I hate playing the grinch, but sometimes I just can’t help myself.
Today’s Daily Text is a prime example of the ridiculous places a false doctrine can take us. It says, “If we want to ‘prove ourselves sons of our Father who is in the heavens,’ we must be different.” and farther along, “Our love for fellow believers goes further. “We are under obligation to surrender our souls for our brothers.” (1 John 3:16, 17)”
The problem is that according to our teaching only ten thousand of the seven million Christians on earth are sons of God and brothers of Christ.
By being “different” as the Daily Text exhorts, the vast majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot prove themselves to be God’s sons. What we comprise is seven million ‘friends’ of God. Does this mean we are not under obligation to be different, or is it merely that, unlike his sons, our efforts prove nothing?
And what about being willing to surrender our souls for our brothers? They are not our brothers. They are Christ’s brothers, but if we are not God’s children than at best, Christ and his brothers are our friends.
It’s important to obey Christ and if needs be, to surrender your soul for your brother, but for the rest of us, either we’re free of that commandment because there is no counterpart exhorting us to surrender our souls for our friends, or we can obey the command anyway and be even better than the ‘brothers’ because we will die not for a family member, but for a mere friend.
Silly, isn’t it? But that’s where this mistaken belief takes us.