Australia investigating Jehovah’s Witnesses’ scandals


The authorities in Australia decided that they needed to investigate the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) for scandals like those that the Roman Catholic Church has had:

July 27, 2015

The Jehovah’s Witnesses Church in Australia failed to report more than 1,000 alleged child sex abusers to the police, an inquiry has heard.

Instead, the commission says, the Church itself handled all the cases – some of which date to the 1950s.

One elder told the hearing that notes relating to abuse claims were destroyed so they would not be discovered.

Australia began a national inquiry into child sexual abuse in 2013, after claims of abuse in the Catholic Church.

Members of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, whose remit includes religious groups, NGOs and state-care providers, say more than 4,000 victims have come forward.

The commission has heard allegations of abuse taking place within the Catholic Church and the Orthodox Jewish community, as well as schools and children’s homes.

Notes destroyed

Angus Stewart, counsel for the commission, said that of 1,006 alleged perpetrators of child sexual abuse identified by the Jehovah’s Witnesses Church, “not one was reported by the church to secular authorities”.

The Church dismissed 401 members following internal abuse hearings, but more than half were later reinstated, the inquiry was told.

The number of cases involving the JWs is so staggering that it may indicate that perhaps sex abusers are somehow draw to that church disproportionately.

While many may consider that the JWs are basically moral, but part of a cult, I would like to point out that the JWs do NOT officially believe that they need to keep the Ten Commandments.

Even some of their members do not realize that.  In writing, the Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that the Ten Commandments are done away.

Based upon selective quoting of scripture, the Jehovah’s Witnesses also seem to insist that “2 Cor. 3:7-11:…the code which administers death and which was engraved in letters in stones” has to be referring to “the Ten Commandments” being gone (Reasoning on the Scriptures, p. 348-349).  Yet, what it is actually referring to is that it is the “administration” (with the Levitical priests as the administrators) that was changed to the Christian ministry (2 Corinthians 3:6; Hebrews 7:12). Hence, Paul in 2 Corinthians is not teaching that the ten commandments are done away with.

Notice another “proof” the JWs teach about the Tenth Commandment:

Rom. 7:6, 7…what example from the Law does Paul cite? The Tenth Commandment, thus showing that it was included in the Law from which they had been discharged (Reasoning on the Scriptures. Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Booklet, p. 348).

Now any thinking person would realize that Paul specifically taught that violating the tenth commandment was still a sin and that the law is still in effect as Paul wrote:

6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter. 7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, “You shall not covet.” 8 But sin, taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire. For apart from the law sin was dead. 9 I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died. 10 And the commandment, which was to bring life, I found to bring death. 11 For sin, taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and by it killed me. 12 Therefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good (Romans 7:6-12, NKJV).

In Romans 7, Paul is teaching that Christians have been delivered from the penalty of the law and that we still serve it–serving it in the Spirit is an even broader application–that is what Jesus Himself taught in the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5,6,7); Jesus for example taught that the letter of law against adultery spiritually included looking at a woman to lust after her (Matthew 5:27-28) and that improper anger is spiritually condemned in the commandment against murder (Matthew 5:21).

The fruits of the JW position on the Ten Commandments are clearly not good.

How can anyone who professes Christ actually believe that God approves covetousness?

But that specifically is what the logic that the Jehovah’s Witnesses apparently are told to accept–even though they elsewhere teach that “Greed” (another word for covetousness) is one of the 14 items that “Jehovah Hates” (What Does the Bible Really Teach?, p. 122). So while the JWs officially teach against covetousness, they teach that the tenth commandments was “discharged.” To me, this makes no sense.

Notice also something reported related to the Australian investigation:

Another woman, given the pseudonym BCG, will give evidence that she was abused by her father, but forced by Church authorities to confront him about the allegations, Mr Stewart said.

Her father responded by blaming her for “seducing him”, Mr Stewart said.

One Jehovah’s Witnesses elder who handled BCB’s complaint, Max Horley, admitted he destroyed notes about her allegations in case they fell into the “wrong hands”.

“We do not want our wives knowing our stuff – what sort of things we are dealing with,” Mr Horley told the hearing,

So, the father of a daughter blames her for seducing him, as apparently he does not believe that his own lusts and covetousness are responsible.  He does not accept the Tenth Commandment applies to him.

The Ten Commandments Reflect Love, Breaking them is Evil.

Some items of possibly related interest may include:

Similarities and Differences Between the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Continuing Church of God Both groups claim to represent the original Christian faith.  Do you know much about them? Both groups have some interesting similarities, but many major differences. Would you like information on how to deal with Jehovah’s Witnesses?
Did the Archangel Michael become Jesus? The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach this, but does the Bible allow for this?
Was Unitarianism the Teaching of the Bible or Early Church? Many, including Jehovah’s Witnesses, claim it was, but was it?
Which Is Faithful: The Roman Catholic Church or the Continuing Church of God? Do you know that both groups shared a lot of the earliest teachings? Do you know which church changed? Do you know which group is most faithful to the teachings of the apostolic church? Which group best represents true Christianity? This documented article answers those questions. [Português: Qual é fiel: A igreja católica romana ou a igreja do deus?]
Anglo – America in Prophecy & the Lost Tribes of Israel Are the Americans, Canadians, English, Scottish, Welsh, Australians, Anglo-Saxon (non-Dutch) Southern Africans, and New Zealanders descendants of Joseph? Where are the lost ten-tribes of Israel? Who are the lost tribes of Israel? What will happen to Jerusalem and the Jews in Israel? Will God punish the U.S.A., Canada, United Kingdom, and other Anglo-Saxon nations? Why might God allow them to be punished first? Here is a link to the Spanish version of this article: Anglo-América & las Tribus Perdidas de Israel. Information is also in the YouTube sermons titled Where are the Ten Lost Tribes? Why does it matter? and British are the Covenant People. A short YouTube of prophetic interest may be Barack Obama and the State of the Apocalypse.
Where is the True Christian Church Today? This free online pdf booklet answers that question and includes 18 proofs, clues, and signs to identify the true vs. false Christian church. Plus 7 proofs, clues, and signs to help identify Laodicean churches. A related sermon is also available: Where is the True Christian Church?
Continuing History of the Church of God This pdf booklet is a historical overview of the true Church of God and some of its main opponents from c. 31 A.D. to 2014. A related sermon link would be Continuing History of the Church of God: c. 31 to c. 300 A.D. Marque aquí para ver el pdf folleto: Continuación de la Historia de la Iglesia de Dios.
CCOG.ORG Continuing Church of God The group striving to be most faithful amongst all real Christian groups to the word of God. To see how CCOG has done so far, here are links to two sermons Continuing Church of God (CCOG) first year anniversary: What has been accomplished? and The Continuing Church of God: Two Years of Proclamation. Here is a written link to a version of that sermon in the Spanish language: Aniversario del primer año de la Continuación de la Iglesia de Dios: ¿Qué se ha cumplido?
Is the Genuine Church of God a Cult? There are misleading statements on the internet that this article tries to address.
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The Ten Commandments and the Early Church Did Jesus and the Early Church keep the ten commandments? What order were they in? Here are quotes from the Bible and early writings. A related sermon is titled: Christians and the Ten Commandments.

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