Reviewing the study article, “What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person” in the February 2018 Watchtower Study Edition.
Topics of discussion: reading Bible verses in context, examining the teachings of men, the authority of the Governing Body, compassion for shunning victims, the two classes.
JW.org sources cited:
7 Elders who are reading this article can draw some useful conclusions from the account we have just considered: (1) The most practical step that we can take to prepare for the coming attack of “the Assyrian” is that of strengthening our faith in God and helping our brothers to do the same. (2) When “the Assyrian” attacks, the elders must be absolutely convinced that Jehovah will deliver us. (3) At that time, the life-saving direction that we receive from Jehovah’s organization may not appear practical from a human standpoint. All of us must be ready to obey any instructions we may receive, whether these appear sound from a strategic or human standpoint or not. (4) Now is the time for any who may be putting their trust in secular education, material things, or human institutions to adjust their thinking. The elders must stand ready to help any who may now be wavering in their faith. (SOURCE)
7 Jesus Christ proved to be the primary part of Abraham’s “seed.” Anointed Christians form the secondary part of that foretold “seed.” They have been commissioned to “declare abroad the excellencies of the one that called [them] out of darkness into his wonderful light.” (Gal. 3:7-9, 14, 16, 26-29; 1 Pet. 2:9) We cannot hope to acquire a good relationship with Jehovah if we ignore those whom Jesus has appointed to care for his belongings. Without the assistance of “the faithful and discreet slave,” we would neither understand the full import of what we read in God’s Word nor know how to apply it. (Matt. 24:45-47) By putting into practice the things we are learning from the Scriptures, we can secure ourselves God’s blessing. (SOURCE)
2 thoughts on “Watchtower Study Review – “What Does It Mean to Be a Spiritual Person?” April 16-22, 2018”
Thanks again Michael for a great review and continual reminder to look at the context of a scripture. Paragraph 4 – “simply follow the crowd”, I remember giving a JW public talk about not having a herd mentality. It was a warning not to be like those in the world (as non JWs are referred to) and yet this is what most JWs do (I’m tempted to say all JWs). They have to follow what others in the organisation do even if their conscience says otherwise. You mentioned re paragraph 7 and the scripture, Rom 8:6. Again, you look at the context – They will never let you be a JW looking at the context of a scripture 😉
You mentioned v14 of Rom 8, and say their is no division of people. I found this scripture a help in deciding that I could partake of the memorial. Of course, the JWs say (most are not aware) that the Greek scriptures are for the anointed.
I thought para 12 was interesting where they said, “Are we like Jesus, ever ready to show compassionate concern when we meet people who need help”, I have lots of evidence that they shun my wife and I and we are not disfellowshiped or disassociated! Their “help” is weak in most cases.
Thanks again and I appreciate your up-building review – it certainly gets me reading the Watchtower study articles!
My wife and I also are being shunned, although we also are not DF’d or DA’d. Yes, the herd mentality is alive and well in the Org. Good to see your comments here my brother😀
With Christian love,