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Abide, Sweet Spirit

[This article was contributed by Alex Rover] Dear brothers and sisters, seldom I have researched such an intimate and beautiful topic. As I worked on this article, I was in a state of joy ready to sing praise at all times. So sweet and precious the Psalmist thought of the holy spirit he prayed: Create for me a pure heart, O God! Renew a resolute spirit within me! Do not reject me! Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me! -- Ps 51:10-11 Scripture likens us to clay in the hands of our Father, our potter. (Isa 64:8, Rom 9:21) Our bodies, like clay containers, yearn to be complete and full. In Ephesians 5:18 Paul commanded us to be “filled with the spirit” and in 1 Corinthians 3:16 we read that the spirit of God “may dwell in us”. (Compare 2 Tim 1:14; Acts 6:5; Eph 5:18; Rom 8:11) The Holy Spirit is a Gift. Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) [1] While the spi...

--2014 NOV 12
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Abide, Sweet Spirit

Calvinism – Total Depravity Part 2

[this article is contributed by Alex Rover] In part 1 of this article, we have examined the Calvinistic teaching of Total Depravity. Total Depravity is the doctrine describing the human condition before God as creatures who are completely dead in sin and unable to save themselves. The problem we found with this doctrine is in the word ‘total’. While human depravity is an indisputable fact, we demonstrated in part 1 the problems arising from taking it to Calvinistic extremes. I believe that the key to approaching this topic with the correct balance is found in 1 Corinthians 5:6 "Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?" We can see humans as both evil and good at the same time, each having a portion of the yeast that is sin, hence fully dead. Therefore, I submit that it is possible to see humans as inherently good and still be able to satisfy the fact of us being wholly dead in sin and unable to save ourselves. Imagine: a certain woman is 99% good, and 1%...

--2015 DEC 17
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Calvinism – Total Depravity Part 2

Let Nothing Deprive You of the Prize

[From ws17/11 p. 25 – January 22-28] “Let no man deprive you of the prize.”​ – Col 2:18. Consider this picture. On the left we have two old people looking forward to the hope of being with Christ in the Kingdom of the Heavens. On the right we have young people looking forward to the hope of living in a paradise earth. In reference to Christians—to repeat, in reference to Christians—does the Bible speak of two hopes? The last paragraph of this study concludes: “The prize before us​—whether immortal life in heaven or everlasting life on a paradise earth—​is marvelous to contemplate.” Is this teaching based on Scripture? Granted, the Bible speaks of two resurrections. “And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Ac 24:15) When Paul refers to “these men”, he is referring to the Jewish leaders who were standing before him in a judicial hearing seeking his deat...

19 min2018 JAN 22
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Let Nothing Deprive You of the Prize

I Know He Will Rise

[From ws17/12 p. 3 – January 29-February 4] “Our friend has fallen asleep, but I am traveling there to awaken him.”​—John 11:11. A rare article that sticks to what the Bible says without introducing doctrines of men. All in all, an encouraging review of historical resurrections to give us faith in the future resurrection. Of course, the subtext to this article is that the attendees at this week's Watchtower Study will be thinking only of an earthly resurrection for themselves. It is the only hope offered to them in the publications. In fact, JW theology teaches three resurrections, not the two that Jesus and Paul referred to at John 5:28, 29 and Acts 24:15. Besides the earthly resurrection of the unrighteous, they teach two resurrections of the righteous—one to heaven and another to earth. So according to the Organization, Daniel will be resurrected to imperfect, sinful life on earth as part of the earthly resurrection of the righteous while Lazarus, as one of the anointed who...

5 min2018 JAN 28
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I Know He Will Rise

“I Have Hope Toward God”

[From ws17/12 p. 8 – February 5-11] “The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”​—1 Cor. 15:45 What a pity that after last week’s delightful review of the Bible resurrection accounts, this week’s study wastes no time in getting off on the wrong foot: IF YOU were asked, ‘What are the key teachings of your faith?’ what would you say? Surely you would stress that Jehovah is the Creator and Life-Giver. You would likely mention your belief in Jesus Christ, who died as a ransom. And you would happily add that an earthly paradise is ahead, where God’s people will live forever. But would you mention the resurrection as one of your most cherished beliefs? – par. 1 We might stress that Jehovah is the Creator and Life-Giver, but only mention Jesus as the one who died as a ransom?! “Oh, yes, there was also this nice fellow named Jesus who died for us. Isn’t that just peachy keen? He did some other stuff too. A really fine, all around chap.” Having critically reviewed every Watchto...

