Jehovah’s Witnesses have some scriptures they use over and over again,
giving them the broadest interpretation imaginable. Second Corinthians
6:17 is one such scripture. It reads in their own New World
Translation, " ‘ Therefore get out from among them, and separate
yourselves,’ says Jehovah, ‘and quit touching the unclean thing’"; "
‘and I will take you in’."
Excess quotation marks aside, this is their
all-purpose scripture to discourage virtually anything that would take
time away from the interests of the Watchtower Bible and Tract
Over my fifteen years’ association with the
Jehovah’s Witnesses, I heard this scripture used to discourage any
kind of sports and leisure activities for teens in high school. If
they had a spare moment they should be "vacation pioneering" (going
full time door-to-door spreading the Watchtower message). Even minor
association like joining the stamp club or the school band was
discouraged using this same scripture. Any kind of bond or friendship
with a non-Jehovah’s Witness, male or female, was also forbidden to a
good, obedient Jehovah’s Witness youth. They were to be focused on the
Society alone. "Quit touching the unclean thing!" they were told over
and over again. Only the Society was clean in this world, if the
Society were to be believed!
Many former Jehovah’s Witnesses who spent their
youth in the Society report the damage to them personally from these
harsh rules. Many still carry the guilt generated by their failure to
conform, and their isolation from their peers. Many youth rebelled big
time from these rules and entered into bad contacts that affected the
rest of their lives, from "touching the unclean thing." We are in
contact with many isolated, lonely adults who still do not know how to
relate to the real world due to the damage caused by the Watchtower
Society. Only a real relationship with Jesus Christ as their Savior,
and true Christian growth from correct Bible study, and solid
Christian fellowship fills the void left by this controlling
Adults are likewise controlled using this Scripture.
Like their Jehovah’s Witness teenagers, they are also isolated from
general society once they become a Jehovah’s Witness. The first thing
to go is family gatherings. After all, the Jehovah’s Witnesses are
their "new family" now! Christmas and Easter gatherings with family
are strictly forbidden, being labeled as "pagan" by the Watchtower
Society. Family birthdays are also forbidden, since only two instances
of birthdays are mentioned in the Bible, and both were pagan. New
Year’s Eve celebrations used to be tolerated, but the Awake
magazine of January 8th, 2002 has made it plain that their tolerance
is ended: "...New Year’s celebrations are rooted in pagan customs.
False worship is unclean and detestable in the eyes of Jehovah God,
and Christians reject practices that have such origins.… Paul added:
‘Quit touching the unclean thing’…." (page 21)
So, the Watchtower Society is extremely strict in
its (mis)application of this Scripture. Members must give up many
things to comply with the narrow interpretation of the Society, or
face the consequences of being disfellowshipped and denied eternal
life. If disfellowshipped, they are shunned by all others as if they
Now we come to the point of this article. How come
this scripture is not applied when the Watchtower Headquarters is
involved? How come they are allowed to "touch the unclean thing"—not
only "touch" it, but jump in with both feet and participate in
"uncleanness"? What am I talking about?
First, there was their years of involvement and
support of the United Nations, with membership in a United Nation’s
agency which required their endorsement of the aims of that group.
(For details see previous article on "Strange Bedfellows.") They
resigned only when their deception was made public on the Internet.
The Watchtower Society considers the United Nations as an "abomination
to God." Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught to regard the United Nations
with hatred and loathing. Now I ask you, was Headquarters not
"touching the unclean thing"? The United Nations is viewed by them as
a tool of Satan! Was Headquarters’ involvement and secret support for
decades not "uncleanness" at it’s worst, by their own definition?
How come an individual Jehovah’s Witness can be
disfellowshipped for attending a loved one’s funeral for an hour in a
church building, yet Headquarters can interact with "Satan’s
organization" secretly for decades with no discipline or reprimand?
How come the ones in control of the organization don’t get
disfellowshipped and lose their eternal life for such blatant
"touching the unclean thing"? Every Jehovah’s Witness needs to check
this out! Fair is fair!
Secondly, how come the Watchtower Headquarters has
for decades protected pedophiles operating within the congregations,
protecting the "unclean," and punishing, by denial, the innocent
victims? How come they have not obeyed the laws of the various
countries by reporting such vile offenders to the local police? Why
the prolonging of the abuse of innocent victims by sending them back
to the offenders to be violated further? Why the silence and cover-ups
for decades now?
Thankfully, their dirty deeds have been exposed in
North America by the NBC Dateline program. Likewise, in
the United Kingdom, the BBC’s Panorama Program has exposed the
same lowdown tactics of the Society overseas. The Society, as
expected, is in denial and cover-up mode.
Jehovah’s Witnesses at Bethel Headquarters, wanting
this hidden, deplorable situation dealt with, have leaked the
information that they have some 23,700 cases on file at Brooklyn
Headquarters of pedophile offenders within their various
congregations! Is this not a shocking revelation and a "touching of
the unclean thing" which has gone on for decades? How "unclean" is
this, when compared to the minor offenses of the Jehovah’s Witnesses
in general? Every Jehovah’s Witnesses needs to ask, " How must Jehovah
God feel about this"?
Do you not think Watchtower Headquarters owes a
public apology to their loyal followers for these two horrendous
instances of "touching the unclean thing"? Alas, no apologies have
been forthcoming to date, and no repentance either. It is becoming
increasingly obvious to many that the Watchtower Society is not, after
all, God’s organization on earth.
Furthermore, many Jehovah’s Witnesses who have
investigated this have come to the conclusion that "touching the
unclean thing" is membership in the Watchtower Organization! Many have
switched their loyalties from this unclean, secretive, deceptive
organization to trusting in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation and
direction in life. We can only pray that many more will choose truth
over error and "quit touching the unclean thing." Please contact us if
we can help you.
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