2 Timothy 3:16
While the Bible is generally accepted by Christian people as of Divine authority, comparatively few are able to clearly state just why they so esteem it. The internal evidence of its truthfulness, and its grandeur of doctrine, are the principal evidences on which its testimony is, and should be, generally received; and truly these are strong and convincing of its Divine authorship and authority; yet the man of God who would be thoroughly furnished with the Truth, and armed against every attack of skepticism, should endeavor to know all he can of the time, manner, circumstances, etc., under which it was written; whether it has been preserved free from corruption; and whether in its present condition it is worthy of full confidence. Let us, therefore, briefly consider what testimony we have to the credibility of the Sacred Writings.
From numerous expressions, references and quotations in the New Testament by our Lord and the apostles it is evident that a certain body of writings was at that time considered to be of Divine authority. The Sacred Scriptures then in existence are now characterized as the Old Testament Scriptures (the Scriptures of the Old or Law Covenant), while that which was added by our Lord and the apostles is termed the New Testament (the New Covenant) Scriptures.
No other book which the world has ever known has such a history as the Bible. Its origin and authorship, its antiquity, its won-derful preservation in the midst of the unparalleled and continuous opposition which sought to destroy it, as well as its diversity and teaching, make the Bible the most wonderful book in existence.
It is a collection composed of sixty‑six separate books, written by about forty different writers, living centuries apart, speaking different languages, subjects of different governments, and brought up under different civilizations. Over 1500 years elapsed between the writings of Moses and of John.
As no other reliable history dates so far back as the Bible, we are obliged to look mainly to its own internal evidence, as to its origin, authorship, and the reason for its existence, and indeed for its credibility in every respect; and further, we should look for such corroboration of its statements as reason, its own harmony with itself, and with other known facts, and subsequent developments furnish. And indeed this is the evidence of reliability on which all history must rest. To such evidence we are indebted for all our knowledge of past events and of all present events as well, except such as come under our own immediate observation. He who would cast away Bible history as unworthy of credence, must on the same ground reject all history; and to be entirely consistent, must believe nothing which does not come under his own personal observation.
If its statements thoroughly understood, are contradictory, or are colored by prejudice, or are proven untrue by a positive scientific knowledge, or if subsequent developments prove its predictions untrue, and thereby show the ignorance or dishonesty of the authors of the Bible, then we may reasonably conclude that the entire book is unworthy of confidence, and should reject it. But if, on the contrary, we find that a thorough understanding of the Bible, according to its own rules of interpretation, shows its statements to be in harmony with each other; if it bears no evidence of prejudicial coloring; if many of its prophecies have actually come true, and others admit of future fulfilment; if the integrity of its writers is manifested by unvarnished records, then we have reason to believe the book. Its entire testimony, historic, prophetic, and doctrinal, stands or falls together. Science is yet in its infancy, yet in so far as positive scientific knowledge has been obtained; it should and does corroborate the Bible testimony.
Those who will make a study of the Bible plan will be fully convinced of the conclusive evidence of the credibility of the Sacred Scriptures, which is furnished in the purity, harmony and grandeur of its teachings. Outside of the Scriptures we have nowhere to look for an account of the circumstances and motives of the earliest writers: but they furnish these items of information themselves, and their integrity and evident truthfulness in other matters is a guarantee in these.
Our first definite information with reference to the Sacred Writings is afforded by the direction given to Moses to write the law and history in a book, and put it in the side of the Ark for preservation. (See Ex. 17:14; 34:27; Deut. 31:9-26.) This book was left for the guidance of the people. Additions were made to it from time to time by subsequent writers, and in the days of the kings, scribes appear to have been appointed whose business it was to keep a careful record of the important events occurring in Jewish history, which records ─ Samuel, Kings, Chronicles ─ were preserved and subsequently incorporated with the Law. The prophets also did not confine themselves to oral teachings, but wrote and in some cases had scribes to record their teachings. (See Josh. 1:8; 24:26, 1 Sam. 10:25; 1 Chron. 27:32; 29:29,30; 2 Chron. 33:18,19; Isa. 30:8; Jer. 30:2; 36:2; 45:1; 51:60.) As a result we have the Old Testament Scriptures, composed of history, prophecy and law, written by Divine direction, as these citations and also Paul’s testimony (2 Tim. 3:15,16) prove. These writings collectively were termed “The Law and The Prophets,” and the Hebrews were taught of God to esteem them of Divine authority and authorship, the writers being merely the agents through whom they received them. They were so taught to esteem them by the miraculous dealings of God with them as a people, in confirmation of His words to them through the prophets, thus endorsing them as His agents (See Ex. 14:30,31: 19:9; 1 Kings 18:21,27,30,36,39.); and further by the establishment and enforcement of the Mosaic law.
