When the Watchtower turns a lie into a virtue

Posted: January 1, 2012 in Watchtower Society
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Prov 6: 16-18 These six [things] doth the LORD hate: yea, seven [are] an abomination unto him. A proud look, a LYING TONGUE, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief.

There is something about lying that God really hates.  Not just because it was a lie that deceived Eve into eating from what she was told not to, but principally because it involves lying first to ones self.  Deception has to start in ones own heart.  It betrays something more noble and great.  It takes what is pure, holds it up to contempt and spits on it.  That’s how vile Gods sees lying.  It becomes the betrayal of all that is pure good and honest.

Notice the cross in the top left hand corner,

God desires truth in the inwards parts, but with a liar there can be no truth. When we lie we betray the one who only speaks the truth. God desires more than anything to develop within his people a love for truth and that is to be the nature he develops within us.

Recently I came across this:

Watchtower Doctrine of Taqiyya (Religiously-Sanctioned Lying)

“In time of spiritual warfare it is proper to misdirect the enemy by hiding the truth. It is done unselfishly; it does not harm anyone; on the contrary; it does much good” (Watchtower, May 1, 1957, p. 284-285).

According to Watchtower doctrine, one is only considered to be “lying” when one is “saying something false to a person who is ENTITLED to know the truth” (Franz, Vol. 2, 1988, p. 244; Rutherford, 1936, p. 177).

Now I have always known that Watchtower members lie, because I have had Watchtower elders do so, but I never realised to this degree that it was a doctrine deliberately set out to deceive others.

So it seems lying and deception is now considered righteous?  Is this not calling evil good and good evil?  Is this not a total perversion of everything which we would call righteous?  Some have compared Rahab hiding the spies as the same as hiding truth and lying.  On this basis no one will hear the real truth before joining the ranks of the Watchtower organisation. Often people don’t get to know the truth about the Watchtower until after they have joined.  Especially as to what happens to those who leave this organisation. The wickedness of “shunning” where disfellowshipped members are ignored even by ones own family who have stayed within the Watchtower ranks. This hangs over the members like an axe.

The epistle of James has also been used to justify Rahab actions and indirectly justify the lies propagated by the Watchtower.

Apparently Rahab action in hiding the Jewish spies has been held up to justify lying. One individual who claimed to be a Watchtower member attempted to use this verse to justify  his actions.

James 2: 24  Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent [them] out another way?

The Book of James is often misunderstood to teach that good works save.  But it is made clear by James that our works is our faith in God.  Good work does not save.  But our faith in God is demonstrated by a changed life.  As James says if there is no change to one’s life then ones faith is vain.  Even the devil believes  and tremble.  But it does not produce a change life.  The fruit of a genuine faith is a changed life.  That change is demonstrated is forsaking ones sin to looking unto Jesus  (Heb 12: 1-2).

Rahab works was her faith in God and not her actions in deceiving those who came to arrest the spies.  Eventually she came into the covenant with God. She ceased to be a harlot, and ceased to worship other Gods.  Nor did she stay in a place of wickedness.  Her faith took her out of Jericho and into a better place.  However according to some faith was not the virtuous thing here but any lies she might have used to misdirect the soldiers.   What is highlighted by the Watchtower is not saving faith but her lies and deception.  The need to deceive others becomes more important than honesty.  In such a case where is the difference between what the snake did in the garden and the lies the watchtower use?

When men sinned in the Bible  there was room for repentance, a recognising  of their faults and a change of direction. But to establish an actual theology that actually commends lying is something altogether different.  We may fail but God does not expect us to continue in that failure. 

(Proverbs 4:18) 18 But the path of the righteous ones is like the bright light that is getting lighter and lighter until the day is firmly established.

A common excuse which many Watchtower members fall back on when they can’t find an answer, however it falls back on them when one realises that it’s really an open admission that their foundations are rotten.  The verse is not about improving false teachings or false predictions but growing in one’s character.  The path is about  righteousness in ones personal life and not about a human organisation which claims to be Gods prophet on earth,  A claim that has seen more failed predictions than most people have had hot dinners.

Truth it seems is first on the sacrificial altar.

A rebuttal to what has been said another Christian injected this  “According to Watchtower doctrine, one is ONLY considered to be “lying” when one is “saying something false to a person who is ENTITLED to know the truth” (Franz, Vol. 2, 1988, p. 244; Rutherford, 1936, p. 177

This clearly shows that a JW can GIVE false information (not just conceal the truth) in order to further the Watchtower’s interests. This is taqiyya. A doctrine of demonic lies perpetuated by liars.

