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Jehovah's Witnesses - A Study in Hypocrisy

Updated on November 18, 2014

"hy·poc·ri·sy; hiˈpäkrisē/ - the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.

I was raised a Jehovah's Witness. After forty years in the organization, over eleven of them as a congregation elder, I'm often asked what it was that finally 'woke me up' and caused me to make a quick exit from the only religion and social circle I'd ever known.

I've pondered that question many times. It wasn't as simple as one thing that tipped me into a new state of mind; it wasn't one event or revelation that pushed me toward the door. No, it was actually a combination of two things that had gnawed at me for most of my life....including thoughts that troubled me all the way back to childhood.

Those two things? Hypocrisy and an obvious lack of love.

That may sound too simple...and while I mentioned a lack of love as one key reason for my departure, I will focus on that particular issue at a later time. For now, I want to share with readers the level of hypocrisy that not only lives among Jehovah's Witnesses, but is actually encouraged by the Governing Body.

Even as a young man I found my mind drifting to 'why?' more often than having a solid faith in the direction of the 'faithful & discreet slave' (recently changed from thousands of anointed ones, to only eight older men in Brooklyn; the Governing Body). Current Jehovah's Witnesses would point to that and say 'see, he doesn't have the right heart condition'....however, their claim isn't in accord with the very Bible the claim to hold as the 'breath of God'.

"Beloved ones, do not believe every inspired statement, but test the inspired statements* to see whether they originate with God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world." - 1 John 4:1, NWT

At an early age, I was shaped by the Scriptures. I held them as the ultimate authority on shaping my life, personality, etc. Despite many sins and growth, I continued to hold that objective throughout my entire adult life. I took it especially as important when I was appointed as a congregation elder at the young age of 27.

I took my appointment very seriously. It was trumped only by my type A personality...and my strongest goal: to be a man just like Jesus Christ...kind, compassionate, emotional, caring, simple and empathetic. In hindsight, I believe it made me a good elder; sought after by many in the congregation and beyond. However, it also is likely where the 'rub' began.

As a young man and then a mature 'servant' of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, there was never a time I could wrap my mind around several things that made no sense or weren't rooted in scripture. An example:

BEARDS

As you browse Watchtower literature and look at photographs, you will quickly notice that anyone that is a sinner, non-believer or evil is often times identified with facial hair

If your first reaction is "WHAT?".... you're not alone. While the world is fighting off demonic hordes, led by Satan himself in these 'last days'....while the world is dealing with disease, depression, famine and poverty.... Jehovah's Witnesses were worrying about..... facial hair.

Facial hair and specifically beards, were my first introduction to "Christianity ala carte". As a boy, I questioned why God's chosen nation of Israel had beards, why the Son of God had a beard, why great men of faith had beards, why Charles Taze Russell, founder of the Watchtower, had a beard..... and Jehovah's Witness men aren't allowed to even think about it!

The example of beards was a beginning point for me. None of the elders or adults in the congregation could explain to me why we weren't allowed to have them. They would waffle and say 'that isn't an important matter' or 'will that matter in paradise?' ... but I wasn't satisfied with such elusive reasoning. So I took to research and the Bible.... imagine my surprise.

The Bible makes no command for absence of facial hair. In fact, it makes just the opposite! The hypocrisy of the following was not lost on me...and it was this issue that made me coin the phrase "Christianity ala Carte" ....in other words, picking and choosing what you will apply or ignore, as if parts of the Bible had value, others didn't.

In an effort to make sure no one got a tattoo (yep, another crazy example), the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society reverts....yes, I said reverts....to the Mosaic Law to support God's view against tattoos:

"Significantly, the Mosaic Law forbade God’s people to tattoo themselves. Said Leviticus 19:28: “You must not make cuts in your flesh for a deceased soul, and you must not put tattoo marking upon yourselves. I am Jehovah.” Awake! 2003 Sep 22 p.26

However, notice the verse just before at Leviticus 19:27:

“You must not cut your sidelocks short around, and you must not destroy the extremity of your beard.”

Oops! Never mind that the entire Mosaic Law was considered imperfect and a tutor leading to Christ. Never mind that God himself ABOLISHED the Mosaic Law at His Son's death, including supernatural events in the temple... never mind that history shows those tattoos in ancient times were for pagan religious purposes........throw all of that out and consider the obvious:

One verse applies when it's convenient..... the verse right before it does not. Huh? How could anyone justify this stance?

And so...."Christianity ala Carte" was born.... and it was a phrase that would live with me until my exit as a grown man and elder.

The Governing Body quickly dismisses their own hypocrisy; despite it's devastating effects on millions of Jehovah's Witnesses
The Governing Body quickly dismisses their own hypocrisy; despite it's devastating effects on millions of Jehovah's Witnesses | Source
The YMCA is home to God hating apostates according to Jehovah's Witnesses
The YMCA is home to God hating apostates according to Jehovah's Witnesses | Source
The Watchtower has a long history of portraying the League of Nations and United Nations, as a tool of Satan.... so why were they members in any form?
The Watchtower has a long history of portraying the League of Nations and United Nations, as a tool of Satan.... so why were they members in any form?

A Long History of Hypocrisy, Lies and Double Standards

"He does not believe who does not live according to his belief." ~Thomas Fuller

I could fill this page with an endless array of examples of doctrinal hypocrisy from the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society. There are literally thousands of contradictory statements, 'guarantees', insinuations, outright lies that anyone can consider with very little effort.

Outsiders wonder 'how can they not see how bad this is?' The reason? The vast majority of Jehovah's Witnesses don't study. They don't read the Bible and very few read their own literature. For most, they adopt whatever they hear from the stage at a Kingdom Hall, Circuit Assembly, District Convention.... or from other Witnesses. Just being associated with 'the organization' frees their conscience to do very little in the way of study or research. They will simply keep the meeting and field service schedule and press on.

While some may easily dismiss this dynamic as 'no big deal', I can assure you that much of the Watchtower's hypocrisy has led to everything from poor self image to death.

Please note: The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society openly claims to be God's only representative on earth. They alone are in full understanding of the Bible and God's wishes. For those that question that authority, they are banished from the organization, including family and friends. Forever. Or until they beg for forgiveness and state they once again believe this claim.

Consider a few of MY favorite examples of Watchtower hypocrisy; ranging from the dumb and comical.....all the way to life altering:

YMCA

I was and still am, a fitness freak. I love the gym and I loved playing school sports as a high school kid in the United States. Aside from the fact that playing school sports meant you were a bad Jehovah's Witness youth, or, in the least 'bad association'.... imagine how confusing and bizarre it was to learn that going to the YMCA was tantamount to worshiping Satan himself!

Watchtower Magazine,January 1st, 1979, page 31

"In joining the YMCA as a member a person accepts or endorses the general objectives and principles of the organization. He is not simply paying for something he receives, such as when buying things being sold to the public at a store. (Compare 1 Corinthians 8:10; 10:25). Nor is his membership merely an entry pass, as when a person buys a theater ticket. Membership means that one has become an integral part of this organization founded with definite religious objectives, including the promotion of interfaith. Hence, for one of Jehovah's Witnesses to become a member of such a so-called "Christian" association would amount to apostasy."

So any exercise near a YMCA constitutes 'apostasy' or makes you an enemy of God. Because I work my biceps there, I endorse anything the organization says or does. The problem with this hard and fast, man made rule? How do we justify going to a hospital? Nearly every hospital in my hometown has been built and supported by churches, including, Good Samaritan, Emmanuel, St. Vincent's, etc. Does this mean I can't go to the hospital if I need medical care because I'll be an enemy of God?

