Sunday, August 16, 2009

Is it wrong to expose the Watchtower as a false religion?


*** w63 11/15 p. 688 par. 3 Execution of Divine Judgment upon False Religion ***

Can there be false religion? It is not a form of religious persecution for anyone to say and to show that another religion is false. It is not religious persecution for an informed person to expose publicly a certain religion as being false, thus allowing persons to see the difference between false religion and true religion. But in order to make the exposure and show the wrong religions to be false, the true worshiper will have to use an authoritative means of judgment, a rule of measurement that cannot be proved faulty. To make a public exposure of false religion is certainly of more value than exposing a news report as being untrue; it is a public service instead of a religious persecution and it has to do with the eternal life and happiness of the public. Still it leaves the public free to choose.

Unfortunately, double standards don't apply to Jehovah's Witnesses. For if you are one who publicly exposes the Watchtower for its false teachings, you will be seen as an "apostate" or "opposer" and thus will be ignored by Jehovah's Witnesses. Its a funny thing that I have sat through many Kingdom Hall meetings where my God is referred to as the "whore of Babylon" and my Scriptural beliefs are identified as "false, pagan beliefs of Christendom." Yet, I don't respond by "ignoring them." Instead, I seek to honor God and the truth by providing well-reasoned responses in defense of my faith (2 Peter 3:15).

I don't mean to paint all Jehovah's Witnesses the same, as there are some who actually engage their opponents publicly. Sadly, those who do (like this Jehovah's Witness) are few.

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