Local Jehovah’s Witnesses join global letter writing campaign

Local Jehovah’s Witnesses join global letter writing campaign

Jehovah’s Witnesses in Saint Lucia are taking part in a global letter writing campaign, appealing to authorities in Russia against moves to ban Witness activities in Russia.

The direct written appeal to Kremlin and Supreme Court officials  by the Witnesses here follows an invitation to more than 8, 000,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide by the Governing Body of the religious organization to participate in the campaign.

“The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses wants to heighten attention to this critical situation,”  David A. Semonian, a spokesman at the Witnesses’ World Headquarters said in a statement.

Semonian asserted that prosecuting non-violent, law-abiding citizens as if they were terrorists is clearly a misapplication of anti-extremist laws.

“Such prosecution is based on completely false grounds, ” he said.

Witnesses in St. Lucia have dispatched hundreds of  letters to Russian officials, including President Vladimir Putin, expressing concern.

Russia’s Ministry of Justice has filed a claim with the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation seeking to have the Administrative Centre of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia labeled as an extremist organization and liquidated.

The hearing is scheduled to be held on April 5, 2017.

An unfavorable ruling will mean that 400 registered Local Religious Organisations of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia would be liquidated, outlawing the services of over 2,300 congregations in the country.

According to the Witnesses, their branch property in Russia, as well as places of worship used by Witnesses throughout the country, could be seized by the State.

Additionally, individual Jehovah’s Witnesses would become subject to criminal prosecution for merely carrying out their worship activities, a statement from the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ headquarters in New York said.

There are some 170,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.

The latest global letter writing campaign is not without precedent.

Some  years ago, Witnesses wrote to defend their fellow worshipers in Russia in response to a smear campaign by some members of the government in power at the time.

Additionally, Witnesses have initiated past letter-writing campaigns to motivate government officials to end persecution of Witnesses in other countries, including Jordan, Korea, and Malawi.

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378 Comments

  1. Anonymous
    March 31, 2017 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Why would anyone ever try to ban witnesses…As If these people are all about peace and always want to teach people about the Bible….Tings getting worst in this world…If they ban them in Russia, who is to say they not going to ban them here? I think the people should be allowed to do their thing since they not troubling anybody.

    1. Anonymous
      March 31, 2017 at 5:36 pm Reply

      Yes, I agree with you. They have taught me directly from the Bible to love my neighbor, not commit crimes, be peaceful and share what I learned with others, for free!

      1. Anonymous
        March 31, 2017 at 6:54 pm Reply

        When a member has been disfellowship, love is not in their vocabulary.
        Research Jehovah’s witnesses and disfellowshipping. This action is responsible for a lot of family breakups and mental breakdowns.

        1. Anonymous
          March 31, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply

          Get accurate infos abt that on JW.ORG. Reliable infos can b found there. If yor a parent you ‘ll apreciate discipline that brings results.

          1. Lisa
            April 1, 2017 at 8:13 am

            That’s RIGHT!! There will always be someone who disagrees with Jehovah’s Organization, as did Satan and his cohorts. That’s besides the point of this article anyway. People are responsible for their own actions. Jehovah’s witnesses DO NOT encourage anyone to do anything that would harm themselves or others and certainly are far from terrorists. You will not see them in violent protests, senseless bombings, etc. This is what they are being categorized as such in Russia.

          2. Anonymous
            April 1, 2017 at 10:40 am

            Please.

            I dare you to say that a high % of these people come back because of their love for Jehovah.
            News Flash, they come back because they want their family to talk to them.
            One of the fundamental needs of humans is to belong to a group. You’ll people have used a basic human right to hold people as prisoners. You’ll don’t want to admit that a high % of excommunicated JWs are suicidal, ( do the research, it is out there) because of the separation form their families.
            It would be a blatant disrespect to Jehovah if they only came back because they want their families to talk to them but not really for the love of him.
            Jehovah is not stupid. STOP DENYING PEOPLE THEIR BASIC RIGHT TO BELONG , in name of trying to maintaine numbers for your brainwashing organization.

          3. Anonymous
            April 1, 2017 at 11:30 am

            Tell us about the sexual abuse cases against the Australian JWs currently going on in Australia.

          4. Anonymous
            April 5, 2017 at 12:23 am

            People make individual mistakes, that is for another day. The question right now is that are Jehovah’s Witnesses rightly portrayed as terrorists.

          5. Mel
            May 12, 2017 at 8:21 pm

            Maybe, but parents won’t appreciate their child dying because of No Blood issue.

        2. Anonymous
          March 31, 2017 at 11:12 pm Reply

          Jw.org is the only reliable site to find the truth to that statment. An individual is only disfellowshiped if they have committed a serious sin and are unrepentant meaning they do not see anything wrong with their behavior. Disfellowshiping is done as a very last resort and is ultimately up to the individual, it protects the congregation from wrong thinking and bad influences. Again i encourage you to truly look at jw.org and even watch the videos of past individuals whom were disfellowshiped and then come back to the congregation.

          1. Anonymous
            April 2, 2017 at 10:46 am

            Ha! So funny.. do we generally seek from the dishonest X the truth, the whole story? Can we deny the facts when it comes to animosity and hate, envy or jealousy you will find truth? Ha! Those qualities are vile and produce lies.. slander and smear campaigns.. Those wonderful congregations in Australia, did what the law told them to do, and that was to keep record of any reports, whether proven true or not, of sexual misconducts…the reports were of anyone at work, school ect.. NOT JEHOVAHS WITNESSES.. The congregation brothers always encouraged the ones reporting to follow up with cival authorities.. But again due to smear and hate campaigns.. this info is left out to make it appear these reports come from within, and were hidden, which is not true.. There was no law in Australia until recently that makes ANY religeous organzation themselves turn those reports in.. how loving for our brothers to not hold these reports secret.. but encouraged their flock to go and receive help if they chose.. Please listen to both sides of any report.. this is the Love of God, to practice justice..

          2. Anonymous
            April 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm

            What happened to me is a sad story. Since I refused to slander my brother, I was labelled as not being cooperating with the JW Branch and they removed me from my position as an elder. I was also threatened that if I did not change my attitude to fit their policy, they will take further steps, implying that they would held a judicial committee and that would lead to disfellowship. As I know there is not any way for me to complain because all the complaints will be directed to the Branch again. Then they will become angrier and will treat me worse. I don’t know what to do.

          3. Mel
            May 12, 2017 at 8:23 pm

            Another deluded JW, sorry but that’s not true.

        3. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 1:01 am Reply

          Ones are disfellowshipped as a last resort and only when an individual does not wish to change. Disfellowshipping, contrary to misconceptions, ARE based on love. Love for the holiness of God’s name – Jehovah, love for the congregation and keeping that clean and love towards the individual – because if their lifestyle is condoned by continued association they will not see the need to come back to Jehovah. Only when one becomes bitter or refuses to acknowledge they have broken their baptismal/dedication contract with Jehovah do they put out the negative side to this. We love all those who have been disfellowshipped, but loyalty to our God means we put him first and allow NOTHING even the bad association of people we love dearly to take us away from him.

          1. Oh Ok
            April 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm

            Some one said ‘It was refering to animal blood’! Excuse sir or ma, ever heard of Animal blood for human transfusion: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenotransfusion 2.Dissfellowship jw.org/en/publications/magazines/w20061115/accept-jehovahs-discipline/, jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/faq/shunning/, jw.org/en/publications/magazines/w20150415/disfellowshipping-a-loving-provision/. 3.Since jw say they they do things according to the bible then an enlightened & respectful dialog using the bible should ensue not personal sentiments. 2Timothy3:16-17, John7:16-18, 1Peter3:15. 4. If jw ant d true religion wit Jahs backin, using d bible which is? 5. From my country
            there are many with PhDs, BSc etc in combined millions are roaming the streets- no jobs. On many campuses you will many who cantspeak or write English but passed the English entry exam. Xman living in my nei graduated wit a high CGPA bt knows donuts abt the economics he graduated with. He’s now into Yah.. Then you have d Eze nongraduates wo employs graduate

          2. oh ok
            April 2, 2017 at 10:07 am

            Did the GB do right by asking parents not to send their kids to higher learning? I watched a member on speak on jw broadcasting tv. jw.org on the issue & I went researching. These among others maybe why they advicedso. https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/world-view/higher-education-hotbed-corruption, http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0925/p09s01-coop.html. I agree with them. Being once an undergraduate I know what I saw. Being a graduate/once an employee I know am seeing. I learnt shoe making from who many will call an illetrate. Instead of sentiments let both sides bring out facts. On the so called sex scandals, since jw say they did things from what God commanded in the bible then let them show where it says or teaches so. Am aware of Deuteronomy 19:15, 1Timothy5:19. Both old & new testament support jw. Any more additions. Can those against the jw belief bring out theirs for analysis? Jw Cults? Check 1994 Rewanda Genocide: en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_i, rohan.sdsu.edu/faculty/rwinslow/africa/rwanda.html

          3. Anonymous
            April 2, 2017 at 11:05 pm

            Remember as well…No one Has to be disfellowshiped ,it’s all about their attitudes about what they did.

          4. Ann
            April 3, 2017 at 3:16 am

            Well said brother

          5. Makaveli
            April 5, 2017 at 9:11 am

            My dearest ex-elder. Stop lying to us and yourself.

            Disclosing information without implicating someone in a slanderous manner is quite possible so I don’t swallow your story. As an elder, if your judgement had to be called into question, then……………perhaps……………..

            Jehovah, though, is the Judge of all (as you well know) and if by some slim chance you are not, you will be vindicated.

            Stop attempting to drum up sympathy here.

        4. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 6:51 am Reply

          I am one who has been dis fellowshipped 3x’s, since Jehovah does not condone behaviour that is not going to give me the best quality of life. It was horrid, but I realize I was WRONG ,for 25 yrs. I have learnt from it to follow his directions for life if I want dignity? if I want to suffer? freedom of choice. I was a hard core addict, they taught me to pay my husband back child support etc, there is nothing wrong with making a mistake its defending it. I have an amazing life today with hope for the future ,instead of dread. Discipline means to teach and that it has.

        5. A
          April 1, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply

          Or they could be like every other religion and allow everybody to to anything they want. Really look at the happiness they have and then make a detirmination.

          1. Peace
            April 3, 2017 at 7:20 am

            These comments should be about Russia not communicating with apostates!! Otherwise don’t get drawn into debates, stay silent.
            Regardless of human imperfection because WE all are, most are trying to adjust ourselves. Most importantly Jehovah will not be mocked, we rely on him for guidance in every way but we should still use our god given brain. Jehovah will have HIS day regardless.

        6. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 11:07 am Reply

          You couldn’t be further from the truth. I was disfellowship for about 2 years and during that time they showed nothing but love and respect, and obviously they reign by high moral standards, something that i or other people didnt follow at the time

        7. Dan
          April 1, 2017 at 4:45 pm Reply

          Research on Google??? I Researched my Grandmother and found that she was an baby eating alien from Pluto. Don’t beleave everything you read, otherwise your intelligence level will show though.

          1. Anonymous
            May 13, 2017 at 11:52 am

            What you just posted here , says a lot about your intelligence.

        8. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm Reply

          That’s right!!! In addition to that they only have the true “god” he only loves them
          They only will pass into paradise
          Truly an American rich smart fellow decided to make his own religion I mean organization with his money
          And there you have them JW the only truth and don’t you dare speak of Jehovah in vain you will be tortured!!!
          Bunch of hallucinated idiots!

          1. Anonymous
            April 5, 2017 at 12:35 am

            Your language my friend!! That is what makes a difference between you and a dedicated Jehovah’s Witness.

          2. Anonymous
            April 16, 2017 at 9:45 pm

            Sorry but jehovah god loves ALL of mankind. You are so badly misinformed. The Bible , which is the word of god says, there will be a resurrection of the righteous AND the unrighteous, we are all given a second chance to live in peace on a paradise earth

          3. Cat
            May 4, 2017 at 11:07 pm

            Disciple is love. If your child does something wrong and is not sorry then you discipline them out of love to help them take the right path in the future. It ignore a wrong is a lack of caring and love. Now in the case of adults they made their own choice, no one can be blamed but themselves. No one is disfellowedship if they are repentant. We want to win our brother over not loose him. And they are not responsible for family breakups, if people love each other they will respect each other’s thoughts beliefs and feelings. Applying Bible principles can only better a family not destroy it.

        9. Anonymous
          April 2, 2017 at 11:14 am Reply

          Would you not discipline your child?

        10. Anonymous
          April 2, 2017 at 2:52 pm Reply

          actually i found out that that they disfellowship because the person sinned and disfellowshipping tells them to repent from thier sins

        11. anonymous
          April 2, 2017 at 11:08 pm Reply

          That’s because, they broke God’s law. The bible does say not to say even a greeting to anyone called a brother that has broken God’s law. We love what God loves and hate what he hates, as the bible tells us to do. We strictly adhere to the laws of the bible. We adhere to man’s laws EXCEPT when it contradicts the bible

          1. anonymous
            April 2, 2017 at 11:35 pm

            And is unrepentant, that’s when a person is disfellowhipped. They are given many many chances to correct their mistake. There is more rejoicing when someone repents, then there is to see someone choose to separate themselves. A person chooses disfellowshipping rather than stop their sins. Some actually want to be disfellowshipped so they can continue to practice bad. All 110,000 congregations of Jehovah’s witnesses will not tolerate the practice of anything God constitutes a sin. The elders do not make the rules, Jehovah does. The elders only follow through to keep the congregations clean. No one, not even the governing body or the elders are exempt from being disciplined for practice of serious sin

        12. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 12:18 am Reply

          With the utmost respect you are basically saying JW’ s are entirely responsible for family breakups and mental breakdowns. Even if what you say is true abt disfellowshipping, you should also list all the other things responsible for family breakups and mental breakdowns. The list is so long you’d never get finished. You’re just pointing fingers bc you don’t like them. Admit it.

        13. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 1:07 am Reply

          If one is disfellowshipped, it is because of an unrepentant attitude. They are stilled allowed to go to the Kingdom Hall. They are still allowed to hear what God requires. No one drives them away. If they practice what is condemned in the Bible, they are making the choice. An example would you want your child hang out with a bad person? Well the Bible clearly says not to associate with such ones. But there is hope if the individual stops the bad practice. We all hope the individual does. I have had close loved ones disfellowshipped. I really loved them. Some have returned, a couple haven’t. I love them and hope they will return to Jehovah.

        14. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 11:50 am Reply

          This is incorrect propaganda and this is why they are having problems in Russia for the same kind of propaganda, you need to be careful of what falsehood you say, for God will judge you accordingly

        15. Anonymous
          April 4, 2017 at 10:24 am Reply

          Disfellowshipping is a lost step taken in a disciplinary action. It is as a result of the grave sin (i.e. adultery) being committed over extended period of time and hidden by the wrong doer.

          There is also silent and public reproof for wrong gross actions/sin, which is less serious discipline because the wrong doer admitted their actions.

          Disfellowshipping is to keep the congregation clean and follows instructions given from 1 Corinthians 5:11; 2 John 10.

          It is the wronger doer at fault and as a result of their actions they cause pain to their family, friends and congregation.

          But a disfellowshipped person is always welcome back once they have shown by their actions repentance for their sin.

        16. Desoro
          April 4, 2017 at 6:24 pm Reply

          When a member is disfellowshiped , it means the person is unrepentant and dog headed ….the love from family and friends is still there … Cutting off communication to an extent I.e during theocratic activities is a little scolding to help the person come back to his senses .. And to avoid such bad attitude for which he was punished from rubbing off on there .

        17. Jack
          April 4, 2017 at 9:31 pm Reply

          When someone is disfellowshipped it is because the are not sorry for a very serious sin like messing around on a spouse. They are not willing to stop THEY TURN turn their back on Jehovah and the friendship of the congregation. The Bible says to not speak a greeting to them or eat with them Jehovah disciples those he love . They are still loved but they need to be sorry. They need to stop the wrong doing. The are welcomed back when they do that.

        18. Anonymous
          April 7, 2017 at 2:49 pm Reply

          Love never leaves your heart for a disfellowshipped family. You may be sad but you never stop loving them.

        19. michael
          April 8, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply

          Please read 1 Corinthians chapter 5 and explain how that chapter does NOT fit in with keeping the congregation clean. If YOU or ANYONE else are able to explain how the whole bible fits into “the kingdom” arrangement that Jesus taught his followers to pray for in MATT 6:9 and 10 better, then I may give you an “ear”.

        20. Anonymous
          April 12, 2017 at 2:00 pm Reply

          I know for a fact that the person is given many opportunities to remedy their situation. Disfellowshipping is the last resort for ones who selfishly refuse to consider how their actions, not the disfellowshipping, hurts their family, congregation members, themselves and the God they chose to serve. I responded to the loving help that, as it turns out, saved me from an abusive man whom I would likely have divorced anyway. Maybe the person you’re referring to just didn’t get it. Give it another try.

        21. Anonymous
          April 13, 2017 at 12:12 am Reply

          No look up what the Bible says about disfellowshiping not some humans opinion…

        22. Swift
          April 13, 2017 at 7:44 am Reply

          It’s not the disfellowshipping that is responsible for family or mental breaking down , those that choose to become disfellowshiped , do so by their own free will. They’re offered loving help and support, most support at this point is refused, from proud hearts , God loves everyone . He wants them to return , by disfellowshipping this keeps , worship at mtg clean and unified …. See bible jw.org official website design with you in mind free truths learn now…. Make up your precious mind with facts . Don’t let lies be reason you don’t find education that will give you peace of mind and happy future and happy family life , when everyone loves and respect each other…. Your most welcome to attend kingdom hall where you live see before you judge peaceful people…. Jesus said living by golden rules your showing love to everyone , surely this would make better world and safer for families and others, not matter where you came from your welcome at the kingdom hall free bible study would educate yourself will knowledge would only help you with any illness including mental health . Nobody can walk in someone else’s shoes , only judge is Jehovah God . Thankfully it’s not for us to judge ( we all make mistakes , learning to forget and forgiving others. Is good place to start peace with the world… Enjoy your precious day keep smiling …

        23. Kenny
          April 22, 2017 at 4:51 pm Reply

          Before you become member of the congregation, I think you go throug series of our publication, and you agree with our teaching including the disfellowship things, right. So why are you complaing now? We don’t want corrupt influence in the congregation, is better you go to where you belong.

        24. Anonymous
          May 2, 2017 at 10:56 pm Reply

          It is not the witnesses idea to disfellowship the wrong doers to protect must of the time the innocents. It is a commandment given by God himself, and those who don’t obey God’s commandments will render an account to our Lord Jesus.
          We take the commandments of God Almighty Jehovah, The God of Abraham and Isaac and Jacob very serious. ” But now I am writing you to stop keeping company with anyone called a brother who is …Remove the wicked person from among yourself ”
          1 Corinthians 5:11 – 13
          practicing what God does not a prove of is a treat for the congregation. Jesus love protect them from Lawless or potential predators. .. ” Read also Matt 10 : 32- 39 . We do not look for the approval of any human but the approval of God and Jesus. We want to please them not our relatives, that’s God’s commandment.

