Page 3: Not everyone has done the sort of things that Paul did. Yet, all of us fail to meet God's standards. Why? Because "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23)
Note: In context, the righteousness of God is faith in Jesus Christ through sincere belief.
Romans 3:21-22 But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe.
Page 3: How could a righteous Creator have dealings with sinners? (Psalm 5:4) Note that Paul said: "Thanks to God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Another recipient of God's mercy explained: "If anyone does commit a sin, we have a helper with the Father, Jesus Christ, a righteous one. And he is a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins, yet not for ours only also for the whole world's" - 1 John 2:1, 2.
Correction: True Christians have received grace, mercy, and peace from God.
2 John 1:3 Grace, mercy, and peace will be with you from God the Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of the Father, in truth and love.
Grace defined: the free unmerited love and favor of God; a state of reconciliation to God.
Mercy defined: a refraining from harming or punishing offenders.
Page 4: To satisfy the demands of justice, one thing is given in exchange for another of corresponding value.
Note: The Watch Tower confuses justice with restoration or reconciliation.
Exodus 22:1 "If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and slaughters it or sells it, he shall restore five oxen for an ox and four sheep for a sheep."
Note: Restoration requires a greater sacrifice in return.
Page 4: For a sacrifice to have sufficient value to atone for, or remove, sins permanently, it would have to be equal in value to what Adam forfeited. The scales of justice required a perfect man (Jesus Christ) to counterbalance what another perfect man (Adam) had lost.
Correction: God should not be confused with Adam.
2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Page 4: The perfect man Jesus, "the last Adam," willingly did not produce a family.( 1 Corinthians 15:45) He had unborn offspring in his loins when he died as a perfect human sacrifice. Therefore, it might be said that the potential human race within his loins died with him.
Correction: God should not be confused with Adam.
1 Corinthians 15:45-47 And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
John 4:24 "God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
Page 4: By sacrificing his perfect human life, Jesus repurchased all mankind descended from Adam so that they could become His family, making Him their "Eternal Father." - Isaiah 9:6, 7.
Correction: "Eternal Father" is an attribute of God denoting that Jesus was never created.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Page 4: Jesus' ransom sacrifice opened the way for obedient mankind to receive God's mercy and obtain everlasting life. Consequently, the apostle Paul wrote: "The wages sin pays is death, but the gift God gives is everlasting life by Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
Correction: Obedience is receiving the free gift of eternal life through the grace of God.
Romans 5:15-16 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man's offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification.
Pages 5-6: But what about Jesus? Paul writes: "He ... has his priesthood without any successors. Consequently he is able also to save completely those who are approaching God through him, because he is always alive to plead for them." (Hebrews 7:23-25; Romans 6:9) Yes, we have at God's right hand in heaven a public servant who 'is always alive to plead for us.' Just think what that means for us now!
Correction: God is not a public servant but the author of eternal life.
Hebrews 5:9-11 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him, called by God as High Priest "according to the order of Melchizedek," of whom we have much to say, and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.
Page 6: As a human, Jesus experienced hunger, thirst, tiredness, anguish, pain, and death. The stress and pressures that he endured equipped him in a unique way to serve as High Priest for suffering mankind.
Correction: Jesus Christ is the High Priest for true Christians.
Hebrews 3:1-2 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house.
Page 7: How does Jesus bring relief to repentant sinners? By helping them to find joy and satisfaction in their sincere efforts to please God. In writing to fellow anointed Christians, Paul summed up the situation by saying: "Seeing, therefore, that we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold onto our confession of him. For we have a high priest, not one who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tested in all respects like ourselves, but without sin. Let us, therefore, approach with freeness of speech to the throne of undeserved kindness, that we may obtain mercy and find undeserved kindness for help at the right time." - Hebrews 4:14-16.
Correction: Eternal life through confession should never be confused with efforts.
Romans 10:8-9 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved."
