Watchtower

wt_1912_color1The Watchtower is a well-known periodical that has been published since 1879 and has been the principal vehicle used to disseminate information to Jehovah’s Witnesses who generally believe that the Watchtower Society and more specifically, the governing body who direct it, to be the exclusive channel that Jehovah God uses to direct his followers on the earth.

The following material will be of great value to those researching the Watchtower Blood doctrine, as these are the actual comments of the Watchtower Society on this subject down through the years. Why is this information of such importance? Jesus Christ stated:

“for by your words you will be declared righteous, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:37)

You need not be reluctant to examine what the Watchtower has actually published about blood subject in the past. Most of this information can be found on the Watchtower’s CD-ROM Library, or in your local Kingdom Hall Library. You just have to know where to look. Also of note is this comment by the Watchtower:

“…Their zeal for knowledge may even prompt them to dig back into things that were published long before they came into the truth, expanding and deepening their understanding, and ever growing in Christian maturity… Do you dig out older publications to expand and deepen your knowledge on subjects about which questions arise? Have you really studied these earlier publications?… How is your background of knowledge? … Never think: “Oh, I know most of that.” For you will find, indeed, that you do not and that you will be strengthened by your additional study…once you have completed your study of them you can then look to even older publications… Only by studying earlier publications and digging back through previous issues of The Watchtower kept in the library at your local Kingdom Hall. There is much in the way of spiritual riches and aids toward mature knowledge in these earlier publications, and their study is most certainly worth your time.” *** w57 5/15 313-5 Appreciating Basic Christian Publications *** (Emphasis ours).

Clearly, the Watchtower encourages you to dig into and study the earlier publications. We agree that this is important if you are to truly understand the blood issue. These pages contain some editorial comments that are clearly marked in red to help you recognize doctrinal shifts. For clarity we have emphasized certain portions using boldface font. These sections are clearly marked. We have endeavored to be comprehensive, but not exhaustive. If you feel that something should be added, or if you locate an error, we would like to hear from you.


Blood Serum – Watchtower Quotes

Blood serum is the clear fluid that remains after the cellular components (red cells, white cells, platelets, clotting factors and fibrinogen are removed. It includes all proteins not used in the clotting process. What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature. This information will help researchers understand the historical development of the Watchtower Society’s policy on blood serums and document the many changes in policy through the years. …

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Albumin – Watchtower Quotes

What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature on the subject of albumin. Watchtower writers and representatives are fond of saying that they have “commented consistently” on albumin and other blood fractions. Their published statements clearly prove otherwise as you will see below. This information will help researchers understand the development of the blood doctrine, and document the many changes in policy through the years. Quotes are presented in chronological order. Our editorial …

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Science and Medicine – Watchtower Quotes

What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature.This information will help researchers understand the mindset that existed within the Watchtower Society regarding science and medicine at the time the blood doctrine was beginning to crystallize, and in the intervening years. Editorial comments are in red. Thomas Edison, the inventor and electrician, of phonograph and telephone fame, has been experimenting with the new light “X-Rays.” and has succeeded in taking a photograph through …

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Blood, Vaccines and Organ Transplants

What follows is a collection of quotes from Watchtower Society literature.This information will help you understand the development of the blood doctrine, and document the many changes in policy through the years. Quotes are presented in chronological order. Our editorial comments are in red. “The public is not generally aware of how large an industry is the manufacture of serums, anti-toxins and vaccines, or that big business controls the whole industry…. the boards of health …

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March 15, 1998 Letter to Governing Body

The following letter was mailed to the Governing Body on March 15, 1998. They never responded. ASSOCIATED JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES FOR REFORM ON BLOOD P.O. Box 190089 – Boise, ID 83719-0089 – U.S.A. Website: http://www.visiworld.com/starter/newlight/ Email: jwreformers@anon.nymserver.com March 15, 1998 Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower Bible & Tract Society 25 Columbia Heights Brooklyn, NY 11201-2483 Dear Brothers:

Jan. 27, 1997 Letter to Dan Sydlik

The following letter was sent to a member of the governing body in 1997 prior to the publishing of any information by AJWRB in the hope that it could be avoided. There was no response and the web site “New Light on Blood” came online the following month. January 27, 1997 Dan Sydlik 124 Columbia Heights Brooklyn, NY 11201-1698 Dear Brother Sydlik: Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a third generation Witness who …

