Pavlov started out studying dog digestion and discovered classical conditioning. He didn’t initially set out to condition the dog to respond to the bell ringing to believe he will be fed. Classical conditioning is a mental manipulation to reprogram natural body functions. It is a way of learning where a stimulus that triggers a biological response is paired with a new stimulus that then results in the same reaction.
In this episode, our guest Carrie Bee, the author of Paradise Boundhttps://www.amazon.com/Paradise-Bound-Carrie-Bee/dp/1628387254), shares her experience on the effects of shunning for the better part of her life by her parents. Despite being their only child, they are more devoted enforcing Watchtower policies than having a relationship with their daughter. They have also chosen not to have a relationship with their grandchildren.
Our other featured guest, Paul, presents information from Questions From Readers (QFR) found in the November 15, 1952 Watchtower.
QUESTION: In the case of where a father or mother or son or daughter is disfellowshipped, how should such a person be treated by members of the family in their family relationship – P.C. Ontario, Canada.
In this QFR, the Watchtower discusses how to treat certain individuals within the community and based on their role in your life will depend how you treat them. For instance, it discusses the relationship between the spouse that leaves the organization vs the one that decides to stay. But, those that have grown children will need to focus on a much different outcome.
We also feature a clip from the SUPREME COURT OF CANADA where the Watchtower lawyer, David Gnam, explains to the court the difference between “disfellowshipping” and “shunning”.
In this episode, we will discuss the issues with how Jehovah’s Witnesses indoctrinate their children to believe that the Watchtower teachings are from Jehovah and they are the only true religion. Despite many children choosing not to get baptized, their lives are extremely impacted by their upbringing. Unfortunately, we never get to hear the experiences of children that were raised in this religion. In this episode you will meet some individuals that will share their experience in what it was like growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and how difficult it was fitting in despite not joining the group. More importantly, how their involvement in the group affected them well into their adult lives.
COVID-19 Vaccinations and Respect for Superior Authorities: Out of concern and love, we are sharing the following important information. (1 Cor. 12:25) As a result of the ongoing pandemic, secular authorities in an increasing number of lands are mandating or strongly encouraging that their citizens be vaccinated for COVID-19. The recent Governing Body updates have helped Jehovah’s people understand the thinking of the faithful slave on this matter.
Branch offices have reported that some elders have voiced strong personal opinions against COVID-19 vaccination. Why is this of concern? Romans 13:1 says that “the existing authorities stand placed in their relative positions by God.” Also, the study note on Romans 13:5 says: “A Christian submits to human governments when a command does not contradict God’s laws.” Romans 13:2 states: “Whoever opposes the [secular] authority has taken a stand against the arrangement of God.” Thus, elders should be careful not to voice personal opinions that contradict direction from the superior authorities. If an elder has been doing so, now is the time to stop. (Matt. 22:21; Rom. 13:4-7) Otherwise, he could become guilty of causing divisions in the congregation.
At Romans 16:17, elders are admonished: “Keep your eye on those who create divisions and causes for stumbling contrary to the teaching that you have learned, and avoid them.” Thus, elders have a Scriptural responsibility to counsel any, including fellow elders, who cause divisions in the congregation. (Gal. 6:1) Circuit overseers will closely monitor the situation. We commend you brothers for “holding firmly” to God’s Word, promoting unity in the congregation, and taking the lead in showing “honor” to the secular authorities. (Titus 1:9; 1 Pet. 2:13-17) We thank you for your cooperation in this matter, and we take this opportunity to send our warm Christian love.
FOR COORDINATORS OF THE BODIES OF ELDERS Announcement for Elders: Please arrange for the body of elders to meet this week to discuss the announcement for elders along with the cited scriptures.
In this podcast, we discuss shunning and the effects it has on Jehovah’s Witness families. This podcast was streamed live. Our friend Jay took time to join us in this discussion and shares his experience being shunned by his four children.
Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Mormon Church? What is the difference? When you think about their history, both religions came into existence during the same era. Each religious leader predicted the end of the world. They misled individuals to believe in their fairy tales of an afterlife. They even convinced them that they were the only true religion. The only difference between the two faiths is merely their subjects. The tactics and techniques of each leader were similar. They had a stronghold on their adherents to follow their warnings and deny themselves a life based on their theories.
Our special guest, John Dehlin, discusses the Mormon church, its history, and why he chose to leave the church after 45 years. He is a sixth-generation Mormon and comes from a family that dates back to the early history of the church’s beginnings. Dehlin is an American psychologist, podcast host, excommunicated member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church), and is a well-known activist helping to raise awareness about the Mormon church. He is one of the most eloquent speakers and is one of the best Mormon historians.
John founded the Mormon Stories Podcast. He is instrumental in leading the cause to educate others about the Mormon church. As the founder of the Mormon Podcast Stories, John enjoys interviewing various guests on his show that stem from different backgrounds. He established the podcast in 2005, and it is the longest-running and most popular Mormon-themed podcast.
Remembering Watchtower Twenty Years Later. It was 20 short (or long) years ago, that the United States experienced a tragedy. Everyone we knew was telling us to get back to the Kingdom Hall because “it done started” Yes, they said, the end of the world is near and anyone that wants to be saved needs to get back to the Kingdom Hall where Jehovah’s spirit and blessings reside.
There were many individuals flocking back to the Kingdom Hall in hopes for survival all to realize that not long after being back, nothing was happening (or going to happen). They knew that the life of a Jehovah’s Witness is relentless. Therefore, some chose to drop off again, never to return.
Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world are getting more access to the Internet and learning the real truth about the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. Such individuals no longer have to live under fear, obligation and guilt.
This podcast critiques the talk presented by Governing Body member David Splane from the 2021 Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses. It helps individuals to use critical thinking when listening to the comments on how the Jehovah’s Witness leadership tries to convince its members to treat information they receive from former members or the media.
Throughout his talk, Splane uses the phrase “Spiritual Poison” to describe the bad publicity the organization experiences from anyone speaking negatively about them.
He discourages Bible studies from investigating sources outside of the Watchtower when seeking to learn more information about the religion. He proudly states it’s not an option for a Bible study to investigate information they receive from their non-Jehovah’s Witness spouse asking them to check out the religion prior to joining. Instead, he says, “we have nothing to hide” and begins outlining alternate ways for individuals to learn more about Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Listen carefully to the brothers at meetings
Watch how we interact with one another
Take note of how the organization is financed
Get to know the elders & their wives
Introduce yourself to the circuit overseer & his wife
Visit the world headquarters of the branch
During his discourse, Splane makes an offhanded comment about the things that individuals are no doubt discussing in an online forum. He goes on to say that people are no doubt asking, “do you think the brothers that write Watchtower articles are living in the real world?” and “I wonder if they realize just how hard it is out here.”
Wow! He nailed it. This is exactly what takes place at Watchtower headquarters. And the individuals sitting in the audience are so brainwashed that these type of statements go right over their head. They fail to take time to investigate what is being said from the platform. The Governing Body delivers the exact information they need to wake up and get out, all they have to do is use critical thinking to examine their statements.
During the talk, Splane asks, “how does it make you feel”? after going to an online forum and listening to apostates talk negatively about the organization? He then follows up his statement with the following questions:
When you leave the online forum, do you feel upbuilt?
Do you feel determined to expand your ministry?
Are you more convinced than ever that Jehovah has a loving organization and you feel honored to be part of it?
In this video podcast, Keith tells his story about how he stumbled on the truth about Jehovah’s Witnesses on Facebook. Doing a simple Google search about a Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Melody lead him to the EX-Jehovah’s Witness Critical Thinker Facebook Page. He reached out to express his gratitude and the rest is history.
The following is a partial comment Keith wrote on our Facebook page prior to us contacting him:
“I have just come across your channel. I want to thank you so much and commend your courageous actions and stance. I was born and raised in the Kingdom Hall for 18 years. I had the potential outlook and many elders talking to me about Bethel (New York) and of course baptism.
