In 1992 Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs) became associated as a non-governmental organization (NGO) with the United Nations (UN) in association with the Department of Public Information (DPI). Ten years later they withdrew their membership and sent out letters explaining exactly what happened. (See letter below)
The Difference in NGOs Associated with DPI & ECOSOC
It is claimed that NGOs associated with the DPI must support the UN. The scenario goes like this:
The DPI status is under the authority of the U.N. Department of Public Information (UNDPI), which controls U.N. archives and research facilities....
The other status for which the NGOs may apply is ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) status. The U.N. Website says that to obtain ECOSOC standing an NGO must prove that its work is directly relevant to U.N. goals. With ECOSOC standing an NGO may enter into a formal consultative relationship with access to officials of U.N. member states and must provide useful or special information to the U.N. Economic and Social Council…”
Here is the UN original Article about the relationship of NGOs and the ECOSOC:
The Economic and Social Council may make suitable arrangements for consultation with non-governmental organizations which are concerned with matters within its competence. Such arrangements may be made with international organizations and, where appropriate, with national organizations after consultation with the Member of the United Nations concerned.”
“ECOSOC Resolution 1296 (XLIV)Arrangements for Consultation with Non-Governmental Organizations
23 May 1968
The Spirit of Council Resolution 1296
However many try to use resolution 1297 to show that the WTS was indeed under the above resolution of 1296. Here is that resolution made by the ECOSOC in which the DPI was given formal power to associate NGOs.
“1297 (XLIV). Non-governmental organizations
The Economic and Social Council,
You will note that the ECOSOC in number 6 is recommending that the Secretary-General (head of the DPI) “bear in mind the letter and spirit of Council resolution 1296.” So often this is quoted to show the obligation of the NGO but this is a recommendation not to the NGOs but to the DPI for signing NGOs. The DPI is the one with the responsibility for doing this. Did they follow the recommendation? Following is the four page application that the WTS would have filled out in 1991.
Was the Application Renewed Every Year for Ten Years?
That is what many accusers are claiming. They claim that the WTS had to renew their application every year and thus they would have known their obligation to support the Charter of the UN. Often times they give the link for the 2005 Accreditation form. Here is the link for this form:
However it must be pointed out that the WTS resigned prior to this review process. Please note the words under number 4 in the document:
“In 2002 we instituted the review process for NGOs associated with DPI.”
The fact is that this review process was not in place prior to 2002. This is also confirmed by a press release by the UN in December 2001. Here is the link for it:
"During the year the DPI has instituted a review process for the first time, in order to better measure the effectiveness of its liaison activities with associated NGOs.”
You will note again in this form there is no mention of agreeing to support the UN or its Charter. Instead it clearly states on the back page of that form and I quote:
“This form should be used to confirm your currently accredited representative and/or to authorize newly appointed representatives.”
The UN Brochure Sent to NGOs
Often times those trying to discredit the WTS about this subject will quote information from this current version of the brochure from the UN showing the criteria of a NGO. In this way they try to demonstrate that the WTS had to know the requirement of a NGO was to support the UN. But it must be pointed out that this was certainly not the brochure in 1992 when the WT became an associated NGO. The brochure had no doubt been through changes before reaching the wording found in the current format. How do we know this?
Here are the links for the 1994 brochure:
The 1994 UN brochure gives evidence to the fact that there was beginning to be a change in the official requirements for participation as a NGO. On page six we find this statement: "A new relationship between the UN and NGOs is now being created. We have seen this new relationship begin to mature. NGOs are taking on important new responsibilities."
The 53rd Session of the General Assembly in 1998 verified a change in the NGO/UN relationship.
And a quote from it under section 24, “It was also proposed that each NGO should receive an orientation/welcome booklet and/or session upon obtaining formal status with the UN. The information should include specifics about the NGO liaison offices in the UN system, including names, contacts, locations. The booklet should reinforce mutual rights and responsibilities, as well as practical guidelines for the functioning of NGOs within physical structures and protocols of the UN, including how to follow debates and so forth.”
The Letters From the WTS
Here in its entirety is the letter written to the Guardian by the WTS after the article was written about the WT/UN association.
“October 22, 2001
And the letter to the branches of the WTS:
Because of published allegations by opposers that we have secret links with the United Nations, a number of branches have inquired about the matter and we have replied. This circular letter replaces any replies we have given earlier and is sent to all branches. To anyone inquiring within your branch territory you might respond according to what is stated below:
And here is a letter from the WTS addressing the questions of an individual concerned about the matter:
"Dear Mr. __________:
We are well aware of the controversy surrounding our former registration with the United Nations as an NGO with the UN's Department of Public Information (DPI)
As you have concluded, the intent of all statements issued on this matter was that they reflect truthfully and without any contradiction our motive and purpose in registering with the United Nations as an NGO. We appreciate your efforts to set the record straight in this regard.
