What did the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society teach us about
the United Nations?
does the United Nations in any way reflect the Kingdom or will it in
any way promote the Kingdom? Does the Pontifex maximus' admiration for
the United Nations or the international admiration for this 'image'
of the wild beast' make sure that the 'public authority of the individual
political community' will survive the 'war of the great day of God the
Almighty'? No! According to what the apostle John wrote, it does
not make sure that the people who idolatrously admire and religiously
pray for the United Nations will gain life in Jehovah God's new order
of things, which will follow that universal war. God does not write
the names of those idolaters in his 'scroll of life'."
("Babylon the Great has Fallen!" Gods Kingdom Rules!,
What of the League's successor, the United Nations? From its inception,
this body has also had the great harlot riding on its back, visibly
associated with it and trying to guide its destiny. For example, on
its 20th anniversary, in June 1965, representatives of the Roman Catholic
Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church, together with Protestants, Jews,
Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims-said to represent two thousand million
of earth's population-assembled in San Francisco to celebrate their
support and admiration of the UN. On visiting the UN in October 1965,
Pope Paul VI described it as "that greatest of all international
organizations"." (Revelation Its Grand Climax
at Hand!, page 243)
Was the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society affiliated with the
United Nations as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) from
1992 - 2001?
take a look at the following recent official letter (March 4, 2004)
from Paul Hoeffel - Chief NGO Section. The letter is online at:
If this link ever stops working the letter from Chief NGO Paul Hoeffel also online here
Did the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society use its influence to
disseminate UN propaganda, by using the Awake! magazine, to meet
the criteria for being an NGO?
take a look at this UN website (link no longer works) (http://www.unhchr.ch/udhr/materials/articles.htm)
which contains the following information:
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Millions of Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide have unconsciously
spread this PRO UN-Awake! in their ministry!
Did the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society knew what it means
to be an NGO?
read the following article from the Awake! magazine which was
published during the time the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society was
still a member of the UN as an NGO:
to Oust Vatican From UN
Rome-based news agency Inter Press Service (IPS) reported that "an
international coalition of more than 70 non-governmental organisations
(NGOs) has launched a global campaign to oust the Vatican from the
United Nations." Presently, the Vatican is a permanent observer,
or nonmember state, in the UN organization. The Vatican has had
that status since 1964.
does this group of NGOs, which by the end of April last year had
increased to 100 organizations worldwide, object to the Vatican's
position in the UN? Because the Vatican, the NGOs argue, is a religious
authority and not a political state. Frances Kissling, president
of Catholics for a Free Choice, told IPS that the coalition does
not oppose the Vatican's right to express its view, but "what
is in question is the right of this non-state to occupy a position
Rahman, director of International Programmes at the Centre for Reproductive
Law and Policy, agrees. IPS quoted her as saying that "if the
UN treats the Holy See as a state with permanent observer privileges
because of its religious authority, the world body is creating a
precedent for similar claims by other religions." She added:
"To ensure that the United Nations does not promote any particular
religion, religious entities such as the Roman Catholic Church should
not be permitted to participate in this forum as a non-member state."
what about the argument that the Vatican is a state and is therefore
entitled to its present status? "That is semantic double-talk,"
responded Ms. Kissling in an interview. "We say that this is
in essence a 15th-century definition of statehood and that the Holy
See is, in effect, the governing structure of the religion."
She added that the terms "Vatican" and "the Holy
See" are both "synonyms for the Roman Catholic Church."
of the resentment of the NGOs against the Vatican's current position
in the UN is caused by the Vatican's view on population issues.
For instance, the Vatican has used UN conferences such as the 1994
International Conference on Population and Development, in Cairo,
and the 1995 Women's Conference, in Beijing, to express its strong
views against family planning. "Since the UN takes most of
its decisions by consensus," notes IPS, "dissenting voices
such as those of the Vatican have derailed negotiations on issues
relating to population, contraception, women's rights and reproductive
to Ms. Kissling, "the appropriate role for the Vatican is that
of a NGO-the same as all the other NGOs representing Muslims, Hindus,
Buddhists, Bahais and other religious organisations." The coalition
wants UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and ultimately the UN General
Assembly to conduct an official review of the place the Vatican
occupies within the world's largest political body."
- End of citation. (Awake!, October 22, 2000)
What does the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society teach us about
someone who only admits forcefully the facts that he did wrong
which had been already discovered by others?
mentioned another characteristic of wickedness in that verse. Like Ananias
and Sapphira, the wicked person speaks good things with his mouth but
has bad things in his heart. He may be a hypocrite-like the Pharisees
of Jesus' day who 'outwardly indeed appeared righteous to men but inside
were full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.' (Matthew 23:28; Luke 11:39)
Jehovah hates hypocrisy. (Proverbs 6:16-19) If someone hypocritically
tries to deny his serious sins even when speaking with the judicial
committee, or grudgingly admits only what is already known by others,
refusing to confess fully, this could well be evidence of a wicked heart."
(The Watchtower, january 1, 1995)
With the above 5 points in mind: Didn't the Watchtower Bible and
Tract Society disfellowship themselves by their own words?
a person might renounce his place in the Christian congregation by his
actions, such as by becoming part of an organization whose objective
is contrary to the Bible, and, hence, is under judgment by Jehovah God.
(Compare Revelation 19:17-21; Isaiah 2:4.) So if one who was a Christian
chose to join those who are disapproved of God, it would be fitting
for the congregation to acknowledge by a brief announcement that he
had disassociated himself and is no longer one of Jehovah's Witnesses."
(The Watchtower, september 15, 1981, page 23.)