John 14:6 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” King James Version (KJV)
When one is disfellowshipped from the Jehovahs Witnesses life seems to stop, many wish they were dead (some actually kill themselves) most will experience the five stages of grief: Denial, Anger, Bargining, Depression and Acceptance. It is these stages that The Watchtower places their strong emphasis on their attempts to woo back the person into the religion. So allow me to ask this one question, Can you go from life to back into death? What are you to do?
If you will follow Christ as we quote above the healing process begins, the Way is the turn you require, it brings you from that disheartened feeling to an upward turn of hope, once hope has been given we can reconstruct ourselves with the truth, the truth of Christ like living, not the Theocratic Warfare deception of living according to the commands of a select group of men who deny the Holy Spirit and His power but claim some how they have heard from God. As hope and truth do their work in our hearts we take the right step into Life, life in Christ, life with love, life with power to overcome anything that any man or demon (fallen angel) will bring against. You and God are the majority, Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?” King James Version (KJV)
At no time in my entire history with Jehovahs Witnesses and The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society have they ever can a formal meeting with me for either the disfellowshipping they pronounce upon or the condemnation found in their label of an apostate. Yet every year the stand before Canadian congregation and pronounce their libelous title upon me. Yet God is on my side, miracle after miracle within my ministry shows me that I follow the Way, walk in the Truth and have a Life that pleasing to God, there is where I draw my comfort from. Those who have chosen to follow the pagan mandates of the Theocratic warriors within my family are the ones who have lost, they no longer know one of their own blood, that is sad, but I have a new Father, a new family found in Christ.
Here is a prime example of Theocratic Warfare in the battle regarding the destruction of the family and an individual through the “pagan” practice of disfellowshipping or excommunication.
“Taken from https://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1102008083
What if a relative is disfellowshipped? In such a case, the close bond between family members can pose a real test of loyalty. How should we treat a disfellowshipped relative? We cannot here cover every situation that may arise, but let us focus on two basic ones.
In some instances, the disfellowshipped family member may still be living in the same home as part of the immediate household. Since his being disfellowshipped does not sever the family ties, normal day-to-day family activities and dealings may continue. Yet, by his course, the individual has chosen to break the spiritual bond between him and his believing family. So loyal family members can no longer have spiritual fellowship with him. For example, if the disfellowshipped one is present, he would not participate when the family gets together for family worship. However, if the disfellowshipped one is a minor child, the parents are still responsible to instruct and discipline him. Hence, loving parents may arrange to conduct a Bible study with the child.*—Proverbs 6:20-22; 29:17.
In other cases, the disfellowshipped relative may be living outside the immediate family circle and home. Although there might be a need for limited contact on some rare occasion to care for a necessary family matter, any such contact should be kept to a minimum. Loyal Christian family members do not look for excuses to have dealings with a disfellowshipped relative not living at home. Rather, loyalty to Jehovah and his organization moves them to uphold the Scriptural arrangement of disfellowshipping. Their loyal course has the best interests of the wrongdoer at heart and may help him to benefit from the discipline received.*—Hebrews 12:11.”
An actual page from the Awake, January 8, 1947, they called it a “pagan” action, if it is a pagan action for one religion, then, it is a pagan action for the Theocratic Warriors as well. Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot have it both ways, we need not live lives in the turmoil created, but the Jehovah’s Witness pagan doctrines, in Christ, we live and have the peace of God in, on, and coming through us. Romans 15:13 “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” Philippians 4:7 “ And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 “ Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.” King James Version (KJV)
Theocratic warriors will argue this of course with a “holy than thou” attitude, they in fact deny the theory of the Theocratic Warfare concept, without knowing their very leaders are the ones who coined the term. If you will experience the love of Christ, you win, the experience always beats argument.
We know that peace is a servant given over to man to help him establish himself in the Son, therefore we should seek a life in Christ Jesus first and foremost, as we already quoted John 14:27, “Peace, I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let your heart not be troubled, neither let it be afraid”. A life in Jesus enables Him, to not only live peacefully, but, also we receive His power of reconcilation, we are justified, no matter waht we were or are, in Christ we are made brand new, it is perfect. However if we have no understanding of what exactly peace is, we will have no way to live within it, so let’s examine peace to know exactly what Jesus gave us.
The word peace comes from several different words in the Bible. The Hebrew word for peace is Shalom, which means; to be safe, well, happy, to have health, prosperity, and to farewell. Therefore, we may conclude that in Old Testament, God’s desire was that His people live lives which were a blessing, consisting of safety, deliverance, health and prosperity. Psalm 29:11, “The Lord will give strength unto His people; the Lord will bless His people with peace.” Has God changed His desire? Let see what the Greek words say.