        25. JACQUELINE
          May 13, 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply

          The ones that don’t behave peacefully r asked to leave & if u remain a genuine Christian u r welkom to their group. y stop nice people frm teaching others 2b being nice. Leave them they’re really good people. Not nasty or mean & help everyone. They live clean from what I know of them so it’s out of control to do this to them. Watch out for their God he won’t be happy He will help em I think. Good on youz JW’s il always say Hi if they knock on my door x

      2. Anonymous
        May 11, 2017 at 7:34 pm Reply

        There has been a Royal Commission involving JWs in Australia. The investigation was into how the Jehovah’s Witnesses dealt with Child Sexual Abuse.
        The Commission found that The Watchtower Society of Jehovah’s Witnesses was not protecting its children from sexual abuse. It found that there was no proper strategy for dealing with sex offenders in their congregations.
        This had gone on for years. Children who were sexually abused sometimes by the JW leaders, were made to continue to go preaching with their abusers.
        If it was the father doing the abuse , the child would have to go on living within the family unit with the father. Why? Because JWs have a policy that two witnesses have seen the abuse in order for the abuser to be tried within the congregations setup.
        How can there be two witnesses of a sexual abuse act or rape?
        This situation caused hundreds maybe thousands of children to continue to be abused. The police were never called.
        In the Jehovah’s Witnesses refusing blood transfusions situation, thousands of JWs have died for refusing blood. Including babies and children.
        Women who have been raped by a JW, oftentimes elders in the congregations; have been blamed for their rape. In some cases have been disfellowshiped.
        JWs are now speaking out about their own sexual abuse and rape.
        Radio stations and newspapers are telling their stories. And JWs are taking The Watchtower Society to court.
        The JWs 8 million of them, cannot speak against the Watchtower Society for fear of being disfellowshipped, and having their blood families who are JWs also, ostracising them.
        So whilst I believe there should be freedom of religion, because otherwise we would have Fascism, there has to be some guidelines when religions abuse young children, let thousands die due to refusing blood and blaming rape victims for being raped!
        There are 30,000 approx, Paedophiles accounted by the Watchtower. That’s 30,000 too many.
        Is the Jehovah’s Witness religion dangerous? You bet it is.
        And it needs to be taken to account.

    2. Hebrew
      April 5, 2017 at 6:44 pm Reply

      Russia know that these people are fakes. That is one of the reasons there will be banned.

      1. Mel
        May 12, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply

        JWs are being banned in Russia for having extreme views, which they do have.
        I do not agree with banning religion, that’s Fascism, however; the governing body has allowed Paedophiles to roam freely within the worldwide congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses for many years. THAT was not justice for the children who were the victims of these heinous lowlifes who found shelter behind the dark side of the Watchtower Society.

    3. Mel
      May 12, 2017 at 8:30 pm Reply

      At Lisa, have you actually trad the Royal Commission report? Have you witnessed the actual court hearing on YouTube????

  2. Laura Chaney
    March 31, 2017 at 11:11 pm Reply

    Tough love is the best way to bring wrong doers to their senses. The adverse is enabling. I have a sister in law who enables her drug addicted adult child. Her daughter has a child out of wedlock and she mooches tens of thousands of dollars each year away from her family.

  3. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 1:44 am Reply

    Thank s For Your Supports

  4. Solomon
    April 1, 2017 at 1:48 am Reply

    Jehovah’s witnesses try follow the pattern of Christ and 1st century Christians.

    1. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 3:12 pm Reply

      No. I’ve seen nothing but hateful hurtful gossip and slander in your cargroups of “service”. You only report time and turn it in to maintain a tax exempt status with the government and yet serve no contribution to society. You are all about status and rank in your organization…..kindness trumps EVERYTHING

      1. Raspberry Tart
        April 1, 2017 at 5:58 pm Reply

        I don’t know who you’ve been with, but I’ve always had fun in my car groups and laughed quite a bit. That time we report if time we take to go out and help others, if not to simply wish them a good day. No one is forced to do it.

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 3:08 pm Reply

          So true!

      2. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply

        I was wobbly, too, when I was first in the truth, in and out, in and out. I believed that the Bible was true and that these people understood the teachings. I liked unacceptable things, though. It took a long time. In your case I can only say Wow. My family has big problems with addiction. My daughter will die very soon because of her drug addiction, hep C and now switched to alcoholism. Her liver is shot. It is all so sad. So I really admire you for overcoming your problems with Jehovah’s help. Keep it up. Love from your sister Kathleen

      3. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 8:04 pm Reply

        How curious, you say “in your cargroups of service” The only way you would know what goes on in a cargroup would be if you were in it. Like going out in service, duh. I’ve been turning in my time for years and have not gained tax exempt status yet. When Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey Shore the first-first responders were Jehovah’s Witnesses, teams of witnesses. When the earthquake hit Haiti who were the first-first responders? Jehovah’s Witnesses. When the World Trade center went down the brothers were on the spot at ground zero offering solace to the workers and they were grateful. What does it take to do things like this. Yeah….money. Churches that have leaders with fancy cars and loads of money claim tax exempt status. You know that at the meetings you couldn’t say who the coordinator of the body of elders is by guessing. He looks like all the other brothers. You better snap out of it and change your attitude before it is too late. Just think, if you ever decide to return to Jehovah, all you have to do is go to the hall and there will be a meeting going on. That didn’t just happen. People did that

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 3:09 pm Reply

          So true!

      4. Ann
        April 3, 2017 at 3:21 am Reply

        You are so far from the truth

      5. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply

        Good morning, I was wondering if all religions are required to report time to maintain tax exempt status or only JW? The church I was raised in maintains tax exempt status and does no such reporting.

      6. Makaveli
        April 5, 2017 at 9:17 am Reply

        Tax exempt?

        I’m lost here!!!

        Where do you get your news?

        Matthew 24:14 – That’s why Witnesses go out in service.

        And as regards no contribution to society look at the prison groups of ex-murderers,, ex-rapists etc who are now model citizens, completely rehabilitated. Look at Rwanda where former Hutus and Tutsies live as brothers or sheltered each other during the genocide.

        Do not allow your prejudice to blind you. Satan is to blame. (Hint: Check your bible)

  5. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 2:51 am Reply

    Comment:Jehovah ‘ witnesses are law abiding citizens in every Nations they are. They are peacefully people bring message of hope to their neighbours. They don’t get themselves involved in any criminal activities, they don’t even hold arms. It suprise me that people see the witnesses as terrorist, it’s baseless.

    1. Alex
      April 6, 2017 at 9:56 am Reply

      I know these Jehovah witnesses over 10 years and among all the religious believers jehovah witnesses is the only who teach directly from the Bible and I believe that Jehovah will work a way out for all the witnesses just pray and don’t give up and I’m sure everyone will have you in their prayer.

  6. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 5:03 am Reply

    How is it that a group of people who are peace loving, not resorting to arms or involving themselves in in any kind of violence be considered extremist?

  7. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 5:06 am Reply

    JW’s are not terrorist but they are Godly people..

  8. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 5:57 am Reply

    Throughout the centuries, leaders, be it political or religious have always kept the masses in ignorance. Jehovah’s Witnesses are very enlightened because of their daily devotion to the study and daily reading of the Bible.
    Let leaders refrain from keeping people in the dark always. For there’s surely going to be an awakening.

  9. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 5:59 am Reply

    They are a cult

    1. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 7:56 am Reply

      saying that they are a cult. means you know what a cult is. give us even one thing that the Jehova’s witness do that is “cult related”

      1. Girdon jobes
        April 1, 2017 at 8:50 am Reply

        Everything they do.

        1. chelsea
          April 1, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply

          Please be more specific….

          1. Anonymous
            April 1, 2017 at 10:50 am

            Everthing i didn’t say some things. Do you need the GB to tell you that before you believe.

      2. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 12:58 pm Reply

        I strongly encourage you to have a look at jw.org and look for “Who really are Jehovah’s Witnesses.” I won’t get into a “tit for tat” with you, but this short video will clarify exactly who JW’s are.

      3. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 3:18 pm Reply

        You take dignity away from “worldly” people and make people believe you are the only good ones. Then you disown members who are broken, hurting and need support, then stamp out what’s left.

        1. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 3:55 pm Reply

          You got that right.

        2. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 8:16 pm Reply

          We are all broken, hurt and in need of support. Does this mean that I can turn to drugs to help me feel better? Can I drink myself into a stupor because oh poor me, I have problems? I am lonely, so maybe I can go to a bar and meet a man? Well, actually I can do all this and worse. I am poor, so Jehovah will understand why I steal and cheat on my taxes. I have to eat and feed the kids and I need to get hair extensions and every woman needs to have some fancy shoes and perfume once in a while, right? I looked over my shoulder and Jehovah wasn’t sending down some angels to stop me in my tracks so I did it all! But wait a minute. I said I was a Christian, a follower of Jesus. How does he feel about all this badness. So I can’t say I am a Christian and do all this stuff and I end up in trouble. Who did it? Worldly people who kill and rape and hate take away their own dignity.

        3. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 6:18 am Reply

          Being broken and hurting are not new feelings.
          whats important is how did they get in to that situation;
          did they ignore the bibles warnings?
          could they have hurt some other innocent persons by their actions for which they now feel hurt? and do they care enough to repent from such a way of life?
          Or are we just concerned that they feel broken and hurt?
          Yes they feel broken and hurt. But do they have options that can restore them back to the congregation just like the repentant prodigal son? Are they willing to take advantage of these options like a drowning man or do they just ignore the life-line and expect others to drown with them or support them as they drown?
          Can you compare you wisdom to that of Jehovah who made this provision of disfellowshiping as a way to correct wrong doers?
          Is your problem with the witnesses for following the bible or is it with Jehovah for making such a law? Do you even have any regard for Jehovah ? because that is what will qualify you to even talk about his laws, who follows it, who does not and how they do it.

          1. Mel
            May 11, 2017 at 8:23 pm

            Jehovah’s Witnesses are enlightened to what the Bible says and some world events, societies such as the UN.
            But sadly, they are kept in the dark about what the Governing Body are doing.
            For example most of them don’t know that the Watchtower Society is paying out millions of dollars in compensation for Child Sexual Abuse victims.
            Most of them don’t know that a special Commission has gone on in Australia to investigate Sexual Abuse in the JW organization.
            Most if them do not know that in years gone by, one if the Bible translators that the JWs used, was a Satanist.
            Most of them do not know and are banned from investigating Judge Rutherford one of their leaders.
            Rutherford was an alcoholic, and when Prohibition was going on in the USA; Rutherford was sending away to Canada for his alcoholic beverages.
            I could go on, but it would never end!

    2. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply

      Not a cult at all. They preach in our neighborhoods and invite any and all to attend their meetings. They openly hold large assemblies and even larger conventions in cities, all open to the public. To become a baptized Jehovah’s Witness it is a thorough process. Not a small matter.

    3. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply

      cult follows a man tell what man they follow

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

        Totally right. Following Jesus is awesome.

      2. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 6:37 am Reply

        Yes the world was supposed to follow Noah in to the ark they were stupid not to have done that because the instruction came from Jehovah the Almighty.
        The nation of Israel were supposed to follow Moses Some felt that they were more qualified that Moses eg Korah and co… they did not make it to the promise land. I am sure in you mind Noah was the leader of “that” cult as well as Moses.
        Well there is another “one” lead by Jesus Christ – the Present King of Gods Kingdom and just as Moses worked with Caleb and Joshua, Jesus Christ is working with his anointed brothers – whom may be less qualified that “us”.
        If this meets the requirement by you to be called a cult, don’t you think you should join? on what sided of history would you rather be on?

        Choose your word wisely before making comment(s such as calling an organisation you know very little about a cult) especially when the name Jehovah is involved.

    4. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply

      Cults are generally self-concerned, isolated and small. You won’t find them sending out adherents to knock on people’s doors. If Jehovah’s Witnesses were cultists, they would just stay at home.
      There are more than 170,000 Witnesses active in Russia. There are currently 8.3 million Witnesses active worldwide and that number grows by about 120,000 each year. And that’s not because of birth rate, these are mature individuals, young and old making a personal choice to be baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
      Cults inevitably fizzle out and disappear due to the narrow-mindedness of their leaders and the apathy of their followers, once the stimuli is removed the herd disperses, especially once persecution starts against them.
      To the contrary, Jehovah’s Witnesses have flourished in countries where opposition towards the preaching work is fierce, often it only makes more people curious to know why they would continue. They show Christ-like love and patience throughout it all and that makes them a sharp contrast to the religions around them, who often have a hand in the violence. Honest-hearted individuals recognize that difference and are moved to learn more.

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply

        Cults aren’t necessarily small and yes JW are isolated in that fact that they only will live forever they only have the true god Jehovah and they only speak the truth
        Sounds like a cult to me
        You break up families!!!! You cover up lies like child molestation
        You disfellowshipped people and treat them like dirt ignoring them for a year and your good people
        Gods people
        Only amongst yourselves
        JW are annoying and very pushy and you all know that

        1. Anonymous
          April 2, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply

          A sign of cult mentality is repeating the same thing over and over like a mantra in an effort to convince yourself you’re right.

        2. Anonymous
          April 2, 2017 at 7:40 pm Reply

          And yet they try to say differently.
          I will allow them to say how they treat disfellowsipped people.
          I would let them go first, THEN TALK FROM EXPERIENCE. No I was not disfellowshipped but a relative was. So I know first hand.
          They turn their ‘love” on and off like a switch.
          Worldwide it is known the JWs are responsible for the breakup of families. And that some members who have been disfellowshipped have contemplated and have committed suicide.
          The followers are like ostriches with their heads in the sand.

          1. Anonymous
            April 3, 2017 at 3:08 am

            Maybe they only want to kill themselves after meeting you.

    5. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm Reply

      Hahahaha. No

    6. Bob
      April 2, 2017 at 4:39 pm Reply

      Any religion that follow Jesus is a cult

    7. DAH
      April 3, 2017 at 1:29 am Reply

      What is your definition of “cult”? Do you know? Study with Jehovahs Witnesses and you may find a pleasant result. You will find polite, loving, honest people who care about you. They want what is best for all people. They display the same quality their God Jehovah displays…LOVE. And they also share a message from the Bible that offers you a real hope for the Future. Many promises and endless blessings from Jehovah.

  10. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 6:37 am Reply

    they dont have any weapon how could they become a criminal.huhh ..only bible and literature can be found in their bags…

  11. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 6:41 am Reply

    Comment: this is not the first time God’s true worshipers are facing persecution. In the days of Esther, Jesus and his disciples, countless. The apostle Paul was beaten and left to die.

  12. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 6:46 am Reply

    And you know they are a cult because you have been to their meetings or assemblies or perhaps you’ve sat in with a family whilst they were having family worship… Whilst parents are teaching their children to do good and to read the Bible and have deep respect for each other and to be honest…. It’s such a shame how people don’t have their own opinions, they simply go with the populist…My friend, get to know the witnesses first… Then decide for yourself if they are a cult…

  13. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 8:03 am Reply

    Certainly not a cult. Their meetings and assemblies are open to the public. They go door to door to proclaim Jehovah’s name and their beliefs. It also is a thorough process to be baptized as a Jehovah’s Witness. The disfellowshipping arrangement is also based on scripture to keep the congregation clean. Look at world events. The majority of the worlds permissive, anything goes outlook is not working.

  14. Lisa
    April 1, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply

    I am so proud to see all of the truthful comments and support here! Jehovah God will never be trampled by mere humans and we, His Witnesses, are boldly and courageously taking a stand for Him and loyally defending our faith. We love you, Jehovah.

  15. Mel
    April 1, 2017 at 8:20 am Reply

    I am so proud to see all of the truthful comments and support here! Jehovah God will never be trampled by mere humans and we, His Witnesses, are boldly and courageously taking a stand for Him and loyally defending our faith. We love you, Jehovah.

  16. Girdon jobes
    April 1, 2017 at 8:46 am Reply

    Cult is any group that have high level of control over their members where dissenting opinion is not tolerated and as a matter of fact punished all these criminal behavior that goes against fundamental human right is extremist in nature.
    That’s what jw is.
    Pretending to be loving to entice people once you join them. You are STUCK for life. Is worse than a prison. At least in prison you have your time to spend and then is over.
    Parents are instructed to shun their children and call it love. These are in basic terms just sick people

    1. chelsea
      April 1, 2017 at 9:01 am Reply

      You’re uneducated opinion shows me that you really don’t know anything at all. Shame

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 10:52 am Reply

        Stop pretending, CUZ some of us have been in that organization AND WE KNOW EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.

        I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Happy I left that CULT.

        1. Chelsea
          April 1, 2017 at 11:11 pm Reply

          I’m sorry but I’m not listening to an apostate that is a puppet on strings by satan.
          I left JW for 8 years and has now just returned and I can tell you it’s no cult 😂 But by all means believe what you want to believe.. that’s your prerogative

          1. Anonymous
            April 2, 2017 at 9:46 am

            You would be familiar with the terms “puppet on a string” because you get to live it every day.
            Now on a point of correction. Was never baptized and me being outside has been a trillion times better FOR SOOOOO MANY YEARS NOW.
            You’ll need to realize that when people leave it is not all doom and gloom.
            Time and unforeseen occurrences befall us all and just like all humans, no matter what religion you are in you are bound to face good and bad times.
            In my case all my good times were experienced outside of it. And before you interpret good times to mean “worldly” experiences you are sadly mistaken. I am 1000000% more spiritual after leaving the JWs.

        2. DAH
          April 3, 2017 at 1:56 am Reply

          Chelsea is right, you are like a puppet if you don’t hold on to the only true hope, knowing Jehovah. Just listening to your rambling it seems obvious you were Baptized. Even if you weren’t, it’s obvious you didn’t want to live by Bible Principles. And if you are saying all your good times are outside, “Satan already has blinded you”. Are you happy because you have money or your preacher says what you want to hear? The Bible says that would happen in the last days. Are you someone who can do what they want and ask for forgiveness Sunday morning. Oh, make sure you bring plenty of cash for your Preacher to make sure those sins are washed away….In Jehovahs organization it is true we have to deal with anxieties, some are depressed, some have financial difficulties, some deal with persecution from other family members, or go to bed not knowing what might happen tomorrow. But as for those who serve the only true God, Jehovah, they are happy. Happy they don’t get pregnant because a boyfriend ran off. They are happy because they try to stay clean in every way. They are happy their house doesn’t smell like an ash tray. They are happy because they can help People who truly want help. Happy because they truly do as Jesus Commanded at Matt 6:33. And truly happy they are doing what their God Jehovah wants. Prov. 27:11.
          They make Jehovah God happy. That’s where true happiness comes from.

          1. Anonymous
            April 3, 2017 at 8:28 am

            Rather simplistic response, don’t you think?
            Please realize that all what you have mentioned here, other religions practice it too.
            BTW what is your view of JWs purposely hiding sexual allegations abuse form the authorities all to save face and not bring reproach on Jehovah’s name or dragging in the mud?
            Why is it that that you’ll had to settle millions of dollars because you’ll refuse to report an elder who was a known pedophile who btw spent 14 years behind bars AFTER the case went to trial. Even face with the allegations from the victim you’ll allowed him to continue, because he was “repentant”.
            So don’t go there.

            And for all those saying that sort of info is on apostate websites last time it checked, CNN, BBC , ABC and Reteurs were not owned by ex JWs.
            Admit you’ll don’t want your seemly squeaky clean image to be tarnished and you’ll would do anything to protect it.
            SMH.

        3. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 9:59 am Reply

          Wow boy this guy is salty…

    2. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 9:05 am Reply

      Is the company you work for a cult? They have a high level of control over you?

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 10:15 am Reply

        Well You are not smart anyways you are a jw. You can leave your company any time without the company taking your mum dad son daughter friends away from you. So company control is limited.

