The following is a little exchange on facebook i had, me playing devils advocate. Now, i am well aware after a search of the WT library 08 that the WBTS saw no problem using YMCA pools to do baptisms in the 1950s, and then in the 1979 had the big article saying a jW cannot join the Y. So is this guy wrong, or has it changed?
You wrote on January 9, 2010 at 8:25pm
Thankyou ****** for the info on '***'.
still wondering if anybody wants to answer my question in post 7 though...
i mean, some religious charities, organizations have clothing stores, swimming pools for use. Some political orgs have extensive libraries to use. Can we use such and still be no part of the world. Can i take out a membership card for the YMCA to use the pool? Can i take out a library card at a poitical office so i can use the library and resources?
*********wrote on January 9, 2010 at 8:30pm
All your questions are a matter of your Christian conscious. If your Bible-based conscious has server you well thus far in your life, by all means continue on.
******* wrote 8 hours ago
@******- Jehovah has granted us the ability to discern his thoughts on some matters though the Bible does not categorically state what you should or should not do about cases like that. Remember how Jehovah used Cyrus who was not His follower to save the Jews. That was fulfilment of Bible prophecy. we are told of Cyrus:
"unknown to King Cyrus, who was likely a pagan devotee of Zoroastrianism, Jehovah God had been figuratively ‘taking Cyrus’ right hand’ to lead or strengthen him, girding him and preparing and smoothing the way for his accomplishing the divine purpose: the conquest of Babylon. "
As Armand said, some of these things are a matter of ones own conscience. If your use of the library does not contradict any clearly stated Bible principle, and they do not require any obeisance whatsoever be done to the country in exchange for books, then clearly you can use the facility. Of course we used the sports stadium in Ghana for our International Assembly. We turned it into a place for Pure Worship.
For the issue on clothing stores, I remember a brother who in his talk mentioned that we do not want to promote Christendom and its merchants/commerce as Revelation states of Babylon the Great, empire of false religion. So whiles I can buy a Dolce and Gabbana or Gucci stuff.. I may not buy stuff from 'Latter Day saints' if the objective of the shop is to promote their activities.
Some of these issues need deep research, prayer and reliance on Jehovah for guidance so as to give Him exclusive devotion and not pollute our worship .
From my research, that's the information I can provide on this matter.
Ask more questions and I will be glad to answer.