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DO YOU HATE LAWLESSNESS?
“You [ Jesus] hated lawlessness.”—HEB. 1:9.
What about one of the ten commandments about coveting, an unenforceable law per the WTS. The “laws” the WTS concentrates are small in comparison to murder yet the WTS cannot and will not enforce that law even under Caesar’s laws. Can the elders enforce any laws since they cannot read hearts? Do jws feel accountable to God or to the men who represent the earthbound WT organization? Why do they feel they are home free when no human can see them but God sees everything? Why does it only count when 2 humans see them but not one God?
*** w06 6/15 pp. 23-24 pars. 16-17“*** T he third aspect of God’s Law to Israel that we are going to consider is the tenth commandment, which prohibited covetousness. The Law stated: “You must not desire your fellowman’s house. You must not desire your fellowman’s wife, nor his slave man nor his slave girl nor his bull nor his ass nor anything that belongs to your fellowman.” (Exodus 20:17) No human could enforce such a commandment, since no one can read hearts. That commandment, however, elevated the Law to a plane higher than that of human justice. It made each Israelite aware that he was directly accountable to Jehovah, who can read the inclinations of the heart. (1 Samuel 16:7) Moreover, this commandment got to the very root of many illicit acts.—James 1:14.
The law against covetousness encouraged God’s people to avoid materialism, greed, and grumbling about their lot in life. It also safeguarded them from the temptation to commit theft or immorality. There will always be those who have material possessions that we admire or who in one way or another seem to be more successful than we are. If we fail to control our thinking in such situations, we could become unhappy and feel envious of others. The Bible calls covetousness a manifestation of “a disapproved mental state.” We are far better off without it.—Romans 1:28-30.
But who only can judge per the WTS?
*** w081/15 p. 14 par. 7***Jehovah has appointed Jesus as Judge; hence, we do not have the right to judge anybody. That is fitting, since—unlike Jesus—we can judge only by the “mere appearance to [our] eyes” or “the thing heard by [our] ears,” whereas Jesus can read the intimate thoughts and reasonings of the heart.—Isa. 11:1-5; 2 Tim. 4:1.
*** w84 11/1 p. 13 par. 19***Often we have to know what is on a person’s mind before we can help him. Since, unlike Jesus, we cannot read hearts, there is only one way to obtain this information: by asking well-thought-out questions.
Must jws report murderers per the WTS?
START OF ARTICLE
1. What did Jesus teach regarding love?
STRESSING the importance of love, Jesus
Christ told his disciples: “I am giving you
a new commandment, that you love one another;
just as I have loved you, that you also
love one another. By this all will know
that you are my disciples, if you have love
among yourselves.” (John 13:34, 35) Jesus
commanded his followers to show self sacrificing
love toward one another. That
love would be their identifying mark. Jesus
also exhorted them: “Continue to love your
enemies and to pray for those persecuting
Note that the identifying mark is not about the trinity, hellfire, immortality of the soul. It is not an endless discussion of doctrine. It is actually more of a challenge, showing love, and a self-sacrificing one at that.
There is a reason the story of the Good Samaritan is remembered by many.
So what is it to show love to those who show love to you. Matthew 5:45-47 says
Matthew 5:45-47 (New International Version, ©2011)
45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
2. Followers of Christ should develop a hatred for
2 In addition to teaching his disciples
about love, however, Jesus taught them
what to hate. It was said with reference to Jesus:
“You loved righteousness, and you hated
lawlessness [wickedness].” (Heb. 1:9; Ps.
45:7) This shows that we must develop not
only a love of righteousness but also a hatred
of sin, or lawlessness. It is noteworthy that
the apostle John specifically stated: “Everyone
who practices sin is also practicing lawlessness,
and so sin is lawlessness.”—1 John
Notice Jesus taught them WHAT to hate not WHO. Does the WTS teach its members to hate individuals?
PRACTICES—What does the WTS teach that this means; how many times does a person have to do a particular sin for it to be practicing?
Why does sin need practice?
3. With regard to hatred for lawlessness, what areas
of life will this article consider?