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 10:05 am Reply

          Clearly its nothing to do with the fact that this ‘Anonymous’ person was a JW or disfellowshipped or whatever. Reading through the comments you can clearly tell who this person is and that they have obviously had a bad experience and have come up with a stubborn view of witnesses and what they believe or how they behave. But if all the information you get is from someone that has done something deemed by the group to be wrong is that information not false or contorted? When someone leaves anything or anyone they unduly give more criticism than deserved and make themselves out to be a victim.

        2. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 3:23 pm Reply

          Actually if you were to leave the organization no one takes away anyone from you. The Bible clearly state that is someone is practicing something that Jehovah hates and is UNREPENTANT, then you shouldn’t associate. Now, before a person is disfellowshipped there are many steps, because no one wants to see a person disfellowshipped… NO ONE!!! So stop right there!

    3. Truthteller
      April 1, 2017 at 11:09 am Reply

      Jehovah’s Witnesses’ are kind and loving. This is not the kind of organization that your in if you want to do whatever you want. They have bible based rules that guide you to the best life possible. Everyone who doesn’t like JWs sound like they just don’t want to follow the rules……. I’ve got great news, there are 1.4 million religions out there that have none, go find one!!

    4. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm Reply

      Sad. Sad. Sad. Person you are Girdon. It must be lonely inside your insignificant mind.

    5. JL
      April 1, 2017 at 4:25 pm Reply

      the only kind of person that would make a comment like that is someone who knows nothing about Jehovah’s Witnesses. unlike every other religion, they teach you to use your mental faculties instead of just believing what you hear. they are taught to base all of their views on Bible principles. anyone who becomes a Witness, does so voluntarily. you are not born into the religion, you make the choice based on accurate knowledge of the Bible. it is not Jehovah’s Witnesses, but the Bible that places limits on moral conduct and instructs adherence to these principles to have God’s approval and to remain a Christian. Jesus gave the teachings, JW’s just follow them. if you have a problem with that, take it up with the founder of Christianity, Jesus Christ, or the Author of the Bible, Jehovah God. As far a love goes, only one of Jehovah’s Witnesses can even begin to appreciate the tremendous love and unity among these Christians. This unity is based on love for God and each other. it is reinforced by unity of belief, since they all believe and live by the Bible, the Word of truth. Please investigate for yourself before making statements lacking accuracy. Merely speaking to someone who doesn’t like the Witnesses is not going to give you accurate information.

    6. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 6:01 pm Reply

      Stuck for life??!!! Not True! I left when I was 19, my own free will. I wanted to experience life without biblical boundaries and restrictions. That was a poor choice. I’ve just returned to Jehovah’s GOD’s living arms and organization after 25 years. Living without bible principals was a harsh way to learn that man is not fit to guide his own steps– Jeremiah 10:23. ( FYI– to the person who comment that our educational level shows when we believe in our faith: I hold a graduate level degree, therefore, I have proven I am competent in both spiritual AND secular matters. Because I have completed researched based college degrees I am even more convinced being a Jehovah’s Witness is the RIGHT choice. I have completed research on JWs after I left them 25 years ago and compared to other religions, I am most satisfied with the answers I’ve received from them. And the one thing I always come back to- is there bible teachings and training is FREE. No collections. No special seats are bragging rights for those who contribute the most.

      1. Girdon
        April 2, 2017 at 12:20 am Reply

        Your case proved my point. You are full of disguise. We all know you came back only to be connected to your family and friends again. Shame. You see the same thing in mormon , scientologist. But you all claim you came back because of your love for the dear leader or Jehovah

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply

          Wow does ‘Girdon’ not know how to read. My brother decided that being a witness was not for him but we are still in regular contact and remain close friends. He has a respect for the family and that we choose to remain witnesses does not create a divide between us. ‘Girdon’ you seem to have a view in your head which is just not true…

    7. Anonymous
      April 2, 2017 at 9:28 pm Reply

      Wow. What you are saying is totally inaccurate. No one, and I mean NO ONE, is forced the stay there. We worship Jehovah and put Him first, above everything and everyone. He is our heavenly Father. And the last thing he wants is forced worship.

    8. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 3:12 am Reply

      Your description of a cult sounds like the environment in any University or Parliament around the world.

  17. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply

    In Jehovah God’s organization no one forces you to do anything. You do what you learn as you study the bible as to whats right and wrong under your own free will. If you want to leave, the elders will of course try to talk to you and see why you don’t want to stay part of our wordwide brotherhood, etc. But the decision is up to you to either make changes in your life and do what’s right or simply follow the course of the rest of the world and do whatever you want

    1. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 10:19 am Reply

      Well You know quite well that that is simply not true. Can You even dare to think out loud contrary to the gabbage the GB is feeding you with ie overlapping generation? And please enlighten me what’s the punishment for just openly disagreeing with any of their teaching irrespective of your conduct?

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 10:48 am Reply

        LOL.
        That is what they refuse to admit. Free thinking and higher education is not encouraged.
        They know very well if they disagree with what they 7 anointed men AKA Governing body has laid out, then they could be disciplined.
        Let them continue fooling themselves.
        Some of them stay not because they believe the religion is true, they stay because they don’t want to face shunning from the members.
        Oh what a sad life when you feel trapped.

        1. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 12:51 pm Reply

          If you don’t believe it you don’t have to get baptized. You can’t get disfellowshipped if you aren’t baptized. My family made me wait 4 years after I wanted to be baptized to make sure I was mature enough to make a serious life decision. All choices have consiquences. JWs take their worship seriously. Guidelines for modern disfellowshipped are found in 2 John 9-11 and Jude 3-5. It isn’t a social club.

          1. Anonymous
            April 1, 2017 at 1:14 pm

            I dare you to research the sexual abuse case currently going on right now in Australia. And how Elders deal with the victims and perpertrator.
            And tell me if Jehovah would be pleased.
            I DARE YOU.

          2. Chelsea
            April 1, 2017 at 11:18 pm

            I live in Perth Australia and you’re most definitely making things up 😂

          3. Anonymous
            April 2, 2017 at 9:11 am

            @Chelsea. LOL.
            I dare you to research it and you realize how silly you sounded.

          4. Anonymous
            April 2, 2017 at 9:24 am

            I’ve looked it up and if you knew the website it’s created by apostates that’s are used by satan to turn as many people away from Jehovah as possible. Anyways I don’t argue with people that use google as their “facts” because let’s be honest here… anyone can put anything on the website. Btw that gossip about witnesses have been going on for a very long time 🙄

        2. Anonymous
          April 2, 2017 at 10:35 am Reply

          @anonymous So the videos with the actual court session is a lie?
          SMH.
          Go to YouTube. You will see all the recording which includes lawyers, interviews with elders etc.
          NOW TELL ME THAT IS A LIE.

        3. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 10:12 am Reply

          I openly question different section of the bible I do not understand and relate different ideas between my family and friends. My dad is currently in an open university course, my older brother is in university and im in college. I don’t understand the complaints ‘anonymous’?

    2. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 2:38 pm Reply

      well as Matthew 7:16-20 brings out a “Good Tree produces good Fruit” Yes Their have been mistakes but they own them globally! look at the people they are producing , They show people how to live life on life’s terms now and have a hope for the future of a ‘Loving and Kind Government Globally” No one gets paid, in over 800 languages largest political campaign the world has ever seen. We all deserve to have a government that can bring “PEACE, HEALTH AND PROSPERITY” Everyone’s Dream The only way you can vote for this government is by living a good life now according to Jehovah’s Spiritual Principles” Not a bad deal, or suffer? giggle freedom of choice you decide

  18. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply

    Why don’t the JW’s tell people how they treat sexual abuse committed by their male members.
    When they busy giving Catholic talk, their own closet was dirty.

    Research Jehovah’s Witnesses and sexual abuse in Australia.

    SMH. SICK.

    1. Curt
      April 1, 2017 at 5:40 pm Reply

      The elders in the congregations are to encourage the victims to persue all their legal optins to investigate and press charges against the suspect. Thats what the GB askes us to do. If some one is convicted, they can no longer be eligible to become elders. Letters are sent to halls they move to advising them of their problems, and they must let every family know by personally talking to the parents. that blue dot follows them even in the organization.

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 6:45 pm Reply

        Clearly you are not aware of what went down in Australia.
        Might I add that they were instructed by the authorities to amend how they treat with such cases and to give updates that it was implemented?
        Do your research.

  19. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 10:35 am Reply

    Everybody knows that religion does not allow, free or objective thinking.
    Higher education is not even allowed.

    1. Dee
      April 1, 2017 at 12:20 pm Reply

      I’ve been In University for 6 years as a Jehovah’s Witness. So reading this, I can definitely say this isn’t true. Please do more research.

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply

        It has only changed, because “the light got brighter”. Years ago that was not the case. Please do more research yourself.

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 10:16 am Reply

          If your basing off your own experience, as you say ‘Years ago that was not the case.’ But all organisations and groups adjust and change with the times don’t they? Maybe find out what the case is now before complaining?

      2. Smith
        April 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

        Well you’re obviously seen as week as university is not encouraged in one of your recent magazines but rather you should be dedicating more of your time to Yaweh

      3. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

        You know what it was like to hear elders tell you why you want to go an become a lawyer or go to university when that is not needed in the paradise earth or it will interfere with your preaching.
        What you are not aware of my friend that there are JWs WHO REGRET listening to this and yes they speak about it and are upset even if they go to meetings Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday AND preach all the time.
        DO YOUR RESEARCH TOO.

        1. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 7:56 pm Reply

          I’m a Jehovah’s Witness of seventeen years old (well I was born in the religion but am not yet baptized). I must point out that there are some really loving people in this organization like my friend who is 24. We went shopping a couple days ago and she bought me lunch, necklaces, and a baby cactus! She’s so sweet and kind. But I know there are others in the Kingdom Hall who aren’t. Just because the religion is true doesn’t mean that everyone in it is. You will find at least a few fake people everywhere you go. Seek out the loving ones and let the haters’ gossip and malice roll off you like water on a duck’s back. The hardest part of being a JW (to me) is staying strong and not allowing anyone to deter me from serving Jah.

          1. Anonymous
            April 1, 2017 at 9:04 pm

            There a whole lot of people out there who are not JWs who are sweet and kind with good morals and values and can buy you breakfast, lunch dinner, rings, bracelets, necklaces and an ADULT CACTUS and much much more. Just like there are those who are not JWs who are fake.
            And further more they are not loving when you have been baptized and then disfellowshipped.. If they were, then you would have JWs who were shunned, contemplating and committing suicide because they can’t talk to their family.

      4. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 6:04 pm Reply

        THANK YOU. I’m a Jehovah’s Witness and I hold a Master’s in Business Administration. Hahaha. Their false accusations.

        1. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm Reply

          Stop pretending.
          I have heard personally from current older JWs who had regrets because of what was said to them. And have heard of their regrets. So let us be truthful.

          1. Anonymous
            April 1, 2017 at 7:37 pm

            “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free. John 8:32

    2. Anonymous
      April 2, 2017 at 9:41 pm Reply

      That is not true. I know JW’so that are doctors and dentists, etc. My own husband is a nurse. I am a CNA. Please research your facts. We, just like every other human on earth, have free well. Higher education is not encouraged but it’s certainly not prohibited. What we are encouraged to do is “seek first the kingdom and all other things will be added to you.” You can read that at Matthew 24:14. It is necessity and simplicity that is encouraged. Putting God first is our priority. Please do your research.

      1. Anonymous
        April 2, 2017 at 10:05 pm Reply

        I’m sorry. The scripture above should be be Matthew 6:33 not Matthew 24:14. I just saw that.

    3. Anonymous
      April 6, 2017 at 5:04 am Reply

      Most Universities around the world rely on a degree of Church funding, so…

  20. Annette
    April 1, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply

    I have researched several religions and Jehovah Witnesses are far from being a cult, Girdon, maybe instead of searching false information you should try to research truth. .Cult is a religion that is said to be unorthodox or that emphasizes devotion according to prescribed ritual. Many cults follow a living human leader, and often their adherents live in groups apart from the rest of society. The standard for what is orthodox, however, should be God’s Word, and Jehovah’s Witnesses strictly adhere to the Bible. Their worship is a way of life, not a ritual devotion. They neither follow a human nor isolate themselves from the rest of society. They do not look to any human, but rather to Jesus Christ, as their leader. They live and work in the midst of other people. THE Bible contains the truth that can set us free from confusing or even misleading beliefs about Jesus. Does it really matter, though, what we believe about him? Yes, it does. It matters to God. It matters to Jesus. And it should matter to us. “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”—JOHN 8:32 Jehovah Witnesses are peaceable -loving people and their ministry is one of peace. Everything they have taught me is from God’s word the Bible. God dignifies us with freedom of choice it’s one choice to serve him or not and no one forces you! Please do more research in Jehovah Witnesses, you will be very satisfied! Have a great day 😊

    1. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply

      Some of us have done, that is why we decided it is not for us.
      We have researched just like you.
      And another thing I think it is high time JWs realize that the same passion and conviction they have, that they are the true religion others like the Adventists , Baptists, Pentecostal, Methodists etc, have that same strong conviction too.
      Who are you to tell someone that what they honestly believe to be true based on their interpretation of the bible is false and only JWs interpretation based on what the Governing Body is right.

      1. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 2:29 am Reply

        That’s a good question? ….”Who are you to tell someone that what they honestly believe to be true”?
        I asked Someone 40 years ago, what if it’s not the only true religion? What if Christmas is ok with God? Her response was to study the Bible. As you learn what the Bible teaches, you will learn what God requires of you and you can then make decisions based on what you learn. No one forced me to learn how to treat my wife, the Bible gave clear directions in Ephesians chapter 5. No one had to force me to quit gambling. No one forced me to quit cheating. I learned what the Bible says and made changes. The end result, my wife is happier, she saw many major changes and began studying the Bible 5 years after I became one of JWs. I am a better husband. My 4 children are all happy. Even my child who never became one of JWs said if it wasn’t for Jehovah I wouldn’t know my dad. My wife says our marriage began when we began serving Jehovah together. Today I give my children choices. I give them guidelines just like the Bible gives clear instructions. I also help them to see the choices they make can either make Jehovah happy or Sad. We have a record of ones in the Bible of ones making poor choices like Adam and Eve or ones who made the right choice…many ones recorded for our benefit like Noah, Abraham(Gods Friend), Daniel, it most important…Jesus set a perfect example until death. That’s why we never want to forget that most memorable night. The Memorial of Christ Death. This year April 11th at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses. You can find the time and place by visiting JW.Org. The most important event of the year.

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

          I hope you realize that persons from other religions experience that good life too. Kudos to you. But that good life is not only obtained and maintained when you become a JW.

      2. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 10:23 am Reply

        If your teaching people you must believe what you know to be the truth. Just as at a university or school you would expect the teachers to believe what they teach is truth. As an example I’ve never heard of a teacher telling students, ‘2×2=4 but other people believe it is 5 and in another school its 254 so therefore everyone is correct?’

        And witnesses never preach that they are better than anyone else, just hold different views and convictions.

    2. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 1:42 pm Reply

      Well said. Annette.😊

    3. Girdon
      April 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply

      Does it not occur to you that you are following men. 7 of them disguised as God almighty. What they say is equated to God himself speaking even though this changes. Truth is eternal and does not change you can add more details to Truth but the former Truth remains valid. Could that be said of the overlapping generation?
      Hmmm i think not.
      Think with your brain. You are only following some bunch of Americans calling themselves God “in a sense”. Many of us has been dragged into this madness by our parents or loved ones and the only way out is to lose all our loved ones cos they have been mentally imprisoned.

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 2:52 pm Reply

        Girdon, trust me, they quick to say is Jesus that is their leader.
        What they don’t realize is that, some of what they say now differ from previous years. Why should that be? If the GB is being inspired by Jehovah there are things that should not change. Because Jehovah is perfect and if he inspires you then what he tells you to do should be absolutely true despite changing times, because he alone knows what the future holds.
        Ask them to research JW and racism back in the day. Why has the GB stance on that change? Why in the early 1900’s as recent as the 1950s African tribes were called “degraded” and “God in his own time would change the Ethopian skin in his own time”. Yes all of this written in early watchtower publication.
        This would have been the view of the men who were allegedly inspired by Jehovah to supply the congregants with spiritual food. So it stands to reason that since they were inspired by Jehovah that , that was Jehovah’s view of African tribes back then. But apparently Jehovah had a change of heart, not sure what cause it to change, maybe Jehovah saw the works of Martin Lurther King, and inspired them to change their stance on race. Because now they embrace all races and have purposely shown different races together living in harmony. So then what has changed. Jehovah now told them that he had a change of mind and the African race is equal to the white race.
        Was Jehovah confused too when he told the GB about the times the world will end. How about when they had a house in San Francisco and purchased fruit trees similar to what was described in the bible because they thought when David and others would be resurrected they would return to the USA and would appreciate foods they were familiar with. THEY GOT IT WRONG and the house had to be sold. So Jehovah did not know that? Jehovah could not advise them.
        So can you imagine in this present day the number of “interpretations” they get wrong?
        And I just want to know, why oh why Jehovah decided is Americans that have to lead the flock.

      2. Lamberts
        April 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm Reply

        Gordon listen….. The Truth doesn’t change, you’re correct. No one can add to the Truth, so there you are very wrong. The Witnesses don’t change the Truth or add to the Truth ….. No!!!! They only change their ways and understanding as the Truth becomes clearer to them like flashes of light. If they find out that a particular teaching or belief is wrong, they will quickly change from such to be in agreement with the Bible’s teaching….the truth.

        1. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 4:08 pm Reply

          Lord have mercy.
          And you’ll go out there telling people you’ll are the only true religion?
          SMH.
          The truth becomes clearer to them like flashes of light?
          When you think you have heard it all.
          So tell me, the others like the Adventists, Methodist etc, God doesn’t allow the truth to be clearer to them in flashes of light to?
          How you know is only you’ll that getting the flashes or light?

          1. Anonymous
            April 3, 2017 at 3:25 am

            Because Jesus assists those who preach about the Kingdom the way he did. The holy spirit assists those who put their faith into action, not blind believers of tradition and doctrine. Faith without works is dead, and only the Witnesses are doing the work in a way that follows Jesus example, in person, and free of charge.

        2. Girdon
          April 2, 2017 at 12:45 am Reply

          Jw has corrupted your thinking ability. I said Truth is Eternal and does not change. You can add Details to the truth but the former truth remains valid. I Could say you are a man, true and then come back and say you are 6ft tall. With 2 hands . That’s how light gets brighter. Organization that claim it’s teaching is Truth should not say you are boy 6ft tall and come back to say you are girl 4.5ft tall. When called upon to account for their previous truth claim, they use their get out of jail free card, light Is getting brighter. All their 9million adherents are immediately satisfied with that. Light is getting brighter isn’t excuse for telling lies or claim whatever as truth and then change it anytime you see fit.

          1. Anonymous
            April 2, 2017 at 9:58 am

            Exactly.
            I just want them to tell me what they think about the investigation going on right now in Australia?
            Whether Jehovah would have be pleased with their actions.
            SMH.

          2. Anonymous
            April 3, 2017 at 10:29 am

            The main focus of Jehovah’s Witnesses is the Kingdom of God and that has never changed. It is at the core of all their beliefs. Just because some of the finer details change does not mean the overall religion is completely different. In the same way as the basic structure of a Car is the same but has gradually changed and progressed as new technology and advancements are made. So too has the organisation of JW’s, just because new thoughts and ideas are presented the main focus of them remains the same. Teach others about Gods kingdom…

  21. Tim
    April 1, 2017 at 11:11 am Reply

    Sounds like their is a lot uneducated people posting false stuff about Jehovah Witnesses! I’m not a Witnesses, but have talked to a lot of the and read their literature. it seems to me that people who are writing negative things about them are very unhappy people and are very miserable in their life . Find peace in your life,and find some religion or something to practice that give you some kind of peace, so you can stop having so much hatred in your heart!