As we have previously stated, our purpose in registering with the DPI was to gain access to the excellent research materials available in their library facilities. As you may know, we are the publishers of the Watchtower and Awake! magazines, which contain well-researched information on a wide variety of subjects. Over the years, our staff has found the information available at the UN libraries to be extremely helpful, in addition to what is available otherwise at public and private libraries around the world.
In any case, we had been using the library facilities at the UN for many years prior to 1991. In that year, our researcher was advised by UN personnel that it would be necessary to register as and NGO to have continued access to the various libraries we were using. Registration papers filed with the United Nations at that time contained no statements that conflicted with our Christian beliefs. However, when it was recently brought to our attention what was expected of an NGO registered with DPI, we withdrew our registration so as to remove any implication that our being recognized by the United Nations as an NGO goes beyond our original purpose or that Jehovah's Witnesses are involved in activities that are inconsistent with our own teachings.
Although critics may claim that access to the libraries could have been obtained without the need to register as an NGO, that is not what our research personnel were told at the time. They found it necessary to present an authorized pass to gain access to those specific areas, which were off limits to the public.
We trust the above clarifying comments will be helpful. We send our best wishes.
Christian Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses"
Is the WTS Guilty of Lying?
Are these letters full of lies and cover-ups to hide the ‘secret affair’ of the WTS and the UN? Lets examine them in detail.
“In 1991 one of our legal corporations registered with the United Nations as a NGO (non-governmental organization) for the sole purpose of getting access to the extensive library of the United Nations. This enabled a writer who received an identification card, to enter their library for research purposes and to obtain information that has been used in writing articles in our journals about the United Nations. There was nothing secret about it.”
“Our purpose for registering with the Department of Public Information as a nongovernmental organization (NGO) in 1991 was to have access to research material available on health, ecological, and social problems at the United Nations library facilities.”
“We had been using the library for many-years prior to 1991, but in that year it became necessary to register as an NGO to have continued access.”
"In any case, we had been using the library facilities at the UN for many years prior to 1991. In that year, our researcher was advised by UN personnel that it would be necessary to register as and NGO to have continued access to the various libraries we were using."
The Global Policy Forum report from June 1999 confirms some of the confusion of the NGO/DPI and NGO/ECOSOC employees:
While this confusion is noted by a 1999 report. Imagine the confusion that must have persisted prior to this when the NGO/UN relationship was still in a changing mode. Indeed it is very reasonable to believe that the WTS representative was told that he could not get into a certain facility without a NGO pass even if the employee was incorrect. Certainly if they can lose papers and forms it should not be surprising or unreasonable that a person could get wrong information from one of the employees there.
While it is hard to believe that an organization like the DPI would allow applications to be processed without signatures, it is nonetheless factual. We have already examined the application earlier and it clearly does not require a signature. Here is that link again:
“Registration papers filed with the United Nations that we have on file contain no statements that conflict with our Christian beliefs.”
In examining the application and the subsequent forms to fill out to confirm representatives for the future, we find this to be a factual statement. Nowhere on either form do we find statements that the NGO is agreeing to support the UN or the UN Charter. Here are the links again for those forms.
A truthful quote indeed. No doubt this has been said many times by the UN, DPI, and its representatives when discussing the UN/NGO/DPI relationship.
“Years later, unbe-known to the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, the United Nations published “Criteria for Association,” stipulating that affiliated NGO’s are required to support the goals of the United Nations.”
This is without a doubt true. We have showed previously above how the current brochure is revised and is different from the 1994 brochure and how the ‘Criteria for Association’ clearly took on a different meaning and thus the revision. We have also shown how the 2005 Accreditation Form had drastically changed and alluded to the new review process enacted for the first time in 2002 whereas the earlier forms merely were to acknowledge who the representatives would be in the future so that they could obtain the NGO pass. Therefore it is a fact that both the brochure stating the ‘Criteria for Association’ and the Accreditation Form changed. The paper trail shows that it is true that the WTS had no forms in their files stating that they agreed to support the UN or its charter.
“Still, the Criteria for Association of NGOs-at least in their latest version-contain language that we cannot subscribe to.”
The latest version would be the current version that opposers continually quote showing the criteria includes supporting the UN and its Charter. Here again is the link:
“After learning of the situation, our membership as NGO was withdrawn and the ID card of the writer was returned.”
“We are grateful that this matter was brought to our attention.”
A kind word of thanks to those bringing their attention to the latest version of the brochure and Accreditation Form that required the extensive review process and had statements that could not be subscribed to.
In conclusion it is very clear from the evidence presented above that the letters were in accord with these facts and not full of deceitful lies and cover-up:
5. There was a changed relationship between the UN and NGOs and the applications, forms, and brochures of the UN also changed to reflect that fact.