The political interests and the religious veneration of the Israelites, under God’s immediate overruling and protection, com-bined to preserve and protect these writings from contamination. Religiously, they were rightfully regarded with the deepest veneration, while politically they were the only guarantee which the people possessed against despotism. The Jewish copyists regarded these documents with great veneration. A very slight error in copying often led them to destroy it and begin anew. Josephus says that through all the Ages that had passed none had ventured to add to, take away from, or transpose aught of the Sacred Writings.
In the degeneracy of the Jewish nation, under the idolatrous administration of the successors of Rehoboam these Sacred Writings fell into disuse and were almost forgotten, though they seem never to have been taken from their place. In the reformation conducted by Josiah they were again brought to light. Again, in the Babylonish captivity this book was lost sight of by the Israelites, though it appears that they were accustomed to meet together in little companies in Babylon to be instructed by the scribes, who either taught the Law from memory or from copies in their possession. On the restoration of the Jews to Jerusalem, the Scriptures were again brought out, and Ezra and his companions read the law to the people, commenting upon and explaining it (Neh. 8:1‑8). This public reading of the Scriptures was the only means of keeping them before the people, as printing was yet unknown and the cost of a manuscript copy was beyond the reach of the people, very few of whom could read. At the time of our Lord’s First Advent, these Old Testament Scriptures existed substantially as we have them today, as to matter and arrangement.
One of the strongest evidences of the authenticity of the Old Testament Scriptures is found in the fact that the law and the prophets were continually referred to by our Lord and the apostles as authority, and that while the Lord denounced the corruptions of the Jewish Church, and their traditions, by which they made void the Word of God, he did not even intimate any corruption in these Sacred Writings, but commends them, and refers to and quotes them in proof of His claims.
In fact, the various parts of the entire book are bound together by the mutual endorsement of the various writers, so that to reject one is to mar the completeness of the whole. Each book bears its own witness and stands on its own evidence of credibility, and yet each book is linked with all the rest, both by their common spirit and harmony and by their mutual endorsement. Mark, for instance, the endorsement of the account of creation in the commandment of the law concerning the Sabbath Day (Exod. 20:11). Also compare Deut. 23:4,5; Joshua 24:9; Micah 6:5; 2 Peter 2:15; Jude 11‑13; Isa. 28:21; Hab. 3:11; Matt. 12:40.
THE NEW TESTAMENT
The earliest copy of the New Testament known is written in the Syriac language. Its date is estimated to be about the year A.D. 100. And even at that early date it contained the same books as at present with the exception of the Second Epistle of Peter, the Third Epistle of John, Jude and the Book of Revelation. And these omitted books we know were written about the close of the first century, and probably had not been widely circulated among the Christian congregations at that time. All the books of the Old and New Testaments as we now have them appear, however, in the Greek, in the Sinaitic Manuscript, the oldest known Greek MS., whose date is about A.D. 350.
The first five books of the New Testament are historical, and present a clear and connected account of the life, character, circumstances, teachings and doings of Jesus of Nazareth, who claimed to be the Messiah promised in the Old Testament Scriptures, and who fully substantiated His claim. The four accounts of the Evangelists, though they differ in phraseology, are in harmony in their statements, some important items being recorded by each which seem to have been overlooked by the others. These Evangelists testified to that of which they had positive knowledge. The Apostle John says: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you ─ “that which was from the beginning [the beginning of the Lord’s ministry], which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled of the Word of life; for the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness.” (1 John 1:1‑3) They testify also that they saw Christ after His resurrection. The fifth book presents a valuable account of the doings of the Apostles after their anointing with the Holy Spirit, of the establishment of the Christian Church and of the first preaching of the good news to the Gentiles.