Page 7: Yes, Jesus knows how it feels to pray to God with great intensity. He "offered up supplications and also petitions to the One who was able to save him out of death, with strong outcries and tears, and he was favorably heard for his godly fear." - Hebrew 5:7.
Note: It was only when Jesus Christ was Man with flesh and blood that He prayed to the Father.
Hebrews 5:7 who, in the days of His flesh,
Note: Do you pray in the name of Jesus?
John 14:13-14 "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it."
Page 7: Jesus knows how much it means to humans to be "favorably heard" and strengthened. (Luke 22:43) Furthermore, he promised: "If you ask the Father for anything he will give it to you in my name .... Ask and you will receive, that your joy may be made full." (John 16:23, 24)
Note: Do you love Jesus?
John 16:26-27 "In that day you will ask in My name, and I do not say to you that I shall pray the Father for you; for the Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God."
Pages 7-8: Our Helper and Comforter in heaven will plead for us so that our prayers in his name and in harmony with the Scriptures will be answered. - John 14:13, 14; 1 John 5:14, 15.
Note: True Christians have a Helper and Comforter now on earth also.
John 15:26 "But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me."
Note: Are you a Jesus Witness?
Page 8: 'Disowning oneself' is not simply a verbal claim of change of ownership. After all, Christ "died for all that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died for them." (2 Corinthians 5:14, 15)
Note: Are you living for Jesus?
Page 8: Our eternal indebtedness to "Christ Jesus, who gave himself for us," should motivate us to learn more about him and his loving Father, Jehovah God. We should also want to grow in faith, to live by God's beneficial standards, and to be "zealous for fine works." - Titus 2:13, 14.
Note: Have you come to know Jesus as your great God and Savior?
Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
Page 8: The Christian congregation is the means whereby we receive timely spiritual food, encouragement, and guidance. (Matthew 24:45-47; Hebrews 10:21-25)
Correction: The Holy Spirit gives true Christians guidance, boldness, and enlightenment.
John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
Page 9: Deteriorating world conditions are clear evidence that we are living in the crucial time period that was to precede the outbreak of "the great tribulation."
Note: The Watch Tower is not paying attention to Jesus.
Acts 1:7 And He said to them, "It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority."
Page 9: Right now, a great crowd out of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues are 'washing their robes and making them white in the blood of the Lamb.' (Revelation 7:9, 13, 14)
Note: The "great crowd" will be in heaven.
Revelation 19:1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great crowd in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!"
Page 9: The Lamb, Jesus Christ, "will shepherd (survivors of the great tribulation) and will guide them to fountains of waters of life. And God will wipe out every tear from their eyes."
Correction: True Christians will be killed during the "great tribulation."
Revelation 6:9-10 When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain for the word of God and for the testimony which they held. And they cried with a loud voice, saying, "How long, O Lord, holy and true, until You judge and avenge our blood on those who dwell on the earth?"
Revelation 13:7 It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation.
Page 9: Christ will then carry his duties as High Priest to completion. He will help all of God's friends to benefit fully from the "fountains of waters of life" - spiritually, physically, mentally, and emotionally. What Jesus started in 33 C.E. and what he has continued from heaven ever since will then be carried out to perfection.
Correction: True Christians have "living water" now.
John 7:37-38 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, "If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
Page 9: There is a significant way to show your appreciation for Jesus Christ, our Helper in heaven. After sundown on Wednesday, April 19, 2000, Jehovah's Witnesses around the world will gather to observe the Memorial of Christ's death. (Luke 22:19)
Note: The Watch Tower proclaims Jesus returned invisibly in 1914.
1 Corinthians 11:26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till He comes.
Page 10: JEHOVAH is very considerate in the way he makes his purposes known to his servants. Instead of revealing the truth all at once in one blinding flash of light, he enlightens us progressively.
Note: Revelation ended with Jesus Christ.
