QUESTIONS & RESPONSES

Regarding Memorial | Lord's Evening Meal

05/19/12 | How many people in history have already partaken of the emblems?

10/19/12 | Do you encourage people to partake in the Memorial even before God's calling?

01/09/13 | On what specific date did Jesus institute the Memorial supper?

01/13/13 | Follow up to Question and Response, January 9, 2013

03/19/13b | Can I commemorate the Memorial alone?

01/09/14 | What do you think about the number of Memorial partakers in 2013?

02/07/14 | When celebrating the Memorial at home, what kind of bread and wine should we use and can our children participate?

02/07/14b | Is it premature to suggest that people not attend the 2014 Memorial hosted by Jehovah’s Witnesses?

02/08/14 | What sort of persons should we invite to our private Memorial Suppers?

02/09/14 | Brother is determined to celebrate the Memorial Supper with Jehovah’s Witnesses.

02/11/14 | Can I celebrate the Memorial alone? (How to invite others.)

02/12/14 | Why don’t we just count ourselves since the Governing Body will not?

02/12/14b | Can I partake at the Memorial if my life is not ‘in order’?

02/20/14 | What kind of meal should we serve at the Memorial?

02/22/14 | Do I need to confess my sins to the Elders before I can partake at the Memorial?

02/24/14 | Since the scriptures indicate that we can celebrate the Memorial Supper whenever we get together, is there a need for an annual celebration?

03/05/14 | Are there any brothers in the Philippines who are having a private Memorial Supper?

03/06/14 | What songs will they be singing at the private Memorial Suppers?

03/07/14 | A brother’s method of publicizing the private Memorial Suppers

04/06/14 | What do I do if the elders try to disfellowship me for partaking?

02/18/15 | Did Judas partake of the Memorial Emblems?

02/22/15 | Visitor believes Judas did partake of the first Memorial Supper

03/05/15 | Is the article Who Should Partake of the Memorial Emblems, why do we say “you must” partake?

03/20/15 | Visitor comments on the glaring omission in the Watchtower’s 2015 Memorial Invitation

01/08/18 | If I have chosen to follow Jesus, can I partake even though I have an earthly hope?

03/08/19 | Could it be that Jesus deceived us, that he made a mistake, that he lied to us, when he said that he would be in he burial tomb for 3 days and 3 nights?

03/10/19 | Did Jesus Lose Faith on the Torture Stake?

03/16/19 | Was Jesus us in the earth for 3 days and nights? - follow up question


How many people in history have already partaken of the emblems?

On May 19, 2012, we received the following inquiry:


“How many people in history have partaken of the emblems? How many anointed are there now? Have you been counting? When can we know if all the anointed has partaken of their heavenly position with our father?”

To the author, we thank you for posting your questions.  As a general answer to your questions, we direct you to the Apostle Paul’s words:

“You are all, in fact, sons of God through your faith in Christ Jesus.  For all of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeman, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one [person] in union with Christ Jesus. Moreover, if you belong to Christ, you are really Abraham’s seed, heirs with reference to a promise.” – Galatians 3:26-29

Here we are told that ALL who belong to Christ are sons of God.  We gain that privileged relationship through our faith.  There is no distinctions in the Christian congregation such that some are consider slaves and some considered sons. We are ALL Abraham’s seed. When we recognize and have faith in those words, we receive our anointing.    

We know many of our brothers are having trouble with that concept.  They are stuck on the idea that only 144,000 are sons of God and the remaining 7 million of us are only friends of God and subjects of the Kingdom.  We have posted several articles that establish the sonship of every member of the Christian congregation under the section entitled Building Up the Brotherhood.      

And we are finding that our most recent series of articles entitled The Cherished Earthly Hope is having a significant impact on our brothers who are having trouble understanding their sonship.  We encourage you to read that series for further clarification of the hope held out to members of the Christian congregation.    

Really, when we understand the truth that we are ALL sons of God, how can we count the number?  And why count the number?  In truth, the only number that is relevant is the number that are NOT partaking. Those are the ones who need the kingdom message the most.      

