Watchtower — Divorce — Homosexual Cheating

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  • Marvin Shilmer
    Marvin Shilmer

    Watchtower — Divorce — Homosexual Cheating

    Today I uploaded a new article to my blog. Many researchers are well aware that in 1972 Watchtower flipped and flopped on its teaching of whether homosexual cheating by a marriage mate was fornication; hence grounds for divorce.

    In January of 1972 The Watchtower said it was not grounds for divorce.

    In December of 1972 The Watchtower said it was grounds for divorce.

    But something happened in between that was not widely publicized. My article addresses this under publicized incident, which incident demonstrated internally conflicting views on the subject.

    My article is titled Watchtower — Divorce — Homosexual Cheating and is available at:

    Marvin Shilmer

  • poopsiecakes
  • breakfast of champions
    breakfast of champions

    Wow - two opposite opinions under the same roof. Clearly directed by holy spirit!

  • JW GoneBad
    JW GoneBad

    Basically what the Jan 1, 1972 Watchtower is saying is that at one time the thinking was that a JW man could have sex with a donkey and come away with private reproof and his wife has to take him back..........Bizarre!

    No wonder many say that Jehovah's Witnesses is a pedophile's paradise! The GB cater to the freakish and kooky.

    Clearly this thinking is guided by Holy Spirit!

  • Marvin Shilmer
    Marvin Shilmer

    JW GoneBad writes:

    “…the Jan 1, 1972 Watchtower is saying is that at one time the thinking was that a JW man could have sex with a donkey and come away with private reproof and his wife has to take him back…. The GB cater to the freakish and kooky.”

    That’s it in a nutshell.

    Apparently there was at the time a majority of Watchtower’s top leadership who were of a mind that Peter could have gotten-it-on with a donkey and Jesus would have told Peter’s wife she had no choice but to stand by her man! That for even a single moment Watchtower’s top leadership could seriously hold such a view should be way more than enough for a sound mind to know those leaders have no clue about biblical boundaries for marriage, let alone other biblical notions.

    Something making the whole matter worse is that at the end of 1972 when this teaching was undone, Watchtower’s presentation at that point was to excuse the absurdly wrongheaded teaching of January 1972 by minimizing it as a common misconception that many have held.

    Marvin Shilmer

  • blondie

    Is this similar to the teaching that the people in S&G would not be/would be resurrected in 1988?

    Revelation -- Its Grand Climax at Hand! (1988) p. 273

    [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will NOT be resurrected]

    [Box on page 273]

    "Epistle to Sodom and Gomorrah"


    Jesus Christ also knew what he thought and stated it in explicit terms. He said that it would be "more endurable for the land of Sodom on Judgment Day" than for the religionists who spurned his message. (Matthew 11:23, 24) Jesus was here using hyperbole to show that those religious leaders who rejected the Son of God and his teaching were even more reprehensible than the Sodomites. Jude 7 states that those Sodomites underwent "the judicial punishment of everlasting fire," meaning eternal destruction. (Matthew 25:41, 46) How severe, then, will be the judgment of so-called Christian leaders who blindly lead their blinded flocks away from the high moral standards of God's Kingdom into the permissive, debauched ways of this world! (Matthew 15:14) Concerning false religion, Babylon the Great, the voice from heaven calls with urgency: "Get out of her, my people, if you do not want to share with her in her sins, and if you do not want to receive part of her plagues."-Revelation 18:2, 4.

    [Emphasis Added]

    Insight Volume 2 (1988) p. 984

    [Men of Sodom and Gomorrah will be resurrected]

    Jude mentions that "Sodom and Gomorrah . . . are placed before us as a warning example by undergoing the judicial punishment of everlasting fire." This would not conflict with Jesus' statement about a Jewish city that would reject the good news: "It will be more endurable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah on Judgment Day than for that city." Sodom and Gomorrah were everlastingly destroyed as cities, but this would not preclude a resurrection for people of those cities.--Jude 7; Mt 10:15; compare Lu 11:32; 2 Pe 2:6.

    [Emphasis Added]

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