Jehovah's Witnesses and the United Nations --
In 1992 the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society registered as a Non-governmental Organization in association with the United Nations, agreeing to publish educational information regarding United Nations programmes. This, in spite of the fact that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society teaches that the United Nations is the political puppet of Satan. When this association was outed by a British news company in 2001 the Watchtower Society hastily canceled the association and provided distorted information to millions of Jehovah's Witnesses in order to cover their hypocrisy and deceit. Tami Dickerson presents the truth of the matter, uncovering the tactics the Watchtower Society used to keep the Jehovah's Witnesses in the dark, and the straight evidence that reveals the Watchtower Society's corruption.
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A Word From the Author :
I was born the eighth of nine children who were raised as second-generation Jehovah's Witnesses in Elmira, NY (United States). I was still a devout Jehovah's Witness in January 2004 when I stumbled across the "rumor" that the Watchtower Society had been affiliated with the United Nations -- this is a very offensive rumor to a Jehovah's Witness. I immediately dismissed it as a lie and decided to go about proving it false; I wanted to have a solid answer to it in case I was faced with this rumor in my door to door preaching work (it would be humiliating to be unable to defend my faith!) Little did I know that I was about to go down the rabbit hole....
The first thing I did was directly contact the United Nations AND the Watchtower Society world headquarters in New York City for information on this matter. These were giving me conflicting answers, so I decided to go about proving the Watchtower Society right by searching out the evidence that would support their version of the story. I searched libraries, I searched through documentation, I emailed, I telephoned, I scoured and I corresponded. The more I researched the tougher it became to support the Watchtower Society's position -- this drove me to keep researching because the Watchtower Society just had to be right, I insisted on it!
Finally, after exhausting all possible leads I had no choice but to face the facts -- every piece of evidence and verifiable documentation led to only one conclusion: This offensive "rumor" was actually the truth. The Watchtower Society had, indeed, exploited the trust of the Jehovah's Witness brotherhood and was desperately trying to keep it from them without apology. It was disgusting and I was outraged. I no longer wanted to be a part of it.
This book details the stark facts that I found during my investigation; facts which fully discredit the Watchtower Society's claims. Although this affair ended in 2001, this topic continues to remain a hot-button issue for many, as a steady trickling of Jehovah's Witness members continually hear about it for the first time every day.
It is my hope that this book will be a big help for these first-timers.
The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is the organization directing the printing and publishing of all Jehovah's Witness literature and doctrine. It began in the late 1800's with Pastor Charles Taze Russell, who legally incorporated it as "Zion's Watchtower Tract Society" in Pennsylvania in the year 1884; during that time the Jehovah's Witnesses were known as "Bible Students" -- they didn't take on the name "Jehovah's Witnesses" until later, in 1931. Over time, and with relocation, Zion's Watchtower Tract Society eventually came to be registered as The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society ("Watchtower Society"). Please note, though, that this is not the only legal corporation registered to the Watchtower Society; they have scores of related legal corporations worldwide.
The Watchtower Society is the world headquarters for the Jehovah's Witness denomination and is currently located in the borough of Brooklyn, in New York City (United States), with branch offices scattered around the globe. These branch offices are overseen by the Watchtower Society headquarters and thus are in lock and step with the Watchtower Society's instruction and guidance.
The world headquarters is a large complex of buildings which hosts thousands of volunteer workers who serve every day at producing massive amounts of Jehovah's Witness literature slated for widespread distribution. Each of these volunteer workers (and the volunteer workers at all of the branch offices) are dedicated Jehovah's Witnesses, and they all live on campus; in Jehovah's Witness circles these workers are commonly known as "Bethelites." Bethelites are paid a monthly allowance to care for their personal needs beyond the room and board that is provided for them. Although the world headquarters produces the majority of the literature, the branch offices also produce literature as well; this ensures that the global membership receives their literature in a timely manner. As of October 2011 there are roughly 20,000 Bethelites worldwide producing literature in at least 400 languages.