Our suggestion is that you not worry about numbers.  Concern yourself with people.  Make it your mission to share the Kingdom message that we are ALL children of God.  That is the good news of the Kingdom.   

We hope we have adequately answered your questions.  If not, please feel free to write again.


♦  Do you encourage people to partake in the Memorial even before God's calling?

On October 19, 2012, we received the following comment and inquiry: 

“I had the personal experience of being called by God's Spirit (known as anointing event). These days while reading your site I realize you make the point that everyone is God's son. I agree with it, indeed, I hope and pray our celestial Father calls others/everyone as well.  My question is: Do you encourage people to partake in the Memorial even before God's calling? I say that because we are aware the fact that God calls his sons.”    

To the author, thank you for your email.  We are so pleased that you recognize and accept the calling of you.  (2 Peter 1:10)  And your prayer has already been answered regarding the Father’s generosity!

The Father calls us through his Son and the poured out Spirit of Truth.  That was done centuries ago.  He stands at the door ready for us to open. The only reason our brothers do not know they are sons is because they have not opened the door. They have not taken that leap of faith of believing that the gift of sonship has been offered to them. You might want to read the article we published, “Am I a Son?” – Conquering Doubt, for further discussion of that matter. Notice also Jesus’ words: 

“Look! I am standing at the door and knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into his [house] and take the evening meal with him and he with me.” – Revelation 3:20

If Jehovah’s Witnesses were preaching the true good news when they called at a person’s door, that visit would constitute an extension of the Father’s calling to that person.  Then, the question of “Have I been called?” would be a non-issue. Brother, there is no hope of survival outside of the Father’s calling.  (See Who Are Led by Spirit?)  Those that do not accept the heavenly calling are sure to die because the flesh is mortal:

“So, then, brothers, we are under obligation, not to the flesh to live in accord with the flesh; for if you live in accord with the flesh you are sure to die; but if you put the practices of the body to death by the spirit, you will live.” – Romans 8:12-13

It is truly sad that the Society actually teaches Jehovah’s Witnesses not to accept the calling.  Perhaps you know of brothers who believed they had the witness of the spirit but were talked out of it by men.  Those men carry a heavy burden for shutting up the Kingdom of Heaven; and those brothers who followed men instead of the spirit must turn back to the spirit if they are to be saved.  We are doing our part to let all men know that the door is wide open for all who desire it.  The Father’s call is open and welcoming. It is up to us to take life’s waters free. (Revelation 22:17)    

We hope that answers your question.


On what specific date did Jesus institute the Memorial supper?

On January 9, 2013, we received the following comment:

“I have a scriptural question that I would like to have answered, if at all possible. The question arises regarding the time of the Passover and which calendar Jesus used to celebrate the last supper. In Exodus 12:6 appears a controversial phrase . . . which means "between the two evenings." I have addressed this question to different Branches in several occasions and the answer I received was none or direct me to a WT article that I have read and is refuted by the information presented in this script. I turn to you as I know and I appreciate the utmost importance that you give to the Memorial as anointed brothers. Let us start: [Then the author sets forth a lengthy treatise on the Passover as set forth in the books of Moses, the historical record of the Essene Calendar, and the practices of the Samaritans, the Sadducees, and the Karaites.] 

To the author, thank you for your email.  We can imagine the difficulty your treatise posed to the branch offices of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society.  Aside from a devoted historian such as you appear to be, we wonder who else would have sufficient interest in the details of the matter to afford them the ability to adequately respond.  We must confess that neither are we of that number.

Please know that while we do place the utmost importance on the Memorial, we do not concern ourselves at all with the Passover.  As the Christian writings repeatedly explain, the Law and the customs under the Law are not binding on Jewish Christians, and certainly not binding on those who were never a part of the Law Covenant:

“Furthermore, though you were dead in your trespasses and in the uncircumcised state of your flesh, [God] made you alive together with him. He kindly forgave us all our trespasses and blotted out the handwritten document against us, which consisted of decrees and which was in opposition to us; and He has taken it out of the way by nailing it to the torture stake.” – Colossians 2:13-14

Furthermore, we can answer your question without the resorting to historical treatises on the Passover and how it has been, and/or is being, celebrated by various Jewish sects.    