3 As Christians, then, we do well to ask
ourselves, ‘Do I hate lawlessness?’ Let us examine
how we can show our hatred for what
is bad in the following four areas of life:
(1) our attitude toward the abuse of alcohol,
(2) our view of the occult, (3) our reaction to
immorality, and (4) our view of those who
Alcohol—an old problem—Rutherford was a drunk and nothing happened to him
Occult—the increase of members from so-called developing countries
Immorality—a long problem with jws—no saints
Our view = disfellowshipping
Keep Alcohol in Its Place
4. Why did Jesus enjoy freeness of speech when
warning about heavy drinking?
4 Jesus occasionally drank wine, recognizing
it as a gift from God. (Ps. 104:14, 15)
However, he never abused this gift by indulging
in heavy drinking. (Prov. 23:29-33)
Jesus thus had freeness of speech when
counseling against such a practice. (Read
Luke 21:34.) Misuse of alcohol can lead to
other serious sins. Thus, the apostle Paul
wrote: “Do not be getting drunk with wine,
in which there is debauchery, but keep getting
filled with spirit.”(Eph. 5:18)He also admonished
the aged women in the congregation
not to be “enslaved to a lot of wine.”
Occasionally---how many times???
Heavy drinking—how much?
Misuse = immorality
Aged women or rather men, and elders at that
5. What questions might those who choose to
drink alcoholic beverages ask themselves?
5 If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages,
you would also do well to ask yourself:
‘Do I share Jesus’ attitude toward heavy
drinking? If I need to counsel others on
this matter, do I have freeness of speech?
Do I drink to escape worries or to ease
stress? How much alcohol do I consume
each week? How do I react when someone
implies that I might be drinking too much?
Do I become defensive or even resentful?’
Allowing ourselves to become enslaved to a
lot of wine can affect our ability to reason
things out properly and to make wise decisions.
Followers of Christ strive to safeguard
their thinking ability.—Prov. 3:21, 22.
Choose to drink….did Jesus define “heavy” drinking
Counsel others—freeness of speech = hypocrisy (coming to meetings with alcohol on breath)
Consume each week = is there a WT limit in print?
Defensive or even resentful = because the elder talking to you is a lush?
Wine = not beer or hard liquor?
Reasons things out = let the elders, CO, DO, WT reason it for you and tell you what to do…even not to drink at all because you might STUMBLE someone.
Avoid Occult Practices
6, 7. (a) How did Jesus deal with Satan and the demons?
(b) Why are occult practices so widespread today?
6 While on earth, Jesus firmly opposed Satan
and the demons. He rejected Satan’s direct
attacks on his loyalty. (Luke 4:1-13) He
also identified and resisted subtle attempts
to influence his thinking and actions. (Matt.
16:21-23) Jesus helped deserving ones to
escape cruel domination by the demons.
—Mark 5:2, 8, 12-15; 9:20, 25-27.
What is a direct attack from Satan per the WTS?
Helped “deserving ones”—what is deserving?
*** w97 8/1 p. 13 pars. 20-21***Thus we can stay loyal in the face of all manner of persecution. True, relatively few of us today suffer such direct attacks on our loyalty.
7 After Jesus’ enthronement as King in
1914, he cleansed the heavens of the contaminating
influence of Satan and the demons.
As a result, Satan is—now more than
ever—bent on “misleading the entire inhabited
earth.” (Rev. 12:9, 10) It should come as
no surprise to us, then, that fascination with
the occult is widespread and is growing.
What measures can we take to protect ourselves?
How many jws know that the WTS taught that Jesus’ enthronement took place in 1878 even past 1914 to 1922? That his presence began in 1874 which is why the 1879 WT title said “Heralding Christ’s Presence” since his presence had already happened?
The Life-giver is present; and, since 1878, when he took his great power and began the exercise of his authority, none of his members need to sleep. –Thy Kingdom Come, 1891, page 240. view
Since that time it has been emphatically manifest that the time had come in A.D. 1878 when kingly judgment should begin at the house of God. It is here that Rev. 14:14-20 applies, and our Lord is brought to view as the Reaper crowned. The year A.D. 1878, being the parallel of his assuming power and authority in the type, clearly marks the time for the actual assuming of power as King of kings, by our present, spiritual, invisible Lord–the time of his taking to himself his great power to reign, which in the prophecy is closely associated with the resurrection of his faithful, and the beginning of the trouble and wrath upon the nations. –The Time Is At Hand, 1902, page 239. view
The living stones are taken out of the quarry (the world); and by the experiences and discipline of the present life they are shaped and chiseled and polished and thus fitted for their places in the temple which, during the time of the presence of the Lord--viz, since 1878, when he took his great power as king--is being noiselessly put together..." –The Watchtower, July 1, 1922 , page 207. view
8. What self-examination may be in order concerning
our choice of entertainment?
