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
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.
If you’ve ever left the Watchtower organization and thought you were all alone. You’ll discover these three guys story one of triumph. Not only did they reunite and rekindle their friendships, but they have a lot of good advice to share that can help anyone leaving, to pick up the pieces and have a different outlook on life.
As Critical Thinkers, we encourage everyone to do their own research and come to their own conclusions.
Unfortunately, as Jehovah’s Witnesses, we were conditioned by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society to turn our thinking ability over to them. Even when we left the organization, we had to remind ourselves that we are free to make our own choices and decisions. It takes time, but eventually, it feels right.
It is simply an issue of being conditioned not to think for yourself. But, as you continue to grow after leaving the organization, we encourage you to make it your aim to choose for yourself.