The Greek words for peace are; phimoo (fee-mo-o) which means to muzzle, Mark 1:25, “And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.” In modern day English, Jesus would have said; “Shut-up, and come out”, in other words put a muzzle on your mouth. So we see that peace is, an ability to stand against what is wrong without fear of reprisal, trepidation or apprehension.
Another Greek word for peace is; Siapao (see-o-pah-o) which means a involuntary stillness, a hush. Mark 4:39, He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” So we may expect to have calmness in the midst of tribulation, we walk in peace which flows from God. These two meanings are not the ones we desire to place our attention upon, there is one more word we must look to for the complete revelation of the peace of God within us.
The word used here is conveying what Jesus does, transferring His peace to us is; Eirene (i-ray-nay) which means; A) a harmonious relationship, B) friendliness, C) freedom from molestation, D) to have rest and contentment, E) to be prosperous.” So then, when Jesus said that His peace He was leaving us, He was leaving us all these attributes to us, so to live in less, is to live outside of the goodness of God Himself.
As we have stated, to have peace, we must live in Christ Jesus. His actual words, are we must abide in Him, by which He means, we dwell or have our residence in Him. John 15:4-7, Amplified version, “Dwell in Me and I will dwell in you. -Live in Me and I will live in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit of itself without abiding in (vitally united to) the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you abide in Me. I am the Vine, you are the branches. Whoever lives in Me and I in him bears much (abundant) fruit. However, apart from Me-cut off from the vital union with me-you can do nothing. If a person does not dwell in Me, he is thrown out as a [broken-off] branch and withers. Such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire and are burned. If you live in Me-abide vitally united to Me-and My words remain in you and continue to live in your hearts, ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you.” Therefore, this kind of peace will be formed into that harmonious relationship in Him, (this is a command not just a good idea), our lives become charged with Him, as we take up our residence within Him.
To understand peace as our residence or home, we must have first hand knowledge of our place of residence, first hand knowledge of Jesus Christ, what is it we have “In Him”.
Romans 3:24, In Him we have redemption.
Romans 8:1, In Him there is no condemnation.
Romans 8:2, In Him is freedom from sin and death.
Romans 8:39, In Him is love perfected.
Romans 12:5, In Him is oneness.
1 Corinthians 1:2, In Him is sanctification.
1 Corinthians 1:30, In Him is wisdom, righteousness and sanctification.
2 Corinthians 2:14, In Him is triumphing over the enemy.
2 Corinthians 5;17, In Him old things die away.
Ephesians 1:3, In Him are all spiritual blessings.
Ephesians 2:6, In Him we are seated in heavenly places.
1 Thessalonians 5:18, In Him is Gods will for you.
To abide outside of Christ is to choose confusion over peace, foolishness over wisdom, poverty over prosperity, sickness over health and death over life.
Psalms 37:11, Amplified version, “But the meek [in the end] shall inherit the earth, and shall delight themselves in an abundance of peace.” The “meek” refer to those who have a good or positive attitude toward the things of God, and perform from within that attitude, without disputing or resisting. They have developed this peacefulness through continually spending their time in the presence of the Lord. Not in the work of a religion.
Walking in an abundant peace, is to never be found lacking in any area of life. Just think, you never have to be concerned over any circumstance that may arise in your life again. The power of the peace of God will see to it that you walk in that harmonious relationship free from the molestation of the devil. Never again have anxiety, having rest and contentment, as you know that your walk with God, is the assurance of His peace, leading you into a prosperous life, prosperous in every area, mentally, physically, spiritually and financially.
We saw that freedom from sin equals righteousness by faith, equals works of faith, equals revelation of God, however we may add to this equation. Peace along side of righteousness causes the revelation of God, to be settled forever within one’s heart. Therefore, we press forward knowing that the outcome will be that of victory within Jesus Christ. For when righteousness embrace’s peace, we become enraptured in the victorious result, life everlasting. Psalms 85:10, “Mercy and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.” Mercy allows forgiveness in man from all sin and disobedience, giving man the ability to accept the truth. Truth is sent forth to man so that he might know the will of God. Righteousness demands obedience to the truth, granting the results of peace with God, so that He is able to kiss (embrace) those who have been made righteous because of their obedience to His Word.
The quickest way for one to lose his peace is for that one to enter into a life of compromise. Never allow anything to cheat you back into that place of compromise and strife, stealing from you a life of great peace. Fight the fight to win, run the race to win, leave the devil knowing he is the one who finishes last, not you.