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Questions for Those who Believe in the Watchtower Blood Policy

One of the most effective ways we have found in assisting other Witnesses to analyze the WTS blood doctrine is through the use of questions. The following questions have been used by AJWRB members and physicians in different parts of the world. If you are investigating the Watchtower’s blood policy we invite you to consider these carefully. Research the publications or discuss your concerns with the elders respectfully, and ask them to help you understand …

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Watchtower “No Blood Card”

The “No Blood Card” that Jehovah’s Witnesses carry with them has experienced very significant changes over the years, as you will see in this article. It was simply referred to as “the blood card” for many decades, then came to be called “the Advanced Medical Directive”. The last major change occurred in 2004, when it was combined with a Durable Power of Attorney specific to each state and is at times referred to as the …

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Watchtower Sacrificial Lambs

Why Are These Kids Dead?         Featured on the cover of the May 22, 1994 Awake! magazine are the photos of 26 children, ages varying up to 17 years, with the caption: “Youths Who Put God First.” Inside the magazine proclaims: “In former times thousands of youths died for putting God first.  They are still doing it, only today the drama is played out in hospitals and courtrooms, with blood transfusions the issue.” View a …

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, Blood Transfusions, and the Tort of Misrepresentation.

After the death of her mother, we were contacted by Kerry Louderback-Wood. She later wrote the following article for the Journal of Church and State’s Autumn 2005 issue. The article shows how the Watchtower Society might be held legally responsible for failure to properly disseminate its religious beliefs to followers. She dedicates the article to the children who have been harmed by the Watchtower’s policies on the use of blood and she continues to speak …

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Outrageous Omission – Blood

The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down from their once firm position on the use of blood. Sadly, individual Jehovah’s Witnesses are usually the last to know about important changes to the policy despite the WTS global publishing assets.  Watchtower asks Jehovah’s Witnesses to treat what it says as the voice of God.[1]Watchtower asks Jehovah’s Witnesses to look to it for …

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Blood Transfusion: Letter of Understanding

The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down from their once firm position on the use of blood for Jehovah’s Witness minors – particularly with respects to very young children who would have no hope of being granted “mature minor” status by the courts. I’m much pleased to make available a beautiful piece of work that’s been around since at least …

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Child Sacrifice and Jehovah’s Witnesses

Jehovah’s Witness parents and their minor children are under tremendous pressure to support the Watchtower Society’s irrational policies on blood. This is not the first time families trying to serve Jehovah God have felt compelled to offer up their children as a sacrifice. At one time, Israelites were compelled to offer their children to the false God Molech and were undoubtedly deeply touched when called upon to make their sacrifice. How did God view such child …

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Media Guide

The information below is taken directly from the written instructions provided to Hospital Liaison Committee members who take Seminar II, as provided by the Watchtower Society and shows how both the HLC and JW parents are coached to deal with the media. We have added our comments in red. Members of the media should find this information helpful when they interview representatives of the Watchtower Society or parents of Jehovah’s Witness children who are sick …

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Watchtower Commits Perjury

In a shocking development, we have learned the Watchtower Society perjured itself before the European Commission on Human Rights. This is a commission that operates under authority of the World Court, and to which the Watchtower Society apparently submitted a false and misleading application regarding objections to legal recognition that were raised by the government of Bulgaria. By reading the Press release issued by the commission, it will be readily apparent to anyone familiar with Jehovah’s Witnesses, …

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H.L.C. Elders Speak Out

A Group of Hospital Liaison Committee (HLC) Members Speak Out HLCs are sat up in most parts of the earth by the Watchtower Society (hereafter WTS) to assist Witnesses in finding cooperative physicians who are willing to provide bloodless treatment. In their dealings with physicians, they often come face to face with the inconsistencies and discrepancies in the Watchtower Society’s blood policy. One group of HLC brothers has come forward to express themselves on the blood …

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Watchtower Position Crumbles

For those who have spent some time studying the Watchtower Society’s (WTS) position on the use of blood, one of the most troubling aspects is their allowance of all the various components of plasma. Thus Witnesses may elect to accept the various Immunoglobulins, blood serums, blood clotting factors, albumin and so forth. They may not, however take all of them at the same time. How does the WTS justify such a position? Especially since they …

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