Wednesday, October 15
The Lord turned and looked upon Peter, and Peter recalled the utterance of theLord when he said to him: “Before a cock crows today you will disown me three times.”—Luke22:61.
Peter manifested fear of man, stumbling badly at times; yet, he remained loyal to Jesus and Jehovah. For example, he publicly denied his Master, not just once, but three times. (Luke 22:54-60) Later, Peter failed to act in a Christian manner, treating Gentile believers as if they were somehow not as good as circumcised Jewish Christians. The apostle Paul, however, saw the matter clearly—there was no room for class distinctions in the congregation. Peter’s attitude was wrong. Before Peter’s conduct could sour the brotherhood, Paul acted by counseling Peter directly, face-to-face. (Gal. 2:11-14) Was Peter’s pride so wounded that he quit the race for life? No. He seriously considered Paul’s counsel, applied it, and kept on in the race. w13 3/15 1:12
Oh, if only the leading men of the organization would follow their own counsel! What a huge difference that would make. How many of Jehovah’s Witnesses have been stumbled by the Watchtower? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Perhaps more than a million? How many will be stumbled in the future when it becomes obvious the Watchtower has deceived Jehovah’s Witnesses regarding Christ’s supposed presence beginning in 1914?
But who will counsel them? Surely they will not accept correction from any mere human. Just as Jesus corrected Peter and all the apostles after his resurrection, so it is, that, only Christ can rebuke and humble the high and mighty spokesmen for Jehovah’s earthly organization. And that he will do in the near future.