Is the Watchtower Bible And Tract Society (WTBTS) Honest
With The Media In Their Answers To These Two Questions?
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the first question and answer:
Do you shun former
who simply cease to be involved in the faith are not shunned. In compliance with the Scriptures, however, members can be expelled
for serious unchristian conduct, such as stealing, drunkenness, or adultery,
if they do not repent and cease such actions. Disfellowshipping
does not sever family ties. Disfellowshipped members may continue
to attend religious services, and if they wish, they may receive pastoral
visits. They are always welcome to return to the faith.—1 Corinthians
statements are absolutely not accurate, they are worded in a way to completely
deceive the reader. The question was "Do you shun former members?"
The answer should have been "Yes." When you are disfellowshipped
or disassociated, family ties are severed for life till you decide to go
through the steps to return to this religion. Please read from the following
Watchtower's own literature to see how they instruct their followers to
treat former members and disfellowshipped ones.
9/15/1981 pages 23, 24 Disfellowshipping-How to View It
16 Persons who make themselves “not of our sort”
by deliberately rejecting the faith and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses
should appropriately be viewed and treated as are those who have been
disfellowshiped for wrongdoing.
COOPERATING WITH THE CONGREGATION
17 Though Christians enjoy spiritual fellowship when they discuss or
study the Bible with their brothers or interested persons, they
would not want to have such fellowship with an expelled sinner (or one
who has renounced
the faith and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses, disassociating himself). The expelled person has been ‘rejected,’ being
“self-condemned” because of “sinning,” and those in the congregation
both accept God’s judgment and uphold it. disfellowshipping, however,
implies more than ceasing to have spiritual fellowship.—Titus 3:10,
18 Paul wrote: “Quit mixing in company . . . ,
not even eating with such a man.” (1 Cor. 5:11) A meal
is a time of relaxation and socializing. Hence, the Bible here rules out social fellowship, too, such as joining an expelled person
in a picnic or party, ball game, trip to the beach or theater, or sitting
down to a meal with him.
6/1/1970 pages 351, 352 Questions from Readers
Again, the disfellowshipping does not dissolve the flesh-and-blood ties,
but, in this situation, contact, if it were necessary at all, would
be much more rare than between persons living in the same home. Yet,
there might be some absolutely necessary family matters requiring communication,
such as legalities over a will or property. But
the disfellowshiped relative should be made to appreciate that his status
has changed, that he is no longer welcome in the home nor is he a preferred
7/1/1963 page 413 What disfellowshipping Means
Therefore the members of the congregation will
not associate with the disfellowshiped one, either in the Kingdom
Hall or elsewhere. They will not converse with
such one or show him recognition in any way. If the disfellowshiped
person attempts to talk to others in the congregation, they should walk
away from him. In this way he will feel the full import of his
4/15/1988 page 26 Discipline That Can Yield Peaceable Fruit
3 ‘But,’ someone may ask, ‘is it not harsh to
expel and then refuse to talk with the expelled person?’ Such
a view surfaced in a recent court case involving a woman who was raised
by parents who were Jehovah’s Witnesses. Her parents had been disfellowshiped.
She was not, but she voluntarily disassociated
herself by writing a letter withdrawing from the congregation. Accordingly,
the congregation was simply informed that she was no longer one of Jehovah’s
Witnesses. She moved away, but years later she returned and found that local Witnesses would not converse with her. So she
took the matter to court. What was the outcome, and how might this affect
you? In order to understand the matter properly, let us see what the
Bible says about the related subject of disfellowshipping.
4/151988 page 28 Discipline That Can Yield Peaceable Fruit
14 The situation is different if the disfellowshipped
or disassociated one is a relative living outside the immediate family
circle and home. It might be possible to
have almost no contact at all with the relative. Even if there
were some family matters requiring contact, this
certainly would be kept to a minimum, in line with the divine
principle: “Quit mixing in company with anyone
called a brother that is a fornicator or a greedy person [or guilty
of another gross sin], . . . not even eating with such a man.”—1
apostate according to the WTBTS is one who no longer believes in the Jehovah's
Witness religion, one who rejects their teachings and decides for conscience
reasons they can no longer be a part of this religion. There are a few scriptures that allude to the term "apostate". The context
of both First and Second John seems to indicate they would be "antichrists."
