Why I Left The Jehovah’s Witnesses

  • I believe that Jehovah’s Witnesses teach falsehoods about many things including the deity of Jesus Christ, the immortality of the soul, hell and other doctrines of Christianity. The bible is filled with references to worship given to Christ and yet they deny this adamantly to the point of changing the wording of many scriptures both in the old and new testaments in order to justify their flawed teaching that Jesus Christ was just a man.
  • I believe that the Watchtower violates basic human rights in that they require unwavering devotion to the organization and the punishment for failure to comply is to be completely ostracized from family and friends for the rest of your life. The Watchtower breaks up families daily and this is wrong on all levels.
  • I disagree with the Watchtower requiring devotion to their ideology to the point of death and I believe that this devotion is to the organization and not Jehovah as they claim. For example no blood transfusions, even for infants, the mandate against military service even denying non-combat service to their adherents as well as a host of other “shalt nots” reminiscent of the Pharisees of Jesus’ day. If Jehovah’s Witnesses are honest they admit that they are infinitely more worried about what the organization will do to them than they are Jehovah!
  • I believe that the Watchtower teaches a doctrine of “works” versus faith and that they believe and teach their adherents that it is only by knocking on doors, being “good” (following their laws to the letter), and attending meetings that they can be saved. They also teach that one cannot be fully confident in their own salvation and that “probably maybe” they will be saved in the day of Jehovah’s anger. This is merely a ploy to make the faithful work harder to sell more magazines and recruit more followers to the cause. They place faith in Jesus Christ far down on the list of priorities below door to door ministry work and meeting attendance. When someone who is not a Jehovah’s Witness quotes John 3:16 they snicker (I’ve seen it happen!) and roll their eyes.
  • I left the Jehovah’s Witnesses because I realized that they are an organization motivated by money and power much like any other.
  • I left because the Watchtower organization places a premium on conformity to their code and system of laws much to the detriment of the rights of the individual to serve God in their own unique way.
  • I left because the Watchtower actively subjugates the status of Jesus Christ (much like other cults that claim Christianity) and place themselves in His place. They have invented a system of elaborate rules and regulations that are specifically designed to give the adherent a works related path to salvation as opposed to merely having faith in Jesus Christ.
  • And finally, the reason that I left the Jehovah’s Witnesses is because I took personal responsibility to read the new testament, took notes, read it again, took more notes and then realized that the Watchtower has twisted the teachings of Christ and the apostles by introducing their very different ideas using the New World Translation as a platform, and have promoted teachings reminiscent of the Pharisees and the old Jewish law as opposed to faith and grace. Make no mistake: They teach “commands of men as doctrine”.

Hopefully this helps you to understand my motivation in leaving the Jehovah’s Witnesses. If you wish to see corroboration of all of the reasons simply read my blog and/or check out the subjects in the blue boxes to the right of this screen. You’ll find everything is supported by quotes from the bible as well as quotes from the Watchtower publications.

Yours in Christ,

Doug Shields