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Having Fun Decoding the Watchtower
The Watchtower is the most widely distributed magazine worldwide.
The Bible is explicit about what not to do sexually. Nothing else is needed but its clear instructions. 2 Timothy 3:16,17
So lets learn how to decode the Watchtower!
Bold is the association.
Italic is the desired belief they want to instill.
The masturbation decision by Jehovah’s Witnesses declaring it an unclean habit is the most embarrassing in the history of religion, based on sophisticated editing and making associations with unclean practices, not on scriptural reasoning. It is beyond words. Masturbation is a personal choice matter, we are dignified with it.
It was implemented in a sloppy way that reveals how it works.
Watchtower August 2016 paragraph 17 implying masturbation “is the same as” or “is as bad as” sexual immorality . Here is the excerpt:
What can help a Christian to decide whether to get married? 17 Whether to stay single or to get married is a matter of determining in one’s heart if one is able to cultivate the gift of singleness. The apostle Paul recommended singleness; yet, he said: “Because of the prevalence of sexual immorality, let each man have his own wife and each woman have her own husband.” Paul added: “If they do not have self-control, let them marry, for it is better to marry than to be inflamed with passion.” Getting married can help a person to avoid letting passion lead him to such a practice as masturbation or to sexual immorality.
Note the linkage. …such a practice as masturbation “or to sexual immorality”. There is no actual link, it is very sophisticated editing. By tying it to sexual immorality with the word “or” it is making it the same as sexual immorality. If you want to and insist on tying the word uncleanness to the emission of semen at Leviticus, then what about a woman who is masturbating? There is no emission of semen. Only ceremonially unclean for one hour after sex across the board. That is all.
The leap – Making masturbation an unclean habit, once again making associations, not using scriptural reasoning.
Watch Tower August 2017 paragraph 8
8. What are some things that can make us unclean in God’s eyes?
8 Uncleanness. The original Bible word translated “uncleanness” is a broad term that includes much more than sexual sins. It can refer to the harmful practice of smoking or the telling of obscene jokes. (2 Cor. 7:1; Eph. 5:3, 4) It also applies to unclean activities practiced by an individual in private, such as reading sexually stimulating books or viewing pornography, which may lead to the unclean habit of masturbation.—Col. 3:5.*
Nowhere in the Bible is masturbation declared an unclean habit. The method outlined above of using associations to manipulate thoughts and behavior are how it is done.
A person will be ceremonially unclean for one hour after any type of sexual activity. If it is urgent or an emergency, pray anyway.
Witnesses accept Watch Tower as the ultimate authority on Earth, so they accept whatever they are taught. However, since the public is involved, the public should be made aware of the technique.