Prepare yourself for some bizarre hemming and hawing ... as well as a cliché "oh that doesn't matter.' But keep in mind, people were exiled from the organization and refused love from family for going to the YMCA. Yes, it's true.

THE UNITED NATIONS

When you consider the staunch stance regarding a workout at the local YMCA, you drown in the gross hypocrisy surrounding the Watchtower Society and the United Nations.

For several decades, the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society taught millions of people that the United Nations is the "image of the wild beast" referred to in Revelation 13:1-18 and the fulfillment of the "disgusting thing that causes desolation" from Matthew 24;15. Millions and millions of pages, books, magazines, brochures and talk outlines highlighted how evil the UN is and the belief that that Jehovah will use the United Nations to destroy all "false religion" leaving only Jehovah's Witnesses on earth. "The Society" goes on to teach that the United Nations will then turn against Jehovah's Witnesses to destroy them, but Jehovah will intervene and destroy all political elements at Armageddon.

The evil of the UN was pounded into the minds of Jehovah's Witnesses meeting after meeting after meeting; as the very tool of Satan the Devil...a promoted stance reaching back to 1919. In the November 15, 1963 Watchtower, a resolution was written stating, in part "...To date 111 nations have given worship to this political image by becoming members of it. However, we, as witnesses of the Sovereign God Jehovah, will continue refusing to engage in such idolatrous worship..."

Imagine the shock when it was discovered the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society was an associate member of the United Nations Public Information Department starting in 1992. One look at the organization's charter reveals the shocking hypocrisy of "the Society." Remember, you're not allowed to workout at the YMCA or be a junior high school class president, but the very representatives of God, Christ's brothers, were associate members of the United Nations??

For those of us that conducted hundreds of Watchtower Studies on the subject, the hypocrisy was devastating.

BLOOD

The issue of Jehovah's Witnesses and their refusal of blood is well documented. I grew up with a "NO Blood" card in my wallet since as long as I can remember. I'm going to confess, I was very lazy in researching the Bible's view on blood; accepting the direction of the 'faithful and discreet slave" as it being a big 'no-no' in any circumstance.

I could fill an entire blog commenting on the lack of scriptural proofs, as well as the long history of doctrinal inventions, changes and medical studies.... but I'm going to skip that for now.

I can say that there have been many senseless deaths since the Watchtower stated it was a sin against God and disallowed in 1945. Many of those deaths were children. God was apparently very confusing in his message and wasn't concerned with the countless deaths, because the Watchtower's view on blood has changed at a dizzying pace. I encourage you to research the subject in depth.

However, for me it came down to one question that drew nothing but blank stares:

"If Jehovah's Witnesses can accept blood fractions from other people's blood....why can't we donate our blood for the same purpose?" In other words, Jehovah's Witnesses can take other peoples blood, but we can't share our's with them.

As you can see, the absurdity is monumental.

WAR, SMOKING and MONEY

Jehovah's Witnesses have long held to being politically neutral. They have always been vehemently against war or violence. The Watchtower and it's millions of pages of publications have long preached about a future paradise where war and political upheaval won't exist.

If one were to look through the past 100 years of history of the Watchtower Magazine, you would almost think that 'war' was a pet subject of the organization. Campaign after campaign, filled with illustrations, showed a future earth void of war. Millions of pages devoted to God's hate for all things violent.

The organization has gone as far as condemning R rated movies featuring war and shunning those that have military ties, including jobs.

It was shocking to find out that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society owns shares of military stocks, including major weapon manufacturers. With a careful look into SEC documentation, a person will find that the Watchtower Society owned over five million shares Rand Cam Engine Corp; known for manufacturing military weapons.

As if that wasn't enough, their strong campaign against smoking as a 'sin against God' resulted in many leaving the organization, hiding the habit or being 'disfellowshipped'... essentially shunned without any contact with family allowed.

.....only to discover that the Watchtower Society itself owns stock in Philip Morris Company, one of the world's largest cigarette manufacturers. The list goes on and on to include video game companies, as well as one of the world's largest oil companies.

Aside from demands that Witnesses not be involved in such things, the Watchtower openly rails against the "commercial system of this world", condemning big business. The irony? As of 2010, The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society had real estate holdings worth well over a billion dollars! Even more damning was the revelation that the Watchtower sent delegates to an international hedge funding conference at the British Museum in 2010! What is "God's organization" doing getting involved in hedge funds.....and isn't all monies donated from members, some of which are very poor?

Of course, donating got much easier when they began installing ATM machines in places of worship....something they condemned other religions for doing just a few years earlier!

COLLEGE & HIGHER EDUCATION

The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society has long discouraged higher education. College is looked at in such a negative light, that many Witnesses will literally consider you a sinner for even considering it. The entire attitude and thinking is driven by leaders (Governing Body) of the organization and has been going on for decades.

Watchtower, 1969:

"Many schools now have student counselors who encourage one to pursue higher education after high school, to pursue a career with a future in this system of things. Do not be influenced by them. Do not let them "brainwash" you with the Devil's propaganda to get ahead, to make something of yourself in this world. The world has very little time left! Any "future" this world offers is no future! ... Make pioneer service, the fulltime ministry, with the possibility of Bethel or missionary service your goal. This is a life that offers an everlasting future!"

The result of endless propaganda against an education?

In 1993, researchers published the result of a massive survey of trends within major religious groups. Barry A. Kosmin and Seymour P. Lachman conducted a National Survey of Religious Identification. The survey had a sample size of 113,000 people. Of the thirty religious groups included in the survey, Jehovah's Witnesses had the lowest percentage of their members graduate from college. (Kosmin BA, Lachman SP. "One Nation Under God," p. 258)

While some may see this as nitpicking, this one 'teaching' has led to entire generations of poorly employed Witnesses. It has left many without retirement money. Many are single parent families, holding true to moral laws, but with no education, they have no job.

Why is this one of my personal favorite "hypocrisy's?"

The world headquarters of Jehovah's Witnesses in Brooklyn, New York is filled with doctors, dentists, lawyers, engineers, technology and software leaders. How did they get there?

College.

For those that are obedient and don't go to college, you're encouraged to go 'door to door' for the rest of you lives on meager income. Those that do, get invited to serve the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society..... without pay.


Hypocrisy Personified

Diverting Attention from Practiced Hypocrisy

"One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others." ~Moliere

As an elder, I was always contemplating why we spent so much time bashing other religions. It reeked of insecurity to me. I would obtain new public talk outlines (given Sunday's in Kingdom Halls, formerly 45 minutes long) and just marvel at the material. Several outlines would begin with a mandated 20 minute introduction that consisted of heavy bashing of Christendom, as well as several other religions. Twenty solid minutes of why everyone else is wrong and how Jehovah is going to destroy them and let animals eat their guts. This was especially true of "Special Talk" outlines, designed to be given the Sunday following the memorial of Christ's death.

However, I couldn't find a single instance in the Bible where Jesus Christ based an entire talk or sermon on ripping other religions.

The Service Meeting and Watchtower Study were formatted in much the same way. It amounted to hours and hours of us saying "we are right, you're wrong and Jehovah is going to rip your guts out for it while we live in paradise."

