Apostasy, if my recollection is correct is "a turning away". In the Watchtower's case they were a people dedicated to the gathering of the first new covenant Saints and discovering the true understanding of the scriptures, including pointing out the coming of the Lord. They also were a people who recognized what the U.N. was and what it represented. At a convention in the 1960's they took a vow never to come under the influence of the U.N. and pointed out that it was the enemy of God and only a pretender to bring peace and security. Well, because of the influence of false brothers who had worked their way up into the corridors of power in the Watchtower (Jezebel) the organization was convinced that it would do no harm in being an NGO and comporting themselves to the Charter of the U.N. if it would be a way to gain a good relationship with the U.N. so they could preach in all the inhabited earth without opposition. Also, they could use U.N. planes and helicopters to provide aid for the brothers ( a very good motive, but was the cost worth it?. This was a test from Satan on Jesus (the part of the Bride, his flesh that was still on earth) and they failed the same test that Jesus passed in the wilderness with Satan. So he brought him up and showed him all the kingdoms of the inhabited earth in an instant of time.+6 Then the Devil said to him: “I will give you all this authority and their glory, because it has been handed over to me,+ and I give it to whomever I wish.7 If you, therefore, do an act of worship before me, it will all be yours.” Luke 4:5-7 In order for us to pave the way for you to have free reign in your preaching work is get all your people to (knowingly or unknowingly, we don't care) advertise the good qualities of the U.N. while you are doing your worldwide preaching. Seemed like such a small thing perhaps, but when I found out what they had me do for an entire decade almost, I was livid, and I wasn't the only one. They had broken their vow to Jehovah "turned away" from him in apostasy and put their trust in the U.N. instead of Jehovah God himself. They signed an agreement with Satan's organization and promised to follow the Charter of the U.N.. Then, to make matters worse, when they got caught they did what most unrepentant people do, they lied. This apostasy and their lack of repentance cost them their relationship with God and their baptism of faith (how can you oversee a baptism of repentance to God when you are grossly unrepentant? Then to go a step further, they "kill" those trying to serve God faithfully when these ones question this hypocrisy and call them to task for their sinfulness by disfellowshipping them or publicly reproving them for taking the Societies sinfulness to task. They acted like the Pharisees in Jesus time. Does this mean that all the leaders & rank and file are evil people, of course not. What it means is that the imposter's are very good at their game and may not even realize themselves that they are leading the Watchtower in the wrong direction.