(1) What did the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society teach us about the United Nations?

"However, 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!, page 589)

"21 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)

(2) Was the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society affiliated with the United Nations as an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) from 1992 - 2001?

Please take a look at the following recent official letter (March 4, 2004) from Paul Hoeffel - Chief NGO Section. The letter is online at: http://www.un.org/dpi/ngosection/watchtower.pdf

If this link ever stops working the letter from Chief NGO Paul Hoeffel also online here

(3) 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?

Please 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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Remark: Millions of Jehovah's Witnesses worldwide have unconsciously spread this PRO UN-Awake! in their ministry!

(4) Did the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society knew what it means to be an NGO?

Please 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:

"Effort to Oust Vatican From UN

THE 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.

Why 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 with governments."

Anika 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."

But 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."

Much 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 health care."

According 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)

(5) 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?

"David 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)

(6) With the above 5 points in mind: Didn't the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society disfellowship themselves by their own words?

"Or, 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.)