In this podcast, Chef Nelly speaks about her life growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the difficulty she had fitting in to the congregation. Being home schooled, beginning with the fourth grade meant being isolated from her peers in a public school setting. Also, being that there were not many kids her age at the Kingdom Hall, made it most difficult for her to thrive socially.
Although she realizes that she does not want to return to the Kingdom Hall, she’s still learning the truth about this religion. Because Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught to never place any blame on the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society, it takes time for individuals to learn that the organization has everything to do with most decisions they make which has a lasting effect on their lives.
Nelly, however, hopes that her life experience growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses will touch the lives of others to help them to begin thinking about the choices they are making when it comes to your future.
In this podcast, Nash relates his personal story about growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The tragic loss of losing a brother to a traffic accident and his father’s near-fatal accident is what brought him to the decision to dedicate his life in baptism to the Watchtower organization.
Nash’s world came crumbling down after losing a second brother to suicide. His brother was a hard-working man and doing everything to fulfill his responsibilities as a good husband and father. He was not, however, all that attracted to being on the Watchtower fast track seeking to attain certain positions and status.
Sadly, most Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that when a fellow brother loses interest in the Watchtower organization, it is because they want to live a life of sin. They feel that the person may have done something wrong. That is why they begin to distance themselves from the organization. But, no, not in this case. That was not the situation at all. Nash’s brother was not disfellowshipped, nor had he ever been disciplined in the past.
The pressure from other Jehovah’s Witness family members to do more Watchtower activities certainly did not help his situation either. But, of course, his family did not realize how much he was hurting. They did not know that encouraging him to pick up the pace to be a better, more active Jehovah’s Witness is not what he needed. Since Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that they are the only true religion and Nash’s brother could not refute these claims, he thought he had a problem. Why was he feeling so distant, not wanting to participate in the group’s activities? He thought something was wrong with him.
His brother was not interested in being a ministerial servant or an elder. No, he was not interested in being on the Watchtower fast-track. He didn’t like commenting at meetings and couldn’t wait for that final prayer to end so he could exit the building. Who knows how things could have turned out for him if he only knew he had other alternatives to living the life of a Jehovah’s Witness.
Fellow Jehovah’s Witnesses only encouraged him to do more in the religion. He would undoubtedly feel much better. Perhaps he would feel better if he only prayed more, attended more meetings, commented more, and participated more in the house-to-house ministry. But, unbeknownst to Nash and his family, this is not what his brother wanted nor need to hear because he was not interested in doing more Watchtower activities.
This podcast brings about much awareness about the Jehovah’s Witness religion and how it tricks its members to believe that their way is the only way to God.
https://www.wyso.org/arts-culture/201… – There are many religious groups around the United States that practice shunning; they turn away from congregates who leave the group even those from their immediate families. Experts call shunning a form of psychological bullying.
During the 2020 annual meeting of the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society, David Splane, Governing Body member, clearly explained that the low baptism amongst the Jehovah’s Witness ranks are quite concerning. It is something that has been trending for many years. To increase the baptism numbers the release of a new publication titled “Enjoy Living Forever’ was announced at the annual meeting.
Will this new publication result in an increase of converts? Only time will tell.
Rashauna discusses how she was able to regain her identity after leaving the Watchtower. She no longer has to agree with everything someone says or be on the same page with them in terms of acting out to remain part of a group.
She discusses how therapy has helped her to regain her identity after finding out what she wants to do and discover who she is and what she wants out of life.
To learn more about how Rashuna woke up and left the Jehovah’s Witness religion, here’s a link to the interview with her husband: https://youtu.be/on42UtqJZEs.
Lonnie Gillard appeared on our show three years ago telling his story about waking up and leaving the Jehovah’s Witness religion. He was still living at home with his parents. As a result, his parents no longer allowed him to remain living in their home. He survived by finding online resources and was able to land a place to live at an Airbnb.
Fortunately, Lonnie was able to find support from his non-Jehovah’s Witness family. While most do not live locally, they still took time to provide him with mental and moral support. He expresses how he is most grateful for them calling him to do telephone check ins, something is not receiving from his parents. Fortunately, Lonnie did not have any extreme circumstances, nor did he ever find himself on the street. He always had a place to lay his head at night.
He credits his father for his ability to survive because as he states, “my father said my job is to make sure that you and your siblings are able to stand on your own two feet”. Now that he’s out in the world, he appreciates his home training. Looking back, he said, he thought he was the crazy one because he is the only one saying this religion is a cult. But, after learning the truth about the religion, he realizes that he is not alone especially after meeting other former Jehovah’s Witnesses.
According to Lonnie, life goes on and he’s okay with the notion that the people in his past, including his family no longer want to have anything to do with him. Because he believes that he needs to move on to the next chapter in his life. As he loses all the weight that has been on his shoulders, he can sleep good at night because he knows he’s doing the best that he can do.
In this podcast, Lady Cee chats with Ashli Campbell about her experience growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ashil talks about what life was like having a father that was not interested in participating in Watchtower activities, but made sure she got involved. It’s amazing how he is not willing to make these major sacrifices but has no problems pushing this heavy responsibility on his minor child.
The sheer frustration of getting baptized at the age of 12 has Ashli up in arms about being a good Jehovah’s Witness. She has to live up to the responsibility and living the non-stop lifestyle of a JW begins taking its toll on her. She’s looking for a means to escape and in the process makes some weighty decisions that are even more detrimental than remaining home and riding it out until she’s old enough to move out and get her own place.
