Truth is funny isn't it? The religion that Christ chose in 1919 because it had the Truth, at that time had this to say................................
- Indeed, even if the transgressor refuse to hear (obey) the decision of the entire Church, no punishment is to be inflicted or even attempted. What then? Merely the Church is to withdraw from him its fellowship and any and all signs or manifestations of brotherhood. Thenceforth the offender is to be treated "as a heathen man and a publican." Matt. 18:17" Studies Series VI - The New Creation pp.289, 290
"According to this Scripture the very most that the church could do would be that, after having vainly endeavored to get the brother to repent and reform, it should withdraw special brotherly fellowship from him until such time as he would express willingness thereafter to do right. Then he should be received again into full fellowship.
In the meantime the brother may merely be treated in the kindly, courteous way in which it would be proper for us to treat any publican or Gentile, withholding the special rights or privileges or greetings or voting opportunities that belong to the church as a class separate from the world" Watchtower 1919 Mar 1 p.69 ))
- .....The following statements sound ominously like what is happening in the watchtower organization today. Listen to the indignation 'our 'leaders' showed towards the rulers of 'christendom'.........................
((Russell and Rutherford were lenient towards doctrinal disagreements, recognizing that making all followers think alike on doctrine is what originally caused the great apostasy and a method of control.
- Satans organization sails under the high-sounding name of "Christendom". It boasts of a membership of over 500,000,000 persons. Its members are in bondage to creeds, customs, rites and ceremonies; they dare not disown these or criticizeor expose them. To do so would bring down on their heads taunts, reproaches, disfellowship and persecution. Many thousands of the Lords people are held in these denominations as prisoners, afraid to express their disapproval of the creeds, methods and customs of the organization.? Watchtower 1930 October 1 p.301
As late as 1947, the Awake described the practice of excommunication as anunscriptural, pagan practice, using Hebrews 10: 26-31 to show it should be left to God to judge individuals.))
So what happened to all that TRUTH. If Christ said it was the very best in 1919, why was it changed??
So all that evil in christendom that Rutherford was so incensed about, has, since 1952 been imposed upon a captive people within the JW organization!! What a change of face!! They know exactly what they're doing!