The Political Neutrality of Jehovah's Witnesses.


Critics Explain Why JW's Are Not Neutral Politically.

Critics argue JW's are not politically neutral. It just looks that way because they don't vote, go to war, etc. That doesn't mean they're 'politically neutral'. Their political affiliation, allegiance, and loyalty is to Jehovah's world wide theocratic government (i.e. JW.ORG).

Because they dedicate their lives to God AND the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses in their baptism vows, they can't pledge allegiance to their country and it's flag.

JW's believe God appointed JW.ORG to be his only organization and all outsiders, no matter how kind and loving are part of Satan's organization. That's the reason why they won't get involved in politics. They don't want to support Satan and his worldly governments. They will live by the laws of their country but if there's a conflict, they put God's government led by the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses first.

JW's are not allowed to engage in politics inside the organization either. Since JW.ORG's internal government is 'theocratic', meaning that it's thought to be run by God through his 'appointed representatives', JW's are not allowed to criticize, disagree, run for office, support political candidates, or vote within the organization. Rebelling against the men who run the organization is said to be rebellion against Jehovah God.

JW's are not allowed to challenge rules, restrictions, doctrines, beliefs, or unpopular government policies that directly or indirectly affects their lives. They must obey the internally appointed Governing Body and Elders or face disfellowshipping and shunning.

JW.ORG's theocratic government is a dictatorship. Disagreeing, protesting, discussion, complaints, and questioning is not allowed. The difference is that instead of only one supreme leader, JW's obey a small group of six to twelve supreme leaders a.k.a 'the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses'.

Critics point out that just because JW's can't get involved in politics inside or outside their organization doesn't mean they are politically neutral. Are North Koreans politically neutral because they can't protest and vote? Of course not. North Koreans fiercely defend their government's Supreme Leader just like JW's defend the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses.

In an organizational flow chart, JW.ORG teaches that Jehovah God is at the top. God is the 'Supreme Leader'. Below that the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses refers to themselves as Jehovah's "faithful and discreet slave". In other words God speaks to them and they dispense 'spiritual food at the proper time'. Critics challenge this assumption too because whenever the organization is criticized for false prophecies, teachings, and mistakes, JW's are quick to point out their organization is run by imperfect men who can make mistakes 'just like other religions'.

MIstakes are possible at JW.ORG because the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses has no guidance from Jehovah whatsoever. They appointed themselves and command the authority of God even though they have none.

Even though JW.ORG says it's apostasy for JW's to believe their organization is not God's channel of communication, they have a disclaimer. They have a way out when they make false prophecies and statements that are later proven to be false. Their excuse is God appointed imperfect men who have no divine inspiration!

Logically they can't have it both ways. They can't say God speaks to them and then say he doesn't when they make mistakes. But that's what they do.

Jehovah's light isn't brighter. According to the Bible, even one false prophecy proves God does not speak to them. The Bible says God hates "a false witness who pours out lies" and clearly tells us how to identify false prophets. Proverbs 6:16,19; Deut 18:21,22

Since God doesn't inspire what the Governing Body says, he can't be at the top of JW.ORG's government. It's not a 'theocracy'. It's just a few imperfect men who are doing their best to convince JW's what they say is from God and what everyone else says is from Satan, regardless of facts, reasonable conclusions, logic, or evidence. This is one of the common characteristics of a dangerous religious cult.

Religious cults isolate themselves from outsiders. JW's believe they are politically neutral and 'no part of this world'. They can't disagree, speak up, run for office, vote, go to war, or pledge allegiance to any country, but they sure aren't 'politically neutral'. They have chosen a government and have allowed their religion to govern their lives. They live under laws of their country as long as those laws don't conflict with 'God's laws' as explained by the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses.