The Watchtower Society says it is GOOD to LIE to protect the Organization -- It's called "THEOCRATIC WARFARE", or the "Don't Throw Pearls Before Swine" Policy!
*** The Watchtower Reprints, July 1879, Pages 8-9 ***
"A truth presented by Satan himself is just as true as a truth stated by God."
*** The Watchtower February 1st 1956 Issue, Pages 88-89 Cautious as Serpents Among Wolves ***
45. We dare not lie against God's Word, adding to it or taking away from it, reading into it what it does not say and denying, passing over or explaining away what it does truthfully say. "Every word of God is tried: . . . Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar." (Prov. 30:5, 6, AS) We may not tell untruths in his name, for that puts God in the light of a liar. "Let God be found true, though every man be found a liar." (Rom. 3:4, NW) In Jeremiah's day the false prophets prophesied lies in Jehovah's name and lied against his purpose, foretelling in his name what he had not foretold. Therefore Jehovah was against them. He executed judgment against them at Jerusalem's destruction in 607 B.C. (Jer. 23:25; 27:15) Religious liars like them today cannot escape a like judgment but will meet a like end at Armageddon.
46. Never swear falsely in Jehovah's name. Jehovah declares that at his temple he will be a "swift witness against . . . the false swearers." (Mal. 3:5, AS) Never take an oath in his name and then tell lies as a sworn witness. Rahab of Jericho was under no oath in Jehovah's name to tell the facts to the king's officers and hence was not a false swearer or a false witness. "A faithful witness will not lie; but a false witness uttereth lies." (Prov. 14:5, AS) A faithful witness does not love a false oath. So he tells the truth as he swore to do. What he does speak will be the truth. If he speaks at all he will tell the truth. To the extent that he chooses to talk he will state the truth. If for conscientious reasons he refuses to tell everything he will be willing to suffer the consequences if he be judged deserving of a penalty. He refuses to tell everything, not to escape punishment, but facing punishment for conscientious reasons. Even Jesus kept silent before Pilate, refusing to answer though knowing Pilate's power.-John 19:8-11.
*** The Watchtower May 1st 1957 Issue, Page 285 ***
Use Theocratic War Strategy
A WITNESS of Jehovah was going from house to house in Eastern Germany when she met a violent opposer. Knowing at once what to expect she changed her red blouse for a green one in the very next hallway. No sooner had she appeared on the street than a Communist officer asked her if she had seen a woman with a red blouse. No, she replied, and went on her way. Did she tell a lie? No, she did not. She was not a liar. Rather, she was using theocratic war strategy, hiding the truth by action and word for the sake of the ministry.
In this she had good Scriptural precedent. Did not Rahab hide the Israelite spies by both action and word? Did not Abraham, Isaac, David and others likewise hide the truth at times when faced with a hostile enemy? They certainly did, and never do we read a word of censure for their doing so. Rather, we read of their being termed exemplary servants of Jehovah. Their actions were in line with Jesus' wise counsel: "Look! I am sending you forth as sheep amidst wolves; therefore prove yourselves cautious as serpents and yet innocent as doves."-Matt. 10:16, NW.
Perhaps some will wonder as to where the line is to be drawn between use of theocratic war strategy in hiding the truth and the telling of lies. First of all, let it be noted that whenever one takes an oath to tell the truth he is obligated to do so. By dedicating himself to do God's will each Christian has taken a vow or made an oath to do God's will and to be faithful to him. To this oath he certainly must be true. Likewise, when a Christian is placed on a witness stand he is obligated to speak the truth if he speaks at all. At times he may prefer to refuse to speak and suffer the consequences rather than betray his brothers or the interests of God's work. And, of course, there is no occasion for use of war strategy when dealing with our Christian brothers. In dealing with them we tell the truth or tactfully remind them that what they seek to know does not concern them.
Lies are untruths told for selfish reasons and which work injury to others. Satan told a lie to Eve that worked great harm to her and all the human race. Ananias and Sapphira told lies for selfish reasons. But hiding the truth, which he is not entitled to know, from an enemy does not harm him, especially when he would use such information to harm others who are innocent.
A great work is being done by the Witnesses even in lands where their activity is banned. The only way they can fulfill the command to preach the good news of God's kingdom is by use of theocratic war strategy.
By underground methods the literature is brought into the country and distributed. Would it make sense to hide this literature by one's actions and then reveal its whereabouts by one's words when queried? Of course not! So in time of spiritual warfare it is proper to misdirect the enemy by hiding the truth. It is done unselfishly; it does not harm anyone; on the contrary, it does much good.
Today God's servants are engaged in a warfare, a spiritual, theocratic warfare, a warfare ordered by God against wicked spirit forces and against false teachings. God's servants are sent forth as sheep among wolves and therefore need to exercise the extreme caution of serpents so as to protect properly the interests of God's kingdom committed to them. At all times they must be very careful not to divulge any information to the enemy that he could use to hamper the preaching work.
For details see The Watchtower, February 1, 1956.
*** The Watchtower June 1st 1960 Issue, Page 352 ***
"There is one exception, however, that the Christian must ever bear in mind. As a soldier of Christ he is in theocratic warfare and he must exercise added caution when dealing with God's foes. Thus the Scriptures show that for the purpose of protecting the interests of God's cause, it is proper to hide the truth from God's enemies."
