Benny Sikter's Letter To The Governing Body.
First of all I would like to say how much I appreciate your Christian activity by continuing declaring The Good News of The Heavenly KINGDOM as foretold in Matthew 24:14. I can say many other things to assure you of my sincere appreciation to your GOD-given work.
But I would like, with this letter, asking you some questions after having been reading the book Crisis of Conscience, written by our brother Raymond Franz. He has in his book revealed many things that have been happening among the brothers at Bethel in Brooklyn during several decades. When I started to read this book I became very upset and wrote immediately a letter to him, even using websites on Internet, and gave him a reprimand according to Proverbs 25:2, 9: “The glory of GOD is the keeping of a matter secret, and the glory of kings is the searching through a matter. Plead your own cause with your fellowman, and do not reveal the confidential talk of another.” You can read by yourselves our corresponding letters I deliver in the same envelope as this letter to you.
After reading more and more pages in his revealing book of the activities in Bethel at that time I changed my attitude to brother Raymond. Especially chapter ten and eleven, the pages 233-351 in my Swedish copy, affected me very much! I have seriously questions concerning his writings and I would like to hear your point of views before I find out the real and true things that actually was happening among you anointed brothers at that time, according to Proverbs 18:13: “When anyone is replying to a matter before he hears it, that is foolishness on his part and a humiliation.” Is it not your responsibility to make things clear according to 1 Peter 3:15 there it says: “But sanctify the Christ as Lord in your hearts, always ready to make a defense before everyone that demands of you a reason for the hope in you, but doing so together with a mild temper and deep respect”? (See 1 Corinthians 11:19; 2 Peter 2:19)
I am asking you: What was the Scriptural base to expel brother Raymond Franz from The Christian Congregation? Was it based on The Scriptures or merely imperfect human reasoning? (See Psalm 119:105; Romans 3:23; 7:14-25; 14:1-4; 1 Corinthians 4:6) Is it true that you expelled him because he ate a meal with brother Peter Gregerson? Where in The Scriptures do you find reason to expel him for this? Is it your limited present understanding of the verse in 1 Corinthians 5:11 who guided you into this cold-blooded and terrible action of yours? (See Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 16:31; 20:39; 1 Timothy 5:1, 17; Compare Job 32:6; Proverbs 23:22; Hebrew 6:10; 13:7, 17)
Another question I am asking is: What is the Biblical reason to expel these friends of Raymond Franz: Ed Dunlap, Rene and Elsie Vazquez, Peter Gregerson, Chris Sanchez, Nestor Kuilan? What wrong have they really been doing? What Biblical teaching do they ignore or hate? Did they were disfellowshipped from The Christian Congregation because they did not accept your own imperfect understanding of The Holy Word that is very changeable because you have not the accurate knowledge yet? (Proverbs 4:18) How much Christian love did you show these fellow Christians with your behavior? (John 13:34, 35; Jacob 2:15-17; 1 Peter 4:8)
How could you permit unanointed brothers to judge and expel brother Edward Dunlap, an anointed brother, who has been used by JEHOVAH GOD to feed spiritually the anointed Brothers among you? (Matthew 24:45-47) What Scriptural reason did you have to do this? Apostasy? Apostasy from what I ask? Was it apostasy in Biblical implication or an apostasy from the “wicked” humans so much restricted ability to fully understand The Truth hidden in GOD’S WORD? (See Luke 11:13) Where in The Scriptures do you find the year 1914 mentioned? Where in The Scriptures do you find that you alone as The Governing Body can resolve spiritually issues of others as you did in Mexico and Malawi, which is fully described in Ray’s good book Crises of Conscience?
Are people more valuable in your sight than His Holy Word? How do you think that JEHOVAH GOD will bless you further when you are not fully obeying His Commands? (See Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 16:31; 20:39; 1 Timothy 5:1, 17; Compare Job 32:6; Proverbs 23:22; Hebrew 6:10; 13:7, 17) What is your understanding to this verse in The Scriptures: “If then, you are bringing your gift to the altar and you there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, and go away; first make your peace with your brother, and then, when you have come back, offer up your gift.” (Matthew 5:23, 24) How is it possible to gain JEHOVAH’S blessings when brother Raymond has so many accusations against you in his written good book? (See Matthew 5:9; Romans 12:18; Hebrew 12:14; Jacob 3:18)
I am hoping that you will give me a quick answer to my questions. My telephone number is +46500486868, +46737896446.
A copy of this letter is sent to brother Raymond Franz.
I do love you very much and I wish to see all of you, my anointed brothers!
Please remember this verses in The Holy Scriptures:
“My Son, do not belittle the discipline from JEHOVAH, neither give out when you are corrected by Him; for whom JEHOVAH loves He disciplines; in fact, He scourges every one whom He receives as a Son. True, no discipline seems for the present to be joyous, but grievous; yet afterward to those who have been trained by it it yields peaceable fruit, namely, righteousness.“ —Hebrews 12:5, 6, 11.
“Trust in JEHOVAH with all your heart and do not lean upon your own understanding. In all your ways take notice of Him, and He Himself will make your paths straight.” —Proverbs 3:5, 6.
“Rejoice in The Hope. Endure under tribulation. Persevere in Prayer. Share with The Holy Ones according to their needs. Follow The Course of Hospitality.” —Romans 12:12, 13.