Hebrews 1:1-2 God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
Page 10: Our trek along life's pathway might be compared to a walk that a hiker takes down a long trail. He starts out early in the morning and sees little. As the sun begins to rise slowly over the horizon, the hiker is able to distinguish a few features of his surroundings. The rest he sees in hazy outline. But as the sun continues its ascent, he can see farther and farther into the distance. so it is with the spiritual light that God provides. He allows us to discern a few things at a time.
Note: According to the Watch Tower, its founder was in spiritual darkness.
Page 11: God's Son, Jesus Christ, provided spiritual enlightenment in a similar manner. Let us consider how Jehovah enlightened his people in ancient times and how he does so today.
Page 11: As the man Jesus Christ, God's Son was "the light of the world." (John 8:12) He taught the people "many things with illustrations" - new things. (Mark 4:2)
Note: The phrase "God's Son" is not found in Scripture.
Page 11: However, a few honesthearted men and women joyfully embraced the truth that Jesus taught. They made steady progress in their understanding of God's purposes.
Correction: They were filled with the Holy Spirit on Pentecost.
Acts 2:1-4 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Page 11: After Jesus' death and resurrection, light from God shone more brightly than before. In a vision given to Peter, Jehovah revealed that uncircumcised Gentiles could henceforth become followers of Christ. (Acts 10:9-17) That was a revelation!
Note: Jesus must be Jehovah since He was speaking! What a revelation!
Acts 10:14-15 But Peter said, "Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean." And a voice spoke to him again the second time, "What God has cleansed you must not call common."
Acts 10:36 "The word which God sent to the children of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ; He is Lord of all;"
Page 12: The apostle Paul told first-century fellow believers: "At present we see in hazy outline by means of a metal mirror." (1 Corinthians 13:12) Such a mirror did not have the best reflective surface. At first, then, comprehensive of spiritual light would be limited. After the death of the apostles, the light grew dim for a while, but in recent times Scriptural knowledge has become abundant. (Daniel 12:4)
Correction: True Christians will have complete understanding when Jesus visibly returns.
1 Corinthians 13:10-12 But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
Revelation 22:12 "And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work."
Page 12: In modern times the first real glimmer of light began to appear in the last quarter of the 19th century as a group of Christian men and women began an earnest study of the Scriptures. They developed a practical method for Bible study.
Correction: The study of the Great Pyramid in Egypt is not the study of the Bible.
WT 1/1/2000 page 9: In 1886 when C.T. Russell published a book that came to be called The Divine Plan of the Ages, this volume contained a chart linking the ages of mankind with the Great Pyramid of Egypt.
Pages 12-13: Unlike the religious leaders of the day, the Bible students (as Jehovah's Witnesses were then known) were determined to let the Holy Scriptures, not tradition or man-made dogma, be their guide.
Correction: The "Bible students" developed man-made dogma by studying the Great Pyramid.
WT 1/1/2000 page 9: What relationship could the pyramid have with the Bible? Well, as an example, the length of certain passages in the Great Pyramid was said to indicate the time for the beginning of the "great tribulation" of Matthew 24:21, as it was then understood. Some Bible Students became engrossed with measuring different features of the pyramid to determine such matters as the day they would be going to heaven!
Page 13: Outstanding among the Bible Students was Charles Taze Russell. He wrote a series of six helpful Bible study aids entitled Studies in the Scriptures.
Note: Charles Taze Russell wanted his study aids to supplant the Bible.
WT 9/15/1910 pages 298-299: On the other hand, if he had merely read the Scripture Studies with their references, and had not read a page of the Bible, as such, he would be in the light at the end of the two years, because he would have the light of the Scriptures.
Page 13: Just as the apostles understood many prophecies concerning the Messiah only after Jesus' death and resurrection, Christians today understand Bible prophecy in its finest detail only after it has been fulfilled. (Luke 24:15, 27; Acts 1:15-21; 4:26, 27) Revelation is a prophetic book, so we should expect to understand it most clearly as the events it describes unfold.
