Is it always theocratic direction?

//Is it always theocratic direction?

Tuesday, June 21

Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you.Heb. 13:17.

Faithful servants of Jehovah have always been eager to submit to theocratic direction. We may initially lack full understanding of the reasons for carrying out our assigned work in a particular way. Nevertheless, we are fully aware of the benefits of cooperating with Jehovah in any adjustments that he sees fit to make. A strong desire to accomplish Jehovah’s will is seen in the way the elders take the lead in the congregation. They manifest a willingness to work hard and to keep in step with changing circumstances. They eagerly adjust to new ways in which our work of preaching God’s established Kingdom is to be done. Although some may at first have been hesitant about organizing telephone witnessing, harbor witnessing, or public witnessing, they soon saw good results. Are you eager to try new witnessing initiatives?

COMMENTARY

“Theocratic direction” is a term Jehovah’s Witnesses understand to mean anything that the Watchtower says. And while there is no dispute that every organization has to have leadership, we should not suppose that every dictum and policy emanating from Bethel is from Jehovah God, the Theocrat.

While Christ rules over his congregation that does not mean that he sanctions every action and utterance. Quite the contrary. Consider the letters to the seven symbolic congregations in Revelation in the run-up to the Lord’s day. Jesus had stern words for most of them. For example, to the congregation in Pergamum Jesus wrote: “Nevertheless, I have a few things against you, that you have there those adhering to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols and to commit sexual immorality.”

While the Watchtower does not openly promote sexual immorality and is actually quick to disfellowship teenage offenders, the same cannot be said when it comes to taking action against pedophiles in the congregation. The direction from Bethel is that when any case of child abuse is reported to the elders they are to immediately call the Watchtower’s Legal Department hotline.

While elders may assume there is some sort of divine consultation that goes on behind closed doors, that is not the case. Evidently the primary consideration of the lawyers running Jehovah’s organization is whether or not the local jurisdiction requires clergy to report crimes committed against children. If not, then the “theocratic direction” given to the elders strictly forbids them from reporting the crime to police. Coupled with the strict adherence to the Jewish law that required two witnesses to an offense, the Watchtower has provided safe haven for thousands of pedophiles. Should anyone doubt that child sexual abuse is much more offensive to God then sexual immorality between two consenting “adults”?

Had the Watchtower allowed elders to avail themselves of the crime investigating expertise provided by the superior authorities, whom Paul said are our ministers, their input could serve as a second witness. But the Watchtower is not interested in prosecuting Jehovah’s Witnesses who sexually abuse children in their congregations. Such is the policy palmed off as “theocratic direction” by the cunning modern-day Balaam.

Balaam, the so-called diviner, knew Jehovah. God had spoken to him on more than one occasion. Balaam knew that if Balak were able to lure the Israelites into sinning against God then Jehovah himself would destroy his own people, which is what happened. An angel even opposed the greedy prophet’s headlong course. But Balaam was determined to receive his reward. 

As regards the “Balaam” influence in the Pergamum congregation it is noteworthy that Jesus did not override it. He allows it to exist up until the moment he comes like a thief in the night. His advice? “So repent. If you do not, I am coming to you quickly, and I will war against them with the long sword of my mouth.”

While Jehovah’s Witnesses are to be commended for their loyalty to the work assigned to them —realizing that Christ himself has assigned his followers to preach and make disciples —they should also be aware that God is going to judge those who give “theocratic direction” in his name.

Take the matter of the Watchtower’s new headquarters building project in Warwick —now nearing completion, in which 25,000 of Jehovah’s Witnesses are engaged in their construction assignments. According to a news release in the local Warwick paper, the Watchtower’s spokesman touted the new headquarters for its secluded location in pleasant surroundings.

Again, while it is commendable that so many willing hands are made available for a project that is assumed to have God’s blessing, if the decision to move the Watchtower’s headquarters was based upon monetary considerations and the personal desires of the leadership to have a luxurious estate outside the city, then that’s a problem. Are the Governing Body perhaps desirous of retiring with their wives in a secluded, parklike setting? Just because Bethel’s princes can cash out of Brooklyn for a billion dollars and field a small army of volunteers for a massive construction undertaking doesn’t mean it is God’s will that they do so. Remember, Balaam was motivated by material interests. 

It is especially interesting that the financial system is nearing the point of implosion just as Bethel is selling off the last properties in Brooklyn Heights. Where is the billion dollar booty going to be stashed? No doubt the keepers of the theocratic treasures will use numerous Wall Street banks and various financial instruments, all of which are vulnerable to instantaneous vaporization when the day and hour arrives.

Their conversion of debt-free, brick-and-mortar assets into so many computer bytes could not be more ill-timed. Just imagine standing before the Theocrat and having to explain how you lost the Master’s entire fortune he had entrusted to you! 

“As for my people, their taskmasters are abusive, and women rule over them. My people, your leaders are causing you to wander, and they confuse the direction of your paths. Jehovah is taking his position to accuse; He is standing up to pass sentence on peoples. Jehovah will enter into judgment with the elders and princes of his people.” – Isaiah 3

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2016-12-08T15:10:14+00:00 June 21st, 2016|Commentary|14 Comments
  • e.v.g

    During the year 1994 I was scared because in that year the 1914 generation would end. My father told me, take it easy the organization is now building new assembly halls, kingdom halls, etc. that helped me relief.
    But now, I know that there is something wrong with their decisions although it seems it is not so.