19 min2018 FEB 4
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“I Have Hope Toward God”

Judge For Yourselves

In 2003 Jason David Beduhn, at the time an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University, released a book called Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament. In the book, Professor Beduhn analysed nine words and verses[1] (often disputed and controversial around Trinitarian doctrine) across nine[2] English translations of the Bible. At the end of the process, he rated the NWT as the best and the Catholic NAB as the second best with the least bias from the translating team. He explains why it worked out this way with supporting reasons. He further qualifies this by stating that other verses could have been analysed and a different outcome might have been reached. Professor Beduhn clearly makes the point that it is NOT a definitive ranking as there are a set of criteria that needs to be considered. Interestingly, when he teaches NT Greek to his undergraduate students, he uses the Kingdom Interlinear (KIT) as he highly ...

12 min2018 FEB 8
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Judge For Yourselves

Parents—Help Your Children Become “Wise for Salvation”

[From ws17/12 p. 18 – February 12-18] “From infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation.” 2 Timothy 3:15 At least the organization is more upfront with their purpose with this article than with many. It is not primarily to “help your children be wise for salvation“, but rather, as alluded to by the question for paragraphs 1 & 2, to help “children wanting to take the steps of dedication and baptism.” It would be more truthful if they added “because of strong emotional pressure from peers, parents and the Organization”. This is aside from the issue of whether a formal dedication is required (discussed at length here) since Matthew 28:19b says nothing about vows and dedication but instead speaks only of baptism followed by actions to observe Jesus' commandments. We then find another tweak in the NWT which changes the meaning of the verse. Matthew 28:19 should read “make disciples of all the nations“, not “make disciples of people ...

13 min2018 FEB 12
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Parents—Help Your Children Become “Wise for Salvation”

Identifying True Worship – Introduction

I started my online Bible research back in 2011 under the alias Meleti Vivlon. I used the google translation tool available back then to find out how to say "Bible study" in Greek. At the time there was a transliterate link, which I used to get English characters. That gave me "vivlon meleti". I thought that "meleti" sounded more like a given name and "vivlon", a surname, so I reversed them and the rest is history. Of course, the reason for the alias was that at the time I wanted to hide my identity because the Organization does not look kindly on those who do their own Bible research. My goal back then was to find other like-minded brothers around the world who, like myself, were troubled by the obvious fabrication of the "overlapping generations" doctrine and who thus were motivated to do deeper Bible research. At the time, I believed that the Organization of Jehovah's Witnesses was the only true religion. It wasn't until sometime in 2012-2013 that I finally resolved the growing c...

16 min2018 FEB 16
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Identifying True Worship – Introduction

Identifying True Worship, Part 1: What Is Apostasy

I e-mailed all my JW friends with a link to the first video, and the response has been an resounding silence. Mind you, it's been less than 24 hours, but still I expected some response. Of course, some of my deeper thinking friends will need time to view and think about what they're seeing. I should be patient. I expect most will disagree. I'm basing that on years of experience. However, it is my hope that some will see the light. Unfortunately, most Witnesses when confronted with a contrary argument to what they've been taught will dismiss the speaker by calling him an apostate. Is this a valid response? What is an apostate according to Scripture? That is the question I'm attempting to answer in the second video of this series. Video Script Hello. This is our second video. In the first, we discussed examining our own teachings as Jehovah's Witnesses using our own criteria as we got originally from the Truth book back in '68 and from subsequent books such as the Bible Teach book. Ho...

31 min2018 FEB 17
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Identifying True Worship, Part 1: What Is Apostasy

Identifying True Worship, Part 2: Has Jehovah Always Had an Organization?

https://youtu.be/r3kLWgYC-X0 Hello, my name is Eric Wilson. In our first video, I put forward the idea of using the criteria that we as Jehovah's Witnesses use to examine whether other religions are considered to be true or false on ourselves. So, that same criteria, those five points—six now—we're going to use to examine whether we also meet the criteria that we expect all other religions to meet. It seems like a fair test. I'd like to get right down to it and yet here we are in the third video still not doing that; and the reason is that there are still things in our way. Whenever I bring these subjects up to friends, I get a litany of objections that is so consistent across the board that it tells me that these aren't really their own thoughts, but thoughts that have been implanted through years of—and I hate to use the word—indoctrination, because they almost come out word for word in the same order. Let me give you some examples. It might start off with: 'But we are the tru...

33 min2018 FEB 17
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Identifying True Worship, Part 2: Has Jehovah Always Had an Organization?

