Jehovah`s Witness/The Three Faces of Richard

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Hi Bro. DW,

What's mind boggling is Richard and the rest of the opposers/apostates with their BLINDERS on, (2 Cor. 4:4) twist and turn words trying to make a lie into the truth....

I find this very interesting, when Richard was asked if he celebrated Christmas he first said this:

"Each year, my family, relatives, and friends come together to celebrate Christ's birth.  We also annually celebrate the death and resurrection of Christ."

I won't even get into Easter. But for the record he said he annually celebrates that too, that's what the celebration of Jesus' resurrection is called.  But next he put some long beat around the bush message trying to justify his actions just to end up saying this:

"To answer your question, I celebrate Christ's birth which is hardly a pagan concept.  I go through no pagan rituals in the process, and we have a phenomenal time together with family."

Then he tries to smooth it out and change it around and throw in some extras so now it's just that they get together, which changes from celebrate, to praise and then it changes from each year or annually, to every day.  Then he goes so far as to say they celebrate on other days, so what? they pick random days themselves?  Is that supposed to make it OK?  See here:

"P.S. - One of DW's writers speculated on my family's Christmas celebration.  I will clarify for any reader's confusion.  We are completely indifferent on December 25.  We frequently celebrate on other days.  This year, our family and much of our extended family have celebrated Christ's birth every day that we have been together with Scripture reading and discussions on the impact of Christ's birth, death, and resurrection.  There was no Christmas tree.  There was no yule log.  We share gifts EVERY time that we get together.  There was no discussion of Santa or his reindeer.  We honor Jesus Christ.  Yes, it is possible to do that and be no part of the world."

How stupid does he think readers are?   Those BLINDERS are doing a job on that poor fellow.  Being blind he can not see the light of truth.  But that is what happens when you are deceptive and try to mislead and lie, you get caught up!  The reason he's on this forum where he does not belong anyway is to mislead, deceive and lie. (Rev. 21:8)

The Bible says:

John 4:23,24 "Nevertheless, the hour is coming, and it is now, when the true worshipers will worship the Father with spirit and truth, for, indeed, the Father is looking for suchlike ones to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit, and those worshiping him must worship with spirit and truth.”

So if you celebrate or praise a lie, it's still a lie, and yes, there is a slight difference between praising and celebrating...but regardless it's still a lie because no one knows the date he was born, and if it was to be celebrated the date would have been given and Jesus and his disciples would have done so, just like we read about them celebrating the passover and then the memorial of his death.  See how clever the twists are, the play on words, hoping that no one will notice....

Celebrate: (merriam-webster.com/dictionary/celebrate)
1: to perform (a sacrament or solemn ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites
2a : to honor (as a holiday) especially by solemn ceremonies or by refraining from ordinary business
b : to mark (as an anniversary) by festivities or other deviation from routine

Praise: (merriam-webster.com/dictionary/praise)
1: to express a favorable judgment of : commend
2: to glorify (a god or saint) especially by the attribution of perfections

Richard's reasonings prove to be like that of the Israelites.  See how it unfolds.  We see that Moses told Pharaoh this:

Ex 5:1 "And afterward Moses and Aaron went in and proceeded to say to Phar′aoh: “This is what Jehovah the God of Israel has said, ‘Send my people away that they may celebrate a festival to me in the wilderness"

Once in the Wilderness this is what they did:

Ex. 32:4,5 "Then he took [the gold] from their hands, and he formed it with a graving tool and proceeded to make it into a molten statue of a calf. And they began to say: “This is your God, O Israel, who led you up out of the land of Egypt. 5 When Aaron got to see this, he went to building an altar before it. Finally Aaron called out and said: “There is a festival to Jehovah tomorrow.”

