Sunday, December 4

In no way are we giving any cause for stumbling, so that no fault may be found with our ministry.2 Cor. 6:3.

In today’s crime-filled world, many householders are suspicious of strangers. We should avoid adding to such suspicion. For example, suppose we approach a house and knock on the front door. If no one answers, we could be tempted to look through the window or walk around the property, searching for the householder. In your area, would that most likely disturb the householder? What might his neighbors think? True, we should be thorough in our preaching work.  We are eager to spread a positive message, and our motives are good. Nevertheless, we wisely avoid doing anything that could unduly disturb people in our witnessing territory. When we show respect for the home and property of those in our territory, our conduct may attract some individuals to the truth.

COMMENTARY

It saddens me, but it is also frightening, that men who have devoted their lives to God in the so-called full-time service can, as a collective, be so hypocritical and exude such utter arrogance. 

Too bad for them that they lecture the lowly publishers on how to show consideration for the privacy and sensibilities of householders and yet permit pedophiles to knock on doors.

If the householder knew that the Watchtower knowingly allows such a thing to occur, would that most likely disturb them? What might the neighbors think? Some cities require registered sex offenders to announce their presence in a community. Would it not unduly disturb people in the witnessing territory, especially households with young children, if they knew that known sex offenders were being sent to their doors?

Is the Governing Body showing respect for the home and property of people throughout the world when they deliberately send men who have committed crimes against children to their home? So what if the pedophile is accompanied by an elder? Ought the householder rest easy knowing that only one of the men at their door is a child molester?

Too bad for the Watchtower! Hypocrites! You strain out the gnat and gulp down the camel. You vet every Bible student, preventing someone from even being an unbaptized publisher who may smoke or not look presentable, but insist that pedophiles have every right to visit homes in an unsuspecting community.

Too bad for the Watchtower! Hypocrites! You claim concern for the lowly publisher in the field giving cause for stumbling, yet by your utter disregard for decency you have set stumbling blocks before millions of people.

Too bad for the Watchtower! Hypocrites! You give great attention to filling out field service reports, being regular in meeting attendance, being punctual and polite, “but you have disregarded the weightier matters of the Law, namely, justice and mercy and faithfulness.”

Too bad for the Watchtower! Hypocrites! You love to give public talks and praise the righteousness and wisdom of the faithful and discreet slave, you “indeed appear beautiful but inside are full of dead men’s bones and of every sort of uncleanness. In the same way, on the outside you appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.”

Too bad for the Watchtower! Hypocrites! You persecute the victims of child abuse and call them liars in public conventions. You spend millions of dollars donated to the worldwide work of preaching the Kingdom to deny the legal claim of the afflicted.

Too bad for the Watchtower! Hypocrites! You build a magnificent palace for yourselves, boasting of receiving contributions donated by children from their allowance, but you persecute those same children if they fall victim to sexual predators.

Too bad for the Watchtower, indeed! How will you flee from the coming judgment?

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