Jehovah’s Witnesses And Fear

Mar 2, 2013 by

Jehovah's Witnesses FearI was thinking today about how sad it is that millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses live their entire lives around a core belief that the end is coming.

I’m not saying that the end isn’t coming. It could. We, as a society, have the ability to end life on our planet with a push of a button.

Let’s make that a little more personal shall we? Our individual ends can come at any time. We could die tomorrow or today or next week for any number of reasons.

Over a thousand people have died on our planet during the ten minutes it took me to write this post. Sobering thought isn’t it?

What I am saying is simply this:

To live your entire life around a future event that may or may not come in your lifetime is tragic. We all know that we’re going to die. We non JW’s accept that eventuality because it happens to everyone eventually.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, however, have found an artificial way to hope against hope that their lives will be spared death and that they will be able to live right on into paradise if Armageddon will only come in their lifetime. This is the “hook” that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society uses to recruit their followers. They have found the one thing that scares everyone to death (excuse the pun) and they propose an artificial solution to it. They imply either directly or indirectly, that the odds are high that anyone who follows them will be spared this eventuality. They do this by focusing on world events that seem to imply that we are living in the end times. They focus on earthquakes, disasters, weather changes, political changes, wars, reports of wars, etc. These somehow give them license to state that we are living in the “end times”. How long have they been preaching this? Since 1874!

They have prophesied many times about specific dates only to be proven wrong. They admit this. Yet they continue to beat the same drum they started beating way back in 1874.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, when recruited, are eaten up with this belief that the end is coming and that it is “just around the corner”. Ask any Jehovah’s Witness if they feel that the end is coming soon and they will all tell you “Yes!” If you had a time machine and went back a hundred years you’d get the very same answer!

The problem this creates is that they end up living for some future event instead of living in the present moment. Their lives are put on hold. All of the wonderful things that life has to offer are willingly surrendered and for what? For some possible event that may or may not happen for them.

Excuse me for saying so but it sounds a lot like gambling to me.

“Okay, I’ll give up all the things that make life worth living: a marriage, children, a good education, a fulfilling career, and a comfortable retirement all for the hope that if I work hard enough for The Watchtower Bible & Tract Society I’ll be able to survive Armageddon into this “paradise” that you say is waiting for me on the other side.”

Did the thief that was executed next to Jesus have to do that? Nope! Just one simple act of faith assured his immediate access to paradise.

“Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.” – Jesus Christ

The thief didn’t have to knock on doors. He didn’t have to live a life of an ascetic. He was by all accounts a very bad person for most of his life. Yet one simple act of faith gave him passage into paradise.

Interesting isn’t it?

To date millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses have lived and died without seeing their dreams fulfilled. Sadly the old promise (read lie) from Judge Rutherford that “Millions Now Living Will Never Die” was nothing but a hopeful pipedream.

How do we know it is a lie? Because the Bible says it is a lie.

Hebrews 9:27

And since it is reserved for all mankind once to die, and afterwards to be judged;

So Paul, in his letter to the Hebrews stated flatly that it was reserved for all men to die once and then to be judged. Kind of makes the belief that some group will dodge that eventuality a little laughable doesn’t it?

Jehovah’s Witnesses live a life of fear. That much is true. They fear death. They fear not being good enough when Jehovah comes to exact judgement. Jehovah’s Witnesses are the most fearful group of Christians that I’m aware of.

Yet what does the Bible say about fear?

1 John 4:18

Such love has no fear, because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of punishment, and this shows that we have not fully experienced his perfect love.

Notice that he didn’t say: “that we have not fully preached the good news of the kingdom” or “that we have not fully attended the Kingdom Hall like we should have” or “that we have not fully kept all of the commands of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society.”

If a Christian, who is saved in Christ, is afraid it is because they have not fully experienced the love of Christ in the first place.

How do we experience the “perfect love of Christ”?

The only way that you and I can experience love is by having a direct relationship with the person giving that love. The only way we can experience Christ’s love is to accept Him into our lives and have a personal relationship with Him. Yet the Watchtower states flatly that the 144,000 are the only ones that have a direct relationship with Jesus Christ. The rest of us are merely “hangers on”.

Many of the posts on this blog will verify that this belief in two classes of Christians is nothing but a lie. See the following two articles regarding this flawed teaching:

Are there really two classes of Christians?

Is the Watchtower your mediator?

My message to Jehovah’s Witnesses is to release the fear. Release the guilt. Start living your lives in love and happiness as God intended without worrying about what is going to happen tomorrow. If we’re truly saved in Christ then we have nothing to fear…no dates, no times, no elders, no circuit or district overseers. We will have no fear because if we truly have Christ in our lives nothing will shake us.