    1. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 11:23 am Reply

      Ah my friend, you are sadly mistaken.
      Do not look at the negative comments and think people are unhappy. If you do proper research on JWs and those who have left you will see another side.
      You will see people who did not necessarily commit anything , but chose to think objectively and was disfellowshipped as a result.
      You want to know what that shunning does?
      They don’t get to speak to their family members.The stories are out there.
      And it results in mental breakdown and thoughts of suicide.
      What JWs don’t tell you when they come to preach is that if you decide to leave their religion or rather have committed a sin eg like fornication and was disfellowshipped, they don’t tell and oh btw, if your family is JW too, they will not speak to you they will have nothing to do with you until you come back.
      Their love is VERY CONDITIONAL.
      Do the research my friend. Start with YouTube and hear the stories of persons worldwide.

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 1:00 pm Reply

        Actually we do . Baptism is an extremely serious life decision. That’s why you have to pass a 3 part oral exam to make sure you understand what you are doing AND have a chance to back out last minute. Yes I do know of times people have been denied baptism because of inaccurate understanding of immaturity.
        Stop lying to people.

      2. Brown
        April 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply

        So just to confirm. Since Jesus or Jehovah or the angels do not talk to Satan or his demons. Since they are in a state of darkness also known as Tartaus. It is wrong to have the love you say is “conditional”?

        1. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 2:22 pm Reply

          How are you so sure they don’t speak to them?
          Now when you look at the acts of Satan and if you equate it to being responsible to all the ills eg wars, sickness, hunger taking place in the world today, are you implying that the “ills” of ex JWs amount to the same which would warrant the same treatment dished out to Satan i.e love being displayed to you ONLY when certain conditions are met?

          I want to add something here. Long before there was religion there was some concept of family. Archeological discoveries of early humans long before Jesus roamed the earth showed signs that these groups of early humans were a unit. No matter how the cave men were portrayed to us, they were a cohesive unit with family life. Long before religion. Long before all religions decided that they needed to make sense of their existence and adopted their concept of a God, whether it be the Christian Islam, or Hindu faith. We have men now who tells us that Christianity is the one true religion and further goes to say their denomination is the only true one as in the case of Jehovah’s Witness.
          So they just like other denominations out there use what is written in the Bible , a book written long after early human , who had a concept of family and who realize that moving as a unit was instrumental to their survival and then come and around and quote the bible to support disfellowhipping and say, it is to keep the organization clean. They hit you at the core, which is the one of the fundamental needs of humans. The right to belong to a group.
          They switch their treatment of you once you are disfellowhipped. Like an one and off switch.
          Long before there was religion , there was family. People need to remember that.
          That is why I support spirituality over religion any day.

          1. Brown
            April 1, 2017 at 3:43 pm

            You didn’t answer my question. You said JWs love is conditional since JWs don’t speak to family members if they are disfellowshipped. I shall ask you again. If jesus, Jehovah and the remainder of the angels don’t speak to Satan and his demons because they are in tarturus 2 pet 2:4. (look it up) is there love “conditional”?

            You said “Now when you look at the acts of Satan and if you equate it to being responsible to all the ills eg wars, sickness, hunger taking place in the world today, are you implying that the “ills” of ex JWs amount to the same which would warrant the same treatment dished out to Satan i.e love being displayed to you ONLY when certain conditions are met?”
            Interesting question since u questioned if Jehovah communicates with Satan and demons.
            The question is phrased in away that you believe Jehovah doesn’t communicate with demons. Am I right?
            Also in your statement are u saying Jehovah doesn’t communicate with Satan or his demons because of the troubles ailing mankind (war etc)? Not sure what u are on about.

            Nobody is saying exJWs are responsible for wars, ills , etc… that’s what you’re saying. So please answer the original question I asked. Thank s

      3. Anonymous
        April 2, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply

        …YouTube? Really? That’s your education on this matter? Salty show ponies with no friends vomiting their useless opinions for idiots to lap up?
        Gimme a break.

      4. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 3:46 am Reply

        I had no idea JW’s were involved in something this big, this is a human rights issue boiling over in Rusia that has the potential to domino into other countries. Alot of people could go to prison that don’t belong there and that will cause alot of broken families, mental breakdowns and thoughts of suicide. Russian prisons are not places of rehabilitation.
        I don’t normally talk to JW’s, growing up my parents always told them to go away so I just politely do the same but now I think I might ask the next one that visits about this.
        I didn’t kno there were that many either, I thought they were just in America lol

      5. Anonymous
        April 10, 2017 at 11:03 pm Reply

        i have known an ex jw she is mess in our community

    2. Markus
      April 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply

      Well said Senior, that rage in their hearts are from their own mistakes not from anybody, if they had read the Bibles comment on disfellowshipping, I do t think they will come here and be saying the things they feel.

      1. Markus
        April 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm Reply

        Witnesses are only obeying a direct command from God’s word “keep the congregation clean”

        1 Corinthians 5:11,13.

        Please feel free to allow any witness to teach you more about Obeying Bible principles

        1. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 1:23 pm Reply

          Keeping it clean?
          Research the sexual abuse case currently going on in Australia, and tell me if that was also an attempt by the elders and higher hierarchy to “keep the organization clean”? SMH.
          You guys were always on the backs of Catholics , but you’ll did have to hide.
          SMH. When you put yourself out there that you are the only true religion, that you can come to my church but I can’t come to yours, you open up yourself more to negativity. Unfortunately the manner you have portrayed yourselves, would make anyone come down on you guys HARD.

        2. Girdon
          April 2, 2017 at 12:50 am Reply

          Just like the terrorist are obeying command directly from the bible or their holy book. You are right there.

    3. KDJ
      April 2, 2017 at 8:26 am Reply

      Witness haters have been part of Satan’s system from the beginning of human history.
      Satan and his minions have falsely accused God’s people and God Himself without merit. Jesus said a slave isn’t above his master ” If they hated me they will hate you also”. I have seen bitter people who have chosen the world and then spit venom back at their former companions. Each one has left at their own choice and then complain that the can’t have what they left. Keep this in mind, Jehovah cast (disfellowshipped) Satan and his demons out of His family for the sake of His faithful ones who remained loyal.
      Satan and the demons now have no spiritual connection to their Father. Guess He’s unloving too Eh? Sadly we need to let such ones wallow in that bitterness until they wish to change if ever.

      1. Anonymous
        April 2, 2017 at 10:02 am Reply

        You probably should know that there are plenty of you’ll that are miserable and sad but won’t leave because of the shunning you’ll would face.
        Get that in your heads that there are a lot of JWs who would like to leave but they would want their families to talk to them.
        THAT’S A FACT.

        1. Anonymous
          April 2, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

          Salty bro?

        2. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 10:33 am Reply

          So salty

  22. Alan
    April 1, 2017 at 11:16 am Reply

    Who is everybody? Many of the Witnesses are some of the smartest, kindest, loving people I have ever met. They are definitely not a cult. Higher education itself does not mean you are a high thinker… Colleges teach you what they want you to believe i.e. Evolution which has no merit. College in many countries is a business. It is very expensive, they tell you what classes you have to take. They tell you first year you have to live on the dorms, they make you buy their books. Promise you a great job when you get done when many people just end up in debt to the system. That does not sound like high thinking. Many parents pressure their kids to go to college even when they don’t want to. Most JW’s I have met own their own business and are good people living debt free lives. That sounds like higher thinking to me… but everyone has been given free will to be what ever they want. No one makes a person be a witness…Even if you wanted to become one it doesn’t happen by going to one service like some churches where you show up and even if they don’t know you allow you to get baptized…not the case they follow truth from the Bible.
    Granted not ever JW is a good person people have lived double lives through out time. Don’t judge a few bad apples and blame everyone for their mistakes. You can’t blame Jesus for what Judas did can you. Or blame God for the decisions and actions of Satan can you?

    1. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 11:28 am Reply

      Higher education was frowned upon because it was basically sold to you that your true purpose was to go preach.

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply

        I am a high school student going to college… No one tried to stop me or discourage me from going to college or pursuing any kind of career… We do encourage surving in the ministry after mandatory schooling is finished, you are your own person being a Jehovah Witness. No sort of extortion or forcing should be done… that being said yes, they’re have been many who have disobeyed the rules we follow by the Bible and they have been dealt with accordingly. We do not make up the rules we follow, they are strictly from the Bible.

        1. Anonymous
          April 1, 2017 at 1:03 pm Reply

          My dear, “the light got brighter “in your case or generation. It was being done. Do your research.
          My question is why it was sold to persons previously by the GB and now not so much now judging by those who now seek higher education?
          If the 7 GB members are anointed by Jehovah doesn’t it stand to reason that your stand on some things should be uniformed throughout time and not bend to suit the times we are in?
          What is so different now in getting a higher education that one could not get one years prior without thinking it would interrupt their preaching.
          Was Jehovah confused when he inspired the GB to deliver the message to you’ll. I hardly think so. Your GB are imperfect men, who bring their imperfect interpretation to people just like any other religion.

          1. Lg
            April 1, 2017 at 2:25 pm

            You are entitled to your opinion. Of course GB members are imperfect. Nobody is saying they are.
            What do you think is going to happen to the JWs in general?
            It’s been mentioned before many governments have tried to stop the JWs but what has been the result?

            You have expressed your opinions, for what purpose?

            The Bible says everything under sun has been tried or seen (eccl 3:16) all have failed because people don’t know they are up against a higher source.

            So I ask again what is the purpose of your comments?
            I don’t feel offended. You just need to understand you are up against a higher source. The Russian government and all governments world wide are going to find out who Jehovah is soon. Infact Jehovah already has a solution for JWs in Russia. And it will be implemented soon. Hopefully then you will see who side Jehovah is on

          2. Anonymous
            April 1, 2017 at 3:10 pm

            @LG. Let me ask you this question. When Trump was trying to block citizens from 6 nations from entering the US, ALL WERE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, and it was because of their religion.
            The courts blocked Trump’s order. Who do you thinks was responsible for this. Who was the higher power supporting those people whose countries support Islam. Was it the Christian God, or Allah.
            Who was it simply that countries have a sense of order and laws can be challenged and man by his sheer brilliance does not necessarily need the intervention of God in all things.
            I would like to believe that the systems that are placed in this world can prevent certain things and it does not necessarily mean a higher power is at work but a result of man’s own deliberate mechanism to support order.
            So I ask you which God was responsible for overturning that executive order by Trump.
            Because any victory for the JWs in Russia does not necessarily mean Jehovah was at work, but the systems put in place by mans forefathers.

          3. Lg
            April 1, 2017 at 4:32 pm

            What evidence do you have that trumps order was against religion? Please show me the evidence that trumps order was against religion.
            If it was targeted against the Muslim faith why didn’t he ban Saudi Arabia? Wasn’t most of the 9/11 hijackers from Saudi Arabia??

            Yes I know governments are in place that allow the right things or for justice to prevail.
            What God stopped the trump ban.? I don’t think God stopped it. Because there wasn’t any threat to God’s purpose in the travel ban.
            Are those individuals from those countries coming to the US to spread the Muslim faith? I don’t know.
            Either way God will make sure things are maneuvered in his favor in Russia because it’s a threat to spreading the Good news of the kingdom in Russia. And God’s name. Jehovah. You will see

          4. Anonymous
            April 1, 2017 at 11:37 pm

            Imperfect men also wrote the Bible, (2 Peter 1:20,21.) But they were guided by Holy Spirit, they penned Gods thoughts not theirs own.
            Jesus Feeds us spiritually today through the Governing Body, but it’s only the ones with the right heart condition that benefit from that spiritual paradise..

          5. KDJ
            April 2, 2017 at 8:49 am

            I for one did not go to University. I pioneered (full time ministry) instead. I am so glad I did. Many of my school mates became involved in drugs and other bad life style choices. Many in fact are dead because of the choices they made and their “education” in moral matters has lead to some of their unhappiness and broken family lives. Money and so -called “higher education” has caused some to reject God entirely. Education just needs to be in its proper place no matter what that education happens to be.
            By the way, I am quite well -off financially while never putting my faith in second place. Jehovah has blessed me.

          6. Anonymous
            April 2, 2017 at 10:14 am

            @KDJ. Are you for real?
            You guys like to use ” they doing drugs, they smoking , they dead they family life is broken”. PLEASE.
            Are you not aware of individuals who are not JWs who live normal lives. Are you not aware that non JWs have high morals and values?
            Are you not aware that there are JWs who are engaged in immoral acts and drink and smoke?
            Yes my dear I have seen them.
            So stop insinuating that if you not a JW then there will be some moral decay.
            Acknowledge that man is imperfect and no matter if you JW or not you will fall prey to certain things.
            Recognize that there are other churches out there who instruct their flock the same way which results in them not doing drugs etc.

          7. Anonymous
            April 2, 2017 at 1:52 pm

            Christmas, serving in the military, smoking, wearing the cross. At one point in our history we participated in each of these things, until our understanding of the matter improved and we learned they wouldn’t be acceptable to God. So we took a stand against them, which wasn’t easy for many and still isn’t today. But that’s what it takes to show genuine loyalty to God.
            It’s unreasonable to assume that imperfect people will never make mistakes. What proves to me that Jesus is directing the Witnesses over any other group is the success we are having worldwide, despite heavy opposition from much larger religions and authorities.
            He’s using this organization because it is made up of humble and self-sacrificing people, people who care more about how his father Jehovah feels, than what they proudly believe in their own self-important and convenient logic.
            No other organization is doing the Kingdom preaching work on the worldwide scale of the Witnesses, a work that we know is a vital sign of the end of Satan’s world. And to get it done with unpaid volunteers who willingly serve despite dealing with the personal hardships all people on Earth endure? That is nothing short of miraculous. What other group can claim that degree of common purpose and unity on a scale of more than 8.2 million across the globe?
            I feel sorry for so called Ex-Witnesses who leave the truth and then proudly pat themselves on the back for having escaped a prison. They go looking for people who will shower them with adulation for how ingenious they were to escape, only to find hate filled people and apostate websites which just twist them up and embitter them further. It makes them just as useless in the workforce and in their relationships as it would in the Christian congregation.
            They didn’t escape a prison, they left the safety of a shark cage and now they are bleeding out in the open sea.

    2. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 1:45 pm Reply

      Jw are definitely stupid people. How I earth can you equate higher education to evolution. Is that all there is about higher education?
      What about the technology you enjoy, the medical advances you benefit from etc .

  23. John Cook
    April 1, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply

    This kind of ban have been tried.. since Hitler Germany, Stalin’s Soviet Union… did not work. It was interesting to read these comments here. Some christian love I found.. not so much, really. Yeah.

    1. Girdon
      April 1, 2017 at 2:44 pm Reply

      Why has it worked in china north korea saudi arabia. Yemen etc Is your God sleeping I those nations. Silly people! The only reason you exist in any country today is not because of any supernatural input cos if it is it will be evident everywhere. You exist because the nice people you label as “wordly” and thus deserve to die if they don’t believe you are kind enough to allow you to practice freely. If your american God is powerful he should try his power in Irag.

      1. Anonymous
        April 1, 2017 at 3:24 pm Reply

        Growing up, “worldly people” were really painted in a bad light by JWs. Then you realize that these “worldly people” have good morals and values just like you were taught. And don’t mislead you. Boy the things that was placed in your head about people who did not practice the JWs’ faith.
        Poor “worldly people”

  24. Smith
    April 1, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

    What if someone doesn’t believe that JW is the true religion anymore. Why should they be shunned????

    Any religion which allows children to die rather than give them blood in an emergency is a cult!!! Life is sacred. The reference to abstain from blood in the bible was referring to animal blood. If so important it should be one of Ten Commandments.

    Why don’t you christen babies? So they can make a their own decision when they grow up. A child who has been refused a transfusion may not be alive to make that decision when they’re older. How many children have died because of this extreme religion?

    1. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply

      Since doctors can give any medical care necessary in an emergency, to a minor anyway, to preserve their life.. I’d say none probably.

    2. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply

      If you have done your research, you’d know that In the 21’st century we have doctors who specialize in the act of helping patients through surgerys and other problems revolving around blood loss, without blood transfusions

    3. KDJ
      April 2, 2017 at 9:22 am Reply

      Smith,
      There may have been a few people who because of our sincerely held belief that blood is sacred and should not be misused. But very few . I personally know of none.

      I also know that thousands have died from taking blood. Among them many who had contracted disease from blood borne pathogens while better screening methods were not in place. That aside; Do you know that many people have died based on their religious beliefs including Jehovah’s Witnesses who did not compromise their integrity to Hitler’s pressure to sign a simple document for their release from concentration camps? Yes life is precious, yet we honor those who have chosen their God over their own life (See Holocaust Museum) Another strong belief we hold dear is that those who lose their life will be resurrected.
      Matthew 16:25

    4. Anonymous
      April 2, 2017 at 9:54 pm Reply

      If someone doesn’t believe it is the true religion anymore, why would they care what others in the congregation think about them? Why would they care if they were shunned if they don’t believe what they teach? There would be nothing in common between between that person and the organization anymore. Plus Jehovah’s Willnesses do not talk bad about other people, not even those who leave, they simply follow the admonition in the bible not to associate with the person who left any longer. This is common sense, think about it for a second. Please.

  25. Markus
    April 1, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply

    @girdon, I am from Ghana and I can tell from your comments you only have little or NO knowledge at all about who Jehovah’s witnesses are. You were asked if you have attended our meetings before you didn’t answer that, please don’t act on what people tell you know the truth yourself and it will certainly set you free. We no nothing like cult. The only o e we worship whole souly Is the creator of me and you and the air we breath in and the good things we have-Jehovah God. Please spend some time with any of us in your country and ask him about our worship also take time to observe things yourself not what people say. We are Jehovah’s witnesses and we speak out in fearlessness. We are also kind and caring not to only ourselves but to all for Jehovah also loves all and want every sinner to repent and come back to him so do we, we only help people to know their creator and if that’s being extremist, it’s only in your dictionary.
    Thank you.

    1. Girdon
      April 1, 2017 at 2:29 pm Reply

      They are extremist in the way they Shun their wives husband children friends because they are not listening to some 7 american men professing to be mouth piece for God. They are extremist in the way they are encouraged to allow children to die to please heavenly father. This is an al keida position. They are like scientologist mormon bunch of other idiots who are like mindless sheep. Nothing special.
      Can you tell me that your current understanding of overlapping generation is the final version?

      1. Anonymous
        April 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm Reply

        You sound like an extremist.

  26. Jaque
    April 1, 2017 at 12:53 pm Reply

    There’s so many divided views on this post. Interesting.. Really, whether or not you agree with all of the Witnesses’s beliefs, is your choice. Witnesses do not force anyone to change, nor could they, because they admit that we all have free will. And they are sincere in their conviction. And most who make mistakes end up making things right with their families and with God and accept the fact that there are consequences to their actions, and gladly return to being Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    Fortunately if you are reading this, you live somewhere where religious freedom exists. That’s what matters. Jehovah’s Witnesses just want religious freedom in Russia. How dare you say they don’t deserve the same freedom as you, just because you don’t agree with all their Bible-based beliefs.

    It’s a human rights issue. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not violent, not political, and live quiet lives. If they choose to practice religion differently than you, that’s not grounds for hating them or banning them. Do you hate Muslims and Jews too? Because they are “different”? Show some respect.

