This podcast takes a look at perhaps two of the most crucial teachings that we found during our journey out of the Jehovah’s Witness religion. It pertains to the validity of the faithful and discreet slave and the concept of new light.
For 140 years, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society has been publishing tons of literature shedding life on world events based on their own interpretation of scripture. When things don’t turn out as they have predicted, they quickly holler “new light” and move on without thinking about the consequences of their actions and how their rules have adversely affected the lives of others.
In this podcast, we call your attention to two issues facing the Watchtower leadership. Are they either arrogant or ignorant?
Every Jehovah’s Witness does not have to ask if voting is an option because they have been trained about their role in paying homage to world governments and politics. Even children are discouraged from getting involved in student council elections during school.
However, when you do your research on JW.org, most individuals will discover that the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society explains that voting is a conscience matter. In many countries around the world, JW.Org is not going to openly proclaim that voting is wrong. Taking such action will not be received in a favorable light. Therefore, they use theocratic strategy to sidestep their agenda stating that it’s a conscious matter. All the while, knowing that according to Watchtower policy, there are a different set of rules to judge any member that chooses to exercise that right.
This podcast goes into detail on how this is done and provides a letter written by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society in March 2000.
In this podcast, JT and Daniel team up to explain the concept of Theocratic Warfare. It is a technique that Jehovah’s Witnesses use when dealing with world leaders and governments around the world.
Jehovah’s Witnesses are indoctrinated to believe that they are in theocratic warfare against the world. That Watchtower encourages them to adopt strategies that are misleading, which may include lying. They put their stamp of approval on anything that furthers the interests of the organization, even it requires being dishonest.
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If Jehovah’s Witnesses were allowed to have group discussions about how they really feel about conventions, what would they talk about? If they could express their true feelings about what they are not receiving or someone is able to bring up points of interest that make others think about the information they are receiving from the Watchtower Society, folks may begin to wake up and realize these are points of interest they never considered.
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In this video, JT & Lady Cee discuss their past history attending Jehovah’s Witness conventions. They discuss their experience working in the chairmans office and how different it is from sitting with the general population at the convention.
Lady Cee calls JT out on certain elder practices during the time they went to different congregations where he delivered public talks. They have a fun time discussing and reminiscing about life at the Kingdom Hall and conventions.
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Thomas grew up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses – walking the walk, talking the talk, and making all of his decisions based on the Watchtower script. He comes from a prominent Jehovah’s Witness family spanning three generations. Prior to his birth, his mom began charting her own course of independence choosing to enroll in college and marrying an unbeliever. Of course, this led to her being disfellowshipped from the organization and causing a lot of turmoil in her family. Eventually she reconciled and rejoined the group. So, when Thomas and his sister came along, they grew up in what is known in the Jehovah’s Witness religion as a “divided household”. They were looked at by the brothers and the sisters in their congregation as “fatherless” children because their dad was an unbeliever.
As with most Jehovah’s Witness children, Thomas was one of those eager to fit in with his peers. He was having reservations about whether he wanted to continue in the path of the religion. Eventually, he began reaching out and making more friends within the organization and those thoughts soon faded. However, when he got older, he ventured into thinking about increasing his professional development skills and started reading books and attending seminars. During his discoveries and experiences, he was beginning to learn about his wants and desires as a person and what makes him happy. He also began hearing messages stating that sometimes to progress in life you have to cut out negative influences. Constantly hearing the word “no” every time he wanted to venture out and explore other opportunities.
Thomas knew that he could not put the religion on a shelf and go after his dreams because the religion is a package deal. If her were to begin finding himself in this world, he knew it was something that would separate him from family. It didn’t take him long to begin on the path to critical thinking and his decision to Google more information about Jehovah’s Witnesses helped him to discover the real truth about their so-called truth.
The 2016 Regional Convention was the pivotal turning point in his life. He was playing the script in his head weeks prior to attending where he was actually visualizing the script. Thomas states that he already knew there will be videos relating experiences on how other Jehovah’s Witness children are sacrificing their lives to further the work of the Kingdom. But he was getting tired of that same ole rhetoric. Sure enough, just as expected, he was met with experiences and video presentations showing how other youths his age was being convinced to stop living or dreaming about a life they could enjoy. It was at this convention where the young teen was encouraged not to pursue his passion in playing the violin. That was the last straw and was the last convention that Thomas attended.
Along the way, Thomas began thinking about his own ideas and how to find success in life. He and two friends, also former Jehovah’s Witnesses, started a dog treat business. The business specializes in all-natural healthy dog treats. They have a very nice selection of organic treats for four-legged family members. If you are interested in learning more about what they have to offer, check out the link below for their commercial and website access!