To us, it appears that Jesus instituted his supper and laid down his life the day before the Passover, on the Day of Preparation (Matthew 27:62), since it is unlikely that so much of the strict-observing Jewish nation would be involved in a trial and execution during the actual Passover night, rather than in solemn commemoration in their homes.  

While Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrate this day annually according to Jewish custom of annual celebrations, there are no specific instructions in the Christian writings that the Memorial of Christ’s death be celebrated only annually.  According to Paul’s words, it appears that the day can be celebrated “as often as” one wants to.  

“For as often as you eat this loaf and drink this cup, you keep proclaiming the death of the Lord, until he arrives.” – 1 Corinthians 11:26

Therefore, we see no need to be overly concerned about which specific date in history Jesus instituted the meal.  Our obligation is to ‘keep doing this.’ (Luke 22:19)  And so we do. 


Follow up to Question and Response, January 9, 2013

On January 13, 2013, we received a follow-up comment in response to Question and Response dated January 9, 2013:

    “Let me address some points about your answer to my treatise: [Author references The Insight Book 2 p. 626.]  So Jesus did celebrate the Lord's Meal after celebrating Passover. As second line of proof that the time reckoning that Jesus used was according to the Pharisee's view and then celebrating the Passover and later Lord's meal on the evening ending Nisan 14th is that the outpouring of spirit in Pentecost only works using the Pharisees' reckoning of the Pentecost which count 50 days from Passover unlike the Saducce' and Kararites' point of view counting 50 days from the first Sunday after Passover.  The time line in the Books of Acts proves this point. It would be unreasonable to think that Jesus follow a different method from ALL the existing Jews for calculating Passover and later appear on the Pentecost date according to the Pharisees. 
    “About how often the memorial should be celebrated, I want to point out that in the Memorial we commemorate Jesus' death and no the Lord's meal at least from the JW point of view as the invitations say: " The Memorial of Jesus Christ's Death".  The early church commemorated  Jesus' death and resurrection on the same day of the Jewish Passover.  It was later when the Roman church wanted not to rely in Jewish calculations that they switched to the Friday of the week in which the Jewish Passover was. Then was when the church from Asia Minor followers of the John Gospel's chronology protested. This is a well-attested historical fact.
    “About your quotation of 1 Cor 11:25,26 there is a Question from our readers 2003 1/1 p. 31 that in truth answers: [Cite to the article.]  This connection with the annual Jewish Passover is further evidence that the Memorial of Jesus' death should be observed just once a year.
    “Note: Compare the account at 1 Samuel 1:3, 7. There, "as often as" (in the modern translation of the Hebrew) refers to events that happened "from year to year," or once a year, when Elkanah and his two wives went to the tabernacle at Shiloh."
    “Let us face the truth of facts and dwell not, please, in pre-conceive ideas. No matter the changes that this might bring about as you rightly encourage as well to the Governing Body to let go their bias and men-made traditions held by the leaders of our community.”

To the author, in practically all of our emails to you, we have tried to point you to the ‘spirit of the law’ and not the ‘letter of the law.’ 

“Now through the Christ we have this sort of confidence toward God. Not that we of ourselves are adequately qualified to reckon anything as issuing from ourselves, but our being adequately qualified issues from God, who has indeed adequately qualified us to be ministers of a new covenant, not of a written code, but of spirit; for the written code condemns to death, but the spirit makes alive.” – 2 Corinthians 3:4-6 

“But now we have been discharged from the Law, because we have died to that by which we were being held fast, that we might be slaves in a new sense by the spirit, and not in the old sense by the written code.” – Romans 7:6

Yet, in your responses, you always return to the letter. We fear we are not reaching you at all in our responses.     