There are no lies in the letters. There is no secret cover-up. The truth is that opposers are misrepresenting the facts of the matter and some JWs have been caught up in the lies and deceit and the nonfactual presentation by opposers and apostates. Here is apparently what really happened and it is in conjunction with the evidence and facts:
Brother Aulicino went to the UN on many occasions and was permitted to use the library facilities. But on this certain occasion he was told he could not use a certain facility without a NGO pass. Maybe it was an employee who had it wrong or maybe he was trying to use a facility that contained books or documents that was only for those with NGO status. He therefore requested an application.
The application was filled out and submitted with no signature. NGO status was granted. And the WTS proceeded to use that status for 10 years to obtain information from the UN. When the Guardian came forth with the story and the document that had the Criteria for NGO associates the WTBTS realized that they could not remain a NGO member if that was the criteria. They withdrew immediately. Inquiries were made and letters were written answering the inquiries. The letters are not lies. They speak truth and are in accord with the proof submitted above.
However, it is admitted in the letter by the WTS that when they realized this language they withdrew immediately. I think it is understandable that since the application said nothing about supporting the UN and since the letter from Mr. Hoeffel said nothing about it, who would have thought to say, "Wait a minute. We need to go look at the UN bylaws” which were confusing at the time and even the language was unclear as to the requirements for NGOs associated with the UN by the DPI. Can we honestly say any of us would have thought to do that? I rather doubt it. Especially since we thought we were doing this merely to get access to certain facilities. And remember this is before the advent of the Internet where information is at our fingertips with the push of a button.
The DPI Letter of 2004
Accusers use the DPI’s letter concerning the WT’s association as damning evidence against the WTS and their involvement as a NGO. But is it really? What does it really say and just as important, what does it not say? Here is the link to that letter:
Lets examine it closely and in detail.
“4 March 2004
It must be mentioned here that these statements are made after the fact. Nowhere on the application or thereafter, the form for confirming representatives was it said that “By accepting association with DPI, the organization agreed to meet criteria for association, including support and respect of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”
“In October 2001, the Main Representative of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York to the United Nations, Giro Aulicino, requested termination of its association with DPI. Following this request, the DPI made a decision to disassociate the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York as of 9 October 2001.
But it is quite interesting what is not said by the DPI in quoting the letter sent to NGOs in the early 1990’s. Surely if that original form letter sent out to all new NGOs stated that the criteria for the NGO was to support the UN and its Charter, then that would have here been quoted to give further proof that the newly associated WTS was aware of the commitment they were making. Instead, in a misleading way, that criteria is now being set forth in this 2004 letter as if it were set forth in the previous original letter.
Back to the letter:
“We are enclosing a brochure on the “The United Nations and Non-Governmental Organizations”, which will give you some information regarding the NGO relationship.”
Finally the letter continues in showing the criteria for NGOs to become associated with DPI:
“In addition, the criteria for NGOs to become associated with DPI include the following:
Is It Unscriptural to ‘Support’ or Share the Ideals of the UN?
The WTBTS and JWs are certainly no part of the UN. As a matter of fact, even when they were a NGO associated with the UN it was clearly stated by the UN themselves that "association of NGOs with the DPI does not constitute their incorporation into the United Nations system, nor does it entitle associated organizations or their staff to any kind of privileges, immunities or special status." However, there has been much ado over a single word in the UN resolutions and criteria concerning NGOs. That word being ‘support.’ Although the evidence shows that the WTS did not sign or fill out one document that said they would support the UN, lets assume for the sake of argument that the WTS did agree to ‘support’ the UN and its charter. What would that mean exactly?
Of course the word support is such a general and broad term and may be taken in many different ways. The UN documents do not specifically define just what ‘support’ means. Here are some definitions of support: ‘uphold or defend as valid; to furnish corroborating evidence for; to act in a secondary or subordinate role to.’ What does it mean to support something using these definitions?
By supplying information on what the UN is doing or has done we would be supporting them in that we are furnishing ‘corroborating evidence.’ Since the DPI is there to disseminate information it is reasonable to believe that the definition ‘to furnish corroborating evidence for’ would be the applicable definition for the word ‘support’ in this case.
However it is also true that by being in subjection to the governments including the UN as Romans 13 tells us to do, we are supporting them in that we are acting in a ‘secondary or subordinate role.’ We do this by being obedient to the laws of the land, paying our taxes, and so on.
But again just for the sake of argument lets say that the definition to ‘uphold or defend as valid’ is what is meant by the word ‘support.’ Certainly we support the constitution of the country that we live in. We obey and support or uphold the laws as valid, we believe it is right to send our children to the schools, we support the economy by buying and selling and working, we use the courts to advance true worship or defend our rights as individuals. Many JWs sign documents which state that they will protect the constitution or laws of the land that they reside in, because they see no conflict in upholding stated valid principles of the government when those principles are promoting good.
The original principles and goals expressed in the UN charter are: “to maintain international peace and security; to suppress acts of aggression that threaten world peace; to encourage friendly relations among nations; to protect the fundamental freedoms of all peoples without discrimination based on race, sex, language, or religion; and to achieve international cooperation in solving economic, social, and cultural problems."
