Jehovah’s Witness Culture

Being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses was quite a unique experience. Not everything we were taught and believed was shared with outsiders. We observed a lot of cognitive dissonance within the organization. We would see the crazy things that took place but literally refused to own up to it and admit it to those we were trying to convert. And we would complain amongst ourselves about the unfair treatment some brothers and sisters received for certain decisions they made, where others seemed to get a green light and a pat on the back for doing the same thing.

If a non-Jehovah’s Witness would ask us something about the organization that did not make sense, we would immediately explain it away. To the person asking the question, they didn’t realize that the Jehovah’s Witness was not telling the entire story.

Because the average Jehovah’s Witness is no doubt one of the nicest people you will ever meet, there will be many individuals that will feel we are trashing or vilifying their religion when we write in our blog to educate others about their teachings.

But, you must not forget, that we too were once part of this organization and believe me folks; you can’t make this stuff up. To speak about the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the manner in which you will read in this blog – YOU HAD TO LIVE IT TO TELL IT! We can attest to the fact that we defended our faith to the bitter end so imagine how we felt when we discovered that the teachings we had been led to believe our entire lives was false. That is a hard pill to swallow! To vilify or to recite an experience, we’ll let you decide.

To look back over our past life experiences, we cannot believe that we actually thought this was the TRUTH! But, it is what it is, and we are here to let the world know that anyone can be misled under the right circumstances.

And yes, there are many Jehovah’s Witnesses that may not follow to the letter every teaching set out by the Watchtower editorial staff aka JW.ORG and if known by others in their congregation, they are NOT celebrated. There are many facets about the Jehovah’s Witness culture that if you are not part of their organization, you will NOT know or understand how members are perceived if they say, act, or do certain things. And rest assured, if you go on a fishing expedition to question them, they will not be forthcoming with the TRUTH about the matter.

Just keep reading and learning, and you will see that you cannot control the actions of seven million people and call yourself a unified organization in every sense of the way that the Watchtower editorial staff claims.

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No More Fear!

Thanks to all ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses for coming online to share your story. Without all of your voices providing a confirmation about our past faith, we do not know where we would be at today! It is refreshing to see so many people opening their eyes to see the real “truth” about the Truth. To be able to live and experience individuality and having the ability to think and make choices without being fearful of eternal destruction is most gratifying.

We do not claim to be the “be all” or the “end all” to anyone’s situation, just another voice to help others see that you no longer have to live in fear.

Letter of Introduction to New Congregation

Leaving the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society was a turning point in our lives. We did not write a letter of disassociation because we reasoned that we did not write one to join, therefore, it was not necessary. In fact, since writing a letter is a rule established by the Watchtower, we refused to go that route because that was their way of categorizing us.

When publishers move to a new congregation for whatever reason (new job, serving where the need is great, relocating to get married, etc.) the Society requires your current body of elders to send an official Letter of Introduction to your new congregation. This introduction may be positive or negative.

This letter often contains personal and detailed aspects of your life that will be read by others that do not know you. That means if the letter is negative, you now have to dig yourself out of a hole in your new congregation. This letter will follow you as long as you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Each time you move to a different congregation, it may often be forwarded along with the Letter of Introduction from the current body of elders.

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Long story short, here is the letter that was sent about us along with our Publishers Record cards. The information pertaining to our character is totally FALSE. It is an example of how your character is trashed when you leave the organization.

Letter from Body of Elders