Latest Episodes

Abide, Sweet Spirit

[This article was contributed by Alex Rover] Dear brothers and sisters, seldom I have researched such an intimate and beautiful topic. As I worked on this article, I was in a state of joy ready to sing praise at all times. So sweet and precious the Psalmist thought of the holy spirit he prayed: Create for me a pure heart, O God! Renew a resolute spirit within me! Do not reject me! Do not take your Holy Spirit away from me! -- Ps 51:10-11 Scripture likens us to clay in the hands of our Father, our potter. (Isa 64:8, Rom 9:21) Our bodies, like clay containers, yearn to be complete and full. In Ephesians 5:18 Paul commanded us to be “filled with the spirit” and in 1 Corinthians 3:16 we read that the spirit of God “may dwell in us”. (Compare 2 Tim 1:14; Acts 6:5; Eph 5:18; Rom 8:11) The Holy Spirit is a Gift. Repent, and each one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38) [1] While the spi...

--2014 NOV 12
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Abide, Sweet Spirit

Calvinism – Total Depravity Part 2

[this article is contributed by Alex Rover] In part 1 of this article, we have examined the Calvinistic teaching of Total Depravity. Total Depravity is the doctrine describing the human condition before God as creatures who are completely dead in sin and unable to save themselves. The problem we found with this doctrine is in the word ‘total’. While human depravity is an indisputable fact, we demonstrated in part 1 the problems arising from taking it to Calvinistic extremes. I believe that the key to approaching this topic with the correct balance is found in 1 Corinthians 5:6 "Don't you know that a little yeast leavens the whole batch of dough?" We can see humans as both evil and good at the same time, each having a portion of the yeast that is sin, hence fully dead. Therefore, I submit that it is possible to see humans as inherently good and still be able to satisfy the fact of us being wholly dead in sin and unable to save ourselves. Imagine: a certain woman is 99% good, and 1%...

--2015 DEC 17
Comments
Calvinism – Total Depravity Part 2

Let Nothing Deprive You of the Prize

[From ws17/11 p. 25 – January 22-28] “Let no man deprive you of the prize.”​ – Col 2:18. Consider this picture. On the left we have two old people looking forward to the hope of being with Christ in the Kingdom of the Heavens. On the right we have young people looking forward to the hope of living in a paradise earth. In reference to Christians—to repeat, in reference to Christians—does the Bible speak of two hopes? The last paragraph of this study concludes: “The prize before us​—whether immortal life in heaven or everlasting life on a paradise earth—​is marvelous to contemplate.” Is this teaching based on Scripture? Granted, the Bible speaks of two resurrections. “And I have hope toward God, which hope these men also look forward to, that there is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Ac 24:15) When Paul refers to “these men”, he is referring to the Jewish leaders who were standing before him in a judicial hearing seeking his deat...

19 min2018 JAN 22
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Let Nothing Deprive You of the Prize

I Know He Will Rise

[From ws17/12 p. 3 – January 29-February 4] “Our friend has fallen asleep, but I am traveling there to awaken him.”​—John 11:11. A rare article that sticks to what the Bible says without introducing doctrines of men. All in all, an encouraging review of historical resurrections to give us faith in the future resurrection. Of course, the subtext to this article is that the attendees at this week's Watchtower Study will be thinking only of an earthly resurrection for themselves. It is the only hope offered to them in the publications. In fact, JW theology teaches three resurrections, not the two that Jesus and Paul referred to at John 5:28, 29 and Acts 24:15. Besides the earthly resurrection of the unrighteous, they teach two resurrections of the righteous—one to heaven and another to earth. So according to the Organization, Daniel will be resurrected to imperfect, sinful life on earth as part of the earthly resurrection of the righteous while Lazarus, as one of the anointed who...

5 min2018 JAN 28
Comments
I Know He Will Rise

“I Have Hope Toward God”

[From ws17/12 p. 8 – February 5-11] “The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.”​—1 Cor. 15:45 What a pity that after last week’s delightful review of the Bible resurrection accounts, this week’s study wastes no time in getting off on the wrong foot: IF YOU were asked, ‘What are the key teachings of your faith?’ what would you say? Surely you would stress that Jehovah is the Creator and Life-Giver. You would likely mention your belief in Jesus Christ, who died as a ransom. And you would happily add that an earthly paradise is ahead, where God’s people will live forever. But would you mention the resurrection as one of your most cherished beliefs? – par. 1 We might stress that Jehovah is the Creator and Life-Giver, but only mention Jesus as the one who died as a ransom?! “Oh, yes, there was also this nice fellow named Jesus who died for us. Isn’t that just peachy keen? He did some other stuff too. A really fine, all around chap.” Having critically reviewed every Watchto...