My exit story starts when at the age of roughly 16, when it came time to me being approached for baptism, I don’t know why, but I declined. I explained I hadn’t made the “truth my own” yet. I told the elder in the hall, who told me frank out, if you were not a baptized member of Jehovah’s Witnesses you would die at Armageddon. I shared with him the scripture about from every tribe, nation, and tongue. Also, the scripture referring to God reading heart conditions, the hot and cold, lukewarm scripture…. etc. They backed off and let me go. Or so I thought.
I love this. I know this pain all too personally. I am on my 3rd video today, and have been breaking down into tears for hours. This topic is woefully real, horribly terrifying, and happens everyday in this group of spiritually blind people leading other blind. The reason you’re blind is you stumble in the darkness you’ve created by boxing yourself in and cut yourself off from growth.
In the hands of the Potter you have become hardened and as he lovingly tries to continue to mold you, instead, rigid in your belief, you crumble. Now that box is your coffin. Love, life, family, happiness, kindness, mildness, patience, understanding, compassion, etc,. These things are what is divine. God is Love. It is the all powerful force that drives not only creation, but the continuation of life. Life is synonymous with growth. That ever expanding light you claim to know should be ever adding appreciation, awe, wonder and humility to a person so that in the total “Presence” of the Most High’s creation, we realize we cannot fully comprehend the beauty we live amongst, the contrast and various colors we have be gifted to experience.
How can we judge? How should we take someone we love and care about, find out they are ” spiritually sick”, and cast them out to the ravenous lion that seeks to devour those in the flock? If someone is sick and near death, do we not draw closer to them. Is that not love? Why is it the sacrifice you are most willing to make is that of your friends and family, and not your traditions?” End Quote
In this interview with Goatlike Personality, JT learns a different perspective on racism in European countries and it has nothing to do with the color of your skin. During the discussion, Goatlike talks about why he could have been a PIMO for life, if the brothers would have only helped his wife to appreciate that Jehovah loves a cheerful giver.
As a fourth generation Jehovah’s Witness, the only thing Goatlike feared growing up was being a member of the Bethel family. After taking many trips to Bethel throughout his childhood, his mother kept saying that you should always do what the Watchtower wants. Of course, he knew exactly what that meant. Goatlike speaks his truth about the Watchtower and how knowing something about science and geology can help dispel many myths about the Bible.
As humans, we have many pieces to the puzzle at our fingertips, but we are too afraid to place them in their respective place. All you have to do is be willing to look at the facts. When Goatlike began examining the animal kingdom and Noah’s ark, he looked at the situation with the kangaroo and realized that he wasted a decade of his life. If only Jehovah’s Witnesses can talk opening, Goatlike believes that the religion will crumble over night.
In this video podcast, JT & Lady Cee talk with Craig & Misty about how the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society divides families. They discuss the fall out on what happens when Misty chooses to join the group and the affect it has on her relationship with her husband. They also discuss how it affects the relationship with Misty and her dad when her husband finally puts his foot down and chooses to turn her in to the elders.
Once Craig turns Misty in, it does not take long for the elders to act and begin the process of expelling her from the religion. As a result, Misty undergoes a lot of undue stress. Her husband states that he had never seen his wife go through this type of suffering before and felt there had to be something wrong with the religion.
During the process of her disfellowshipping, Misty realizes that the Jehovah’s Witness religion is the source of her anguish and stress. She feels that living under their restrictions keeps her from being her true and authentic self. Therefore, when she chooses to sever ties with the group after being disfellowshipped, she is cut off from having any association with her dad and all friendships are null and void unless she rekindles her love for the Watchtower.
This, of course, puts a Misty was upset and undergoing immense stress because according to the teachings of the Jehovah’s Witnesses, if you do not act in accordance with their beliefs, you cannot have any contact with other Jehovah’s Witnesses abiding by their teachings.
This podcast is not about judging the individuals and the choices they make, but more about how the Jehovah’s Witness religion puts a wedge between family members that choose a life course that does not align with their policies. In fact, policies that have nothing to do with the Bible. Policies that cut family ties where fathers, mothers, sisters, brothers, etc. will never speak with one another again.
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.