I thought this paragraph was another example of the stupidity of this article and how it is very self-incriminating.
If this really is the "true" organization, wouldnt "cleanness" be an outstanding quality?
Would God's Spirit really allow thousands of victims of pedophilia, mental abuse, etc? If so, wouldnt that be an exception and not a normal occurance?
Most JW's will dismiss this paragraph as well with excuses of "Well, Paul spoke of such ones in his day" or "That is why we disfellowship" but what about the concept that the Holy Spirit is a force for cleanness among God's people? What about the outstanding morals of some of other faiths? What about the sleazy JW who goes door to door - is he better than a non-JW who lives a very moral life and abides by the Golden Rule?
11 First, holy spirit is a force for cleanness among
God’s people. Those who play a part in Jehovah’s
purpose must be morally clean. ( Read 1 Corinthians
6:9-11. ) Some who become true Christians formerly
engaged in such immoral practices as fornication,
adultery, and homosexuality. The desires
that give birth to sinful acts can be deeply entrenched.
(Jas. 1:14, 15) Yet, such individuals have
been “washed clean,” indicating that they have made the changes in their life needed to please God. What enables a lover of God to resist successfully the impulse
to act on wrong desires? “The spirit of our
God,” says 1 Corinthians 6:11. By keeping morally
clean, you show that you are letting that spirit be a
dominant force in your life.