I have done my Bible research, I am not half done, but i have enough for now.1 Corinthians 15:33 The word rendered "associations" is homilia, meaning company association intercourse companionship conversation.The word, according to my Bible source, is not repeated anywhere. So I looked up company first. This is what I found.
1 Corinthians 5:9 "I wrote you in an epistle not to company (sunanamignusthai) w/ fornicators. 2 Thess 3:14 he that does not obey this instruction of us by this letter take special note lest to associate (sunanamignusthai) with self in order that he may be ashamed. 1 Corinthians 5:11 I wrote you not to associate (sunanamignusthai) if any brother is called a fornicator or .... Acts 10:28 You know it is unlawful for a Jewish man to fratinize (glue, unite) (kollasthai) or to visit with (approach consent). Romans 15:32 with joy I may come to you by the will of god (theou) to be rested with you (sunanamiginusthai). http://biblos.com/romans/15-32.htm
My point being if "bad associations" really does mean rubbing shoulders with they who are not Jehovah's Witnesses, why homilia and not sunanamiginusthai which would apply much better? And if, as they believe, doing so will spoil thier relationship with God, why is it not clear to the reader what it means?
There are other words "association" is redered. mesos, enopios, sunalizo but not homilia. I haven't even yet cracked it, but see? Or do none see?