The Apostolic Epistles were written to the various local congregations or churches, and were directed to be publicly read and to be exchanged among the churches; and the same authority was claimed for them by their writers as that which was accorded to the Old Testament Scriptures (1 Thes. 5:27; Col. 4:16; 2 Peter 3:2,15,16; Heb. 1:1,2 and 2:1‑4). These letters and the five historical books were carefully preserved and were appealed to as authority in matters of doctrine.
The letters of the apostles, claiming as they did, Divine authority equal to that of the Old Testament Scriptures, were treasured and guarded with special care by the various congregations of the early church. The New Testament was completed by the Book of The Revelation, about the close of the first century A.D. after which, these epistles, etc., began to be collected for more permanent preservation.
The original copies of both the Old and New Testaments have, of course, long since disappeared, and the oldest manuscript (the Sinaitic) is reckoned to have been written about three centuries after the death of Christ. Those of earlier date were either destroyed in the persecutions under which the Church suffered, or were worn out by use. These oldest manuscripts are preserved with great care in the Museums and Libraries of Europe. During the Middle Ages, when ignorance and corruption prevailed and the Bible was hidden in monasteries away from the people, God was still carrying on His work, preserving the Scriptures from destruction even in the midst of Satan’s stronghold, the apostate Church of Rome. A favorite occupation of the monks during the Middle Ages was the copying of the manuscripts of the New Testament, which were esteemed as relics more than as God’s living authoritative Word ─ just as you will find in the parlor of very many worldly people handsome Bibles, which are seldom opened. Of these manuscripts there are said to be now more than two thousand, of various dates from the fourth to the fifteenth centuries. The quiet seclusion of those monks gave them special opportunities for careful copying, and years were sometimes spent in the copying of a single manuscript.
RELIABILITY OF PRESENT TRANSLATIONS
The idea exists in some minds that during the lapse of centuries the Scriptures have become largely corrupted, and therefore a very uncertain foundation for faith. They reason that this is surely to be expected of a book which has survived many centuries, and which has been claimed as Divine authority by so many different factions, and which can be read by the majority only from translations made by somewhat biased translators. And the late revisions of the book are supposed to be an acknowledgment of the supposed fact.
Those, however, who are acquainted with the manner in which the ancient manuscripts of the Scriptures have been preserved for centuries, carefully copied, diligently com-pared and translated by pious and learned linguists, whose work was thereafter subjected to the most learned and scrutinizing criticism of an age in which scholars are by no means few, are prepared to see that such an idea is by no means a correct or reasonable one, though to the uninformed it may appear so.
It is a fact that the Scriptures, as we find them today, bear internal evidence of their original purity; and ample means, both internal and external, are now furnished so that the careful student may detect any error which might have crept in either by fraud or accident. While there are some errors in translation and a few interpolations in our common English translation, on the whole it is acknowledged by scholars to be a remarkably good transcript of the Sacred Word.
Before the invention of printing, the copying of the Scriptures, being very slow and tedious, involved considerable liability to error in transcribing, such as the accidental omission of a word or paragraph, the substitution of one word for another, or the misunderstanding of a word where the copyist wrote from the dictation of another person. And again, sometimes a marginal note might be mistaken for a part of the text and copied in as such. But while a very few errors have crept in, in such ways, and a few others seem to have been designedly inserted, various circumstances have been at work, both to preserve the integrity of the Sacred Writings, and also to make manifest any errors which have crept into them.
Very early in the Christian Era translations of the New Testament Scriptures were made into several languages, and the different factions that early developed and continued to exist, though they might have been desirous of adding to or taking from the original text in order to give their claims a show of Scriptural support, were watched by each other to see that they did not do so, and had they succeeded in corrupting the text in one language, another translation would make it manifest.
Even the Douay translation, in use in the Romish church, is in most respects substantially the same as the King James translation. The fact that during the “Dark Ages” the Scriptures were practically cast aside being supplanted by the decrees of popes and councils, so that its teachings had no influence upon the masses of the people who did not have copies in their possession ─ nor could they have read them if they had them ─ doubtless made unnecessary the serious alteration of the text, at a time when bold, bad men had abundant power to do so. For men who would plot treason, incite to wars and commit murders for the advancement of the papal hierarchy, as we know was done, would have been bold enough for anything. Thus the depth of ignorance in the Dark Ages served to protect and keep pure God’s Word, so that its clear light has shone specially at the two ends of the Gospel Age (1 Cor. 10:11). The few interpolations which were dared, in support of the false claims of Papacy, were made just as the gloom of the “Dark Ages” was closing in upon mankind, and are now made glaringly manifest, from their lack of harmony with the context, their antagonism with other scriptures and from their absence in the oldest and most complete and reliable manuscripts.