Note: None of Revelation after chapter 5 as been fulfilled.
Revelation 6:14 Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
Page 13: A brilliant flash of light on one Bible subject sometimes leads God's anointed servants, "the faithful and discreet slave," to reexamine related topics, as the following recent example illustrates. - Matthew 24:45.
Page 14: Accordingly, the March 1, 1999, issue of this magazine reflected an adjusted view on this subject. Thus, clear down to the end of the 20th century, spiritual light was shed upon Ezekiel's prophecy.
Correction: Avoid people and organizations given over to change.
Prov 24:21 My son, fear the LORD and the king; Do not associate with those given to change;
Note: Since God never changes, Watch Tower prophecy interpretations are wrong.
Malachi 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob."
Page 14: In Ezekiel's vision, priests are seen moving about in the courtyards of the temple as they serve the nonpriestly tribes. These priests clearly represent the "royal priesthood," Jehovah's anointed servants. (1 Peter 2:9) However, they will not be serving in the temple's earthly courtyard throughout the Thousand Year Reign of Christ. (Revelation 20:4) During most of that period, if not all of it, the anointed will be serving God in the spiritual temple's Most Holy, "heaven itself." (Hebrews 9:24) Since priests are seen going to and fro in the courtyards of Ezekiel's temple, that vision must be undergoing fulfillment today, while some of the anointed are still on the earth.
Correction: Peter was addressing Hebrew Christians living among the Gentiles.
1 Peter 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
Correction: Anointed Christians will be returning to the earth before the thousand year reign.
Jude 1:14 Now Enoch, the seventh from Adam, prophesied about these men also, saying, "Behold, the Lord comes with ten thousands of His saints,"
Revelation 19:14 And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses.
Note: The Watch Tower fails to make the connection with the prophecy of Revelation.
Ezekiel 40:2 In the visions of God He took me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain; on it toward the south was something like the structure of a city.
Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Page 14: Anyone who wishes to come to a knowledge of the truth must be willing to bring "every thought into captivity to make it obedient to the Christ." (2 Corinthians 10:5)
Note: The Watch Tower is not Jesus Christ and nice clothing is spiritually meaningless.
2 Corinthians 10:7 Do you look at things according to the outward appearance? If anyone is convinced in himself that he is Christ's, let him again consider this in himself, that just as he is Christ's, even so we are Christ's.
Page 14: For example, before learning God's truth, you may have enjoyed celebrating certain religious holidays with your family. After you began to study the Bible, you realized that these celebrations are actually of pagan origin.
Correction: The Watch Tower is violating Scripture by judging of festivals that glorify Jesus.
Colossians 2:16-17 So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ.
Page 14: We always benefit by doing things God's way. (Isaiah 48:17, 18) So when our view of a Bible passage is clarified, let us rejoice in advancing truth!
Correction: The Watch Tower again has missed Jesus Christ.
John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me."
Page 14: Really, our continuing to be enlightened confirms that we are on the right path. It is "the path of the righteous ones," which "is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established." (Proverbs 4:18)
Correction: In context, Proverbs 4:18 is a contrast between wicked and just people.
Proverbs 4:14-19 Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it; turn away from it and pass on. For they do not sleep unless they have done evil; and their sleep is taken away unless they make someone fall. For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is like the shining sun, That shines ever brighter unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is like darkness; they do not know what makes them stumble.
Page 14: How can we demonstrate our love for the light in a practical way? One way is by reading God's Word regularly - daily if possible.
Note: Do you love Jesus?
John 14:21 "He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him."
Page 15: Do you look forward to worshiping Jehovah, along with a multitude of others? The spiritual instruction presented at our meetings is an important way that Jehovah provides enlightenment today.
Note: The study of the Bible enlightens true Christians in the worship of the Father and the Son.
Revelation 5:13 And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: "Blessing and honor and glory and power be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, forever and ever!"
