This podcast is based on an invitation we received from the moderators of Reddit to participate in a question and answer segment from their members. It was our decision to read the questions from their site and then answer them live on our YouTube channel in a live format.
This podcast is a re-enactment of what it is like going out in the door-to-door preaching work with Jehovah’s Witnesses. While NOT every Witness may engage in such chatter, most congregations around the globe are known for the gossip and telling the business of those that they meet in their ministry.
FOR THE RECORD: Jehovah’s Witnesses know that when they go on a Bible Study or a Return Visit, the person is not a dedicated, baptized Witness, therefore, when they come back to the car to relate the experience about the person they met at the door, it is not considered gossip. I cannot remember a time when someone went to a door and was met with drama, that they did not come back and share that experience. Thus, everyone knew the business of the person that was met at the door that shared their personal story with the JW.
As the old saying goes, it you don’t want others to find out about your business, you should not tell anyone. When the Jehovah’s Witness goes out to find what they term “sheeplike ones” to recruit into their fold, these persons believe they are speaking in confidence and that God’s Holy Spirit is with the individual they are confiding in about their personal life.
Unfortunately, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not have any formal training to counsel or shepherd others, nor are they under obligation like a licensed psychologist or psychiatrist to keep any information you reveal to them private. Therefore, if you are studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses, its best that you stop talking and telling your business. Also, you need to do research about this organization and find out the true history on its foundation. You may find yourself quite surprised.
Alexandra James pours her heart out in this riveting interview about growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and enduring hardships by her mentally unstable mother and vulgar step-father. She talks about how the Jehovah’s Witness elders did little to help and explains how they blame the victim by admonishing them to be better people, thus yielding much better results from the abuser.
As she aptly states, her mom grew up in an abusive home and once she finally escaped her past, instead of seeking help from a mental health professional, she found solace in a little blue book, The Truth that Leads to Eternal Life, published by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. And some fifty years later, her mom continues to await the promise that the end of the world will solve all her problems.
Alexandra was like most children that grew up in the Jehovah’s Witness religion, a silent bystander, waiting for their parents to wake up to the reality that this far-fetched notion that the end of the world is going to save them is nothing short of fairy tale.
Instead of growing up in a nurturing environment where she builds healthy relationships and strives and grows into adulthood, Alexandra becomes an oppressed victim of her mom’s tormented past and present mental anguish.
After learning the real “truth” about the Jehovah’s Witness faith, Alexandra has joined the ranks of hundreds of online activists in sounding the alarm about this dangerous group by shedding light on their policies and precepts.
Throughout history there have always been whistleblowers that have come forward to tell what they know about corruption within organizations. Raymond Franz is no different in telling what he knows about the Jehovah’s Witness faith. As a former Governing Body member, he was aware of how they made decisions on how to establish the rules that Jehovah’s Witnesses were required to follow. No, he did not speculate on how he felt or thought about what they were doing, he sat in conference rooms where debates were held about whether to uphold various teachings (e.g., 1914) and such teachings had a profound effect on the lives of individuals that were following their mandates.
Eventually, Raymond Franz experienced a crisis of conscience and severed ties with the organization. Thus, becoming one of the most profound whistleblowers since the inception of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society.
In this podcast, Lady Cee interviews Pat, an ex-Jehovah’s Witness that left the organization in 1995. Pat realizes there are many things that she did wrong prior to leaving. In this podcast, she shares a wealth of knowledge that can help others to avoid the pitfalls she endured during her own departure from the organization.
Exit Strategy Tips for those individuals that are Physically In Mentally Out (PIMOs)
Friends – Start making non-JW friends, contact non-JW relatives if need be create a secondary account on social media and e-Mail
Mental Health – Find a therapist that specializes in cults. Join
Ex-JW Facebook groups and Ex-JW Meet-ups in your city
Set Goals – Create a bucket list of stuff you couldn’t do as a JW but are free to do now and get them done
Productive Use of Time – Use the time you spent at Kingdom Hall or preaching doing something productive such as college, a second job, a hobby, exercise, etc.
Emergency Planning – Have a Plan A and Plan B for various emergencies including medical, housing, employment, food, etc. Who could you contact in an emergency if your family is shunning you?
Figure out whatever gives you a sense of purpose and meaning in life and do those things – volunteer, activism, advocate, child sponsorship
This podcast discusses the question whether or not we are bashing the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Daniel sent a link to one of our videos to his aunt Carolyn to help her to appreciate some of our online activism and to his surprise it met with opposition. She wanted to know why he was bashing the Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Understandably, to outsiders and individuals that do not understand what goes on behind the scenes in the Jehovah’s Witness religion, they may quickly begin to reason that our activism is nothing more than an all-out attack against a group of people that have done no harm to anyone. However, if that were the case, then we would not feel the need to bring to the light many things about this religion that individuals need to learn about.
In fact, just recently, there was a triple murder suicide by a Jehovah’s Witness that was under extreme stress due to the effects of the Jehovah’s Witness shunning policy. To read more about the story, I’ve included a link below.
Friends: Jehovah’s Witnesses shunning drove Keego Harbor mom to murder-suicide
This religion inflicts pain on families, have put their lives in danger based on their unscriptural policies related to not taking blood transfusions, organ transplants (they have since changed the rules on this, but think of the countless individuals that died when the rule was in effect), allowed their members to be imprisoned for refusing alternative service jobs during wartime (in some countries individuals are still serving prison sentences). They have also caused much harm to women and children for not calling the police for domestic violence and child molestation cases. Instead, they ruled to handle such cases in house as a result of not bringing any reproach against the organization. Countless individuals have suffered needlessly, and their lives will never be the same.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses also discourage individuals from seeking higher education and put them under constant fear, obligation and guilt as a means to make them do more for the organization. They use scare tactics to discourage their members from leaving the organization thereby not allowing those that remain faithful to the group to shun all that leave. As a result, people have been cut off from mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and grandchildren have been barred from seeing their grandparents. We know individuals that have not spoken to their family in 30+ years.
We ask that you decide whether or not our YouTube channel is bashing the Jehovah’s Witnesses because we are raising public awareness about the group.