According to JW.org, the circuit overseers were formerly known as Circuit Servants; Servants to the Brethren; Zone Servants; Regional Servants; Regional Service Directors; Pilgrims; Tower Tract Society Representatives. Yet, they used to have men in place known as district overseers, but they no longer exist within the organization. This title was done away with some years ago and these men lost their jobs of oversight.
Interestingly, if these terms are Biblical as they assert, they would never be able to do away with them. For example, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society compares their work to that of Barnabas and the apostle Paul by referring to them as traveling overseers, visiting the early congregations.
Yet, it is a well-known fact that the role of the circuit overseer is to check up on congregation activity in the circuit to monitor their field service activity, check up on the financial status, ensure that elders are carrying out their responsibilities and appoint ministerial servants and elders in the congregation.
When the apostle Paul went about his traveling work, he did not check up on how much time was spent in the field ministry because there was no such thing as counting time in the Bible.
This podcast helps viewers to understand the true role of the circuit overseer by encouraging them to think critically and to recognize that these roles are man-made, middle management positions.
Shunning is one of the most powerful tools that Jehovah’s Witnesses use against former members. It completely disproves the adage that blood is thicker than water. Sadly, mother’s will not speak to their children and vice versa. This video examines several cases of shunning. It offers suggestions on how to turn the “lemon” known as shunning into lemonade.
We want to thank Bethany and Jon, fellow exjw youtube’s for appearing as guests on the program offering advice on how they are handling being shunned.
In this podcast, JT and Daniel discuss the Jehovah’s Witnesses and double agents. They talk about how the JW goes to the Kingdom Hall and acts like the perfect Witness and then they will come on YouTube channels at night to discuss JW topics with former Jehovah’s Witnesses. Some will try to defend the Watchtower and others will agree with what we say.
Needless to say, neither are supposed to interacting with former Jehovah’s Witnesses. They also discuss the need for individuals to remain silent when they learn information about this not being the truth because their JW family and friends are on full alert whenever someone begins to speak against JW.org.
Thanks to everyone that provided feedback on our video, the Watchtower Service Department Part One.
In fact, Andy Sandoval left a comment and gives one of the bestsummations I’ve ever heard that aptly describes the Watchtower Service Department.
He say’s and I quote, “There is so much secrecy in the Watchtower Corporation. I would always wonder how the service department works. I only got death stares from circuit and district overseers when I would ask how the service department works and what policies they follow. This is the department that keeps all the records of judicial committee cases, appointments, deletions, and other problems etc. This department receives the reports from the circuit overseers after they visit a Congregation and inform of any problems found in their weekly visit. This department also receives reports from the Bethel Guest speaker about how an assembly was conducted. The service department handles calls from elders and now recently e-mails (no more letters sent) on how to handle problems and whether or not a situation merits disfellowshipping, deletion of privileges or any other discipline for a JW that broke any rules. The most hardcore company men are chosen to serve in this secretive department. I personally knew 1 Bethel brother that was transferred to this department and after only month was literally physically sick to his stomach of all the reports and cases, he had to handle involving elders committing adultery, fights among elder bodies, child molestation (those cases are handled 1st by the legal dept but afterwards transferred to the service dept) and cases of fraud amongst appointed brothers! He left Bethel as well. It is equivalent to the KGB in the former Soviet Union, CIA for the U.S. and the hit men for the mafia. This is where all the dead skeletons are buried and where elders get their marching orders on how to execute punishment for the difficult cases where the elder manual and policy letters do not provide enough info. The company men at the service department have memorized the elder manual, organized book, policy letters and correspondence guidelines and answer all questions regarding their self-righteous judicial process dished out on the rank and file.”
Yes, I like the way Andy made that statement, “they know where the bodies are buried”
This department operates in an ALL BUSINESS and no-nonsense manner because when your call is answered by someone in the Service Department, they will ask you two questions:
What is your name? and
Which congregation are you calling from?
But, if you ask them to provide their name, they will not tell you!
Now, think about this: here is a brother on the other end of the telephone, someone that is supposed to be willing to die for you, and yet when you ask them to provide their name, they are unwilling to cooperate.
Clearly, you can see the double-standards that exist in the organization.
Now, some of you may be familiar with the trial of the Australian Royal Commission. During that trial, Rodney Sphinx, a member of the Service Department in Australia was called to testify. This is one of the best examples of a member of the service department IN ACTION!!!
For those of you that are unfamiliar with this case, I’ve included a link in the description of this video on how you can watch the trial.
