How To Start Your Own Cult

Apr 16, 2014 by

I saw this and thought it was a fairly amusing and highly accurate video regarding cult mind control.

I think you’ll enjoy it a lot!

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A New Blog Record And You Made It Happen!

Apr 11, 2014 by

assemblyThe other night I was out of town on business.

I reached over and clicked on my trusty laptop and dialed my browser to the blog.

I knew it was close but I couldn’t believe that we actually hit our latest milestone:

4,000 active members of the blog as of last night!

 

That’s forty large congregations of people folks!

I am amazed at how fast this site has grown and how much we’ve been able to accomplish (with your help!)

No we don’t ask for donations. We don’t ask for anything. We simply discuss the issues affecting those who are suffering because of their involvement with the Jehovah’s Witness cult.

Thank you all for your reading this blog and for contributing your thoughts and ideas (even the ones that I don’t necessarily agree with).

It takes all of us to help the hurt and there are LOTS of hurting Jehovah’s Witnesses out there.

Reading the posts by JW hardliners, former JW’s, those “in between” or those just beginning to study, can be quite revealing both from a doctrinal standpoint as well as just a general mental attitude check of Jehovah’s Witnesses (especially the bullies!)

Please keep this site going by participating when you feel the urge to do so.

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So What Did I Learn From This?

Apr 8, 2014 by

childI’ve started an interesting and beneficial habit lately. Every time I realize that I’ve made a mistake I stop and ask myself the following question:

“So, GENIUS, what did you learn from this?”

Okay maybe sans the sarcastic “GENIUS” part but you get my point.

Alright, so you got suckered in by a bunch of power / money hungry spiritual poachers who saw you coming. You bought their line of crap hook, line and sinker. You sold yourself into slavery to them and brought your family with you for the ride. Then, after a few years of hope and belief you’ve started to see the cracks in the Watchtower. You’ve begun to notice the snide remarks made by elders and their wives. You may have read some interesting viewpoints on the Watchtower that weren’t flattering by former Jehovah’s Witnesses. Perhaps you’ve even ventured out onto (should I say it?) THE INTERNET and read someone’s blog and realized:

“Oh man. I really screwed up didn’t I? What was I thinking? I’ve WASTED years of my life and that of family and for what? For some elder to look down his extremely large nose and shake his finger at me and tell me that I’m NOT ENOUGH for Jehovah? REALLY? How stupid can I be?”

Is this you? It was me. I finally came to terms with the fact that the Watchtower wasn’t teaching even CLOSE to what Jesus Christ taught. Worse, they were using the Bible and twisting it to get me to work for them FOR FREE!

So many of us get angry at this point in our lives. We feel completely ripped off and rightfully so. However, walking around angry and mad at the world and ourselves isn’t the most positive state to be in. Let’s face it: A LOT of people fall for con artists and it could have been a LOT worse!

What if you had fallen for the People’s Temple message and joined the right Reverend Jim Jones and his merry band of Kool-Aid drinkers? What if you had joined up with the wacked out Branch Davidians and burned alive in their little piece of heaven down in Waco? What if you had joined Heaven’s Gate and (gulp) had yourself ritually emasculated and subsequently committed suicide with a room full of head shaven weirdos?

You know as gullible as you and I were, as gullible as our parents were, we’re awful lucky that we didn’t wind up fodder for some madman’s death machine.

Are you feeling a little better about yourself? You should!

So what did  you learn from this? What did YOU learn from your involvement with the Jehovah’s Witness cult?

Here’s what I learned:

Never ever take someone’s word for anything if it will radically affect me or my family and our lives.

Never ever allow anyone to have more authority over my family than I do.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me how I’m SUPPOSED to feel about anything.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me what I can or can’t read.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me who I can or can’t talk to.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me how I’m supposed to think.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me what I can or can’t watch on television.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me and my wife what types of sexual practices or positions we can or can’t engage in.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me what church I can or can’t attend. This goes for funerals, weddings, and just an occasional visit if I wish to do so.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me who I can or can’t marry.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me what clothes I can or can’t wear.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me how long or short my or my kid’s hair must be.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me whether or not I can attend college.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me what I can or can’t SAY when the mood strikes me.

Never allow anyone to tell me how to discipline my children.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me that I must choose death over any number of things that they feel would be against the organization.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me that my hobby is a distraction of Satan.

Never ever allow anyone to make me or members of my family feel like we’re less than worthy.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me who I can be friends with and who I can’t.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me what I can and can’t do for a living.

Never ever allow anyone to tell me what holidays I can or can’t celebrate.

This is a short list of the things that I’ve learned from being in a mind control cult for over twenty-three years of my life. Did it hurt to leave? Yes it did. However the pain of remaining and living a stunted, stilted and unfulfilled life would have been far more painful both for myself and my family!

I’ve learned to be tough and to protect myself from those who might take advantage of me and my family. I can see a con man coming from a mile away now because I learned the hard way how to recognize them. I’ve learned that every day of life is a gift and that not one precious second should be wasted. I’ve learned to value my personal freedom more than anything else and I’ve learned to be extremely vigilant when it comes to those who wish to take it away from me.

