Study article for October: Speaking the Truth
The article is about lying, but the WT is all about lying. I guess they are concerned with their followers lying to them!
You got to love the strange way the WT compares apples to oranges.
THE telephone, the electric light bulb, the automobile, and the refrigerator are just some of the inventions that have improved everyday life. Other innovations, though, have made life more dangerous—gunpowder, land mines, cigarettes, and the atomic bomb, to name a few. However, there is a device that predates all of them and that has had the worst possible effect on humankind. What is it? The lie!
Yes a lie is a device. Like a bomb!
Satan’s lie was malicious because he knew full well that if Eve believed him and ate the fruit, she would die.
The WT wants you to know that the kind of lie Satan told, was malicious. Because in an earlier article, it praised Rahab and her lies that saved the Israelite spies. The WT divides lies into catagories. Lying for God is good since it doesn't hurt his
people GB and the malicious lies - the ones that impact GOD the GB in a negative way, are bad.
The article points out what the GB is concerned about right now. But first, they want you to know how bad the other religions are and how they would never ever do something as bad as lying. (This type of BS is put in so that the regular JW will think to themselves - the GB would never lie to us! That would be so bad!)
Religious leaders who lie are especially guilty because they endanger the future life prospects of those who believe their lies
Whether called pastors, priests, rabbis, swamis, or by some other title, religious leaders abound in the world today. Like their first-century counterparts, they are “suppressing the truth” from God’s Word and have “exchanged the truth of God for the lie.” (Rom. 1:18, 25) They promote such false teachings as “once saved, always saved,” the immortality of the human soul, reincarnation, and the foolish idea that God would condone homosexual lifestyles and same-sex marriages.
- Of course, Ananias and Sapphira who held back money are the big examples. The GB are thinking of JW's who aren't giving what the GB think they should.
- Young ones leading a double life
- Knowing someone who has committed a serious sin. Do you tell the whole truth? The Elders have the right you know, to know everything about it. So they can help the person of course.
- The pioneers have to fill out an application. Notice what is the first on this list.
Perhaps you wish to serve as a regular pioneer or in some feature of special full-time service, such as at Bethel. During the application process, it is important that you give honest and completely truthful answers to all the questions asked regarding your health, choices of entertainment, and morals.
Being a pioneer or at Bethel is a high position. Funny how if your health isn't that great, you can't worship Jehovah in a fuller capacity. You can't get the title. And they don't want your medical bills.
At the end of the article, they finally talk about speaking the truth. But you can't speak "the truth" without the quotes. lol
WE “SPEAK THE TRUTH”
What is one way that true Christians distinguish themselves from members of false religions? We “speak the truth.”