8 The Bible clearly warns of the dangers
connected with spiritism. (Read
Deuteronomy 18:10-12.) Today, Satan and
the demons influence people’s thinking
through movies, books, and electronic
games that promote occult practices. When
selecting entertainment, therefore, each
of us should ask himself: ‘Over the past
months, have I chosen to be entertained by
films, TV programs, electronic games, books,
or comics that feature uncanny practices? Do
I understand the importance of rejecting occult
influences, or do I downplay these dangers?
Have I even considered how Jehovah
might feel about my choice of entertainment?
If I have opened the door to such satanic
influences, will my love for Jehovah
and his righteous principles impel me to act
decisively and slam that door shut?’—Acts
Clearly warns? – about tobacco (betel nuts and coca leaves) being spiritism?
Or the jw reasoning that Lord of the Rings was okay because the humans did not practice magic and that Harry Potter was bad because the humans did practice magic!!!
Or the majority of jws that I knew gladly and eagerly went to Disney movies peppered with witches and magic.
Or that fact that jws carefully screen out any mention of made up magic but are not on guard against the real pedophiles in their congregations?
The Bible has the account of Saul going to the witch of Endor…
If you choose to drink alcoholic beverages,
what should you consider?
Heed Jesus’ Warning About Immorality
9. How might a person nurture the love of lawlessness?
9 Jesus upheld Jehovah’s standard of sexual
morality. He said: “Did you not read that
he who created them from the beginning
made them male and female and said, ‘For
this reason a man will leave his father and
his mother and will stick to his wife, and the
two will be one flesh’? So that they are no
longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what
God has yoked together let no man put
apart.” (Matt. 19:4-6) Jesus knew that what
we take in through our eyes can affect our
heart. In his Sermon on the Mount, he
therefore stated: “You heard that it was said,
‘You must not commit adultery.’ But I say to
you that everyone that keeps on looking at a
woman so as to have a passion for her has already
committed adultery with her in his
heart.” (Matt. 5:27, 28) Those who ignore Jesus’ warning
are in reality nurturing the love
But then why did God allow polygamy until the first century and the WTS until 1947 in Africa? Is the WTS suggesting they were ignorant of what was going on in the congregations?
*** w95 9/1 p.25***I married Olabisi Fashugba in February 1941 and knew enough not to take any additional wives. But until 1947 when the missionaries came, polygamy was common in the congregations. Polygamous brothers were told that they had married more than one wife in ignorance. So if they had two or three or four or five wives, they could keep them, but they should not take any more. That was the policy we had.
Why no mention of the adulterer and murderer David here? What a perfect example illustrating this.
10. Relate an experience showing that an individual
can break free from pornography.
10 Satan promotes sexual immorality by
means of pornography. The present system
of things is awash with it. Those who view
pornography find it difficult to erase the immoral
scenes from their minds. They can
even become addicted to pornography. Consider
what happened to one Christian. He
says: “I secretly viewed pornography. I created
a fantasy world that I thought was disconnected
from the world where I served Jehovah.
I knew that this practice was wrong but
told myself that my service to God was still
acceptable.” What changed this brother’s
thinking? He states: “Although it was the
most difficult thing I have ever done, I decided
to tell the elders about my problem.” This
brother eventually broke free from this degrading
habit. “After I cleansed my life of
this sin,” he admits, “I finally felt that I had a
truly clean conscience.” Those who hate
lawlessness must learn to hate pornography.
I’m starting to thing that pornography should be a permanent topic in every study article. It is interesting that almost all accounts of jws with the “problem” are men…does that mean jw women don’t partake?
“one Christian” = only jw
Knew it was wrong and that God sees everything; wasn’t God real to him? Would he have watch porn in front of an elder or 2 elders?
