In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling.
Our wholesome speech and upright conduct adorn the teaching of God, making the worship of Jehovah attractive to others. In fact, we often hear of positive results when sincere people observe our Christlike conduct. Although we recognize that our actions can influence people for good, the opposite is also possible. So wherever we are, we seek to avoid giving anyone a basis for finding fault with our ministry and our conduct. If we were to practice sin willfully, the personal consequences would be disastrous. This thought should move us to consider prayerfully what we are doing and what our lives tell others. As this world’s moral standards decline, sincere people will increasingly “see the distinction . . . between one serving God and one who has not served him.” Yes, our fine Christian conduct plays an important role in reconciling people to God.
While the personal conduct of individual Christians can be a cause for praise or a cause for stumbling on a small scale, due to its greater profile by far the most influential force — for good or bad — is the Watchtower itself. And unfortunately, as time goes on it seems the Watchtower is generating more and more stumbling blocks and has already caused millions of persons to stumble, including persons who may have only had casual contact with Jehovah’s Witnesses through associates or relatives or who may have studied.
Where is it all heading? Ultimately, Jesus foretold “many will be stumbled and will betray one another and will hate one another.”
Without question the greatest potential cause for stumbling is the Watchtower’s 1914 doctrine. Although the majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses accept it without reservation what will happen in the event of another world war, a war the Watchtower has insisted cannot happen? And not just war, but all the things Jesus foretold regarding food shortages, earthquakes, pestilence. Then it will be undeniable that the Watchtower has misled Jehovah’s Witnesses on the vital matter of the return of Christ. The result will be, as Jesus foretold, “many will be stumbled.”
It will require the intervention of Christ’s powerful angels to remedy the situation, which is what Jesus foretold will occur during the harvest, when “they (the angels) will collect out from his Kingdom all things that cause stumbling and people who practice lawlessness, and they will pitch them into the fiery furnace.”
After that divine intervention the prophecy of Ezekiel states: “‘I will not subject you to any more insults of the nations or make you bear the taunts of people, and you will no longer cause your nations to stumble,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.”