So, this is what the service department is all about. The individuals that work in this department are STRAIGHT UPSociety men. Those chosen to work in this department have fully demonstrated their devotion to the organization. They are loyal persons that will never deviate!
Imagine how his colleagues back at Bethel were no doubt cheering him on because he held his ground and never deviated. And, this is what earns him the right to work in this department.
OK, now I want to share an experience about how the Watchtower Society provides what is known as a “one off” where they provide information to a congregation with a unique situation and then I will go back and critically examine the issue.
There is a letter written by the Watchtower Society on December 24, 1992 that dealt with two issues:
Let’s take a further look at this issue.
There was a congregation that wrote to the Society where they expressed a concern where about a person in the congregation that has confessed to committing several murders along with other crimes. Basically, the brothers are asking whether they are obligated to turn this man in or not.
Now, this man is a fugitive from the law and everyone knows that in society crimes such as this have no statute of limitations.
A lot of criminals realize they can hide out with Christians, so that makes me wonder, who are you sitting next to at the Kingdom Hall.
This podcast asks the critical thinking question as to how the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses claim their power and authority. If they do not claim to be inspired by God, how is it that they teach their members that they are the only true religion? How can they make rules and expect others to follow them, if they are not inspired of God? Where does the Governing Body actually receive their power and authority? We encourage you to do your research http://jwfacts.com to learn about the foundation of this religion. Be willing to be open minded and let the chips fall where they may.
Many people have been told that Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to ask questions. But, you know that is not true because there is a segment in the Watchtower titled Questions from Readers. This video goes into detail about how Jehovah’s Witnesses are treated after they ask the question but don’t want to accept the answer.
If you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, you have a requirement each month to turn in a time slip indicating how many hours, books, magazines and a host of other production numbers to the Secretary in your congregation. He will then tabulate all of the hours for each publisher in the congregation and send the final numbers to the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society. This podcast goes into detail on how those numbers are used to measure the spirituality of its members.
It is amazing how your character is judged by what you report or should we say, “don’t report” each month. Because when the traveling overseer aka Circuit Overseer comes to visit the congregation every six months, he takes the pulse of the congregation to see how everyone is measuring up.
Does this sound like a religion or a business parading around as if it is a religion? You decide!
How many teachings have the #Watchtower taught throughout the years that were actually dead on arrival? That means, it had no merit even before the teaching was introduced in the Watchtower’s publications. This podcast is the first of a series that will delve into some of the Watchtower teachings and use critical thinking to examine such teachings.
This podcast pertains to the teaching of the King of the North
May 15, 1969 Watchtower “Crushing All Nations in Our Day by God’s Kingdom”
TODAY’S INTERNATIONAL POWER STRUGGLE
Dan 11: 1-45
The facts of history in fulfillment of this reliable prophecy show the ruling factors of totalitarianism, particularly world communism, to be the final “king of the north” and the ruling factors of democracy, particularly the Anglo-American combine, as the last “king of the south.”—Dan. 11:1-35.
Daniel Prophecy Publication Chap. 16 pp. 280-281 par. 21 The Contending Kings Near Their End
21 With the disbanding of the Soviet Union in December 1991, the king of the north suffered a serious setback. Who will be this king when Daniel 11:44, 45 is fulfilled?
Only time will provide answers to these questions. We are wise not to speculate.”
Prior to getting baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, my sister begged me not to go through with it because she said that if I do something wrong, I would be cut off from everyone in the family. In my estimation, my sister’s words were a waste of breath because I was thoroughly convinced that this was the truth. At the time, I was not worried about being shunned by my family; after all, I had not planned on doing anything contrary to the teachings thus had no reason to fear being shunned.
Now some 30 years later…ummmmm…Well, fortunately my sister never became a Jehovah’s Witness and after leaving, I was reunited with her because I actually shunned her because she never joined. Well, it was more like I distanced myself because she was considered bad association.
But, here’s the reasoning behind my attitude and why I felt this way:
All of the congregations we attended were a true testament of the love that Jesus spoke about in the Bible. Bottom line, my family and I could not refute that!
For example, when my father and I took a road trip and ended up being stranded on the side of the road on our journey back, my mom called her non-Jehovah’s Witness family to pick us up but they were too busy with their fishing trips and other personal projects and would not come to get us. But, when she called the brothers at the Kingdom Hall, they were all too happy to oblige. And they were our saviors that day. Talk about a true network of friends we could actually count on to assist us in our time of need. It was the best proof we had that said “yes, we have the truth”. And not to mention, at the time my dad was not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. However, my dad eventually got baptized based on all of the evidence of love being shown by the brothers in the congregation. Most people call that love bombing!