This was hardly encouraging to most, however, it provided a mind numbing distraction from the realities of the organization. With so much time spent showing the 'warts' on other organizations or religions, the crowd of Jehovah's Witnesses miss so many wrongs. The common Witness spends zero time examining the religions history of error or ever changing doctrines. If they do happen to stumble on something, they give the organization a 'pass' as being imperfect...while judging other organizations as evil.

With the proliferation of the Internet and easily accessible information, the Watchtower has gone into overdrive to bury it's past...often times a past that is only a couple years old! They heavily pushing their website, something that was unheard of just ten years ago, when the Internet was considered dangerous for a Christian.

Their obvious hypocrisy is lost on members....
Their obvious hypocrisy is lost on members....

You're Evil...We Are Just Mistaken

"Many of us believe that wrongs aren't wrong if it's done by nice people like ourselves." ~Author Unknown

Much of what I have shared is known by many that have left the organization. Very little is new information. However, it may be new to you as a reader.

The leadership of Jehovah's Witnesses has gone out of their way for over a century, to separate themselves from all other institutions of this world. They've used the Bible, along with all of it's prophecies to try proving they alone have God's blessing. Aside from a great deal of supposition, fabrication and fantasy, they have failed miserably to uphold some of the basic tenets of Christianity.

In fact, as one delves deeper into the history of the organization, they find that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society doesn't differ from any other multi-million dollar business. They have corporate takeovers, law suits, scandal, sexual impropriety... you name it...it's all there for someone that is willing to read a newspaper, official documents or visit a landmark.

But most simply won't put out the effort. They stick to the Society's mantra "You're all evil...we've just made a few mistakes....but we are God's chosen one."

Whether one wants to chalk it up to laziness....being too meek....or not caring... the facts show the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society to be nose deep in hypocrisy. Some will ignore the damage it has done to countless lives, psyches and families.....some even choose to ignore the resulting deaths. However, some will not.

For the truly thinking person, a quote comes to mind:

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored.”
― Aldous Huxley, Complete Essays 2, 1926-29

About the Author

Darrin Hart was a Jehovah's Witness for over 40 years, 16 of them as an appointed elder and ministerial servant. He is the author of Leaving Jehovah's Witnesses - Practical Thoughts To Help You Survive and Thrive. For more information, visit:

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      Paula 3 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Darrin.....How very fortunate you awakened and were intelligent enough to walk away and leave the garbage behind you. My only knowledge of JW's is the few people I know who quite unsuccessfully tried to lasso me into their insanity. I literally laughed in their faces and have refused to even speak to them when I happen to run into them. Also, a friend of mine who lives in another state & who had been searching for as long as I've known her to find a church to join or a religion to cling to....sadly, I found out she had joined a Kingdom Hall. I was horrified, but she insisted she was "comfortable" with JW's.

      I sent her dozens of articles explaining the dangers, craziness and hypocrisy and that was all I could do. From what I understand, her life became unbearable and she became suicidal.....I felt badly but had tried my best.

      She went from a normal, happy and productive woman to a paranoid, depressed & unhealthy shadow of a person.

      Poor, poor "Mellow03"....looks like he/she is way beyond the point of no return. Sad, but it appears to me that the JW's attract low IQ, low intelligence individuals.....Of course they would denounce formal education. They like their subjects stupid....the more stupid, the better. (No offense Darrin, but you'd probably agree with me anyway, at this point) You were raised in that trash...you basically had no choice until you matured and knew better. This is why NO ONE should be forced into or indoctrinated into a church or religion until they have chose for themselves.....as rational adults.

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      Amigo 4 months ago

      Hi Bro, I am from Timor Leste, I have recently searching for any informations regarding this religion that I have being associated with for 17 years already, I found that this is the best presented article I have read so far for me to translate in my local language in order for others to wake up from this mind-controlled organization. Thanks heaps for the information.

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      Sanxuary 9 months ago

      Religion regardless of faith always amounts to hypocrisy. God requires free will and the individual relationship with him to determine salvation. Only God knows your path and what journey you are required to take to meet such obligations. To be blinded by this world for Earthly agendas determined by people will not help one to attain the spiritual maturity required in Heaven. No one shoe fits everyone and there are many paths that must be taken to find Gods purpose. Half the people I know would not meet the standards of people who claim to be devout. These people fear these people more then God. If you do your best to have a relationship with God and do know evil then god will allow you to mature. There is no club membership required and rules governing dress code and pretend sins for the sake of holding power over others. Good decisions have good results and bad decisions have bad results. Its not all sins and rocket science. Its good verses evil and no crown of rightousness will be given on Earth.

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      master-space 13 months ago

      Very nice post. Christ came to fulfill the mosaic law for us and He gave His life for us. Anyone or group that choose to follow the law of moses has denied Christ and should be ready to fulfill the whole law not leaving Any behind. Gal 3:2-3, 10-14

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      Darrin Hart 16 months ago

      Toloob,

      Was there something in the article that was untrue? Or you just didn't like the style of how the information was shared? thanks!

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      Toloob 17 months ago

      I love JW bashers! Clinging to exaggerated, disproportionate examples of why their exit from the religion is justified. There's a reason for that, I believe. Fear.

      Let's be clear, I am a former JW. I was disfellowshipped, but later gained reinstatement. I did this simply to help my parents who were being given grief by some for sticking close to me. The whole experience, during and after my troubles left me with a very bitter taste. Trying to gain reinstatement was hard. Mainly because of some of the judgemental, hypocritical members of the congregation who had made their minds up about me without knowing any of the facts (those same ones giving grief to my parents) However I was brought up, like every JW, to exercise humility. 'As much humility as Jesus showed'. Therefore I followed through with my plan. Now I do not attend meetings. I still struggle with some of my bitterness. But should this be directed at the religion?

      As the original post states, the bible teaches its readers to question everything man tells you to make sure it's in line with what is God's will. Each and every human being, including those that run religions, are imperfect sinners. Some are down right hypocrites and lawless, ungodly people. Of course, the fact that they are promenant in an organisation like this, means they are judged far more heavily by onlookers.

      The world is full of corruption. It's rife in just about every organisation. Those at the helm disgust me. From banks to football associations. But it doesn't mean the organisation is all bad.

      In my time as a JW I was never told beards are bad by anyone. I was never told half the things the original poster claims he was. If what he says is true, then he was part of the weirdest congregation I've ever heard of!

      While you bash, discredit or merely doubt, consider this. A large part of JW's are fine, upstanding people. They live their lives in tune with Bible principles each and every day of their lives. They follow each and every scripture. The bible itself a warns of people who can lead you away from doing good and it goes on to warn those that lead in the congregation that they must make sure they are cleaner than most as they will be judged twice.

      I didn't like what some elders told / preached to me about. I had my own account with God and some things I felt were right for me to follow and some of them not. Lambasting / mocking / criticising those who choose to follow makes you as bad as the elders you hold so much disdain for.

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      Oztinato 2 years ago from Australia

      Darrin

      I have always been concerned about any religion that claims to be "the only one". This appeal to superiority seems to have a strong pull on many people for some reason. It appeals to a very low level of human failings.

      In my own walk I decided to deliberately erode any sense of spiritual superiority by studying and appreciating ALL religions without any sense of differentiation. The various religions go hand in hand with the different races. Racial and religious tolerance are similar but beyond that is the actual real appreciation of other's religions and culture.

      You have suffered a lot and my compassion goes out to you.

