Few people would envision that an organization with 8 million publicity agents in 230+ lands, a zero-tolerance approach to dissenters, and a recent windfall of 1 Billion dollars from property sales, is in need of a defender on YouTube.
And yet that is precisely what Watchtower now has.
Step forward “JW Defense” – a new YouTube channel dedicated to “defending Jehovah’s Witnesses from false and misleading claims by apostates and opposers.”
Quite what these fallacious claims are has yet to be clarified, but JW Defense has made a spirited start nonetheless with a video attacking “Apostates of Jehovah’s Organization.”
This article originally showed an embedded version of JW Defense’s video. He has since removed it from YouTube without making any apologies, but it can still be seen in my rebuttal videos below.
If the above video sounds familiar, that is because the narration is an almost verbatim copy of parts of the “human apostates” talk from the 2013 District Convention. This website has already commented on how this talk employed the same “name-calling” strategy that Watchtower has previously denounced as a propaganda tactic.
Unable to resist such a gilt-edged opportunity to confront a Watchtower apologist on YouTube, I set about making a series of three video rebuttals to the claims made by JW Defense. Here is the end product…
A key part of the above rebuttal was my observation of a delicious irony.
JW Defense repeatedly accuses so-called apostates of being liars, bent on deceiving people. You would think that, in making such a bold claim, JW Defense would be only too ready to unleash an avalanche of evidence demonstrating the lies that are spread by apostates. After all, to make an accusation without evidence is to risk slandering the one you are accusing. And yet, not a single piece of evidence is offered in the 8-minute video.
JW Defense thus trespasses Watchtower’s own definition of an apostate as elaborated in a 1961 Watchtower, which says (bold is mine)…
“From the words of Jesus it is apparent that the evil slave is a traitor. How does he show it? By beating his fellow slaves and by associating with those who are disreputable in God’s sight, ‘the confirmed drunkards,’ spiritually so. Does he beat his fellows with a literal rod? No, for the laws of the land would not permit that. Rather, he seeks to cause pain to his fellow slaves by hard and bitter speech, by slander, false propaganda, by assertions for which no proof is given nor indeed can be given. This he does both by the spoken and the printed word. He is like Diotrephes, concerning whom the apostle John wrote: He ‘likes to have the first place among them, [and] does not receive anything from us with respect . . . chattering about us with wicked words.’—3 John 9, 10.” (w61 7/1 p. 410)
Having pointed out key flaws such as the above in JW Defense’s video, I “threw down the gauntlet” (as it were) by repeatedly challenging him to a video debate, either by phone or Skype. This challenge was further reiterated in a direct message that I sent to JW Defense via YouTube.
To my surprise, a lengthy reply was received, which said in part…
“In my video titled ‘Welcome to JW Defense’, I explain that the channel is ‘made by a Jehovah’s Witness for Jehovah’s Witnesses and anyone interested in learning the Truth about what the Bible really teaches’.
Therefore, the video ‘Apostates of Jehovah’s Organization’ takes the assumed position that JW’s have the Truth and are indeed Jehovah’s Organization. From that position, the points presented in the video are logical and scriptural (if indeed JW’s are in fact Jehovah’s organization). Since this video is primarily directed towards other JW’s, I didn’t see the need to add more information other than what was presented at the district convention talk…”
JW Defense concluded by asking that I remove my video rebuttal series from YouTube, saying…
“I’d appreciate it if you didn’t continue your response to my video and if you can take down the response you currently have, as I feel that it is not necessary considering this clarification. Considering the info is essentially the same, you can always respond to the actual talk given at the District Convention, an audio recording is currently on YouTube.”
I have since replied to the above by pointing out that, if this man’s target audience is Jehovah’s Witnesses ONLY, then there is surely no necessity in regurgitating material from a District Convention talk on YouTube. Or does he feel that the Governing Body’s efforts in reaching all Witnesses via the District Convention arrangement are somehow lacking, and must be supplemented by his efforts?
As to the request for me to take down my rebuttal, I have declined. I find it intriguing that, having boldly ridden to the rescue of the Watch Tower Society, this man is now effectively hiding behind its trouser leg by asking me to redirect my arguments towards the organization he has set out to defend.
My reply to JW Defense also sought clarification as to whether he will be responding to my YouTube challenge. Thus far, no answer is forthcoming.
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