How did he break free; why no practical tips for other “sufferers”?
11, 12. How can we show hatred for lawlessness
when it comes to our choice of music?
11 Music and its accompanying lyrics can
strongly influence our emotions and, therefore,
our figurative heart. Music itself is a gift
from God and has long held a place in true
worship. (Ex. 15:20, 21; Eph. 5:19) But Satan’s
wicked world promotes music that glorifies
immorality. (1 John 5:19) How can you
tell whether the music you listen to is defiling
you or not?
So what kind of music is acceptable? Is all modern music bad? I remember in the 60’s that the twist was considered an immoral pagan African dance.
*** w627/1 pp. 410-411***To illustrate: Suppose a young adult or a parent has heard about the twist and wants to know whether it would be proper for a Christian. Well, observe how people describe it. You will likely find frequent comments in newspapers, perhaps such as this one: “The Twist, stemming from a dance called the Madison that erupted a number of years ago in Philadelphia, is a rhythmic, shoulder-shaking, hip-swiveling step in which the partners synchronize their movements but do not touch.” 1 One popular American magazine devoted many pages to the dance and said: “To the song’s insistent beat the partners rock back and forth on the balls of their feet while frantically twisting their hips.” 2 If local news media shed little light on the matter, one could find publications in a public library that discuss recent trends. Thus if one opened the 1962 Britannica BookoftheYear, he would find several comments, including this: “There was also a revival during 1961 of two teen-age dances, the twist and the fish. They were publicly condemned by several U. S. clergymen. In late fall, the twist in particular suddenly took on the characteristics of a major dance craze. . . . It features a minimum of movement of the feet and a maximum of bodily gyrations.”
Many of the news reports will likely have a few words about the origin of a new dance, and this is true of the twist. Time magazine, for instance, commented:
“The Twist at first was an innocent enough dance; it has since been largely discarded in favor of such refinements as ‘The Roach’ and ‘The Fly.’ But the youngsters at [a certain New York nightclub] have revived The Twist and parodied it into a replica of some ancient tribal puberty rite. The dancers scarcely ever touch each other or move either feet. Everything else, however, moves. The upper body sways forward and backward and the hips and shoulders twirl erotically, while the arms thrust in, out, up and down.” 3
That nightclub and its revised twist, further explained this same news report, “might well have remained just another flesh spa for the midtown beatnik crowd” had it not been popularized with café society by a newspaper society editor.
So what have you learned about this dance? In this example we have found that the dance craze mainly involves bodily gyrations and that the words used to describe them are “frantic,” “sensual” and “erotic.” You have also learned what kind of persons developed the dance and that it is basically an imitation of some pagan tribe’s dance, involving gestures of a sexually suggestive nature.
12 You might start by asking yourself: ‘Do
the songs I listen to glorify murder, adultery,
fornication, and blasphemy? If I were to
read the lyrics of certain songs to someone,
would that person get the impression that I
hate lawlessness, or would the words indicate
that my heart is defiled?’ We cannot
hate lawlessness in word while glorifying it
in song. “The things proceeding out of the
mouth come out of the heart,” said Jesus,
“and those things defile a man. For example,
out of the heart come wicked reasonings,
murders, adulteries, fornications, thieveries,
false testimonies, blasphemies.”—Matt.
15:18, 19; compare James 3:10, 11.
Are “kingdom” songs the only acceptable music then? Even classical music from the 1800’s is not acceptable especially when you factor in the morality of the composers and performers.
Adopt Jesus’ View of Those Who Love Lawlessness
13. How did Jesus view those who became hardened
13 Jesus said that he came to call sinners,
or lawless ones, to repentance. (Luke 5:30-
32) How, though, did he view those who became
hardened in a course of sin? Jesus gave
strong warnings against being influenced by
such ones. (Matt. 23:15, 23-26) He also clearly
stated: “Not everyone saying tome, ‘Lord,
Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the
heavens, but the one doing the will of my
Father who is in the heavens will. Many will
say to me in that day [when God executes
judgment], ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy
in your name, and expel demons in your
name, and perform many powerful works in
your name?’” However, he will reject those
who unrepentantly practice lawlessness, saying:
“Get away from me.” (Matt. 7:21-23)
Why such a judgment? Because such individuals
dishonor God and cause harm to
others by their lawless practices.
