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When most people wake up and realize the real truth about religion, they want to tell everyone. Because Jehovah's Witnesses have been trained to shut down when others speak negatively about the Watchtower, Bible, & Tract Society aka JW.ORG, you have to take a different approach when dealing with your loved ones. When individuals are learning about becoming one of Jehovah's Witnesses, they do not learn about religion all in one day. It is exactly the same when you leave the organization. You have to come to certain realizations, and for many, it is difficult to accept what they have come to appreciate as being teaching from God. When speaking with your family or friends, it is important that you ask the right questions. Simply telling a Jehovah's Witness about the Watchtower Society's affiliation with the United Nations or providing them with information about the Australian Royal Commission is not enough. Every Jehovah's Witness at some point in time has questions in the back of their mind as to the validity of certain Watchtower teachings.
However, it is the goal of the Watchtower Society to keep their members busy, and this will keep them from waking up to the realization about the fallacy of the teachings, We have come to appreciate that most people leave the religion when they are personally affected by something that takes place at the Kingdom Hall. It's as if until they meet with what we term the cold hand of steel, they wholeheartedly believe that the Watchtower Society speaks for God.
The culture of the Jehovah's Witnesses is to keep all conversations positive where they do not talk negatively about the organization. Otherwise, it would not take long for them to collaborate and talk amongst themselves and come to the logical conclusion that when it’s all said and done, they are working for free for a book publishing corporation.
We encourage you to take your time when trying to introduce your family and friends about what you have come to discover about the organization. We recommend that you help yourself first. We use the analogy of when there is a need to put on an oxygen mask in case of an emergency, and parents are instructed to put their mask on first prior to putting it on their child. Otherwise, you could pass out from a lack of oxygen, and the small child would be unable to assist you. The same is true when leaving the Watchtower. You need to get yourself to safety before you go back to make an attempt to rescue your loved ones.
For more details tune in to this video How to Rescue My Family From Jehovah's Witnesses.
We are asked this question all the time. In fact, when Daniel sent a link to one of our videos to his aunt Carolyn to help her to appreciate some of our online activism, to his surprise it met with opposition. She wanted to know why he was bashing the Jehovah's Witnesses.
Understandably, to outsiders and individuals that do not understand what goes on behind the scenes in the Jehovah's Witness religion, they may quickly begin to reason that our activism is nothing more than an all-out attack against a group of people that have done no harm to anyone.
However, if that were the case, then we would not feel the need to bring to light many things about this religion that individuals need to learn about. In fact, just recently, there was a triple murder-suicide by a Jehovah's Witness that was under extreme stress due to the effects of the Jehovah's Witness shunning policy. To read more about the story, I've included a link below.
Friends: Jehovah's Witnesses shunning drove Keego Harbor mom to murder-suicide.
This religion inflicts pain on families, have put their lives in danger based on their unscriptural policies related to not taking blood transfusions, organ transplants (they have since changed the rules on this, but think of the countless individuals that died when the rule was in effect), allowed their members to be imprisoned for refusing alternative service jobs during wartime (in some countries individuals are still serving prison sentences). They have also caused much harm to women and children for not calling the police for domestic violence and child molestation cases. Instead, they ruled to handle such cases in the house as a result of not bringing any reproach against the organization. Countless individuals have suffered needlessly, and their lives will never be the same.
The Jehovah's Witnesses also discourage individuals from seeking higher education and put them under constant fear, obligation, and guilt as a means to make them do more for the organization. They use scare tactics to discourage their members from leaving the organization, thereby not allowing those that remain faithful to the group to shun all that leave. As a result, people have been cut off from mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and grandchildren who have been barred from seeing their grandparents. We know individuals that have not spoken to their family in 30+ years. We ask that you decide whether or not our YouTube channel is bashing the Jehovah's Witnesses because we are raising public awareness about the group.
Check out the video Why Are we Bashing Jehovah's Witnesses.
Interestingly, the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society teaches its members that if they leave their faith, it is tantamount to leaving Jehovah God. This statement is based on a false premise.
As a critical thinker, you have to examine what is being presented and realize that if a group of writers claims that they are not inspired, how can they make a claim that to disagree with their teachings is the same as leaving God. Jehovah's Witnesses, like many other members in high controlled groups, experience spiritual abuse at the hands of those making them believe they are bad people because they do not accept their doctrine. When you leave or contemplate leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses, many people have been taught that they have to go to another place of worship. Mainly because that is what they are taught by the Watchtower. In fact, the Watchtower teaches that there is no other place to go where an individual can find the truth. It is the same thing that happens to women or men in abusive relationships. When the abused person wants to leave, the abuser flat out explains that the person cannot survive without them. The abused person believes this and decides to stay out of fear that they cannot make it alone.
It is our aim to help individuals to appreciate that just as it would be unlikely that a person getting out of a bad relationship is not quick to get into another one, the same is true with a person getting out of a spiritually abusive relationship. You must take your time to heal and get to know who you are and what you want to do with your life.
For more details on this subject, be sure to view the video Where Should You Go After Leaving the Jehovah's Witnesses.
This is a personal decision and is totally up to you. Some Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that writing the letter frees them from the religion and no longer binds them to their rules. When they disassociate themselves, they no longer have to worry about others tracking them down to find out if they still believe the teachings.
Alternatively, some feel that they did not write a letter to join the group, therefore, why write a letter to disassociate?
If someone makes an accusation about me and turns me in to the body of elders about my conduct, how should I proceed?
If I'm trying to fade from the organization how should I handle the Jehovah's Witnesses when they approach me asking me if I still believe this is the truth or asking if I want to be considered one of Jehovah's Witnesses?
If after being inactive and in the process of trying to fade, what should I tell the brothers when they ask me how many hours I have for field service?