What have you learned from your involvement in the Jehovah’s Witness cult?

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Why Do Ex JW’s Become Atheists?

Apr 5, 2014 by

dreamerI’ve noticed since beginning this blog several years ago, that many JW’s who leave the organization wind up adopting the standard atheist view and live life without a belief in a higher power.

Why is that?

The primary reason is simply this:

The Watchtower programming inflicted on the hapless JW has done away with any possibility that any other religion has “The Truth”. This is one of the first major beliefs adopted by people who accept the Watchtower dogma. Then, years later, when they are faced with the reality that the Watchtower leaders have deceived them, they simply throw The Watchtower in the same “pile” that all other beliefs and religions have already been relegated i.e. the trash can.

Then, feeling strange about their lack of a structured belief system about God, the former JW begins to assemble all of the reasons they can find to have an atheist viewpoint and “Voila!” A new atheist is born.

Let’s face it: That’s pretty easy and is, in my view, the primary reason that most former JW’s become atheists. It is literally the “path of least resistance” and it tends to take away the pain of not having anything to believe in otherwise they’d have to start out again to find “The Truth” and take a huge risk of being fooled yet again.

I’ve seen other JW’s who leave for doctrinal reasons, and they search blindly for “The Truth” only to fall in love with yet another destructive group of mind control experts. I’ve seen JW’s become Mormons and I’ve seen Mormons become JW’s. Truth really is stranger than fiction, if you’ll excuse the pun!

I have corresponded with countless JW’s who read this blog and desperately want me to tell them what to believe, what church to join and how to live their lives. The fact is that it is up to them and they have to do the work to get there.

It has taken me years of pain, work, frustration, and study to get to where I am today and I have one strict policy: I don’t get to tell anyone else what to believe or how to live their lives.

They have to decide for themselves.

Does that mean I just keep silent regarding the deception that the Watchtower spews out twice a month? Nope. I do a pretty good job of keeping everyone on this blog dialed in as to what I believe and why I don’t believe the Watchtower dogma. I use scripture and nothing else to prove my points. Yet everyone constantly wants to second guess themselves and I believe that is the chronic condition of all cult followers. They desperately need someone to follow and to tell them what to do.

I believe that JW’s who leave the group don’t need to go after ANY belief or religion for quite awhile. I liken this to someone coming out of a divorce after years of marriage to an abusive or unloving mate. The tendency is to find someone with the exact same problems and faults that they just parted with and repeat the same pattern of behavior only to wake up a year or two later horrified to realize they’ve made yet another mistake. No I think anyone leaving a mind control group should give themselves time to figure out who they really are and what their true value system is before going to look for a like minded group of people.

There’s a tremendous amount of introspection and growth going on during this time and nobody else can do that for them but them. They simply must go through this process and it is a lot like grieving the loss of a loved one.

I’ve recommended the Steven Hassan books repeatedly on this blog. I can think of no better resource than his books as he goes through all of the classic “withdrawal” symptoms of the former “true believer”. His books are written based on the principles of psychology and examine cults in light of other types of mind control and brainwashing. If you do read his books you’ll have a lot of “Aha!” moments and you’ll begin to realize that all mind control works from the same set of rules and methods. It really is a fascinated body of knowledge and you’ll soon learn all of the “triggers” that made you think, feel and do the things you did while in the group.

Do I think that there is a case for faith in God after life in the Jehovah’s Witnesses?

Absolutely! I strongly recommend it, but only to those who are willing to leave behind their predisposed beliefs and just read the Bible for what it is and without trying to make it say one thing or another. However, I don’t believe there is much room for organized religion for me after leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses. When you join another group, even the seemingly innocent ones, you’ll start seeing distinct similarities between them and your former slave masters. Again, I think many JW’s who go down this path become atheists or agnostics simply out of frustration after not finding “The Truth” in any of the subsequent groups that they join.

My path to sanity and faith in God after my involvement in the Jehovah’s Witnesses is simply to live life my own way and on my own terms and to study the Bible on my own without anyone else telling me what to do and how to think and how to live. I find that much more refreshing and quite frankly, it has really reinforced my love for God and my faith in Christ. He was, after all, the original “Rebel with a cause”. He was the One that turned the heavily authoritarian and organized religion (Judaism) of His day completely on its ear and revolted against it along with many of His followers.

Christ railed against their rules and regulations and repeatedly flouted the inane laws that the Pharisees attempted to enforce with a blind rabid compulsion to kill or convert.

I see a lot of similarities between the Pharisees of Christ’s day and the religious leaders of today both in and out of the Watchtower.

Bottom line? Live your life the way you wish. If you choose to adopt a belief in God at some point, then great. If you choose not to then that’s great too. It is, after all, your life. We all have to find some path to sanity in this crazy life that we have.

I cannot, in all good conscience, condemn anyone for their beliefs or lack thereof. I can only love them in spite of it all.

That’s what Christ taught me.

