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Media - No Smoke Without Fire!

If a Jehovah Witness parent lets their child die for refusing a blood transfusion, of cause it is going to hit the media.  Is this Satan’s Organization? No it’s the voice rationality.

Also see Paranoid and Cult

Watchtower, March 1st 2003 study article "Be Courageous and Strong!" paragraphs 6,20

6 We also need courage when opposers maneuver the media into spreading bad reports about God's servants or when they try to restrict true worship by 'scheming trouble by decree' (Psalm 94:20) For example, how should we feel when newspapers, radio, or television reports about Jehovah's Witnesses are distortions or outright falsehoods? Should we be shocked? No. We expect such things. (Psalm 109:2) And we are not surprised when some believe the published lies and distortions, since 'anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word' (Proverbs 14:15) Still, loyal Christians refuse to believe just any statement made about their brothers, and they certainly do not allow bad publicity to cause them to miss Christian meetings, to slow down in the field ministry, or to waver in their faith. On the contrary, they 'recommend [themselves] as God's ministers'...

[…]

20 Of course, persecution itself is not pleasant, but our standing firm despite persecution, including slanderous reports in the media, is a cause for rejoicing. It means we are pleasing Jehovah and will receive a reward.

[Emphasis Added]

Jehovah's Witness Preacher speaking at a Jehovah's Witness Convention

[As was shown on the Australian Sunday Program "Silent Witnesses" on September 22nd 2002]

The media out there, with all its power and its might, it presents human nature in three Ds, three Ds — debauchery of every kind, deception of every kind and demonism of every kind — and we need to be aware of that.

[Emphasis Added]

Watchtower, September 15th 2002 pp.16-18

In the first century, such individuals as Hymanaeus, Alexander, and Philetus, were advocating ideas that did not fit "the pattern of healthful words." (1 Timothy 1:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:16, 17) How could the early Christians avoid being led astray by apostates? By carefully studying the inspired writings and applying them in life. Those walking in accord with the example they had in Paul and other faithful ones were able to recognize and reject anything that did not conform to the pattern of truth they had been taught. (Philippians 3:17; Hebrews 5:14)

Instead of being "mentally diseased over questionings and debates about words," they continued moving ahead in their positive course of godly devotion. (1 Timothy 6:3-6) We do the same thing when we keep on putting into practice the truths we have learned.

[…]

Satan tries to break our integrity through the sowing of doubts about what we have been taught. Today, as in the first century, apostates and others seek to destroy the faith of guileless ones. (Galatians 2:4; 5:7, 8) Sometimes they have used the media to spread distorted information or even outright lies about the methods and motives of Jehovah's Witnesses.

[…]

Whatever stumbling blocks were involved, some evidently preferred falsehoods over the truths of God's Word. Soon they stopped practicing the things they had learned, and this was to their own spiritual detriment. -2 Peter 3:15, 16

We can avoid turning aside to false stories today if we scrutinize and are selective about what we listen to and what we read.

[…]

And modern-day apostates keep on trying to sow seeds of doubt in order to subvert the faith of Christians.... So we need to be careful.

[…]

If our ears are inclined towards disgruntled ones, we need to analyze ourselves prayerfully. (Psalm 139:23, 24) Are we inclined to find fault with Jehovah's people? If so, why?.

[…]

Rather than being critical, let us maintain a spiritually healthy view of the information received through personal study and congregation meetings. (1 Corinthians 2:14, 15) And instead of questioning God's Word, how much wiser it is to have the attitude of the first-century Beroeans who examined the Scriptures closely! (Acts 17:10, 11) Then, let us act on what we learn, turning down false stories and clinging to the truth.

[Emphasis Added]

Watchtower, August 1st 2001

Influenced by the Media?

Maybe the media have greatly influenced your beliefs. Most people are glad that there is freedom of speech in the media, giving them access to information that can be useful. However, there are powerful forces that can and frequently do manipulate the media. What is often presented is biased information that can insidiously affect your thinking.

In addition, to appeal to or to attract a larger audience, the media tend to give publicity to what is sensational and unconventional. What could hardly be said or printed for public consumption just a few years ago has become commonplace today. Slowly but surely, established standards of behavior are attacked and whittled away. People's thinking is gradually becoming distorted. They begin to believe that "good is bad and bad is good."-Isaiah 5:20; 1 Corinthians 6:9, 10.

[Emphasis Added]

Watchtower, November 1st 2002 p.17

Unfortunately, some "unreasonable men" in authority persecute us or oppose us in other ways - such as by promoting smear campaigns against us. Still, in Jehovah's due time, their lies are always exposed, and their "ignorant talk" is effectively muzzled.