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      Darrin Hart 2 years ago

      By far and away, the most criminal act of JW's is what they do to children. The harm isn't just evident in the moment, but decades later....with massive insecurity, no education, low paying jobs, relationship problems, sexual hangups, etc.

      They are a cult... doing massive damage to people that can take years of therapy just to manage later. For example, imagine being taught you will one day live in paradise with your very own lion... you don't need retirement or to take care of yourself!

      Their latest most disgusting campaign features a children's cartoon series where they're indoctrinating early and often. Of the most pathetic, is this version, where they openly try to get kid's ice cream money!!!!!

      http://rutube.ru/video/a8e49828a5ef804ab8f4aae2559...

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      Anomaly 2 years ago

      Thank you! Also, what is your view of Children in the cult? Do you feel that they should be given a choice vs being guilted, mandated, expected to go in service, expected to go to church x2 a week. At what age do you think they should be given this right to choose? What child doesn't want to participate in Birthday parties at school, Christmas, etc. I feel that this is cruel and unusual punishment. I feel so bad for children who are indoctrinated into this org with no hope of ever being happy. No hope of ever living a normal life. The rest of the world can't be wrong. We are not all going to hell. All religions are not wrong with the exception of the JW. Am I angry about this, you betya! I can't stand it, I can't stand to see the abuse. Tell me this, why does it seem that they all have money? Why does it seem that they are selfish. Doesn't it seem selfish to you to not participate in any holidays, birthdays. Just senseless. Thanks again for the page, i'm sure you feel better not having to live under those restraints. I believe the JW disallow people ( Kids Esp) to be themselves. Be who they want to be as they are afraid of Shunning! They are afraid of being guilted. This is a horrible thing.

      Also, lol.....Why are JW's so judgimental. They are even judgimental of the people within their own org? Does that sound fair? Does that sound like something that God, Baby Jesus, Allah, Mohammed would think is ok! I think not! Why is it ok for them? They think they are better than everyone else. They are not, they are lost, they are miserable, they are blinded, they are sheep, may god have mercy on them.

      What about the homeschooling. Don't you think that this is a disservice to children. No sports, No saluting the flag, what is this? How insulting is it that they say the pledge of aleg every morning in school and a JW is taught/guilted into not saluting the flag, where are we? lol....shameless. Thanks again Darrin.

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      Darrin Hart 2 years ago

      Anomaly,

      Your comments are spot on. As someone that was a long time elder, I saw gross hypocrisy at every level of Jehovah's Witnesses. They are definitely a cult.... I hope that seeing these articles or comments from people like yourself will save at least ONE person from the misery of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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      Anomaly 2 years ago

      I was raised as a Christian. I married into a Cult family. I have to say that this is the biggest group of hypocrite's I've ever seen. If you are going to talk the talk, you better talk the walk. The JW are a group of self-propelled elitist who really are misled sheep! It is a travesty that these people exist, push their BS were going to heaven, your not on us level minded people. I implore all to look within yourself, the hypocrites that you are and fix yourself. Being judgmental hypocrites isn't what god, Mohammed, Jehovah or whoever wanted for any of us. How dare you uneducated people think that you are better than us or elite? I really feel sorry for the cult members as they are waiting on something that will never happen and when we get to heaven, all the non JW's will be standing in the same line at the pearly gates wishing that they would not have spent their entire life’s following/belonging/idolizing a cult. When standing in line on my way to heaven I will turn around and say, boy I bet you wish you went to college instead of working in Starbucks for 8 bux an hour, I bet you wish you would have saluted the flag and not disrespected our flag in the name of Religion! ...what a long hard life you must have had. I probably won't be back to this page to read the crazy shenanigans the JW come up with but this article was a great read and thank you! Have a nice day.

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      Darrin Hart 2 years ago

      They truly believe they are above the law Kim. What they don't realize is many people are happy that JWs shun them! Count me as one!

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      Kim 2 years ago

      Thank you so much for your wise advice. I came into the world as a Catholic and a Methodist. I have never seen anything like what the JWs do, in the name of religion. For my friend, and his elder, the elder's wife, and everyone else who came to the door, I feel like they did me a favor. I challenged them until I was shunned. I am strong enough to deal with shunning. At work, I will say, the JWs prey on employees who are vulnerable, passing out Bibles and the Watchtower, on Federal Property. I'ts only a matter of time that we will file a Civil Rights Complaint.

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      Mellow03 2 years ago

      If you were in JW for 40 years, why not leave before? Why wait and you are an adult and you feel JW are right during your 40 years, the rest as an adult. I mean as soon as you become an adult. Do you always feel pressure from JW or you feel something negative from JW but choose to stay?

      You always think JW was wrong from beginning or you change from thinking they are right to wrong?? When you change your thinking from right to wrong? When you assume they are right, did they do that wrong you to make you feel wrong or right?? Happy and trusting as they show they can be happy and trusting with no mean face, but friendly face and nice to all people.

      If they are friendly and nice to all people, it was teach from the bible. If they are not and it is teach from them, then you can say they are wrong.

      The main thing is falsehood. If there is falsehood, that mean it is deception as if they assume as truth but it is falsehood, so it is deception to them. For mind control, meaning they want to leave but force to stay because of relationship with family and friends, and don't want to lose relationship if dis fellow ship. Which you called them mind control because they are in falsehood. If you think they are with God, they won't be called falsehood, but obey with righteous which it is from God. Not from human, which human offers impossible to success by human mean like no blood, which they will died and no come back from dead, so by definition if human offers no blood or will die by human mean that mean it is falsehood, deception, and mind control at once. Well, the main reason you left because you feel lack of love from them and hypocrisy which they should show love, but didn't. So, you label them all false because lack of love from JW?

      What kind of lack of love did JW show? What should JW do to show that they are right?

      You say they are wrong? You mention beard that was used in bible, but JW don't use beard, does that mean they are hypocrisy and they should used beard?? You are choosing the bible as they should follow. You mention the statement 'Christianity ala carte'. It is same with you by choosing.

      I mention in another post if an organization is good, it will show they are good in article. So, what did organization do that is bad that show in article, and you label JW wrong. If an organization is wrong, then the whole thing is wrong and you leave JW, like if you are in false religious, then you can leave them because as an organization that is the false religious teach is wrong.

      I read above, and don't see the JW is wrong because they don't say bad things or avoid people because they are different from them which it won't show love or relying on human means to success which it will cause problem because love is limit, so are power and other stuff that human possess.

      You may be in JW for long time, that doesn't mean you are right because of long time in JW. If I am in a cult, then why don't I leave them? I would if I want to. The problem you don't trust them be right because they don't say something negative that would label them to be wrong, if they say go to war, then you can say they are wrong because war means to kill people. It is different from Israel, but you can see the different process which Israel use and War that we currently use. They are with heaven government, not human government. So, what they do is not wrong, unless if it is from human government then you can say they are wrong because human are limit and same as other human. It will be illogical to label a human above over human, even they are both the same, only one person that is literally above which it is impossible to be equal, which it is God.

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      Darrin Hart 2 years ago

      Mellow,

      You're terribly lost. This isn't about individual Jehovah's Witnesses. The ENTIRE ORGANIZATION is based on falsehood, deception and mind control. I was a Jehovah's Witness for over 40 years.....I know very, very, very well what they teach. You're in cult. The proof is all there. Take care.