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Throughout the years, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society has never disappointed Jehovah’s Witnesses in applying pressure to perform in the door-to-door preaching. Do more is their admonition if you want to gain everlasting life. Do more, without letup, making known God’s name and preaching the good news of the kingdom under any type of circumstances. If it were not for the mandatory social distancing laws by the government, during COVID-19, Jehovah’s Witnesses surely would be out in the territory seeking to find individuals that are down and out and looking for answers to life’s most perplexing questions.
What better time to show up on the doorstep of unsuspecting victims during this most tragic time of need calming their fears by promising them a chance to live forever in a paradise earth.
After meetings were cancelled around the world due to mandatory social distancing, Jehovah’s Witnesses began using teleconferencing services such as Zoom to conduct their weekly meetings. Although the friends were attending meetings in the comfort of their own homes, they were still expected to dress up as if they were physically at the Kingdom Hall.
Sad to say, there have been reports about Jehovah’s Witnesses being counseled for not wearing appropriate attire or being properly groomed. One elder told a brother that he looked like he had not shaved in several weeks. Still others were told to turn on their cameras and to take selfies and email them to the elders to show how many in the family attended the meeting.
In some cases, the brothers are recommending that those in attendance sit in straight back chairs instead of lounge chairs. One family was blocked from attending the meeting because they had a generic name for their computer. After changing it to the name of their family, they were allowed to attend. If these are supposed to be public meetings, why does the name of the computer make a difference? The Watchtower organization is acting much like big brother keeping tabs on Jehovah’s Witnesses, a stark reminder of the movie 1984, by George Orwell. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nineteen_Eighty-Four
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In this podcast, Linda discusses her awakening to the realization that she spent her entire life waiting on false expectations as promised by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. She explains how she knew that something was wrong for many years. However, when bad things were taking place at her congregation, the local Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, she looked the other way, having the attitude of “waiting on Jehovah”.
During the 2016 Regional Convention, there was a video presentation demonstrating how to uphold the Watchtower’s shunning policy. As the perfect demonstration for everyone sitting in the audience, there was a husband and wife refusing to answer the telephone after seeing the caller ID displaying the phone number of their disfellowshipped daughter.
After sitting there watching the scene of their refusal to pick up the phone, Linda said, “enough is enough”. It was definitely a turning point in her life in how she is deciding to heed instructions on how to conduct her life as directed by the governing body.
In the back of her mind Linda was saying, what if their daughter were in real danger and needed their assistance and they are deciding not to pick up the telephone? This is not the love that Jesus spoke about the Bible.
Linda is experiencing her own guilt, after realizing she could have been more supportive to her own son after being dealt a bad hand by the elders in the congregation. Instead of pursuing a path to right the wrongs, Linda told her son to “wait on Jehovah”. But he could no longer tolerate their foolishness and left the organization.
Listen to her story in this podcast and see if you can relate to the many experiences she relates about her life as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. At age 70, she is picking up the pieces of the life she has remaining. She is, however, pleased with the fact that in supporting her children throughout the years they are happily sharing their success with her as extension to the life she lost.
If you are a former Jehovah’s Witness trying to make sense of what is happening in the world, you may have that nagging question in the back of your mind, “Should I go back to the Kingdom Hall?” Namely, because you were taught that this is the only place you can gain salvation.
The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society has been instrumental throughout the years convincing people that they will live forever in a paradise earth. They have been selling this beach front property to unsuspecting victims for years. The only way the adherents can cash in on this deal, is having a connection with being an active Jehovah’s Witness attending meetings at the Kingdom Hall and willingly spending countless hours knocking on doors and passing out books and pamphlets to other unsuspecting victims.
At some point, many people begin to realize that something is not adding up and stop attending meetings at the Kingdom Hall. Despite the nagging feel that something is wrong with the teachings, they are never able to get closure because they still believe this is the truth and are afraid of doing research about the foundations of the religion. Mainly, they are in fear because they have been forbidden to read anything religious other than what is approved or published by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.
Some Jehovah’s Witnesses stop attending meetings at the Kingdom Hall because they may have had a run-in with a fellow brother or sister. And still others may have fallen into the Watchtower’s category of wrongdoing and have been disfellowshipped from the congregation.
Needless to say, throughout the years, people have left the organization for one reason or another. However, when world conditions begin to worsen, people begin flocking back to the Kingdom Hall thinking that the end is just around the corner. We encourage you to take time and research the Jehovah’s Witness religion. You can begin learning many things about this religion at JWfacts.com.
In this podcast, Stephen provides an insiders view on what it’s like being married to a Jehovah’s Witness. He not only became well versed in the religion, but can provide an in-depth review on what you can expect. While every relationship may not be the same, there are a lot of similarities when it comes to following the Watchtower’s rules.
As we continue in our series of Life at Bethel with JT, in this video, he discusses why certain Watchtower and Awake articles were written into the Jehovah’s Witness narratives.
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