Romans 1:18 “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who SUPPRESS THE TRUTH by their wickedness…”

The fact that the Watchtower member in question continued to insist that he had done nothing wrong, His statement say otherwise. Maybe this is the worst part of lying.  They have to lie to their own conscience first and foremost.

 1 Tim 4: 2 Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron

Compare this to what the Bible has to say

Heb 13: 18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly

1 peter 3: 16 Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ

Eph 4: 25 Wherefore putting away lying, SPEAK EVERY MAN TRUTH with his neighbour: for we are members one of another

To have a good conscience is to be honest and to speak the truth.  No such encouragement can be found within the Watchtower.  In fact the truth is something that is played fast and loose with, distorted and changed at whim.

Watchtower quotes on this subject:

“When evil men are seeking to do injury to God’s organization and they come trying to pry into private affairs, is it necessary […] to answer such evil men? If you know an evil man is trying to inflict harm on a brother and he asks you where the brother may be found, it is not necessary to answer. under some circumstances one may choose to remain silent and face contempt charges. No harm is practiced, however, by withholding incriminating information from one who is not entitled to know. An example of this in English-speaking countries is, when one is under arrest, he can, if he chooses, legally refrain from giving information to a police officer who may ask incriminating questions . No answer need be given him, as it is none of the officer’s business. Various characters of the Bible have been accused of lying, such as Jacob, Rahab, the Gibeonites, David and others, but there is no record in the Bible that they came under divine disapproval for this”. The Watchtower, October 1, 1951 Issue, Pages 596-598

So does God approves and sanctions such behaviour?

Psa 31:18 Let the lying lips be put to silence; which speak grievous things proudly and contemptuously against the righteous.

Psa 120: 2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, [and] from a deceitful tongue.

Pro 14:5 A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.

“Theocratic war strategy: hiding the truth by action and word for the sake of the ministry. At times [a Jehovah’s Witness who takes the witness stand in court] may prefer to refuse to speak and suffer the consequences rather than betray his brothers or the interests of God’s work hiding the truth, which he is not entitled to know, from an enemy does not harm him So in time of spiritual warfare it is proper to misdirect the enemy by hiding the truth. It is done unselfishly; it does not harm anyone; on the contrary, it does much good. Today God’s servants are engaged in a warfare, a spiritual, theocratic warfare, a warfare ordered by God against wicked spirit forces and against false teachings. God’s servants are sent forth as sheep among wolves and therefore need to exercise the extreme caution of serpents so as to protect properly the interests of God’s kingdom committed to them. At all times they must be very careful not to divulge any information to the enemy that he could use to hamper the preaching work”. – The Watchtower, May 1, 1957 Issue, Page 285

It must be noticed that it is the interests of the organisation that they are protecting and not Gods interest.  That is one area that they betrayed a long time ago.  Whilst cloaking their language in scriptural terms they betray the very one they claim to honour.

“We must tell the truth to one who is entitled to know, but if one is not so entitled we may be evasive. As a soldier of Christ he is in theocratic warfare and he must exercise added caution when dealing with God’s foes. Thus the Scriptures show that for the purpose of protecting the interests of God’s cause, it is proper to hide the truth from God’s enemies.” – The Watchtower, June 1, 1960 Issue, Pages 351-352

Lying generally involves saying something false to a person who is entitled to know the truth while malicious lying is definitely condemned in the Bible, this does not mean that a person is under obligation to divulge truthful information to people who are not entitled to it”.- Aid to Bible Understanding Book 1971, Pages 1060-1061

The truth is that all are entitled to the truth and nothing but the truth.

“Lying generally involves saying something false to a person who is entitled to know the truth while malicious lying is definitely condemned in the Bible, this does not mean that a person is under obligation to divulge truthful information to people who are not entitled to it. Jesus Christ counseled: “Do not give what is holy to dogs, neither throw your pearls before swine that they may never trample them under their feet and turn around and rip you open.” That is why Jesus on certain occasions refrained from giving full information or direct answers to certain questions when doing so could have brought unnecessary harm. Evidently the course of Abraham, Isaac, Rahab, and Elisha in misdirecting or in withholding full facts from nonworshipers of Jehovah must be viewed in the same light”.- Insight on the Scriptures, Volume 2 (Published in 1988), Pages 244-245

“Of course, being truthful does not mean that we are obligated to divulge all information to anyone who asks it of us. …Jesus did not always disclose the full truth, especially when revealing all the facts could have brought unnecessary harm to himself or his disciples. He chose either to say nothing or to divert the conversation in another direction”.- Awake! February 8, 2000 Issue, Page 21

Sarai could say that she was Abram’s sister because she really was his half sister. (Genesis 20:12) Furthermore, he was not under obligation to divulge information to people who were not entitled to it. Faithful servants of God in modern times heed the Bible’s command to be honest. (Hebrews 13:18) They would never, for instance, lie under oath in a court of law. When the physical or spiritual lives of their brothers are at stake, such as in times of persecution or civil distress, however, they heed Jesus’ counsel to be “cautious as serpents and yet innocent as doves.” – The Watchtower, August 15, 2001

If anything the Watchtower condemns itself as a fraud.