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      Mellow03 2 years ago

      Hi, all

      Do you think all JW are hypocrites?? That mean the organization are hypocrites that should be avoid, so you assume the paper that JW provide are hypocrites?? To do negative, when it should be positive that help people, but write in articles, or do action that hurt people or be involve in government that give help to people which come from human government, instead of God's Kingdom, which it is heaven government. One person or few person that you know to be wrong, don't mean the whole organization is wrong, which what they teach is wrong thing. Don't let few people that wrong you to block you from seeing from the whole thing from JW, which it is good. It is not fault of organization, but each person that is his or her own fault for wronging you. The point it is an organization or person that follow the bible will have no fault. What they did, didn't follow the bible or you assume they don't follow the bible don't need to block you from following the bible which it is open to all, which you can see in the bible that match JW which have no fault, if there is a fault from them - forgive them because as a whole JW are right. JW do not get involve in human government as a whole, but involve in Heaven Government. Which Jehovah will change.

      For example, it is good idea to forgive/support government or organization that do wrong thing, no it is not good idea because it will imply you are involved with them and support them, that would be wrong. (Well, to forgive alone is fine as not to wrong them or hold negative feeling about them, but with support is to accept their wrong action) But JW are right because they do show they are right from the bible. They do forgive, but not support them.

      Most JW have no major fault, but few do. All may have minor fault, but it is not that bad that cause damage to a person. Major or minor fault is regardless because Jehovah, his people can forgive people that have fault because they don't take care to remove damage, but Jehovah will remove damage, any kind and show love by showing love to people.

      Jehovah will remove damage and show love; Jehovah's people do show love, but not remove damage. Like if you are involve in government.

      Do you think organization teach the wrong thing?

      See the organization and the article as a whole so you can see if they are hypocrites or not. Don't look for few people that you know personally or know the process that they did wrong you, but you might not know the whole process that is what cause them to wrong you and if they are wrong, how are wrong is being take care?? First example, you might see what they do is wrong thing (not by hurt you or something but wrong action) like work for government or something but you don't know every details why they were there or if it is not exactly what you assume. Work for government don't mean support government that change things. If assume right which mean you know, but don't assume as a whole is wrong. Second example if I wrong you by touching in the wrong way and you know what I did to you, but you don't know how 'wrong' is taking care or assume that process is taking care of 'wrong' is right. But if I am to wrong you, then JW will know about it and disfellow ship me, if it is not disfellow ship, then it is because I will not do it again, and they accept as answer so I will not do it. That is process how 'wrong' is take care. And it is each individual's responsibility to forgive the person, 'me' because it is not the person that was wronged to decide right and wrong. That don't mean you can't feel hurt, just be happy if get hurt. But just be hurt, but not react in active manner to wrong them or stop talking to them because right action can cause the wrong to change his/her way because all want to have right action, that person will feel to do right action back. If Elders are wrong in this process, don't assume Elder allow 'me' to wrong other people, if that happen, then Elders are wrong. Don't assume whole organization is wrong because Elder are wrong. If Elder are wrong, Jehovah know all. It will work out at the end because Jehovah trusts the organization will take care the process and each individual in the organization to forgive the person that wrong them because organization will take care of 'wrong' thing.

      What matter is right action, and Jehovah will do the wrong action (major), but it is not really wrong action, but justice. Wrong action as punishment them in a big way will be wrong from the individuals, but from Jehovah it will be right because He knows all and decide right and wrong.

      It is almost same as what I wrote above if you have read or not. Don't assume everything, but know everything about what they teach and see what they do make sense in every way that is right which it is logical. Not wrong/right at same time or wrong at one time and right at different time that will cause to be hypocrisy, which it is illogical. But see each process.

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      Darrin Hart 2 years ago

      Over 100 years later.... and the vast majority of JW's are completely clueless. Tragic.

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      Darrin Hart 2 years ago

      Kim,

      I'm so sorry to hear what you have endured. I'm not in the least bit surprised. Many JW's have closet addictions; particularly to alcohol. Seeing elders and their wives drunk at 'get togethers' is a common occurrence. This man was likely one of many, sheltered 'predators' that hide within the congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses. As for tax evasion, many business owners (often times elders) are known to practice tax evasion. I'm also very familiar with an elder that has been involved in insurance fraud. Please don't get involved in this cult. It is a tragic study in human behavior and in attracting those that are troubled mentally and emotionally. They prey on these people for "Bible studies."

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      Kim 2 years ago

      Hello, thank you for posting my narrative. I appreciate it. I came to believe that the JWs are hypocrites, recently. My beloved friend (until he became a JW) and I work for the Federal Government. How can a JW work for the Federal Government and not salute the Flag!? We salute the Flag, for fallen heroes, practically everyday. He owns many homes, rents, and is entirely about making money, invests in the stock market, too. He tells me that profiting is OK in the Bible, and he is proud to say that he puts his federal checks in the drawer, while he earns money hand over fist elsewhere. Also, he is not the only JW in a large campus of federal employees. They are always on the hunt, which is against civil rights legislation. It is very sad that I have seen these people be drug addicts, sex addicts, entrepreneurs, slum landlords, tax evaders, propagating religion at work....Wow!

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      Kim 2 years ago

      I have a JW who is a colleague. He was very helpful, when I had a broken leg, getting me to work. Although his primary motivation, for getting me to work, was his access to my Narcotics. Soon, I found he was addicted to Narcotics. OK, I thought. He was such a good JW, I couldn't imagine he was addicted to drugs. Around my third leg surgery, he was demanding I get stronger drugs, which I did not. Of course, he sent the JW calvary upon me. Teams of JWs coming to my door on Saturdays. I was recovering from surgeries. I could not get to the door, and soon stopped answering the door. I read about the JWs. Told my friend I, in no way, shared any views of his religion, politely. No more drugs, no converting to religion. He began to assualt me verbally, and everyone else I knew, in the car, to and from work. I felt horribly abused, but I had a broken leg. I can't remember the first time he shunned me. The second time, I invited him to Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, just short of that, he also came onto me sexually, and told me he had thoughts of what it would be like between us (I am married). I was profoundly frightened. After the Thanksgiving incident, I told him he was a hypocrite for taking a holiday for Thankgiving. He should work! If he didn't celebrate, then work! That's the best way to get shunned by a JW - call him a hypocrite. He is brilliant at shunning me at work. Sad for him. He doesn't have much smarts. He is lazy, too. He just listens to what these elders tell him, and they are hypocrites, too. I am SO tired of hearing about the end of the world! It's over with me and JWs. If anyone announces he or she is a JW, I am running.

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      Mellow03 2 years ago

      Ok, do you have the whole story and where you get that story from?? Maybe what you say is true story, but not entirely true as a whole from that man's point of view and Elder's point of view, every details. You think that Elder knows that man did wrong and allow him to have a talker to people and he still doing it while at same time he is doing bad stuff, open. So, Elder didn't dis-fellowship him because Elders knows and allow him to sin open. And if not disfellowship, then he feels sorry in his action and change, but he didn't feel sorry in his action and change. So, by extend to allow him sinning open in congregation, so Elder also sin too. How open is this man sinning?? Open enough for people to know open that he is sinning. Maybe Elder do not know about it and will know about and let him know to reproof him, if not accept reproof, then will be dis fellowship. If it happens, then it is not by extension to entire organization, but extension to one congregation. If most or all congregation, then it is by extend to entire organization. Well, even one person do sin and baptized, the person will label that person one person to equal whole organization, (It is ratio example, but can decrease ration, by group of people to whole organization) it not needs to be because it is one person fault, not the whole organization's fault and not cause that person to not join the organization. What matters they have the info from the bible right, not what the person do. Of course a person can provide info right from the bible, but act different that doesn't match the bible, which called hypocrisy but GB is not hypocrisy. Even if one of them are, it will show in article that is hypocrisy also, but the articles are good and cause have good relationship with people and God.

