Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of America (WTBSA) president Jerry Falwell Jr. issued a statement on Friday to clarify the Bible’s definition of an examination.
Watchtower officials released the following statement on Thursday, February 3, 2017: “We use the term ‘examiner’ to describe an individual who is trained to conduct a medical examination, which includes examining a person for a variety of diseases, injuries and conditions.”
Watchtower’s definition, according to the Associated Press, states that the “examiner” is a physician or physician assistant who performs an examination on behalf of the church.
The definition goes on to say that the examination is not only for “medical and medical related matters.”
Watch Tower officials also clarified the definition of the term “medical examination” as follows: “An examination is a medical exam that is conducted in accordance with the Bible Medical Examiners Handbook and other standards that are set by the church.”
The Watchtower also noted that “examiners are not religious doctors.”
The AP also reported that the medical examiner’s office “is not affiliated with the Watchtower.”
Falwell also spoke to reporters on Friday, saying that the definition “is very broad.”
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Watch Tower’s medical examiner said that the new definition of medical examiners is “very broad.”
The official statement also said that “the medical examiner is not affiliated” with Watchtower.
Watch tower’s statement on its website stated that the WTBSA “is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, registered to vote, and registered to hold office in the United States of America, a country of 1.9 billion people.
Its primary purpose is to disseminate accurate and up-to-date information to the world on religion, ethics, the Bible and related topics.”
Watch tower is the nation’s largest Christian organization.
The organization has over 10,000 employees, according the AP.
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