When you read the gospel accounts, surely you see that Jesus was not a strictly-observing Jew.   He was a respectful Jew.  He was not a slave to their traditions, and he was not ashamed to demonstrate that when necessary.  Thus, it would not be out of step for Jesus to celebrate his evening meal a day earlier – on the Day of Preparation as Matthew reported. (Matthew 27:62) But the point is that the actual date is not the important thing.  We are counseled against “scrupulously observing days and months and seasons and years.” As Paul wrote, we “fear for you, that somehow we have toiled to no purpose respecting you.” (Galatians 4:10-11)    

Yet you seem determined to “give the tenth of the mint and the dill and the cumin, but you have disregarded the weightier matters of the Law, namely, justice and mercy and faithfulness.” (Matthew 23:23)  In this instance, the more weightier matters is that we do celebrate the meal, and as often as we do it, however often we decide, we ‘keep proclaiming the death of our Lord until he arrives.’ (1 Corinthians 11:26) Really what harm do you suppose would occur if we commemorated the meal more often than once a year?  Would it provoke God's anger?  Hardly!  

Do you not perceive that the actual date is not of real significance to a Christian who was freed from legal bounds?  Can you not discern in Jesus’ teachings a true and lasting message of freedom from tradition?  What does it mean to you that Jesus came to “preach a release to the captives and a recovery of sight to the blind, to send the crushed ones away with a release”? (Luke 4:18)  Is that not a promise of unfettered worship of the Father?    

We certainly respect your Jewish heritage.  But to a Christian, it is religious history. We all have differing racial backgrounds and histories.  But in the Kingdom, we have a new spiritual genealogy that takes precedence: 

“You are all, in fact, sons of God through your faith in Christ Jesus.  For all of you who were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeman, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one [person] in union with Christ Jesus. Moreover, if you belong to Christ, you are really Abraham’s seed, heirs with reference to a promise.” – Galatians 3:26-29

It is who you were; not who you are now that you have accepted the discipleship of the Christ.  We encourage you not to follow the folly of trying to fit the new wine of Jesus’ teachings into the old wineskins of the Jewish system.  As Jesus explained, such a joining will not end well. (Mark 2:22)     

Dear Brother, take Jesus’ advice and ‘sell everything you own’ and purchase the field and the pearl of high value – the actual, original, plain and open teachings of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 13:44-46) This is the only path to salvation.  The path you are on will lead you to several facts for sure, but it will not lead you to truth and eternal life.  Nor will you gain the “peace of God that excels all thought.”  (Philippians 4:7)


03/19/13b | Can I commemorate the Memorial alone?

On March 19, 2013, we received the following comment and inquiry: 

    “Greetings Brothers, I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 35 years, but left about ten years ago. Since leaving the organization, I have continued to read and love the Bible, and I try to serve The Lord as best I can. I have recently come to realize my need to partake of the bread and wine in remembrance of Christ's command. In my reading of the Bible I realize this applies to all, and not just a select few.  As a result of telling another ex Jehovah’s Witness about this, I was directed to this site. I found your articles about the Memorial very helpful, and I have noted some of the scriptural points you have made.  I have a question I want to ask you. 
    “Where I live I have no access to other like minded people. My ex-Jehovah’s Witness friend lives hundreds of miles away from me.  On Memorial night I dearly want to partake of the emblems. Would it be acceptable for me to do it alone at home? I think it would be, but I would appreciate your feedback, or any suggestions on the matter. Many thanks, and God bless you.”

To the author, thank you for your email.  We are glad that you have decided that you must partake in honor of the Christ.  Because of your faith, you find yourself in the position that many ex-Witnesses find themselves.  They want to partake and have a true fellowship of like minded people, but they do not know where to find them.  We have a few suggestions.

1.    If you have family and friends who are not yet like-minded, why not explain to them the Christian hope and invite them to share the Memorial Supper with you. That includes even your young children, if you have any. 

2.    You can go to a Memorial Supper hosted by Jehovah’s Witnesses in order to find other partakers with whom you can exchange numbers and develop a friendship.  While some may not be like-minded yet, you might find many are, or at least they may be open to further discussion of the heavenly hope.

3.    In our modern era, you can share a Memorial Supper with your friends by Skype, or FaceTime, or similar electronic means.  Take advantage of these new avenues of communication.