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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  1. pedro

    Clearly veiw yourself as a bit of a god don’t you? Giving your views as fact, I find it ‘laughable’.
    Anyway Witnesess do not ‘live in fear’ what so ever, they live a moral life of honesty and happiness. They do not practise the bad things of the world but that certainly doesn’t mean that they miss out at all.
    The fact that the bible warns of a time when this wicked system will be destroyed along with all the wicked people who make it up, whilst god fearing followers of jehovah will be saved is simply indesputable.
    Also the thief next to jesus on the torture stake was repentant of his sins causing jehovah to forgive him. All god requires of us is for us to do our best in his service. That was the best that the thief could have done, so it was not that he was getting a free pass into the kingdom.

  2. Nope I’m not a god. I’m just a guy who lived through twenty-three years of mind numbing programming before coming to terms with what was being done to me.

    I do have a question Pedro: If the thief didn’t get a “free pass” what would he have had to do in order to get into the kingdom?

  3. pedro

    Couldn’t really argue with my first point could you Doug? Jehovah saw something good in the thief. Jehovah forgives people freely whatever they have done as long as he can see true repentence, is that what you mean?

  4. JEHOVAH? I didn’t see HIM in this conversation. Did you? It was Christ who forgave this man his sin. Do you really want to argue that point?

    This conversation occurred between Christ and the thief not “Jehovah” and the thief. You’re projecting your Watchtower filters onto this conversation by default (as most diehard JW’s do). Christ was Who granted the thief into paradise and anyone who reads the scripture honestly has to come to that one and only conclusion.

    Let’s take a quick look:

    Luke 23: 39-43

    One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

    But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

    Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”

    Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

    Argument? You have to MAKE a point before I can address it Pedro. So far you haven’t done that. Work on that will you?

  5. pedro

    Jehovah and jesus are farther and son, the bible tells us that if we get close to jesus and understand him then this will draw us close to god, in other words they would make the same decissions and share the same views, sorry if I confused you there doug.
    You seem to think I have been brain washed by my religion, but I can assure you that this is not the case my friend! And if you were asking what I meant when I said ‘you can argue with my first point’
    I was reffering to the fact that you did not respond to ‘Witnesess do not ‘live in fear’ what so ever, they live a moral life of honesty and happiness. They do not practise the bad things of the world but that certainly doesn’t mean that they miss out at all.’
    Also would like to point out that insulting jehovah is not a wise corse to take douge.

  6. “Farther?” Oh you mean “Father”. Okay now I’m following you.

    As far as “confusing me” no you didn’t. Bored? Yes. Confused? No.

    I think that it is interesting that all “true believers” in the organization are only too happy to take the very real power of Christ out of the equation and replace it with “Jehovah”. I think that is quite telling on your part. You see Jesus forgave sins. Probably not something you’re comfortable with but He did and He gave the thief entrance into paradise. My point was that all it took was a single act of faith for the thief to be granted entrance into paradise. It didn’t take a lifetime of slaving for the Watchtower organization to get there.

    I don’t think you’ve been brainwashed….I KNOW you’ve been brainwashed. I think WE ALL know you’ve been brainwashed. The only person who hasn’t realized that is you.

    If you read the posts on this blog from other Jehovah’s Witnesses and their experiences then you’ll see that the evidence is overwhelming against your blanket assertion that Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t live in fear. I can also attest to that personally regarding my twenty-three years in the organization.

    I never insulted Jehovah and would never do so. Now if you want to take an insult against the sham organization that claims to be His representative and misleads millions of people then yes I’ll insult them whenever the mood strikes but not Jehovah.

  7. David


  8. Iown Mylife


    To start your comments you stated that Doug gives his views as facts. Then you did the same thing, stating your view as a fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t practice the bad things of the world.

    The FACT is, a huge percentage of Jehovah’s Witnesses do the same things that worldly people do, and many things that are far worse.

    Additionally, a huge percentage of JW’s project that same superior attitude that the tone of your remarks reveals about you. They will smugly announce their tremendous humility while simultaneously condescending to set things straight with the people of the earth.

    What I hope for all, including you, is health and happiness in Freedom.

  9. Ever notice the patterns that Jehovah’s Witnesses use when engaging in an argument?

    They will insult you.

    They will say or imply that you think you’re smarter than God.

    They will laugh that trademark Jehovah’s Witness’ condescending laugh that lets you and everyone else know that they think they are the smartest people in the room when nothing is further from the truth.

    They will talk over you.

    They will interrupt you.

    They will jump around when you are making a point and go on to an entirely different point or belief without addressing your point.

    They will pick out the most insignificant part of your argument (What we call a “straw man” in negotiation.) and focus on that as if it were important instead of addressing the argument as a whole.

    They will accuse you of reading apostate literature or worse that you are in league with Satan!

    They will ask you where you got your information and then roll their eyes.

    This methodology is taught to them by the “faithful and discreet slave”. It is designed specifically to frustrate anyone who is trying to have a sane and rational conversation regarding the scriptures.

    Now I’ll ask a question:

    Who does this resemble, Christ or the Pharisees?