(Continued in No. 624, August 2009)
MIRACLES ARE HAPPENING IN ISRAEL!
While the media in the West are lambasting Israel for killing women and children, and are saturating their viewers with horrific photos of bloodied corpses, Israel as a nation is undergoing an astonishing spiritual awakening as a result of this conflict. It is a pity that the world is unable to be witness to the miracles that are occurring here daily. Even the most jaded person would be amazed at the transformation of the people in this country. After many years of feeling the underdog and fearful of the approbation of the outside world, Israel is undergoing an absolute renaissance on a personal and national level.
First and foremost, Israel as a nation has finally decided to throw aside the fear of being rejected by the nations and embrace its sovereign right to defend its citizens from terrorist attacks. What is so astonishing, for those who know Jews and particularly Israelis, is that a whopping 92% of Jewish Israelis actually AGREE that the war is necessary and just. The adage of 2 Jews, 3 opinions and 4 political parties has vaporized in the face of the national crisis we are in. Not only is there agreement among the populace, but also the left wing and the right wing of the political spheres agree.
Even more amazing is the concordance among the various religious factions: Ashkenazi, Sephardic, reform and conservative, Zionists ─ are all joining together in prayer and supplication to the Almighty for salvation, protection and victory over our enemies. There are calls to prayer everywhere, regardless of denomination or ethnic back-ground, everyone is united in looking to-wards the God of Israel to keep our soldiers safe and help us win against an evil enemy who has sworn never to stop until Israel as a nation is destroyed.
The soldiers themselves seem to have a huge spiritual hunger, and are united in not only asking for prayer but also praying themselves, wearing tzitzit (prayer tassles) into battle and carrying the book of Psalms with them. The Rabbis are calling the tzitzit “heavenly flak jackets!” Tent synagogues on the battlefield have no less than 10 sessions every morning, and it is reported that soldiers who never attended synagogue are now praying with tefillim.
They have reason to cry out to God, since everyone is aware of the years of preparation of the bloodthirsty Hamas militants, their desire to kill, maim or kidnap Israeli soldiers is greater than their desire to live; they have been financed by Iran and supported by Syria and Hezbollah. Yet, we are defeating them, and there are reports daily of amazing miracles of protection and Divine direction during the battle.
The following are just a few examples: A Hamas map was found, with booby-traps, landmines and sniper positions clearly spelled out. The IDF was able to counter each installation due to the information given. A large platoon of soldiers not realizing they were resting in a school that was booby-trapped, (discovered by a soldier relieving himself in the night), disarmed the bombs with no one hurt. A single soldier successfully fought off several Hamas terrorists trying to drag him into a tunnel, and all were captured. Hundreds of tunnels, hidden in homes under beds and kitchen cabinets, all full of live explosives and ammunition, yet none have exploded with IDF soldiers inside.
While there have been soldiers wounded there are miracles there as well. A young man who moved here alone from England less than 2 years ago to serve in the army was in an explosion, and thrown into the air. After being carried off the field by other soldiers and transported on a tractor to helicopter and then to hospital, the doctors were utterly stunned when they saw that a piece of shrapnel that went completely through his neck, missed the carotid artery, the jugular vein and the spinal cord by millimeters. After they removed it, he needed only stitches. Another soldier was shot through the back but the bullet missed his spinal cord and exited from the front. A young newlywed, in grave condition, inexplicably turned for the better and will recover to go home to his wife.
On the ground level, bombs continue to fall, but here again, miracle after miracle is reported even on the local news. One hears the word “nes” (miracle) over and over by the reporters and the bystanders. A bomb heading toward 4 apartment buildings goes into a sewer pipe and explodes underground, damaging nothing above ground. An elderly woman caught in an apartment completely demolished by a bomb, walks out with scratches on her ankle. The mayor of Beersheva felt he should cancel school one day, and a rocket completely destroys an empty kindergarten. The elder housing complex that was hit in Nahariya had the sleeping quarters destroyed, but everyone had just gone to breakfast, so no one injured. A man leaves his car with his young daughter, and the car is blown up moments later after they entered a bomb shelter. If they had taken a few more seconds, he and his daughter would have been burned to a crisp. He was televised saying again and again it was a miracle.