[Emphasis Added]

Watchtower, March 1st 1979 p.24

Outside the true Christian congregation, what alternative organization is there? Only Satan's organization consisting of his political 'wild beast' and his Babylonian world empire of false religion.

[Emphasis Added]

1977 Yearbook p.11

The News Service Department at Brooklyn has also been instrumental in obtaining much publicity for these events through television, radio and other news media. Thus many persons were advised concerning the issues for which Jehovah's Witnesses are fighting and their unshakable loyalty in living up to Bible principles.

 

1985 Yearbook p.175

In addition to being objects of criticism and attacks through the news media, the Witnesses also became a popular subject for discussion in parliamentary debates.

[Emphasis Added]

Creation (book) (1985) p.249

9. Thus, in the Paradise to come, the nations, their educational systems and their media will no longer exist.

[Emphasis Added]

Revelation—Its Grand Climax At Hand! (book) (1988) p.134

18. How is this judgment message delivered? Generally, not by the worlds news media, which are part of the world and often reproachful of Gods slave.

[Emphasis Added]

1992 Yearbook p.126

Just across the eastern border of the Sudan lies Eritrea. In the early 1960s after the expulsion of the missionaries radio, newspapers, and other media were extensively used in a campaign to malign Jehovah's Witnesses. Under such headlines as False Prophets and Beware of Religious Pretense Leading to Denial of True Faith, the Witnesses were portrayed as haters of the emperor and the church and as rejecters of the Trinity and the Virgin Mary. They were said to be agents of foreign enemies, immoral people who do not fight for their country. Demands for drastic action to rid the country of Jehovah's people were heard.

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, July 1st 1993 p.18

Many in religious and political establishments as well as in the media are opposed to them. Some of these, either by outright attack or, more often, by innuendo, try to sully the reputation of Jehovah's Witnesses and arouse prejudice against them.

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, July 1st 1994 p.21

13. It has been found that many secular authorities have the oddest misconceptions about Jehovah's Witnesses. This is usually because they have been misinformed by malicious enemies of Gods people. Or it may be that all they know about us they learned from the mass media, which are not always impartial in their coverage.

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, April 1st 1995 pp.26-29

HOW do you feel when someone reproaches you or spreads lies about you? Naturally you are deeply hurt. Jehovah's Witnesses experience something similar whenever they become the target of incorrect or distorted information in the media. But as Jesus said at Matthew 5:11, 12, they still have reason to be joyful.

Many press reports that heap reproach on Jehovah's Witnesses are an expression of this hatred, and such should be ignored. However, the media may at times present information that reflects a lack of knowledge about the Witnesses or that distorts and misinterprets certain facts. Some journalists might draw material from biased sources. Whether we ignore false information in the media or defend the truth by appropriate means depends on the circumstances, the instigator of the criticism, and his goal.

Sometimes the facts can be corrected by a properly written letter to the editor if the letter is published in full. But such a letter could achieve the exact opposite of what is intended. How? The original untruth might thus receive even more publicity, or opposers may be handed further opportunity to get lies or slurs into print. In most cases it is wise to leave the question of a letter to the editor up to the elders concerned. If a negative press report stirs up prejudice, the branch office of the Watch Tower Society can inform congregations in that country of the facts, thus enabling all publishers to give a satisfactory explanation to inquirers.

Do Not Be Frightened by Opposers

How encouraging to know that reproach does not stop people from becoming Witnesses! During a TV talk show in Germany, apostates wove a fabric of lies about the Witnesses. A viewer recognized the apostate embellishments as being fantasy and was moved to resume his Bible study with the Witnesses. Yes, public reproach sometimes leads to positive results! Compare Philippians 1:12, 13.

The apostle Paul knew that some would pay more attention to false stories than to the truth. He therefore wrote: Keep your senses in all things, suffer evil, do the work of an evangelizer, fully accomplish your ministry. (2 Timothy 4:3-5) So do not allow yourself to be distracted, and in no respect be frightened by your opponents. (Philippians 1:28) Remain calm and collected and preach the good news joyfully, and you will cope steadfastly with public reproach. Yes, remember Jesus promise: Happy are you when people reproach you and persecute you and lyingly say every sort of wicked thing against you for my sake. Rejoice and leap for joy, since your reward is great in the heavens; for in that way they persecuted the prophets prior to you. Matthew 5:11, 12.

[Emphasis Added]

1996 Yearbook, pp.18-19

Other specially designed brochures have been prepared in the past couple of years to counteract the gross distortions regarding Jehovah's Witnesses that the clergy and apostates have fed to officials and the media.

