Jehovah’s Witnesses – Who has the Final Say, Jehovah, Jesus or the Watchtower Society?

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Throughout the history of Jehovah’s Witnesses, they have always been in the habit of looking to the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society to provide guidance on how they are to conduct themselves in the most mundane tasks such as the type of toys they can buy, the type of movies they can watch, where they can work, dress and grooming, the type of medical procedures they can accept and the list goes on.

In time, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society realized that having their members quote them or have the appearance that they are looking to them for guidance, can give the impression that Jehovah’s Witnesses are some how under the dictate of some higher power within the organization. Rather, they want others to think that the Witnesses came up with these ideas on their own. In an effort to avoid giving the appearance that they are influencing its members, the Society’s journalists wrote an article in the March 15, 1998 Watchtower using a third person approach by stating that some Jehovah’s Witnesses prefer to use such expressions as“the Bible says” or, “I understand the Bible to teach.”

JT uses critical thinking to show how the Watchtower’s talking points at times are completely flawed because there are some Watchtower teachings that cannot be found in the Bible.

March 15, 1998 Watchtower, Pages 18-19
Living Up to Christian Dedication in Freedom

3 Someone may argue that the way the Witnesses speak about the Watch Tower Society—or more often just “the Society”—indicates that they view it as more than a legal instrument. Do they not consider it to be the final authority on matters of worship? The book Jehovah’s Witnesses—Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom clarifies this point by explaining: “When The Watchtower [June 1, 1938] referred to ‘The Society,’ this meant, not a mere legal instrumentality, but the body of anointed Christians that had formed that legal entity and used it.” The expression therefore stood for “the faithful and discreet slave.” (Matthew 24:45) It is in this sense that the Witnesses generally used the term “the Society.” Of course, the legal corporation and “the faithful and discreet slave” are not interchangeable terms. Directors of the Watch Tower Society are elected, whereas Witnesses who make up ‘the faithful slave’ are anointed by Jehovah’s holy spirit.

4 In order to avoid misunderstandings, Jehovah’s Witnesses try to be careful about how they express themselves. Instead of saying, “the Society teaches,” many Witnesses prefer to use such expressions as, “the Bible says” or, “I understand the Bible to teach.” In this way they emphasize the personal decision that each Witness has made in accepting Bible teachings and also avoid giving the false impression that Witnesses are somehow bound to the dictates of some religious sect. Of course, suggestions as regards terminology should never become a subject of controversy. After all, terminology is of importance only to the extent that it prevents misunderstandings. Christian balance is required. The Bible admonishes us “not to fight about words.” (2 Timothy 2:14, 15) The Scriptures also state this principle: “Unless you through the tongue utter speech easily understood, how will it be known what is being spoken?”—1 Corinthians 14:9.

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Jehovah’s Witness – Can you find true friends at the Kingdom Hall?

Jehovah Witness Friends

This podcast provides some eye opening thoughts on the Jehovah’s Witness faith and how their members have a very limited social network.

A circuit overseer gave a talk at the Kingdom Hall, Widen Out in your Love. His talk outlines the need to reach out and show love to the brothers and sisters at the Kingdom Hall. During the talk, the circuit overseer discusses how the individual slowly drops all of their friends and family to become part of the Jehovah’s Witness faith. He asks a very interesting question, “how do we treat these individuals after they get here”?

That is very interesting. There are many Jehovah’s Witnesses that feel left out of the clique and have no outlet. It is a shame that many people give up everything in life and have very little to look forward to in terms of friendships when they become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They do not feel the love that the brothers and sisters are supposed to show as they tout themselves as the only true religion.

 

Young People Ask: Should I Go To College?

 

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According to a recent Pew Study, only 9% of Jehovah’s Witnesses have completed college. It is no wonder because each year prior to high school graduation, Jehovah’s Witness youth are discouraged from seeking higher education at the annual Regional Conventions. Not to mention, those that take up the full time door-to-door ministry are praised for making the best choice in life. This video is encouraging the young ones to pursue their education because once they graduate, they are done with school. But, when they pursue the Watchtower’s agenda, they will be on a never ending cycle of preach, preach, preach for the rest of their lives with no end in sight.

 

Ken Speaks…LGBTQ and Jehovah’s Witnesses

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There is a group of individuals that we have yet to provide an outlet to tell their story and what it is like being part of the Jehovah’s Witness religion and that is the LGBTQ community. Since our podcast focuses on helping individuals to realize that this is not the truth and to help them understand that they are not alone, this group of individuals needs assistance and support as well. Therefore, when Ken reached out and wanted to talk about his life and what it was like growing up as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and being gay, we could not turn our back on his experience.

The discussion is not about the gay lifestyle, it is actually a conversation that we could never have as Jehovah’s Witnesses. Ken is very pleasant and talks about some topics that really makes you go hmmmm…as he brings up information that truly blows the lid off of keeping it real when it comes to how individuals really feel about their lifestyle choices. No matter what you are forced to believe, if a person feels a certain way, you cannot change that.

Resources

The Trevor Project

Gay & Lesbian Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses – FACEBOOK

List of Gay & Lesbian Rights Organizations

Preventing Suicide in LGBTQ Youth

International Association for Suicide Prevention – Resources Groups at Risk – LGBT

 

 

 

 

Critical Thinkers want to know…why do Jehovah’s Witnesses Attack the Messenger?

Jehovah Witness Attack Messenger

When Former Jehovah’s Witnesses come online to tell their story about their experience in the religion, why is it that current Jehovah’s Witnesses engage in attacking what they have to say? Instead of having an intelligent dialogue with the person relating their story, the Jehovah’s Witness will make snide remarks and comments that have nothing to do with the material being presented.

Former JW’s are simply stating what they have read in Watchtower publications and providing some insight into their own personal history with the organization. Therefore, we are here to help other people use critical thinking when they read the Watchtower and see how they have changed many major teachings, some of which have caused individuals to lose their lives.

This podcast discusses how the Watchtower has condemned other religions for not allowing their members to use critical thinking. And then to add insult to injury, the Watchtower has taken away the rights of their own members to engage in independent thought.

 

Remembering Watchtower 20 Years Later

Back Down Memory Lane (1)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.