Within the Jehovah's Witness membership, the Watchtower Society is also known as "The Society," "Bethel," (which means "House of God") "Brooklyn," "The Organization," and "the faithful and discreet slave." This world headquarters is also home to the "Governing Body" -- the group of men claiming to be directed by Holy Spirit to lead the worldwide membership of Jehovah's Witnesses. The Watchtower Society teaches that the arrangement of a "Governing Body" is based on Biblical standards. The Jehovah's Witness membership highly esteems their Governing Body, believing that God communicates to the membership through it; thus listening to instruction from the Governing Body is like listening to God Himself. As a result, the members trust the Governing Body and the Watchtower Society, and give their obedience to them. (The Watchtower, Oct. 15, 2009, p.16 para.16)
At the time of this writing, the worldwide membership of active Jehovah's Witnesses totals roughly 7.5 million. This number counts only the active and baptized members of the denomination; if we were to count all of the associated ones who are either inactive or not yet baptized, or potential members studying with Jehovah's Witnesses, this number could easily more than double, if not triple.
The Jehovah's Witness denomination is a very conservative group that strives to remain separate from all other Christian denominations and all "outside" associations. As a result, obedient members do not attend worship services in other churches or become involved in political activities. They are heavily discouraged from socializing with other people outside of their denomination (all outsiders are referred to as "worldly" regardless of personal character).
Along with all of the literature, the Watchtower Society and its branches also print the denomination's own unique Bible version, the New World Translation, which is used exclusively among the Jehovah's Witnesses membership and is touted by the Watchtower Society to be the most accurate Bible version there is. As of 2011, this Bible version has been translated into at least 100 languages. The New World Translation has a definite slant towards Jehovah's Witness doctrine and has the unique feature of including the name "Jehovah" throughout its New Testament portion.
Jehovah's Witnesses are taught by the Watchtower Society that it is the only religious group in the world who teaches real Biblical truth and that all other denominations teach Satan-inspired lies. This is why they do not attend worship services in other churches and why it is so important for them to canvass neighborhoods to spread their doctrine -- they feel they are actually saving lives by directing people towards their "truth".
In many ways their strict obedience to the Watchtower Society isn't always so bad as it gives them a strong sense of morals: Jehovah's Witnesses will never support acts of civil violence, or steal from the government, or be dishonest towards their employers. They will return a lost wallet with the money intact, and they will not influence children to use tobacco products or illegal drugs. Their trustworthy reputation is widely known and motivated primarily by their fear of bringing reproach upon Jehovah's name (and the Watchtower Society's name) if they do wrong.
In other ways, though, their strict obedience to the Watchtower Society can be suffocating. For example, the Watchtower Society heavily discourages the use of the Internet -- especially chat rooms and discussion forums -- no matter how beneficial the sites are (for these are worldly associations; never mind the good gardening advice or pet care tips you could find). Members are heavily discouraged from pursuing a university degree so they can instead spend their time in the door to door preaching work. They are taught to reject all religious media that isn't published by the Watchtower Society (because, remember, only the Jehovah's Witnesses have real Biblical truth). They are taught to reject all information that is negative towards Jehovah's Witnesses and the Watchtower Society, especially information that may cause a member to question or doubt the Watchtower Society (such as this book). Jehovah's Witness members are taught to "wait on Jehovah" if they do not understand something the Watchtower Society has said or done. A member is never to dwell on thoughts of suspicion, doubt, or mistrust towards the Watchtower Society as this is considered to be the beginnings of satanic thinking.
Due to this unquestioning obedience towards the Watchtower Society the Jehovah's Witnesses have become an international denomination which is very restricted as to what members know and what members are willing to know. As you can imagine, this can make it too easy to take advantage of the members' naivete. And it is this kind of exploitation that is the center of this book's topic.
Doctrinally speaking, the Watchtower Society is known for its very negative doctrine towards the United Nations, teaching that it is the image of "the wild beast" of the Book of Revelation that "began as the League of Nations and was later revived as the United Nations" (The Watchtower, February 15, 2009 p.25). The United Nations has been a favorite target of the Watchtower Society's pointing finger for several decades, even as far back as 1961 when it published similar statements such as "The League of Nations and its successor the United Nations have proved to be the image of Satan’s entire visible organization". (The Watchtower, June 15 1961 p. 360)
Now, it is not the point of this book to discuss whether the Watchtower Society's negative view of the United Nations is accurate for that is not the bone of contention here. The issue I am discussing is this: In spite of its extremely negative doctrine stating that the United Nations is Satan's puppet, the Watchtower Society went ahead and registered as an organization in association with the United Nations in 1991. More specifically, it registered as a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in association with the United Nations' Department of Public Information (DPI).