4.   And, of course, if there truly is no one to share the Supper with, then by all means, honor the Christ alone, knowing he is with you on this occasion by means of the Spirit of Truth.  

If there are no like-minded Christians around you, then you have a wide open ministry.  You do not have to go door to door, but you can talk to people in your day-to-day activities about the Christ and the heavenly hope and you can thereby develop a fellowship. You will be a true pioneer in your community!    

This is an exciting time to recognize your sonship with God.  A whole world will be opened to you, much more so that you now realize.  We have so much more to share in this regard.  Please stay tuned and let us know how you chose to commemorate the Memorial Supper.


What do you think about the number of Memorial partakers in 2013?

On January 9, 2014, we received the following inquiry:

    “I have a question. The Yearbook 2014 has been published. What do you think about the numbers of Memorial partakers? It is real? ”

To the author, thank you for your email.  You asked if the number is real.  We believe you are asking whether the number is accurate.  Our answer is NO.

First, we want to make it clear that the number is supposed to reflect those who partook of the Memorial emblems at the gatherings of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world on March 26, 2013.  It is not a report of the total number of  persons who have accepted the invitation to be anointed as faith sons of God who were living on earth at that time.  Nevertheless, the Governing Body and its operatives have chosen to distort the number to suit their own agenda of promoting a false hope of everlasting life on earth. They are fearful of the growing number of the children of God and they believe that by distorting this number, they will somehow discourage them. A steady growth in the number of Memorial partakers is a threat to their central doctrines.

The number of partakers in 2012, as published in the 2013 Yearbook, was 12,604.  The number of partakers in 2013, as published in the 2014 Yearbook, is 13,204 – an increase of exactly 600.  That fact in itself raises questions about its accuracy.  And we know firsthand and through personal emails that more than 600 new sons of the Kingdom partook with Jehovah’s Witnesses on that night.

According to the report we received, the 2014 Yearbook was delayed because the Governing Body and its operatives were distressed at the large number of partakers that were reported by the congregations.  So they sent inquiries out to selected congregations where more partook than was expected, asking the body of elders to recheck their figures.  They gave them certain criteria to use to decide which partakers were legitimate in their opinion and they were to only report those who the elders believed were genuinely ‘anointed.’  (Our article Defending Our Living Hope gives an account of how one congregation was targeted due to the large number of partakers.) As a result, the reports came in late which delayed the publication of the 2014 Yearbook, and the numbers were significantly reduced. So there was never an intent to truly report the number of partakers, let alone the number of anointed faith sons of God.

What is interesting is that they reported every single attendee, whether they were Christians or not, whether they were ‘mentally unstable’ or not, and whether they even understood the proceedings or not.  They also counted those who were coerced to attend by family members, and those who have been disfellowshiped and disassociated, even though they will not allow anyone to speak to them!  We wonder if they counted the infants being held in their parents’ arms.  Yet, they make it a point to severely scrutinize any who dare to openly confess union with the Christ (Matthew 10:32-33) on the one night we are commanded to do so! (Luke 22:19) We even have reports that in some congregations, the servants refused to pass the emblems to some whom the elders believed wanted to partake!  What a travesty! What an abomination to all that is righteous!

However, the most embarrassing thing is that the Governing Body is admitting that of the over 19 million who attended, only 13,204 of their number have a real relationship with the Father.  This is nothing to boast over.  It is a sad reflection of their impotence and their inability to build a true Christian congregation. (Ephesians 1:22-23; Colossians 1:24)

We will have more to say about this matter in our upcoming Memorial articles.  This is an important year for Jehovah’s Witnesses, but not necessarily in a favorable way, as will soon be seen.  It does mark 100 years from their assumption that Christ did not begin ruling as king until 1914.  But that is an insignificant milestone and a very small matter.  The more important issue is that this is the ‘Father’s Acceptable Year’ (Luke 4:18-21) and the ‘time of their being inspected.’ (Luke 19:41-44) So far, they are not discerning this, and it does not look good.  But we shall see.

