KM tells JW's " avoid representing themselves as agents or representatives of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society..."

by LUKEWARM 43 Replies latest jw friends


    *** km 2/89 pp. 3-4 Our Identification as Jehovah's Witnesses ***
    As ministers of the good news, we are known publicly as Jehovah's Witnesses. Our voluntary participation in the field service is motivated by love of God and neighbor. It is not carried on at the insistence of any man or organization but is according to our God-given commission to preach the "good news" and make disciples. (Matt. 24:14; 28:19, 20) Therefore, publishers do well to avoid representing themselves as agents or representatives of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York, Inc., or any other corporation used by "the faithful and discreet slave" to advance Kingdom interests.-Matt. 24:45-47.

    In case of an accident or an emergency or if problems are encountered while working trailer parks, apartments, or certain other territory, publishers may need some form of personal identification beyond giving their name along with a brief Scriptural explanation of the nature of our religious work. If questioned, or when asked for credentials, baptized publishers may use the identification card (S-65) signed by the presiding overseer, which shows one is preaching the good news of the Kingdom in association with the local congregation named on the card.

    A supply of identification cards (S-65), which may be issued to baptized publishers when there is a need, will be included with the annual shipment of congregation forms. If any publishers use a personal name card in connection with their field service activities, they should not print thereon that they are representatives of the Watchtower Society.

    So use their magazines, advance their teachings but don't identify as representing them??

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  • JeffT

    I wonder how long its going to be before they take the name of the magazine off the magazine. And the name of the publisher.

    "Hi, we're here at your door religious magazines..."

  • AllTimeJeff

    MTS grads used to be able to do this... Snakes might know on the more recent classes, but for at least the first 15 years, MTS grads had on their diploma that they were representatives of the WTBTS...

    Looking back, I hate this damn cult...

  • The Almighty Homer
    The Almighty Homer

    Weird in a JWS way, must be for legal reasons that they would make this suggestion.

    It appears the hierarchy wants to intensionally hide the fact that those people that are going door to door

    are really there representing the WTS. and are being prodded to do so by them.

    Kind of an moronic way to try and separate the publishers from WTS.

    Maybe its a way out of the WTS. getting hit with peddling charges without the people having an official licenses ?

    Its really only god and the person doing the door to door work thats trying to push the literature, the WTS. has nothing to with that at all.

    The dirtiness and deceit of this religious publishing company shows its head once again.

  • flipper

    LUKEWARM- This appears to be a totally legalistic move on the part of the WT society to avoid any liability associated with publishers committing bonehead moves if they run into legal snags in public. Like tresspassing on private property , etc. and getting kicked off someones land or the police show up. It is amazing how much a business the WT society has become and dissociates itself from backing up it's own members for boner moves they might commit.

    I foresee more of this disconnect as time rolls on . Especially with no alleged " Armageddon " in sight

  • Snoozy

    That was from 1989?


  • palmtree67

    But at baptism, doesn't one of the questions have to do with understanding that you are identifying yourself with Jehovah's spirit-directed organization on earth.....something to that effect???

    You have to answer yes, but then you're told not to PUBLICLY identify yourself as representing that organization??

    Am I reading this right?

  • cameo-d

    or any other corporation used by "the faithful and discreet slave"


    Is the FDS moonlighting with "other corporations"?????


    Yes, it's all about their legal liability!

    Does anyone know where I can find information on the court case in South Australia, where a JW sued his KH and the WTS after he broke his leg in field service?

    From memory, it involved his trespassing on private property, being knocked over by a goat, the homeowner being sued and hving to pay damages to the JW, and the WTS defending itself and the KH with the statement that JW's are NOT required to go out in field service and that the ministry work is purely voluntary...

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