Originally Posted by kjw47
It is sad. The blind guides are running around telling their flocks--you are saved--or born again--they dont even know God.
Well of course, the J.W.'s are the only true flock, who's New World translation authors cannot be traced.
I've asked also, K.J., what makes the J.W.'s any different from any other religion which states they must follow their rules and stipulations in order to go to heaven.
Meanwhile in actuality, the source of the Joy in the Lord involves the understanding of Salvation!
That after the Almighty gave the Law through Moses, He went about establishing the atoning practices for sin.
Which established foundation, Jesus is the long prophesied Capstone, of. The Savior.
Here is the wellspring of Joy... which Jesus spoke about, involving the extension of God's Mercy, Grace, and Love!
The accepted indications of a cult are this...
They say that Jesus is not the Almighty Himself, incarnate into the world. The Deity of Christ.
They deny that Salvation comes, "by Grace, through Faith", in the shed blood of the atoning Lamb of God.
"Not of yourself, for it is a GIFT of God. Not of works, so that none may boast."
Also, as told to us way back in Leviticus 17!
Which the Jews of Jesus day missed.
"The Life of the creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the alter to make atonement for your soul.
For it is the blood which makes atonement for the soul.
Also depicted in Leviticus 16, regarding the illustration of, "The Scapegoat".
Jesus, as St. John stated, shed His blood for the sin of the world.
The reason for which escapes the J.W.'s.
Involving original, and inherent sin, leading to all others.
Paul also clearly dilineated the purpose of the law in the book of Romans, saying NO ONE can be justified by it! As it points out our sin, and failure to keep it.
Which understanding also escaped the Jews of Jesus day, just as it seems to the J.W.'s, today.