extended this to persons that just leave of their own accord by labeling them “apostates”.
You would think they would be like other religions and just let people go without trying to disrupt their families and suggesting “elders act similar to Jehu in the ‘slaughter’ of apostates”. What have they got to fear from the members of their organization hearing why a family member left? Most of the time it is the JW that trys to get the freed one to come back, not the other way around. Book Study groups that were once said to be the place we would meet in case of persecution, has now been brought under controll inside of the kingdom hall. At least there, you could talk and get comfort, but elders were allowing to much talk, so they are controlled now. Brains are beginning to atrophy from not being used, so many websites have come into existence and are doing much good to awaken the brain to think. This is a new and helpful site: http://www.jwstruggle.com/ along with many others.
Websites that exist fall into a number of categories: Those that want to help ones that have left on their own or looking for a religion that have similar views as them……. Some want to bring the governing body and/or the watchtower organization down…….Some want to warn other unsuspecting people, that are not aware that they can’t leave with dignity if they join and decide it isn’t for them. Or aren’t aware that they have to get completely out of the world, drop family and accept Only the watchtower’s view of scripture….Others want to help victims of the various abuses that have been inflicted, whether emotional, sexual, mental or healing from mind and behaviour control.
One can hardly find anything wrong with most of the sites. But take issue with the ones that want to bring the org. down. But even this type, has a role to play, it seems. Anger is at an all time high often when you exit the JW religion, because they inflict emotional harm when they see you are awakening. So this type of site allows the person a place to let this anger out. Many of these sites are loving to the individuals, and it gets them back in a safe mental place. After that, the person is able to go on to yet another site or group or just get a relationship going again with Jehovah and Jesus. I have observed this movement. I have learned to identify some of these individuals even tho they change their screen names over the years. They progress to a more stable relationship with God.
I may be wrong but I think this scripture has significance for us not of natural Israel,also. Rom.2:29 says a Jew is one on the inside. I know it will be a complete saving by Jesus but due to the fact these sites have been allowed by Divine Providence of Jehovah, I think we have got a little help for those mourning and sighing over the detestable things being done by the governing body and elders inside the JW organization. (Ezekial 9 chapter.)
Ezekiel 34 – I am aware this applies to Natural Israel and is happening now, but maybe we can find some hope and comfort, for he loves us too.
1 The word of the LORD came to me: 2 “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Woe to you shepherds of Israel who only take care of yourselves! Should not shepherds take care of the flock? 3 You eat the curds, clothe yourselves with the wool and slaughter the choice animals, but you do not take care of the flock. 4 You have not strengthened the weak or healed the sick or bound up the injured. You have not brought back the strays or searched for the lost. You have ruled them harshly and brutally. 5 So they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for all the wild animals. 6 My sheep wandered over all the mountains and on every high hill. They were scattered over the whole earth, and no one searched or looked for
7 “‘Therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 8 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, because my flock lacks a shepherd and so has been plundered and has become food for all the wild animals, and because my shepherds did not search for my flock but cared for hemselves rather than for my flock, 9 therefore, you shepherds, hear the word of the LORD: 10 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am against the shepherds and will hold them accountable for my flock. I will remove them from tending the flock so that the shepherds can no longer feed themselves. I will rescue my flock from their mouths, and it will no longer be food for them.
11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign LORD says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As shepherds look after their scattered flocks when they are with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.
I may be wrong also, but I see a paralel of a sort between the Jehovah witnesses and the Bible Students. The same sort like the 10 tribe kingdom and the two tribe kingdom. Both was accepted by Jehovah. Note the Aid to Bible Understanding Book.
“With the fall of Israel the ten northern tribes were not completely lost, however. Some persons of these tribes evidently were left in Israel’s territory by the Assyrians. OTHERS no doubt fled from Israel’s idolatry to JUDAH’s territory prior to 740 BCE.” (pg. 854) Judah lasted and brought forth the promised Messiah. I think it bears considering this.
That’s the beauty of my finding the Bible Students, you can think and actually say what you are thinking without fear of being punished.
So instead of us fighting with the governing body and it’s organization. I want to present a format of accepting the fact that Jehovah is allowing all of this. I think this hate thing is going to backfire. More Christlike persons will be looking for a way out, they know a dangerous situation when they see it.
IF YOU HAVE TO FLEE, IT’S OKAY. Matt.3:13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and ESCAPE to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”There is no Shame in Fleeing. The Magi provided the funds so they could do so. Jehovah saw the organization of the scribes and pharisees weren’t going to Jesus’ aid although the shepherds had reported long ago he was born. So he caught the attention of the astronomers of that time and they went. They heeded, not satan, but as deliverers sent by God with goods to help Joseph and Mary, they went home by another way thus protecting the young child. So I am accepting any protection and help that God is giving me. To Joseph he said, “Stay there until I tell you”.
Please feel free to express your views on how to cope with this war of words going on. I hope I have not fueled the fire. I want only to start us to thinking about this fighting with words. Hateful words will wear down our spirit. I personnally will take the high road, the Christian way and let the hate be a one-way street.