The WBT$ is not consistent about the meaning of a word when defining it, versus when discussing it.
Apostasy = unfaithfulness.
That is spiritual unfaithfulness.
That is spiritual fornication/adultery/prostitution (with demons).
All religion by design steals our faith and salvation as a powerful agency of the demons. Religionists are the apostates.
They hide this by changing what words like "apostasy" actually mean.
Want to catch a Watchtower religionist with their pants down in the act of prostitution with a demon?
Just ask them to define each of the following in one sentence:
- The gospel ("good news")
- The Kingdom
To hide their spiritual prostitution with demons, religionists always bang on about sexual sins instead of religious sins. Jesus did the very opposite (Matt chapters 15 and 23). Yup, Jesus was against religion and the teaching of religion (doctrinal dissection and supremacy) known as proselytising (Matt 23:15). Jesus denounced the legalism, moralism, ethnocentrism, and Gnosticism of the elders (Pharisees) and the governing body (Sanhedrin).
Raymond Franz' Crisis of Conscience had to do with the rampant legalism of the Watchtower Sanhedrin and clergy class. We all know how the Watchtower Sanhedrin hated him and thanked him for slipping these articles into the Watchtower and Awake: g79 6/8 pp. 27-28 Why the Emphasis on Christian Freedom, and w80 5/1 pp. 5-8 Learning from an Experiment That Failed.
Jesus called Paul out of religion and sent him to teach the "good news" instead - known as evangelising.
The Watchtower's claim to be "proclaimers of the good news" or "legally defending and establishing the good news" is false. When a Watchtower religionist explains the "good news" he excludes and avoids around 151 of the Bible's 152-odd references to the "good news", mentioning only Matt 24:14 and changing what is meant by the Kingdom to exclude present spiritual realities (1 Cor 2:14-15).
A Watchtower religionist cannot explain (from the heart) what the "good news" is according to Moses, Isaiah, the Psalmist, or Paul. This is a real problem when you consider that more than half the Bible's references to the "good news" are by Paul (2 Cor 4:4).
That rascal Rutherford, inebriated and delusional as he may have been, was right when he explained that "all religion"..."is a snare and a racket" (1937_enemies.pdf and 1940_religion.pdf and 4 minute phonograph audio and 1937_Model_study.pdf pp. 41,63,64 and 1936_Protection pp. 6,7).
Greetings and blessings
PS - www.godhatesreligion.org.au and Christianity is not religion