In the meantime, do not be discouraged by their stubborn and rebellious ways.  The faith sons of God are growing exponentially around the world.  They are no longer looking to ‘this mountain’ or ‘that mountain.’ (John 4:21) They are not misled into believing the cries that ‘here is the Christ’ or ‘there is the Christ.’ (Matthew 24:23)  They are serving with spirit and truth “for the Father is looking for ones like these to worship him.” (John 4:23)  In truth, the actual ‘body of Christ,’ the Christian congregation of those who have accepted their sonship and are actively and knowingly pursuing the heavenly hope worldwide, far exceeds the total number of baptized publishers in the whole Watchtower organization!

Brothers, this is a great time to be alive and to confess union with Christ Jesus.  And it is a special privilege to have a share in the authentic ministry Jesus started.  We encourage all to stay close to the Father and to Christ Jesus and to expect the unexpected!

 


When celebrating the Memorial at home, what kind of bread and wine should we use and can our children participate?

On February 7, 2014, we received the following inquiry:  

“I have a question. To partake, does it have to be Unleavened Bread and Unfermented Wine? If so, any recipe/suggestions... etc? Me and my wife are looking forward for it. We are planning on doing a nice dinner as family and then do the honors. We also have something planned for our daughters too. Should they participate as well (partaking), even when they are so little (6 and 8)?”        

To the author, thank you for your email.  We rejoice in your determination to have a sharing with Christ Jesus without hindrance by having a private Memorial Supper in your home with your entire family.  That is how we do it – a modest dinner, followed by prayer, the Memorial emblems, and uplifting conversation. We suspect others are planning to do the same and have questions similar to yours, so we are responding publicly.    

As far as the type of bread and wine, we already provided some information on this in the article, Keep Doing This In Remembrance of Me.  In the article, we also state that the drink does not have to be wine since many adults choose to strictly abstain from alcohol. We suggest that grape juice or any other type of drink would be sufficient.  Please see the article for our reasoning on this issue and if you have further questions, please do not hesitate to write us again.     

As far as your little ones, remember Jesus said:

“Then young children were brought to him for him to place his hands on them and offer prayer, but the disciples reprimanded them. Jesus, however, said: “Let the young children alone, and do not try to stop them from coming to me, for the Kingdom of the heavens belongs to such ones.” Matthew 19:13-14

Our children are also recipients of the blessings and liberty that Jesus brought and proclaimed, and they are also invited to follow Jesus into the heavenly abodes that he has prepared for us. (John 14:2) There is no better way of assuring our children will continue in ‘straight paths’ than to begin early helping them establish a personal relationship with the Father and fostering the heavenly hope as a real living hope. The scriptures encourage developing spirituality in children from a young age: 

“Train a boy in the way he should go; Even when he grows old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

“These words that I am commanding you today must be on your heart,  and you must inculcate them in your sons and speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road and when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as a reminder on your hand, and they must be like a headband on your forehead. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:6-9

Just as the entire Mosaic Law was impressed on the Hebrew children, so the ‘new covenant’ should be written in the hearts of Christian children. (Hebrews 8:10-12)    

Remember, too, at the Jewish Passover, the children ate and drank with their parents.  They even had a special part in the evening.  According to the Pesach Haggadah, the book read from during the Passover celebration, the youngest person at the table who is capable of reciting is asked to recite the phrase: “Why is this night different from all other nights?”  It is meant to express the child's confusion at the difference between a typical everyday or holiday meal and the unusual features of the Passover Seder.  From this point, an adult begins to recite its meaning.  This demonstrates how important it was, and is, for the Jewish people to involve their children in their religion.     

This is an excellent example to Christian parents of the need to include their children in the Memorial Supper of the Christ.  And not just to participate, but to understand its importance. It is a great opportunity to have our children speak openly about the Christ on that evening, if possible, along with the adults, so they will truly feel a part of it.     

In time, all of us adults will be released from the body and begin the heavenly ascent, at which time we will be leaving the earth and the ministry to the next generation, our children. By instilling in them the Christian hope and by showing them how to develop a close relationship with the Father and Christ Jesus, our children will be able to bring our world closer and closer to the beautiful conditions prophesied about by the Hebrew prophets, where our entire planet will be inhabited by ‘meek’ people.  We, today, are working to bring heaven down. If our children carry on our legacy, what a wonderful world this could be!  

