The Two-Witness Rule under the Microscope

…not provide a clear-cut exception to the two witness rule, and is itself debatable. 14. Implementation of the two witness rule as interpreted by WT has caused harm and has prevented perpetrators from being held accountable. 15. If the two witness rule is not currently in effect, reasons for claiming this are hard to convincingly establish scripturally. 16. Efforts to question the two witness rule can lead to counter-intuitive results that imply the Bible is incomplete or incorrect, which adherents of the Bible would reject out of hand. 17. The Bible establishes that the Christian arrangement is the end of…

Applying the Two-Witness Rule Equitably

…the youth was repentant, but they were not allowed to judge the repentance they witnessed. According to the rule, they had to judge whether he was repentant at the time of the original hearing. Since they were not there, they had to rely on witnesses. The only witnesses were the three elders of the original committee and the young man himself. Now let’s apply the twowitness rule. For the appeal committee to accept the young man’s word they would have to judge that the older men of the original committee had acted improperly. They would have to accept an accusation…

Geoffrey Jackson Speaks before the Royal Commission on Child Abuse

…mandate from God to exercise justice and the man would be stoned. To demand a second witness would be to disobey the very intent of this particular legal provision. However, this is not really the issue, and so we come to the second key point. The issue is that the rule of twowitnesses within the Christian congregation has to do with resolving conflicts only. If there are legal disputes between brothers involving contractual issues, or slander, or abuse of power, then the twowitness rule comes into play. (See Mt 18:15-17; 2Co 13:1; 1Ti 5:19) Paul counsels the Corinthians to resolve…

Theocratic Warfare or Just Plain Lying?

Theocratic Warfare or Just Plain Lying?

…world’s media that we do harm by sticking unbendingly to the “twowitness rule”. In line with the theocratic warfare mindset, he withholds a number of truths from the audience. He reads from Deuteronomy 19:15 to support the Organization’s position, but doesn’t go on reading the next verses that discuss how Israelites were to handle situations where there was only one witness; nor does he discuss Deuteronomy 22:25-27 which provides an exception to the twowitness rule. Instead, he cherry-picks a verse from Matthew 18:16 where Jesus speaks of two witnesses, claiming this allows a transition from the Mosaic Law into the…

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Sexual Abuse: Why Is the Two-Witness Rule a Red Herring?

Jehovah’s Witnesses and Child Sexual Abuse: Why Is the Two-Witness Rule a Red Herring?

https://youtu.be/IEvsuKnK1J4 Hello, I’m Meleti Vivlon. Those who protest the horrendous mishandling of child sexual abuse among the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses frequently harp on the twowitness rule. They want it gone. So why am I calling the twowitness rule, a red herring? Am I defending the Organization’s position? Absolutely not! Do I have a better alternative? Yes, I think so. Let me start out by saying that I have to really admire those dedicated individuals who spend their time and money in such a worthy cause. I really want those people to succeed because so many have suffered and are…