Friday, June 19, 2015

The Disassociation Letter of Diego Philippe - with Attachment

February 20, 2015
Body of Elders
Re: Official Notice of Disassociation

Dear Brothers,

Through this letter I’m informing you of my prayerful decision to discontinue my association with Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society religion, into which was baptized as a minor on November 28, 1992 in Xxxxxx, Xxxx.  Effective immediately, I do not consider myself one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Contributed by Christian Sparlock Freedom

My reasons are many and some very personal.  I do want to explain one those reasons why, after more than 22 years of being a baptized witness and a lifetime of being around the organization, I’ve decided to separate from this organization and follow only Our Lord Christ Jesus.
The reason is that I’ve read “The Finished Mystery” by Charles T. Russell (1917) and the booklet “Millions Now Living Will Never Die,” based on a speech by Joseph Rutherford (1920).  Both of which are cited by “The Watchtower” as examples of light or spiritual food given at the proper time during and after the inspection, cleansing and selection of the organization by our Lord Jesus Christ as predicted in Matthew 24:45-47 from 1914 to 1919.  These two pieces of literature are so erroneous on most biblical explanations attempted that I fail to see how the authors, the publishers and those that believed this could ever assert to be carefully chosen by our Lord Jesus Christ as his “faithful and discreet slave”, His spokesmen to the world, His channel of communication.  Any reasonable Christian upon reading these books will, inevitably, arrive at the same conclusion.

I do want to express my deep love for you as persons, as individuals, as friends.  I have never met anyone better.  Thank you for your friendship and love.  I do have to ask that you do not visit me in your capacity of “elders” for any reason.  However, you are always welcome to visit me as friends and Christian brothers.  I will keep you in my prayers, please do the same for me. “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV).

Your Brother in Christ,
Diego Philippe

Why I stopped believing the WTBS (attachment to my DA letter)

March 27, 2015 at 7:32pm

I guess it began with the zone visit to the US branch by the Governing Body (GB) and their helpers, in November 2014.  We were all watching the program tied in thru internet connection at the Kingdom Hall.  Our congregation was scheduled to view it as a recorded program on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.  We got dressed up, suit and tie as customary, as if this were a live meeting and we clapped whenever those in the video clapped.  Several brothers of the GB spoke and some of their helpers also, with the meeting lasting about 3 hours, including prayers and songs.
The talk that sticks out in my mind is that of brother Anthony Morris III.  I recall a story he told, which I’m paraphrasing here :
When Bro. Morris was serving as an elder in a congregation, a young woman asked Bro. Morris what his opinion was about a 23-year-old man, since she was considering marriage with this young man.  Bro. Morris expressed his disapproval of this young man, based as he put it, “He is 23 years old and is not serving as a ministerial servant.”  The young woman ignored his advice and proceeded to marry the young man.  Bro. Morris then stated that she suffered the consequences for doing so, for not following his advice on this young man.  Thus the learning was put forward to follow elders advice in such matters and for brothers to serve in the congregation.

This story made me think about myself.  I married at 22 years of age and have never served as a ministerial servant or anything.  By applying the moral of this story to myself, one can conclude I wouldn’t be fit to marry even today!

The other point I recall is about tight pants for brothers. Paraphrasing again:

Brothers should not wear tight pants because they are designed by homosexuals who love to look at men wearing tight pants.  According to Bro. Morris, he conducted an informal survey of a few sisters who confirmed that women do not like men in tight pants.  In addition, a circuit overseer (CO) was “man enough” to tell a young brother that he would not go out in service with him wearing a suit with tight pants.

I was reminded of the thought that we’re not under law but under underserved kindness and I thought it an irony to make de facto rules about tightness of pants.
The "Bride Class" or Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses
Continuing this line of thought he expanded his reasoning, paraphrasing again:

Sisters should not wear spandex type pants when running or exercising outdoors or in view of others. They should be modest in their dressing at all times.

I thought, “How silly to use a speaking platform where close to 1.5 million witnesses are listening, to speak about such trivialities at this time of the end. Billions of people’s lives are at stake!”

