Life at Bethel – Family Night – Episode 7

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Family Night

When I was at Bethel, each year the Bethel Family featured a program called “Family Night”.

Family Night was a variety entertainment show where the Bethelites had the opportunity to showcase their talent. It ranged anywhere from interviews with individuals discussing their Bethel career, regular pioneer service and those in the traveling work to individuals playing instruments, singing and dancing to secular music and everything in between.

Jehovah Witnesses would be quick to pose critical thinking questions to a Bible study whose church carried on such “worldly activities” in the pulpit of their church.  Asking such questions as:

  • “Does such this bring dignity to a place that is supposed to be for the worship of God?
  • “Does this not remind one of what Moses heard when coming down the mountain?
  • “If someone passed by and heard such entertainment would they think this is a club or a house of worship?’

Since Witnesses are taught that the Kingdom Hall is a place dedicated exclusively for the worship of God, imagine any Witness asking these same questions after seeing Kingdom Halls being used in such a manner during their recent International Conventions.

Why the double standard?

The Lockers – Dance Group – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-oKwA9jRuFY

Rerun – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xka0KBGI4vU

International Convention – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QxDGtAsKFM

 

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The Origin of the Super Friends

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This video helps you to appreciate that time flies by fast when you’re having fun. Help us celebrate two years of friendship with Daniel. Also, take a look at a few unpublished clips we thought you’d find enjoyable. Yes, Critical Thinkers have fun too!!!

 

Jonathan’s Story: Married to a Jehovah’s Witness

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This is the personal experience of Jonathan, an unbeliever that meets the love of his life…that turns out to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He talks about how he balances his family life and helps his children to use critical thinking when it comes to making decisions about competitive sports and getting an education to secure their future.

Jonathan is down to earth and handles his family with love and respect. He discusses what it was like when his wife was disfellowshipped and how she hardly attends meetings at the Kingdom Hall.

From the beginning of his marriage until today, he has observed his wife travel the slow journey away from the Watchtower. She has never vocalized any doubts, but he can see them manifest in her behavior. His wife went from 100% meeting attendance to going 1 or 2 times a month. She no longer socializes with any Jehovah’s Witnesses outside of the congregation meetings, and all of her close family friends are now non-believers.” He believes his wife will take the final step in the near future, but since her mom is still a Witness, this is what he believes is driving his wife to stay.

In this video, Jonathan discusses:

  • How he met his wife
  • Objective morality.
  • Basic understanding of right and wrong
  • How they compromise on Holidays
  • Competitive sports
  • The importance of education for your future
  • Children’s religious upbringing
  • Raising a family under Watchtower influence
  • Dealing with shepherding calls.
    Dealing with Watchtower pressure to encourage divorcing of the non-believer
  • Dealing with the watchtower hospital liaison committee during the birth of his children
  • Planting the seeds of doubt in Watchtower teachings
  • Slowly becoming inactive in the congregation as time passes
  • Speaking to his children about Watchtower teachings and religious arguments
  • He also relates a personal story about getting a Jehovah’s Witness to confess to a string of robberies.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses – Misleading the Courts

Jehovahs Witnesses Misleading the Courts

In this podcast, JT & Paul (two former elders & Bethelites) unite in their discussion about the Jehovah’s Witness leadership, the Governing Body and how they will do anything to maintain their reputation. They bend the law every which way they can even using semantics (word games) and evading questions by making false statements to the point of even misleading the courts.

JT & Paul discuss the current lawsuits and briefly touch on the issues associated with the Australian Royal Commission.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses: Shocking Stories – Former Bethelite Elder

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In this podcast, Paul, a former elder & Bethelite from Toronto, Canada shares his experiences about what it was like serving at three Watchtower branches (Toronto, Haiti & the Dominican Republic). He recounts several heartbreaking stories geared to help you to use critical thinking after making simple comparisons about the love and concern Jesus Christ showed his fellowmen to that of the Governing Body and their man made rules.

What makes this interview interesting is his approach to working with and encouraging individuals to step back and truly examine how the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society teaches its members to treat others. He takes an up close look at the Bible and the manner in which Jesus dealt with those in need of assistance and discovers that the Watchtower is severely lacking in their approach to helping others.

During his time living abroad, Paul had the opportunity to work with individuals in third world countries where they do not have the same luxuries as those living in Western lands. In these countries, the laws are different, and females are not treated with dignity or respect. Yet, the Watchtower does not take this into consideration thus leaving such innocent victims to fend for themselves by cutting them off from the congregation.

Paul shows his compassionate side and uses basic reasoning to help you think about your choices and whether or not the Watchtower is really an organization where you should place your trust. At the end of the day, you must ask yourself, “is the Watchtower following the way of Christ” or are they more pharisaical in their approach to enforcing their man made laws.

We invite you to take the opportunity to listen to what Paul says in this podcast and make an honest assessment about your life and beliefs.

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Jehovah’s Witness Lawsuits – You Can Run, But You Can’t Hide

Jehovah's Witness Lawsuits

In this podcast, JT discusses the Jehovah’s Witnesses and the latest lawsuits – yes, their day of reckoning has come – the lawsuits are flooding in. They can create all the corporations they want, but the Governing body will be held accountable for their actions and the law cometh for them. They are no better than the religions they condemn.

 

Jehovah’s Witness Abuse Victim: Two Witness Rule

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In this video, Lynn Ragusa shares her personal experience about how she was affected by the two witness rule.

International Rape Crisis Hotlines

Barbara Anderson – Watchtower Documents
Discusses the Two Witness Rule

Former Jehovah’s Witnesses recount years of sex abuse ahead of landmark case (article from NY Post – August 12, 2019)

The child victim’s act (article from NY Post – February 14, 1019

Mark Albert
Chief National Investigative Correspondent

Silent No More: The Survivors (video – part one) https://www.kcra.com/article/silent-no-more-part-1-the-survivors/28659357

Silent No More: The Survivors (video – part two) TV: https://www.kcra.com/article/silent-no-more-part-2-the-verdicts/28660625

Legal floodgates to open Wednesday as child sexual abuse victims, many after decades, get long-awaited day in court (article from the NY Daily News dated August 11, 2019) http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-child-victims-act-lawsuits-20190811-gvqqq4wfqzdyhbkowenk6gao7q-story.html

Zalkin’s press conference (Facebook video) https://www.facebook.com/FOX5Vegas/videos/2401724586765655/

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