Are those ideals valid and deserving of our support? Are they not noble and commendable goals and ideals? For a certainty we agree that aggression is wrong, that people should not be discriminated against because of race, sex, religion, or language. We long for and uphold peace. Is there anything here that compromises our beliefs? Is there anything wrong with using the UN in upholding religious freedom and human rights of our brothers as long as we do not join and become incorporated in that organization? Can’t we promote and support its ideals without promoting it as the Kingdom of God on earth? Can’t we use the support system of the courts and other avenues of the UN and other countries to gain religious freedom for our brothers?
Even the 1996 resolution by the ECOSOC concerning a NGO’s support of the UN states this about NGOs: “3. The organization shall undertake to support the work of the United Nations and to promote knowledge of its principles and activities, in accordance with its own aims and purposes and the nature and scope of its competence and activities.” You will please note that the NGO is to support the work of the UN, “in accordance with its own aims and purposes…” This means that the particular NGO would not support all the aims of the UN but only those “aims and purposes” in the “scope of its competence and activities.” Of course in the case of the WTS those ‘aims and purposes’ would be in the field of religious freedom and human rights. That is the “scope of its competence and activities.” There is certainly nothing wrong with supporting that type of work and using whatever avenues is available for assistance, is there? Here is a link to that resolution:
Lets not forget that one of the main interests of the UN is human rights. If the UN wants to come to the aid of the brothers being persecuted for their religious beliefs should we not support that. The UN has not yet attacked God's people and proved itself to be an enemy of God to that extent. Didn't Paul appeal to Rome (which later proved to be the disgusting thing) for help when he was being persecuted? Also didn't Jesus say "Give Ceaser's things to Ceaser"?
Furthermore, please note an article from the October 1, 1995 Watchtower concerning our view of the United Nations. Here the following is written:
“THE CHRISTIAN VIEW OF THE UNITED NATIONS
In Bible prophecy, human governments are often symbolized by wild beasts. (Daniel 7:6, 12, 23; 8:20-22) Hence, for many decades the Watchtower magazine has identified the wild beasts of Revelation chapters 13 and 17 with today’s worldly governments. This includes the United Nations, which is depicted in Revelation chapter 17 as a scarlet-colored beast with seven heads and ten horns.
However, this Scriptural position does not condone any form of disrespect toward governments or their officials. The Bible clearly states: “Let every soul be in subjection to the superior authorities, for there is no authority except by God; the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God. Therefore he who opposes the authority has taken a stand against the arrangement of God; those who have taken a stand against it will receive judgment to themselves.”—Romans 13:1, 2.
Accordingly, Jehovah’s Witnesses, who are maintaining strict political neutrality, do not interfere with human governments. They never foment revolution or participate in acts of civil disobedience. Rather, they recognize that some form of government is necessary to maintain law and order in human society.—Romans 13:1-7; Titus 3:1.
Jehovah’s Witnesses view the United Nations organization as they do other governmental bodies of the world. They acknowledge that the United Nations continues to exist by God’s permission. In harmony with the Bible, Jehovah’s Witnesses render due respect to all governments and obey them as long as such obedience does not require that they sin against God.—Acts 5:29.”
Paul said at 1 Cor. 7:31, “and those making use of the world as those not using it to the full…” So in view of these scriptures, reasoning on the matter, and in view of the definitions connected to the word ‘support’, would it really be wrong to say that you agree to ‘support’ the UN, especially so in the field in which the WTS specializes in, that of human rights and freedom? And yet, our brothers in Bethel upon realizing the new wording of the UN’s criteria for association as a NGO, even though it may not be unscriptural to remain a NGO with the UN chose to withdraw membership rather than risk stumbling others. Is that not commendable and loving on their part? They should be praised for their stance rather than criticized.
The Awake Articles—Propaganda for the UN?
Many opposers try to point to the articles written about the UN during the 1990’s and early 2000’s showing that they were written to blatantly disseminate and promote information on the UN and used the many brothers in the field to distribute them. Lets examine some of the claims about the articles and what they really say.
Here is a quote from the writer of one online essay condemning the WTS for its association with the UN as a NGO:
“Perhaps the Watchtower’s most blatant propagandizing in support of the United Nations was the November 22nd, 1998, issue of Awake. It seems the Watchtower Society willingly did its part in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by writing a ten page article to publicize the event”
“Just as the Bible shows that the Creator is the source of the faculties that underlie human rights, it also informs us that he is the source of a world government that ensures them. This heavenly government is invisible but real. In fact, millions of people, perhaps unwittingly, pray for this world government when saying in what is commonly called the Lord’s Prayer: “Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.” (Matthew 6:10) The God-appointed Head of that Kingdom government is the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.—Isaiah 9:6.
