In this podcast, JT discusses several letters addressed to the Body of Elders: 1) Circuit Overseer Assistance Program 2) Bethel seeking professional attorney’s.
For legal reasons, we have chosen not to include the actual letters in this video. If you attend the meeting at the Kingdom Hall, the brothers will read the letter to the congregation regarding the circuit overseer assistance program.
*** w61 9/15 Respect for the Sanctity of Blood ***
“Is “God’s law” violated by such medical use of blood? Is it wrong to sustain life by infusions of blood or plasma or red cells or the various blood fractions? Yes!
The law that God gave to Noah and which applies to all his descendants makes it wrong for anyone to eat blood, that is, to use the blood of another creature to nourish or sustain one’s life.”
“But regardless of whether it is whole blood or a blood fraction, whether it is blood taken from one’s own body or that taken from someone else, whether it is administered as a transfusion or as an injection, the divine law applies.”
*** w63 2/15 Carry Your Own Load of Responsibility ***
“Shall he call his congregation servant or the Society? That should not be necessary if he is prepared to carry his own load of responsibility. He need only ask the doctor:
“From what was the plasma taken?” “How are the red cells obtained?” “Where did you get this substance?”
If the answer is “Blood,” he knows what course to take, for it is not just whole blood but ANYTHING that is derived from blood and used to sustain life or strengthen one that comes under this principle.”
So, at this point the Watchtower is teaching that the divine law of God is violated using either whole blood or fractions from whole blood, or as the Watchtower says, anything that comes from blood.
This is supposed to be what the DIVINE LAW SAYS ON THE MATTER
Did you notice the dogmatic “YES” that they emphatically state about being in violation of God’s word?
Regardless of whether it was whole blood or some fraction from blood – or anything from blood – keep that in mind now!!!
So, if the Watchtower Society is God’s mouth piece and he directs them, would you not conclude that God would know what constitutes violating his own divine word and law? Therefore, the Watchtower Society would have gotten this one correct.
What really got the Society into theological trouble is when they started to break blood into:
Scriptural Fractions and
At this point they had no scriptural reference for these various fractions. Namely, allowing the Jehovah’s Witness to take certain fractions and barring them from taking others.
The question to ask any Jehovah’s Witness that comes to your door is, when did the divine law stop applying to some fractions of blood and not other fractions since their original ruling was not to accept any blood, including fractions?
Can you show a Biblical reference on when blood fractions discontinued being a violation of divine law and how some are now alright to take?
What you read above was merely the opinion of a group of guys sitting around a conference room table making decisions that can affect the lives of many – and their rulings are expected to be accepted as new light from God.
In this podcast, Sharece talks about her life growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and what it was like facing the tragic death of a close friend. She talks about the positive relationships she forged with individuals in one congregation and shares a stark contrast on how she was treated at other congregations.
Sharece helps us to appreciate how she became involved with the Jehovah’s Witness faith and what it was like when she walked away from it all upon deciding to relocate from Connecticut to Atlanta to attend a private college. Little did she know that in heeding a simple admonition from her mother to attend the annual Memorial celebration of Jehovah’s Witnesses commemorating Jesus’ death, would start her down a path that would pull her deeper into the religion.
Eventually, she begins networking with various individuals within her circuit in Atlanta and becomes a social butterfly, enjoying everything the Jehovah’s Witnesses have to offer. She goes as far as cutting off all ties with current relationships. Her boyfriend gets concerned as he notices a stark change in her attitude and asks her why she’s talking and even walking differently. With true concern he asks, “what happened to my girlfriend?”. Her quick response is, “what we have is over” and continues to inform him that she is rekindling her relationship with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
She’s got this bubbly personality that wreaks of passion for the theater and explains how she woke up and realized the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not have the truth as they proclaim. Instead of having a bitter attitude about her past, she uses her past experiences to her advantage by incorporating them as themes for her plays
In this interview she pours her heart out discussing what it was like living from paycheck to paycheck due to her decisions to pioneer and work part time. While it is taking time to dig herself out of her financial hole, she has a positive attitude and is forging ahead and not looking back.
She’s full of life has a lot of enthusiasm, drive and ambition and her willingness to survive despite her circumstances is a true testament to her success.