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Jehovah’s Witnesses And Tipping

Mar 22, 2014 by

changeRemember when we would all get a yearly lecture about how we should tip and how important it was that we did so?

WHEN would this happen?

We never got any lectures about tipping UNTIL it was time for a big district assembly being held in a major city.

THEN we got the repeated lectures about tipping and how we should tip because “the world is watching us”. The elders would then go into how to calculate the correct tip etc. We were being talked to by our leaders like we were a bunch of country simpletons. I guess some of us were.

The thing that I have issue with is that this was never a priority at any other time of the year and the principles behind tipping, rewarding those who serve, were really never discussed even during the lectures. The only thing that we were told was that if we didn’t tip when we were at the district assembly that people would think we were cheapskates and that would reflect badly on Jehovah’s organization.

Tipping for good service is something I ALWAYS do.

My point is that the Watchtower leaders are always much more concerned with APPEARANCES than actual substance. This is just one of MANY examples of how they fret and worry about what other people think of them.

The Pharisees of Christ’s day were the same way. They paid little attention to the real principles behind living a Godly life and instead followed a litany of rules and regulations that made them appear to be “righteous”. Christ condemned them for this in his analogy of the cup:

Matthew 23: 25-27

 

“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence. “You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.…

I’m also reminded of the story Christ told of the Pharisee and the tax collector.

Luke 18: 9-14

 

To some who were confident of their own righteousness and looked down on everyone else, Jesus told this parable:  “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

 

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

 

I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

Being overly concerned with appearances and putting on a false front for others is exactly  what these Pharisees were famous for. Yet Christ condemned them for this.

You see, putting on a front for others is the very same thing as telling a lie. Whether you want to admit that to yourself or not is irrelevant. If you have an extreme dislike for someone then acting like you like them is being entirely dishonest and disingenuous!

In my fifty years of life I’ve learned that the important thing is to be genuine. I like what some of the younger set say today: “Keep it REAL!”

Christ was all about “keeping it real” too. He cut to the heart of the matter in a second with His perception of intentions. He knew the hearts of His followers and opponents  and He would call them out on their own BS when He saw it in them.

Are you putting on a false front for everyone to see or are you “keeping it real?”

The first thing that any cult follower must to do in order to break free of their dependency on the group is to be brutally honest with themselves. You can’t do that when you’re constantly putting on a façade for everyone around you to see instead of the real you.

The worst kind of deception, however, is self deception. That’s when you deny your own true feelings and gut instincts and replace them with official cult approved and sanctioned viewpoints. Any mental health professional will tell you that this can lead to serious problems including depression and even suicide. I’ve seen it happen to many people that I’ve known in the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

My advice? Get real with yourself. Listen to your gut instincts and start acting upon them. Quit discounting or ignoring your own ideas, feelings and thoughts just because you’ve been taught by the Watchtower that you’re worthless and incapable of making your own decisions.

God made you in His image. Christ Himself died for you. That makes you worth a lot more than the Watchtower leaders have led you to believe.  The deceivers in your life have taught you to ignore your own good sensibilities and that they know better. As a result they have gained control over your mind and your life.

It’s time to kick these charlatans to the curb and take back your life!

You’ll thank me later.

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See Any Similarities?

Mar 17, 2014 by

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I’ve often stated that the early writings of the Watchtower were rife with occult overtones and philosophies.

I happened to see the cover of the Metaphysical Bible Dictionary and the similarity was so striking that I felt compelled to post this up against the standard cover of the Studies In The Scriptures by Charles Taze Russell, the founder of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

As you can see, the Egyptian symbol of the sun god Ra are emblazoned on the covers of each.

This is also the symbol of the modern day Rosicrucian order.

If you want to see more of the occult connection between the writings and teachings of the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society and other “mystery schools” and “esoteric orders” then check out this link to an article I wrote several years ago.

Jehovah’s Witnesses, Russell, and the Occult Connection

It will amaze and horrify you when you read what is now public information on the interesting history of Charles Taze Russell and the mysterious symbols, odd beliefs and teachings of the founder of the modern day Jehovah’s Witnesses!

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A New Beginning: The “Art of Allowing”

Mar 8, 2014 by

47775_1345145918179_1069157_nToday I’m working on the “Art of Allowing” in my life:

I choose to not feel threatened, sad or angry when I come across others in my path who hold differing beliefs to mine, no matter how odd or ridiculous I might think them to be.

I have decided to ALLOW their way of living, loving and believing to coexist with mine, not just to tolerate but to truly ALLOW it without judgment or malice.

I have determined to be happy with whatever result that brings, regardless of how others may react to my own beliefs and choices.

I give myself permission to let go of any belief, no matter how strongly or long it has been held, when I determine that it no longer serves me and the greater good,

I will let my old belief go just like an old worn out bit of clothing that once served me but can now be replaced with something even better.

I choose to have the wisdom to embrace new beliefs and new ways of looking at myself and the world when I find that they feel better, are more positive, and promote more love, acceptance and happiness in my life and that of others.

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