The following quotation appeared in the Watchtower Society’s publication Our Kingdom Ministry:
A packet of legal material is available to assist publishers who are involved in lawsuits over child custody and visitation matters in which our religion is under attack. The packet should be requested by the body of elders only in a case in which it is evident that the publisher’s religious beliefs will be at issue.
Our Kingdom Ministry, January, 2008, p. 7
The manual “Preparing for Child Custody Cases” was written by the Watchtower Society’s legal department and made available to help Jehovah’s Witnesses deal with Expert Custody Consultants, especially due to the success our clients had in child custody cases against Jehovah’s Witnesses parents.
In the manual “Preparing for Child Custody Cases”, Jehovah’s Witnesses are counseled to give testimony to the court, much of which is knowingly untrue. Therefore, Expert Custody Consultants provides the book, “Refutation of Preparing for Child Custody Cases”. This book thoroughly refutes the arguments and materials presented by the Watchtower Society with extensive photocopy documentation.
The manual “Preparing for Child Custody Cases” advises Jehovah’s Witnesses to give false testimony to the court, and therefore the Watchtower Society is stressing that it is appropriate to engage in a strategy that is called “theocratic warfare”. In the Watchtower magazine, a Jehovah’s Witness is given this instruction:
“There is one exception, however, that the
Christian must ever bear in mind. As a soldier of
Christ he is in theocratic warfare and he must
exercise added caution when dealing with Gods
foes. Thus the Scriptures show that for the purpose
of protecting the interests of Gods cause, it is
proper to hide the truth from Gods enemies.”
The Watchtower, June 1, 1960, p. 352
In the book, Aid to Bible Understanding, Jehovah’s Witnesses are instructed that:
“Lying generally involves saying something false to
a person who is entitled to know the truth and doing
so with the intent to deceive or to injure him or
another person… While malicious lying is definitely
condemned in the Bible, this does not mean that a
person is under obligation to divulge truthful
information to people who are not entitled to it.”
Aid to Bible Understanding, 1971 ed., pp. 1060-
It is clearly evident that the Watchtower Society not only condones but even counsels their followers to lie under oath, even in a court of law. How then can one trust the Jehovah’s Witness to give true testimony in a custody case?