So who decides who is hardened? The elders, CO, DO? Who decides who is repentant? The elders who cannot read hearts?
14. Why are unrepentant sinners removed from the
14 God’s Word commands that unrepentant
sinners be removed from the congregation.
(Read 1 Corinthians 5:9-13.) This is
necessary for at least three reasons: (1) to
keep Jehovah’s name free from reproach,
(2) to protect the congregation from contamination,
and (3) to help the sinner come
to repentance if possible.
How can the elders remove “unrepentant” sinners when they cannot read hearts? What is “evidence of repentance” or “fruit befitting repentance”?
Keep God’s name of the WTS reputation free from reproach…what about the flipflops of the WTS and out and out lies, e.g., saying that they consistently taught that Jesus’ presence began in 1914?
Who protects the congregation from the contamination from sins that are not prosecutable like not showing love, harmful gossip, etc.
15. Loyalty to Jehovah calls for an answer to what
15 Do we share Jesus’ view of those who
have become set in their lawless course? We
need to give thought to these questions:
‘Would I choose to associate regularly with
someone who has been disfellowshipped
or who has disassociated himself from the
Christian congregation? What if that one
is a close relative who no longer lives at
home?’ Such a situation can be a real test of
our love of righteousness and of our loyalty
* For a detailed discussion of this subject, see the September
15, 1981, issue of The Watchtower, pages 26-31.
“close relative” = only parents and children? If healthy adults must the leave the home?
What about “necessary family business”? Does that no longer apply?
*** w07 1/15p.20***While caring for necessary family matters may require some contact with the disfellowshipped person, a Christian parent should strive to avoid needless association.
*** w83 1/1 p. 31***Of course, the grandparents have to determine if some necessary family matters require limited contact with the disfellowshipped children. And they might sometimes have the grandchildren visit them.
*** w81 9/15 p.29 par.18 ***The second situation that we need to consider is that involving a disfellowshiped or disassociated relative who is not in the immediate family circle or living at one’s home. Such a person is still related by blood or marriage, and so there may be some limited need to care for necessary family matters.
***w11 7/15 p. 31 par. 15*** But what will those dear parents do? Will they obey Jehovah’s clear direction? Or will they rationalize that they can have regular
association with their disfellowshipped son and call it “necessary family business”?
In making their decision, they must not fail to consider how Jehovah feels about what
they are doing.
16, 17. What difficulty did a Christian mother face,
and what helped her to uphold the arrangement for
disfellowshipping unrepentant wrongdoers?
A viewer of pornography
nurtures love for what?
16 Consider the experience of a sister
whose adult son at one time had love for
Jehovah. Later in life, however, he unrepentantly
chose to practice lawlessness. Hence,
he was disfellowshipped from the congregation.
Our sister loved Jehovah, but she also
loved her son and found it extremely difficult
to apply the Scriptural command to
avoid associating with him.
What lawless are they talking about, harmful gossip, oh that’s right that is not enough to get someone kicked out…45 years, several congregations and countries, never saw it happen.
17 What advice would you have given this
sister? An elder helped her to realize that Jehovah
understood the pain she felt. The
brother invited her to think about the pain
Jehovah must have experienced when some
of his angelic sons rebelled. The elder reasoned
with her that even though Jehovah
knows how painful such a circumstance can
be, he requires that unrepentant sinners be
disfellowshipped. She took the reminders to
heart and loyally upheld the disfellowshipping
arrangement.* Such loyalty makes Jehovah’s
heart glad.—Prov. 27:11.
*See also the January 15, 2007, issue of The Watchtower,
But God still associated with Satan (even Jesus did) until 1914 per the WTS.
So again, who decides they are unrepentant when they cannot read hearts?
What about the elders who have regular contact with grown children who are df’d under the “necessary family matters” clause? Yes, it still goes on and the July 15 WT will not stop it in their case. Elders cover for each other or at least have interesting “reasoning” that does not apply to the rank and file.
18, 19. (a) Cutting off contact with a practicer of
lawlessness gives evidence of our hatred for what?