Similar stories like these were heard during the second Lebanon war, reported on Israeli radio and television, but no one in the west ever heard; only negative propaganda from the terrorists was reported, whose aim was to malign Israel and make us look like a nation of bloodthirsty killers.
One has to grieve over the terrible destruction of the cities in Gaza and the horrific human tragedy going on there, but the responsibility for the suffering and death is directly on the doorstep of the Hamas leadership. These deluded people think that their god, Allah, will give them victory, and have entered into a battle with the true God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We are literally living in times like those of the Scriptures, when the Lord told Elisha all the plans of the enemy, until the enemy began to wonder if there was a spy in their ranks.
There is hope here and unity of resolve, not despair. Even the parents of Yoni Natanel, killed by friendly fire, were quoted as saying that their son died “for the sanctification of God’s name,” and forgave and blessed those who accidently fired at his unit.
There is such heroism and courage here, one wishes that the world could see it, but as one of our journalists said, the media have left their brains at the door of Ben Gurion Airport. They are many miles away from the actual battle, wear flak jackets and helmets for the cameras, and then take them off to have cappuccino at the local restaurant!
Fortunately, Israelis are accustomed to being misunderstood and maligned by the outside world. At this point, everyone knows we have a job to do, and we are becoming more and more aware that there is a greater Power than us is on our side.
“If My people, who are called by My Name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” (2 Chron. 7:14)
(Dena Gewanter. M.D., Kiriat Yam, Israel, January 19, 2009)
In The Present Truth, Spring 2009, page 5, states that: “Those of us who remain will have the privilege of ministering under the Ancient Worthies as Youthful Worthies or as Consecrated Epiphany Campers in the earthly phase of the Kingdom (Joel 2:28).”
This is adding to the Scriptures because there is absolutely nothing in Joel 2:28 about a class called Consecrated Epiphany Campers. See Deut. 4:2 and Rev. 22:18,19 about adding to the Scriptures. We should not have a mind set to be of one specific class, but we also should be sure that there is a class such as CECs that we are aspiring to.
Those of us who adhere to the truths taught by Brother Johnson with Scriptural proof believe what he wrote in E-4-319,320: “All classes from among mankind savingly associated with the Plan of God are thus treated of in Joel 2:28,29. These and the repentant fallen angels will constitute the seven [perfect number] classes of those whom Christ delivers from sin and condemnation unto perfection and everlasting life in His work as Savior.” There is no mention of Consecrated Epiphany Campers being in the six saved classes from among mankind.
LETTERS OF GENERAL INTEREST
Hope you all had good holidays and that 2009 has started well. Please forgive me that I have not been so good with my correspondence this last year. It just seems so many things keep happening and the time moves faster each day.
This has been a year in 2008 of extremely good tourism for Israel ─ one of the best. We had Easter in March, Passover in April and the 60th Independence Day for Israel in May, so each one brought tourists from all over the world.
It has continued busy all year with guests in my Bed and Breakfast rooms including the last days of the year. So I have enjoyed having people from all over the world. I have also found that many are seeing more God’s working with Israel, and some of the false replacement theology of the churches. There were so many interesting talks and sharing with the quests.
However 2009 does not look the same due to the big financial problems all over the world. People will not consider making big trips abroad as easily. So I do not expect quests now for several weeks.
Sadly the flood of tourists did not bring us floods of water. We had an extremely long, dry summer with little rain from March to the end of October. Even then it was not or has it been the heavy rains we need to refill the water sources, especially the Sea of Galilee. It is said that so far this is the driest winter in plus 100 years so far. We keep praying for good rains and soon, as we have only plus 6 weeks of winter left. Please ask all to pray for rain for Israel!
Thank you for your end of the year Retrospect and Prospect in the paper. It is good to reflect on the things that have been happening. Things seem to go so quickly and we forget how God has been moving all year to bless and changes things according to His plans and purposes! It is really a time to keep our eyes on Him!
Well, we came to Israel in 1973 just after the Yom Kippur War, and now I have gone through five more wars here in those 35 years. This war in Gaza was a quieter one for us in the north since most of the rockets were in the south. There were a few in Nahariya (near the Lebanon border) and one hit an old people’s home. It was a miracle as it went through the second floor sleeping rooms down to the lower level into the kitchen. Thankfully only ten minutes before the old people had come to the dining room for breakfast. If they were in their rooms or the rocket came to the dining room they would have been killed. I call it The Miracle of the Rocket that Came for Breakfast! Praise God!
