The First Judicial Committee?

by Wild_Thing 6 Replies latest jw friends

  • Wild_Thing

    I was wondering ... when do you think the first judicial committee took place? And what was it for?

    Can you imagine being the guinea pig for that kind of fiasco? I bet they were like, "What kind of bullshit is this?"

    Does anybody know what year the first disfellowshipping took place?

  • sir82

    The formal procedure for the modern version of disfellowshipping was outlined in the March 1 1952 Watchtower (there was a form of it all the way back to the 30's, but it wasn't much like what exists now).

    Look in the "Historical Watchtower Development" section of this link for more detail:

    I imagine the first DFings took place shortly after the appearance of this article.

  • Wild_Thing

    Wow! Thanks, sir82. I never knew there were references to treating people so horribly so early in the Watchtower.

    When I read this quote, I totally heard it being said in Tony Morrison III's voice. It sounds like something he would say almost verbatim in their monthly broadcast videos.

    "To be separate does not mean to be friends and companions, or to be in fellowship on any grounds. It means that we are to make a clean-cut division between ourselves and all the unclean, the impure in heart, as manifested by their disloyalty to the truth, and thereby to God, its great Author: and that this separation is to be so marked that the disfellowshipped one will be sure to know it. and that none can mistake our obedience and loyalty to the lord and his truth. There is to be no trifling or half-way obedience in this matter: for we are not only to be separate in spirit from the enemies of the Lord, but we are not to touch the unclean. As the Apostle elsewhere says we are to avoid them-to have no part or lot with them." Watchtower 1893 Oct 15 p.1588
  • scratchme1010
    I was wondering ... when do you think the first judicial committee took place? And what was it for?

    Charles T Russel was sued for molesting a little girl. My guess is that the first JC was against his accuser.

  • vienne


    I thought I knew of all of the Russell lawsuits. I'm not certain I know which you mean. Will you please elaborate?

  • Wild_Thing

    To my knowledge, there was no judicial committee formed surrounding that event. I don't think they even had that in place at at the time. Judicial committees came later, but I would love to know exactly when.

  • smiddy3

    I have never heard of that scratch ,I would appreciate some collaboration of that statement for my and others satisfaction that it wasn`t just an unfounded accusation

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