This world government will succeed in creating a truly global and lasting human rights culture by, among other things, eliminating war forever. The Bible prophesies: “He [the Creator] is making wars to cease to the extremity of the earth. The bow he breaks apart and does cut the spear in pieces; the wagons he burns in the fire.”—Psalm 46:9
How soon will this happen on a global scale? The Bible study program provided by Jehovah’s Witnesses includes a satisfying answer to this question. We encourage you to get acquainted with this program. If you care about human rights, you will not be disappointed.”
“In keeping with the spirit of the "Decade for Human Rights Education," a few months after commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Human Rights, the January 8th, 1999, Awake magazine published yet another series of human rights articles; this time transparently pandering to the United Nations to protect the rights of Jehovah’s Witnesses…”
Is this factual or not? Again the final paragraphs of the article:
“The Bible promises that soon mankind will be united in pure worship of the one true God. This unity will result in a true worldwide fraternity, or brotherhood, where respect for others will prevail. Humans will no longer be plagued by ignorance, as God’s Kingdom will teach people Jehovah’s ways, thus satisfying their intellectual, emotional, and spiritual needs. (Isaiah 11:9; 30:21; 54:13) Real equality and liberty will cover the earth. (2 Corinthians 3:17) By acquiring an accurate understanding of God’s purposes for mankind, you can counter ignorance and intolerance.”
Another statement by the same accuser:
“So, in keeping with its obligation to inform the pubic of a broad range of UN-related issues, the July 22nd, 1999, Awake, featured a series of articles on aging.”
Final paragraphs of July 22, 1999 Awake:
“This, however, does not mean that there is no hope for life without a finish line—life without aging and death. First, it is reasonable to believe that the all-wise Creator of human life and other forms of life in all their awesome varieties can heal any genetic irregularities and supply the energy needed to continue man’s life forever. Second, this is exactly what the Creator has promised to do. After he imposed the death sentence on the first humans, God revealed several times that his purpose for humans to live forever on earth had not changed. For instance, he gives the assurance: “The righteous themselves will possess the earth, and they will reside forever upon it.” (Psalm 37:29) What do you need to do to experience the fulfillment of this promise?
The first step toward attaining everlasting life in the future is also education—Bible education. Jesus Christ stated: “This means everlasting life, their taking in knowledge of you, the only true God, and of the one whom you sent forth, Jesus Christ.” (John 17:3) Taking in knowledge about Jehovah God, the Creator, about Jesus Christ, and about the ransom arrangement that God has provided is the only form of education that will prepare a person to take the first step on the road to everlasting life.—Matthew 20:28; John 3:16.
Jehovah’s Witnesses conduct a program of Bible education that can assist you to acquire this life-giving Bible knowledge. Visit one of their Kingdom Halls to learn more about this free program, or ask them to visit you at a convenient time. You will see that the Bible contains solid evidence that the time is near when life will no longer be hindered by hurdles and limited by a finish line. True, death has ruled for millenniums, but it will soon be defeated forever. What a thrilling prospect for old and young alike!”
And still another accusation by the same:
“For example, the UN declared that 1979 was the "International Year of the Child." More than likely the December 8th, 2000, issue of the Awake magazine was also one that Bethel sent to the DPI reviewers as proof of their ongoing support for United Nations’ global agenda. That particular issue of the Awake is devoted to praising UNICEF and publicizing the "International Year of the Child."”
Final paragraphs of DEC 8, 2000 Awake promoting God’s Kingdom:
“A Divine Government to Provide the Complete Solution
The writer John Ruskin, mentioned in the preceding article, strongly believed that “the first duty of a State is to see that every child born therein shall be well housed, clothed, fed, and educated, till it attain years of discretion.” Ruskin admitted, however, that “in order to [effect] this the Government must have an authority over the people of which we now do not so much as dream.”
Only a government with divine backing could have the benign authority about which Ruskin spoke. And just such a government has been promised—the one that Jesus mentioned at Matthew 6:9, 10. Once this government of God’s making has taken total control of earth’s affairs, it will exercise its authority over all peoples—housing, clothing, feeding, and educating all its subjects, including children. (Isaiah 65:17-25) But this perfect government will do even more.
Under God’s Kingdom humans will be enabled to rear children in a balanced way. (Job 33:24-26) Young folks will be raised in the spirit of peace and universal brotherhood, the ideal set forth in the UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child. (Psalm 46:8, 9) Never again will there be the need for an International Year of the Child or for a Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Restoring perfect health to parents and to disabled children will be a simple task for Christ Jesus, the King of this heavenly government. The miracles of healing that he performed while he was on the earth are a guarantee. (Luke 6:17-19; John 5:3-9; 9:1-7) Even resurrecting dead children and dead parents will not be beyond his power to accomplish!—Matthew 9:18-25.
What a joy to know that the time for God to act in behalf of earth’s children is near!”
