A Letter From A Jehovah’s Witness

Apr 30, 2017 by

I received the following comment from a Jehovah’s Witness. My response is shown following that:

Hi Doug Shields. The one thing that I find is a common thread with Apostate JWs who now believe in Jesus as God is that you all totally throw out all of the things you learned about the Trinity and other God-dishonoring doctrines. I will be the first to admit the JWs were wrong on all of their predictions but can you honestly say that the biblical prophets did not do the same thing? I have shown Born Again Christians examples in the Bible when a prophet made some erroneous sayings and was not condemned by Jehovah and Jesus. When Jonah said 40 more days he did not say “maybe” Niveah will be destroyed he said Niveah was to be destroyed. Born Again Christians have tried to wriggle out of this by saying there was a “clause” in his prediction for repentence. This cannot be because why did Jonah get angry at Jehovah for not destroying the Niveahites? If he thought there was a clause? Jesus told his disciples they would see him come into kingdom glory before they died but yet they all died. Was Jesus a false prophet? John said in Revelation “in this last hour” Jesus was coming but that was over 2000 years ago. Again was John a false prophet? Apostates and Born Agains always are condemning others but when they cannot answer they always scream “stop attacking us”. This is a joke for them to say they are being attacked. I have many more examples of these but you will probably close your eyes to the truth.

Here was my response:

The account of Jonah’s prophecy is widely misinterpreted. As you well know, the people of Nineveh (Not Niveah! Where did you learn to spell? The Kingdom Ministry School?) repented within the allotted period of time and were spared because of their repentance. The Hebrew word used for your “destroyed” assertion has been used in a wide range as “transformed”, “turned away”, etc. I can cite chapter and verse but hey, so can you.

Using this as an excuse for the abject failure of the founders and leaders of the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ numerous date related false prophesies is totally pathetic.

The Watchtower leadership have claimed “special knowledge” since their beginning, and made specific dates the cornerstone of their teachings. Yet the scriptures all point to Christ and not special dates or knowledge as the Cornerstone of the Christian faith.

Christ even foretold of those who would make such false claims in Matthew 24:24-36.

The Watchtower leadership demands complete and total acceptance of their teachings by their members and anyone openly disagreeing with them can be disfellowshipped for apostasy. Yet when the Watchtower leaders prophesy falsely, and get caught doing it, they claim “we are just imperfect men.”

Anyone pointing to these huge, gaping holes in their history and stating openly that they were failed prophesies can be (and have been!) disfellowshipped for apostasy.

The Watchtower leadership engages in character assassination whenever someone questions them on any point.

Just how evil does an organization have to be, at its core, to forcibly split up families and friends merely because a dissenting member chooses to believe differently? Freedom of religion is a core constitutional right in the United States of America and yet, when a Jehovah’s Witness chooses to attend a different church or decides he or she disagrees with the Watchtower, they are maligned, publicly shamed, humiliated, and ostracized by an organization supposedly motivated by love.

You implied that Jesus was somehow a false prophet because He said that His disciples would not taste death until they saw the Kingdom of God.

Are you so blind that you can’t read the very next verse in Luke 9?

Here, let me cite that for you since you brought it up:

Luke 9:27 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the kingdom of God.”

Now read the rest of it:

About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)”

You see, His disciples did see the Kingdom of God before they died. Can you honestly disagree with the context of Luke 9?

2 Peter 1:16 confirms Luke 9 completely:

“For we did not follow cleverly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.”

This was a direct reference to the Transfiguration of Christ of which Peter was an eyewitness as you can see from the scriptures already quoted.

Your vain and foolish attempt to infer mistakes made by Jonah and even Christ Himself in some misguided attempt to justify, as you openly admitted, false prophesies that your leaders have made is standard fare of the Watchtower organization and its followers.

When caught in an outright lie, first deny. When that doesn’t work, blame someone else. If that doesn’t work, attack the accuser. If that doesn’t work, end the conversation. It seems to me that the Watchtower leadership has far more in common with the politics of men than they do with God.

