The War Within (2005)
These are sins we keep silent about. And therefore they are some of the most difficult to conquer. Facing sexual temptations daily, sometimes unfaithful in thought or deed, persistently assaulted by the world, the flesh, and the Devil, can men...
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These are sins we keep silent about. And therefore they are some of the most difficult to conquer. Facing sexual temptations daily, sometimes unfaithful in thought or deed, persistently assaulted by the world, the flesh, and the Devil, can men today possibly win the war for sexual purity?
This courageous book offers a resounding &" yes!&" It also provides a battle strategy based on the promises and power of God&- and the author&' s experiences in defeating a 25-year addiction to pornography. This no-nonsense book&- newly revised and expanded&- will take you to a new level of purity, as well as encourage you that in this terribly private struggle, you are never alone.
^Sexual sins are some of the most difficult to conquer. They're also some of the most destructive-leaving individuals, marriages, families, and churches devastated. ^Facing sexual temptations daily, too often unfaithful in thought or deed, persistently assaulted by the world, the flesh, and the Devil, can men today possibly win the war for sexual purity? ^This courageous book offers a resounding "yes " It also provides a battle strategy based on the promises and power of God-and on the author's experiences in breaking a 25-year struggle with sexual sin. Newly revised and expanded, this book will lead you to a new level of purity and will encourage you that in this terribly private struggle, you are never alone.
Who is the "Faithful and Discreet Slave"?If you are a Jehovahrs"s Witness, no doubt you have a deep love for the truth. Chances are, you would also agree that "no matter how much Bible reading we have done, we would never have learned the truth on our own" (The Watchtower, December 1, 1990, p. 19). Most of what you know about Jehovah God and his Word you learned from the "faithful and discreet slave class." This is why you go door to door: to share what you have learned with others.But isnrs"t it possible that some of the Watchtower Societyrs"s teachings could be wrong? After all, theyrs"ve been wrong in the past. Wasnrs"t C. T. Russell wrong when he expected to be taken to heaven in 1914? Wasnrs"t J. F. Rutherford wrong when he predicted that men like Moses and David would soon be resurrected and live in the Watchtowerrs"s mansion in San Diego? And isnrs"t it possible that N. H. Knorr and F. W. Franz were wrong in saying that the generation of 1914 would live to see the end of this wicked system of things? If "Godrs"s organization" was wrong about these things, shouldnrs"t we consider the possibility that they are still wrong about other, more important doctrines as well?Why is it, then, that most Witnesses will never question the Societyrs"s teachings, even when they "teach commands of men as doctrines" (Matthew 15:9)? What gives them this kind of authority? As you know, their claim to authority rests entirely on their interpretation of Jesusrs" parable of the "faithful and discreet slave": "Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time? Happy is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so. Truly I say to you, He will appoint him over all his belongings" (Matthew 24:45-47). They believe this text makes them Godrs"s channel for providing spiritual food to his people. "In 1919 that slave was identified as the remnant of anointed Christians. Since then, as represented by the Governing Body of Jehovahrs"s Witnesses, it has been the center of theocracy on earth" (The Watchtower, January 15, 1994, p. 16).Since so much rests on this passage, it is only right that we examine just what Jesus meant in this parable. The Society insists that Jesus was speaking not of individuals, but of a group of people who are members of an organization. The problem is, in Lukers"s account, Jesus specifically applies the parable to individuals. "Indeed, everyone to whom much was given, much will be demanded of him; and the one whom people put in charge of much, they will demand more than usual of him" (Luke 12:48). The parable has to do with Christian stewardship. In fact, it follows the same pattern as the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) or minas (Luke 19:12-27). A master departs, leaving work for his slaves. When he returns, he evaluates their faithfulness and rewards or punishes them accordingly. Itrs"s interesting that the Society applies these parables to individuals, while applying the "faithful and discreet slave" parable (Matthew 24:45-51) to an organization. Their interpretation is inconsistent.This teaching on the faithful stewardship of individuals is reflected elsewhere in Scripture. "In proportion as each one has received a gift, use it in ministering to one another as fine stewards of Godrs"s undeserved kindness expressed in various ways" (1 Peter 4:10). "Let a man so appraise us as being subordinates of Christ and stewards of sacred secrets of God. Besides, in this case, what is looked for in stewards is for a man to be found faithful" (1 Corinthians 4:1, 2).Can you say that Jesus is your Master? If so, think about what it says of your stewardship when
Robert V. Daniels is professor emeritus of history, University of Vermont. Among his many previous books are "The Conscience of the Revolution: ""Communist Opposition in Soviet Russia" and "The End of the Communist ""Revolution," He lives in Burlington, VT.