Since this type of Memorial Supper will be different for many of our brothers who choose to commemorate the night privately, please feel free to share your ideas for the evening, and also do not forget to share your experience afterward.  Last year, one of our most popular pages on our site was Memorial Experiences 2013.  So we are very exited about the 2014 Memorial.  And we will be publishing more articles on the Supper as the day draws near.


♦  Is it premature to suggest that people not attend the 2014 Memorial hosted by Jehovah’s Witnesses?

On February 7, 2014, we received the following inquiry:

“After more than 7 months I am compelled to write to you today. Please know that I check your website for updates everyday and I deeply appreciate the spiritually uplifting effect of your articles. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you put into them. I hope and pray that more, in fact all, Jehovah's Witnesses are awakened to the plain, open and authentic teachings of Jesus. I hope it is a sign of spiritual growth that my reaction to your John 6:53-56 quote today was "this is so obvious...how did I not see this in times gone by!"

“However, having spent many weeks and months working up the courage to partake at the forthcoming Memorial (and I'm not saying that I have all the courage I need yet), I can't pretend that I wasn't a little disappointed at the suggestion to not take a stand in front of other Witnesses on April 14th. Of course, I agree with you that our current celebration bears little resemblance to the one Jesus instituted but it seemed to me that this was the one thing that might precipitate change in an organization that I believe has tremendous potential for good.

“Surely the Governing Body would not continue to ignore an increase in partakers that called the current understanding into serious doubt? If that is so, would it not be better for Sons of God that are still in 'good standing' to express their conviction in larger numbers so we expose this error for what it is? Rest assured, I do not seek the limelight... in fact I've been thinking about how best slip under the radar but still be counted.

“I anticipate your response might be that they have already ignored a significant increase, but was it truly large enough for them not to take notice? If we could get 1% of the baptized publishers to partake I suspect a change (of some kind) would be unavoidable... don't you think?”

To the author, thank you for your email. We are very glad that you are turning to the Christ and the true Christian hope.  We have full confidence that you will garner the courage to step up and do what you know to be right.

And we certainly understand your arguments in support of participating in the 2014 Memorial with the Watchtower organization, and we agree that the organization has tremendous potential for good.  However, the Governing Body is squandering this ‘talent’ given them, and there is currently no sign that they will properly ‘do business’ with that talent. (Matthew 25:14-30) While we have given up our direct communications with them, we believe the recent call to commemorate the Memorial Supper at private gatherings will provide another opportunity and a wakeup call to the Governing Body that might inspire them to make needed changes. Let us explain.

You suggested: Surely the Governing Body would not continue to ignore an increase in partakers that called the current understanding into serious doubt? If that is so, would it not be better for Sons of God that are still in 'good standing' to express their conviction in larger numbers so we expose this error for what it is? . . . I anticipate your response might be that they have already ignored a significant increase, but was it truly large enough for them not to take notice? If we could get 1% of the baptized publishers to partake I suspect a change (of some kind) would be unavoidable... don't you think?

Dear brother, we believe a large enough number did partake at the 2013 Memorials hosted by the Watchtower organization.  Although they reported only 600 new partakers in the 2014 Yearbook, our reports indicate the number of new, first-time partakers reported by the congregations worldwide was almost 20 times that amount. Surely, that is enough new partakers to get their attention. Instead, of publicly acknowledging these developments, the Governing Body hid this information and scrambled to do ‘damage control.’

