What Watchtower Wrote—Withholding Information


“If the wolfish foes draw wrong conclusions from our maneuvers to outwit them, no harm has been done… Such outwitting of oppressors of the sheep is not a failure to ‘render therefore unto Cæsar the things that are Cæsar’s'” — Watchtower February 1, 1956 p. 87

“So in time of spiritual warfare it is proper to misdirect the enemy by hiding the truth. It is done unselfishly; it does not harm anyone; on the contrary, it does much good.” — Watchtower May 1, 1957 p. 286

“Today God’s servants are engaged in a warfare, a spiritual, theocratic warfare, a warfare ordered by God… God’s servants… need to exercise the extreme caution of serpents so as to protect properly the interests of God’s kingdom committed to them. At all times they must be very careful not to divulge any information to the enemy that he could use to hamper the preaching work.” — Watchtower May 1, 1957 p. 286

“For the purpose of protecting the interests of God’s cause, it is proper to hide the truth from God’s enemies.” — Watchtower June 1, 1960 p. 352

“While malicious lying is wrong in Jehovah’s eyes, a person is not obligated to divulge truthful information to people who are not entitled to it. Even Jesus Christ did not give full details or direct answers when doing so could have brought unnecessary harm.” — Watchtower December 15, 1993 p. 25

“Of course, being truthful does not mean that we are obligated to divulge all information to anyone who asks it of us… Jesus did not always disclose the full truth, especially when revealing all the facts could have brought unnecessary harm to himself or his disciples.” — Awake! February 8, 2000 p. 21

“Actually, neither side probably wants the whole truth to come out in [pause] court.” David Splane, Governing Body member 2021