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Tony Morris video footage of him buying a dozen bottles of scotch
Some Jehovah's Witnesses who were confronted with this video, as well as some dissenters express the view that this video is blistering a normal situation. But should not this video serve to criticize the Watchtower leaders for their hypocrisy and incoherence? Let's look at several aspects to reflect on.
1st - Anthony Morris III is the religious leader of more than 8 million people. It is the equivalent of the Pope or any religious leader of any religion. Imagine that it was the Pope to be seen buying 12 bottles of whiskey of almost $ 1,000 (total value). Would not this be a reason for discussion and controversy, even among the Catholic community? Would not it be a caricature situation at best?
2 - Anthony Morris III is a public figure since it has been exposed in the channel of tv.jw.org and should have the notion that being seen in a liquor store, buying 12 bottles of whiskey of the most expensive, would be cause of stumbling block if it were discovered. After all, why does he need 12 bottles of almost $ 1,000 worth of whiskey? It's not about him having the money to buy this or whether he's retired or not.
The question is the image that passes, just as the leaders of the Governing Body appear with iWatch, Rolex and gold rings on their fingers. What image of opulence does this pass to a religious community that mostly belongs to the lower class of world society ?!
3rd - Anthony Morris III is criticized for all this and for the curious fact of being on a Sunday morning, when it is customary for a Jehovah's Witness to be preaching or in the Kingdom Hall, attending the meeting with the rest of the congregation. Allied to this the fact of having moved to several kilometers of the world-wide headquarters to make the purchase, most probably in order to avoid being seen.
As a conclusion and summary, I think that religious leaders should be criticized not only for the false doctrines they present to their members but also for their examples as people. Contrary to what some say, Jesus also pointed out and called by certain names the religious leaders of his day, not by what they taught, but by the example they gave!
A religious leader who demands total obedience, as is the case with Anthony Morris, to the point of threatening with a horrible death at Armageddon those who are not obedient, must be pointed out as incoherent and hypocritical when he has an attitude that disassembles his supposed intellectual, moral and religious superiority!
We are only pointing out the inconsistencies and weaknesses of these "gods" on earth who encourage their members to live righteous lives, to use their gifts for the work of the Kingdom, when they themselves spend large hundreds of dollars on expensive and large-volume alcoholic beverages.
It is a matter of moral example and it is not in question whether he has the money himself to do it or not, or whether someone has given him such a value.
"It is not enough for Caesar's wife to be honest, she must be honest," as the saying goes.
Maybe Morris got 'new light' to start 'giving gifts' at their one and only annual "holy day" coming up. He's starting with 8 bottles of real "holy water" spirits, with one bottle for him and 7 bottles for his 'Holy' compadres! After all, they are getting ready for their 'great persecution' with all these increasing court bombardments coming in from all the world. After all, he already sounds so depressed.
As it was put to me, as a young publisher, and repeatedly expressed over the years, from the platform and publication; what if, later in the day, brother Morris was out in field service, and he rang the door bell of the clerk at the liquor store, from where he just purchased 12 bottles of expensive scotch? What would she be thinking? Or what if it was the Gentleman he had the friendly conversation with? Or any other customer who was present in the store? What kind of message did it send them, and would that give pause to a potential sheep, if he were to call on them out in the field ministry? What if one of them was a study? And at the next study, the study conductor introduces them to JW broadcasting, where they are introduced to Brother Morris, who they recognize as the guy who just bought 12 bottles, in the liquor store, a few days ago!
All pure speculation. But so is a witness going into a bar. Or a church. Or an R rated movie.
is it my end--or has the clip been taken down ?
That's weird - it is definitely gone from the first post in this chain.
It’s not weird at all.
Video is still on youtube, anyway - without the 50,000 word commentary by Cedars on each end.
This sort of the stuff has close to zero chance of casting doubts about the organization to a indoctrinated JW.
Even if this video was instead of Tony Morris having sex with an 11 year old boy, JWs would look at the video and say that Morris was deceived by the devil and he should be kicked our of the organization, which continues to be God's people
yep--found it on youtube--john cedars tony morris