Nov 15, 2011 WT - "The prophet Elisha sent one of
the sons of the prophets to anoint Jehu as king and to instruct him to kill
every male of the apostate house of Ahab.—2 Ki. 8:28; 9:1-10."
"Though the thought of violence is unpleasant, we should realize that in
those days, Jehovah used his servants to carry out his judgments.... Today, no
servant of Jehovah uses physical force against opponents of pure worship.
“Vengeance is mine,” God says. (Heb.10:30) But to rid the congregation of
potentially corrupting influences, Christian elders may have to act with
courage similar to that of Jehu. (1 Cor. 5:9-13) And all members of the
congregation need to be determined to avoid the company of disfellowshipped
individuals.— 2 John 9-11." "Jehu announced that he intended to hold
“a great sacrifice” for Baal. (2 Ki. 10:18, 19) “This is a clever play on words
on the part of Jehu,” says one scholar. While the term employed here “generally
means ‘sacrifice,’ it is also used of the ‘slaughter’ of apostates.” "It
is true that Jehu spilled much blood. Yet, the Scriptures present him as a
Nov 15, 1952 Watchtower pp.703-704 - We
are not living today among theocratic nations where such members of our fleshly
family relationship could be exterminated for apostasy from God and his
theocratic organization, as was possible and was ordered in the nation of
Israel in the wilderness of Sinai and in the land of Palestine. "Thou
shalt surely kill him; thy hand shall be first upon him to put him to death,
and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him to death
with stones, because he hath sought to draw thee away from Jehovah thy God, . .
. And all Israel
shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is in
the midst of thee."? Deut. 13:6-11, AS.Being limited by the laws of the
worldly nation in which we live and also by the laws of God through Jesus
Christ, we can take action against apostates only to a certain extent, that is,
consistent with both sets of laws. The law of the land and God's law through
Christ forbid us to kill apostates, even though they be members of our own
flesh-and-blood family relationship.