Ashli drops out of high school in the 10th grade and begins working full time. She looks at this approach as a means to accelerating the process of moving out because it will allow her to save enough money to be on her own. Not long afterwards, Ashli meets a brother through mutual friends and after dating for six months, they get married. At age 18, she’s not sure whether or not her situation is better or worse because the only thing she’s done is swapped being home with parents that are ensuring she attends weekly meetings at the Kingdom Hall, to a husband that is virtually doing the same thing.
As the interview progresses, Lady Cee and Ashli speak in-depth about Jehovah’s Witness women and their struggles as second class citizens and the difficulty of being free to express oneself in the religion. It’s a topic that is not explored enough in this culture because as they both express the importance of having a voice in relationships where both partners should equally strive to please one another instead of one serving the other’s needs.
We receive emails from people worldwide asking us if they should tell their family and friends the truth about the Jehovah’s Witness religion. After waking up to startling facts about the organization, they, like many Jehovah’s Witnesses, are shocked about their findings.
Many times, people forget about what it was like being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and how they will respond to anything we say negative about the Watchtower Society. Some have gone out on a limb and shared the information they learned online and have experienced a complete shutdown, and were swiftly cut off from their family and friends. They have not counted the cost of their relationship before speaking up and speaking out.
As minor children still living at home, you must realize that you need financial support from your parents and guardians. Others may be working for a brother or sister in the congregation and need your job to pay your bills. What if you rent a room or an apartment and now have to think about other living accommodations? Your security and well-being are more important than imparting knowledge. Be sure to take care of your well-being before speaking out against the religion.
Think about the consequences of your actions before divulging too much information about this religion to family and friends. Put the oxygen mask on your face before attempting to help others. You need to ensure you have reached a safe place, and then you can reach back to extend yourself to others.
Jehovah’s Witnesses stake the claim that they carry out the same practices in their worship all over the world. But, one of the most inconsistent practices in their faith is the one that pertains to the judicial process and disfellowshipping.
If you are disfellowshipped and cannot understand why it is taking so long to get reinstated after making multiple requests, chances are there is someone on your judicial case that has a personal agenda against your best interests. There is no consistency on how reinstatement is carried out. It is up to the three individuals that are serving on your committee that determines your fate.
It leaves people to ask the question, what am I doing wrong or what am I failing to do? When in fact, the elders may believe that you are not repentant enough. In fact, if you had a different set of elders handling your case, your outcome may have turned out in your favor.
This podcast explores some of the unspoken and untold reasons why some people actually languish in a disfellowshipped state not realizing why they are unable to get reinstated. It also discusses how people are treated after they are reinstated. Instead of being immersed in love for returning back to God, they are treated with suspicion that results in unnecessary challenges.
Do Jehovah’s Witnesses have a policy for shunning former members? The Watchtower lawyers present arguments to the Belgian court system that it is an individual choice whether to shun family. However, this podcast provides excellent proof from their own written publications that they have a system of teaching their adherents to shun former members. In fact, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society has a long history of influencing its members to comply with their teachings even at the cost of dividing families and long-time friendships.
On 16 February, a trial started against the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses (CCJW) at the criminal court of Ghent (East Flanders) on the alleged grounds of discrimination and incitement to hatred with a particular focus on their shunning (ostracization) practice in cases of disfellowshipping (exclusion) and disassociation (voluntary resignation).
A former Jehovah’s Witness who had voluntarily left the movement in 2011, filed a criminal complaint against the CCJW in 2015, and managed to have it supported by over a dozen more former Jehovah’s Witnesses.
According to the internal religious practice of Jehovah’s Witnesses, when the elders of a local congregation exclude a member or are notified about a voluntary resignation, they make a short neutral public announcement which states: “[Name of person] is no longer one of Jehovah’s Witnesses”. The CCJW is not involved in the making of that neutral announcement but is notified about the decision.
In their conclusions provided to the Court before the trial, they said that they do not segregate excluded or resigning members as these can always attend their religious services. They also point out that baptized Jehovah’s Witnesses who no longer actively associate with fellow believers, are not shunned.
Clarifying the relations between Jehovah’s Witnesses and disfellowshipped or disassociated family members, they say: “In the immediate household, although the ‘religious ties’ the expelled or disassociated person had with his family change, … blood ties remain. The marriage relationship and normal family affections and dealings continue.” In other words, normal family affection and association continues.
In addition, the CCJW had provided the Court with nine statements of individuals who had been excluded and who had since been reinstated as Jehovah’s Witnesses. In their testimonies, they explained how they had been fairly treated by congregation elders, family, and others in the congregation when they were excluded.
The social distancing doctrine stated and practiced by Jehovah’s Witnesses in Belgium and all other countries was fixed by their Central College in the United States on the basis of their interpretation of the Bible.
The CCJW considers it is not legally responsible for the intra-familial relations between its members and former members, as it is an individual choice.
Are we on the way to put in the dock the Bible, the interpretation and the implementation of its doctrines fixed by the highest religious authorities and powers in the name of interpretations and implementation of human rights fixed by national judicial powers? If so, this would be a pandora box that would affect other religions and other holy scriptures.
Evidence that the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society has policies and instructions in place to shun former members.
The following links pertain to written comments by Dr. Introvigne, a defender of JW’s who disagrees with the Belgium court:
How can you claim that your publications represent the truth and are divinely provided aids from God one day and then discard them as refuse and unworthy of being referenced tomorrow?
Jehovah’s Witnesses have made life altering decisions based on the information contained in these publications resulting in dire consequences. Some have been disfellowshipped and lost their families and good reputation. Sadly, others have actually lost their lives. Imagine how much hurt this causes after discovering years later that these teachings no longer exist and the publications used to support Watchtower beliefs are being tossed out like yesterday’s trash!
Instead of presenting their information as nothing more than their own opinion, they are signing God’s name as if he’s speaking directly to them.