 A religion that teaches lies cannot be true”. – The Watchtower December 1, 1991 p. 7

 John 8: 44 Ye are of [your] father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it

The watchtower has been exposed as liars by the very fact they have covered up for false prophecies; false teachings; the deliberate and twisting of scriptures;  Lying to court officials , and even the child abuse that goes on behind closed doors. 

It has long been realised that dark secretes exist within this organisation which have since been exposed.  Child abuse is one of them.  The grou.  Sometimes the darkness runs very deep.

http://silentlambs.org/

Has done enormous amount of work to expose protect and to bring Watchtower paedophiles to court.  Thanks to their courage in lifting the dark and murky world that many call the Watchtower organisation.  Some of those who have been convicted are high up.  Like this one man who was sentenced to 40 years

 Presiding Overseer in his congregation (Chairman of Elder Body) and regularly gave talks at the Circuit and District Conventions for JWs. (This is a key group of about thirty elders who are looked to as examples)

  Cockerill was on the Circuit Judicial Committee, which means he was in a elite group of ten major elders in the Circuit.  This means any complicated judicial matter that a congregation could not handle such as child abuse issues etc…Cockerill would be involved in making the final decision on judicial appeal hearings that would be approved by the home office.

 Cockerill served on the Charity Commission in his local Kingdom Hall.

Ron Drage and George were good friends according to JWs in their local congregations.

  Cockerill was not disfellowshipped when his victim went to the elders or assistance and this caused the victim to leave the religion.  Only when another victim went to the doctor and he reported it, Cockerill was arrested and convicted, then he was disfellowshipped

Abused Lambs stories

When the media was first approached with this story the Home Office of Jehovah’s Witnesses immediately sprang into a misinformation campaign.  They informed members there was no problem with current abuse policy and anyone who spoke to media was in effect speaking against God. Members were required to inform the public there was no problem with the abuse policy and anyone that spoke to media were liars. This was the basis for the start of the silentlambs website which began in March 2001. The following pages are a place for you to tell your story anonymously as a testament to the truth.  When you tell about what happened in your life it lets many others know they are not alone and encourages them to summon the courage to come forward and no longer be silent.  The following pages are the real Heros of silentlambs for without their collaboration of truth, their courage in wanting to help others, we would not exist

The November 8, 2001 issue of the Awake magazine of Jehovah’s Witnesses had a special article entitled, “Help For Battered Women”. In our opinion, this article offers suggestions that will keep women in abusive situations and prevent them from getting proper assistance. It is another Watchtower policy that hurts the vulnerable lambs that need help by offering in the article examples of women who take twenty years of abuse and “wait on Jehovah” for relief.  This article describes women that had their teeth knocked out and guns held to their heads while they remained in abusive environment.  The solution? After accepting abuse for twenty years the man finally became a Jehovah’s Witness and this supposedly solved the problem.  This article is an insult to anyone living in an abusive situation and the solutions it suggests puts the victims in danger.  Yet elders must support wt policy in this regard.

SILENT LAMBS HAD THIS TO SAY: ANY SUGGESTION FOR A WIFE TO ACCEPT PHYSICAL ABUSE FOR YEARS IS A MORAL AND ETHICAL CRIME AGAINST WOMEN.   I could not put it better myself

 Watchtower war strategy: when lies are made into a virtue.

A watchtower member is only recognised as lying, when it is to other members of their cult, but to any one else its fair game.  This is not taught anywhere in scripture, or encouraged.  Even when men have told lies as when Peter did when he denied his Lord after his crucifixion, he realised his mistake and repented.  However to have a theology where lying is commended all in the name of protecting a human organisation goes completely against the grain of scriptural truth.

I have no doubt that to the average member of the Watchtower they has been made to feel that they are at war with the world, and the world is at war with them.  Even if such a picture does not exist, it’s is this perception which is being fostered by the leadership.  Anyone who even remotely disagrees with the Watchtower view is immediately seen as fostering persecution upon the helpless members of this cult.  So a mindset is fostered that the world cannot be trusted, yet in reality it’s the watchtower itself that cannot be trusted with the truth. 

 

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