From the new elders manual
16. Apostasy: Apostasy is a standing away
true worship! a falling awaYI defection, rebellion,
abandonment. It includes the following:
• Celebrating false religious holidays: (Ex.
4-6; Jer. 7:16·19) Not all holidays involve
religion require judidal
.. Participation in interfaith activities: (2
6:14, 151 17, 18) Apostate acts include bowing before
altars and i and sharing i religious
songs and prayers.-Rev. 1
.. Deliberately spreading teachings contrary
to Bible truth as taught by Jebovahls Wit~
nesses: (Acts 21:21, fin.; 2 John 71 9, 10) Any
with sincere doubts should be
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loving counsel should be given. (2 Tim. 2: 16-19,
23-26; Jude 22, 23) If one obstinately is speaking
about or deliberately spreading false teachings,
this may be or may lead to apostasy. If there is
no response after a first and a second admonition,
a judidal committee should be formed.
-Titus 3:10, 11; w89 10/1 p. 19; w86 4/1 pp. 30-
31; w86 3/15 p. 15.
• Causing divisions and promoting sects: This
would be deliberate action disrupting the unity
of the congregation or undermining the confidence
of the brothers in Jehovah's arrangement.
It may involve or lead to apostasy.-Rom. 16:17,
18; Titus 3:10, 11; it-2 p. 886.
• Continuing in employment that makes one
an accomplice to or a promoter of false
worship would subiect one to disfellowshipping
after being allowed a reasonable amount of
time, perhaps up to six months, to make the
needed adjustments.-w99 4/15 pp. 28-30; km
9/76 pp. 3-6.
• The practice of spiritism.-Deut. 18:9-13; 1 Cor.
10:21/ 22; Gal. 5:20.
• Idolatry: (1 Cor. 6:9, 10; 10:14) Idolatry includes
the use of images, including pictures, in
false religious worship.