This is in the January 5, 2003 Study, "Keep on Serving Shoulder to Shoulder" from the November 15, 2002 Watchtower:
The Apostle Paul wrote: "I desire that in every place the men carry on prayer, lifting up loyal hands, apart from wrath and debates" (I Timothy 2:8) Paul thus associated loyalty with public prayer "in every place" where Christians meet together. Only loyal men should represent the congregation in public prayer.
First of all, could a veteran xJW confirm with me that this means what I think it means - that the WTS deems who is worthy to pray publicly? This is astounding. Prayer is a personal and direct link to our Creator. Through prayer, God gives us comfort, support, and direction. Second of all, this interpretation stinks! Paul wants us all to pray. How we pray was the secondary concept. The order of logic of this sentence is as follows:
in every place ----> the men carry on prayer ----> lifting up loyal hands ----> apart from wrath and debates
Yet the WTS has reversed the logic. Can you see it?
only men ---> with loyal hands ----> may pray publicly
As a side note, I found that the NWT consistently translates hosios as loyalty. Here is another translation:
So wherever you assemble, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy. I Timothy 2:8 NLT
In Strong's, hosios is defined as:
hosioshos'-ee-os Of uncertain affinity; properly right (by intrinsic or divine character; thus distinguished from G1342, which refers rather to human statutes and relations; from G2413, which denotes formal consecration; and from G40, which relates to purity from defilement), that is, hallowed (pious, sacred, sure): - holy, mercy, shalt be.
As well, all throught the OT, a similar Hebrew word, chasiyd, is consistently translated as loyal in the NWT. I can see no need to make such a radical departure, unless the organization desires loyalty from it's sheep more than a personal divine relationship with their creator. Is holiness a foreign concept to the WT culture?
Edited by - jgnat on 1 January 2003 14:59:0