When I arrived at the meeting last night, two of the elders asked to speak with me. Of course, I was petrified. Didn’t Barfendogs warn me about this, saying that elders were mean?
But they weren’t mean at all. They were nice. Moreover, what they had on their minds was perfectly reasonable, so in this matter, as in all others, Barfendogs is full of manure.
It turns out that two or three in the congregation actually read my last post, the one about how the written word has more authority than the spoken word. They took it to heart, spoke to some others, and now the elders couldn’t say squat without being challenged.
Oh yeah?! Prove it!!! Where does it say that in the Bible?? Where does it say that in the Watchtower??
An elder had asked someone to stop parking on the lawn.
No, no, no, no. It’s not that we don’t pay any attention to the spoken word! Useful information often comes that way. Jehovah’s Witnesses recognize authority in the congregation, and we don’t question authority just for the sake of questioning authority. It’s just that the written word from a trusted source carries more weight than the spoken. That’s not to say the spoken word carries none.
But the wisdom from above is first of all chaste, then peaceable, reasonable, ready to obey, full of mercy and good fruits, not making partial distinctions, not hypocritical. James 3:17
Be obedient to those who are taking the lead among you and be submissive, for they are keeping watch over your souls as those who will render an account; that they may do this with joy and not with sighing, for this would be damaging to you. Heb 13:17