  27. David
    April 1, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Many, many witnesses are very educated, there are Witnesses who are lawyers, doctors, teachers, etc… own very successful businesses! So saying they are not educated is a misconception…They put Jehovah & Jesus first in their lives.Matthew 6:33 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. So we too can be sure that if we show complete faith in Jehovah, he will keep this promise: “I will never leave you, and I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

  28. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 1:12 pm Reply

    I’m a JW. I have a good job. I have a family. I own my home. Pretty typical

  29. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 2:22 pm Reply

    I feel like I am reading the Encyclopedia Britannica on Christianity during the times of the Romans. Romans felt followers of Christ were a threat to Roman culture and family. Then Caligula and Nero put whole families in the arena to die.

  30. Emmanuel
    April 1, 2017 at 2:27 pm Reply

    Comment: Congratulations to all who posted comments even to those who are against witnesses because that is their freedom of expression. Jehovah’s Witness believe in Jehovah as the grand creator and the son Jesus Christ whom they are following his foot steps excellently. But I really want those against to answer these few questions so that we can all analyze something. 1. Which religious sect are the most peaceful people in the world? 2. Which Christians does not involves themselves in politics? 3. Which Christians does not involves themselves in a dubious and corrupt practices both in politics and outside politics? 4. What percentage of witnesses are imprisoned for a wrongful act or for disobeying authorities? 5. Which Christians does not carry gun and machetes to kill or butcher their fellow beings? 6. Which Christians do not go on television or radio to use abusive words to their political leader’s or insult them? 7. Which Christians does not involves themselves in a job or profession that deals with bribery and corruption? 8. Which Christians try their best to pay taxes and do abstain from illegal connections in the world? 9. Which Christians does not go to the streets to demonstrate against government’s? My brothers and sisters, pls google to read what former President of India Mohammad Ghandi(I stand for correction) once said about Jehovah’s Witnesses and the world. There we will find the answers to those important questions. JAH bless all of us.

  31. Laura
    April 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply

    Reading these comments I can see some of both sides. My mother is a JW, she’s been disfellowshipped two times once when I was a kid and once when I was an adult. She is not DF’d anymore. She attends her meetings and does the door to door stuff. I tried to be involved in it as an adult, never choose to get baptized bc I just couldn’t make the commitment bc it is something that you chose for life. As a child my view of jws was negative bc my mom was DF’d, so I saw them as cold and not welcoming. I was a teen when my mom was “reinstated”(not sure how to spell that) as a teen I had some good experiences with some of them. I also saw allot of unnecessary judgement from the youth to youth in that Hall, about anything and everything from outfits and shoes to music choices and friends that weren’t jws at school. I left as a teen couldn’t handle all the unnecessary judgement for meaningless things, come to find out some of the same people who judged me as a teen committed serious sins. One sleeping with a “married brother” breaking up a marriage and having a kid “out of wedlock” then got married to the cheating now “divorced and DF’d brother” then had another kid in that marriage which ultimately ended in divorce. That young sister was DF’d and then reinstated, and is now just as judgemental​ she was before. That was a turn off as an adult I was pushed away from experiences from judging “brothers and sisters” about me being a single parent having kids out of wedlock. Some elder interfering with a sister baby sitting my child telling her she can’t because of him being “illegitimate”. To my second son’s father being someone who ended up studying with them as well, who was an abusive person to me. Since I was a single parent never married so my children were “out of wedlock” and I was given the cold shoulder for 5+ years while studying. Not from everyone some were great and some were such hypocritics and so judgemental I saw many people turn away from these “bad ones or these judgemental ones” one sister even scorned new nursing mother’s in the bathroom for talking in the nursing area during a meeting. One of those Young mothers was studying but never came back after that. The sister I studied with is now and was a wonderful sister, if all jw’s were like her I don’t think there would be so many negative opinions. I couldn’t get past the “turn the other cheek” when others in the hall do wrong to you. The huge divide in people for me pushed me away, but when I saw the elders take the side of my abusive ex, and asked me to switch Halls do to a high conflict custody case between him and I. Though I had him on voice recording threatening to kill me. They said they can’t do anything about that and for the sake of the congregation I should switch. I have never felt welcomed in that religion, they do preach to be loving and welcoming to people learning “the truth” however not all of them do. People are imperfect everywhere including in the jw community. I am very knowledgeable about what JWs believe I studied for 6+ total years as an adult with an amazing sister who has been in the jw religion for 60+ years. What they preach I believe in about 80% of. I do not agree with how they handle some situations. Or assume that bc your not a JW you “won’t survive Armageddon” there are so many good people out there who have strong morals, who do not hurt people in any way. Who are good fearing but do not choose to be part of a ” religion” due to all of the unnecessary drama that comes with it. I have a great network of friends that I have made who are not jws and are such great people who care for everyone, and I feel so welcome and my kids are welcomed and happy. I do not believe that you should have to only choose friends based on their religion. I chose my friends based on what type of person that are. It is sad that there is such an unwelcoming flaw that is based on pushing some too much. But the underlying fact JW are just like any other religious people out there there it’s good and bad. But in no way are they a terrorist or extremist group.

    1. Anonymous
      April 1, 2017 at 3:32 pm Reply

      Girl I feel you.
      I think the unfortunate thing for JWs is how they portray themselves as the best thing. When you put that image out there, the slightest set back will generate adverse negativity.
      Stay strong. Only God can judge you.

      1. Chelsea
        April 1, 2017 at 11:39 pm Reply

        I don’t know why you seem to think that we see ourselves as only good? We try to be good but we’re all imperct and will make plenty of mistakes. Please don’t say we think something we majority of us don’t. And please don’t say we’re the same as every other religion. We’re not anything like the rest.

  32. Daniel
    April 1, 2017 at 3:59 pm Reply

    The Bible counsels us to “continue putting up with one another and forgiving one another freely if anyone has a cause for complaint against another.” (Col 3:13) If all our faults were held against us, we would all be condemned. Many faults can be overlooked; surely a Christian should not be anxious to make public the faults of his brothers. The Scriptures say of a wicked person: “You sit and speak against your own brother, against the son of your mother you give away a fault.”—Ps 50:16, 20.
    Jehovah and his people even though others around them made serious mistakes. Jesus is the best example. After spending a night praying for his Father’s help, he chose the 12 apostles. But one of them, Judas Iscariot, later betrayed him. Also, the apostle Peter said that he did not know Jesus. (Luke 6:12-16; 22:2-6, 31, 32) Jesus did not blame Jehovah or the rest of the disciples when some disappointed him. Jesus stayed close to his Father and continued to serve him loyally. As a result, Jehovah rewarded him by resurrecting him and later making him King of the Kingdom in heaven.—Matthew 28:7, 18-20.

  33. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 4:11 pm Reply

    Didn’t Jesus say somewhere if they hated him they would hate his disciples too!

  34. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply

    I Hate blacks, because a black man stole my bag, i hate Whites because a white man owned slaves, i hate roses because a thorn stuck in my hand.

  35. Lamberts
    April 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm Reply

    Hey folks…. Whatever a man sows, he must reap. The Witnesses are just a little bellow 9 million worldwide. Yet their numbers keep growing as we speak. In fact they are one of the fastest growing religious organizations worldwide.
    No singular one of them is forced to be a JW member. Every group or organization have rules guiding each member. Even countries have laws governing their citizens. And of course punishment for anyone disobeying such laws even though man-made. All members of the Jehovah’s witnesses are guided by their Bible trained conscience, Bible laws and principles. Such laws and principles are clearly written in the Truth, the Bible. So it would be very wrong for anyone to expect the witnesses to follow the so called majority who are even blind and without any guidance from the True God.
    If you study the bible and feel it’s not worth following then, too bad. Its personal. And if you love the truth of the Jehovah’s witnesses, the Truth of the bible then happily join the witnesses. But I assure you that no singular negative comments here by anyone can change the Truth. It won’t even worry the witnesses because the foundation of what they believe is well founded and rooted in the word of God. They all have personal convictions and not forced in any way. Even if anyone of them stopped associating for any reason, you will HARDLY see such ones joining any other religious groups. Instead they will prefer to return to their brothers.
    So please stop wasting your time hating or speaking evil and lies against them. You either Love and join the witnesses or you leave them alone. They survived Hitler and Stalin and with Jehovah’s backing they can survive any human persecutors. God bless you.

  36. anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 5:45 pm Reply

    Lol, it makes me laugh seeing all these comments on the disfellowshipping issue. People get all butt hurt that JWs do what the Bible says. You can call it extreme or a cult or brainwashing, whatever makes you feel justified that you do not follow the Bible. Clearly says in Corinthians to cut off association with those that commit those kind of sinful acts and are unrepentant. It’s plain and simple and is available in English for you to read yourself. Typical anti-JW nonsense. Get over yourself. Criticize those that don’t follow the Bible, like yourselves. Don’t criticize those that do because it only serves to make you look worse.

  37. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Thanks for this article and all the interesting comments.
    Really good article on the Stetson University site on Religion and the Jehovah Witnesses, the core of the problem is nationalism and this concerns all religions.
    http://www2.stetson.edu/~psteeves/relnews/00currentchoices.shtml

  38. Arod
    April 1, 2017 at 7:27 pm Reply

    Im desfellowship right now and i know fo sure my brothers took every step to avoid me going thru it but i didnt listen and the reason i want to go back is not to have company All i miss is my service to Jehovah doing what im suppost to do, give other people the chance to learn what the Bible teach the same way he gave me that chance.

  39. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Very nice Arod! Jehovah will help you through it!

  40. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 8:07 pm Reply

    No human has the right to say what another human should do! GOD is Judge and Law giver…not any human person on earth. Don’t Judge Jehovah Witnesses, Catholics, Muslims, Orthodox or any religion. God gave everyone one free will, if you don’t like a certain religion pray to your God about it don’t go to a forum just to spread more hate, gossip, and lies. That certainly in not loving or kind, I don’t care how much you twist it or justify it! It is said that when a person is critical of another persons beliefs he/she is more than likely insecure with their own beliefs. Well enough said here, be nice people.

  41. Watching the world
    April 1, 2017 at 9:02 pm Reply

    Hahaha that is very funny comments by some apostates u are saying we shun people by disfellowship them when they fool n u are also saying we do nothing to sexual abuse persons but how should we now shun them too? This is very contradiction on your part cos if we disfellowship them u will say it shunning n if we did nothing to them too u will say we condone sin this is very abnormal cos u r here saying we did nothing to sexual abusers should we shun them too nonsense that is just by the the truth of the matter is we don’t have any sexual abusers in our midst if any of you have any proof of sexual abusers of a child in our midst please mention the name of that person n I tell u u can’t get any

  42. Watching the world
    April 1, 2017 at 9:20 pm Reply

    Who will pamper armrobbers in his house y do u have strong doors n security in your house? Don’t u see u are shunning them cos if they don’t steal with a gun they will go hungry n commit suicide haha so are u responsible for his actions because u didn’t allow him to steal? Y are wicked criminals put behind bars n not allow to roam about this is also shunning cos u it makes them sad that they are not allow to roam n associate with their families u are now saying whoever is a threat to national security should not allow to roam about the same way when our member fool n he is not relevant we disfellowship him cos we don’t allow armrobbers sexual abusers in our midst so if we disfellowship them don’t say we are bad if we are bad then please kindly release all criminals from prisons n don’t close your door when out cos that is also shunning

  43. Lucianman101
    April 1, 2017 at 9:33 pm Reply

    Wow, it seems People have some issue with JW’s. I dont have many jw friends but what russia is doing is wrong no matter how issue with the religion

    1. Anonymous
      April 2, 2017 at 7:13 am Reply

      Wow… Hatred for JWs on here. Go attack the Roman Catholics for not removing their pedo priests! They move them around so they can inflict more disgusting acts on others! Better to REMOVE ppl who clearly know what’s expected of them. Guess you shouldn’t have “signed up” to be aJW in the first place if you chose to live your live contrary to what is expected. Stop your whining and deal with it. You made your beds.

      1. Anonymous
        April 2, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply

        Well you need to know how they hid endless sexual assault cases from authorities and now they hurled before the courts. Research Jehovah’s Witness and sexual assault in Australia. Your jaw will drop.
        No different from the Catholics

        1. Anonymous
          April 2, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply

          Then “ban” the Catholic pedos too…

          1. Anonymous
            April 6, 2017 at 5:27 am

            Yep, the commission in Australia found that more than 40% of priests and ministers in one catholic group were involved in sex crimes with minors. All the other catholic groups active in Aus had similarly bad results. The standard reaction to allegations was/is to move the priest to another church.
            From what the commission found about the witnesses, they don’t do that. Offenders are ‘disfellowshipped’ and if the victim wants it they are reported to the police.

        2. Anonymous
          April 2, 2017 at 3:29 pm Reply

          This applies to all religions,you are biased and discrmatory!

        3. Brown
          April 2, 2017 at 3:35 pm Reply

          You said “Well you need to know how they hid endless sexual assault cases from authorities”

          Who is “they”?
          Once you define who “they” are what do jws do then?

        4. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 12:07 pm Reply

          The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Abuse in Australia didn’t find anything as bad as what you’re trying to implicate. The newspapers and the Counsel Assisting hammered the tagline of 1,006 cases of abuse that went unreported to authorities but once that facts were scrutinized they found valid reasons for it.
          More than half the cases were familial, many others were cases involving people who weren’t Witnesses but came to our meetings. A lot were actions that Australian law doesn’t consider as child abuse but Witnesses do, such as ‘sexting’ or using lewd humour around a child.
          In every case though it was pointed out that unless the case was in a State which had mandatory reporting requirements, the Elders would respect the victim, or the victim’s parent/guardian’s right to contact the authorities themselves. If they chose to pursue legal action, the Elders would immediately stop any judicial actions they were taking and leave it in the hands of the police. If the victim chose not to contact the authorities and wanted to pursue it through the congregation, they would respect that wish as well, unless of coarse they were in a State with mandatory reporting laws. Either way, concern for the victim always takes precedent in these matters.

          1. Anonymous
            April 4, 2017 at 12:11 am

            I will allow you to keep fooling yourself. You are doing a very good job at it.
            SMH

      2. Anonymous
        April 2, 2017 at 2:08 pm Reply

        word.

  44. Anonymous
    April 1, 2017 at 10:04 pm Reply

    At the end of the day we are all answerable to our creator Jehovah God so he is giving man the choice to choose for himself what is acceptable to him (God) and what is unacceptable by studying his word the bible. Just like in the days of Noah people made choices that cost them their lives. Only eight people survivedNoah his wife his three sons and their wives Why because Noah had strong faith in his God Jehovah. In book of Galatians6:7 “Do not be mislead God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing this he will also reap. As one of Jehovahs Witnesses I am appalled by the lies and the misconceptions said about us. Whatever happens only Jehovah knows what’s best.

  45. Lookforyourself
    April 1, 2017 at 11:24 pm Reply

    JW.ORG Facts and Figures
    316 Languages in which the Web site is available
    220,000+ Number of Web pages on the site
    600 Languages in which downloadable publications are available
    130 Requests for Bible studies per day from over 230 countries
    5 million+ Videos viewed per month
    1.5 million Downloads per day
    900,000+ Visits per day from over 230 countries
    he.org

  46. Lookforyourself
    April 1, 2017 at 11:24 pm Reply

    Jw.org

    1. Girdon
      April 2, 2017 at 1:16 am Reply

      Someone help me here, this is from the Awake july13 is protest the answer?
      “Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that God’s Kingdom is mankind’s only true hope for a peaceful world. (Matthew 6:9, 10) Thus, Jehovah’s Witnesses do not engage in protests.”
      What is this obnoxious letter writing campaign called????
      What hypocrites!!!

      1. KDJ
        April 2, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

        Smith,
        There may have been a few people who because of our sincerely held belief that blood is sacred and should not be misused. But very few . I personally know of none.

        I also know that thousands have died from taking blood. Among them many who had contracted disease from blood borne pathogens while better screening methods were not in place. That aside; Do you know that many people have died based on their religious beliefs including Jehovah’s Witnesses who did not compromise their integrity to Hitler’s pressure to sign a simple document for their release from concentration camps? Yes life is precious, yet we honor those who have chosen their God over their own life (See Holocaust Museum) Another strong belief we hold dear is that those who lose their life will be resurrected.
        Matthew 16:25

      2. KDJ
        April 2, 2017 at 10:13 am Reply

        Girdon,
        The letter writing is not a violent protest. Rather an appeal to those in authority to use their influence to come to a just decision . The apostle Paul appealed to Caesar when he was unjustly accused. Whatever decision is made, our brothers and sisters won’t be carrying protest signs or screaming protest slogans, because we believe that Jehovah will ultimately be the righteous Judge and not His earthly servants. We also want our brothers and sisters in Russia to know that their troubles, trouble the rest of us. We are a world-wide brotherhood and we love them. To help you as you have asked. We do believe that Jehovah’s Kingdom by Christ Jesus is the only full solution to all of mankind’s ills. That it what Jesus taught. So Girdon, slow down your apparent hatreds and try to see things for the way they are and not through the color of your bitterness.

        1. Girdon
          April 2, 2017 at 4:22 pm Reply

          Oh now is violent protest. Lol That’s what you have been taught by your organisation to move goal post. You magazine say you don’t engage in protest not You don’t engage in violent protest. You have inserted the violent to somewhat exonerate yourself from the pit you made for yourself. Sending millions of letter to one person if you are truthful for once in your life is beyond protest. Its obnoxious dirty annoying distruptive. Its simply a PROTEST. 🙂 I’m not saying you should not protest you have the right to. But why lie in your magazine that you don’t protest.

    2. Anonymous
      April 2, 2017 at 9:33 am Reply

      The way you’ll flaunt this JW.org is equivalent to idolatry.
      And you guys wanted to give people grief for wearing a cross.
      SMH

      1. KDJ
        April 2, 2017 at 10:33 am Reply

        More venom. Some of the things you who are oppose Jehovah’s Witnesses use are such a apathetic stretch. We certainty don’t hold JW.ORG as an object to be venerated, bowed down to or worn as an amulet. Please………….
        I have never given anyone grief for wearing their cross. That is their choice.
        I just happen to have a different view. You try to make the claim of intolerance.
        In an honest examination that claim falls flat and the reverse is true.

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply

          Maybe you should go on Amazon and see the items being sold there with JW.org. It does contain pendants, and pins etc. You’ll put such emphasis on it.

  47. Emmanuel
    April 2, 2017 at 3:11 am Reply

    Comment: Thanks to all commentators. I shall be back.

  48. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017 at 6:21 am Reply

    And people will wonder why Jehovah is punishing this World!
    As did the people in Noahs Day!
    Non-believers can never grasp the truth!! John 6:44…
    Jehovah’s people do NOT need to be upset by these people who cclearly are NOT HONESTLY seeking the truth! They will be ashamed and wetting themselves when they are answering to the true God himself one day VERY SOON!(ONLY A COUPLE OF PROPHECIES TO GO NOW!)
    The key for us is not to be drawn away from Jehovah’s love and into an unhealthy argument with disrespectful, blasphemous and haughty individual(s) of this soon to be extinct system of Satans!!
    Matthew 10:16…
    After all, How does a fire keep devouring things? You add more fuel and give it more power! Let it fizzle out I say my Brothers and Sisters?
    Isaiah 65:17,
    17 For look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth;And the former things will not be called to mind,Nor will they come up into the heart.