In Germany religious opposers have been especially active in using the media to blaspheme Jehovah and defame his people. (Compare Romans 2:24.) With the approval of the Governing Body, a brochure was produced that is entitled Jehovah's Witnesses Your Neighbors. Who Are They?

[Emphasis Added]

Family Happiness (book) (1996) p.90

2. In a similar way, parents must find a balanced way to protect their family from the destructive influences that rain down on them from many sources the entertainment industry, the media, peers, and at times even the schools. Some parents do little or nothing to shield their family. Others, viewing nearly all outside influences as harmful, are so restrictive that the children feel as if they were suffocating. Is a balance possible?

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, March 15th 1997 p.24

Jehovah's WITNESSES in France were recently the target of a barrage of false accusations. Seizing upon tragic events involving religious cults in Europe and Japan, the media spread distorted information about the Witnesses. They were wrongly portrayed as one of the largest and most dangerous cults.

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, April 1st 1997 p.17

16. In the new world, Satan's propaganda media will have been removed.

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, June 1st 1997 p.15

14. In many places Jehovah's Witnesses are becoming more and more the center of media attention. Similar to what happened to the early Christians, they are often misrepresented and placed in the same category as questionable religious cults and secret organizations. (Acts 28:22)

[Emphasis Added]

1998 Yearbook pp.43-44

Many in the world recognize Jehovah's Witnesses as law-abiding, family-oriented people who have high moral and ethical standards and who are actively preaching the message of Gods Word. However, there are also people who oppose our work and will stop at nothing to besmirch the reputation of Jehovah's people and to hinder our efforts to let the light shine. They do this by providing government officials and the media with inaccurate, lying, and disparaging information about Jehovah's Witnesses. In an effort to correct such misrepresentation, in February 1997 the Governing Body approved the formation, under the oversight of the Writing Committee, of a Public Affairs Office. General information desks have been functioning in the Society's branch offices.

 

Ibid p.140

the media had painted a cruel picture of Jehovah's Witnesses, depicting them as people who are willing to let their children die.

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, January 15th 1998 pp.27-28

At times, the news media as well as the authorities are duped by clergymen and apostates into pinning false labels on us, misrepresenting our Christian beliefs and way of life. . . . Will we allow those who are blinded by Satan to intimidate and dishearten us and make us feel ashamed of the good news? Will we permit lies about the truth to affect our regular meeting attendance and our preaching activity? Or will we stand fast and be courageous and more determined than ever to continue declaring the truth about Jehovah and his Kingdom?

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, May 15th 1998 p.20

16. At times, the news media and secular authorities pin false labels on Gods people, misrepresenting our Christian beliefs and way of life. This should not surprise us, for Jesus clearly shows that the world would hate us because we are no part of it. (John 17:14) Will we allow those who are blinded by Satan to intimidate and dishearten us and make us feel ashamed of the good news? Will we permit lies about the truth to affect our regular meeting attendance and our preaching activity? Or will we stand fast and be courageous and more determined than ever to continue declaring the truth about Jehovah and his Kingdom?

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, December 1st 1998 pp.14-18

5. In many instances, the principal instigators of persecution of Jehovah's servants have turned out to be religious opposers who have used their influence with political authorities and the media to try to suppress the activities of the Witnesses. How should we, Jehovah's Witnesses, respond to such opposition whether it is a result of our beliefs and practices or because of false accusations?

[…]

15. At times, Jehovah's Witnesses have been the target of distorted information in the media. For example, on August 1, 1997, a Russian newspaper published a slanderous article claiming, among other things, that Witnesses categorically require members to reject their wives, husbands, and parents if these do not understand and do not share their faith. Anyone who is truly acquainted with Jehovah's Witnesses knows that the charge is false. The Bible indicates that Christians are to treat unbelieving family members with love and respect, and Witnesses endeavor to follow that direction. (1 Corinthians 7:12-16; 1 Peter 3:1-4) Even so, the article was printed, and many readers were thus misinformed. How can we defend our faith when we are falsely accused?

16. Here again, there is a time to keep quiet and a time to speak. The Watchtower once expressed it this way: Whether we ignore false information in the media or defend the truth by appropriate means depends on the circumstances, the instigator of the criticism, and his goal. In some cases it may be best to ignore negative reports, thus not giving further publicity to the lies.

17. In other cases it may be a time to speak. A responsible journalist or reporter may have been misinformed about Jehovah's Witnesses and may welcome truthful information about us. (See box Correcting a Misrepresentation.) If negative reports in the media arouse prejudice that hinders our preaching work, representatives of the branch office of the Watch Tower Society may take the initiative to defend the truth by some suitable means.* For example, qualified elders might be assigned to present the facts, as in a TV program, where failure to appear might imply that Jehovah's Witnesses have no answer. Individual Witnesses wisely cooperate with the direction of the Watch Tower Society and its representatives in such matters. Hebrews 13:17.

