Jehovah's Witnesses believe they must be separate from the world and no part of it because they believe the world is dominated by Satan the Devil. They believe their organization is God's channel of communication. They believe they are 'God's organization'. The world is thought to be 'Satan's organization'. That's why strict isolation from 'worldly wisdom', beliefs, customs, and traditions is required if one is to be considered spiritually enlightened.
Jehovah's Witnesses must be like-minded. They must 'speak in agreement'. Disagreeing with those 'taking the lead' is the road to 'apostasy'. In an effort to keep 'God's organization' clean, Jehovah's Witnesses must be 'separate from the world' and 'worldly thinking'. Jehovah's Witnesses are given only two choices. Obey the leaders of their organization or leave and join 'Satan's organization' (i.e. everyone outside their faith).
Critics of the Jehovah's Witnesses and followers of Jesus, have a different perspective. Here's why critics say the Watchtower is wrong.
Critics say there is no need to be separate from the world.
What does the Bible say? Should Christians be 'separate from the world'?
God created the entire world. He loved the world so much that he gave his son Jesus so that we might know his love for us.
It was Satan who chose to separate himself from God and the perfect world God created.
When Satan left God it was the beginning of evil.
When we move towards oneness with our neighbors, we move towards oneness with God and the place where God lives.
When we remove ourselves from the world God created, we separate ourselves from God's love. We enter the realm of the Pharisees who opposed Jesus. We move towards spiritual darkness.
In the darkness where 'Satan' lives, we cannot see God's love for us. We cannot see that God's love for us is a free gift that we don't need to work for. We cannot see that other people love us. We cannot accept people who have different beliefs.
Separation and isolation from the world is not God's way. Jesus says that his followers do not judge. Luke 6:27-41. God is kind to the 'ungrateful and wicked'. We become 'sons of the Most High' when we love our enemies and do good unto them. Luke 6:35. That's why there is no need for judicial committees, disfellowshipping and shunning people who disagree. Judgment, self righteousness, and hypocrisy opposes the teachings of Jesus. Judgment is the leaven of the Pharisees who converted the Christianity after Jesus died. Acts 23:6; Acts 15
A Christian cannot control what someone else says or does. Some people might choose to hate Christians. Perhaps they will choose to isolate themselves and withdraw their love. The teachings of Christ might divide families and loved ones, but Christians are never the ones who choose to be isolated! Christians always look for opportunities to love everyone, including their enemies. Jesus ate with sinners and tax collectors. Are we more righteous than Jesus?
The entire world was created by God. He loves all his people. The entire world is his organization. When we are part of God's world we can associate with people who are different. We can consider what they have to say. We can love them. And they can love us.
When people are separated from God, they have a belief that outsiders are trying to harm them. They believe they have enemies. They believe they need to practice Theocratic Warfare in order to protect themselves. They become defensive and afraid just like Adam and Eve when they sinned. Fear and ignorance causes us to distrust people we don't understand. We cannot see their love for us and we cannot love them.
Isolation from the world separates us from God's love.
Oneness with all, brings us into relationship with God and his unconditional love for all the people he created.
2 Cor. 6:14 'Do not keep company with those who have not faith: for what is there in common between righteousness and evil, or between light and dark?'
2 Cor. 6:17 '... Come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord, and let no unclean thing come near you; ...'
Learn more about the opposing viewpoints of Pharisees In The Early Christian Congregation