Jesus was forgiving and merciful, but not toward all. Forgiveness of sins is always based upon repentance. The notorious woman to whom Jesus said "Your sins are forgiven" wetted his feet with her tears and dried them with her hair. The Pharisees at the table were offended by the fact that Jesus allowed her to even touch him. The Gospel accounts show that Jesus' most hardened enemies were the Jewish religious leaders. Although some priests and Pharisees put faith in Jesus most did not and Christ told them straight-out that they were liable to receive the judgment of Gehenna. Being the most knowledgeable, the Pharisees should have readily accepted Jesus as the Messiah. Instead, they lied and distorted the truth and punished any Jew who did accept Jesus as the Christ and they even conspired to have the Son of God put to death.Your sins are forgiven.—Luke 7:48.
Do you need to be more forgiving of others? You might begin by reading about and meditating on Bible examples of those who freely forgave others and those who did not. Consider Jesus’ example. He willingly forgave others. (Luke 7:47) He also looked past their faults and saw their potential. By contrast, the Pharisees in Jesus’ day “considered others as nothing.” (Luke 18:9) After meditating on these examples, ask yourself: ‘What do I see in others? Which of their qualities do I choose to focus on?’ If you are struggling to forgive someone, try writing down as many of that individual’s good qualities as you can. Then ask yourself: ‘How does Jesus view this person? Would he forgive him?’ Such a study project could help to readjust our thinking. At first, we may have to work hard to forgive someone who has offended us. But if we keep working at it, in time we will become more willing to forgive. w22.04 23 ¶6
The leaders of the Watchtower are in a similar position as the Pharisees. For as long as the Watchtower has existed it has promoted a lie, the lie that Christ has already become King. The question is, how will they respond when it becomes undeniable that 1914 is a fraud? Will they repent and accept the Son of man when he comes in the glory of his Father? Some will. And some will not.
Personally, I do not harbor ill will towards anyone. I do not judge individuals. When it comes to the Watchtower though, I do not forgive it. Neither will Christ. It has lied and stolen and murdered. As an institution, it must be destroyed. (I have never been a reformer, as some people imagine I am.) As soon it is determined that the good news of the Kingdom has been preached to God's satisfaction, then that's it for the earthly organization. It will be a "stop the presses" moment.
By the way, the Watchtower is fond of saying that Ezekiel's vision of the celestial chariot symbolizes Jehovah's invisible organization that is leading the earthly part and we have to keep pace. However, if you read the 10th chapter of Ezekiel please note that the man in linen who had the secretary's inkhorn and marked those who were sighing over the detestable things being done in Jehovah's temple was ordered to go into the flaming wheelwork of the massive chariot and gather up burning coals and toss them over the city, the city being Jerusalem, the place where Jehovah caused his name to reside.
Judas was personally chosen by Jesus to be one of the 12 apostles. And we know how that turned out. Jesus called him the son of destruction and said it would have been better for him to have never been born. In other words: Gehenna. Unfortunately, there is a Judas-like masonic cult among the leadership of Jehovah's Witnesses. This coven is similarly called the "son of destruction." There is no foregivness for them. When Christ comes they will be sentenced to everlasting death. The blackness of oblivion awaits them. "Also, they will greedily exploit you with counterfeit words. But their judgment, decided long ago, is not moving slowly, and their destruction is not sleeping." - 2 Peter 2:3
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