May 26, 2013, 02:13:46 AM
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All of these factors, and more, have to be known before a fair judgment of this letter can be made. One sided conversations, which this letter is, are filled with unknowns.
Quote from: Linda All of these factors, and more, have to be known before a fair judgment of this letter can be made. One sided conversations, which this letter is, are filled with unknowns. The unknowns are bot important. The fact remains this person committed some serious crimes, crimes that may be still unsolved. His Christian conscience should dictate to him what he needs to do, as the scriptures say to make amends. What if it were onbe of youre loved ones who were the victims, do you just push it away and greet him with open arms because he is now your brother in Christ? True repentance requires restitution, to right the wrongs if at all possible. Granted some things cannot be restored, but helping to put the rest some unresolved crime can.
The thing that bugs me about the letter is someone confessing to his elders that he had killed people but never been brought to justice. That just does not sound genuine to me. Maybe the guy had some sort of mental problem, and was prone to telling tall tales. The letter also says the guy was caught smoking Marijuana also by someone. The guy is supposed to have made this incredible confession, which might indicate a truly sincere, and honest individual - but then they catch him smoking pot. Yeah, right. Maybe he's not as sincere as his confession would lead one to believe.That makes me think there is something fishy about the whole thing...WV
Of course the unknowns are important. I'm surprised that an exJW would say they are not.
If he had killed a relative of mine and was sincerely repentant I would forgive him. If he were sincerely repentant and also a brother in Christ there would be no question that I must forgive him. That does not mean I must have close association and have him over for dinner, no. But in my heart I should forgive and leave things in God's hands.
Make amends, you say? How do we know what amends he has made or has not made? We know nothing of his conscience and what he may have felt or may have done to make up for his crime ...OT justice is not what Jesus enforced but rather repentance and forgiveness and love and trust in God.
Without knowing the details there can be no fair judgment of the situation. Perhaps the poster who supplied the one reply should supply the whole communication in order that if we are to hang the elders we do it with understanding and not in ignorance.