(b) What may result when we are loyal to God and
18 If you face a similar situation, please
remember that Jehovah sympathizes with
you. By cutting off contact with the disfellowshipped
or disassociated one, you are
showing that you hate the attitudes and actions
that led to that outcome. However, you
are also showing that you love the wrongdoer
enough to do what is best for him or
her. Your loyalty to Jehovah may increase
the likelihood that the disciplined one will
repent and return to Jehovah.
Not that you hate the person? How many jws have wondered why David was not put to death as an adulterer and a murderer, “repent” or not? Why an exception for him, was he the only repentant adulterer in Israel, there is no record that any of David’s contemporaries that were adulterers were spared, there is no added statement to the law.
*** w92 7/15 p. 12 par. 19***The obligation to hate lawlessness also applies to all activity by apostates. Our attitude toward apostates should be that of David, who declared: “Do I not hate those who are intensely hating you, O Jehovah, and do I not feel a loathing for those revolting against you? With a complete hatred I do hate them. They have become to me real enemies.” (Psalm 139:21, 22)
*** w90 1/15 p. 24***
Because the wicked were guilty of bloodshed and of bringing reproach on God’s name, David declared: “DoInothatethosewhoareintenselyhatingyou,O Jehovah,anddoInotfeelaloathingforthoserevoltingagainstyou?WithacompletehatredIdohatethem.Theyhavebecometomerealenemies.”(Psalm139:21, 22)
19 One individual who was disfellowshipped
and was later reinstated wrote: “I
am happy that Jehovah loves his people
enough to see that his organization is kept
clean. What may seem harsh to outsiders
is both necessary and really a loving
thing to do.” Do you think that this person
would have been helped to come to
such a conclusion had members of the
congregation, including her family, maintained
regular contact with her while she
was disfellowshipped? Our supporting the
Scriptural arrangement of disfellowshipping
gives evidence that we love righteousness
and recognize Jehovah’s right to set standards
How clean does the WTS want to keep the organization when they have hidden pedophiles in their midst to “protect” God’s name in the community?
“Hate What Is Bad”
20, 21. Why is it important to learn to hate lawlessness?
20 “Keep your senses, be watchful,” warns
the apostle Peter. Why? Because “your adversary,
the Devil, walks about like a roaring
lion, seeking to devour someone.” (1 Pet.
5:8) Will that someone be you? Much depends
on how well you learn to hate lawlessness.
Hate lawlessness or hate the lawless?
21 Developing a hatred for what is bad is
not easy. We are born in sin, and we live in a
world that caters to fleshly desires. (1 John 2:
15-17) By imitating Jesus Christ and developing
deep love for Jehovah God, however, we
can succeed in cultivating hatred for lawlessness.
Let us be determined to “hate what is
bad,” fully confident that Jehovah “is guarding
. . . his loyal ones; out of the hand of the
wicked ones he delivers them.”—Ps. 97:10.
Did you know that only the elders who were on the judicial committee can talk or have “business” with a df’d person? Not even the other elders. Why have so many elders not developed a hatred for pedophiles in their congregation? Blondie has had enough experience that they are only interested in covering it up; it makes them look bad. The laws of God and Caesar do not come into play, just the law of CYA.
How Would You Answer?
What will help us to examine our
attitude toward alcoholic beverages?
What protective measures can we
take against occult practices?
Why is pornography dangerous?
How do we display hatred for lawlessness
when someone we love is disfellowshipped?
What a sad, useless article except for another beating about pornography. It must be a BIG problem that renders elders and MS useless. I wonder how bad it has to be before they take any action? Will they take action on the word of a wife only…(foolish question)? I bet for every confession there are ten male jws keeping their own counsel.
There was a time I could feel the hate from several sisters in one congregation. Why you might ask, I guess I was “too perfect” in their minds and the minds of their husbands who kept saying, you could be more like her.
Happy May 1, May Day…never celebrated in my area. It’s a big union day and used to be a parade day in the Soviet Union. We are 1/3 of the way into 2011….argh…but I’m making plans for my flower beds and garden.
Next week, RECEIVE GOD’S SPIRIT, NOT THE WORLD’S. My 6 year old question, “how do you know when you get holy spirit” still waiting for a credible answer.