A Fall From Grace
In August of 2006, I began emailing with a pastor named Cletis Clayton. Cletis lived in South Dakota at the time and I was in Wisconsin where I received a weekly newspaper from his town of Hot Springs. I had been reading his series called “Jesus is Jehovah” in the church section of the paper. He became aware of the confusion I was in as a former Jehovah’s Witness unable to rid myself of their doctrine. Pastor Cletis continued to pray for me and entertain my questions through a flurry of emails.
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Six months had passed and I sent this “breakthrough” email to Cletis on February 20, 2007
Nevertheless, those who receive instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. --Galatians 6:6
Good morning Cletis,
Actually the sun is beckoning my dog and I to share a walk, but first things first!
You suggested I re-read the Israel of God discourse you prepared. I did and once again couldn't help but be the devil's advocate and slip my Watchtower indoctrination in the sidebars. I think this is good though as it's really shining the light on the powerful hold the cult has on its adherents. Much like an addict having to come to that point of admitting his weakness before he can accept help, I have to continually bring this weakness to Jehovah and seek His truth on it. The Israel of God to a JW is only the 144,000 anointed ones, so when a JW reads about the Spirit indwelling or being born again it is only attributed to the Israel of God (the New Jerusalem, the anointed, the heavenly class, the remnant, blah, blah, blah). And my mind still follows that pattern in some warped logical reasoning. But it gets me mad and gets me thinking. It got me mad because I was being very encouraged by recent Bible reading (a lot in Romans) that had me crying thank you's to God because the verses were reaching me personally as an adopted child. When the Watchtower’s reasoning reared it's ugly head I sensed that loss of grace I'd been enjoying and went into guilt mode (such as "all things in Jude apply to me, an apostate"). So back to work I go. Work, I say, as in committing to prayer and reading this subject of 'who is the Israel of God?' So I have a little notebook to collect verses and insights on the subject of the Israel of God. Thought I'd share some with you.
2 Cor 5:17 says if ANYONE is in Christ, the new creation has come. And then goes on to say how God was reconciling the WORLD to himself in Christ. There is no two class system in this like what the Watchtower teaches. Anyone is just that, ANYONE, the world. If it only meant the 144,000 it should say so!