I guess the latest WT killed any hope of US jws growing beards.

by Crazyguy 24 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • pale.emperor

    So glad im out of this cult. No more bullshit rules like this. I actually let these fools make mundane decisions for me about my own facial hair.

  • freddo

    It was the last Sunday -13th Nov - study WT. (September 2016 study edition of the WT) Article entitled:-

    "Does Your Style of Dress Glorify God?" paragraph 17.

    It is of course written so you can have hours of endless debate but here in my patch of the UK (Southern England but not on Bethel's doorstep) this article has been read as slackening control. I even heard that one nearby body of elders nearby discussed the article and relaxed their "no beards" rule for appointed men.

  • freddo

    P17. What are some factors that may affect whether a brother wears a beard?

    17 What about the propriety of brothers wearing a beard? The Mosaic Law required men to wear a beard. However, Christians are not under the Mosaic Law, nor are they obliged to observe it. (Lev. 19:27; 21:5;Gal. 3:24, 25) In some cultures, a neatly trimmed beard may be acceptable and respectable, and it may not detract at all from the Kingdom message. In fact, some appointed brothers have beards. Even so, some brothers might decide not to wear a beard. (1 Cor. 8:9,13; 10:32) In other cultures or localities, beards are not the custom and are not considered acceptable for Christian ministers. In fact, having one may hinder a brother from bringing glory to God by his dress and grooming and his being irreprehensible.—Rom. 15:1-3; 1 Tim. 3:2, 7.

  • St George of England
    St George of England

    The paragraph quoted above from yesterday's WT study says in part: "In fact, some appointed brothers have beards."

    If you want to grow a beard then you should have no problem with the elders. I know of several appointed brothers in this area who have had a beard for many years.

    Just don't expect to be giving a talk on the next Regional Convention programme though!


  • stillin

    On the flip side, I regularly look at the local police arrest reports, and at least 90% of the men arrested have facial hair for their mug shots. The percentage is much lower for women.

  • RubaDub

    ... at least 90% of the men arrested have facial hair for their mug shots. The percentage is much lower for women.

    Except those in predominantly Italian neighborhoods.

    Rub a Dub

  • My Name is of No Consequence
    My Name is of No Consequence

    Didn't the "beard issue" arise from the hippie culture of the 1960's?

  • steve2

    I probably already know the answer, but I cannot be sure: Can anyone here clearly summarize the main reason(s) the organization frowns upon brothers with beards.

    Yep, I've read paragraph 17 which seems to be very confusing.

    What are the main arguments against beards?

  • freemindfade

    The beard issue amongst JWS arose from the Rutherford era. As an opposition to the Russell era diehards. I was always told growing up it was because of the 60's counter culture, but now beards are not counter culture, but rather very common and respectable. Truth is it wasn't the 60's it started before that.

  • polish clarinet
    polish clarinet

    Imagine Splane, ThighPantsTony 'n Co with beards! It would remind you ISIS Governing Body, or Bin Laden's birthday party!

Share this