The w86 3/15 likens apostate literature to reading pornography. Paragraphs 3-5 state the following:  Their propaganda is designed to weaken our faith, to cool our love for God, to sow doubts in our minds—yes, to make the spiritual paradise appear to be no paradise at all…Then the only satisfaction, of a perverted kind, may come in beginning to beat one’s fellow slaves with slander and half-truths. (Matthew 24:45-51) …Yes, we could not only lose the blessings of the spiritual paradise now but, more seriously, also lose the hope of living eternally in the earthly Paradise.”

So here are some legitimate questions: What is the definition of “apostate literature”? What if an active JW wrote it? What if a former JW wrote it? What if it is written by a person that has never been one of JW? Who decides? What is the content? Is there a list of titles that are banned books for us to read? Should there be?

The above-quoted article gives part of the definition when it says it would be “propaganda designed to weaken our faith, and cool our love for God”. How would anyone profit from reading that? I don’t want to read that and I don’t you to either. The things I’ve told you I read and studied are neither of those things- I can honestly say that while I look you in the eye.

We tell people in our ministry to examine other religious ideas and be willing to question their religion in light of the Bible. We tell them that their beliefs should be able to stand any test. The Awake 1984 11/22 p. 8 An Open Mind Wins God’s Approval says:

“Avoid Religious Prejudice

These views, and others like them, tend to close the mind and cut off investigation before it has begun. It is prejudice at work.”

However a study article (W 2/15 2004 p28) addressed to the congregation says the opposite:

“It would be a mistake to think that you need to listen to apostates or to read their writings to refute their arguments. Their twisted, poisonous reasoning can cause spiritual harm and can contaminate your faith like rapidly spreading gangrene.”

Why should we encourage people in our ministry to examine their teachings and question them, but not be willing or even allowed to do the same? Isn’t that being hypocritical? The article to the congregation continues and admonishes us this way: “You may even reason: ‘It won’t affect me; I’m too strong in the truth. And, besides, if we have the truth, we have nothing to fear. The truth will stand the test.’ In thinking this way, some have fed their minds upon apostate reasoning and have fallen prey to serious questioning and doubt.”

But again, we tell the public the exact opposite in the Awake 11/22 1984 p4: “A closed mind…could even be a sign of uncertainty or doubt. For example, if we are unable to defend our religious views, we may find ourselves lashing out against those who challenge our beliefs, not with logical arguments, but with slurs and innuendos. This smacks of prejudice and of a closed mind.”

The “slur and innuendo” used by some of Jehovah’s Witnesses is the absolute worst word they have in their vocabulary: “APOSTATE!”


A brother named Bill Smith loves Jehovah and Christ, his family, the congregation, the Bible, is well spoken of within the community and in the congregation, conducts a regular family Bible study, is active in preaching and meeting attendance, etc. He has been one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 32 years and served in many capacities- as a pioneer and a servant, etc. It is at this point in his life that he learns or studies something that his conscience tells him is true. Something that he never knew or believed before. We can stipulate that he could be correct on the point, or he could actually be dead wrong on it– but in all sincerity Brother Smith feels that through prayer and careful research it is the truth.  Is the label “Apostate” the only fair and accurate name to now give him? Is he now liable for death in Jehovah’s eyes? Or only in the Organization’s? A label put on someone can be a heavy sword carried in the mouth and the pen of someone else, with the intention being to hurt, discredit, or even physically kill the target. The Jews, People of Color, Native Americans, and even Jehovah’s Witnesses themselves, have all been victims of other people cruelly labeling them as “sub-human”, “lazy”, “savages”, “crazy”, etc. This is the very essence of “slurs and innuendos”. With this in mind, consider the following quote regarding those labeled as apostates:

“In The Watchtower of July 15, 1992, page 12, such dissidents are described as “enemies of God” who are “intensely hating Jehovah.”  The Witnesses, therefore, are urged to “hate” them “with a complete hatred.” This exhortation was repeated in The Watchtower of October 1, 1993, page 19, where the “apostates” are stated to be so “rooted in evil” that “wickedness has become an inseparable part of their nature.” The Witnesses are even told to ask God to kill them, in imitation of the psalmist David, who prayed of his enemies: “O that you, O God, would slay the wicked one!” In this way the Witnesses “leave it to Jehovah to execute vengeance” Such rancorous attacks on former members of the organization reflect an attitude that is exactly the reverse of that recommended by Jesus in his Sermon on the Mount.—Matthew 5:43–48.” (The Gentile Times Reconsidered, by Carl Olaf Jonnson)

So should we intensely hate this aforementioned brother? Is he “rooted in evil”? Does he intensely hate Jehovah or still love him? Is he a coward or is he showing courage of conviction? This is the problem with labeling everyone an “apostate” that doesn’t believe everything exactly the same as we do. Are there true apostates? Yes- ones that deny Christ are called the “Antichrist” in 1 John 2:22. What about those that follow Babylonish customs and beliefs, those that are mean and angry people that want to tear down and beat their fellow slaves? Avoid these ones. But can’t there be any middle ground? Or does it always have to be “unity at all costs” as the Walsh court case showed us, and death to anyone labeled as an “apostate” by their expanded definition of the word?

Each of us has to decide that for ourselves, using our own Bible-trained conscience. When you see an animal coming toward you automatically know what kind of creature it is- friendly, mangy, dangerous, etc. So maybe when you come across something “apostate” you will just know it– your own heart and mind will tell you. Then follow the scriptures and your conscience on what to do after that.

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4 Comments on Apostasy and So-Called “Apostate Literature”- What it is and what it isn’t

  1. Amos says:

    The sentiment recorded in 2Tim.2:14,15, is one I have come to use often in my search for the truth of the scriptures.
    V14; “Remind them of these things, and charge them before God not to quarrel about words, which does no good, but only ruins the hearers. 15 Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” ESV
    Some other translations use the word, “dividing the word of truth.”
    I believe that we can only do this by means of the Holy Spirit, which we also need to be able to understand the truth from falsehood. We are all familiar with 2 Tim.3:16,17, this supports the thought expressed in the earlier verses.
    I would not be where I am now, had I not read what the society claims to be “apostate,” including Ray’s two books. I also will express that much caution is needed in what we choose to read, as Satan is extremely active, knowing that his time is now very short.



  2. serein says:

    totaly agree, we need to be aware of apostacy and what we choose to read, but in my eyes apostacy is when u gte people telling u theres no god or theres no paradise or the bibles just a book wrote by men or somthing like that or knocking iother religions sayimng they are all wrong, no i dont do that any of that i say all religion is corupted in some way but i dont say not to listent to it any religion thats teaching god to be most high and jesus died for our sins and about paradise is doing good, but dosnt mean we have to join them to be saved or belong to them in anyway we onlyneed to learn then aplie it ourselfs in our lifes, we dont need to belong to any organisation to be saved,only god can save us no man.apostacy isnt some one teaching u about bible truths or what it says apostacy is teaching that its not true and jesus didnt die for us and its all rubish,the jws corupt this becouse they dont want anyone to leave them, iyts all wrong,


  3. Anonymous says:

    That stupid WT quote from 1986 and 92/93 is just about how low and stupid the WTS writers can be, in all the examples the stupid WT writes about they have never ever given 1 example of the “lies” that “apostates” speak about, one more reason to find a near by trash bin when WT’s are seen in public places, the simple fact is that The WTS with over a hundred years of failed prophecies/false doctrines,a dreadful child abuse scandal that they still cover over,the murderous blood and organ transplant ban they enforce is the real Apostate that has mislead and deceived millions fortunately blogs like this JWN are helping millions to realize the fraud that they are.


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