I Believed, Therefore I Spoke – 2 Cor 4:13
I love the focus of one member on the Meetup for ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses. She recently incited us to good works through a post she titled, “How to unlock the mind of a JW and set them FREE.” This is what she wrote:
“I had an idea about how any of us former JW’s can help each other to help JW’s out of the org.
Let’s start making a list of questions relating to what’s wrong with the organization. Questions that will help make them THINK about what they are involved with. Nothing to do with Doctrine, just the organization. There are 559 EX-JW’s here. I hope we all can think of at least one question to ask.”
Several of us responded with thought-provoking questions. Here is a sample of one of those replies,
“Most JW’s will admit they have been wrong about past dates. I ask them “How many JW’s left because of those wrong predictions?” Usually they will say that many “weaker ones” left because their faith was suspect. I then point them to this scripture:
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come! (Matthew 18:6, 7 NIV)
So, the organization that causes people to stumble, due to their false “predictions” has a millstone tied around their neck. Why would you want to follow such an organization? My father was embarrassed when I showed him that passage.”
So our group discussions serve to encourage one another, but also include tips on how we might help our friends and family. Even with good questions, prepared verses, and helpful tips, when the time comes to speak, the familiar jitters may prevent us from even opening our mouths! It’s a humbling reminder that it’s not eloquence of speech that matters in our endeavors to witness but rather our reliance on God in the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:1-5).
Keep yourself in God’s love,