Shame on you and them.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses: Getting A Taste of Their Own Medicine?

Apr 22, 2017 by

Those of us who have left the Jehovah’s Witnesses for matters of conscience have one key complaint:

Their despicable and harmful practice of shunning and damaging the reputation of any dissenting Jehovah’s Witness.

Anyone who disagrees with the Watchtower on any point is considered, and labeled, an “apostate” by their leadership and they are summarily and publicly disfellowshipped from the organization.

This goes far beyond merely revoking their membership. The Watchtower requires and demands that families and friends affiliated with the organization completely cut that person off from their lives.

This has resulted in broken families, separation from parents, separation from children, divorce, suicide, and untold psychological damage to all involved.

This Machiavellian practice of labeling and cutting off all contact with dissenting members, and requiring the same from their family and friends in the organization, is a clear violation of the right to freedom of speech and freedom of religion as guaranteed to all citizens by the United States Constitution.

So when Russia’s Supreme Court, earlier this week, banned the activity of Jehovah’s Witnesses from their country and labeled them an “extremist group”, well, I had to smile just a little.

Do I believe that Russia is justified in their characterization of Jehovah’s Witnesses as an “extremist group”?

No I don’t.

Do I find it wonderfully ironic that Russia is giving the Jehovah’s Witnesses and their parent organization, the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society, a full dose of the treatment they’ve been dishing out for years to those who openly disagree with them on any point?

Absolutely!

I welcome your comments and observations as this unfolds.

I’m still smiling.

 

 

 

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Where Do YOU Go For Answers?

Apr 22, 2013 by

faithshakerHave you noticed something about my blog?

Every time a Jehovah’s Witness challenges my beliefs I don’t go running to “publications” or writings by pastors or preachers.

All I use is THE BIBLE!

Yet when a JW is stumped and can’t find an answer what do THEY do?

They go running to the “faithful and discreet slave” for answers. They pore over their publications including the bound volumes and the indexes to find any kind of answer for what I pose to them. Many even try to post direct “lifted” pages from the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society publications on this blog.

Do you see a pattern?

I do.

Doug Shields is an activist against religious oppression, control and abuse. He has a lot of experience dealing with these issues because he was an active Jehovah’s Witness himself for over twenty-three years. Doug has been privileged to help elders, ministerial servants, full time pioneers and even a circuit overseer to find the strength and determination to face the painful truth about the Watchtower Bible And Tract Society.

If you would like to have Doug speak at your church, meetup or other event you can contact him here.

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Jehovah’s Witness Reality Check

Apr 1, 2013 by

jehovah's witness realityI’m going to show you some words and I want you to really think about them in terms of what you feel when you read them:

Murder

Rape

Divorce

Adultery

Smoking

Child Molestation

Embezzlement

Lying

Apostasy

Did you feel the same level of loathing for everything or did one jump out at you more than the others?

If you are a Jehovah’s Witness then the last word, “apostasy”, no doubt triggered a pronounced psychological response of loathing, fear, and repulsion more so than all the others. You might have even experienced a physical sensation of being sick to your stomach as well as your heart beating much faster.

Why?

Why would disagreeing with the Watchtower possibly be worse than murder or the heinous act of molesting a child?

There is only one possible reason:

You’ve been PROGRAMMED to have that response.

There simply is no other logical explanation for the way that word affects you.

Are you starting to see what has been done to you? I hope you are.

Doug Shields is an activist against religious oppression, control and abuse. He has a lot of experience dealing with these issues because he was an active Jehovah’s Witness himself for over twenty-three years. Doug has been privileged to help elders, ministerial servants, full time pioneers and even a circuit overseer to find the strength and determination to face the painful truth about the Watchtower Bible And Tract Society.

If you would like to have Doug speak at your church, meetup or other event you can contact him here.

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