Gloria – An Fifth Generation Jehovah’s Witness Leaves

Gloria's Horse PhotographyGLORIA – A 5th Generation Jehovah’s Witness Leaves the Watchtower

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Hello, my name is Gloria and I was a fifth generation Jehovah’s Witness. My story goes back over 100 years to the time of my great grandmother. She was born in 1884 and came across Kansas to Oklahoma in the covered wagon.  President Hayes had just opened up the land known as Indian Territory for the settlers to homestead, and they rode horse back in a race to stake their claim on the land.  At 18, she was married and gave birth to a son.  When he was 2 years old, while my great grandmother was shelling peas, he grabbed one, put it in his mouth, chocked and died.  This tragedy lead my family to seek God.  Unfortunately, Charles Taze Russell had a radio program on at that time, and was coming into town.  When Pastor Russell came to town, he came in a carriage pulled by elegant striking black horses, and he was dressed in a black robe.  He was quite the showman.  They were simple country folks, looking for answers.

So started the journey of my entire family giving up their lives to follow the teachings of one man.  They not only followed the teachings of Russell, they became special pioneers and eventually put in 150 hours a month traveling from town to town in the Midwest, showing the photodrama of creation.

That was one of the first talking movies (before talking movies even came to be) and so it drew in many people.  At that time, Russell’s group was called the International Bible Students.  I had 7 aunts, uncles and great grandparents of the anointed 144,000 (the only ones who as Jehovah’s Witness’s get to go to heaven, which means they actually partook of communion).  Most Jehovah’s Witnesses of today do to not partake of communion. Instead, they pass the bread and wine and touch it, but they would not think of actually putting it in their mouths and swallowing it…Yes Jesus at John chapter 6 says, “eat it, partake, or you have no life within yourselves.”    Continue reading “Gloria – An Fifth Generation Jehovah’s Witness Leaves”

Did Jehovah’s Witness Predict the End of the World in 1975?

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“I’ve been studying with Jehovah’s Witnesses for a year and I am thinking about getting baptized, but I wanted to do some research into the history of the organization before I made my decision. Recently, I ran across statements on the Internet that claim that Jehovah’s Witnesses taught that the world would end in 1975, so I asked my bible study teacher about that. She flat out denied that the Watchtower ever taught that 1975 would be the end of the world. She said that a few individual Jehovah’s Witnesses thought the end would happen in 1975, but she said that the Watchtower Society never officially gave that date for the end of the world. I am confused! If the Watchtower Society never gave the 1975 date for the end of the world, why does Anne Marie on your website say that they did in their 1966 publication, Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God? Is there anyway I can get the documentation that Anne Marie talks about in her story?” Continue reading “Did Jehovah’s Witness Predict the End of the World in 1975?”

Trish – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 42 years, literally born and raised. My father was baptized when he was young but fell away then came back to the organization when he and my mother started studying again shortly before I was born.  My great-grandmother was one of the 144,000 “anointed ones” (special JW group that goes to heaven) so my background is pretty extensive!

I am the youngest of 5 children. I had a number of cousins who all lived in the same neighborhood, attended the same schools and went to the same Kingdom Hall.  This made it really easy to keep an eye on each other and to “tell” on each other when someone wasn’t following the rules.  Guess who that usually was who reported bad behavior?  No, it wasn’t me!  I was terrified of making waves and having anyone find out I wasn’t who they thought I was. (I had seen what happened to those who didn’t measure up!) It was one of my sisters. She was always challenging the rules and the authority given and sneaking out to be with boys.  They labeled her “crazy” and someone “in need of medication.” Continue reading “Trish – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Pam – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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“The Making of a Missfit – A Princess of the King!”

I was supposed to be the little boy who’d save my parents marriage, but by the time I was born, my dad had moved 2000 miles away and never came back.  My mom remarried when I was 3, but divorced him after 6 months, after discovering he was homosexual.  By then, she was easy prey for her 4 younger sisters who convinced her to join them in becoming Jehovah’s Witnesses.

