It’s Official. I’m an Opposer.

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It’s official. I have been labeled, categorized, and marked as an “opposer.” I might as well have it printed on a t-shirt.

My first clue was when the elders at the local congregation in my town confronted me as I was about to enter the kingdom hall last time I visited. (See my account of that experience here.) But it was all confirmed as I prepared to attend the most recent convention with my friend Mark. I called and asked Mark whether we should go together. He was enthusiastic about the idea, but hesitant to have me join him in the carpool in which he would be riding. When I pressed him about it, he admitted that he was afraid that I would “say things that would weaken the faith of some of the weaker brothers and sisters.” This statement was out of character for Mark, and I could tell he was not comfortable saying those words to me. It was as if he were saying to me words that were not his own. I asked Mark where this was coming from. He admitted that the warning had come from his elders.

Naturally, we talked about how I’m not about weakening anybody’s faith, and quite the contrary, I’m about strengthening their faith in Jehovah, Jesus, and the Bible. He understood and admitted that he knew I wasn’t in the business of weakening others’ faith. Then, as we talked some more, things that he shared with me got really interesting.

Mark said that things that I had discussed with JW’s at their carts got back to the elders in Mark’s congregation.

What? Come again? Conversations I had with JW’s at the carts in the city (San Francisco), got back to the elders of the congregation in a small town in the Napa Valley, about 70 miles away? Can someone please say “Big Brother is watching you”? Oh, and there’s more. Word is, I was attempting to give the cart people my own literature. Oh, horror! Apostate literature! (Their paranoia rears its mole-like head.) The truth is, what I was trying to show them was their own literature, specifically my printout of the article on the subject of “Mediator” in their Insight book, which I downloaded from their own website, jw.org. Apostate literature? Shaking my evangelical head.

Let me just pause and say that I love my JW friend Mark. He knows that their accusations are outrageous, and he wants to continue to meet with me. We talked about how I like talking with atheists and others who challenge my faith, causing me to research and become stronger in what I believe. He likewise appreciates my questions and challenges to him. He’s “old school” JW, from back when they relished discussing, debating, and dialoguing with evangelical Christians. That’s no longer the case for most almost all current JW’s. Recent rhetoric is warning them not to talk at all with apostates and opposers. No dialogue. None. At. All. We have a gag order out on us.

So where does that leave me and Mark? Is my time of opportunity over? Far from it. I drove myself to the convention, intending to find Mark there and sit with him. We did not find each other, but we were able to talk quite a lot on the phone the next day.  And we’re planning on getting together soon. Take that, Pharisees.

I plan on continuing my visits to the local kingdom halls, until they threaten to call the police on me (which is funny, since they’re so anti-military and anti-police). If and when that happens, maybe I’ll stand on the sidewalk holding signs with scripture verses on them. Maybe. I don’t know.

Additionally, I’ll always take advantage of opportunities where JW’s don’t know of my “opposer” status. Jehovah will provide opportunities for ministry, regardless of any human labeling, judgment, and other efforts. The one thing they can’t control is the sovereign work of God!

Your and my identity are wrapped up in our status as children adopted by Jehovah, not by how anyone might attempt to categorize us. Keep doing the ministry God has called you to do!

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7 responses to “It’s Official. I’m an Opposer.

  1. How as an imposter and a guy not believing in the position of Jesus, him being the way to God and not to himself (like you seem to think) would you think to be able to strengthen people at that conference or anywhere else in the faith for Jehovah, Jesus, and the Bible?

    If you would not adhere the false teaching of the Trinity I could believe in your good intentions, but now I can only think of you as a ‘satan’ or ‘adversary of God’ (like Jesus called Peter a satan).

    What are really your plans and intentions to go undercover by the JW and after so many years even not having come to see the truth of the Bible – there being only One True God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah.

