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Beware of Thieves and Robbers
Andy Bustanoby
(C) February 5, 2005

     The road leading to the few houses in my remote community has a sign
     posted.  On it is a sketch of a man with his hat pulled down over
     his eyes, collar up, and looking back to see if anyone's watching
     him.  The sign reads, "Our neighbors are watching over one another's
     family members and property, and they have been trained to report
     suspicious activity of persons in the neighborhood."

     Do you think that as a Christian I ought to be nice to such
     persons?  Let me explain.

     The other day I was sitting in my office when a car drove into my
     driveway.  The car was a recent model, clean and carrying three
     well-dressed women in their fifties or sixties.  I went out to see
     what they wanted.  I already had an idea, because they had been in
     the neighborhood before.

     The driver said, "We were in the neighborhood giving out literature
     and wanted to give you this."  She gave me a newsletter with a name
     at the top:  The Watchtower Society.  I was right about who they
     were and what they were up to.  The driver was demonstrating her
     technique in "witnessing" to the other two women in training.

     I said to her, "When you came into the neighborhood, didn't you see
     the neighborhood watch sign?"

     "Yes," she said.

     "Didn't you think I'd be alert to thieves and robbers driving onto
     my property?"

     Her jaw dropped.  She looked aghast!  "Do you think we are thieves
     and robbers?"

     "I not only think so, I know so because the Bible calls you thieves
     and robbers."

     By then, all three were standing there with their mouths open.

     I continued, "Jesus, speaking of Himself as the gate to the
     sheepfold, said that the one who does not enter the sheepfold by the
     gate, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a
     robber" (John 10:1).

     He is describing you Jehovah's Witnesses.  You have not entered the
     sheepfold through Jesus Christ.  You're trying to climb up some
     other way--by your works--calling yourselves Jehovah's Witnesses and
     going around spreading your lie that Jesus is not the way, but that
     you know the way.  Go on and climb back down.  When you're ready to
     come through the gate, Jesus Christ, let me know.  Otherwise, don't
     come back.

     Some reader is sure to say, That wasn't very nice!

     Let me assure you that I don't speak that way to unbelievers with
     honest questions who are seeking to know the truth.  But I give no
     quarter to false teachers.  Read the entire chapter of 2 Peter 2 on
     the subject of false teachers if you want a biblical example of how
     they should be handled.  If an Apostle of God can compare them to
     dogs returning to their own vomit or a sow that was washed returning
     to her wallowing in the mire, I don't think I was off base in using
     Jesus' words, thieves and robbers.

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