1967 Watchtower

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6 comments to 1967 Watchtower

  • Anonymous

    Should a Christian become a secretary of a labour union?

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Is this your job, anonymous? Tell us if you will why you have reservations about this? Are you of the witness community? We can better answer if you tell us your reasoning on it first. Thank you.

      • greg (Bible Student)

        Hi Jacqueline.

        I’m always reluctant to point out typos… Sigh… I’m not keen on being seen as a “grammar Nazi”.

        Perhaps it’s trivial, but the picture scanned is from the 1967 Watchtower, not 1961. 🙂 I just worry that even trivial inaccuracies often provide fuel for haters and attackers.

        Lovingly,
        -greg

        • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

          Greg thanks. we are at Br. Peter’s father in law Memorial service: Br Dan Larson. We will look at this later tonight. That is a big mistake not trivia.lol

    • greg (Bible Student)

      Greetings Anonymous.

      I’m curious to know a little more about what prompts your question because I’m very reluctant to ever tell anyone what they should or shouldn’t do. 🙂 What specific concerns do you have about working in such a place?

      In the interests of offering something helpful to you I can tell you the scriptural principles that come to my mind when I attempt to imagine myself facing a similar choice:

      Matt. 7:12
      In everything, therefore, treat people the same way
      you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the
      Prophets.

      I always find that scripture a very powerful and reliable guide. If you were to consider only that scripture, how would feel about working in a labour union? Would you be treating others in such a way that you would be able to enjoy similar treatment from them? Maybe the answer is Yes!, and maybe it’s not quite a yes. It’s just a starting point.

      1 Cor. 6:12 (Amplified Bible)
      Everything is permissible (allowable and lawful) for
      me; but not all things are helpful (good for me to do,
      expedient and profitable when considered with other
      things). Everything is lawful for me, but I will not
      become the slave of anything or be brought under its power.

      That Scripture prompts me to ask myself questions like these:

      * Would this be good for me? or Harmful to me?
      * Would I be helping or hurting others?
      * What does my conscience suggest to me?”
      * What are the job requirements?
      * What is the “spirit” of the labour union? In other words, do I have reservations about the methods and agendas used by the union?
      * Is my conscience adequately and accurately informed? Do I want to reassess my values and convictions and then compare them against the values and convictions held by the people I’d be working for?

      I don’t know if this is the kind of answer you were hoping for. However, my present understanding is that it’s really a matter of conscience and maybe I still have some learning to do yet. Either way, I’m assuming that you are coming from a JW background and so I personally would not want to dictate to you like the Elder’s and Governing Body tries to do.

      That being said, I’m really not sure what I’d decide if I was offered employment in a labour union office. I mean, I know that where I’m live, a labour union does often provide necessary protection for workers. Yet at the same time, I personally would have to figure out how I would navigate the issue of supporting a labour strike. Maybe I’m getting a bit off track if I say it’s just my own personal values involved, but I often see that when workers go on strike, they often hurt others (3rd parties) by their actions.

      I’m thinking of College Teachers here that have gone on strike. The ones being hurt most by this are the students. I see it playing out kind this way: I’m not happy about the way someone treats me, so I’ll punch someone else in the face until the first person stops hurting me. Sigh…

      Anyway, I think I’d have to figure out how I keep peace with myself in such an environment. And that’s not to say I wouldn’t take such a job. I’m only saying I’d want to CONTINUE to abide by my conscience in all things.

      If you would like to share more about your specific concerns, I’m sure that we could find other scriptures that would help you find peace in whatever your decision is.

      Warmly and compassionately,
      -greg

  • just say sweet and good

    THE QUALIFYING WORDS: “In mind” Requires that the student can consider this outside
    input and see if it apples or not. Reasoning skills are required to weave your way thru the WTBS printed material. Remember it was taken over by a lawyer. Ps.120:2,3, Micah 6:12
    Zeph. 3:13 The NWT 1984 ed. uses “tricky tongue” for the word deceit.

    OTHER QUALFIYING WORDS: “The Christian congregation”…. which is only anointed ones.
    notice how the next paragraph tries to demote apostolic authority!!!!!! The authority of the apostles was given to them at Pentecost and validated by the inclusion of their writings in the sacred Holy Bible cannon.

    The only way a good lawyer can be defeated is by a better lawyer. The Paraclete, Gods holy spirit. Which is a gift only the obedient can appropriate. 1 Thess 4:8

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