They said they were celebrating a festival to Jehovah, but it really wasn't, it was a lie.  Just like Christmas is a lie.  Just because they said it was to Jehovah meant nothing.  As we can see it was completely unacceptable to Him as we read:

Ex 32:33-35 "However, Jehovah said to Moses: “Whoever has sinned against me, I shall wipe him out of my book" 34 And now, come, lead the people to where I have spoken to you of. Look! My angel will go ahead of you, and on the day of my bringing punishment I shall certainly bring punishment upon them for their sin." 35 And Jehovah began plaguing the people because they had made the calf, which Aaron had made."

There was no excuse or justifying what they did just because they said it was to Jehovah, it didn't pan out for them then, and it won't pan out for Richard now or anyone else who thinks they can mock God! (Gal. 6:7)

Agape

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Hello Sis

Thanks for writing

Yes quite right he's just another apostate/opposer on this forum lying and twisting things around to suit himself and his pre-conceived ideas.

It's difficult to keep up with these ones and their ever changing viewpoints on subjects. I mean why doesn't he have a Christmas tree?? If it's because it's pagan why does he knock us for not celebrating Christmas??

I don't need a special day to reflect on Jesus and what he did for me. I do that every day of my life so what makes Christmas so special?? Christmas has no more significance to Jesus than any other day of the year so what's he on about??

Like you say what's he doing here anyway except tearing at the flock unfortunately for Richard and those of his ilk there's witnesses on this site armed to the back teeth who know just how to destroy wolves and take great pleasure in doing it.

Agape

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I have many years of experience serving Jehovah . I have known Jehovah a long time and I have known his organization . I have been privileged to see great progress not only in my own personal relationship with my God and Father but within his organization. I am an avid reader of the bible and have been gifted by my Father with the indescribable privilege of being allowed to understand his own word.

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The truth is all about scripture and logic. The two go hand in hand . There is not one bible verse that cannot be understood within the realms of human reasoning. Not one!! Why would it?? The bible is God's message to his creation . His creation who he made to understand things in a specific way. God is not stupid or unwise as to leave as a message then allow us to guess what it means or who he is. 1 Tim 2:3This is fine and acceptable in the sight of our Savior, God, 4whose will is that all sorts of people should be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of truth" Notice the expression "accurate knowledge".

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The bible leaves signs of true christianity there are many. Jehovah's witnesses meet every single sign. One sign is the removal of false teachings that permeated the world soon after the apostles died. Jesus foretold this and he also foretold of the restoration of pure worship in the period known as the last days. The days we are currently living in. Jesus was a master of using illustrations he used an illustration to highlight this point Matt 13: "The Kingdom of the heavens may be likened to a man who sowed fine seed in his field. 25While men were sleeping, his enemy came and oversowed weeds in among the wheat and left. 26When the stalk sprouted and produced fruit, then the weeds also appeared. 27So the slaves of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow fine seed in your field? How, then, does it have weeds?’ 28He said to them, ‘An enemy, a man, did this.’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go out and collect them?’ 29He said, ‘No, for fear that while collecting the weeds, you uproot the wheat with them. 30Let both grow together until the harvest, and in the harvest season, I will tell the reapers: First collect the weeds and bind them in bundles to burn them up; then gather the wheat into my storehouse" Why did he speak in illustrations? Matt 13:10So the disciples came and said to him: “Why do you speak to them by the use of illustrations?” 11In reply he said: “To you it is granted to understand the sacred secrets of the Kingdom of the heavens, but to them it is not granted" The kingdom of the heavens is full of sacred secrets that Jesus reveals only to his followers. This privilege is open to all who are really willing to submit to God and his Christ in action not just in words. These are the ones God is looking for. Are you really one?? If so I encourage you to let Jehovah's witnesses show you what the Bible really teaches.

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False religion is disgusting to God and to his true worshippers it is likened in the Bible to a harlot Rev 17:"I will show you the judgment upon the great harlot who sits on many waters, 2with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, whereas those who inhabit the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication" Whereas the bride of Christ is likened to a virgin Rev 14: 4"These are the ones who did not defile themselves with women; in fact, they are virgins" These are both used as spiritual terms here and show the importance of pure and clean worship for God's people.

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