    If you are spamming or harassing that Christian community I can understand why they would ask you to leave their Kingdom Hall or they prayer and meeting places. In case you keep returning to them when they asked you to leave them alone it should be considered as harassing. such soliciting can be healthy and for sure is not a Christian attitude. It looks more like importune actions our congregations have problems with also from trinitarians.
    You writing “I plan on continuing my visits to the local kingdom halls, until they threaten to call the police on me (which is funny, since they’re so anti-military and anti-police). If and when that happens, maybe I’ll stand on the sidewalk holding signs with scripture verses on them. Maybe. I don’t know.” seem to confirm that. And why would you stand outside with Scripture verses which the JW very well know, but which you perhaps understand wrongly or do not see in its context? Is it then to have them feel sorry for you? Do you so much want to be into the attention of those who are probably very much concerned for your soul salvation?

    I sincerely hope “Your and my identity are wrapped up in our status as children adopted by Jehovah” because when you do not want to believe in the One God of Israel it shall be very difficult to be a true child of Jehovah. You would love not to be categorized, but by presenting such a blog as this and by going against the Will of God you make it very difficult for lovers of God not to place you in a category who works against the Work of God and against those who try to do the Work for God. As you say people should continue to do the ministry God has called them to do! But that is not working against the Only One true God, but to show the Way to God to those who keep to human doctrines and heathen rites and religions or those who are atheists.

    That you may find the True God and come to see how Jesus is the son of God, the sent one of God who is the authorised one from God, who draught salvation for mankind.

    • The scripture verses that I would choose to place on my signs would be ones that Jehovah’s Witnesses typically ignore or have never seriously thought about. For example, First John 5:1, which says “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” Or I might use First John 5:13, which says “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.” Or Ephesians 2:8-9, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.” My hope would be that they would become curious about the verse, and would go home, look it up, and think about it.
      What verse of scripture would you share with someone like me?

      • first of all I am not a JW and secondly the verse ““Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God.” is what I believe too, namely that Jesus,is the sent one from God, hem being declared by the Only One True God that he (Jesus) is the only begotten son of God. furthermore I sincerely do believe Jesus by not doing his will but by doing the Will of God and by giving his body as a ransom price for the sins of all people, Jesus became the saviour of all and because him being anointed by God we can call him the Christ or Messiah.

        You ask me what verses i would share with you? I would say please do read the bible and take the words like they are written there black on white, and when there is written the son of God please do read the son of God and do not think god the son, and as such you may come to see the truth.
        If you want I can give you several verses which declare Jesus as the way to God, him being the mediator between God and man and him being lesser than angels (at first, later made higher) and God, plus Jesus being tempted (whilst God can not be tempted) and really killed (whilst man can not see God nor do Him anything – God not able to die, Him being an eternal Sprit Being).

      • I gave the example of First John 5:1 because being born again is one of those privileges/blessings/benefits that watchtower teaches are reserved for only the 144,000 anointed believers, and are denied to the “great crowd” believers. Others include being adopted as Jehovah’s son (or daughter), having Jesus as mediator, being part of the body of Christ, being a citizen of God’s kingdom, having the heavenly hope, being in the new covenant, being priests, being heirs with Christ, possessing immortality, having the assurance of eternal life, and perhaps others.

  2. TJ

    Hello again,

    It’s been a long time since I visited your blog, and frankly I’m disappointed to see that you’re still continuing on with your deception (although, apparently, not very convincingly). Perhaps it’s more of a self-deception at this point?

    Unfortunately I do not have the time for a long discussion such as the one we had previously, but I found your appeal to 1 John 5:1 in the comments above interesting. You said that this is an example of a verse “that Jehovah’s Witnesses typically ignore or have never seriously thought about”. In reply, I wonder how much serious thought you’ve actually given to that verse within the context and purpose of John’s letter. I say that because you’ve seemed to have put yourself into a rather precarious position in how you’ve made use of his words.

    For example, since you seem to take it as a universal truth that “everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God”, and Mormons believe “that Jesus is the Christ”, do you consider them “born of God” like yourself? 1 John 4:2 says: “Every inspired statement that acknowledges Jesus Christ as having come in the flesh originates with God.” The Book of Mormon acknowledges a fleshly Jesus Christ, do you then accept that book as inspired by God? 1 John 2:29 states: “everyone who practices righteousness has been born from [God].” Does that mean that we are saved by our works? 1 John 4:7 says: “everyone who loves has been born from God.” Surely there has been a Hindu and/or a Buddhist somewhere throughout history that has manifested love, does this mean that they too are of the elect?