    AND MAY JEHOVAH BLESS YOU ALL WHO ARE IN UNION WITH THE CHRIST OUR KING!!! 😀😀😀

  49. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017 at 6:26 am Reply

    And people will wonder why Jehovah is punishing this World!
    As did the people in Noahs Day!
    Non-believers can never grasp the truth!! John 6:44…
    Jehovah’s people do NOT need to be upset by these people who clearly are NOT HONESTLY seeking the truth! They will be ashamed and wetting themselves when they are answering to the true God himself one day VERY SOON!(ONLY A COUPLE OF PROPHECIES TO GO NOW!)
    The key for us is not to be drawn away from Jehovah’s love and into an unhealthy argument with disrespectful, blasphemous and haughty individual(s) of this soon to be extinct system of Satans!!
    Matthew 10:16…
    After all, How does a fire keep devouring things? You add more fuel and give it more power! Let it fizzle out I say my Brothers and Sisters?
    Isaiah 65:17,
    17 For look! I am creating new heavens and a new earth;And the former things will not be called to mind,Nor will they come up into the heart.

    AND MAY JEHOVAH BLESS YOU ALL WHO ARE IN UNION WITH THE CHRIST OUR KING!!! 😀😀😀

    1. Anonymous
      April 2, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply

      How many years you’ll have been saying the same thing. So how soon will it be.
      And please remember that non JWs are not lost like you’ll would have people believe.
      How dare you say that people are not honestly seeking the truth. Some of us just don’t want to seek JWs truth.
      You guys are not capable of knowing men’s heart and minds. Only a higher source knows that.

      1. Anonymous
        April 2, 2017 at 5:24 pm Reply

        There is no such thing as JW truth! We only study from the Holy Scriptures. The Bible is the only source of divine truth! The truth comes from Jehovah’s Holy Spirit, clearly, if anyone is honestly seeking the truth, the truth will find them yes?

        James 4:7,8,
        7 Therefore, subject yourselves to God; but oppose the Devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you indecisive ones…

        Proverbs 2:4,
        4 If you keep seeking for it as for silver,And you keep searching for it as for hidden treasures…

        Luke 11:10,
        10 For everyone asking receives, and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking, it will be opened…

        2 Timothy 3:16,
        16 All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness,

  50. Thebestlifeever
    April 2, 2017 at 9:37 am Reply

    Not only did Jesus himself suffer fierce persecution but he also forewarned his followers that the same would happen to them. Early in his ministry, Jesus told his listeners in his Sermon on the Mount: “Happy are those who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake, since the kingdom of the heavens belongs to them. Happy are you when people reproach you and persecute you and lyingly say every sort of wicked thing against you for my sake. Rejoice and leap for joy, since your reward is great in the heavens.”—Matthew 5:10-12.
    What warning did Jesus give when sending out the 12 apostles? Later, when sending out the 12 apostles, Jesus told them: “Be on your guard against men; for they will deliver you up to local courts, and they will scourge you in their synagogues. Why, you will be haled before governors and kings for my sake, for a witness to them and the nations.” But religious authorities would not be the only ones to persecute the disciples. And you will be objects of hatred by all people on account of my name; but he that has endured to the end is the one that will be saved.” (Matthew 10:17, 18, 21, 22) The history of the first-century Christians is a testimony to the truthfulness of those words. All of this proved true Jesus’ words to his disciples: “If they have persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” (John 15:20)
    I am convinced that there is nothing this world can offer that can compare with the privileges and blessings that Jehovah has given us. True, we have endured many trials, but they have all served to build our faith and confidence in Jehovah. He has indeed proved to be a tower of strength, a place of refuge, and a help that is readily to be found during distresses.

  51. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017 at 11:17 am Reply

    Freedom of choice is a human right not to be denied. Comments that invited hatred are sadly a part of life but no man has the right to dictate another man’s life. Peace and love should guide us and teach us not to have another man just because he has a different belief. Let Jehovah’s witnesses preach what they believe from the bible and you apostates live your life your way, after all you chose it.

  52. anonymous
    April 2, 2017 at 2:07 pm Reply

    Religion in itself is flawed if not we would not be having this discourse.The truth is that religions were created by man not God.Some of the most revered tenets and dogmas have no basis even in their scriptural readings,but it is A sure method of controlling and extracting wealth from their congregants.Jeovah Witnesses are no exception and exact the same mind control over their laiety.Do U realize how much they love to argue and never let U speak?If U even show some semblance of religious understanding or logic they go through their hierarchy, and bring in their more seasoned religious veterans to beat you down with their doctrine.Most of these people have never even studied Biblical History but use their erroneous translations to try and subjugate others.My advice would be to pray without ceasing.Pray for understanding so that when U disseminate religious information or for that matter any info it is true and exact.Study religious history so that U can properly contextualize the meaning,synopsis and translation of passages to arrive at the truth.

    1. Anonymous
      April 2, 2017 at 9:40 pm Reply

      This has to be the most ridiculous statement that I have EVER heard!
      Research into the Scriptures is ALL that the witnesses do!!
      Nothing they do EVER comes from their own thoughts and when it has they have humbly excepted the correction!
      All things that the Governing Body carries out are in direct relation to what the Bible states!
      Soon, Jesus will come to correct all the wrongs and people like you will be face to face with him! Wonder whether you will be as confident then huh?
      Oh and btw, you haven’t much time!
      I say this because once the sign of Jesus 2nd coming appears it will all be too late for people to get right with Jehovah God!!
      I would sincerely suggest that you stop spending so much wasted energy on going against Jehovah and actually do some honest research, and, who knows, maybe you can find the salvation that we all have?
      2 Corinthians 13:5,6,
      5 Keep testing whether you are in the faith; keep proving what you yourselves are. Or do you not recognize that Jesus Christ is in union with you? Unless you are disapproved. 6 I truly hope you will recognize that we are not disapproved.

    2. Anonymous
      April 2, 2017 at 9:44 pm Reply

      Jehovah’s Witnesses NEVER ask for any money from ANYONE…EVER!!
      Matthew 10:8 (b),
      You received free, give free.

    3. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 8:14 am Reply

      Exactly.

  53. Rod
    April 2, 2017 at 3:35 pm Reply

    All you negative people get a life already! Find something you enjoy in life so you can leave innocent people alone! I don’t know much about Jehovah Witnesses, but from reading the comments they sound more knowledgeable and educated then you miserable ones writing negative stuff about them! Do something worth while in your like, so you don’t have so much time to put down others people religions!!

    1. Anonymous
      April 2, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply

      One positive thing everyone can do, is to read the book: Child of the Holocaust. I read it many years ago, when I began my life as a school teacher.

      1. Girdon
        April 2, 2017 at 5:44 pm Reply

        You are right

    2. Anonymous
      April 2, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply

      The negative comments you are seeing here, is not necessarily from persons who just woke up and dislike JWs.
      It was the effect on them and the family life they knew when they decided they did not want to be part of that religion anymore, or when they committed a sin and was “unrepentant.
      If you knew the effects it had on them, you would understand where those negative comments are coming from.
      It is not pleasant. So be open minded and understand the negativity. They did not wake up and started feeling so. Trust me.

  54. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Simple fact is haters gonna hate! If you hate someone for any reason you are a sinner. The Bible is clear “you must love your neighbor as yourself” and it also says to “continue to love your enemies”. Commenting how you feel about another person or religion in this case, to specifically demean, accuse or verbally hurt is a clear sign you do not love God and that you do not respect his word. Lies that are spread like a disease and rotten expressions from the tounge of apostates. Don’t believe for a satanic second what these people are saying about Jehovah’s Witnesses. The truth will set you free! Seriously!!!

  55. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 12:42 am Reply

    I have read this entire serious of comments in regards to Jehovah’s Witnesses and what we believe, what people feel is real and everyone’s viewpoint on what makes sense to them and what doesn’t. What many are missing is this: First, it’s not a view point. We are NOT extremist. The Bible has been around for many centuries and people have neglected to live by it’s principles. Bible Students of Jehovah’s Witnesses do not just read, but study and live by it’s principles. It’s a guide that makes us a happy, peaceful & a loving community of people who understand the Bible to be a guide given to humans to follow in order to know, respect and honor our creator of life. No matter where you go in this world, ALL Jehovah’s Witnesses understand the Bible and live by it as well as we can for being imperfect human beings. We do not profess to be perfect, however, we do strive to live our lives the way God approves. Jesus was such a perfect example of teaching people on earth to come to know him, thus, we will come to know his father. So many religions today just want to draw you into their church, take your money and agree with your lifestyle so they can add you to their statistics… well, mind you.. Jehovah’s Witnesses have statistics too, but they are statistics of people who realize that coming to know their creator means making significant changes in their lives and they do that as their relationship with God grows.. nobody tells them that they have to change… as they come to know their creator, they do it on their own. My point: Those of you who want to argue, debate or criticize just for the sake of argument or because you have some beef due to being disfellowshipped and don’t agree with or understand the benefits of it, well, as Jesus would say if he were still on earth, “You like to have your ears tickled and you are not open to agreement and that is your choice.” It IS a choice.. and it’s ok. Jesus would just brush his feet and walk away..as he tells us to do. So, don’t waist your breath with your criticism .. we get it… you don’t want to know God or make any changes in your life that would conflict with your lifestyle otherwise you would TRY to know God. You would not just take someones word for it, you would study for your self and find what is true. It’s that easy.

  56. De
    April 3, 2017 at 12:59 am Reply

    Oh, btw, in regards to being DISFELLOWSHIPPED and the EFFECTS it has… well, I HAVE been disfellowshipped, and I DO understand the effects it has.. The Bible is very clear in what God approves. If we profess to be Christians and live a life that is CONTRARY to his principles, and we do not want to change, we are basically saying that we are NOT repentant of our sins and NOT willing to change and disregard God’s guidelines. This arrangement was NOT made by Jehovah’s Witnesses, but made by Jehovah himself and is considered a LOVING arrangement meant to bring people to their senses in regards to whether or not they want a continued relationship with Jehovah or not. The choice is always with us. Can you live with the choice YOU made? Maybe that has something to do with how your EFFECTED?

  57. girdon
    April 3, 2017 at 2:52 am Reply

    Jw has corrupted your thinking ability. I said Truth is Eternal and does not change. You can add Details to the truth but the former truth remains valid. I Could say you are a man, true and then come back and say you are 6ft tall. With 2 hands . That’s how light gets brighter. Organization that claim it’s teaching is Truth should not say you are boy 6ft tall and come back to say you are girl 4.5ft tall. When called upon to account for their previous truth claim, they use their get out of jail free card, light Is getting brighter. All their 9million adherents are immediately satisfied with that. Light is getting brighter isn’t excuse for telling lies or claim whatever as truth and then change it anytime you see fit.

  58. Steve
    April 3, 2017 at 3:30 am Reply

    Hi. I have read with interest all of the above. The bible gives several identifying marks of true Christians. I must say after studying 27 different religions, that JWs are the closest to first century Christians that I have ever come across. I guess that’s why they are hated and may be banned in Russia. If I was going to join any religion, it would be them. The rest are not holding fast to Gods word.

    1. Girdon
      April 3, 2017 at 4:07 am Reply

      That’s your opinion

      1. Anonymous
        April 5, 2017 at 11:43 am Reply

        Girdon: That’s his researched, studied and tested opinion.
        Big difference from yours.

  59. Girdon
    April 3, 2017 at 4:02 am Reply

    Evernote
    Eccle 9: 5-6 is one reason Russia is at least attempting to ban these people. They carefully edit the bible to suit their teaching and their adherent are either too stupid or just don’t care about what the manuscript says.
    That verse in their own bible used until 2013 and other bible in the world reads like this ” 5 For the living are conscious that they will die; but as for the dead, they are conscious of nothing at all, neither do they anymore have wages, because the remembrance of them has been forgotten. 6 Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they have no portion anymore TO TIME INDEFINITE in anything that has to be done under the sun.”
    The Jehovah witness leader thinks……. hmmmm …. that should not be in the bible it is against our belief that good people will come back to this earth and have a portion under the sun. Behold new jw grey bible! ” eccl 9: 5-6
    For the living know* that they will die,+ but the dead know nothing at all,+ nor do they have any more reward,* because all memory of them is forgotten.+ 6 Also, their love and their hate and their jealousy have already perished, and they no longer have any share in what is done under the sun.”
    TO TIME INDEFINITE” varnished. Like they have selectively deleted more others words,phrases from the bible to suit their doctrines….
    And then some people wonder why Russia is banning their literatures. If you have a control to protect from American propaganda, you will do the same

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 12:20 pm Reply

      Girdon: If that were the case then they would have altered Revelation 20:10 where it talks about the Devil, the wild beast and the false prophet being tormented day and night forever and ever. The updated NWT still uses the word torment.
      JW’s don’t believe in Hellfire and that verse is the staple diet of Christian religions that do. If your accusation were true this verse would have been a must to alter but they didn’t, so, you’re just a preening gasbag.

  60. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 4:17 am Reply

    Gods people Will always prevail . Ban or no ban. Let’s hope on jehovah.

  61. Seneca
    April 3, 2017 at 4:43 am Reply

    To be or not to be a JW ( isn’t that the question?) whether you wish to be a servant of Jehovah god or not is well ultimately….your choice! That Said. If you choose to follow a path or way of life ( this particular way of life being set forth by the sometimes strict but ultimately loving guidelines as set forth in the Hebrew/Greek and Aramaic scriptures is between you and the one whom the Bible says set them forth Namely Jehovah God almighty) you do not get to then choose how you wish to do it. Any person reaching the age of understanding has this choice to make for themselves. Just like the Amish or perhaps those who practice Judaism ( the more orthodox forms) there will come a time in your life when you either say Yes this is for me or No I will not follow this path any longer, and when your family has made a decision to follow this path Absolutely you will have a hard and possibly life changing decision to make . But the choice is always up to the individual, always between you and the principles of the Bible ( Or God himself) to those who wish to follow by all means continue ! However to those who don’t I ask a question….. Who are you trying to convince???!!!

  62. Seneca
    April 3, 2017 at 5:16 am Reply

    Now to Adress the point at hand, whether you’re personal experience with jehovahs people left a bad taste in your mouth (which is truly sad for you I must say) it is However irrelevant to the issue, which is that jehovahs witnesses are being branded as an extremist group in The Russian Federation far from a Group displaying extremist behavior as we have come to know and understand such. It is an absolute Absurdity to accuse these people of any violent or aggressive activities against Russia or against the entire world for that matter, and it is my hope that this nonsense can be put to rest because make no mistake, if they can charge innocent people with uncommitted crimes against the state, well where does it end ? With the mormons? Or those who claim to be satanists? , the same laws that protect your freedom of religion and freedom to express yourself are at steak here. Time to see the bigger picture people!!!

  63. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 6:13 am Reply

    All the sign of true worshippers can be found with Jehovahs witnesses. Check the bible

  64. anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 6:31 am Reply

    Religion or religious beliefs or affiliation to some organization is not the measuring rod for true Christians.We only have to recall the story of the good Samaritan in the Bible to understand what true Christianity is about.Man has supplanted God as the primary motivator and creator to push their own agendas.Jehovah witnesses do A lot to spread their teachings,some of which appear to be sound,however they go way overboard with others.For example if my son calls me dad do I not respond?If my best friend calls me by my nickname or alias do I not respond?Just simple stuff that makes no sense at all.But their doctrine claims that in order to be saved one must call him by the name Jehovah.It is amazing that when the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray,he taught them to say Our Father….knowing full well that God will answer prayer in regard to the sincerity of someones heart and not just uttering A name.There are many other examples that I could cite,where their Tenets or Dogmas are not in harmony with the scriptures.For example I know some staunch witnesses who would not allow their family members to have A life saving blood transfusion, and then use the Scriptures to support their ill fated decision to allow someone to die,that is pathetic.I have studied with these people for years and they lack Historical Biblical exactness, so they substitute teachings to replace Biblical contextual correctness.Really and truly study for yourself,Pray incessantly especially that God may open our understanding.The Scriptures are not relegated so that one person or group alone can understand or interpret them.Would God give you his word and then mask it so that U do not understand?That is the work of the Devil.Note that I am not saying anyone is the Devil but he is behind it.Religion does not save us,Affinity or affiliation to some group does not save,it is the undettered belief in Jesus that saves.

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 12:45 pm Reply

      Amen

  65. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 7:27 am Reply

    I have read this entire serious of comments in regards to Jehovah’s Witnesses and what we believe, what people feel is real and everyone’s viewpoint on what makes sense to them and what doesn’t. What many are missing is this: First, it’s not a view point. We are NOT extremist. The Bible has been around for many centuries and people have neglected to live by it’s principles. Bible Students of Jehovah’s Witnesses do not just read, but study and live by it’s principles. It’s a guide that makes us a happy, peaceful & a loving community of people who understand the Bible to be a guide given to humans to follow in order to know, respect and honor our creator of life. No matter where you go in this world, ALL Jehovah’s Witnesses understand the Bible and live by it as well as we can for being imperfect human beings. We do not profess to be perfect, however, we do strive to live our lives the way God approves. Jesus was such a perfect example of teaching people on earth to come to know him, thus, we will come to know his father. So many religions today just want to draw you into their church, take your money and agree with your lifestyle so they can add you to their statistics… well, mind you.. Jehovah’s Witnesses have statistics too, but they are statistics of people who realize that coming to know their creator means making significant changes in their lives and they do that as their relationship with God grows.. nobody tells them that they have to change… as they come to know their creator, they do it on their own. My point: Those of you who want to argue, debate or criticize just for the sake of argument or because you have some beef due to being disfellowshipped and don’t agree with or understand the benefits of it, well, as Jesus would say if he were still on earth, “You like to have your ears tickled and you are not open to agreement and that is your choice.” It IS a choice.. and it’s ok. Jesus would just brush his feet and walk away..as he tells us to do. So, don’t waist your breath with your criticism .. we get it… you don’t want to know God or make any changes in your life that would conflict with your lifestyle otherwise you would TRY to know God. You would not just take someones word for it, you would study for your self and find what is true. It’s that easy.
    I have read this entire serious of comments in regards to Jehovah’s Witnesses and what we believe, what people feel is real and everyone’s viewpoint on what makes sense to them and what doesn’t. What many are missing is this: First, it’s not a view point. We are NOT extremist. The Bible has been around for many centuries and people have neglected to live by it’s principles. Bible Students of Jehovah’s Witnesses do not just read, but study and live by it’s principles. It’s a guide that makes us a happy, peaceful & a loving community of people who understand the Bible to be a guide given to humans to follow in order to know, respect and honor our creator of life. No matter where you go in this world, ALL Jehovah’s Witnesses understand the Bible and live by it as well as we can for being imperfect human beings. We do not profess to be perfect, however, we do strive to live our lives the way God approves. Jesus was such a perfect example of teaching people on earth to come to know him, thus, we will come to know his father. So many religions today just want to draw you into their church, take your money and agree with your lifestyle so they can add you to their statistics… well, mind you.. Jehovah’s Witnesses have statistics too, but they are statistics of people who realize that coming to know their creator means making significant changes in their lives and they do that as their relationship with God grows.. nobody tells them that they have to change… as they come to know their creator, they do it on their own. My point: Those of you who want to argue, debate or criticize just for the sake of argument or because you have some beef due to being disfellowshipped and don’t agree with or understand the benefits of it, well, as Jesus would say if he were still on earth, “You like to have your ears tickled and you are not open to agreement and that is your choice.” It IS a choice.. and it’s ok. Jesus would just brush his feet and walk away..as he tells us to do. So, don’t waist your breath with your criticism .. we get it… you don’t want to know God or make any changes in your life that would conflict with your lifestyle otherwise you would TRY to know God. You would not just take someones word for it, you would study for your self and find what is true. It’s that easy.