      Do you believe JW as an organization?

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      Clarissa Bennet 2 years ago

      Mellow03/Khalif Foster: My understanding of what Jehovah's Witnesses are supposed to stand for is moral uprightness and following the rules laid out in the Bible including "no fornication." Why is someone who is a baptized member and goes out proselytizing every Saturday also in a sexual relationship with a woman to whom he is not married and suffers no sanctions from the other people or even the elders at the Kingdom Hall? Why is this man on social media very openly (in conjunction with committing the "sin" of fornication) sending inappropriate messages to young women and is still allowed to be out peddling the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses? Is this not the height of hypocrisy?? Why should anyone listen to what this hypocrite is saying when he indulges in these kinds of immoral behaviours? Why is he being allowed to continue proselytizing? Why is he being allowed to stand up before the congregation and give those four minute talks? Does this not prove the entire group at his Kingdom Hall in Hillsborough County are a pack of hypocrites and by extension the entire organization?

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      Mellow03 2 years ago

      It may be, Clarissa, but it doesn't mean the whole JW as an organization is hypocrisy that you can leave the organization that would be wrong and you except them to be perfect, relatively, by your definition of certain mistake you can accept, but that mistake that is much bigger in your view that would mean the whole organization is hypocrisy. Does that mean you view GOD as hypocrisy?? It does in your definition because He as perfect talk to us, imperfect, small or big in vary of sin but He trust us. What matters is the organization that provide info to you that is not hypocrisy that is won't cause you to be hypocrisy. But make you feel connect to God, Jehovah, that is from JW. Think about that carefully.

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      Khalif Foster 2 years ago

      It may be, Clarissa, but it doesn't mean the whole JW as an organization is hypocrisy that you can leave the organization that would be wrong and you except them to be perfect, relatively, by your definition of certain mistake you can accept, but that mistake that is much bigger in your view that would mean the whole organization is hypocrisy. Does that mean you view GOD as hypocrisy?? It does in your definition because He as perfect talk to us, imperfect, small or big in vary of sin but He trust us. What matters is the organization that provide info to you that is not hypocrisy that is won't cause you to be hypocrisy. But make you feel connect to God, Jehovah, that is from JW. Think about that carefully.

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      Clarissa Bennet 2 years ago

      Some Witnesses who go door to door preaching are such hypocrites in their private lives. One witness living in Tampa, Florida is baptized, goes to meetings, goes out in the ministry yet has a sexual relationship with a woman and committing fornication! He is also on facebook and twitter contacting and chatting with young women young enough to be his grandchildren. Now that is hypocrisy!!

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      Mellow03 3 years ago

      Ok, that means you believe I fear because of the word you use 'cognitive dissonance' which I have two belief, but refuse to believe, by flight or fight, the reality, but prefer to believe what I am being lying and what is lying cause me fear, over truth. That lying of change into paradise earth cause me to fear over reality. It is not just dying in future, but also peaceful in future too. So, you think I fear JW, over reality, but deep down I want to escape to reality, but can't escape because I feel that I will die in future?? That is your define of cognitive dissonance for JW??

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      Mellow....unfortunately for you, this post exposes your cognitive dissonance. If you've read my hubs, you would realize that it is you that isn't answering questions. You're defending the indefensible. It is followed with the typical fear mongering statement that insinuates people will be 'dying in the future' for not believing the nonsense. Take care.

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      Mellow03 3 years ago

      Ok, so it seems ya are not interest in truth by understanding the truth if you are misunderstood or truth itself which you used to be in as JW, but to align me to you. Because ya are not answering the question above directly. Because I know what I wrote above make sense, but you haven't counteract or agree what I write above, the last of my post before this one. Last statement: be aware in future all things will change as to live or to die, I don't mean temporary, but ever-lasting. I guess ya don't care if ya want to live or die. T'care, Darren.

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      I'm guessing you're counting 'service time' for this. Best wishes Mellow.

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      Mellow03 3 years ago

      Ok, I have been searched by JW. So, I am in the truth, so not need to be search more. But you think ya need to search more for truth, since you believe JW is not truth? Then in a free explanation that you can give, what is truth here, without going to eBook to buy so to see what is your truth now. Do you believe in God and to be under God or not have to be under God and can do whatever you want?

      If you still believe the bible that you can be under, then the scripture is '1 Corinthians 14-33'. God of order that despite of disorder you might find by you saying 'Hypocrisy and Loveless', but within a whole, there is order and can trust people to change their ways to 'Love' so there is no hypocrisy as they follow the bible.

      Does it makes sense what I type above as in other post is truth or not? What better truth do you have or you prefer your own truth as whatever your decision is, that mean not under God. When I say truth, I don't mean relative truth as it can be seemingly different in person's point of view, but absolutely truth which it is logic that don't change, which it is under God.

      Jehovah as perfect, do not accept human to be perfect otherwise He will prefer only Perfect Human, and imperfect human won't exist, but we do exist, then He want us as trust other imperfect human, in mix with perfect human, that is Jesus. He don't not discriminate, but want both perfect and imperfect human, but imperfect can change to perfect. So, basically, is your truth will lead to perfect or need to be under organization as they are under truth? Which is JW, as behind JW is Jehovah behind the Witnesses. He knows there are loveless and hypocrisy, but trust them to be perfect as they can follow the bible. So can you.

      Look in past and see if JW are bad as you say that not follow the bible or do follow the bible. I mean as a whole that is in article and GB that follow the truth. Not individual that might not follow the bible, but above individual, which it is the leader, Elder, that do follow the bible. If leader don't follow, then higher, which is GB that provide info in article to follow. The truth with article that explain the truth in simple and expanding way is in JW Organization.

      You want the truth as you were an adult so you didn't leave after you became adult, but stay in JW. So, you left because they don't follow the bible because of you say your reason for 'hypocrisy and loveless'.

      But your leaving do not make it the whole thing to be truth to you and to all humans and to God and make everything fine as if you will live forever. It is God's Truth to follow, but within God's Truth, there are people that don't follow truth perfect but God trusts them, so you can trust them, the GB. GB do help us to follow truth easily thru articles that expand and explain the bible.

      Jehovah forgive us, which mean trust us to do right thing as it is easily to do so because GB helps us in easy way to follow thru the articles that are under the Bible.

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      I encourage you to read my eBook for the answers to all of those questions. Keep searching.

      eBook: https://payhip.com/b/BeyN

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      Mellow03 3 years ago

      Why I am very confused? If I am confuse, I can see thru and grab the logic and not to be confuse, but what I explain make sense and logic, so my explanation why it is not confuse because you can trust WT. And why you can trust them because we are not imperfect, it makes sense to see mistake, but move on because as a whole because those mistake you see and feel will not hurt you. As a whole you trust them. Of course, if that person is not under God, and you are under God, that means you can't trust them because that person can't give you eternal life, at best they can do to make you trust them in best way they can, that don't mean it is always right, but as a whole you can trust them because they will not hurt you at the end.

