Excerpt From This Month’s Watchtower

In case you guys didn’t get a chance to grab a copy of this month’s The Watchtower: Announcing Jehovah’s Kingdom, here’s an excerpt from an article entitled “Taxes: Must You Pay Them?”

Benefits from Following the Bible’s Teaching

You can gain several benefits by following the Bible’s teaching regarding the paying of taxes.  You will avoid the punishment for lawbreakers as well as the fear of being caught.  (Romans 13:3-5)  More important, you will keep a clean conscience before God and honor him by your law-abiding conduct.  Even though you may experience some financial loss compared with those who withhold payment or even cheat on their taxes, you can rely on God’s promise to care for his loyal servants.  The Bible writer David put it this way: “A young man I used to be, I have also grown old, and yet I have not seen anyone righteous left entirely, nor his offspring looking for bread.” –– Psalm 37:25.

Finally, understanding and following the Bible’s command to pay taxes will give you peace of mind.  God does not hold you responsible for all governmental actions supported by your taxes, just as the law does not hold you responsible for what your landlord does with the rent you pay.  Before learning Bible truth, a man named Stelvio sought political change for years in southern Europe.  Explaining why he abandoned his efforts,  he said: ” I had to admit that man is unable to bring justice, peace, and brotherhood into the world.  Only God’s Kingdom can truly bring about a different and better society.”

Like Stelvio, if you loyally “pay back God’s things to God” you too can enjoy that assurance.  You will see the time when God brings righteous rule to the earth, undoing the damage and injustice brought by human rulership.

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Hm.  Well… hm.  A few questions:

1. This Stelvio character… where did he come from?  In what country and years did he live?  All readers need context.

2. By paying taxes, you support the government, which the Witnesses accept.  But… isn’t the very definition of government “human rulership of the world”?

3. An overall analysis of your magazine and doctrine:  sheesh, you guys are BOH-RING.  I thought cults were filled with baby orgies and mass suicides and LSD as paths to enlightenment.  All you people do is hand out magazines and shun birthdays.  What gives, Witnesses?

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