NGOs are not actual member states of the United Nations; instead they are associate organizations which gives them access to the various political elements of the United Nations. Although NGOs are not member states, they remain in place as active political players in the United Nations system. When an organization signs up to be specifically associated with the UN's Department of Public Information they are expected to publish educational information regarding the United Nations and its programmes to the public. Therefore, when the Watchtower Society signed on in association with the DPI they were agreeing to support this requirement.
In 1991, the Watchtower Society filed its initial forms for registration as an NGO. After fulfilling the required criteria for association, the Watchtower Society was granted NGO status with the DPI the following year. This association continued until the Watchtower Society withdrew its membership in 2001. During this time of membership, the Watchtower Society began publishing friendlier information about the United Nations while at the same time continuing to publish the negative doctrines as well. If you look at the dates you can see this duplicity throughout its publications during this time:
And I especially want to give accolades to the person who wrote the article "The United Nations -- A Better Way?" in the Watchtower Society's September 8, 1991, Awake! magazine: The writer was clever enough to make the article sound United Nations-friendly to "outsiders," while the Jehovah's Witness readers with "insider information" would understand the real meaning of the words. At the end of the article, the writer wrote:
To a non-Jehovah's Witness this would sound as though the writer had a favorable view towards the United Nations and its future, especially when using words such as "play a major role"... "developments will be very exciting"... and "do some astonishing things that may well amaze you". The reality, though, is that Jehovah's Witnesses will actually see these words for what they really are: Veiled references to their doctrinal view that the United Nations is the image of the beast of Revelation who will be given authority for a short time before God's Kingdom comes to destroy it (The Watchtower, September 1 1989 p.7). This ambiguous wording allowed the writer to play to both sides of the field. A deceptive ploy, but well done.
Because the United Nations has literally thousands of NGOs associated with them, the UN officials don't have the time to comb through every piece of literature published by all of the NGOs. Therefore the United Nations DPI depends upon their associated NGOs to submit annual samples of their individual write-ups regarding United Nations activities (more on this later). As a result, it was easy for the Watchtower Society to get away with this duplicity as they would only submit the "good" articles and keep mum about the negative articles.
What makes things more interesting is the fact that the common Jehovah's Witness members did have access to both the friendly articles and the negative ones; and in spite of this the vast majority of them didn't seem to recognize this duplicity. Although some did notice some articles which were friendly towards the United Nations, questions weren't raised. Remember, members are taught that they must never question the Watchtower Society. If the Watchtower Society did something, even if you didn't understand why, then it must be okay -- after all, it was being directed by God.
Because of this unquestioning obedience, the Watchtower Society's association with the United Nations was not common knowledge among the Jehovah's Witness membership. The Watchtower Society certainly didn't reveal its association to the Jehovah's Witness membership, and because Jehovah's Witnesses are trained to reject information that is negative towards the Watchtower Society, devout members would refuse to entertain such information if they stumbled across it. In fact, it only became public knowledge when a British news company, The Guardian, outed the Watchtower Society with two articles about the matter!
As a way of placating the Jehovah's Witnesses the officials at the Watchtower Society did admit to registering as an NGO in association with the United Nations, but they claimed they did so merely to have access to the UN's library system and nothing more. They also claimed that they were unaware of the requirements involved that happened to be in opposition to their doctrine.
Were the Watchtower Society officials telling the truth, or were they trying to cover up a major scandal of hypocrisy?
Within its pages this book contains all of the evidence, including resource information and scanned copies of official documents, which reveals the TRUTH of the matter. In short, this book exposes the facts the Watchtower Society continues to hide, including the fact that they have been continuing to associate politically with the United Nations, even to this day.
Jehovah's Witnesses and the United Nations --
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