Thursday, October 29

Try to readjust such a man in a spirit of mildness.Gal. 6:1.

An elder might highlight the Scriptural principles that a brother should consider when he is endeavoring to make an important decision. He might review with him what has been published on the topic. He might also urge the individual to consider how different courses of action would affect his relationship with Jehovah. The elder can stress the importance of seeking God’s guidance in prayer before making a decision. After discussing such matters with the fellow believer, an elder will allow him to make his own decision. The only authority that Christian overseers have comes from the Scriptures. Therefore, it is vital that they use the Bible skillfully and adhere to what it says. Doing so helps elders to avoid any possible abuse of power. After all, they are only undershepherds, and each member of the congregation will answer to Jehovah and Jesus for the decisions he or she makes.

COMMENTARY

“Each member of the congregation will answer to Jehovah and Jesus for the decisions he or she makes.” That sounds like a day of judgment is in store. And what about those “undershepherds? Will they have to answer to God too? If so, when and in what manner?

Most importantly, what about the leadership of the organization? Will they too have to answer for the decisions they have made that effect all the congregations? If so, why is that fact seldom emphasized?

Using a variety of illustrations Jesus most assuredly spoke of a day of settling of accounts. When speaking about the faithful and discreet slave, for instance, Jesus established a principle when he said:  “Indeed, everyone to whom much was given, much will be demanded of him, and the one who was put in charge of much will have more than usual demanded of him.”

While the letter of James states that teachers will receive a heavier judgment it is those “in charge” who “will have more than usual demanded of them.” But the Governing Body seem not to be aware of this fundamental biblical principle.

Ultimately the day of Jehovah will completely burn up the superfluous “visible organization” to which Jehovah’s Witnesses have been made to swear their alliance. And the elder arrangement will go down like felled trees in a forest. These are the judgments contained in prophecy, of which the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses have no knowledge.

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