October 1, 2017 TO ALL BOE IN NIGERIA Re: Local Needs For the Week of October 16-22
it's a reverse Nigerian financial scam.
The WT knows no shame.
It does sound a bit suspicious for us in the West but maybe this is the terminology that is used in Nigeria. It wouldn't surprise any of us if it is authentic because of the regular demanding of money nowadays from the gb.
The wording is not the usual fluent English we expect to see. I've worked with some fine people from Nigeria and neighboring areas of Africa. Their English isn't that bad. I'm calling BS.
I don't think this letter is genuine. Am I the only one?
Yes, I'd say you are, SBF. This letter is from wi-fi - who has never forwarded fake or doctored pdfs.
This letter is aimed at the Nigerian rank and file JWs and, as such, fits perfectly with what has been said from the platform in local kingdom halls in the West - but perhaps not as blatantly.
BTW, the Paulian Scriptures quoted in the letter are often used by Mormons and Pentecostals to bolster adherence to tithing - and tithing has a well known precedent in the Mosaic law code (whose principles JW org is very fond of using - such as the 2-witness rule.
Education in Africa is culturally important, what better way to get money than elevate donating to the same level as paying school fees, which in Nigeria, can be exorbitant. Google it, I did.
Watch for similar letters customized by local branches for local J dubs.
So is it donations to the borg or your kids to school? Is this another way to keep the r&f ignorant and unschooled?
The Borg is becoming more shameless in its appeals for money.
Do I believe they could write this? Yes.
Do I trust Wifi Bandit? Yes
Fake letters have been presented on the forum before.
The issue is not whether wifi bandit is trustworthy. The issue is whether the letter is genuine. It's perfectly possible that a fake latter was sent to wifi bandit and he presented it in good faith.
I don't want to be rude but I think people who accept this letter as genuine display a lack of good judgment on this occasion.
More broadly, how can we determine if Watchtower documents are genuine these days? It's not an easy problem to resolve given new technology. Historians and journalists increasingly face these problems. The distinction between real and fake, reality and simulation will become increasingly blurred. Fake documents (and pictures and video) may pass for real, and real documents (and other media) may wrongly be dismissed as fake. It's a real(!) problem.
WT is always very careful to "encourage" they never say "you must do this" "you must not do that" no surprises there in the way it's worded but the intent is fairly obvious "we would really like it if you donated regularly as part of your household budget."
WT's famous for it's "Claytons" rules - the rules you have when you don't have rules in WTspeak are called "suggestions."