Page 15: One way in which Jehovah provides instruction today is through Christian meetings. Do we take full advantage of this loving provision by (1) attending regularly, (2) listening carefully to the program, and (3) participating readily in parts involving the audience?
Note: True Christian meetings involves teaching about faith in Jesus Christ.
Acts 20:20-21 "how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."
Page 16: When we do attend despite our fatigue, however, we benefit ourselves and we encourage our fellow Christians at the Kingdom Hall.
Note: Are you doing everything in the name of Jesus?
Colossians 3:17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Page 17: If we were to conclude that the end of this system is a long way off, we might begin allowing personal pursuits to crowd out necessary spiritual activities, such as meeting attendance.
Correction: God wants you to provide for your family that may involve skipping meetings.
2 Thessalonians 3:10 For even when we were with you, we commanded you this: If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat.
1 Timothy 5:8 But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
Page 19: It takes time to ponder the deeper aspects of God's Word. The apostle Paul, an avid student of the Scriptures, realized this. He wrote: "O the depth of God's riches and wisdom and knowledge!" (Romans 11:33)
Note: In context, the nation of Israel will be restored.
Romans 11:25-27 For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins."
Page 19: Family heads, it is vital that you help each member of your family to search into God's wisdom, as revealed in the Scriptures. Set aside some time during the family Bible study to explain difficult points and to help your family prepare for the meetings.
Note: Jesus Christ is the wisdom of God.
1 Corinthians 1:24 but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.
Page 19: At meetings of Jehovah's Witnesses, we are often reminded to read God's Word daily. Doing so is refreshing. It also helps us make wise decisions, correct personality flaws, resist temptations, and recover our spiritual balance if we have taken a step in the wrong direction.
Note: According to God's Word, true Christians are Jesus Witnesses.
Acts 1:8 "But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
Pages 19-20: Paul's counsel recorded at 2 Timothy 1:8 also helped her. He wrote: "Do not become ashamed of the witness about our Lord, ... but take your part in suffering evil for the good news." In harmony with that counsel, she boldly shared her Bible-based beliefs with her classmates on every appropriate occasion. Whenever she was assigned to present an oral report to the class, she chose a subject that allowed her to give a tactful witness regarding God's Kingdom.
Note: True Christians suffer for the name of Jesus.
Matthew 24:9 "Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name's sake."
Correction: True Christians will witness for Jesus Christ.
Acts 8:5 Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them.
Page 21: TRUE servants of Jehovah God are preparing for his promised new world, in which modesty will be universally regarded, not as a weakness, but as a strength and a virtue.
Note: TRUE Christians are servants of Jesus Christ.
1 Corinthians 4:1 Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.
Page 22: Likewise, God's present-day servants know that "from Jehovah's standpoint," there are things they simply cannot do, even when human life is at stake. - Acts 15:28, 29; 21:25.
Correction: Innocent human life should always be regarded as important.
Mark 3:4-5 Then He said to them, "Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they kept silent. And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
Page 22: Over 1,000 years after Solomon's day, John the Baptizer performed a work of preparing the way for the Messiah. As forerunner of the Anointed One, John was fulfilling Bible prophecy.
Note: John was preparing the people for the glory of God in Jesus Christ.
Isaiah 40:3-5 The voice of one crying in the wilderness: "Prepare the way of the LORD; Make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill brought low; The crooked places shall be made straight And the rough places smooth; The glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
Pages 22-23: In this turbulent period of mankind's history, modesty is a quality that is of great value to true Christians. It enables one to be at peace with Jehovah God, with fellow humans, and with oneself.
Correction: Boldness to witness is what true Christians receive from the Holy Spirit.
Acts 4:31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
Page 23: Peace with Jehovah is possible only if we keep within the bounds he sets for true worship.
Correction: True Christians have peace with God through Jesus Christ.
Romans 5:1-2 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Page 23: What if a religious organization tells us that we can override these limits and still enjoy peace with God? That organization is trying to mislead us. On the other hand, modesty helps us to cultivate a close relationship with Jehovah God.
