Jehovah`s Witness/Derrick is not getting away with this.....
Bro. DW, I can't let this slide..
Derrick likes to make it seem like because Jehovah used Brother Russell regarding how the modern day Witnesses started, that it's not from God. But what he fails to realize is that God has used MEN throughout history to carry out his will. That's why the Bible is full of prophets who prophesied the destruction of certain cities. God used Daniel regarding King Nebuchadnezzar's fall. God used Noah to preach of the coming flood, God used Moses to deliver his people from Egypt.
So why wouldn't God when necessary use a man to carry out his Will with getting people to see that what the churches were teaching was not what the Bible really said.
What Derrick likes to hang on and swing with is things Bro. Russell use to do, or maybe the mistakes he made, just like the studies of the scriptures revealed to them truths gradually...as one cannot read the Bible in an hour or so, it would be common sense that the more they studied and meditated on what they studied, the more they would learn and when they learned that something they may be doing is wrong, then they made adjustments. All of this would take time. When a person is interested in truth and finding out if what they have been told all this time is a lie or not, then it would take time to really study, it wouldn't happen over night!
But Dense Derrick must believe in Santa Claus and think that he can give toys to kids in the entire world in one night.
Then Derrick wants to keep lying that our prophecies failed..when we've said time and time again that we do not prophecy! We have not made any new so called revelations apart from what the Bible has already said! If we expound on a Bible prophecy that is already there, was there before we were even born, how is it that we are the originators of said prophecy!! Derrick has to lie because he has nothing else!!
For him to act like using our Bible study aids are wrong, then he must have never read the scripture about the Ethiopian Eunuch who was READING THE BIBLE ONLY, if there was no need for further help with understanding the scriptures, then Jehovah would have never sent his angel to tell Philip to join him. That let's you know right off the bat that one cannot come to accurate knowledge by just reading the Bible by itself, we need help! Our publications are full of scriptures to back up the things that are said, and if an understanding may need correction as they continue to study and meditate on the Bible and pray for understanding, at least they are humble enough to say it, unlike the churches who try to make the Bible go along with what they say and feel, as if God is on their level, and if it's showed to be wrong, refuse to admit it and keep misleading the people.
"However, Jehovah’s angel spoke to Philip, saying: “Rise and go to the south to the road that runs down from Jerusalem to Ga′za.” (This is a desert road.) 27With that he rose and went, and, look! an E·thi·o′pi·an eunuch, a man in power under Can·da′ce queen of the E·thi·o′pi·ans, and who was over all her treasure. He had gone to Jerusalem to worship, 28 but he was returning and was sitting in his chariot and reading aloud the prophet Isaiah. 29 So the spirit said to Philip: “Approach and join yourself to this chariot.” 30 Philip ran alongside and heard him reading aloud Isaiah the prophet, and he said: “Do you actually know what you are reading?” 31He said: “Really, how could I ever do so, unless someone guided me?” And he entreated Philip to get on and sit down with him."
By Derrick's logic, he was already reading the Bible, he needed nothing more to help him understand, therefore when Philip came and asked him if he really knew what he was reading, the man according to Derrick, should have said, Yes, of course, I know. I don't need anything else!! Ahhh but is that what he said? NO, because he did need help!
So that supposed shocking statement by Derrick falls flat once again like all the rest of his sweeping statements!
Basically by Derrick's logic then kids don't really need to go to school or learn from a teacher because all they need is the book....Why does the teacher teach from a book, along with other written materials, examples etc. Why can't the kid just take the book and go? Everyone with a half brain knows that the book has to be explained, some books are explained with other books or information to help with understanding correctly. Same with the Bible, as proved from the scripture above, we need guidance. That is what our publications provide! Don't try to taint that into making it into something ugly when it's a beautiful thing!
So if Derrick had been living back there during the time of Noah, and one day after Noah having been alive over 500 years mind you starts telling people of a coming destruction, (2 Peter 2:5) Derrick would be the first one to ridicule because it was coming from ONE man. If all the people in Noah's time were serving Jehovah then more then just Noah and his family would have survived, but as we just read in the Bible only Noah and immediate family took heed and survived. Out of all the multitudes of people, surely this ONE man and 7 others could not be right! He just started talking about this now after all these years? come on, get outta here!
But we see from the Bible that with all those people alive during that time, Jehovah decided to use ONE man to warn others of what he was about to do. Those who listened lived, and those who didn't listen died, how many listened 8. The bible says the people's thoughts were bad all the time. (Gen. 6:5) There were considerable amounts of people living on the earth at that time, yet instill Jehovah used ONE man! Oh my, what would Derrick say about that??
What makes Derrick think God couldn't use ONE man again when he was ready. Which was done in Brother's Russell's case! What he isn't seeing is these men pointed to Jehovah, what he isn't seeing is the Bible is our source of information, what he isn't seeing is Jehovah gives understanding. What he isn't seeing is Jesus Christ is our leader. We as imperfect humans need to study and examine the scriptures and pray for understanding and discernment. If a person who claims to be a jw does wrong, then as David was counseled and repented, we need to do the same. But some like Saul or like Cain refused to repent. If Judas turned bad, does that mean that Jesus was a fraud because he prayed all night long before picking the 12? If Satan an angel who use to be in the truth (John 8:44) turned bad, does that mean God is a fraud because of it? No, it means that those ones have free will like everyone else and they let wrong things take over them instead of stopping it, or asking for help. (James 1:14, 15)
We need to humble ourselves, and not think we are too good or important to make mistakes or needed adjustments. Unlike Derrick, Jehovah's Witnesses have to humble ourselves before Jehovah in order to be drawn by Him. No one is born a JW. You can't just join. And if you sit at the Hall every Sunday for 80 years, it doesn't make you a JW! Since Derrick was never drawn, he can't speak on anything whatsoever to do with Jehovah's Witnesses and will not have any understanding ( Daniel 12:10) and why he proves himself clueless time and time again, and why it's not us he's fighting against it's God. God cannot be proved a liar, but Satan can, and so can his sons! One of which is named Derrick Holland!
Brother DW, Thanks for letting me speak!
You know I have hardly anything to add to this you said it all. I'll just throw in one scripture.
4 "and as for you, O Daniel, make secret the words and seal up the book, until the time of [the] end. Many will rove about, and the [true] knowledge will become abundant"
Derrick doesn't have this scripture in his Bible in fact he doesn't have many. In fact all of Christendom only have about twenty verses in their Bibles if that, they tear out the rest. But what do you expect, you can't expect a lot else from them
Again ,thanks for writing.