Lesson 13 – Jehovah will help you to be bold
In the last couple of years the Watchtower has turned its attention to the children within its ranks. Realising the ‘world’ in which their children are living is changing rapidly, the Watchtower decided to make child friendly resources, videos, songs and activities.
So the Watchtower website: JW.org now has a children’s section entitled ‘Become Jehovah’s Friend’. Here is a review of the video ‘Jehovah will help you to be bold’.
As the animation begins there is a young girl, Sophia, travelling on the school bus and we see her hiding a book, when a young boy, Timmy, asks her what she was reading.
Why was she trying to hide what she was reading from her school friends? Was it the Bible that she was reading and that is why she was afraid? Was she afraid that people would laugh at her because she was reading God’s Word? No – she was afraid that people would see her reading a Watchtower publication entitled ‘Learn from the Great Teacher’.
‘Learn from the Great Teacher’ is pretty standard fair. It is a Watchtower tool used to introduce children to the same kind of errant non-biblical theology, that all their material promotes. Quite early on in the book there is a chapter entitled ‘God has a Name’ which says:
Who would you say is the most important person in the whole universe?— Yes, it is God. Do you think that he has a name?— Jesus said that He does. Jesus once said in prayer toGod: ‘I have made your name known to my followers.’ (John 17:26) Do you know God’s name?— God himself tells us what it is. He says: “I am Jehovah. That is my name.” So God’s name is JEHOVAH.—Isaiah 42:8. (p.26)
Leaving aside the fact that there is not a single verse to prove that Jesus ever used the name Jehovah, nor can the name Jehovah be found anywhere in the Greek text of the New Testament, there is a great emphasis on God’s name being Jehovah in this video.
The animation continues with Sophia seeing an upset girl in her class, and she takes WT material out of her bag to give her, but she doesn’t because her friends are watching. Sophia is then shown being upset on the bus journey home because she hadn’t taken the opportunity to give away the WT material. Sophia tells her mum that Zoe was distraught because her grandma had died, but she was afraid to tell Zoe about Jehovah.
The Watchtower is all about its publications. In the mind of the JW, the Bible and WT publications are synonymous. The Watchtower claims that their magazines and booklets are ‘bible based’ but what appears biblical to the undiscerning, is blatantly unbiblical to those in the know.
At this point Sophia’s mum sits her down and tells her the biblical story of Namaan the Leper, which can be found in 2 Kings Chapter 5. Though the story she tells her daughter is the basic outline of Naaman as found in the Bible, there is a fair amount of ‘Watchtower’ licence, which is used to reinforce the false name Jehovah.
For example, as Sophia’s mum tells the story we are told and shown the following:
The young girl must have been scared to tell Naaman about JEHOVAH
There is a scene where the girl says to the other servants that JEHOVAH could heal their master, but the girl is rebuked by the idol worshipping servants.
Then it cuts to a scene where Naaman’s children come running shouting ‘Daddy, I want to see daddy’, but their mum keeps them away as ‘daddy is sick’.
Then we see the young girl looking guilty for NOT sharing about JEHOVAH so she prays to JEHOVAH.
All of these are additions to the Biblical text, but are used to uphold the erroneous teaching that Jehovah is God’s Name.
She then finds the courage to tell Naaman’s wife about JEHOVAH the God of Israel and how his prophet can heal her husband. The next scene shows a jubilant and healed Naaman returning to his excited family.
All this because this little girl was brave and told them about JEHOVAH.
The video shows Namaan saying to the little girl that he now knows ‘there is no other God anywhere except JEHOVAH’ The NWT actually has Naaman saying to Elisha (not to the girl) “Now I know that there is no God anywhere in all the earth but in Israel’ (2 Kings 5:15)
The lesson for Sophia, and all the children who watch the video, is clear – If you want to be Jehovah’s friend, you need to give out WT literature to your friends, and by the way Jehovah will be with you.
The video continues with Sophia’s family ‘acting out’ the classroom scene to help Sophia be confident in sharing her Watchtower literature. This scene no doubt prepares children for what is to come when they are older – role playing publishing situations.
Sophia putting what she has learned into practice goes to school and gives out literature to her school friends. Success!
As the video comes to an end, there are a number of images of children giving out a variety of literature to friends and adults.
Yes children, if you truly want to be Jehovah’s friend don’t give out Bibles or mention the name Jesus, just give out Watchtower publications. This will please Jehovah and prove that you love Jehovah. This says the Governing Body!
The video can be found here.
If you want to know how to truly become a friend of God click here.