Jehovah’s Witnesses have been directed by their Governing Body to no longer freely display the Bible to those they meet in the public ministry.–“Announcements,” Our Kingdom Ministry, February 2014, a directive guide to the public ministry of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
When displaying publications that they offer the public for learning about God, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses has instructed that Witnesses “should not display Bibles.” Jehovah’s Witnesses are now to use their personal judgment and only supply their New World Translation to people who directly make a request for one or to persons who “demonstrate sincere interest” in accepting their unique doctrine.
This is a remarkable turn of events. At the turn of the last century, the Jehovah’s Witnesses created their “Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society” to do the work that other Bible Societies were doing in the 1800s, namely offer Bibles and get them into the hands of everyone they could. A century later they are now instructing their people to limit their offering of the Scriptures, even hide them from public view.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses proudly claim to be engaged in “a worldwide Bible education work,” but who gets one of their BIbles is now limited to their discriminating eye, with not everyone being deemed worthy to know they even have them or refrained from getting one unless they show “sincere interest in the truth" as defined by them.