Is "fornication" still used by Witnesses?

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  • careful

    In 2013 the revised NWT came out and changed the old edition's "fornication" and its related words "fornicating," "fornicator" etc. in all their roughly 70 occurrences.

    Has the word completely dropped from usage in the Witness world? For example, is it still used in the disfellowshiping report sent to the branch which lists the sin the DFed one is guilty of?

    I could be wrong, but this is one word that has a long history, one not easy to erase by a change in translation.

  • darkspilver

    In the revised bible 'fornication' is now usually rendered as 'sexual immorality'.

    careful: is it still used in the disfellowshiping report sent to the branch which lists the sin the DFed one is guilty of?

    No. (was it ever used?)

    Depending on the actual circumstances, one of the following expressions would be used (for 'fornication', 'porneia' would be used):

    • Adultery (Mat. 19:9)
    • Gross uncleanness (Eph. 4:19, Gal. 5:19)
    • Loose conduct (Gal. 5:19; 2 Pet. 2:7)
    • Porneia (Lev. 20:10, 13, 15, 16; Rom. 1:24, 26, 27, 32; 1 Cor. 6:9, 10; Deut. 23: 7, 18)
  • sir82

    Never could figure out why every single reason for DFing on an S-77 was an English term, except for one thing, written in Koine Greek.

    It's like having an English recipe book that uses normal measurements for everything, but all measurements for salt are in "pennyweights" or "ephahs".

  • freddo

    Because in jw land "Porneia" encompasses ...

    Handjobs/Blowjobs/Cunnilingus/Breastjobs/Anal/Vaginal sex

    Any other penetrative sex that my sheltered mind cannot think of...

    Oh ... and shagging the family dog or sheep ...

  • scratchme1010
    Is "fornication" still used by Witnesses?

    Some JW women are still getting pregnant, so yes.

    Seriously now. I think that the word is falling into obsolescence. Who else do you hear using that word other than religious weirdos, I mean, people?

    Just a guess. Personally I don't follow what the WT does or doesn't.

  • BluesBrother

    This is another amendment to the 2013 NWT that I quibbled over . The phrase " Sexual immorality " is a conclusion reached by the reader, were as fornication is a specific act .

    To many people , the majority in our society, living together as a couple unmarried is not immoral, but in JW land it is.

    A Bible translation ought to be precise.

  • minimus

    Sir, your post is funny!👍

  • Vidiot
    careful - "Is 'fornication' still used by Witnesses?"

    Well, duh.

    How else are any of 'em gonna get laid?


  • sparrowdown

    WT has been royally fornicating it's people over for quite some time.

  • snugglebunny
    Oh ... and shagging the family dog or sheep ...

    So that's put the mockers on the wearing of loose fitting welly boots....

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