  66. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 7:35 am Reply

    There is no such thing as JW truth! We only study from the Holy Scriptures. The Bible is the only source of divine truth! The truth comes from Jehovah’s Holy Spirit, clearly, if anyone is honestly seeking the truth, the truth will find them yes?

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 10:12 am Reply

      Not true. You based your core beliefs on what the Watchtower tells you, then support those ideas with the Bible.

      1. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

        Thank you.
        But let me add. 7 American men. How 7 American men interpret the Bible.

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 8:57 pm Reply

          Yes 7 in charge of millions, interpreting and telling others what to do. Lol, thanks for pointing this out.

          1. Anonymous
            April 3, 2017 at 9:53 pm

            They are the only men God speaks too.
            Off all the nations and nationalities in the world. Jehovah saw it fitting only to talk to 7 American men to lead the flock and to lead the charge to try to save many more people across the earth.
            I wonder why Jehovah did not pick the 7 men out of Israel. A nation mentioned frequently in the Bible.
            SMH

        2. Anonymous
          April 4, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply

          What’s wrong with Americans? And some of them aren’t American.
          You’re a simpleton.

          1. Anonymous
            April 4, 2017 at 9:19 pm

            BTW did you’ll get permission to be posting here? You might be called into a meeting you know.
            Run along now. You just might have to ask Jehovah for forgiveness for engaging with “apostates”.

  67. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 7:36 am Reply

    Jehovahs Witness is a religion from the pit of hell any one who doesn’t believe Jesus is God is antichrist Sorry for all of them if they don’t REPENT they are hell bound for ALL ETERNITY. JESUS IS LORD .They don’t take blood but rather die when life is in the blood. They are the devil”s children .Walk in the light of JESUS .

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply

      If that makes you happy you can believe it. The truth is quite obvious for those who have not been blinded by satan the ruler of this present wicked world

    2. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply

      I love the King James Bible but I never read where Jesus ever spoke like this in his entire life on Earth. I don’t know why Christian would say something like that if you are professing to be Christian. I would never join a church where people spoke like you have about another person or religion. This disgust me, I will pray for you.

  68. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 7:44 am Reply

    Meditate on this scriptures
    Proverbs 2:4,
    4 If you keep seeking for it as for silver,And you keep searching for it as for hidden treasures…
    Luke 11:10,
    10 For everyone asking receives, and everyone seeking finds, and to everyone knocking, it will be opened…
    2 Timothy 3:16,
    16 All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness,

  69. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 7:46 am Reply

    2 Timothy 3:16,
    16 All Scripture is inspired of God and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for setting things straight, for disciplining in righteousness,. That’s our belief

  70. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 8:00 am Reply

    Jehovah’s witnesses could quite easily show you from your own bible that Jesus is god’s son not God Almighty. By the way what is your definition of a Christian? Surely it is a a follower of Christ? Someone who actually does exactly as Jesus taught them to do. I think you will find Jehovah’s witnesses do this in every way possible.

  71. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply

    I just want to say one thing. I am one of Jehovah’s witnesses first of all. That being said it will be evident I support them. Can there be a logical answer to the various points of views expressed here. Yes! You will always find people who dissagree or hate Witnesses. Concerning Witnesses breaking up families, Jesus said at Mathew 10:34-37 “Do not think I came to bring peace to the earth; I came to bring, not peace, but a sword.+ 35 For I came to cause division, with a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.+ 36 Indeed, a man’s enemies will be those of his own household. 37 Whoever has greater affection for father or mother than for me is not worthy of me; and whoever has greater affection for son or daughter than for me is not worthy of me”. And at Luke 14: 26-28 he said “If anyone comes to me and does not hate* his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life,*+ he cannot be my disciple.+ 27 Whoever does not carry his torture stake* and come after me cannot be my disciple.+ 28 For example, who of you wanting to build a tower does not first sit down and calculate the expense to see if he has enough to complete it? So did Jesus forsee that there would be challenges in keeping Christian integrity in the family. Yes! Next. To the issue of people hating or disagreeing or dis-liking Witness or if Witnesses think they are the only true religion. At John 15:17-19 Jesus said “These things I command you, that you love one another.+ 18 If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.+ 19 If you were part of the world, the world would be fond of what is its own. Now because you are no part of the world,+ but I have chosen you out of the world, for this reason the world hates you”. And at Ephsians 4:4-6 says “One body there is,+ and one spirit,+ just as you were called to the one hope+ of your calling; 5 one Lord,+ one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all”. I could go on with more and more logical reasonings but only will someone reasonable will understand. At the Bible book of Jude at verse 10 it says this “But these men are speaking abusively about all the things they really do not understand.+ And in all the things that they do understand by instinct like unreasoning animals,+ they go on corrupting themselves”. Now one final point. If there are anyone who has a reasoning mind or any Witnesses should go on any longer following these comments because of two reasons (1) There are apostate and disgruntel unrepentant (meaning they are not sorry for sinning agaisnt God not man and is evident by their reply. (2) For anyone who listened to any of the above responses, you will notice that all the responses that degrade the Witnesses but that not one has given you an alternative religion or organization that is better. A place that will educate you to God’s purpose. If anyone says that Jehovah’s Witnesses are wrong then which one is right. If don’t know which one is right then keep quiet or condem all religions with the fervor you do the Witnesses

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 9:35 am Reply

      All these hate your father and mother thing is synonymous to isis . Shouldnt you think twice before following a text. The bible says somewhere kill your disobedient child. Are you going to listen to that or just work your way around it and say its metaphorical not literal and still keep the bible.

      1. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 12:55 pm Reply

        ROFL.

    2. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 9:50 am Reply

      You are welcome to read my post from 9:38 am on April 3rd, withouth judging if you think you can do that. You clearly started labeling those commenting as apostates. Is that also part of the scriptures? To label and judge?

  72. oh ok
    April 3, 2017 at 9:04 am Reply

    Some said he is SOOOOOOO HAPPY HE LEFT JW, meaning JW ant preaching the right things. So, he must have found the true faith. Can he or any other who left JW & are STILL VERY HAPPY ABT IT let us know where the organization or church with things truth is. Can they use the scriptures to show it’s the one & are you a member or members of it? From wikipedia, jw.org etc research the JWs have scriptural backings. Again it wld be nice if exJw etc use scriptures to HELP those who are neutral to do their own research. Funny enough, someone said something like IT’S ONLY BECAUSE EXJWs WANT THINGS THEIR OWN WAY THAT IS WHY THEIR ARE AGAINST JW. THEY ARE NONE REPENTANT. 1.If jworg changed some things wld Exjw come back? 2.Many that leave their faith dont go creating websites etc, to target their former faith but jw seem to have many. Can Exjw move on &4gt jw? 3.what are the views of Exjw on immoral sex, politics, spiritism, and very very IMPORTANT divorce & celebrations like Christmas, Easter eggs?

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 10:06 am Reply

      There is NO need for religion. The “truth” lies in your heart, not the society you follow blindly. Going to meetings and preaching and turning in how many hours you did at the service will NOT save you- by the way, can you tell me where in tbe Bible it reads to turn in hours? If you are doing what Jesus did, did he kept track of his hours? Only Jehovah saves. He is the truth, Him as God, not a man’s made religion which keeps making you fear everything and brain wash you every chance they get. Are you happy TRULY with all the restrictions and all your time and life consumed on reading books, the magazines. studying, and having no time for yourself? Are YOU truly happy? Because you people LOVE to point fingers and question everyone around you, but when the tables turn you either avoid confrontation, say one is an apostate or start giving out thousands of biblical texts to proof something. No, I don’t need to be on any church to feel close to God, and no, I don’t need nor want to be labeled and judge by what I do or how I act and having people telling me what I can or can not do, even in my sexual life with my husband. If that’s how you feel happy kuddos to you, but don’t be so arrogant thinking that people can’t be happy because they are not JW’s or no longer JW’s . God gave us the freedom to choose, who do you think you are to judge? Go back to the Bible and keep reading. By the way, if you are truly a follower you shouldn’t even be here posting anything. You can get contaminated by all apostates.

      1. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply

        That is the thing that pisses me off about them.
        This notion that your life will be all bad when you leave.

        Always thinking when people leave, that means they indulging in “worldly things etc’.
        Did I abuse my spouse, after, did I start to smoke, Did I drink excessively. Do I partake in what I belive to be pagan holidays after I left. NOOO.

        But I can tell you, I have never felt so free, in my life. Realizing that “worldly people” are not bad. That I can express myself or question things, objectively without fear that I would be counselled.

        And yes I became more spiritual.

    2. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 1:05 pm Reply

      When will you’ll realize that there are plenty people who don’t believe in religion.
      They believe in spirituality AND a God and not religion, based on all the nonsense and division they see FROM ALL RELIGIONS.

      When ex JWs leave they don’t say “No there is no God”.

      Further more, you will realize that not all ex JWs celebrate Christmas, easter, birthdays, start smoking running women, having sex left right and centre.
      GET THAT THROUGH YOU’LL THICK SKULL.
      No they don’t live bad lives afterwards. They have their morals intact and actually get closer to God, while trying to come to terms with the family shunning them.

      When people leave the JWs they leave with their values and morals.
      They live good and meaningful lives.
      A lot of them don’t go joining another religion.

      You’ll try to sell it to people that the ex JWs are out there living bad lives. And if you really want to get to the real heart of the matter, the only reason they return is because they want their family to talk to them and some have said NOT BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE IN YOUR RELIGION.

      Chuspse.

  73. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 9:38 am Reply

    You know what’s crazy? Is that even when someone that knows the “truth” if he or she stops attending the meetings and becomes inactive but do not tell the elders about their sins thus they are not disfellowshipped, others in the congregation can and will continue to talk to them like nothing happened ( by policy or law a person can’t be desfellowshiped without confessing). Even of this person is out “in the world” celebrating holidays and birthdays, just for the simple fact that they are not publicly declared “no longer a JW” they can still have a relationship with members of the organization. However if you commit a sin and following what the Bible says you confess in front of the elders what you have done- and by the way the questions are very personal and YOU HAVE to give details- you are either disfellowshipped or censured, your privileges are revoked temporarly or permanently depending on the decision. This involves of course the relationship with the rest of the congregation. So please tell me how a person who is out there doing whatever they want, showing no regrets, is any better than the one who recognized their wrong doings and is following the scriptures yet is “punished” and many times removed and treated like an outcast, but the one that everyone is aware of their acts can still have a relatioship wih others? All because they have not confessed while is out in the open what they are doing? Seriosuly?
    I actually came accross a very interesting book written by the society in the 40’s and OH NO, that was an eye opener. Iwish I remembered the title of it, but basically it is/was written like a story where a couple of young children, a boy and a girl, grow up and fall in love and they talk about their faith as JW’s. One of the things mentioned in the book is that JW’s are NOT a religion because -and I am not lying- religion belongs to Satan. For years, the JW’s said they were not a religion, as recent as 1995-1999, they took pride on saying this. However because of that “light” which makes things clearer they finally recognized that they are indeed a religion and even had to add “Christian organization” before their name for tax purposes. The so ever changing knowledge is hard to keep up with not to mention confusing, especially the whole 1914 war in the heavens…where did that come from? The book of Danielle? The society’s interpretation which is simply to be taken as facts no questions asked because they communicate with Jehovah?
    The organization is filled with great, kind hearted and honest people and some of them not so great, as with everything since we are not living in a perfect world. What worries me is the society and how blinded many simply follow what the GB writes on the magazines or lately what is broadcasted without questions because when and if you do challenge anything automatically you are labeled and apostate, which by the way by definition an apostate is anyone that has left his or her religious or even political belief. Let that sink in for a moment…you go door to door to give out a message but what is the final goal? To convince the person behind that door to STOP their religious AND political beliefs to agree to yours as a JW. So, isn’t that an apostate by definiton? Yet the society has brainwashed you and even demonized this term and twisted to be used ONLY when referring to those that no longer are JW’s. I think there’s a double standard here. But right now I am labeled and judged as an apostate for giving out my opinion and trying to open your eyes and keeping mines open. While I also agree that everyone is entitled to choose their religion and practice it and worship Jehovah, Allah or any other entity as they wish- meaning that I think Russia is acting un-fairly and poorly towards the JW’s- I also have to point out that they are far from the “truth” regarldess of how peaceful and harmless they are to society. Are you people aware of the bunkers in Warwick? And why is this a secret? Are you aware of the accussations of child molestation? Are you aware of how many of us still have nightmares about Armaggedon constantly, and we fear the end is near because that is what we are told in EVERY meeting? Every meeting revolves around the same subject, the end of the world. The images portrayed in the study magazines are well put together on purpose to stay in your mind, like the fire behind the family that’s running away from it and escapes while religious leaders and politicians are at war and dying. Children are exposed to those images and the “end of the world” speech to impose fear. Fear is a tactic used by cults…again, let that sink in for a minute.
    I love everyone, well many, of the people I met in the organization, They are sincere at heart, but they will remain as JW’s even when they are clearly unhappy because they fear leaving the organization, they fear shunning. Others are there for real and I have no doubt but the whole slogan ” the best life ever” is yet another tactic used to keep the members feeling like they belong somewhere and the use of the slogan for what it is, gives an idea of “modern” or even trendy that way while you say it you feel like you are not missing out in the world. I could go on and on but that would turn this into a blog of my own.

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 12:16 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for capturing this honest piece because you have hit the nail on the head. But as usual people will just label you as negative and aspostate. But we know the real truth .

      1. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm Reply

        Thank you! It’s hard to see a different light and not be able to share it with people you care about out of fear of getting that person in trouble or even losing the friendship of someone (out of what we are told to do when someone speaks “negatively” about the organization). Oh well, we can’t control what others do or think of us, we can only move forward and hope we get peace of mind someday.

    2. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 12:24 pm Reply

      You can’t imagine the nightmares I too had about Armageddon. There is a lot of subtle fear mongering employed by them.
      JWs want people to believe that the world as is bad. And only through following their ways you will be saved. Their constant “well only in Jehovah’s kingdom it will get better”, ” Earthly man cannot do anything for you etc etc.
      We get it.
      The world has wars, hunger, famine, natural disasters (even in the days of the dinosaurs when no humans were around )etc and have had them from time immemorial. Despite all of this , the world is still a beautiful place to live.
      But you have individuals go on this regular mission, drilling in people ears, whether directly or indirectly that the world is a bad place.
      If you constantly drill that in people ears, it becomes their reality and they can see no other way.
      Lots of psychological manipulation being employed by JWs.
      And btw who are JWs to think that people who do not accept their teaching are doom for destruction.
      Indiscreet, just like your 7 American men who claim Jehovah speaks to them directly, how dare them to think we are not being spoken by God too.
      SMH.

      1. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm Reply

        I’m sorry to hear that and I know many more people just like us. It’s scaryto see the comments of many people here standing behind this doctrine which is destructive to your mental health. Even right now as I comment here I fear I’m doing something wrong and I will be destroyed by God for not feeling the religion in my heart. I feel guilt, there are many things I still can’t do because my mind says it is not right. I have never voted for example and I probably never will. I feel trapped even until this day, holidays are not celebrated either so yes I am “marked” probably until the day I die. I don’t wish this terrible emotions and traumas on nobody. I am seeking help to at least minimize the guilt trip.

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply

          The best advice I can give you, is be true to yourself. ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR HEART. You can never go wrong.

          It does take a toll on you. Even after years of leaving, you realize that your though patterns were shaped by them, and I have seen how destructive that was to me.

          Your guilt is only natural. Never would I say, do not follow what you sincerely believe in if that is your truth. If you think honestly that this is where your salvation is, then my all means go that route wholeheartedly.

          The bible has said that man’s knowledge increases. God knows that we are individuals with thinking capabilities and don’t operate by instincts.
          In my humble opinion, God would love for us to exercise that privilege of free thinking and questioning. I don’t think he really wants us to be puppets.
          Why didn’t God destroy Satan right there and then when he led man to sinning? Wasn’t there also a doubting Thomas?Why did Jesus ask My God why have you forsake me?
          All this points to man’s ability to question and think. Some might be based on emotions.

          You have a right to question things. Always remember that.

          1. Anonymous
            April 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm

            Thank you for your words. I am slowly getting myself back together and trying to be myself. It’s hard to let go pf some tormenting memories from my younger years, the way I was judged over and over by members from there including elders. Until today many of those people that told me harsh things to my face and made me feel so small are still there. To see them is to remember and back then I was to shy, too humble, too quiet and indoctrinated to say anything back. I have asked questions and they result on “leave it to Jehovah” or ” that is not true”. I will follow my heart and thank you again for your kind words full of enlightement.

          2. Anonymous
            April 3, 2017 at 6:05 pm

            @ Anonymous. You are most welcome.

            I so totally understand where you are coming from.
            Don’t ever believe that you will lead a miserable life if u decide to seek what is true and make sense to you.

            Might I add one more thing?
            Always remain humble and view the current world we are living in as a beautiful place. Always remember there is a power higher than us.
            From today I hope you live your life, and seek your truth. Wherever it leads , even if it is back to where you came from. But always go with your heart and when you are ready.
            Blessings to you always.

          3. Anonymous
            April 4, 2017 at 7:32 am

            Satan would be proud, he used the same logic to deceive Eve. And I’m sure he thinks of himself as a free thinker as well.

  74. oh ok
    April 3, 2017 at 10:04 am Reply

    FORGOT. Equally IMPORTANT: WHAT IS ExJW VIEW ON TRINITY?

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 10:08 am Reply

      Equally important, what is a so called JW posting here? Are you keeping it a secret or will you tell the elders?

      1. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 11:47 am Reply

        Already told them,as well as Jehovah and Jesus! What is your point? I’m not in fear of man like you seem to be. I will always make a defense for the truth! I have nothing to fear, do you?

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 12:08 pm Reply

          We have something in common as I will always seek for the truth and not blindly follow anyone but only God. I will not fear shunning for speaking my mind or because of what others might think of me. You are asking while really pointing a finger at me if I fear men because I seem that way. Is asking you what are you doing here when we both know you shouldn’t touching a nerve? So as soon as you posted your comment you immediately told the elders? Lol! Speaking to them requires an advance notice, then a meeting. One does not simply say ” I have to talk to three of you today” amd boom it happens. So as hard as you are trying to defend the “truth” you are losing credibility quickly. You should not have to lie but that is easily arranged here isn’t?
          Best of luck- or success since luck is “bad”- on your continued efforts to defend “the truth”

          1. Anonymous
            April 3, 2017 at 12:37 pm

            Sorry you do not clearly understand how the organization works. I have no reason to explain myself futher.

        2. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

          I really don’t care nor was I expecting an explanation. You clearly misuderstood my statement, good day.

  75. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 10:28 am Reply

    Two terrorist attacks have just been reported of in Petersburg Russia.10 people dead. Islamic states have claimed ownership. Now there are your extremists. I would not be surprised it is good hard working Jehovah’s witnesses that are there to help the injured on the streets and in the hospitals like they are currently doing worldwide, such as in Peru. Do not take away the rights of peaceful Godfearing people.