Once again another accusation by the writer of all the above accusations:
“Many articles appear to be written primarily for the purpose of informing the public about the United Nations proposed solutions. For instance, a series of articles in the August 22nd, 1997, Awake, on the water crises, took the opportunity to tout the UN’s plans and achievements,”
Final paragraphs of Aug 22, 1997 Awake:
“Basis for Optimism
The future, however, is not as gloomy as many predict. Why? Because the solution to the world’s water crisis does not rest with humans; it rests with God. He alone has both the ability and the will to solve all water problems.
God will not allow the water crisis to continue forever. The Bible foretells that the time is coming when he will act in behalf of all those worldwide who wish to live under the loving rulership of his heavenly government, which will soon take control of the earth.—Matthew 6:10.
That government, or Kingdom, will bring an end to waterborne diseases, along with all other illnesses. The Bible assures God’s loyal ones: “[God] will certainly bless your bread and your water; and [he will] indeed turn malady away from your midst.” (Exodus 23:25) Moreover, the polluters of the earth’s waters will be done away with as he ‘brings to ruin those ruining the earth.’—Revelation 11:18.
All the earth will flourish under God’s loving care. Never again will people endlessly struggle to find fresh, clean water. Almighty God, who always speaks the truth, inspired his prophet to write concerning the future: “For in the wilderness waters will have burst out, and torrents in the desert plain. And the heat-parched ground will have become as a reedy pool, and the thirsty ground as springs of water.”—Isaiah 35:6, 7; Hebrews 6:18.”
Same writers claim:
“As another example, the August 8th, 1997, Awake, discussing the problem of food shortages, is really just a disguised advertisement for the United Nations World Food Summit held the previous year”
Final paragraphs of Awake Aug 8 1997 again pointing to God’s Kingdom:
“Who Will Feed the Hungry?
History has amply demonstrated that despite all mankind’s good intentions, “to earthling man his way does not belong. It does not belong to man who is walking even to direct his step.” (Jeremiah 10:23) So it is unlikely that on their own humans will ever provide food for all. Greed, mismanagement, and egotism have led mankind to the precipice. FAO Director-General Diouf commented: “What is required in the final analysis is the transformation of hearts, minds and wills.”
That is something only God’s Kingdom can do. Centuries ago, in fact, Jehovah prophesied with regard to his people: “I will put my law within them, and in their heart I shall write it. And I will become their God, and they themselves will become my people.”—Jeremiah 31:33.
When Jehovah God prepared mankind’s original garden home, he provided man with “all vegetation bearing seed which is on the surface of the whole earth and every tree on which there is the fruit of a tree bearing seed” as food. (Genesis 1:29) That provision was abundant, nutritious, and accessible. It was what all mankind needed to satisfy their food needs.
God’s purpose has not changed. (Isaiah 55:10, 11) Long ago he gave assurance that he alone will satisfy mankind’s every need through his Kingdom by Christ, providing food for all, eradicating poverty, controlling natural disasters, and eliminating conflicts. (Psalm 46:8, 9; Isaiah 11:9; compare Mark 4:37-41; 6:37-44.) At that time “the earth itself will certainly give its produce; God, our God, will bless us.” “There will come to be plenty of grain on the earth; on the top of the mountains there will be an overflow.”—Psalm 67:6; 72:16.”
More of the same unfounded accusations about Awake, Nov. 8, 1999:
“Most people probably do not even know that there is such an agency as the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs; but the Watchtower Society has seen to it that its readership is made aware—if only superficially—of even obscure UN agencies.”
Final paragraphs of that same Awake Magazine:
“A Global Solution That Will Work
A few courageous traffickers have abandoned the drug trade. And various forms of rehabilitation have helped thousands of users to overcome their addiction. But, as the World Drug Report acknowledges, “for the long-term, heavy drug user, sustained abstinence is the exception rather than the rule.” Sadly, for each addict who is rehabilitated, several new victims are ensnared. Supply and demand keep on growing.
If the war on drugs is to be won, there must be a global solution because the problem is already a global one. In this regard the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs notes: “While drug abuse, drug trafficking and the criminality connected to the drug problem were in most countries perceived as one of the main threats to security, the public was less aware of the fact that illicit drugs were a global problem that could no longer be solved by national efforts alone.”
But will the governments of the world band together to eradicate this global scourge? The results so far have not been encouraging. The Bible, however, points to a heavenly government that will transcend national boundaries as the definitive solution. The Bible assures us that God’s Kingdom, ruled by Jesus Christ, will last “forever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15) Hence, under God’s Kingdom, divine education will ensure that the demand for drugs will disappear. (Isaiah 54:13) And the social and emotional problems that now provide fertile soil for drug abuse will be gone forever.—Psalm 55:22; 72:12; Micah 4:4.
Are You in Need of Help?
Even now, hope in God’s Kingdom in the hands of Christ is motivating people to say no to drugs. If you would like more information, please contact Jehovah’s Witnesses in your area.”