    Class dismissed!


  10. Anonymous

    I’d like to add to Pedro’s comment where in the bible does it say to “understand” Jesus?!? To my understanding we must BELIEVE in Jesus!!!!! These JW’s have you brainwashed its ashamed! Too bad you can’t confront them or you will get expelled! Pobre!!! DIOS te bendiga!

  11. Kimberly Stauder

    It is good to understand what is going on in the hearts and minds of JWs in order to be a light to them. However, when someone wishes to draw us into a quarrel or argument, I believe the bible reflects that our response should be love—which does not stoop to quarreling. See 2 Timothy 2:23. The fact that “Pedro” was on this site is a positive sign because I believe he is questioning things. To shut him down through argument is not good.

    I am here today because the apartment next door sat vacant for awhile. During that time, I prayed about the soon coming occupants. I was also surprised when I greeted them for the first time in the stairwell when the wife acted as if she was afraid of me and the husband immediately told me they were JWs. Today, I was wondering what the “fear” was about.

  12. With regard to your rebuke of my methods: you don’t know me. You have no idea what I’ve been through and how much I’ve been mistreated and maligned for leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    I used the very best way I knew to reach Pedro and called him out on his own insults. I held a mirror up and let him see “himself”. I call it “tough love” and it works. Christ did the same thing with the Pharisees who insulted Him. He called them “sons of hell”, “offspring of vipers”, and “whitewashed graves”.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses love to argue and they are quite accustomed to winning their arguments because few people can hold a candle to their ability to debate scripture. However, when they find someone like me who knows their “playbook” better than they do, as well as the Bible, the outcome is far different.

    This shakes them up and, hopefully, makes them question themselves and their teaching. That is the beginning of a very long and painful process. If they are truly honest with themselves, they will eventually find their way out of the organization.

    With regard to your observations of JW’s in real life:

    When you’re taught to fear anyone who isn’t a JW, that is what you do.

    Most JW’s are deeply suspicious of outsiders and avoid them, except when they are recruiting door to door.

    Then, as a JW, if you survive long enough in the organization, you learn to be suspicious of those inside the cult as well. Painful experience teaches you that JW’s can’t be trusted to keep a confidence and they are duty bound to “turn you in” to the elders if they think you’re doing anything wrong or engaging in apostasy. They believe that if they don’t, then they are just as guilty of your “sin” as you are.


  13. ZZ

    I dont care for the extreme organization of JW. I studied with them for 2 years. I thought they shed a lot of light on the bible. I didnt find them negative or fearful. Their ways are very different than a lot of other religions. I see more fear and confusion in folks in other religions. I think the way they dress for “meetings” may be a bit alienating to others that want to come to the hall for worship. I dont like that the total focus is on door to door “service”. But its outreach. and a singular purpose — to let folks know that the true kingdom of Jehovah (God) is coming.

    As I see it in my baby stages of exploring their teachings — Jehovah has let us have free will to choose or not choose him. And we are given the free will to goverrn ourselves on this earth. And that in the end Jehovah will rule and only those who accept him and follow his true teachings will remain — most of us on this earth that will be cleansed. and the 144K in heaven — the evil ones will be removed. no eternal burning in hell just removed because it is jehovahs way on the new earth …
    new scrolls will be opened so we dont know what that will mean ….

  14. ZZ

    I dont know if ill ever “baptize” into any religious sect. I was baptized as Catholic as a baby. I accepted Jesus with a Baptist preacher but Im not baptized or attending that church either (it was in another state and he was willing to do the “acceptance of Jesus” with me with no strings attached it seemed.).
    So Im good — i just try to do what i can to learn and figure out how and what to follow.
    A “christian” asked me once what my relationship with god was or was like — i said it was a “personal” one.
    And thats how i try to keep it — i try not to let members of any congregation have that hold over me where I need to bow to them.
    I dont bow to Jesus altho in my christian mind i respect him as Jehovahs son. The trinity muddles things for me. So Jesus is the earthly servant son of jehovah — he came here to show us the “way” and to show us his fathers teachings — not his own …

    Just my 5 cents ….

  15. Did you notice that while Jehovah allows us free will, the Watchtower does not? They instead teach a doctrine of intolerance and hatred toward anyone who disagrees with them on any point.

    God help you if, as a member, you disagree with them and decide to be open and honest about it instead of keeping it to yourself. You’ll lose your family, friends and reputation all in one fell swoop.


  16. Read Matthew 2:11, Mark 5:6, Matthew 20:20, Luke 17:16, John 11:32, John 18:6, Acts 9:4, Revelation 1:17, Revelation 5:8, Luke 5:12, Luke 5:8, Mark 5:22, Philippians 2:10, in any other version than the New World Translation. Then tell me if you think Jesus was worshiped by his followers or not.


  17. Jesus didn’t “show” us the way ZZ…He IS the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but through Him.

    John 14:6.

    John 1:1


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