And if you've died and have paid off or were acquitted from your sin, a) what was Christ's sacrifice for, and b) why would there be any need to 'grow' to perfection in the resurrection (unless, bizarrely, you're resurrected imperfect/sinful and have to start over with a new 'debt')?
The teaching that when you die you are "acquitted" from sin is a lie from the pits of Hell.
Judgment is AFTER death:
Heb. 9:27 ... it is appointed unto men once to die , but after this the judgment
Death simply means separation of soul and body. That's why dead souls are crying out under the alter in Rev. 6 and why the boy who was resurrected by Elisha had his soul returned to him:
1 Kings 17: And he stretched himself upon the child three times, and cried unto the LORD, and said, O LORD my God, I pray thee, let this child's soul come into him again.
And the LORD heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came into him again
, and he revived.
Ez 18:4 (Supposed JW proof Scripture) The soul that is sinning, it itself wil die .... simply means that it will be separated from its body.
This is perhaps the most ludicrous of all WT teachings because it makes the sacrifice of Jesus meaningless. Fred Franz put the word "acquitted" in the bible to anul the New Covenant and minimize the importance of the Sacrifice of Jesus.
Rom.6: Knowing this , that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed , that henceforth we should not serve sin . For he that is dead is freed from sin . (The NWT here says acquitted) Best to stick with King James Version when distilling doctrine.
Paul is talking about giving up the rights to ourselves when we invite Christ to be the Lord of our life..... be born again.
The bible teaches that there is great reason to fear a death without Christ as your Mediator:
Revelation 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
February 15, 1991 issue of the
Watchtower, pgs. 15-20 paragraph 11; makes this
11 ... Christ does not act as Mediator of the new
covenant toward them, [the great crowd]