Translated from the original by Alexia Krinitis
Just a small part of the buildings Jehovah’s Witnesses Organization “Watchtower” owns, the self-proclaimed “company”
If someone indicates the Watchtower has nothing to do with God and Jesus Christ, but it is a North-american publishing corporation with religious cover, earning huge profits year after year, its believers, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, strongly protest against this statement. The profits of the Watchtower are huge because its followers, who print those products, work in conditions of modern slavery with salaries lower than those in the developing countries and they promote them as salespeople but without salary for a life-time. The financial spirit of U.SA, the Mecca of capitalism, has completely penetrated Watchtower and this is evident not only in its preaching but also in the instructions issued about how its followers should behave. We read about all these in the books and leaflets Watchtower publishes and Jehovah’s Witnesses gave us...
There is not absolutely any doubt Jehovah’s Witnesses’ organization, known as “Watchtower”, has nothing to do with God and Jesus Christ, because it is a publishing organization. Watchtower calls itself a publishing company. And where can we see that? In its official magazine, under the same title with the organization, issued on 15th September 1971, p.562. Also, in this document, it is worth noticing the excitement of the Watchtower, because sales took a soar and as a result they need another factory to meet the demand of its editions. Clearly, this is how companies act when they respect their reputation and their customers. On that part, we do not object at all, since this is also what we claim: Watchtower is nothing else but a company with a passion for business:
“Watchtower” 15th September 1971, p.562; the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses is a publishing company.
Also, there cannot be any doubt the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses is a publishing company because of the following fact: How does a publishing company call its employees who promote and sell its books? It calls them “colporteurs”, doesn’t it? Well, this is exactly how the Watchtower called for many years its followers who promoted its booklets: colporteurs! So, "why do we need any more witness”, as the Gospel says, for the true and the virtual activity of “Watchtower”? The document we are about to publish is from “Watchtower” magazine of 1st May 1988, p. 22:
“Watchtower” magazine of 1st May 1988, p. 22, Jehovah’s Witnesses are colporteurs
There is a wise saying about how “you can’t hide love and wind”. So does the Watchtower: it tries to hide behind the religious cover it promotes, but it cannot and many times it reveals its true face, which is nothing else but that of business. Business has penetrated so deeply the Watchtower that it has shaped its preaching according to the spirit of business; and not only the Watchtower but also its followers. So, in some cases Watchtower describes Jesus Christ as a businessman and in some other cases it describes God as an industrialist. And here comes the proof. In “Watchtower” of 1st September 2002, p.23, we read that Jesus Christ takes to pay off the debts of a company and then He re-opens it, so the old workers can find a job:
“Watchtower” magazine, 1st September 2002, p.23, Jesus Christ as businessman
In the “Watchtower” magazine, 15th December, p.16, God-the Father takes the place of businessman Jesus Christ. He is the Chief Executive of a large corporation and he needs delegates as He cannot do everything on His own:
“Watchtower” magazine, 15th December, p.16, God-the Father as the Chief Executive of a large corporation.
Needles s to say, the business concept has also penetrated the followers of Watchtower; how it could not? Therefore, in the “Watchtower” magazine of 1st January 2001, p. 14, we read that a Jehovah’s Witness mother regards the baptism of her son as investment:
“Watchtower” magazine, 1st January 2001, p. 14, a Jehovah’s Witness’s mother regards the baptism of his son as investment.
Now, let’s see how the publishing organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses “Watchtower Bible and Tract Society” promotes its religious products, trains its employees, who as we have already mentioned they are not other than its followers, working as unpaid salesmen for life, being naïve enough to believe that in this way they serve God and finally how Watchtower protects its interests.
For a company to make progress, saving money must be part of its culture. Well, the “Watchtower” magazine of 15 December 1974, p.741, advises parents against making gifts to their kids for Christmas, because they are expensive at that time of the year:
“Watchtower” magazine of 15 December 1974, p.741, Not gifts to children at Christmas because they are expensive.
However, for the “Watchtower” saving money is not only for Christmas. It goes even further and it reaches its best in the “Watchtower” magazine of 1st September 1965, p.524; it teaches its followers not to waste their nervous energy!
“Watchtower” magazine of 1st September 1965, p.524, Jehovah’s Witnesses shouldn’t talk too much, because they will get tired.
Apart from saving money, reputation is also very important for a company; with a good reputation, not only it will be easier to promote its products, but also it will increase its sales. So, a very important factor for good reputation is the behaviour of the salesmen, since they promote the products of the company. “Watchtower” is not an exception to this rule; therefore, dozens of orders and advices reach to its followers-salesmen through its magazines and booklets on a weekly basis. So, they are advised to be very careful about their dressing style and their behaviour wherever they are. They shouldn’t wear shorts or denim or T-shirts, because among other things Jehovah-God might be displeased! This is not a joke and under no circumstances we intend to laugh at the Jehovah’s Witnesses. We just present what we read in the magazines of their Organisation. We have read all the above in booklet of Jehovah’s Witnesses “Our Kingdom Ministry” of April 2007, p. 4. Here is the proof:
“Our Kingdom Ministry”, April 2007, p.4, Jehovah’s Witnesses shouldn’t wear shorts or denim or T-shirts, because among other things Jehovah-God might be displeased!
However, dressing and behaviour are not the only things Jehovah’s Witnesses should be extremely careful. For promoting the products of the Watchtower and entrapping another victim and possibly one more salesman, unpaid for life, it is important how the Jehovah’s Witness will approach that person. The approach should be with a smile and not with a frown face. That’s why when Jehovah’s Witnesses knock on your door or they meet you in the street, they have a broad smile as if they are in a TV commercial for toothpaste. From the same booklet as above, “Our Kingdom Ministry” of April 2006, p.1, these instructions:
“Our Kingdom Ministry” of April 2006, p.1, Jehovah’s Witness should not forget to smile when they approach a possibly victim.
Of course, what a company would be without advertising. Advertising is the most important factor for a company; for promoting its products and for increasing its sales. Advertising is so powerful and has such a great influence on us that quite often, nearly all of us have fallen victims of buying products we never needed and most probably we never used. The “Watchtower” is fully aware of the important role advertising plays, so could it not use it? Of course not! Therefore, it keeps sending out to its followers-salesmen instructions about it. ADVERTISING-ADVERTISING-ADVERTISING...it keeps telling them. ADVERTISE-ADVERTISE-AVERTISE, it tells them again. Actually, this is the part exposing what Watchtower really is, a north-american publishing company with a religious cover: it is Watchtower that describes as advertising material the leaflets distributed by Jehovah’s Witnesses. And as proof, here are the instructions in the booklet “Our Kingdom Ministry” of August 2005, p.4:
“Our Kingdom Ministry” of August 2005, p.4, it is Watchtower that describes as advertising material the leaflets distributed by Jehovah’s Witnesses!
Therefore, it makes sense after all, the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses 'Watchtower', the self-proclaimed “company”, manages huge amounts of money every year, with similar gains. Of course, it proclaims it is a non-profit company but that doesn’t mean it works against its financial interests. As an example, so the reader can better perceive the amounts of money Watchtower manages, in 2011, the Organisation spent $173.000.000 for a special category of employees, for whom there is an arrangement for a minimum wage; as we have aforementioned, the majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses work as salesmen, unpaid for life.
The most tragic though is the majority of Jehovah’s Witnesses who have fallen in this trap; the poor followers think they evangelize the work of Jehovah-God, but what they really promote is the interests of a north-american publishing company with a religious cover.
Writer Christos Pal