Saturday, January 9, 2010

A challenge I made to a friend

For the last 4 years I’ve had the privilege of having weekly Bible discussions with a good friend and Business partner who has never been a Jehovah’s Witnesses. He and I have had Bible discussions for the last 25 years off and on. At first we did a lot of Arguing and debating without really getting anywhere, and then came years of almost no communication. But in the last 4 years, we have come together in our Worship in a rather unique  way that can’t really be described in a blog post.

Yesterday during our discussion, I made a challenge to him that I’ve made before. The challenge was for him to attend a few of the meetings of Jehovah’s Witnesses to get a feel for the atmosphere and to have illustrated in real life how seductive the warm atmosphere can be. I don’t really know if he would have experienced it in the Hall he might attend, because I know from personal experiences with various Kingdom Halls, that the amount of “Love” that’s displayed, varies from place to place. But I do know also, that given the right circumstances, in the right place, even the  the strongest of people might start to think they  (the JWs) really had the truth.  Was it wrong for me to make such a challenge? Perhaps.  I guess what I’m after, is for someone whom I’m close, who’s never been a JW, to see the power of the Mind control that’s used to keep people enslaved to false teaching. It’s the proverbial “Wolf in sheep's clothing”

My friend likes to go to the Mountains in the summer time and do Kayaking and canoeing in the rapid waters of a certain river. Something I’m afraid to do myself. He’s comfortable taking risk that he feels confident he can handle, so He’s probably smart not taking me up on my challenge.  But in case he or someone reading this blog wants to experience a little bit of what I’m talking about, click on the link below. This video is about international conventions, but this radiant “love” that’s portrayed is something that’s displayed in local congregations also. It’s cunning, it’s deceptive, it’s dangerous. More dangerous than the mighty river at flood stage.

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