1 Corinthians 9:24-26; “Know ye not that they which run in race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every man that striveth for mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air”.
We are to run the race to win.
There are no second best’s.
You must prepare to run.
You must prepare to finish.
You must prepare to win.
Colossians 2:9-10, & 15, “For in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in Him, which is the head of all principality and power: And having spoiled principalities and powers, He made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it”.
There is no compromise with God toward Jesus. There is no compromise in Jesus toward you. There is no compromise in the attitude and actions that Jesus took against the devil. c/f Colossians 1:9-19.
If Satan wants a fight, give it to him. Don’t settle for less than the best. Be single minded about the quality of life that you expect to live in Jesus Christ, take His peace and go and achieve that life. Meet every challenge that the devil places before you with the Word that God has placed in you.
To live without compromise is to live by faith. 2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we live by faith not by sight.” Peace maintains faith, God is pleased with your placing faith in all that you do, His peace gives you the strength to do so continuously.
Hebrews 10:35-39, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” To compromise is to cast away your confidence (your beliefs, trust, faith or reliance), compromise means; discredit, endanger, jeopardize, risk, concede, or yield, what is that you are putting at risk “your faith”. Notice verse 38 says that if any man draws back, God’s soul is given displeasure. There can be no peace in the soul of the compromising person. It is such a person ,who will draw back, never, never, never compromise your stand of faith for anyone or anything. The Theocratic warrior is a compromising person, they will state one thing while believing another, that is to compromise, that is a faith destroying doctrine.
Some may ask, where does one carry his burdens, that they may retain their peace? To God, of course, you were never equipped to worry, it is only since sin came along did Satan have the ability to place pressure upon man, it is one of his tools of destruction. God, however, desires us to be worry free, by taking all our concerns and yielding to Him, it is His way of handling all stress and worry, throw it on Him. 1 Peter 5:7, Amplified version, “Casting the whole of your care-all anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all-on Him; for He cares for you affectionately, and cares about you watchfully.” Peace of God can only come as one decides that there can be no compromise in His life. Philippians 4:4-9 “Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice!5 Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is [a]coming soon].6 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([b]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.7 And God’s peace [shall be yours, that [c]tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall [d]garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].9 Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the God of peace (of [e]untroubled, undisturbed well-being) will be with you.” Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
Psalms 37:1-40. Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE PASSAGE FROM YOUR BIBLE Here is one of the greatest list of promises ever given to any man who will live within the Word of God. It is through the Word that you will be able to operate the peace of God. Before we examine the promises, lets look very diligently at verses 3-8, which gives us the ways to peace. These are not rules that one must follow, but rather they are steps to the peaceful life.
3 Trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed.
4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
5 Commit your way to the Lord [roll and repose each care of your load on Him]; trust (lean on, rely on, and be confident) also in Him and He will bring it to pass.
6 And He will make your uprightness and right standing with God go forth as the light, and your justice and right as [the shining sun of] the noonday.
7 Be still and rest in the Lord; wait for Him and patiently lean yourself upon Him; fret not yourself because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked devices to pass.
8 Cease from anger and forsake wrath; fret not yourself—it tends only to evildoing.
Trust; lean on, rely on, and be confident in, take custody, have guardianship over. Become liable for your actions, in other words you become justly or legally responsible for your actions and the results that go along with them. You are officially obligated to that trust. You are in a covenant of trust, to break it would result in your downfall. You carried the trust, you’re responsible for it.
Delight; have enjoyment, happiness, joy, pleasure, and triumph in the Lord. In another word be glad (encouraging, cheering, inspiring, pleasing) in God.
Commit; The Amplified version says “roll and repose each care of your load on Him” Make your pledge and promises in Him, dedicate your ways, assign to Him your worries and frustrations, then lock them up with His Word and see your way come to pass.
According to Dake, David gives to us twenty five guarantees or promise peace from God in Psalms 37:
1) (vs 3)You abide in a good land.
2) (vs 3)You shall never go without, you will always have the necessities of life.
3) (vs 4) God gives you the desires of your heart.
4) (vs 5) He brings His promises to pass.
5) (vs 6)He brings the righteous to light.
6) (vs 6)He brings judgement as noonday. No darkness.
7) (vs 9)The evil doer will be cut off, a promise of Satan’s defeat.
8)(vs 9)You receive the earth as an inheritance.
9) (vs 11) There is an abundance of peace.
10) (vs 17) You are upheld by God.
11) (vs 18) You receive an eternal inheritance.
12) (vs 19)You are not ashamed in evil times, God protects.
13) (vs 19) You are satisfied in times of famine.
14) (vs 24) You are not brought to ruin (cast down) when you fall.
