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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  1. Iown Mylife

    Hello, Doug, hope things are going well for you – I imagine this is the season of a lot going on if your kids are involved with college. We’ve put the biggest garden yet in the back yard and named it Yasgur’s Farm, this week. We never took time for gardening before getting out of the D.C. (destructive cult).

    Re: Where do you go for answers? — Got me remembering how I went for answers one time. A (seemingly) serious problem was going on with one of my kids, who was in a congregation in a separate town from us. I decided to call an elder to make sure someone in the elder body would look out and help if they could.

    First thing I noticed was he sounded as if he had gotten pretty far into a bottle, but it was a Sunday evening and he was gettin’ relaxed, I thought.

    So anyway, he said he had time to talk. As I proceeded to fill him in, he stopped me several times saying Wait a minute, Wait a minute and I could hear sounds of him moving things around. Long pauses, then Okay go ahead. Then he asked me to repeat my name, then he asked me to spell my name.

    I got a clear picture of someone getting out their laptop and waiting for a page to load, and that he was typing my name. He then proceeded to lecture me about meeting attendance and hospitality. He wouldn’t let me say anything about the reason I called.

    Well several months later I asked a “friend” of mine who was an elder about that whole deal. I said pointblank, IS there a computer database with all the members in it, that the elders access – even if they are not in the same congregation?

    He looked me in the eye and said NO.

    I knew then that I had gone to the wrong place for answers and had BEEN going to the wrong place for answers for over 27 years. People looking for friendship and true worship are instead living in a police state. Why’d we even fight for independence from the British?! Why’d we even worry about fighting to preserve our way of life in this country at all? To end up living like rats in a maze.

  2. I’m going to ask a friend of mine who was recently a Circuit Overseer if there is, in fact, a database for members. He left the organization recently as a direct result of this blog.

    I’ll let you know what he says. I can’t quote him because he doesn’t want to have his name out there but I will let you know what he says.

  3. Iown Mylife

    Thank you Doug, I appreciate you talking to him about this.

    We know there’s a database of pedophiles kept by the WT – it’s been mentioned so much on the internet. It stands to reason there would also be a program where all the members’ files can be seen. For some reason everyone just talks about paper files getting mailed around from one KH to another. With all the tech advances the WT uses to print literature and build kingdom halls, etc., why wouldn’t they have a big database for the elders to access.

  4. Yes it does make sense but man is that SCARY! To know that any elder (or elder’s wife) can access personal and potentially devastating information about any Jehovah’s Witness with a click of a mouse is extremely disturbing!

  5. This is the response I got from the former CO:

    Hey Doug.

    I’m good thanks. My new life: Fantastically free and relaxed. I’m noticing a big change is just accepting other people as they are, without the critical pre-judging that all good JWs are trained to do. There’s so much to learn from people when you let them in. I feel like a part of the human race now.

    As far as the question, I have never known them to have such a database. As of last year, the individual congregation records were still pretty much old-school, by hand. So headquarters would not have a comprehensive list of members by name, unless that was done by the circuit overseer and just started recently. What they would have is a record of anyone who was reproved or disfellowshipped. There was a specific form that was sent to the society for those individuals and the records were also kept in the home congregation forever. I hope that helps.

    I’m glad that you kept in touch. You’ll always be at the top of my list of people I’m thankful to have crossed paths with!

  6. Iown Mylife

    Thanks for passing along the info!

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