Furthermore, when I was hospitalized for 16 days for a serious illness, once again, it was the Jehovah’s Witnesses in our congregation that rallied around me and my family, providing us with support. We felt a close bond with the friends in our congregation, and we did not want to lose that connection.
So, even if the Internet was available back during that time, I cannot say whether or not I would take to heart the information being shared because my life was going all too well. Therefore, I’m most certain that there are many Jehovah’s Witnesses that belong to congregations around the world that feel the same way about their connections with the friends at their Kingdom Hall. They no doubt think this is the truth based on their connections with the brothers and sisters and the close bond that they share. To get those individuals to look at anything that slightly hints this may not be the truth, is not likely.
Fast forward to the advent of the Internet and being able to sit in the comfort of my own home and type the name “Jehovah” into my search engine and imagine all of the hits I got back discussing the topic about Jehovah’s Witnesses.
It was also during the time when I had moved to two different congregations that were the total opposite from the ones I was used to in the early days of my affiliation with the organization. The lack of love shown caused me to avoid the Watchtower Society cautioning us about the dangers of the Internet as I discussed in the following video:
Naturally, when things are going well, no one wants to rock the boat because they no doubt like the life they are living. And, of course, if I would have had access to the Internet during the good times, I might not have been so eager to look into the organization based solely on information I discovered online.
Take it from someone that lived to discover that the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society does not have the patent on the Truth. I encourage you to take the time to educate yourself about what you are getting into before you reach the point of no return. Baptism is a serious step that you take as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Especially so because if you ever decide to leave, you will be cut off from your family as outlined in the following video:
Now, the final decision is up to you whether or not you will get baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. But just like everything else in life, you should do your research before you buy or sign up for the product.
Each month, if a Jehovah’s Witness wants to retain their active status as a member, they are required to turn in a timesheet to report their activity for proselytizing. This entails providing the number of hours they spend talking to people about God and recommending that they attend meetings at the Kingdom Hall. They must also indicate the number of books, magazines and return visits they made on individuals interested in their message. When the Jehovah’s Witness turns in this timesheet, they are also required to sign their name and hand it in so the service overseer can keep track of their activity.
The Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society claims that the reason why Jehovah’s Witnesses count time is so that they can better manage their resources. For instance, they claim that they use this information to ascertain how many presses they need to buy, how much paper they will need to print more books and magazines or know what area of the country people are placing more magazines and books.
It’s interesting how the Watchtower always encourages people to look at the foundation or the history as to where a particular teaching comes from. Because Jehovah’s Witnesses have a tendency to deny that counting time is a requirement.
When Jehovah’s Witnesses were first told by the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society all over the world, that they would now be required to turn in the amount of time that they talked to people about God, many of the people said you’ve got to be kidding. It became an issue to the point where the Watchtower writers had to address it. People on the Watchtower editorial staff sat in meetings trying to find ways to convince Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world, that they need to turn in their time. They did so by coming out and making the statement that this is a requirement of God.
JT answers the listener submitted question: “Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses count time?”
Counting time is when Jehovah’s Witnesses are on the clock while they minister to others. Some people have encountered Jehovah’s Witnesses coming to their home. Members must report the time that they spend talking about God and account for the literature that they distribute on timesheets.
Comedians have joked about Jehovah’s Witnesses and their door-to-door activity by making comments like, once you let them in your house, you can’t get them out; don’t let them in or they will be there all day.
The reason why when Jehovah’s Witnesses are talking to individuals they are always long winded. It is because they are counting time, yes, they are on the clock.
Counting time is a teaching required by Jehovah’s Witnesses and is sanctioned by the Watchtower and according to them it is endorsed by God.
When the Watchtower first introduced the notion of counting time, there was a push back from the members. In fact, it became such an issue, that the Watchtower writers had to address this issue in order to enforce it. They did so by writing an article in the Watchtower stating that counting time, “is a requirement of God”. The name of the article, was called “Righteous Requirements”. [July 1, 1943 Watchtower]
JT used example of Pharisees washing up to the elbows as a requirement of God, instead of being introduced as common manners as an example of men making up requirements of God in the past.
Counting time is used to determine who will be promoted and get positions in the church in addition to managing resources.
JT compares the practice to forging a bounced check with God’s name on it.