What is an "antichrist"? The "Insight" book points out that it embraces
all those who deny that "Jesus is the Christ," and who deny that Jesus is
the Son of God who came "in the flesh". Many who have left Jehovah's Witnesses
still believe that the Bible is God's Word and that Jesus is the Christ.
But applying the term "antichrist" or "apostate to these ones who have
left is not scripturally valid.
4/1/1983 page 24 Reject Apostasy, Cling to the Truth!
Attitude Toward Apostates
17 Christians are to be hospitable, but not toward
apostates from the true faith. (1 Peter 4:9) John made this clear
in saying: “If anyone comes to you and does not
bring this teaching, never receive him into your homes
or say a greeting to him. For he that says a greeting to him is a sharer
in his wicked works.” (2 John 10, 11) The “deceivers” were traveling about and actively spreading
false teaching. Of course, it would have been wrong
for any dedicated Christian to extend the hand of fellowship to them
by allowing these
false teachers into his home. It would also have been improper to give
the apostates any kind of greeting,
whether it was welcome on their arrival or “God speed” at their departure. (Authorized Version)
No loyal Christian would wish a deliberate promoter of false doctrine
success in his work. Certainly, then, no faithful
witness of Jehovah would socialize with such an individual.—1
18 Moreover, if a dedicated servant of Jehovah were to entertain such
a deceptive teacher in his home, he would become “an accomplice” in
the “wicked deeds” of that person. (The New English Bible) Therefore, no loyal modern-day witness of Jehovah would greet
a disfellowshipped or disassociated apostate or allow that one to
use his Christian home as a place from which to spread doctrinal error.
Surely, there would be grave
accountability before God if a believer extended hospitality to an apostate
and this resulted in the spiritual
death of a fellow worshiper of Jehovah.—Compare
Romans 16:17, 18; 2 Timothy 3:6, 7.
7/15/1985 page 31 Questions From Readers
Aid to Bible Understanding shows that the word “apostasy”
comes from a Greek word that literally means “‘a standing away from’
but has the sense of ‘desertion, abandonment or rebellion.’” The Aid book adds: “Among the varied causes of apostasy set forth in
apostolic warnings were: lack of faith (Heb. 3:12), lack of endurance
in the face of persecution (Heb. 10:32-39), abandonment of right moral
standards (2 Pet. 2:15-22), the heeding of the ‘counterfeit words’ of
false teachers and ‘misleading inspired utterances’ ( . . . 1 Tim. 4:1-3)
. . . Such ones willfully abandoning the Christian
congregation thereby become part of the ‘antichrist.’ (1 John
2:18, 19)” A person who had willfully and formally
disassociated himself from the congregation would have matched that
description. By deliberately repudiating God’s congregation and by renouncing
the Christian way, he would have made himself an apostate. A loyal Christian
would not have wanted to fellowship with an apostate. Even if they had
been friends, when someone repudiated the congregation, apostatizing,
he rejected the basis for closeness to the brothers. John
made it clear that he himself would not have in his home someone who
‘did not have God’ and who was “not of our sort.” Scripturally, a person
who repudiated God’s congregation became more reprehensible than those
in the world. Why? Well, Paul showed that Christians in the Roman
world daily contacted fornicators, extortioners, and idolaters. Yet
he said that Christians must “quit mixing in company
with anyone called a brother” who resumed ungodly ways. (1 Corinthians
5:9-11) Similarly, Peter stated that one who had “escaped from the defilements
of the world” but then reverted to his former life was like a sow returning
to the mire. (2 Peter 2:20-22) Hence, John was providing harmonious
counsel in directing that Christians were not to ‘receive into their
homes’ one who willfully ‘went out from among them.’—2 John 10. ....
The seriousness of this counsel is evident from John’s words: “He
that says a greeting to him is a sharer in his wicked works.” No true
Christian would have wanted God to view him as sharing in wicked works
by associating with an expelled wrongdoer or with one who rejected His
these above quotes sound like the WTBTS doesn't shun or sever family ties?
