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The full line of 2017 Circuit Assembly talk outlines have been leaked, and are available on the excellent website the tab “2016 Regional Convention.” There is a treasure trove of talks there to comment upon, but the one we are discussing here is the outline for talk#9 of the first one-day assembly for 2017 entitled The talk starts off by instructing JW youths to show their love for Jehovah by following Watchtower’s vast multitude of behavioral dictates to the letter, and then moves on to informing them that another way to show love for God is by standing up for “His righteous standards” when they are called into question. It’s actually two demos, both based around the same situation: A Witness youth named Hannah is explaining Watchtower’s stance on homosexuality to a non-Witness, Emily. So, Hannah is not especially tactful here, but essentially she has described Watchtower doctrine as regards the LBGTQ community accurately. It is a detestable act.” Leviticus 20: 13 “‘If a man lies down with a male the same as one lies down with a woman, both of them have done a detestable thing. Their own blood is upon them.” The above two verses form part of the law code for ancient Israel. While Jesus himself never broaches the subject, the Apostle Paul has no hesitation in commenting on the subject: 1st Corinthians 6: 9-10 “Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.” According to Watchtower’s theology, not inheriting God’s kingdom means that God will exterminate you at the battle of Armageddon.
The first demo is supposed to be an example of what not to do, the second is the “correct” way of handling the situation. Emily: I think it’s so cool that Ashley and Jessica have come out as being Lesbian, don’t you? Hannah: (Abruptly) It’s what the Bible says, Emily. If anyone is in any doubt, just check out the words of Anthony Morris III, a member of Watchtower’s Governing Body and a person Witnesses are required to obey without question. The law here is very clear: Homosexuals get killed. In other words, as far as Hannah understands it, Paul here is saying that gays again deserve to die, although Christians are commanded to leave the killing to God and his heavenly armies.
But you totally have the right to cross that bridge.” To say nothing of the fact that Hannah believes all practicing homosexuals deserve to die, and will be killed at Armageddon by the likes of Anthony Morris, acting under orders from Jehovah.
In other words, Hannah does not believe everyone has the right to choose. Additionally Hannah appreciates those who respect her choice to reject homosexuality, but she will not extend that same respect in return.
Hannah’s behavior in the first demo is pretty awful. Hannah: (Grimaces) Actually, I think they’re disgusting. And to prove that ATM III is not just some crazy weirdo who doesn’t represent Watchtower teaching as a whole, check out Paul Grundy’s extensive article on JWFacts.com, which goes into extensive detail as to how Watchtower have spoken about the issue of LBGTQ rights. Emily: I think it’s so cool that Ashley and Jessica have come out as being Lesbian, don’t you? Hannah: It’s my view Emily, but it’s based on the Bible. Where does the Bible explicitly say that we should respect all peoples, regardless of their sexual preference? And if you’re in any doubt as to whether Paul’s overall stance on gays had softened since the days of ancient Israel, here he is discussing past events in Jewish history that came before the arrival of Christ, and the “fulfillment and lifting of the Mosaic law”, as Watchtower teaches it. In fact, I find the thought of brown skin sickening. I wouldn’t be prejudiced against you for your view, just as your wouldn’t be prejudiced against me for my view, right?
In one point, Grundy gives us the following, hard hitting list. Hannah: (Calmly) Well, I respect Ashley and Jessica but I can’t say I approve of what they’re doing. You know, some people think that the Bible says things about how homosexuals should be treated that aren’t actually in there. Hannah: For example, the Bible says that we should respect ALL people, regardless of their sexual preference. Romans – 27: ” That is why God gave them over to uncontrolled sexual passion, for their females changed the natural use of themselves into one contrary to nature; likewise also the males left the natural use of the female and became violently inflamed in their lust toward one another, males with males, working what is obscene and receiving in themselves the full penalty, which was due for their error.” Now, the point of this is not to get into an extended debate as to how these verses should be applied to Judaism and Christianity as practiced today. I wouldn’t be prejudiced against you for your view, just as your wouldn’t be prejudiced against me for my view, right? Notice how the whole analogy comes collapsing down both logically and morally when presented in that manner.
If she made the non-JW lesbian a social friend, or even someone she spent more than the minimum possible time required with, she would soon find herself in the back room of the Kingdom Hall being lectured by stern faced elders. That’s like saying: “I totally respect your right to choose whether you cross this bridge or not.
Each new reform movement (like Protestantism) has made the failure of attempting to make a creed just large enough for its prime movers." --WT, Sep. 1572 "..have pointed out continually the tendency of Christian people toward union, showing, too, that such a union is predicted in scripture; but that its results, while designed to be good, will really be bad; and this because it will be a mechanical union instead of a heart unity."--WT, Mar 1893, p.
The demo ends with Emily saying: That’s because Hannah has used a mixture of lies and doublespeak to bamboozle you, Emily.
In the first demo, when Hannah told you what her religion really teaches, you were furious.
Theocratic Warfare has long been a controversial aspect of Watchtower theology.
Often dressed up in with euphemisms and wordplay to try to downplay the teaching, the doctrine of theocratic Warfare essentially comes down to this: It is considered acceptable to lie to non-Witnesses if the end result will benefit the Watchtower organization, or protect it from any perceived harm.
His friends and relatives become defensive, as their belief systems are being threatened.