    Since all these things are to be dissolved in this way, consider what sort of people you ought to be in holy acts of conduct and deeds of godly devotion, as you await and keep close in mind the presence of the day of Jehovah, through which the heavens will be destroyed in flames and the elements will melt in the intense heat! 2Peter

  • Burt Reynolds

    It has always been a source of concern to me how Jehovah speaks to the governing body, or more to the point, how they feel that Jehovah is in communication with them. Like the clergy of the Middle Ages , they simply utter that it is gods will, and who is there that dare oppose them? By this means, they transfer responsibility for their acts on to God and so absolve themselves. I wonder what sort of mechanism it is that inhibits people from challenging them, because I know it affected me, even after I faded away. By their works you will know them, no doubt, but for many good hearted people, it will be too late.

  • Revv_zone@gmail.com Please8834

    After One Hundred and fourteen yrs. We only have 886 yrs left of kingdom rule. Its been so lite with light and truth.

    • Burt Reynolds

      Yes that is true! That never occurred to me. It’s a bit passive isn’t it? It’s like a politicians promise; loud and sugary in talk, totally impotent in producing anything. The remarkable thing is that no one notices it, not one record seems to exist of a witness questioning it though I hope many do, even if it’s in secret. What is it that makes a person too scared to question what they are being told, especially when it is of the bible? I cannot recall Paul disfellowshipping the Boreans for going away and questioning what they had heard. For me, it begs the question: what happens to all these fellow believers who can no longer see the light and come out? Is it enough to say they have their chance to listen? If they cannot hear because their ears have been stopped up, deceived, and they are also blinded, is it enough to say Jehovah reads their hearts? Are we doing what we should? Another issue in relation to this: the governing body proclaim that the tribulation is ‘near’ ( this reminds me of the Gillette advertisement of the 80s where everyone was ‘shaving close, then closer still’ so much so that all men were presumable going round with their beards shaved down to their bones, never quite getting there….like Armageddon ), but the bible says nobody knows the day or the hour. If the tribulation occurs within their time period which includes now, endless generations, then they are correctly predicting Jehovah’s day. What is the correct understanding of this apparent contradiction. Perhaps someone will tell me please.

      • Song of Hannah

        Hi Burt! Well, as far as the preaching work, this is how I understand it. Jesus said “the good news has to be preached first” (Mark 13:10) “and this good news of the Kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations and then the end will come” (Matt 24:14)

        Interestingly, the apostle Paul also indicated that the peaching work would be accomplished by both the righteous and the wicked.

        Phil 1:15 True, some are preaching the Christ out of envy and rivalry, but others out of goodwill. 16 The latter are proclaiming the Christ out of love, for they know that I have been appointed to defend the good news; 17 but the former do it out of contentiousness, not with a pure motive, for they are intending to create trouble for me in my prison bonds. 18 With what result? Only that in every way, whether in pretense or in truth, Christ is being proclaimed, and I rejoice over this”.

        My understanding from Paul’s words, is just as God allowed the Jewish nation to continue with all it’s errors all the way up until the time of Christ, so too, he allows the same error among God’s modern people today – in order to further his purpose of the proclamation of the good news.

        My thinking is, as regards preaching the good news, there are just too few truly righteous people on the earth to get the job done. Thus, the wheat and the weeds are allowed to grow together, until the harvest. Another beautiful thing, is to the defeat of Satan, Jehovah actually uses the wicked’s own selfish motives to his own advantage.

        And too, how can a huge group of unrighteous people get this huge job done, without being reigned in? If folks were allowed to have a dissenting voice (as well they should be), due to the wicked influence within, the whole effort would have disintegrated from the very start. So, my thought is, God allows the error, “on account of their wickedness & hard-heartedness”. (Matt 19:8)

        Others may differing thoughts, but this is how I’ve come to understand it.

        • Burt Reynolds

          Thanks Hannah, that has lit a lamp under my bushel so to speak! It makes sense now, though it’s a pity that there must be so many dishonest ones in the organisation. It’s amazing to me how many things are becoming clear to me now with all the helpful information coming from others. It makes me more confident. I would like to follow you for more of the same but your corner of the site won’t let me! Thanks and best wishes to you.

          • Song of Hannah

            Thanks Burt, glad to be of help. It takes some time sorting out the great paradox of it all… in the end, Jehovah will have made fools of all of us, but even more so the wicked! You just have to love him for it! 🙂 Also, thanks for the heads up – I hadn’t realized my Disqus profile was set to “private”. I’ve since changed it.

            • Songofjonathan

              Hannah please email me at songnumber89@gmail.com

            • Song of Hannah

              Now why would I have anything to do with you? I’ve no idea who you are, and you have no track record here at all. Your request just makes no sense whatsoever. So thanks, but I’m gonna pass…

        • Bklyn Kevin

          “POW” Hannah!. I think your thoughts are right on point. And I really appreciated how you tied it all together with what Paul said In Philippians.
          Thank you for sharing.

        • Beverly kenyon

          Wow. That was a master class in giving a witness. Wish I could print it out for future reference!

        • Sam

          I had no idea about those verses! Thanks for sharing, I think you explained it very well

  • noname

    Hi Robert, will not the billion dollars be spent right away to cover operating costs? It was said on a broadcast that the value of the properties will only cover a few days of operating costs, what do you think? I enjoyed the commentary, thank you.

    • ewatchman

      No way. I don’t know what their operating costs are, but it can’t be anywhere near a billion dollars a day. Besides, they have the continual contributions of Jehovah’s Witnesses rolling in to cover the cost of operations. A billion $$$ is just money in the bank.

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