I noticed we have been dealing a lot with United Nations issues. So I thought I would share something that doesn’t seem to be found anywhere with respect to the United Nations or its predecessor the League of Nations and the Watchtower.
Since September 1919 at Cedar Point, J.F. Rutherford (past President) and the Watchtower have condemned the League Of Nations and now the United Nations.
They also have condemned the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America (FCCC) who adopted a resolution that lent “favor” to this new League prior to its formation.
There has been many a quote over the years by the Watchtower, condemning the FCCC over this issue. The Watchtower seems to quote a January 1919 Federal Council Bulletin that was published by the Federal Council of Churches of Christ in America. Recent Watchtower and Awake! magazines tend to use these quotes from the 1919 Bulletin:
1) According to Watchtower writers, the FCCC suggests that the League is the political expression of the Kingdom of God on earth. Some articles stated “As Christians we urge the establishment of a League of Free Nations at the coming Peace Conference. Such a League is not a mere political expedient; it is rather the political expression of the Kingdom of God on earth” (Oct 15, 1985 Awake! pages 4 to 7).
2) According to Watchtower writers, the FCCC believed the League was “rooted in the Gospel”(Oct 15, 1985 Awake! pages 4 to 7).
3) According to Watchtower writers, the FCCC also is quoted in some WTS publications as “The church has much to give and much to gain. It can give a powerful sanction by imparting to the new international order something of the prophetic glory of the Kingdom of God” (Oct 15, 1985 Awake! pages 4 to 7).
So just what exactly was stated by this FCCC. Well below you are looking at a very rare publication titled the “Federal Council Bulletin”, Volume 2, No. 1, published by the FCCC in January, 1919. The article is from pages 12 to 14 and its title is “For a League of Nations”. (Note the article ends after the first paragraph on page 14. Also to copy any image, please move your mouse cursor over the image you want. Then right click and save the image to your hard drive. Then open the image up in your word processing or graphics package and then print away. My source for this document is found a few posts below this post in this thread).
One thing I notice right away is that the Watchtower writers love (as usual) to take parts of the entire article and make it sound like the portions they have quoted are all in one paragraph.
I also observed that the Awake! writers in an October 8, 1985 article (presented in a post below) left out sentence 1 and the word’s “To this end,” in sentence 2 of paragraph 4 for the “Declaration” section on page 12 in this January 1919 Bulletin.
If a reader leaves paragraph 4 in tact, I think the FCCC was trying to “favor” this new League for “truth and right, justice and humanity” only. The fifth paragraph of the January 1919 article on page 12 tends to support this as well - where the paragraph explains what the role of “agencies” are in the mind of the “Church of the Living God”. Thus, I wonder if the Watchtower writers took the declaration out of context and made it sound like it was more than what the FCCC intended?
Further to that, I also observed paragraphs 8 and 9 on page 12 of this Declaration:
"We must have a governed world in which the security and rights of each shall rest upon the combined strength of all. Humanity must be organized on a basis of justice and fair dealing. The law of brotherhood must supersede the law of the jungle.The above paragraphs along with paragraphs 4 and 5 in the Declaration suggest to me that the FCCC was looking for a League that would protect the rights and freedoms of the innocent and create order.
A League to attain these results must be democratic in spirit and in form. It must be capable of continuous adjustment to the advancing life of separate nations and also the world. It must be directed by the enlightened conscience of mankind. The heroic dead will have died in vain unless out of victory shall come a new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness.”
Paragraph 14 in the Declaration section of this article (at the bottom of page 12) has the “The League of Nations is rooted in the Gospel” quote that the Watchtower writers like to use.
But if you read the entire paragraph, it seems to me that the FCCC context (ie. what the FCCC was trying to say) was that the League, just like the Gospel, has an appeal to bringing “peace on earth” and being “universal”. I don't think they were actually saying that the League was "literally" rooted in the Gospel. I could be wrong but that is what I am reading right now.
Please read this through and tell me your thoughts on the article. I will post more Watchtower articles on this when I get a second.