In this video, JT & Daniel have a circular conversation about how to prepare for a Jehovah’s Witness visit. What talking points can you prepare in advance of them coming to your door? Is there something that you can say to a Jehovah’s Witness to make them think outside of the box?
Jehovah’s Witnesses are trained to come to your door and speak from a script. They rarely deviate from what they are told. They do not read literature from other denominations and if you offer them something to read from your church, oftentimes, they will refuse to accept it. Although some have taken church literature out of respect for the householder and then simply toss it in the trash after they leave your door.
In this interview, Lady Cee interviews Helen, a long time Jehovah’s Witness that woke up to the truth about the truth after serving many faithful years. Her husband of 54 years, decided decades ago that he did not want to continue being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses because he never believed the religion to begin with. Yet their love survived the test of time and was a much stronger bond than simply going out in field service and attending mundane meetings.
Helen shares her experience on how she met her husband and why she eventually joined her husband in a quest to live her life now and not for some future date.
She offers a lot of words of wisdom that can help many people learn how to survive after leaving the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.
In this podcast JT & Daniel discuss where individuals should go after leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Interestingly, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society teaches its members that if they leave their organization, it is tantamount to leaving Jehovah God. The point made in this podcast is that this statement is based on a false premise.
As a critical thinker, you have to examine what is being presented and realize that if a group of writers claim that they are not inspired, how can they make a claim that to disagree with their teachings is the same as leaving God.
Jehovah’s Witnesses like many other members in high controlled groups experience spiritual abuse at the hands of those making them believe they are bad people because they do not accept their doctrine.
When you leave or contemplate leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses, many people have been taught that they have to go to another place of worship. Mainly, because that is what they are taught by the Watchtower. In fact, the Watchtower teaches that there is no other place to go where an individual can find truth.
It is the same thing that happens to women or men in abusive relationships. When the abused person wants to leave, the abuser flat out explains that the person cannot survive without them. The abused person believes this and decides to stay out of fear that they cannot make it alone.
This podcast helps individuals to appreciate that just as it would be unlikely that a person getting out of a bad relationship is not quick to get into another one, the same is true with a person getting out of a spiritually abusive relationship. You must take your time to heal and get to know who you are and what you want to do with your life.
Mariuca was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 7, 1965, two months before my son was born. Her mom claims Mariuca entered this world a lady, a regal child, a quick learner with an even temperament. She took control seamlessly whenever necessary. Now mind you, her three younger siblings didn’t see it that way, asserting that she could be bossy at times. However, when she was just five years old, a strange, against-all-odds event occurred which dramatically changed her life.
Mariuca’s mother was busy working her magic in the kitchen when she heard a loud series of persistent knocks at the front door. Pork chops were browning in the frying pan and potatoes were near their boiling point, but still she decided to stop for a moment to see who was knocking. When she opened the door, a well-dressed woman greeted her with a contagious smile.
“My name is Deanna Smoot and I have some especially good news to share with you. Would it be okay to come inside for fifteen minutes to tell my story?”
Mariuca’s mom said she was preparing dinner and now was not a good time. But if Mrs. Smoot would write down her telephone number, she would call her in the next few weeks. A long-time JW, Mrs. Smoot had never heard that excuse before. But three weeks later, she received the promised call from Mariuca’s mother. A JW style “Bible study” was started.
In February 2018, we were contacted by a 20-year-old Jehovah’s Witness that had been on the Internet doing research about the religion. He had been questioning the beliefs for several months and already began fading. During Super Bowl weekend, he finally got the courage to go online, and as he states, “I typed Jehovah’s Witness in the YouTube search box and landed on ExJW Critical Thinkers YouTube channel”.
He was overwhelmed about what he was watching on our YouTube videos and wanted answers. He emailed us several times asking if he could speak with us. We touched base with him and he told us his story. But, we told him to be careful about talking to his family because they will ask him to leave. Therefore, we told him to make sure he has a place to stay before he starts talking about what he has been learning online information.
In this podcast, Lonnie tells his story about becoming homeless because as he put it, he could not hold back and he just had to say something. And like clockwork, it moved the situation to critical mass. His mom and dad called the elders and after several visits with them, Lonnie’s refused to change his stance about what he was learning.
In fact, when Lonnie tried to show the elders the information he had been reading, they refused to look at it. But, they asked him to write a disassociation letter since he was not willing to turn back and continue living as a dedicated Jehovah’s Witness.
Fortunately, Lonnie is not afraid of survival and was able to secure a place to stay by finding a place using the popular AirBNB service. This video is a good source of information for anyone seeking shelter because they have no place to go. Of course, since he is working a job, he has money to pay for his stay.
We do not recommend that anyone go cold turkey like Lonnie because it may not be as easy to bounce back. As I state in the opening comments, Lonnie is like a One in a Million kind of guy.
Be sure to check out Lonnie on YouTube and be inspired by his thoughts.