Make Sure of All Things….(1 Thess 5:21)?

The

Lamp

Unto My

Feet

(Bible Study Notes

For J.W. Ministry )

The True Shepherd

The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.

 

April 2nd, 2012

Studies in the Scriptures

With

Jehovah’s Witnesses

Dear WatchTower friends;

When I first began committing my Bible notes to a document page, I was trying to write it as a book, from a third person perspective and it just didn’t feel right. Thankfully, I didn’t get too far into the project…not even a page, and so I was able to start from scratch. This way, it reads more like the opening of a conversation than someone who’s trying to sound KNOWLEDGEABLE when I’m pretty much learning as I go.  As this study progresses, please feel free to let me know (politely, constructively) as I hope I will be, as I go along.  One great thing about a written ‘conversation’ is that we both have time to think before answering and so there’s no stress or post-conversational remorse, “Gee, I wish I’d said….” I don’t know about you, but I do that quite a bit. Especially if I’m in a debate with someone. This way, we can add stuff that a face to face discussion might leave out. That said, let’s get started.

First Things First;  Before we go any further, I need to ask, What do you, personally, believe to be THE FIRST authority in religious matters?  The Watchtower or the Bible? Over the years, I’ve heard this one scripture quoted quite a few times, so when I needed it, I was able to check out the reference in a good concordance.  2 Timothy 3:16 and 17.

16) All scripture is given by Inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

17) That the man (or woman~italics, mine.)  may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Now, before you get into a panic about the word ‘perfect’, it simply means COMPLETE. There is a verse that says, “We are Complete (perfected,) in Him (Christ), who is the head of all principality and power.”~Colossians 2:10.  I’m reading from the King James Bible (Standard, 2012, Color Coded) with a Nelson House Three in One Bible Reference Companion. It’s a concordance, Dictionary and Topical index in one book. Trust me, when you live in an apartment, and have an over-sized desk, these compact jobs come in handy!

Anywho, back to the subject. 2 Timothy 3:16 and 17 says, simply that the BIBLE can and should be our source for all religious instruction, and any other religious book and/or teaching that claims to get its inspiration FROM the Bible needs to be tested BY the Bible. (1 Thess 5:21/2 Tim 4:1-4) because, if the Watchtower is teaching the truth, then it should not be worried about your testing their teaching by THE first authority; (i.e. The Bible).  Remember, too, that the BIBLE precedes the WATCHTOWER by roughly two thousand years, give or take.

So, Doesn’t it make sense that, if the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society was needed to interpret the Bible, God would have made this organization available to people as soon as Old Testament Scrolls were accessible? All I’m saying is that God gave YOU the same brain He gave the Watchtower elders, and He expects you to use what He gave you. You can’t be responsible for their actions but you ARE responsible, both personally, and before God, one day, for what you believe. Problem is, how can you ‘Make Sure of All Things’   unless you are able to TEST IT.  If you are wondering about something you were taught by the Society, then, for your own peace of mind, you should be able to check something out, on your own.  I won’t tell the elders if you don’t. 🙂