The straw that broke the camel’s back was comment made by Bro. Morris about inactive witnesses in reference to “having blood in our hands if one is not an active publisher” (cf. Ezekiel 3:18), I quote:

“And sometimes folks talk about this relative, that relative and you know they're baptized but they’ve been going through a hard time, they’re not preaching.  And we like the inactive and we’re gonna try and help them, but do you know they talk about Jehovah like he’s gonna understand all this. And I’m like: “What Jehovah are they talking about? I don’t know him. He is not in here [while pointing to the Bible].  That’s your idea [while pointing to the audience].”  This is serious business.  It’s a matter of life and death, whether we share in the warning work.”

This statement induced me to examine the claims this man makes as to being part of “the faithful and discreet slave” named over the domestics and anointed (Christ in Greek, Messiah in Hebrew) by Holy Spirit and therefore be part of the secondary seed of Abraham and a brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, meaning he will be as Our Lord Jesus Christ is, immortal in heaven and co-ruler over the whole Earth.

I have a hard time listening to a person, who places themselves at the level of the Apostles (anointed by Holy Spirit), speak in such a callous, pitiless manner about lost sheep.  Maybe he is right and he doesn’t really know the God, our Father, who is love and our Lord Christ Jesus who gave his life for his friends (1 John 4:8; John 15:13).
With all these thoughts in my mind, around the Thanksgiving holiday, my wife and I went to see her grandparents, who are Catholics and devoted to Christ in their own way, her grandmother especially.  I told myself:

“If a person dies before Christ's second coming in judgment of the world, he has the opportunity to be resurrected in the new system and may live for hundreds of years in paradise, but if my wife’s grandmother lives to see the coming of Christ, he will execute her because she is not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and did not follow the Governing Body directions and did not share in the warning work.”

This makes no logical sense.  It is not loving or just, I believe.  I’m not thinking that I could ever even suggest to God, The Father and Our Lord Jesus Christ, how to handle their affairs.  No, I’m merely pointing out that the viewpoint we hold and preach is faulty.

Then, as part of my examination, I bought “Millions Now Living Will Never Die” booklet published in 1920 and based on a talk given by J. F. Rutherford in 1918 and “The Finished Mystery” book touted as the posthumous work of C. T. Russell and thus the seventh volume of “The Studies of the Scriptures” series, published in 1917 (All of these can be downloaded in Google Books for free in a matter of seconds).

I found that the assertion of the organization that these books were two examples of “food at the proper time” provided by the “faithful and discreet slave” class is pure fantasy!  The organization teaches that Our Holy God Jehovah and Our Lord Jesus Christ examined this message, during their inspection of ALL Christian groups existing on Earth in 1914 to 1919 (w13 07/15).

Thus the question is:
“Would our Holy God and our Mighty Lord be pleased and would they endorse what C. T. Russell and J. F. Rutherford were publishing, preaching, proclaiming and causing others to believe during this critical inspection time?”

No, it is impossible!

"The Finished Mystery" and millions of other books easily demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that the claim made by the Governing Body, of being divinely appointed over all of the domestics, is truly baseless. 
Again, I’m not pretending to assume what Our Lord Jesus Christ should do, I just express an informed opinion that the good news the organization preached in those two books is as far as one can get from the original true gospel of Our Lord and His Apostles found in the Scriptures. 

Our Lord Jesus Christ could have never selected men who wrote and published and caused others to believe such erroneous, misguided and wild proclamations.  Our Lord is the truth, the way and the life and has nothing to do with untruths, half-truths, fables, subterfuge, tales, fabrications, baseless conjectures or groundless guesswork.

“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

Some of the forceful, insisting, and adamant proclamations made by C. T. Russell and J. F. Rutherford include:

Proclaiming 1925 as the year for the resurrection of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, together with all the faithful biblical persons mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11.

Proclaiming 1874 as the beginning of Jesus Christ's “parousia” (presence) or Christ's taking of his throne in Heaven.

Proclaiming 1881 as the completion of the harvest of the 144K anointed.

Proclaiming 1914 the end of the time of the gentiles meant by Russell as the end of the wicked world.

Proclaiming Pastor Russell to be “the angel of the congregation in Laodicea” (Rev. 3:14).

Proclaiming Pastor Russell as the “faithful and discreet slave” (Matt. 24:45)

Proclaiming that Paul, John, Arius, Waldo, Wycliffe, Luther, and finally Russell are the seven stars or angels of Christ send to the seven congregations of Asia Minor (Rev. 1:11, 20).