Needless to say, we could go on and on. Still the question needs to be asked: Do these articles promote the UN or God’s Kingdom? They all, without exception, are showing how God’s Kingdom will succeed in remedying the problems of mankind whereas the UN and the governments of this world have failed. They are respectful of the UN and the governments as well they should be thus appealing to people who hold the governments in high esteem. They are tactful in the way the message is brought forth thus not turning people off when reading it. Does it sound reasonable that every article about the UN should conclude with how the UN is the wild beast and will be ultimately destroyed by God’s Kingdom? That is absurd! But to be sure there were some during the decade of the 1990’s that did just that. Here are a few of them: Awake 12-8-90, 7-8-96; Watchtower 5-1-93, 10-1-95. I, for one, am proud to distribute these thought provoking magazines that point to God’s Kingdom as the solution to man’s problems to persons who have no hope for the future.
And so the only conclusions that can be reached is that the writer of the above claims and accusations either did not read the entire articles from the Awake or his agenda is to misrepresent the facts to support his view and interpretation for personal reasons or apostates and opposers have simply misled him.
What about Watchtower and Awake magazines written before and after the WT was a NGO with the DPI/UN? Would they also be considered as ‘propaganda for the UN’ if the WT had been a NGO at the time? Were the articles different before and after their NGO status with the UN? Here is one from the 1970’s: Awake Feb. 22, 1979. Are we to assume when examining this article that the WTS had a 12-year plot to become a NGO with the UN and thus began writing “UN propaganda?” That of course is again absurd and unreasonable!
Here are a few quotes from it:
Here is another example, Awake December 8, 1974, What the Poor Nations Are Saying:
“In the spring of 1974, the “underdeveloped” countries sponsored a special session of the United Nations General Assembly. This three-week session was devoted to their problems, especially the use of their raw materials by the richer countries.”
“United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim answers:
“The single most devastating indictment of our current world civilization is the continued existence of stark, pervasive poverty among two-thirds of the world population.”
“It permeates every phase of life in developing countries: in the malnutrition of children, in the outbreaks of diseases, in widespread unemployment, in low literacy rates, in overcrowded cities.”
Ah, now it is becoming clearer. The WTS had a 17-year plot to disseminate information for the UN in order to become an associative NGO! That is almost comical. Needless to say there are others. And of course, all the articles close with, as the accusers will say, the ‘token’ references to God’s Kingdom and that it will accomplish what manmade governments have failed to accomplish.
Do the WT publications show a change since withdrawing membership as a NGO associated with the DPI? Could the articles written continue to be viewed as ‘UN propaganda” if the WTS was still associated as a NGO? Lets examine some of these articles in Awake magazine since 2001.
March 22, 2005 Awake, Mountains Vital for Life On Earth is one recent example. Here is a quote from it, “The United Nations Environmental Programme sponsored the International Year of Mountains 2002. To emphasize mankind’s dependence on the mountains, organizers coined the phrase “We Are All Mountain People.” They aimed to increase awareness of the problems facing the world’s mountains and seek solutions to protect them. This concern is a valid one…” Other references are made to the UN and what they have done. And as always the article closes with what God’s Kingdom will do. Can you not just here the accusations, “Most people did not even know that 2002 was the International Year of mountains. But here again the WTS has seen to it that its readership is made aware of even obscure International Years.”
Another example is Awake January 8, 2005, Can Planet Earth Be Saved? Here is a quote from it: “True, world leaders have made commendable efforts to curb pollution, deforestation, and other environmental problems. Starting with the UN Conference on Human Environment in 1972, and followed by other conferences at regular intervals, up to 163 nations have met to endorse action plans.” Imagine if this had been written in the 1990’s, we would no doubt here the same tired words from accusers, “More propaganda for the UN. Praising the 1972 conference and the commendable efforts of the UN.”
Awake February 22, 2003, Malnutrition “The Silent Emergency”. Of course, you can just imagine all the references made to the UN in this article. Here is one that would definitely be criticized if written during the time the WTS had NGO status with the UN, “…in 1996 the World Food Summit of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) set the goal of reducing the number of the world’s undernourished by half—some 400 million people—by the year 2015. Commendably, some progress has been made.” Listen! Do you here the accusatory comments about the blatant way the WTS promotes the goals of the UN and informs us of the UN’s proposed solutions?
Lets take one final example although we could go on and on. Awake February 22, 2005, The Role of Mothers as Educators. Here the WTS on page 5 has the gall to put a picture of the UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan, and quote what he said about women. What purpose could this possibly serve but to promote the UN and their agenda? Can’t you just here it!
And yet, the fact is, that all of these articles were written after the WTS withdrew its membership. Perhaps someone needs to tell them that they can stop their blatant promoting of the “UN propaganda” since they no longer need to disseminate such information. That is certainly a ridiculous statement but demonstrates just how absurd the previous accusations are about the WTS and their literature. Each article always closes with how God’s Kingdom, not the UN, will solve all the problems of man.