*** Aid to Bible Understanding Book, 1971 Edition, Pages 1060-1061 ***
"Lying generally involves saying something false to a person who is entitled to know the truth and doing so with the intent to deceive or to injure him or another person"
"While malicious lying is definitely condemned in the Bible, this does not mean that a person is under obligation to divulge truthful information to people who are not entitled to it."
*** The Watchtower July 15th 1976 Issue, Pages 447-448 ***
Questions from Readers
If a Christian must testify in court, is it proper for him to place his hand on the Bible and swear to tell the whole truth?
When the courtroom procedure is that of raising a hand or of placing a hand on the Bible when swearing, a Christian may choose to comply, having in mind the Bible examples of accompanying an oath with a gesture. But more important than whether a person makes a certain gesture with his oath is the fact that he is swearing before God to tell the truth. Such an oath is serious. So if a Christian feels that he can and should answer a question put to him in such circumstances, then he is under oath to tell the truth.
*** Insight Book Volume 2, Pages 244-245 ***
The opposite of truth. Lying generally involves saying something false to a person who is entitled to know the truth and doing so with the intent to deceive or to injure him or another person. A lie need not always be verbal. It can also be expressed in action, that is, a person may be living a lie.
Especially serious have been the religious lies, as they have endangered the future life of persons deceived by them. Said Jesus Christ: "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you traverse sea and dry land to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one you make him a subject for Gehenna twice as much so as yourselves." (Mt 23:15) The exchange of God's truth for "the lie," the falsehood of idolatry, can cause a person to become a practicer of what is degrading and vile.-Ro 1:24-32.
While malicious lying is definitely condemned in the Bible, this does not mean that a person is under obligation to divulge truthful information to people who are not entitled to it.
*** New World Translation Reference Bible ***
Outside are the dogs and those who practice spiritism and the fornicators and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone liking and carrying on a lie.
Webster's Dictionary Definition of "Lie":
1 : A): an assertion of something known or believed by the speaker to be untrue with intent to deceive
1 : B): an untrue or inaccurate statement that may or may not be believed true by the speaker
2 : something that misleads or deceives
3 : a charge of lying
1 : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive
2 : to create a false or misleading impression
: to bring about by telling lies
Synonyms: LIE, PREVARICATE, EQUIVOCATE, PALTER, FIB mean to tell an untruth.
LIE is the blunt term, imputing dishonesty .
PREVARICATE softens the bluntness of LIE by implying quibbling or confusing the issue .
EQUIVOCATE implies using words having more than one sense so as to seem to say one thing but intend another .
PALTER implies making unreliable statements of fact or intention or insincere promises .
FIB applies to a telling of a trivial untruth .
Webster's Dictionary Definition of "Big Lie":
a deliberate gross distortion of the truth used especially as a propaganda tactic
Webster's Dictionary Definition of "Cover-Up":
1 : a device or stratagem for masking or concealing ;
also : a usually concerted effort to keep an illegal or unethical act or situation from being made public
2 : a loose outer garment
Webster's Dictionary Definition of "Deception":
1 A : the act of deceiving
1 B : the fact or condition of being deceived
2 : something that deceives : TRICK
- deceptional /-sh&-n&l/ adjective
Synonyms DECEPTION, FRAUD, DOUBLE-DEALING, SUBTERFUGE, TRICKERY mean the acts or practices of one who deliberately deceives.
DECEPTION may or may not imply blameworthiness, since it may suggest cheating or merely tactical resource .
FRAUD always implies guilt and often criminality in act or practice .
DOUBLE-DEALING suggests treachery or at least action contrary to a professed attitude .
SUBTERFUGE suggests the adoption of a stratagem or the telling of a lie in order to escape guilt or to gain an end .
TRICKERY implies ingenious acts intended to dupe or cheat .
Webster's Dictionary Definition of "Slander":
Etymology: Middle English sclaundre, slaundre, from Old French esclandre, from Late Latin scandalum stumbling block, offense more at SCANDAL
Date: 14th century
1 : the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another's reputation
2 : a false and defamatory oral statement about a person compare LIBEL
- slanderous /-d(&-)r&s/ adjective
- slanderously adverb
- slanderousness noun
Webster's Dictionary Definition of "Truth":
1 A : archaic : FIDELITY, CONSTANCY
1 B : sincerity in action, character, and utterance
2 A (1) : the state of being the case : FACT
2 A (2) : the body of real things, events, and facts : ACTUALITY
2 A (3) : often capitalized : a transcendent fundamental or spiritual reality
2 B : a judgment, proposition, or idea that is true or accepted as true 2 C : the body of true statements and propositions
3 A : the property (as of a statement) of being in accord with fact or reality
3 B : chiefly British : TRUE
3 C : fidelity to an original or to a standard
4 : capitalized Christian Science : GOD
- in truth : in accordance with fact : ACTUALLY
Webster's Dictionary Definition of "Pedophile":
A person with a sexual perversion in which children are the preferred sexual object.
Webster's Dictionary Definition of "Paradise":
1 A : EDEN
1 B : an intermediate place or state where the righteous departed await resurrection and judgment
1 C : HEAVEN
2 : a place or state of bliss, felicity, or delight
Edited by - UnDisfellowshipped on 31 August 2002 1:54:49