I was on my way to a business meeting and was looking for a bag to carry my computer and just happened to run across my old field service bag. Oh, what memories I found in that bag! It is amazing how far we have come in our lives since leaving the organization. This video provides a quick synopsis of what I discovered in the bag and some of the articles that was used in the brainwashing techniques to make us think we had to continuously go out in field service.
In this video Debbie Roberts explains her ordeal in the Jehovah’s Witness religion and how she was treated by the elders in her congregation when she was being abused by her husband. Only to later discover that her husband had been molesting their son.
Debbie along with countless other Jehovah’s Witness women have been used as Watchtower pawns to remain silent about their abuse. To avoid bringing negative publicity to the organization, these women remained silent as their abusers continued to inflict pain in their lives and to the detriment of their safety and health.
Debbie lived in fear and in hiding because her husband threatened to kill her after she left him. However, now that he is no longer a threat, she felt confident to come out and tell her story.
Leesa is from a small town in Australia, she’s a third generation born-in Jehovah’s Witness and had an intergenerational tradition of obeying the child abuse policies dictated from the governing body in the USA regardless of what Australian law or common decency might require. In this podcast, she speaks with JT about how she broke her silence and is now working in conjunction with the Australian Royal Commission to bring about justice against pedophiles in her country.
How can the congregation express its joy when an announcement is made that someone has been reinstated?
In Luke chapter 15, we find Jesus’ powerful illustration about a man who had a flock of 100 sheep. When one of the sheep was missing, the man left the 99 behind in the wilderness and went after the lost sheep ‘until he found it.’ Jesus continued: “When he has found it, he puts it on his shoulders and rejoices. And when he gets home, he calls his friends and his neighbors together, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’” In conclusion, Jesus said: “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over 99 righteous ones who have no need of repentance.”—Luke 15:4-7.
The context shows that Jesus spoke these words in order to correct the thinking of the scribes and the Pharisees, who criticized him for associating with tax collectors and sinners. (Luke 15:1-3) Jesus pointed out that there is joy in heaven when a sinner has come to repentance. We ask, ‘Since there is joy in heaven, should there not also be joy on earth when a sinner has repented, turned around, and made straight paths for his feet?’—Heb. 12:13.
When someone is reinstated in the congregation, we have good reason to rejoice. The person will have to keep on maintaining his integrity to God, but he had to be repentant in order to be reinstated, and we are glad that he repented. Accordingly, there may well be spontaneous, dignified applause when the elders make an announcement of a reinstatement.