We had many questions about the letter of introduction and the nature of its consequences on unsuspecting individuals in the congregation. Therefore, in this episode, JT breaks it down in common terms helping you to appreciate how it works and what can happen to the reputation of those relocating to a new congregation if they have had some past sins they may have committed. Of course, you might be saying, “well, I committed a sin more than 20 years ago, so I’m sure they won’t include that in the letter.” Be sure to tune in to this episode to find out!
After leaving the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society, I began reading and discovering any and every thing that would lead me to knowledge about success. I ran across this book Failing Forward by John C. Maxwell several years ago and highly recommend it. I prefer the audio version due to a lack of time to sit and read. Whether I’m driving in my car or cleaning my house, I’m plugged into some audio book learning something.
Being deprived of “secular” knowledge and trusting that the information contained in the Watchtower and Awake! Magazines were sufficient for life have left me playing catch up. Fortunately, everything about being one of Jehovah’s Witnesses was not bad; therefore, I was able to leverage my experiences to other areas in my life including my place of employment.
Anyway, I found this book to be a good investment of my time and actually sat through it three times. It is always good to visit the book for a refresher. It really puts a different perspective on life and how you approach various issues that arise. In fact, I’ve discovered that two people can face the exact same situation and both come away with different perspectives. It’s really all in how we view the issue.
When John C. Maxwell states that success is not a destination, he really hit the nail on the head. And this book gave me something different to ponder thus helping me to appreciate that I can still find a certain measure of success despite being in a cult for the first 30 years of my life! And thus, one of my successful accomplishments was getting out of the Watchtower.
After leaving the organization, I didn’t want to find myself complaining about my journey as a Jehovah’s Witness to the point where I failed to enjoy my newfound freedom. I, therefore, implore others to get the most out of life while you still can! Always remember that as long as there is breath in your body, you have the potential to accomplish something.
OMG, I ran across the 10 week seminar based on the book A New Earth, by Eckart Tolle. The book received positive reviews from many of the individuals that had the opportunity to read it. The link below will put you in touch with the audio online seminar hosted by Oprah Winfrey. For those of you seeking to heal and get over the hurt from your experience as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, try listening to this series and filtering through the segments that can help you with your own personal issues.
To access the seminar, click the link below:
This episode discusses how the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society views “independent thinking”. At first, their literature views it in a positive light when it comes to individuals examining the teachings of other religions. But, when their own members try using independent thinking in their own lives, the Watchtower begins to paint this idea as being negative.
Watchtower References on Independent Thinking
Outlined below is a list of references that provide a history of how the Watchtower Society have come to change their views throughout the years on independent thinking:
The Watchtower, 8/1/1958, page 460
The Watchtower, 2/15/1960, page 106-7, paragraph 5, “Safeguard Your Thinking Ability”
The Watchtower, 6/1/1966, page 324, “Intellectual Freedom or Captivity to the Christ?”
The Watchtower, 1/15/1983, page 22, paragraph 21, “Exposing the Devil’s Subtle Designs”
The Watchtower, 1/15/1983, page 27, “Armed for the Fight Against Wicked Spirits”
The Watchtower, 9/15/1989, Page 23, paragraph 13, “Be Obedient to Those Taking the Lead”