The ancient Apostles seemed to accept when it came, their fate as true Martyrs. Peter's death was foretold by the Savior. Paul kind of used the legal system to promote his innocence of any wrongdoing but in the end was still martyred. Plus his journey to Rome worked to establish Christianity there.Blashyrkh wrote: ↑Tue Oct 15, 2019 5:32 amThe point of my original post was never meant to be a debate on the merits of the 2A or guerilla warfare. It was meant to point out the blatant hypocrisy of the leaders of the church. You lowly members must rely on the Holy Spirit to protect you but the announced ones get men in suits with Glocks to protect them. Don't worry, if you die you will be a forgotten martyr for the Lord but if we die the church will dwindle in unbelief and you don't want that now do you?
Seeing the SCC established as it is in these days with communication systems the way they are, I doubt they would have trouble replacing their apostles. Of course members would mourn anyone who was lost before their time, but the way things are organized now they have a hundred guys all patiently waiting for their opportunity to be an apostle.
The only reason they would go to such lengths to protect the living person who holds the position of "prophet" is because they worship whoever holds that position. The prophet "office" has become so unreasonably precious that all measures must be used for their protection.....except for trusting in the Lord, who numbers the days of all men and wouldn't permit his spokesman to be taken before his time, right?
I mean if that person/position is SO critical to the advancement of the church, I'm sure he must have the complete and divine protection due such an important individual. Right?
So bodyguards and top security must be an inovation of men. Men who don't trust the Lord to protect his prophet. And those who are being protected have accepted (welcomed?) that additional protection. Maybe even promoted it? Is that a reflection on their own faith, trust and relationship with the Lord?
In the Old Testament as I recall, many times Jehovah would register consternation for those who decided He needed help accomplishing his purposes. Those who thought they should "steady the ark" were not held in high esteem.
So are the Q15 actually steadying their own ark?