Correction: Love for Jesus cultivates a close relationship with the Father and the Son.
John 14:23 Jesus answered and said to him, "If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him."
Note: The Watch Tower is misleading people.
Page 24: Those who practice modesty are rewarded with inner peace. A modest individual does not burn with ambition.
Correction: Sincere belief in Jesus Christ produces joy and peace.
Romans 15:13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Page 24: Adam and Eve succumbed to immodesty - a trait they passed on to their offspring.
Correction: Adam and Eve transgressed or sinned against God.
Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come.
Page 24: Therefore, it is wise to follow the apostle Paul's inspired counsel to Christians in Rome: "Through the undeserved kindness given to me I tell everyone there among you not to think more of himself than it is necessary to think." - Romans 12:3.
Note: The Watch Tower never uses the word GRACE.
Ephesians 2:8-9 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.
Page 24: As servants of God desiring to cultivate modesty, we should pray for the fruitage of the spirit - love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faith, mildness, and self-control. (Luke 11:13; Galatians 5:22, 23) Why? Because each of these qualities will make it easier for us to be modest.
Correction: Have you received the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus from the Father?
John 14:26 "But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you."
Page 27: Satan the Devil had asserted that under trying conditions Job would curse God. Jehovah accepted this challenge, and without delay Satan brought calamity upon Job.
Correction: It was no challenge since God was in control.
Job 1:12 And the LORD said to Satan, "Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person." So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD.
Page 27: Yes, Job faithfully endured and thus proved the Devil to be a liar. May we similarly endure trials and prove that our service to God is motivated by pure love for Jehovah.
Correction: Job repented and confessed the greatness of God.
Job 42:1-6 Then Job answered the LORD and said: "I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. You asked, 'Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?' Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Listen, please, and let me speak; You said, 'I will question you, and you shall answer Me.' I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You. Therefore I abhor myself, And repent in dust and ashes."
Page 27: Because God loved Job, He used a young man to point out Job's error. The account says: "The anger of Elihu ... came to be hot. Against Job his anger blazed over his declaring his own soul righteous rather than God." As Elihu observed: "Job has said, 'I certainly am in the right, but God himself has turned aside the judgment of me.'" (Job 32:2; 34:5)
Correction: Elihu did make a false assumption.
Job 36:11 If they obey and serve Him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
Note: God did not think much of Elihu.
Job 38:1-2 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said: "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?"
Page 28: Jehovah rewarded Job, allowing his servant to live on for another 140 years. During that time, he received far more than he had lost. And though Job finally died, he is sure to have a resurrection into God's new world. - Job 42:12-17; Ezekiel 14:14; John 5:28, 29; 2 Peter 3:13.
Note: Job will see Jesus face to face in the resurrection.
Job 19:25-27 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!
Page 28: We too can be sure of God's favor and blessing if we serve him loyally and accept all the Bible-based correction that comes our way. As a result, we will have the sure hope of life in God's new system of things.
Correction: True Christians will suffer for their faith in Jesus Christ but will have peace.
John 16:33 "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
Acts 14:21-22 And when they had preached the gospel to that city and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, Iconium, and Antioch, strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, "We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."
Romans 5:3-4 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.
2 Corinthians 7:4 Great is my boldness of speech toward you, great is my boasting on your behalf. I am filled with comfort. I am exceedingly joyful in all our tribulation.
2 Corinthians 11:23-28 Are they ministers of Christ?; I speak as a fool; I am more: in labors more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequently, in deaths often. From the Jews five times I received forty stripes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods; once I was stoned; three times I was shipwrecked; a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils of my own countrymen, in perils of the Gentiles, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness; besides the other things, what comes upon me daily: my deep concern for all the churches.
Revelation 1:9 I, John, both your brother and companion in the tribulation and kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was on the island that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.
Revelation 12:10-11 Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
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