I could go on for pages telling you the miracles that happened during this war either with the civilians in the south that were under rocket attack daily, and/or with the soldiers who went into Gaza from Israel. Even though the country was very much united in the decision to do something about Hamas firing rockets over and over, there was a kind of fear and dread of how many young soldiers would be killed in Gaza. Due to the fact that Israel is a small country ─ like a family ─ everyone had a son, father, husband, or someone they knew going into Gaza. It was not only from the standing army, but reservists as well. So it all becomes very personal ─ people you know and love. For me also many of those there were known to me as kids grown up now and defending their people now. So it was with a sense of awe that we saw the protection over and over God gave to the soldiers and that so few were killed. There was not a feeling this time of how great the army was (even though they were well prepared), but that it was an amazing protection from God. Even many of the soldiers saw angels that warned them not to go into boobie trapped houses that would have meant death for them. These things were told in all the papers here.
Of course the world only sees how terrible Israel was, but do not know the real points. Every unit of soldiers had a person with them to check on proper and humane conduct of the soldiers. They also all had rabbis with them and many more of the soldiers asked for praying before the battles!
The soldiers told of how the Hamas used children as shields as they shot at the Israelis. How the Hamas stored weapons in mosques, hospitals and U.N. agencies headquarters and shot from there. They were sacrificing their people, and Israel was busy protecting their civilians in all ways possible.
So what can I say ─ sometimes you feel like you can reach out and touch God here. As they say here ─ “He can be contacted by a local call in Israel!
Well, it seems when I got started with this subject a lot things have spilled out. Hope it is not too long a “book” for you. Just want you to know how it is to be here in Israel at this time and seeing the hand of God at work day by day!
The next event is our Israeli elections on February 10 and we can only pray for God’s choice, and that this leader can stand strong for God’s People in the coming pressures upon Israel! There is a concern here how it will be with the new American government.
Thank you for your efforts each time you send out the paper and the blessing it is for many. Hope all are well! Love from Israel, Hava Bausch
Dear Sister Marjorie: Loving greetings through our beloved Redeemer.
Hoping that this finds you and yours in good health. We are all doing well here.
It was a blessing to read the March-April papers. Times of Refreshing ─ Times of Restitution reaffirms the fact that there is a gracious benevolent loving God that desires all men to be saved and come to an accurate knowledge of the truth.
In our class study we rejoice in the knowledge of the completeness of the ransom, and the hope for all mankind. Very rarely do we complete a study without discussing the restoration of all things.
We pray for the day when: “They will not hurt nor destroy in all My Holy Mountain for the earth will be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the Sea.” (Isa. 11:9, NAS) At the end of the Millennium Age all who hear that Prophet will appreciate the message from the Lord’s angel: “I bring you good news of great joy which shall be for all the people.” (Luke 20:10, NAS)
We have been blessed through our Public Witness efforts to receive a couple of Jehovah’s Witness who questioned some of the JWs teachings. As you know there is a price to pay for independent thinking in that organization. There is alienation of former friends and family, complete disfellowship, etc.
We rejoice in the fact that they had the courage and faith to be sanctified in truth, Thy word is truth (John 17:17).
We ask for your prayers in our small effort to witness and promote the good news, as we continue to pray for you and your good work in the Lord.
May the Lord Bless and keep all of you. Your Brother by His name, ___ (CALIFORNIA)
Gentlemen: Greetings in our dear Redeemer’s name!
This is just a few lines to let you know how much I enjoy your publications, but especially your April 2009 ─ TIMES OF REFRESHING.
I am not a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, but I have been attending their Sunday meetings. They have a different speaker every Sunday. Years ago my parents were members until Judge Rutherford arrived and made so many changes.
I made a copy of this article and took it down to a JW couple who live down the street from me and who have been providing me with the Watchtowers and who I sit with each Sunday.
I have been wanting to quit attending, and this article gave me an excuse. I attached a note telling them I could not with a clear conscious continue, knowing they are preaching errors.
I am enclosing a check to help with postage. Please continue to mail your literature.
Christian love,___ (FLORIDA)