And so according to one accuser: "The Watchtower claims they only joined to get a mere entry pass to the library. Yet, by their own words, in doing so they have accepted and endorsed the general objectives and principles of the UN organization, in turn, affecting the consciences of many of Jehovah's witnesses. Also by their own words they have committed apostasy."
But is this not like comparing apples and oranges? The YMCA is a religious organization. While according to the Bible we are to be in subjection to governments of the world, obeying their laws, registering in certain programs (such as young men have to do when turning 18 as respects the military draft), using the governments to obtain religious freedom, and even being citizens, we are under no such obligation as respects the false religions of this world. In fact we are told at Revelation 18:4 to 'Get out from among' false religion. But we are told at Romans 13:1 to 'Be in subjection to the superior authorities." Using programs of the government for our benefit in no way compares to using programs of false religion for our benefit.
Another WT that accusers try to use against them is the June 1, 1991 WT p. 17. Here it states:
"A recent book gives an idea when it states: “No less than twenty-four Catholic organizations are represented at the UN. Several of the world’s religious leaders have visited the international organization. Most memorable were the visits of His Holiness Pope Paul VI during the General Assembly in 1965 and of Pope John Paul II in 1979. Many religions have special invocations, prayers, hymns and services for the United Nations. The most important examples are those of the Catholic, the Unitarian-Universalist, the Baptist and the Bahai faiths.”
The argument is then made by accusers as follows: "In one of their 1991 magazines the Society criticised among others the Catholic Church for having up to 24 organisations signed up with the UN. An inspection of the context in the original text of the quote they used, shows that these were signed up as NGOs. Their quote did not reveal this fact. Later that same year they applied for NGO status themselves. If they didn't think there was anything wrong with it why did they criticise others for signing up as NGOs? The quote also casts doubt on the claim that they did not understand the purpose of NGOs if they did understand that it was wrong for other churches and a means for them to curry favor with the UN."
Is that really the case? Or is this just another case of twisted reasoning by opposers of truth?
Please take note of this link: http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ngo/pdf/INF_List.pdf
You will here find many Catholic organization in consultative status with the UN. As has been previously pointed out and explained in detail the WTS did not have consultative status with the UN. NO, the WT was not condemning the Catholic Church for doing something that they themselves were also doing. They were merely pointing out that the Catholic Church has no qualms with associating themselves in politics and along with its many other political endeavors it also had 24 organizations associated with the UN.
Will You Give Your Brothers the Benefit of the Doubt?
Here is part of a letter from the WTS concerning the matter written to a brother in Germany:
“Dear Brother ***,
One example for this is Absalom’s rebellion. He reproached God's anointed king David when he told those who came with a legal case to the king: “See, your matters are good and straight; but there is no one from the king giving you a hearing.” (2 Samuel 15:3).
I concur with the letter. Since there is no real proof of deceitfulness and lying (in truth the evidence shows otherwise) should we not, if we are JWs, give our brothers the benefit of the doubt and not impute or imply bad motives. If you wish to judge them in a condemnatory way that is your right. But that would be like insisting that a brother is lying no matter what explanation he offers and even though, when examining the facts, it becomes clear that he is not lying after all.
Of course we realize that there are those who will criticize the WTS regardless of what they do. For example, if they had decided not to apply for NGO status you have to wonder if those same criticizers would have taken the other side of the argument saying, 'I can't believe they will not use every avenue available to help those who are being persecuted. The UN charter clearly says that NGOs are not incorporated in the UN. Just another example of manmade dogma causing more harm and suffering when it could easily be prevented. Of course, the leaders sit up there in their comfortable ivory tower while the insignificant masses suffer because of their religious rules and regulations.'
But for those who are sincerely seeking the truth about this matter I hope this information has helped. And if anyone has been disfellowshipped or disassociated himself over the NGO matter why not do this: Offer an apology for accusing the brothers of spiritual adultery and of lying. Tell them you now realize there is not enough evidence to boldly and unlovingly call our brothers liars. Tell them you were wrong for doing that. You were wrong for listening to the exaggerations of apostates and opposers who want to discredit JWs. If the WTS at the headquarters is purposely deceiving us (which the proof shows otherwise) then we will leave that for Jehovah and Jesus to handle since we don't know for sure and we can't read hearts. They are more than qualified to do so. Write a letter stating these things and that you want to come back to Jehovah's organization. You will be glad that you did!
Yes, we can say, without a doubt, that the truth about ‘the truth about the Truth’ is this: Jehovah’s Witnesses as an organization are not guilty of spiritual adultery or of lying and scheming to hide it. Our organization is like no other religious organization on earth today. It is not a perfect organization but it is the organization today that has been blessed by Jehovah. It is the one that Jehovah has used to teach us the basic truths of the Bible. And it is the one who is bringing the truth about Jehovah, his Son, and the Kingdom to millions of people around the globe today.