15) (vs 28) You are not forsaken by God.
16) (vs 28) You are preserved (maintained, perpetuated, sustained, and upheld) by God forever.
17) (vs 28) The seed of the wicked shall be cut off from harassing you.
18) (vs 31) All your decisions (steps) will be sound.
19) (vs 33) The Lord gets involved in defending you when the wicked attack.
20) (vs 33) The Lord will not condemn you.
21) (vs 37) The result will be peace.
22) (vs 39-40) Salvation will come.
23) (vs 39) Strength from God will be yours in a time of trouble.
24)(vs 40) Help from God whenever you require it.
25)(vs 40) Deliverance from Satan.
When we have so great assurances from God, is there little wonder that the peace of God can be settled forever in our hearts? There is nothing that can steal that peace away from us.
This peace was once and for all sealed in Christ Jesus when He gave His life and His blood for us. Sealed forever by the Holy Spirit of God. Ephesians 1:13, “In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise.”
1 Corinthians 11:24-30, as one studies the communion of Christ, we find that it is representative and the fulfillment our covenant with Him. This covenant of peace can be seen closer as you examine for yourself the following:
Psalms 119:165, “Great peace have they who love Your law; nothing shall offend them or make them stumble.” Great peace to those who love the law (Word) of God, not just a little, tiny, small peace but great peace.
Proverbs 16:7, “When a man’s ways please the Lord, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.” When a man’s way pleases the Lord then he is at peace, no enemy, no false religions commendation can take that peace from you. How do we please God, Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].” Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) Want to please God, believe Him, your reward for faith in Him, peace.
Isaiah 9:6, “For to us a Child is born, to us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father [of Eternity], Prince of Peace.” Jesus is the Prince of peace, peace is found only within Him, not through religion, but through relationship. If you have been disfellowshipped, celebrate, for now you can have a meaningful relationship, you move from death into life, from turmoil into peace.
Isaiah 26:3-4, “You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You. 4 So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]”. It is faith in God that you obtain prefect peace, He prepares your life for you, why would you need a religion of falsehoods, of Theocratic warfare, you don’t, you need only God.
Isaiah 52:7, How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good tidings, who publishes peace, who brings good tidings of good, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, Your God reigns! This is the ministry of peace, if the Theocratic warrior is not bringing to you a life of peace in Christ, not in the Watchtower, then they are not of those who bring good tidings. What are those “good” tidings, it is the message of salvation in Christ, look at everything you are “in Christ”, it doesn’t get any better. He was the one who bought and paid for it with His life, for you. Isaiah 53:4-5, “Surely He has borne our griefs (sicknesses, weaknesses, and distresses) and carried our sorrows and pains [of punishment], yet we [ignorantly] considered Him stricken, smitten, and afflicted by God [as if with leprosy].5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our guilt and iniquities; the chastisement [needful to obtain] peace and well-being for us was upon Him, and with the stripes [that wounded] Him we are healed and made whole.”
Isaiah 54:10, “For though the mountains should depart and the hills be shaken or removed, yet My love and kindness shall not depart from you, nor shall My covenant of peace and completeness be removed, says the Lord, Who has compassion on you.” Peace is an everlasting covenant, remember what the name of Jehovah means, how it is defined, “The God who keeps covenant and fulfills promises,” that’s how you win by following Him, not a religion, look also at how God sees you, with compassion, why is this important, we have said compassion is” to experience what another goes through, and have to power to change it” this Jehovah, and why would anyone subject themselves to the possible repercussions of not being service to Him, but instead serving a religion that has exporreated His name.
Your service of Him has the great rewards, family, friends, children, all will flock to you because of the peace that is upon you and surrounds you. Isaiah 54:13, And all your [spiritual] children shall be disciples [taught by the Lord and obedient to His will], and great shall be the peace and undisturbed composure of your children.
Seek Him, forgive the Theocratic warriors, they can do nothing to you, steal nothing from you, they operate in satanic methods, but you can operate in God’s methods, destroy all the warfare, all the weapons of any enemy, we fear nothing, for in God, fear cannot exist. 2 Corinthians 10:4 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds, John 1:11-13) 11 He came to that which belonged to Him [to His own—His domain, creation, things, world], and they who were His own did not receive Him and did not welcome Him. 12 But to as many as did receive and welcome Him, He gave the authority (power, privilege, right) to become the children of God, that is, to those who believe in (adhere to, trust in, and rely on) His name—13 Who owe their birth neither to [a]bloods nor to the will of the flesh [that of physical impulse] nor to the will of man [that of a natural father], but to God. [They are born of God!] Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)