I loved my mom a lot as a small child, but lost respect for her as I watched her allow this organization to rule our lives, forbidding everything from celebrating birthdays and Christmas to receiving a life-saving blood transfusion.  Every word we were or were not allowed to say was carefully dictated, and constantly changing.  We first called our gatherings “classes,” but later we were ordered to refer to them only as “meetings.”  We were required to know the latest terminology, and it always changed.  The person in charge of the congregation went from being a “Congregation Servant” to an “Overseer” to—I think today—an “Elder.”  We’d been instructed to call them the “Judicial Committee.”   This struck terror in my heart, as I believed they were appointed by Jehovah Himself, Who, I believed, was terribly harsh and demanding. Continue reading “Pam – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Anne Marie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.: ANNE MARIE – Disfellowshipped but Saved by Jehovah!

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I was that young and pretty sister you might have seen at the Kingdom Hall. You know, the one with “all those kids.” The one who struggled to raise her children in “The Truth” alone. The one who was rarely considered as “wife material” because she was “damaged goods.” After all, “No one is going to want you and all your burdens!” as it was put to me by a well-meaning pioneer sister.

Like many of you, I was raised from a tender age to be a Jehovah’s Witness. I truly loved Jehovah all my life. I loved my Brothers and Sisters, and I truly believed that IT (the Watchtower Organization) was “THE Truth.” I grew up in San Francisco, during the Vietnam War, the Black Panthers, riots, protests, and the “Hippie” movement, and I became disillusioned with “the truth,” leaving it at age fifteen, since I believed Jehovah God was going to “kill me anyway” because I would never be “good enough.”  Also, I was sick of the gossip, the judgments, and the fear of Armageddon…which was always “just around the corner.” But pregnant with my fourth child at nineteen, (after my children’s father had walked out on us in late 1974), the Jehovah’s Witnesses asked me, “How can you let your children die just because you don’t want to live up to Jehovah’s righteous requirements? Do you REALLY want your children’s blood on your hands?” Continue reading “Anne Marie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Allison – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.: THE TESTIMONY OF ALLISON

My parents raised me as a Jehovah’s Witness.  As early as four years old, I can remember attending the meetings and going out in field service door to door.  Our family times consisted of weekly Bible studies using the publications of the Watchtower Society.  Continue reading “Allison – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

LB – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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.:LB’S STORY OUT OF THE ANTI-TRUTH “SOCIETY” OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES

Because I was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses for more than thirty years, I tell you that the quality of my life was destroyed by this sect that claims to be inspired of God.  As a child, born and raised as a Jehovah’s Witness in the 1950s, I remember my parents taking me to meetings three to four times a week. During these meetings, we were supposedly instructed about the Bible.  However, what we really were taught was what the Jehovah’s Witnesses wanted us to believe—that we were the only “true” religion and anyone not associated with us was of the “world.”  We were instructed not to celebrate birthdays, Christmas, or any other holiday.  We were taught that the world was going to end “any day” by a battle of God called, “Armageddon”. We were taught that all the other churches of the world were under Satan’s influence and that their followers would soon be destroyed at Armageddon. Continue reading “LB – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Tressa – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was raised in a Catholic family. It was my father who had the greatest impact on my spiritual life. In subtle and sometimes not so subtle ways, he taught me to love God. As a teenager, I remember not being allowed to go to a party without the “clear understanding” that no matter how late I got home, I would attend mass Sunday morning! He always encouraged me to pray and “get to know” God. Continue reading “Tressa – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Jehovah’s Witnesses and False Prophecy

 

20 Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses on False Prophecies of the Watchtower Societyprophesy

(Note: To view printable PDF images of all Watchtower quotations below, click the reference links next to each quote.)

1. How can we know the difference between a true prophet and a false prophet?

“True, there have been those in times past who predicted an ‘end of the world,’ even announcing a specific date. …Yet, nothing happened. The ‘end’ did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing? …Missing from such people were God’s truths and the evidence that he was guiding and using them.”—Awake!, October 8, 1968, p. 23 **

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