[FOOTNOTE]

After the slanderous article was published in the Russian newspaper (mentioned in paragraph 15), Jehovah's Witnesses appealed to the Russian Federation Presidential Judicial Chamber for Media Disputes with a request to review the false charges made in the article. Recently the court issued a decision that castigated the newspaper for printing the libelous article. See Awake!, November 22, 1998, pages 26-7.]

[Emphasis Added]

1999 Yearbook pp.141-143

Now, replacing the former persecutors of Jehovah's people, apostates took up the cudgel to beat their former Christian associates. (Matt. 24:48-51) During the late 1980s and early 1990s, these apostates became more vocal, their false accusations more numerous and virulent. Producers of some TV talk shows presented the apostates as being experts on Jehovah's Witnesses. However, some honest people questioned the wisdom of judging the Witnesses on the basis of statements of such disgruntled former members. After one such TV show, a young man phoned the Society's office in Selters and explained that some years earlier the former Witness who was interviewed had studied the Bible with him. For personal reasons the young man quit his study. But upon seeing the TV program and recognizing his former instructor, the young man became quite upset. He asked: How can he say such things? He knows what he is saying about the Witnesses is not true. The result was that the young man resumed his Bible study, this time with an elder in the local congregation.

Of course, there are many people who accept without question what they hear on TV or read in the newspapers. In view of the frequency of the attacks on Jehovah's Witnesses by the media, the Society prepared a 32-page brochure specifically to counteract this flood of misleading propaganda. It is entitled Your Neighbors, Jehovah's Witnesses Who Are They?

In that same year, yet another step was taken to deal with the persistent efforts of opposers to use the media to paint a distorted picture of Jehovah's Witnesses. Walter Kbe was appointed chairman of a committee in charge of Information Services. He explains: The massive campaign launched by opponents has forced us to give a supervised response by making information more readily available.

[Emphasis Added]

2000 Yearbook p.213-221

a campaign of ruthless attacks through the media began. Characteristically, the greatest freedom for attacks against Jehovah's Witnesses was provided in the religious press. Biased articles contained questions that were asked of the Witnesses during the registration process together with speculation by the writers regarding the answers given. On one hand, the charge was made that spokesmen for the Society had been deceptive when saying that Witnesses were not forced to believe or practice certain things. On the other hand, the answers given were claimed to be a betrayal of the organizations own principles.

[…]

An aggressive mass media constantly attacks Jehovah's Witnesses. This presents tests of faith that are as penetrating as those faced in the crucibles of Nazi and Communist prisons and in the chicanery of those that used these. The large majority of Jehovah's Witnesses stand firm in faith in the face of these tests.

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, December 15th 2000 p.22

Some [Jehovah's Witnesses]... have been the object of lying reports in the media.

[Emphasis Added]

2001 Yearbook p.20

Today opposers continue to stir up public opinion against Jehovah's Witnesses, sometimes using the media or other public avenues to further their aims. In response, the Public Affairs Office in Brooklyn and Public Affairs Desks in many of the Societys branch offices spend considerable time in providing information that is used boldly to make known the truth to editors, journalists, and others.

[Emphasis Added]

Our Kingdom Ministry August 2001 p.1

3. To the World and to Men: Sometimes the media publish reports about the activities of Jehovah's people. While we appreciate good reports that are factual and fair in dealing with our work, we also expect bad reports to be spread by our detractors from time to time. Nevertheless, we must continue recommending ourselves as Gods ministers through bad report and good report. (2 Cor. 6:4, 8) To honest hearted observers it becomes clear that we are the true disciples of Jesus Christ.

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, August 15th 2001 p.13

Recently, some of the media in France have portrayed Jehovah's Witnesses as a dangerous religious cult.

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, October 15th 2001 p.14

Some opposers have spread slanderous lies in the media, even falsely accusing Jehovah's Witnesses of being a dangerous cult.

Do false accusations really matter? It is God who declares true Christians righteous, based upon their faith in the sacrifice of Christ. Why would Jehovah stop loving his worshipers after he has given them the most precious gift he could his own beloved Son? (1 John 4:10)

[Emphasis Added]

The Watchtower, December 1st 2001 p.10

mental junk food is readily available and tantalizing to the senses, but it is detrimental to ones spiritual health. Cleverly marketed in the media is a profusion of material that features illicit sex and drugs, violence, and the occult. Feeding ones mind on such a diet is deadly to the figurative heart.

[Emphasis Added]

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