For additional information see You Can't Associate With...
the second question and answer:
Do you believe that
you are the only ones who will be saved?
No. Many millions who have lived in centuries past
and who were not Jehovah's Witnesses will come back in a resurrection
and have an opportunity for life. Many
now living may yet take a stand for truth and righteousness before God's
time of judgment, and they will gain salvation. Moreover, Jesus
said that we should not be judging one another. Humans look at the outward
appearance; God looks at the heart. He sees accurately and judges mercifully.
God has committed judgment into Jesus' hands, not ours.—Matthew 7:1-5;
John 5:22, 27.
Society very cleverly and deceptively answered this question. They said
no, then proceeded to say that people from the past will be resurrected.
They then went on to say many now living may yet take a stand for truth
and righteousness to gain salvation. So if carefully read, you will see
you have to take a stand for truth to be saved. Who's truth? Their Truth!
So the answer is yes, they believe they are the only ones that will be saved
with the exception of the people who died in the past. Anyone (the media)
not familiar with the way the Society presents answers and facts would not
catch the deception presented in this statement. They would assume the Society
teaches, others from different religions would be saved.
Watchtower 2/15/1983 page 12 You Can Live Forever in Paradise
on Earth-But How? ***
A third requirement is that we be associated with
God’s channel, his organization. God has always used an
organization. For example, only those in the ark in Noah’s day survived
the Flood, and only those associated
with the Christian congregation in the first century had God’s favor.
(Acts 4:12) Similarly, Jehovah
is using only one organization today to accomplish his will. To receive
everlasting life in the earthly
Paradise we must identify that organization and serve God as part of
11/15/1981 pages 16, 17 'Stay Awake and Keep Your Senses'
3Any person who wants to survive into God’s righteous
new order urgently needs to come into a right relationship
with Jehovah and His earthly organization now.
82 12/15/1982 page 27 Clothing Ourselves With Love and Wearing
In this way only lovers of God and of his family,
his organization, will survive and enter into the cleansed earth
that is to be transformed into a glorious Paradise.
92 9/15/1992 pages 23, 24 Jehovah's Use of "Foolishness" to
Save Those Believing
16 Soon, at Armageddon, Jehovah God will cause all “the wisdom of the
wise men” to perish. He will shove aside all “the intelligence of the
intellectual men” who made predictions of how their new world order
would bring better conditions for mankind. “The war of the great day
of God the Almighty” will incinerate all the sophistry, philosophy,
and wisdom of this world. (1 Corinthians 1:19; Revelation 16:14-16) The only ones who will survive that war and gain
life in God’s new world are those who obey what this world calls foolishness—yes,
Jehovah’s glorious Kingdom good news. 17 Jehovah’s Witnesses, led by
his spirit, are not ashamed to preach what the world calls foolishness.
1/15/1976 page 47 The Coming Deliverance from the Anti-Religious
ONE thing hard for many people today to understand is that there can be and there is only one true religion. Why do they
rebel against such fact? It is because this would mean that all the
other religions are false, and this would include their own religion.
Hence, they will need to have the true fact demonstrated to them forcibly.
This will be done in the near future, for then, in the midst of the
world’s greatest tribulation, all false religions
will be wiped out and only the one true religion will survive. It will be delivered from the most tremendous anti-religious movement
in all human history.
3/1/1954 page 139 The Meaning of Baptism
Only by keeping integrity to God and by
associating with God’s people, the New World society, may we hope to
survive the destruction of this wicked world in the coming battle of
Armageddon and enter into the new world of righteousness even
as Noah and his family entered a new world after the flood.—Matt. 24:37-39;
2 Pet. 3:7, 13; Rev. 16:14, 16.
7/1/1994 page 6, 7 A Divided Church-Can It Survive?
What is the prognosis for sick Christendom? Very poor. Should we, then,
take Catholic bishop Butler’s advice, to “join [the church] without
more ado and to lend our aid to her continual ‘purification’ from within
her ranks”? No! Divided and divisive Christendom
will not survive. (Mark 3:24, 25) She is
part of a world empire of false religion called Babylon the Great. (Revelation 18:2, 3) This bloodguilty religious
system faces imminent destruction at God’s hand.
