Live Line on how the Jehovah’s Witnesses deal with ethical issues.

Joe Duffy

When joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses you can be involved in hiding issues from the Gardai. The exercise of their justice system which is called a judicial committee made up of three elders could mean that in the case of sexual abuse you must bring forward two witnesses. Also, they have invented a new word ‘Disfellowshipping.’ which involves a system which contradicts what scripture suggests and which leads to a total blanking of former members. No social contact, no meals together and if you met a member in say a supermarket they would refuse to acknowledge you exist. It is very similar to the mechanism used by Scientology called disconnection. Here is a guide to what should happen:

15 “If your brother or sister[b] sins,[c] go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[d] 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church; and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.

Note the purpose of discipline is rehabilitative and not penal,
Step 1: Go to the person privately and engage. Step 2 If they do not listen take one or two witnesses, so now you have witnesses to the mediation process. Note the Jehovah’s Witnesses are now saying you must say have two witnesses to say a sexual abuse incident and not to the process addressing it. This a travesty of an interpretation. Finally, Step 3 the issue is to be brought to the church, not to a kangaroo court. Note not to a private sitting of a group of men with a rule book, but an announcement is made to the whole church that this person is to be treated like a pagan or a person doing something wrong. In other words, you treat them as people who need to be helped, loved and respected so that they may amend their ways and return to fellowship. That is the Jesus way, the JW way is out of the pit of hell.

https://www.rte.ie/radio1/liveline/programmes/2019/0611/1054776-liveline-tuesday-11-june-2019/?clipid=103133495&fbclid=IwAR1mrPm0d0CNovX8R8TqRtcd52vrZEApRiFiTo9wI9bOMckGumlwyb2RF6c#103133495

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