Monday, February 15th, 2010
"Keep your eye on those who cause divisions . . . and avoid them." (Romans 16:17)
God’s loyal ones today are not deceived by apostate ideas. Anointed ones and their Christian associates are quick to avoid and reject apostate ideas. While we gladly submit to governmental authorities in secular matters and remain neutral in worldly conflicts, our loyalty goes to God’s Kingdom. (John 18:36; Romans 13:1-8) With hearts full of gratitude, we stay close to “the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time.” Christ has appointed this slave “over all his belongings.” (Matthew 24:45-47) Therefore, even if we as individuals do not fully understand a certain position taken by the slave class, that is no reason for us to reject it or return to Satan’s world. Instead, loyalty will move us to act humbly and wait on Jehovah to clarify matters.
(Watchtower issue: 8/15/08, 1:14, 15)
It's important to keep in mind *the reason* why we need to avoid those who try to cause divisions. Whenever congregation members begin listening to apostate ideas or allow themselves to become overly-critical in their thinking about others,...it only serves the purpose of causing distractions within the congregation and slowing down the progress of the preaching work and other building projects. It's a waste of time. It benefits no one.
So the following links are 2 previous posts which demonstrate how other servants of God in the past were able to stay focused and on track, by avoiding people who caused divisions or obstacles.
With Speed His Word Runs
the good example set by the 1st century Christians (whose united, unswerving, and determined efforts, produced rapid and expansive results)
Keep Conquering the Evil With the Good
the good example set by Nehemiah and the Jewish exiles who returned to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem (in record time) despite ongoing opposition and constant harassment with attempts to slow down the building work and halt progress.