    • Hello, TJ! Good to hear from you again!
      You bring up a good and valid point. Shame on me for ignoring the context of the verse, and of the whole letter by John. I think he’s presenting various tests for determining authentic Christianity among the churches he oversees. Some of those tests are doctrinal (“whoever believes x”) and some are practical (whoever loves, obeys, etc.). Of course I wouldn’t say that a Mormon who parrots the phrase that they believe Jesus to be the messiah is automatically an authentic Christian, nor would I say that an atheist who loves others is a believer, nor would I say . . . (more examples could be cited, you get the idea). Obviously we cannot take what John says absolutely literally, but instead must take into account figures of speech used by him. John is saying something like, “This guy says he’s a believer in Christ, but does he pass the doctrinal tests (Jesus has come in the flesh, etc.) and the practical tests (hey, he abuses people, that’s not right)? So I present that question to JW’s to get them to consider whether the organization they’re committed to passes the tests presented in scripture. And I have found a good example in John 5:1. Of course they will acknowledge their doctrinal accuracy, but I challenge whether their church believes the full implications of that doctrine, that it implies that the messiah impacts the believer’s life, giving him regeneration, a new life, aka being born again. I’m implying that their church does not fully believe the doctrine or its practical outworking in their lives, unless of course you’re one of the 144,000, but that’s exactly the point that I’m trying to get them to see. I’m hoping that my unexpected question, for which they have not prepared, can help knock off their spiritual blinders. Does that make sense?

  3. TJ

    I really appreciated that you acknowledged that you had taken 1 John 5:1 out of context…..until you returned right back to using it out of context again in order to make your very same point! Your argument is simply misguided and fails to connect. I’ll explain.

    John’s letter is written primarily with a specific audience in mind, during a specific time, to combat a specific threat. That is why taking his words at 1 John 5:1 (and elsewhere, as in my examples) as some universal test of authentic Christianity is faulty. It’s really no different than if you stood outside a kingdom hall with a sign quoting Jesus’ words found at Matthew 10:5-6 with the intention of getting those Witnesses to stop preaching to gentiles: “Do not go off into the road of the nations, and do not enter any Samaritan city; but instead, go continually to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” You could lament all day long about how we are ignoring the plain words of Jesus there, but it will have very little impact because of how you’ve so completely ignored the context and intent of that statement. Now as I’m sure you already agree, Jesus’ words there were not meant to be a universal commandment that is binding on all of his disciples at all times. But you would have us misinterpret 1 John 5:1 in that very manner by separating that statement from its context and stretching John’s meaning to cover all Christians at all times. John’s multiple statements (or ‘tests’) that I quoted previously are primarily meant to address the situation found within the congregation at close of the first century, intending to distinguish between ‘antichrist’ and those ‘born from God’ during that time (the ‘other sheep’ of Jesus’ parable weren’t around at this point and obviously therefore are not being considered here).

    One of the fundamental problems in your belief system that causes you to misinterpret verses like 1 John 5:1 in this way (as I mentioned in our previous discussion) is that you apparently continue to confuse ‘election’ (i.e. those ‘born from God’) with salvation. One does not need to be of the elect in order to be saved! John the Baptist, for example, was never ‘born again’, and yet he was certainly a righteous man worthy of salvation. Likewise the criminal put to death by Jesus’ side, who was not a righteous man and was not ‘born again’ or of the elect, was promised salvation by Jesus himself. The very purpose of having an elect people is so that through them (along with Jesus), God will bring blessings (including salvation) to the nations! (cf. Genesis 26:4; Hebrews 11:40) This is why Jesus would promise salvation to specific individuals but would not promise any individual a position by his side in his kingdom. (cf. Matthew 20:23) While Jesus was given authority to judge on the matter of salvation, only God can determine the membership of the heavenly elect (i.e. the 144,000). Again, ‘election’ is not synonymous with ‘salvation’! We are promised a new heavens (the elect) and a new earth (the non-elect). (2 Peter 3:13)

    Now to ask you an “unexpected question” to ‘help knock off the spiritual blinders’. If grace is truly ‘irresistible’, then why are the Hebrew Christians exhorted to “see to it that no one falls short of the grace of God”? (Hebrews 12:15) Perhaps that grace can be resisted?

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