19 min2018 FEB 4
Comments
“I Have Hope Toward God”

Judge For Yourselves

In 2003 Jason David Beduhn, at the time an Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Northern Arizona University, released a book called Truth in Translation: Accuracy and Bias in English Translations of the New Testament. In the book, Professor Beduhn analysed nine words and verses[1] (often disputed and controversial around Trinitarian doctrine) across nine[2] English translations of the Bible. At the end of the process, he rated the NWT as the best and the Catholic NAB as the second best with the least bias from the translating team. He explains why it worked out this way with supporting reasons. He further qualifies this by stating that other verses could have been analysed and a different outcome might have been reached. Professor Beduhn clearly makes the point that it is NOT a definitive ranking as there are a set of criteria that needs to be considered. Interestingly, when he teaches NT Greek to his undergraduate students, he uses the Kingdom Interlinear (KIT) as he highly ...

12 min2018 FEB 8
Comments
Judge For Yourselves

Parents—Help Your Children Become “Wise for Salvation”

[From ws17/12 p. 18 – February 12-18] “From infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation.” 2 Timothy 3:15 At least the organization is more upfront with their purpose with this article than with many. It is not primarily to “help your children be wise for salvation“, but rather, as alluded to by the question for paragraphs 1 & 2, to help “children wanting to take the steps of dedication and baptism.” It would be more truthful if they added “because of strong emotional pressure from peers, parents and the Organization”. This is aside from the issue of whether a formal dedication is required (discussed at length here) since Matthew 28:19b says nothing about vows and dedication but instead speaks only of baptism followed by actions to observe Jesus' commandments. We then find another tweak in the NWT which changes the meaning of the verse. Matthew 28:19 should read “make disciples of all the nations“, not “make disciples of people ...

13 min2018 FEB 12
Comments
Parents—Help Your Children Become “Wise for Salvation”

Identifying True Worship – Introduction

I started my online Bible research back in 2011 under the alias Meleti Vivlon. I used the google translation tool available back then to find out how to say "Bible study" in Greek. At the time there was a transliterate link, which I used to get English characters. That gave me "vivlon meleti". I thought that "meleti" sounded more like a given name and "vivlon", a surname, so I reversed them and the rest is history. Of course, the reason for the alias was that at the time I wanted to hide my identity because the Organization does not look kindly on those who do their own Bible research. My goal back then was to find other like-minded brothers around the world who, like myself, were troubled by the obvious fabrication of the "overlapping generations" doctrine and who thus were motivated to do deeper Bible research. At the time, I believed that the Organization of Jehovah's Witnesses was the only true religion. It wasn't until sometime in 2012-2013 that I finally resolved the growing c...

16 min2018 FEB 16
Comments
Identifying True Worship – Introduction

Identifying True Worship, Part 1: What Is Apostasy

I e-mailed all my JW friends with a link to the first video, and the response has been an resounding silence. Mind you, it's been less than 24 hours, but still I expected some response. Of course, some of my deeper thinking friends will need time to view and think about what they're seeing. I should be patient. I expect most will disagree. I'm basing that on years of experience. However, it is my hope that some will see the light. Unfortunately, most Witnesses when confronted with a contrary argument to what they've been taught will dismiss the speaker by calling him an apostate. Is this a valid response? What is an apostate according to Scripture? That is the question I'm attempting to answer in the second video of this series. Video Script Hello. This is our second video. In the first, we discussed examining our own teachings as Jehovah's Witnesses using our own criteria as we got originally from the Truth book back in '68 and from subsequent books such as the Bible Teach book. Ho...

31 min2018 FEB 17
Comments
Identifying True Worship, Part 1: What Is Apostasy

Identifying True Worship, Part 2: Has Jehovah Always Had an Organization?

https://youtu.be/r3kLWgYC-X0 Hello, my name is Eric Wilson. In our first video, I put forward the idea of using the criteria that we as Jehovah's Witnesses use to examine whether other religions are considered to be true or false on ourselves. So, that same criteria, those five points—six now—we're going to use to examine whether we also meet the criteria that we expect all other religions to meet. It seems like a fair test. I'd like to get right down to it and yet here we are in the third video still not doing that; and the reason is that there are still things in our way. Whenever I bring these subjects up to friends, I get a litany of objections that is so consistent across the board that it tells me that these aren't really their own thoughts, but thoughts that have been implanted through years of—and I hate to use the word—indoctrination, because they almost come out word for word in the same order. Let me give you some examples. It might start off with: 'But we are the tru...

33 min2018 FEB 17
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Identifying True Worship, Part 2: Has Jehovah Always Had an Organization?
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