      Even you get hurt by those mistake. It is not as big as it will kill you. So, you think WT are wrong that will kill you because they are not under God. You are under God as you will live forever. God trust us because we are sinful, compare to God that is not sinful, but He trust us, so you can trust them to do the right thing. Ya have been in WT for long time, and you left because of love and hypocrisy, but those wrong that you feel from them is small, compare to big wrong which lead to death. God trust them, the people you don't trust because they are hypocrisy. All sinful people are relative hypocrisy. All you have to trust them to do the right thing, because WT do the right thing, they follow the bible.

      Tell me why you think they don't follow the bible? I am sure that is not your main reason for leaving, not because they are hypocrisy and loveless, but they don't follow the bible. Maybe you connect hypocrisy and loveless with follow the bible. You might think they are wrong in follow the bible because they are loveless and hypocrisy, right? If wrong, what is the answer?

      What is the truth to you now? If I have a lot of work to find the truth, ya can explain to me.

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      Again, you're clearly very, very confused. For example, you stated "WT do trust the bible and follow it"

      No Mellow, they do not........ you have a lot of work to do to find the truth of the matter

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      Mellow03 3 years ago

      Yea, but you forgot one thing, you trust people, like your friends and other stuff. And in the bible, there are people also, so people that read the bible, trust the bible, even there is people in the bible. Like Paul and others, so WT are people also, so you can trust them. Ya say don't trust men, but you do opposite because you trust your friends, family, and people that you like. You do trust them. In bible, there are men. It is same as WT, they are men to be trust because what they provide from bible. No one is perfect, after all, God don't except us to be perfect because we die, that means we are not perfect, but He trust us because He knows we can do good to other people and follow the bible. For blood doctrine, it is from the bible. If you trust the bible and God as person, you would see it; if you don't trust the bible and God as person, just human that is all. WT do trust the bible and follow it.

      If I am wrong, explain to me in logic way how that I am wrong and JW is illogical. What is seemingly illogical, is not really illogical, but logical base in trust in future that it will happen as if it happen now. You trust God, but not see God, but know He is there in logical way as what He does to us.

      What is different between organization that JW have and bible's define of organization?

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      Mellow,

      I appreciate your passion and dedication to your beliefs!

      However, you're deeply confused if you think JW's have anything to do with God. The Bible doesn't teach the concept of an 'organization' as being necessary for salvation.......men do.....namely Jehovah's Witnesses.

      Psalms 146:3 is straightforward in saying you should never put your trust in men, and yet, the Watchtower prints comments like this:

      w13 11/15 p.16 par.17 -- " At that time, the life-saving direction that we receive from Jehovah’s organization may not appear practical from a human standpoint. All of us must be ready to obey any instructions we may receive, whether these appear sound from a strategic or human standpoint or not. "

      Yes they are very dangerous......having lead to the deaths of innocent people with a false blood doctrine, neutrality and suicide.

      Do not trust men....... yet you do. Dangerous.

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      Mellow03 3 years ago

      Ok, so I lost credible conversation, but you are doing this and put comment to help people. So, what you say might make me leave this religion? So, every person can be a therapy. Why would you say seek therapy?

      You haven't reply to my post above because you say I lost credible conversation, so you will not reply to post. Ok, so you think I ignore everything and accept it is good or I accept hypocrisy as it is ok. No, it is good ya left because of hypocrisy because it will hurt you and not make you happy, so you leave so it will make you happy.

      Hypocrisy as you want something opposite, but they do act opposite, so you don't feel connect to them. So, like I say lack of love and hypocrisy can be same. So, you want love. So, I will expand above, so they don't teach truth as you say, because they have lack of love and hypocrisy?? But they are not perfect, so there are mistake. It doesn't means they are wrong, even they are wrong in small way.

      Anyway, do you feel religion is important as connect to what believe God is true and a person or not?? If you believe God is true and a person, then you believe God will change to make it better unless you believe everything will remain the same as I mention above. If things going to change, then can be in right religion like JW because they make sense. The key point is main teaching from JW that will affect people. If they don't match main teaching then they do not follow, but not mean they are wrong. Because they, the people are wrong in small way, but bigger way, the teaching are not wrong because they follow the bible. You say you want to help me, so you can debate me to make me leave if you think you are right. But you can reply to my post above, why I am wrong. What I say above and this one make sense, what is your counter to that? If you believe in God and a person, since you might do since you were 40 years as JW, but you can expand and see what JW teaches? Do they teach wrong and hurtful, despite of (JW) people's attitude to you? If you believe they are cult, then you believe they teach hurtful and bad stuff to hurt people?? Or lying to them thru good words (articles and words) to control them, and they, the leader, can hurt them after they trapped them. We are here because we are in time, so you have to be patient, 100 years in past is not same as forever in past, each past up to future action as another past, both are different because it will happen. Nothing is absolutely the same, since technology grow, human expand, and knowledge expand and etc. So, God will action soon, but not as soon as human, but soon from God's point of view. God is bigger than us. And when you say why we are here 100 years after 1914, and you think they are wrong, that means you think they human will change everything, but humans didn't change it, so you left them. You may be right because it is too big for human and they are same level as human, so they can't change. It is like you were JW in past, but assume JW is about humans, not God. But JW is not about human. It is not Humans' Witnesses, but Jehovah's Witnesses, so, Jehovah as true if you believe in God and a person, He will change. As Jehovah believes in us, which you don't.

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      Mellow,

      I think you've lost any credible conversation when you made the following comment:

      "but what the Watchtower teaches is truth, so you can stay with them because it is right teaching about true God"

      Please explain to us how the Watchtower is teaching 'truth?' Why are we still here 100 years after 1914? There are literally hundreds of way's to prove you're incorrect....the Watchtower has never taught truth.

      I'm truly sorry you're caught up in this tragic cult. I encourage you respectfully to seek therapy, as well as study this 'religion'....you clearly haven't.

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      Mellow03 3 years ago

      Hi, it seems people left JW because of lack of love and hypocrisy. Which hypocrisy and lack of love can be the same. But those are people, and they do sin, so what you see to them, what they do to you is wrong, but what the Watchtower teaches is truth, so you can stay with them because it is right teaching about true God and not all JW are like that or you assume they are like that because you feel negative from JW, then you overreact negative, not in balance negative way. Not try to understand why they react like that or forgive them or it is not big negative as you think or assume. But what matter they teach the truth and you stay with them because of people or because of true God that you want to get involve? And you can be nice to them by try to agree, forgive and other stuff because it is true. If you believe in God and He is a person, then you believe He will changes everything to make it better. So, JW teaches that. Which it is paradise earth. What I say make sense, which it is basically you feel negative from JW people, so you overreact or/and not to forgive their balance negative to you, but what JW's leader teaches is true, so it is positive teaching, not negative teaching, so what is your argument against that? (Balance negative means as you react in right way, for example, if person not say hi to you, you feel hurt, but that hurt will disappear, not over react that you feel very hurt, so you left JW or you hurt that person in vary way, indirectly or directly). It is an example so you can understand. I am sure JW teach in balance way, not over/under in negative way. Because what JW teach make sense. Ok, you might feel negative because of directly from JW or indirectly from your parents. So, the articles that they teach are under the bible. If you believe the bible about the result that God will change or you believe the bible about the result that God will not change but will be same as ever. Birth/death, No suffer/suffer, Sin/No Sin, and so on. I mean in overall, it is up and down.