6/1/1959 page 336 "Look! I Am Making All Things New"
You must study to find the true religion. It is no longer safe to regard religion as a kind of furniture, something
that has always been in the house but is necessary in your life only
as it performs some social function. Nor can you afford to think that
all religions are good and that all have the same goal. Many religions
are selfish, and modern religion has failed to teach the hope of God’s
new world, with its paradise earth. You must learn
the Bible religion! Just as a proper secular education is necessary
to fit a person for a place in everyday society, so a proper
Bible education is necessary to equip one for entering the society that
will survive to live in the paradise earth. (John 17:3; 2 Tim.
3:16, 17) Your safety and the whole future of
yourself and your family depend on now studying the Bible, associating
with the New World society of Jehovah’s witnesses,...
1/15/1976 page 52, 55 The Coming Deliverance from the Anti-Religious
24 In a way far different from how He uses the modern-day Assyrian “ax,” Jehovah has used as his instrument the Watch Tower
Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania. Jehovah has used it
as his agency in laying bare Scripturally the falsity of the religion
of Babylon the Great, including Christendom. Jehovah
has used this Society in warning all peoples (especially professed Christian
people) to get out of that world empire of false religion before He
executes judgment upon it. The publications of the Watch Tower
Society have gone out to the whole world in the hundreds of millions
of copies, in now more than 160 languages. Never in all its operations
for now more than ninety years has this instrument in Jehovah’s hand
tried to imitate the ancient “Assyrian” and “enhance itself over” the
One using it, namely, the unreachably High One, the Sovereign Lord Jehovah.
(Isa. 10:15) At the outbreak of the “great tribulation” the Watch Tower
Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania and its Branches around the
earth will refuse to join the United Nations “wild beast” in its violent
anti-religious actions against Babylon the Great. ....
26 Since we Christian witnesses
of Jehovah are pictured by the inhabitants of Jerusalem under
King Hezekiah, let us recall the insolent words of the Assyrian delegation
back there before the walls of Jerusalem in 732 B.C.E.: “Who are there
among all the gods of the lands that have delivered their land out of
my hand, so that Jehovah should deliver Jerusalem out of my hand?” (2
Ki. 18:35) When that ancient prophetic drama is
fulfilled in the latter half of the impending “great tribulation,” are words similar to those going to be heard by the faithful remnant
of spiritual Israelites and the “great crowd” of their loyal earthly
companions? Rather than capitulate at that critical time to the modern-day
Sennacherib, Satan the Devil, and his presumptuous earthly agents, we,
as upholders of Jehovah’s universal sovereignty, will call to mind his
words of encouragement to Jerusalem on Mount Zion: ......
32 So, then, one of these days in the near future,
we faithful witnesses of Jehovah will see the anti-religious “ax” being
wielded in the almighty hand of our God against Babylon the Great. Terrible
will it be in its execution of destruction upon that world empire of
false religion! Do we need to be anxious at that time when the
world’s political element turns anti-religious and expresses hatred
for the great international “harlot” with which it used to have immoral
relations? No! The world already hates us, but
Jehovah God and Jesus Christ do not. And when Jehovah starts
swinging the anti-religious “ax,” it will not be against us his loyal
witnesses. Great will be our privilege of beholding Babylon the Great
chopped down and burned with fiery destruction! We know now that, after
that destruction, the anti-religious “ax” will try to enhance itself
over its User, Jehovah. This will pose a fear-inspiring threat to our
existence. But we need not then succumb to fear of the men who hate
our God. May Jehovah then be our fear!
WTBTS says all other religions are false and are from the Devil
Watchtower 12/1/1991 page 13 Breaking Free From False Religion
Such Babylonish doctrines as the immortality of the soul, a burning
hell, and the Trinity were incorporated into the teachings of apostate
Christianity. The Catholic, the Orthodox, and
later the Protestant churches all
adopted these false dogmas and, therefore, became a part of Babylon
the Great, the Devil’s world empire
of false religion.
WTBTS only believe they will be saved and all other religions will be destroyed
this look like an Organization that has been honest in their answers to
these simple questions? What are they afraid of? If they have the "truth"
why the outright deception? How would Jehovah react to this deception?