Proclaiming the incorrect idea that there are four classes of Christians –Anointed / Great Company / Ancient Worthies / Everyone else.

Proclaiming and using the Great Pyramid of Giza as corroboration for Russell’s chronology including 1914. It was also called “The Witness in Stone.”
Memorial Pyramid at C.T. Russell's grave site
Use of the winged sun disc symbol of Egyptian mythology on the original cover of the “Studies of the Scriptures” books written by Russell.

Russell wrote a book in 1889 titled “The Time is at Hand” where he claimed the end of the world would happen in 1914, then in the 1916 edition foreword he stated that the end would follow WWI (cf. Luke 21:8 AMP)

Other published viewpoints required to be believed by our Bible Students, if they desire to be baptized as a true Christian into the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and thus be saved and which are biblically suspect:

The diminished importance given to the role of Our Lord Christ Jesus in the salvation of each Christian (Acts 4:12)

Creating two classes of Christians, thus destroying a Christian’s personal relationship with his Father, God and His savior, Christ Jesus.

The current Sons of God are only the remaining of the 144k chosen ones.

The “great crowd” are not currently the Sons of God. These will only be considered children of God after they live this life faithfully, remain faithful during the great tribulation, survive Armageddon or die faithfully before, stay faithful during 1000 years while working to make the Earth a paradise, stay faithful through the last test…then and only then they can be adopted as Children of God! This is a misapplication of John 3:16.

The arbitrary insertion of the name “Jehovah” in the New Testament (NT).  If Jehovah wanted to preserve his name in the NT, He could’ve had it included, as he did in the OT for over 7K times, could He not?  The translator should translate, not insert his own ideas, no matter how valid the arguments may be. 

For example:
“Señor” is Spanish for “Sir or Mister”; Señor does not mean John! One may be referring to John but one did not say “Juan” in Spanish!

The Organization accuses others of not translating YHWH as Jehovah instead using Lord, but they are guilty of the same dishonesty by translating Kuryos as Jehovah even though that's the Greek word for Lord (cf. Matthew 7:1-5).

Limiting the application of the title of “faithful and discreet slave” to the men in the Governing Body, minimizing, if not eliminating all importance from the rest of the anointed.

The claim that The Watchtower Society was chosen by Jehovah and Jesus Christ in 1919, when they “invisibly” inspected the “spiritual” temple is baseless, as can be
clearly determined from reading the literature published by the organization during that time.

The declaration that the “invisible” presence of Christ in the Kingdom of God started in 1914 (cf. Matthew 28:18-20).  This previously was affirmed to be 1874 as taught by N. H. Barbour, who tried to save his false prediction of the second coming by using this "invisible presence" nonsense.
Contributed by Haupi Justice

The changes to the “1914 generation” doctrine (Matthew 24:34) :

1927-1942 – All anointed Christians/new creation/144,000.

1942-1995 – Only those anointed who saw 1914.

1995-2008 – All the wicked people who’ll see the end/Armageddon.

2008-Today – Current Anointed Christians/new creation/144000 who were anointed, while those who were anointed and saw 1914, were still alive.  The “overlapping” generation will not pass before seeing the end of the world.  Compare all this with Matthew 1:17.
Misapplication of Proverbs 4:18. See 1 John 1:5.

What The Bible Really Teaches:

“[17] The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. [18] I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth.  He will tell them everything I command him. [19] I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. [20] But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.” [21] You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” [22] If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken.  That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.” Deuteronomy 18:17-22 NIV

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:14

“Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free rather do that.  For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ’s slave.  You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.” I Corinthians 7:21-23

“Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?” I Corinthians 1:13

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:4-7.

“For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.  The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galatians 5:6

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God –“Ephesians 2:8

“And He said, Be on your guard and be careful that you are not led astray; for many will come in My name [appropriating to themselves the name Messiah which belongs to Me], saying, I am He! and, The time is at hand! Do not go out after them.” Luke 21:8 AMP

“Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him.  Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun.  Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1, 2

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

Matthew 7:1-5 NIV
[1] “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. [2] For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. [3] “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? [4] How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? [5] You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

Matthew 1:17 NIV
[17] Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.