They sent letters to certain congregations where there was a significant increase in partakers, and they even sent out emissaries to some congregations to speak with these new partakers firsthand with the intent to discourage them and convince them that they could not be anointed. This latter tactic backfired, as we explained in the article Defending Our Living Hope.  Instead of discouraging these new ones, the emissaries themselves were profoundly affected.  We understand that at least 3 of the brothers who were sent out on these missions were so impressed by the new partakers that they no longer serve at Bethel.  Their experience was similar to what occurred when the chief priests and Pharisees sent out officers to entrap and arrest Jesus:

“The Pharisees heard the crowd murmuring these things about him, and the chief priests and the Pharisees dispatched officers to get hold of him. . . . Therefore the officers went back to the chief priests and Pharisees, and the latter said to them: ‘Why is it you did not bring him in?’ The officers replied: ‘Never has [another] man spoken like this.’” John 7:32, 45-46

It may appear to many that the Governing Body is worried that an increase in the number of partakers challenges their teaching that the number would decrease as a sign of the end.  However, their biggest concern is that the growing number of partakers casts a shadow on their “new light” as to the meaning of ‘this generation’ as explained in the January 15, 2014 Watchtower, page 31, paragraphs 15-16:

15. In his detailed prophecy about the conclusion of this system of things, Jesus said: “This generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen.” (Read Matthew 24:33-35.) We understand that in mentioning “this generation,” Jesus was referring to two groups of anointed Christians. The first group was on hand in 1914, and they readily discerned the sign of Christ’s presence in that year. Those who made up this group were not merely alive in 1914, but they were spirit-anointed as sons of God in or before that year. —Rom. 8:14-17.     

16. The second group included in “this generation” are anointed contemporaries of the first group. They were not simply alive during the lifetime of those in the first group, but they were anointed with holy spirit during the time that those of the first group were still on earth. Thus, not every anointed person today is included in “this generation” of whom Jesus spoke. Today, those in this second group are themselves advancing in years. Yet, Jesus’ words at Matthew 24:34 give us confidence that at least some of “this generation will by no means pass away” before seeing the start of the great tribulation. This should add to our conviction that little time remains before the King of God’s Kingdom acts to destroy the wicked and usher in a righteous new world. — 2 Pet. 3:13.”

This blatant perversion of the plain and simple word “this” has created a whole new doctrine for them.  So as a guise and a ruse for achieving their intent to not report the actual number of partakers, they advised certain bodies of elders where the number of partakes was unusually high to exclude from their reports those who could not have been a part of the so-called ‘second group of anointed’ based on their convoluted explanation of ‘this generation.’ This automatically excluded the teenagers, the young adults, and all the adults under a certain age, perhaps under 50.  And they can play this game every year so that no matter how many brothers step up and partake, they will not be counted.    

So, we thought of another way to get their attention. The Governing Body is clearly not interested in reporting the true number of partakers, but they are certainly concerned about reporting a high number of attendees.  Thus, if the number of attendees drops significantly, they will surely take note.     

Based on their proclamations that a sign of ‘Babylon the Great’ is the drying up of her waters – meaning a drop in the number of people attending their churches – they will surely be shamed if their own ‘waters’ dry up.  For that reason, we believe, or at least hope, that if the number of Memorial attendees drops from 19 million to even 18 million, they will take note.  Though we strongly hope the number drops significantly more than that. And of course, with a drop in the number of attendees, that will result in a corresponding drop in contributions.  That will get their notice!                    

But do not misconstrue our words as an attack on the Governing Body or Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Our goal is not just to move the Governing Body to action.  Our primary goal is to honor the Christ and currently that cannot be done at the Memorials hosted by the Watchtower organization. Moving the Governing Body to act is an additional benefit, motivated by brotherly love, that, if successful, can result in the salvation of nearly 20 million people.    

We hope our brothers and sisters have the love and the courage to turn away from the Watchtower Memorials for the good of their sleeping brothers and sisters, the Governing Body, and the entire Christian community that takes note.  And we hope that they choose to commemorate a true Memorial Supper among their true brothers in Christ in private gatherings.      

At this late date, only Jehovah’s Witnesses can save Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Any outside influence or pressure will be ignored or labeled as persecution.  But what can the Governing Body say when its adherents simply turn to serving Christ and shake the dust off their feet?  The most painful act that can be inflicted on a narcissist is for the public to simply ignore them. This may be the last opportunity for the narcissist body of men who lead Jehovah’s Witnesses to be moved to change.    

If you, or any of our visitors have comments about this matter, please do not hesitate to write us.


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