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      Aaron 3 years ago

      JW are banned by my government in my nation, and I thank my Daddy God for it. They just as the same certain religious extremists in the middle East.

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      Aaron 3 years ago

      Even in watchtower's bible have John 3:16. Then why are they denying Jesus as the Son of God which He still is. And John 14:6 have clearly written He is the way, the truth and the life. And their denial of the blood contradict what on Hebrews 9.22.

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      Kanani,

      I'm so sorry. Your story is similar to my own: married at 19, child early..... it is what the Watchtower Society has done for generations. They are an insidious organization. Personally, my greatest regret was not attending college. It was forbidden in the 1980s when I was a teenager.

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      Kanani 3 years ago

      I was raised as one of Jehovah's witnesses for about 18 yrs when I got disfellowshipped. Your comment and quote on higher education is so true. I have heard that talk numerous of times, how You shouldn't go to college but instead go full time into the ministry. This was so true, i was outed out of school and home schooled to make the ministry my number one priority. I eventually was never given school work and it didn't bother my mother i wasn't going to graduate high school. By the age of 14, that's what I thought I wanted to do was be in the ministry full time...or rather what I had to do., so that's what I did. I became baptized and became a full time pioneer. However, even with doing what was supposed to be the right thing, No one in my conservation would befriend me or support me. This didn't just happen in the congregation that I got baptized in, but also in my previous congregation and the one I was in afterwards. Each congregation I went to the people were never friendly with me and very judgmental of me. I then found friends outside the congregation who didn't judge me and accepted me. By this time I still never thought college was an option bc I was supposed to be in the ministry. Before I knew it I was living a double life as they would put it. I winded up dating a guy and got pregnant bc my worldly friends were the only ones I felt lived and accepted by. I got reprimanded but still continued to do what the witnesses wanted. I was shunned even more. But what disgusted me even more was that after I gave birth and I had this adorable baby, all of a sudden everyone wanted to talk to me and be friendly. I eventually stopped going to the meetings and got pregnant again. This time I did get disfellowshipped bc I refused to talk to the elders. I didn't even get my hs diploma until after I had both my children at 19yrs old when I realized I didn't want to be a high school dropout and wanted/needed a good job to support my kids. I then decided to go to college and broke up with my bf for various reasons. I am currently in college more and find it very difficult to be a ft student and mother, and work pt. Has I know about college and got encouraged to go, I'm highly confident I would not be a single teenage parent if two. Going to school has opened up so many possibilities, which I often have to sacrifice bc I have kids. School has provided me with the confidence and acceptance I was looking for with the with the witnesses. I don't regret having my children, but I definitely think I wouldn't have been a teenage mother if I knew there were other options in lIfe besides the ministry. I began noticing the hypocrisy with my own mother and then the congregations. The congregations were shiwed their light

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      Hurting Grandma,

      I'm always devastated to read stories like yours. They are far to common. As someone now in their 40's, I too was once a child that completely surrendered his dreams ....giving my allegiance to a cult. If your grandchildren are minors, it's going to be very difficult to openly persuade them away from their parents. However, I strongly recommend planting little questions in their minds.....things that will make them think as they grow and develop their own way of thinking. It is extremely easy to prove how wrong Jehovah's Witnesses are....however, if they get someone at a young age, they are excellent at planting a seed of fear and disloyalty in anyone that would question the organization.

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      HURTING GRANDMA 3 years ago

      so I am not of any religion.only believe in family and the goodness of the heart. but my deal is my son and his wife broke up she has the kids and they are being raised jw's . my grand babies have went from wanting to go to university having some sort of career to residing themselves to not going to school and taking very low paying jobs. needless to say they are becoming more and more lifeless, no abitions no desires no friends. they are young and I tell them when they grow up it will be there choice but they come back and say they can't be a fireman ,doctor,nurse ,artist etc. it's not that I think any other job is less worthy but they are so little and the dreams and life is just being sucked out of them. I don't get to see them very often but when I do we laugh ,and hug and play. they want to stay. they don't even get much help with studies as it is not a priority. although dressing up and going door to door and study their bible is a must. at such a young age I fear for their ability to make friends later on. sports is not an option and camp is never allowed. it's like they don't want them out of their clutches. I don't want them to grow up mindless un affectionate robotic unhappy human beings. help do I have rights.

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      Thank you for your thoughts lone77star.....you've given me quite a few things to think about. However, you touched on one that resonates with me: Jesus message was simple. Believe in him or not, what man has done to a SIMPLE message is truly staggering.

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      Rod Martin Jr 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Truths mixed in with half-truths and lies can be a potent force for evil.

      Thanks for this enlightening article.

      I'm beginning to suspect that there is a powerful group financing the destruction of Christianity and possibly other religions, too, from the inside and the outside. But this group of psychopathic elite are corrupting more than religion; they're doing it to every aspect of human existence. They're doing it slowly, methodically, over the last 2 centuries. They were even instrumental in creating the United Nations. Research "Agenda 21," "New World Order," and "IPCC scandal," for some examples of this beast in action. Look on YouTube for the late Aaron Russo's last interview (with Alex Jones) and the secret plans revealed to Russo by one of the Rockefellers.

      Biblical literalism may not be one of their corruptions, but it could have been supported by their money early in the 20th century. I could be wrong on this, but it fits the Rockefeller style of corruption.

      I grew up in a Southern Baptist household, but by age 9, I realized that something was not quite right. I have spent the last half century investigating and comparing -- looking for patterns.

      Only recently did I discern that biblical literalism is itself a corruption. But so is the idea of denominations or a leadership which dishes out dogma. The spirit of scripture is Truth; the letter is not. Truth cannot be written in any mortal language; it can only be approximated.

      Jesus taught with difficult parables in order to make his audience humble and hard working, because the path to salvation is a difficult path -- not an easy location. The literalists want it easy, so they will miss the spirit of scripture. This is one of the most pernicious and subtle corruptions of Christianity.

      The biggest barrier for us is ego. Jesus talked about this when he said that the first (egotistical) shall be last. Only the last (most humble) shall be first.

      The Rockefellers and their psychopathic brethren have become quite adept at playing egos like a symphony. They buy the leadership of groups and corrupt them, just like JD Rockefeller did of politicians in the late 19th century.

      We must remain humble and hungry for answers, for none of us know all of God's Truth.

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      Dwain 3 years ago

      Great Page!!!!!

      Thank you so much!!!

      55 Years a WT Slave!!!!! I still can't believe how blind I have been all these years!!!!!!!!!

      Dwain

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      It sure is Adam.....it should be disturbing to Jehovah's Witnesses....but unfortunately, so few even read the Bible.

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      Adam 3 years ago

      If you look in the index of the New World Translation for tattoo and beard you'll notice that Leviticus 19:28 is listed for tattoo but that Leviticus 19:27 is not listed for beard. This is full fledged, intentionally planned, misinformation.

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      Darrin Hart 3 years ago

      Thank you bethperry! I'm so glad you saw through the hypocrisy and hate that JW's promote!

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      Beth Perry 3 years ago from Tennesee

      Thank you so much for posting this Hub and sharing your experiences. Some of my first husband's family were Jehovah's Witnesses, and while part of them were nice enough folks, others were downright scary people. When we had our first child they gave us some of their literature, and I had never seen such ugly and hateful propaganda in my life - and this from a couple that claimed they wanted to put off having children until the "New world". I cheer for you strength to leave this cult, and wish you much happiness in life.