Watchtower Pushes Blood Deception
The Watchtower's latest Public Relations tactic is to say that "Taking blood is not a disfellowshipping offense," and that "No one is disfellowshipped for taking a blood transfusion."
A change of doctrine? Not at all. Simply a way of saying, "You take blood and you are automatically disassociating yourself." Which, of course, means that every loyal Jehovah's Witness must shun any person who takes a blood transfusion, because they are "breaking God's law."
One of the first tests of this PR campaign of misinformation appeared in the Times of Zambia newspaper yesterday, Oct. 5, 2000. Click here for the long version, but note a few quotes:
"The doctors were doing everything possible and had put the child on blood supplements. I hope the parents would have a change of heart and allow ... blood transfusion," Mbangweta said.
Meanwhile, Clement Samabona, spokesman of the Jehovah Witnesses' Watch Tower Society in Zambia said the refusal by the parents to consent to blood transfusion was their personal belief and not that of the Church.
"There is no policy in the Church which bars anyone from blood transfusion, it is all a personal choice that anyone is entitled to," Samabona said.
But Jason Sakala, another Watch Tower member, supported the parents' decision. He quoted Genesis 9 verses 4-16 to support his views that the eating of blood is forbidden and anyone who disobeys this is disobeying God's law.
"I am in support of the parents because they are using God's words as their guidance. If they decide to do otherwise then they will be disrespectful to God's law," Sakala told PANA."
He added, "putting one's life ahead of God's law is fatal, as Mark 8: 35 and 36 tells us."
Time will tell which is truly fatal, the disobedience of the tenets of a cult, or the lack of blood bringing another innocent life to an end.
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