Jehovah's Witnesses, to all who are against independent thinking.....?
Where does the Bible say that Jehovah ONLY uses the faithful and discreet slave today - as I understand it - a group of men. To trust this group of men is the same as trusting Jehovah? Doesn't Jehovah use the Holy Spirit to teach us? What is the role of the Holy Spirit on the earth today?
The bible says that when you take in knowledge and wisdom, THINKING will keep GUARD over YOU? Whose thinking? Doesn't that mean your thinking? Discernment will safeguard you? So YOU should be discerning by THINKING it says. Not by depending on others to think for you. God gave you and me thinking ability. I'm not talking about thinking independently of God, I'm talking about using our thinking to guard from false teaching or simply human errors of others by making the bible the first and foremost authority, the Holy Spirit, and then elders. Maybe God will use you for his purposes, but you have to hear his voice and obey
Doesn't this mean we have the Holy Spirit for guidance and teaching today?
1 Sam 16... man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
It may have been a sin for you to fight in the Military, but for another, it may be a sin NOT to. Because there are valid arguments on each side. If you defend the innocent from being maimed, tortured, dipped in acid, experimented upon by Hitler type rulers, and you stand idly by watching, would that be right? If our country was invaded by a maniac like Hitler, would it be right to do nothing while women and children were being raped & slaughtered? Is that loving your neighbor. That's why there should not be disfellowshipping for Military service because it depends on the circumstances and the conscience of the individual. Jesus said to turn the other cheek but he also said to defend the widow and orphan.