  76. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply

    God fearing people with the wrong teaching they can work from now till they get tired but as long as they are not born again they will not see the Kingdom of God Accept Jesus Christ and get eternal life……..Good works is nothing if you don’t know Jesus

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

      “Separate yourselves says Jehovah” and do not be mislead “the devil walks around like a roaring lion seeking to devour someone”. Proverbs 27:11 “Be wise, my son, and make my heart rejoice, So that I can make a reply to him who taunts me.” And Jesus reminds us in John; “If the world hates you, you know that it has hated me before it hated you.” This article is proof of everything that the Bible really teaches is true. Every accusation against Jehovah and his son Jesus and all associated with them brothers and sisters gives us even more reason to stand firm and unmoveable. Remember it belongs to Jehovah to repay not us. Take care to pray for those persecuting us as Jesus said for “they do not know what they are doing.” Love you dear ones and those who can distinguish right from wrong. Love also for those persecuting us, every life is precious.

    2. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

      And faith without works is dead. Claiming to be born again and treating that phrase like it’s a golden ticket is dangerous.
      Jesus said in Matt 24 that only he who endures to the end will be saved.
      His illustration in Luke 19 of the 10 slaves and the minas coins shows that he will only reward those who both trust in him and do the work he asked of them, the 1 slave who felt he knew his master well and didn’t need to do the work got nothing.
      And his warning in Matt 7:21 sums it up: “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord’, will enter into the Kingdom of the heavens, but only the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will.” Jehovah values humble obedience and effort based on accurate knowledge of his word, not self righteousness and piety.

  77. oh ok
    April 3, 2017 at 11:36 am Reply

    Am a journalist/research communicator R.C & raised up Catholic. I shld not even b supportin jw. But wen I write I must hav my facts even if it’s against my upbringin. 2. Like every1 else I sik a better life, so am open minded. Over d years I hav found jw teachins scriptural/researchable, d opposition mor of logic. Bin legally inclined I find u field service hrs report FR illustration mor of logic, as reportin doesn’t violate Gods law. RC wise, FR is useful for knowin how well d preachin is doin globali. That ma is common sence. I studied logic/political science as electives & this is precisely what I was warned about, letting logic crowd out facts 3. Your belif is your religion. Mor over sir or ma, is dat scriptural. I presume u Exjww, stil expectin researchable answas to earlier questions asked instead of logic 4. I find it interesting as a RC that many are good at deviating. The subject was on Russian ban, we cant get accurate views cause d oppsition keeps throwing in different debates without concludin any

  78. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 11:52 am Reply

    At the end of the day we are all answerable to our creator Jehovah God so he is giving man the choice to choose for himself what is acceptable to him (God) and what is unacceptable by studying his word the bible. Just like in the days of Noah people made choices that cost them their lives. Only eight people survivedNoah his wife his three sons and their wives Why because Noah had strong faith in his God Jehovah. In book of Galatians6:7 “Do not be mislead God is not one to be mocked. For whatever a person is sowing this he will also reap. As one of Jehovahs Witnesses I am appalled by the lies and the misconceptions said about us. Whatever happens only Jehovah knows what’s best.

  79. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 11:55 am Reply

    First, the literal definition of extremist means to strongly believe in something. Well then in that case were all extremists. It is unthinkable, inconceivable, so preposterous to even put Jehovah’s witnesses in the same category as terrorists, or the KKK, or any of the sorts. But then again freedom isn’t free.

  80. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 11:55 am Reply

    Sir, ma, is it scriptural that one doesn’t need religion or just your personal view? knowin where to allocate members donations to say missionary work, building projects requires research. This can be sourced via field service report.

  81. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 12:09 pm Reply

    Girdin
    Witnesses are only obeying a direct command from God’s word “keep the congregation clean”
    1 Corinthians 5:11,13.
    Please feel free to allow any witness to teach you more about Obeying Bible principles

  82. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 12:10 pm Reply

    Sir, ma, is it scriptural that one doesn’t need religion or just your personal view? knowin where to allocate members donations to say missionary work, building projects requires research. This can be sourced via field service report.

  83. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 12:11 pm Reply

    Many, many witnesses are very educated, there are Witnesses who are lawyers, doctors, teachers, etc… own very successful businesses! So saying they are not educated is a misconception…They put Jehovah & Jesus first in their lives.Matthew 6:33 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. So we too can be sure that if we show complete faith in Jehovah, he will keep this promise: “I will never leave you, and I will never abandon you.” (Hebrews 13:5)

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 12:50 pm Reply

      Nobody said they are uneducated. You people LOVE to twist things around. I know first hand that teenagers are ENCOURAGED to pursuit the pioneering instead of a degree, or you are going to tell me that’s a lie? From that to “they are not educated” is a complete flip. People will choose what they want to do but the organization and the WT DO prefer that the youth become pioneers instead of professionals and that is their believe. Please don’t say this is not accurate. I had sat in plenty of meetings and conventions amd even read magazines that agree to this thought.

      1. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 1:43 pm Reply

        Thank you.

        I have had JW friends who are elders and misterial servant wives say to me, that when a young relative tells them they want to regular pioneer the response they gave them was ” Who going to feed you”.

        Pity they did not take the opportunity to tell them just like God takes care of the sparrow, he will feed you.

        The point is they do come to you and discourage you from pursuing further and I have had it said to me in several direct and indirect ways.
        Funny years later I told me mom, I could have had a degree, and I was constantly told the better life is to go and preach and it would interfere with my preaching. Why is it now that I see JW children pursuing higher education. Her response to me ” The light got brighter”
        SMH.
        They change their stance to be parallel with the times. Having a degree can equate to more money /better life. And companies prefer college educated people. So they probably realize that and now ‘allow” their flock to pursue higher education.

        1. Anonymous
          April 3, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply

          Exactly! All they can say when they are lost is “the light got brighter” yet no light goes through that tells me they are in the wrong place. Jesus said he was the TRUTH, HIM no religion. The arrogance is incredible to believe that ONLY them will be saved or that in order to be saved you have to believe what they believe. I’ve been called a liar for exposing some of their truths- and not the truth they so highly speak of. I’ve seen young girls depressed and suicidal, in fact one boy killed himself out of the great depression he was in. Unless you fit a criteria you are not accepted to go out and enjoy yourself. Even when not desfellowshiped, if a person does not seem to show exactly what is expected they are singled out. As real as this is one of them will stand to your face and say it is not true or defend their action with a text, blah, blah, blah. And they don’t seem to accept that the organization is NOT perfect, they are blinded, they all function like robots and do the same thing. It is a waste of time to try logic with them, they are consumed on what they believe they know and it’s crazy. They will not listen to anyone else that thinks differently because immediately and automatically you are labeled. I tell you, you really have to be a fanatic to not see what’s wrong, then again the brainwashing is deep and they do this to everyone regardless of their age. Every meeting starts and ends with the same subject “the end is near”. Dude, what is wrong here? Why most they put fear to make people do what they want? Can they talk about something else? Anyways, thanks for your response is good to know I’m not alone.

          1. Anonymous
            April 3, 2017 at 6:44 pm

            You are welcome.

            There are plenty of us out there.

            People should honestly take their time and research mental illness and Jehovah’s Witnesses.
            And before the JWs come saying is apostate sites that are out there with that information, last time I checked there were actual studies done and published by professionals who were never JWs.

  84. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 12:13 pm Reply

    Translations is bible we have today are not accurate. The nwt is by far the most accurate translation ever.

  85. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Hmmm. Again the subject matter is centered on the ban of jw in Russian. But what are we finding deviating comments on sex scandals, blood transfusions, family break ups etc. You have just added how you have sex with your husband is no bodys bizz (aka jw elders I presume) to the list. Very interesting way of debating. In court the judge will throw these deviating comments out.

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

      Perhaps you can try to put two and two together and see that my post is in reply to other posts. And not only did I mentioned me having sex with my husband (which apparently it really got your attention) but there are many other issues, including my point of view on freedom of religion and that anyone should be able to worship and believe whatever they please.Hmmmmm…. did you read that? In court your lack of attention to detail will throw your statement out the window. Very interesting way to selectively focus on one sentence to make your ridiculous point across and look smart.

  86. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

    Hmmm. Again the subject matter is centered on the ban of jw in Russian. But what are we finding deviating comments on sex scandals, blood transfusions, family break ups etc. You have just added how you have sex with your husband is no bodys bizz (aka jw elders I presume) to the list. Very interesting way of debating. In court the judge will throw these deviating comments out

  87. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

    Any religion that doesn’t believe there is a hell and no devil is useless D devil is real there is good and evil there is a heaven and hell . And most of All Jehovah is Jesus like it or not. What will Jehovah witnesses do when Jesus comes back and reveal himself then it will be too late hell will be your portion….no coming out FIRE FIRE

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 1:06 pm Reply

      Way to judge others, big guy. Very Christ-like.

  88. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

    @ God fearing people with the wrong teaching they can work from now till they get tired but as long as they are not born again they will not see the Kingdom of God Accept Jesus Christ and get eternal life……..Good works is nothing if you don’t know Jesus…
    How did you define wrong teaching??

  89. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm Reply

    I Hate blacks, because a black man stole my bag, i hate Whites because a white man owned slaves, i hate roses because a thorn stuck in my hand.
    Whats the point of this comment?

  90. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 1:48 pm Reply

    Biased opinions can cloud our judgement leading to hatred? Another Blackman could have caught the thief.😀

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 2:20 pm Reply

      what does that have to do with the subject matter

  91. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 1:49 pm Reply

    Biased opinions can cloud our judgement leading to hatred? Another Blackman could have caught the thief.

  92. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply

    Jehovahs witnesses have taught me directly from the Bible to love my neighbor, not commit crimes, be peaceful and share what I learned with others, for free!

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 2:12 pm Reply

      And what do the other religions teach?

      1. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 6:41 pm Reply

        Exactly. Ask them that.
        Last time I checked other religions/churches preach that too. SMH

        1. Anonymous
          April 4, 2017 at 7:38 am Reply

          While demanding payment for their services.

          1. Anonymous
            April 4, 2017 at 9:09 am

            Oh sorry you guys “demand” it very subtle ways.
            Can you tell us how is it that you’ll have real estate worth billions again?
            Do you gently ask congregants to donate their real estate, stock wills etc to you’ll so the preaching work can continue.

          2. Anonymous
            April 4, 2017 at 9:09 pm

            Voluntary donations both big and small from generous people across the globe, clever property and resourse management. Add to that the backing of Almighty God. Boom.

  93. Bisalom Zidana
    April 3, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Please Russian government respect religious freedom of Jehovah’s witnesses

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 2:08 pm Reply

      lets keep our brothers in prayer. Jehovah is more powerful that any human

  94. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 2:02 pm Reply

    nice comments ”Who will pamper armrobbers in his house y do u have strong doors n security in your house? Don’t u see u are shunning them cos if they don’t steal with a gun they will go hungry n commit suicide haha so are u responsible for his actions because u didn’t allow him to steal? Y are wicked criminals put behind bars n not allow to roam about this is also shunning cos u it makes them sad that they are not allow to roam n associate with their families u are now saying whoever is a threat to national security should not allow to roam about the same way when our member fool n he is not relevant we disfellowship him cos we don’t allow armrobbers sexual abusers in our midst so if we disfellowship them don’t say we are bad if we are bad then please kindly release all criminals from prisons n don’t close your door when out cos that is also shunning

  95. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

    I strongly encourage you to have a look at jw.org and look for “Who really are Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply

      I strongly suggest you look deeper into history, older literature, the foundation of the organization before simply following and doing exactly as you are told so blindly. Keep an open mind, Jehovah the Creator of you and me and this whole world gave us a brain to think. You have the right to think on your own instead of allowing elders to do the thinking for you, or you can live happy as you all claim to be under the direction of 7 men telling you every week that the end is near. See how that works? You suggest, I suggest, we all have different opinions. You don’t get to “really” know JW’s by reading about it. You have to live it, experience it and then make your conclusions and I can say so freely because I am one of many. And not an apostate in the demonized way you have been brainwashed to believe, I am an individual, a thinker, a person who loves Jehovah but simply can’t follow what the WT says. I believe in the Bible, not in men’s teachings and the JW’s have a gumbo in their believes- lot’s is men made and other believes are Biblical…NWT biblical. The really old version of the NWT is different from the ones printed years later. But let me guess, new light? I

      1. Anonymous
        April 3, 2017 at 5:19 pm Reply

        I dont know what church you are from, but that’s exactly right neighbor, Jesus is ruling from heaven…he always sheds new light on his sheep just like he did while on earth. Why would Jesus all of sudden change his own method? How else would God refine his own people when his adversary the Devil is constantly working against him? So many contradictions and lost sheep here. None of our church members would disagree. But the main question I have as a Preacher is why is this forum geared towards who is right or wrong? This is about freedom of religion. Do I believe that a person has the right to believe in whatever religion they desire, yes I do! Violence however should not be allowed bease God hates violence. Are JW’s violent? No! So why would anyone ban a peaceful religion? I’m thinking that the comments in hear are somehow influenced by the devil, because opposers of JW’s aren’t thinking of their own freedom of religion at stake. This is toxic to anyone of faith! Believe in Jesus and you will be saved, peace to all, amen!

  96. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 3:21 pm Reply

    This is not meant to be a discussion on whether Jehovah’s witnesses are right or not but about the right to freedom of worship. They are so obviously not terrorists. Russia wants to ban them completely. This will mean hardship for 175 000 Russian people that have already lived through many hardships. Why are people not focusing on the issue here. This should not be a squabble about whose religion is right here. Freedom of religion is a human right. These people face prison, beatings seizing of property, persecution and for what? Practicing a peaceful religion. May those letters you right reach a man of true justice. Do any of you really want to harm people for talking about God?

  97. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 4:34 pm Reply

    You mean Devil witnesses Please these people work hard for the devil and don’t even realize it. False False bunch of crap wasting time ringing people’s door bells and don’t even even know nothing but wrong teachings .Where on earth somebody can live without blood???????? Stupid

  98. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 4:46 pm Reply

    BOB you said any one that follow Jesus is in a cult …….Hummmmmm you will regret what you said don’t you know who Jesus is??you better go on your knees and repent.My bible says that every knee shall BOW and every tongue confess that JESUS CHRIST IS LORD

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm Reply

      And did he not teach also to love your neighbour? Did he not also teach that the one that helped the Samaritan was a true follower? Yes taught love for people not hatred.

    2. Anonymous
      April 5, 2017 at 6:03 am Reply

      You can say the same thing about any leader. ” do you know who muhammed is??? Do you know who joseph smith is???? Is all nonsense makes sense only to cult followers.

  99. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 5:21 pm Reply

    “you persecute me because i am black, you persecute me because i am yellow, you persecute me because i am blue,but in truth you persecute me because i am not like you.”

  100. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 6:09 pm Reply

    “Roman Gazette”, circa 29AD -300AD Historians Josephus, “Wanted to know more about this sect”

    Tacitus, “Nero was considered responsible for the burning of Rome…he accused Christians in order to “scotch the rumour”…

    Historian Suetonius said, Since the Jews constantly made disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus [Christus], he Claudius expelled them from Rome.” Pliny the Younger, said, a Roman administrator wrote to the Roman Emperor Trajan as to how he he should deal with these Christians, “Those who refused to recant”…their beliefs…should be executed.

    The Roman Gazette find these people diferent and they do not fit the norm of Roman society.

    Encyclopedia Britannica stated, When these Roman citizens became Christianized they left the military and politics… lies were spread out of fear and hate fot this new sect…they were said to eat their children (never been verified)
    True Christians would not pay homage to Ceasar or his war machine or his godless antics.
    If this was in the news back then, Christians were lied about and misunderstood… called a cult or sect by the Romans and their priests.
    Well again history is repeated here.

    Read in the Encyclopedia Britannica Macropedia version very interesting comparisons or just normal under “Christianity.”

  101. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 8:18 pm Reply

    FALSE DOCTRINE IT SHOULD BE BAAAAAAANED

  102. Anonymous
    April 3, 2017 at 9:11 pm Reply

    Stetson University has a very good article in defense of religious freedom on their site…very enlightening and balanced view.

    1. Anonymous
      April 3, 2017 at 11:20 pm Reply

      To all Jehovah’s witnesses you can’t win with apostates. I am a brother and it is better to not respond to them. They don’t want the truth they just want to argue. So please brothers and sisters don’t respond to them it is a waste of your time. Your time will be better spent studying for the meetings or your daily bible reading. Calling up somebody encouraging them would be the best thing to do also. So please don’t respond this is the only reply I’m going to make because I don’t agree with arguing with apostates. Take care brothers and sisters everybody worldwide loves you and so do I. Good night

      1. Anonymous
        April 18, 2017 at 9:28 pm Reply

        Exactly.
        Thank you, brother.
        Take care.
        Pray for our brothers and sisters in Russia.

  103. ENOCH
    April 4, 2017 at 1:38 pm Reply

    Comment:JEHOVAHS WITNESSES HAVE TRIED ALOT FOR ME BY KEEPING MY FAMILY TOGETHER AND TO LEAVE IN PEACE, THEIR BOOK AND MAGAZINE TEACHES US HOW TO RESPECT GOD AND ALSO TEACHES US HOW TO RESPECT GOVERNMENTS BY PAYING ALL DE BILL WE HAVE TO PAY LIKE TASK AND SO ON….. BUT ANY OTHER THING DAT CAN STOP DEM TO RESPECT DE GOD JEHOVAH DEY DONT DO IT AND RESIST FROM IT…
    THEY WANT PEACE NOT TROUBLE
    I STILL WONDERD WHY U PEOPLE’S ARE STILL DISTURBING DEM….PLEASE I BEG CAN U LEAVE THEM ALONE
    PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
    THEY ARE JEHOVAH’S PEOPLE

  104. Anonymous
    April 4, 2017 at 4:23 pm Reply

    Do you all have a problem with JESUS he is KING AND LORD HE IS JEHOVAH
    HE IS GOD HE RULES AND IS SITTED ON THE THRONE.

    1. Anonymous
      April 5, 2017 at 12:51 am Reply

      Jesus said… I did not come to world to do my own will but the will of He who sent me.

      also try 2John 3, These are just a few. Look for JW near you and you get to know YOUR Bible more.

    2. Anonymous
      April 7, 2017 at 3:16 pm Reply

      Instead of making an statement why don’t you open your Bible and explain?

  105. Anonymous
    April 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm Reply

    Dear brothers and sisters,
    Jehovah give free will to us and everybody can express their opinions in this forum we like it or not.
    But we also must be wise and spend our time carefully, Jesus warn us “Do not give what is holy to dogs nor throw your pearls before swine…”. If you think is not worth your time arguing with someone who is an apostate “…shake the dust off your feet” and “search out who is deserving”.

    1. Anonymous
      April 5, 2017 at 6:30 pm Reply

      What is an apostate? And why do you demonize the term? Why is this only used when you refer to JW that no longer wants to be JW’s? Apostate means that someone turns from their religious or political believe. So how different is a Baptist that turns Mormon than a JW that leaves the organization? Aren’t both scenarios the same? So automatically YOU label anyone that thinks differently from what the WT says as an apostate….but anyone that leaves their religion to become a JW is not considered as such. Have you thought of that? No need to answer. All you will do is flip this around to have the last word and “be right”. Good day.

      1. Anonymous
        April 5, 2017 at 10:48 pm Reply

        Everyone is welcome to express their opinions like you do. I don’t pretend nor i have the last word, actually i quote the words of Jesus (Mat 7:6, 10:11)

        For the meaning of ‘apostasy’ and ‘apostate’ and their uses in the Bible, please refer to wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1200000309

        And, yes, there is a different scenario here. I know people, and maybe you too, that changed religions for many personal reasons but don’t go forum after forum writing comments that distilled HATE. They have the right to say whatever they want, but we also have the right to warn about then and don’t waste our time answering.

        That’s not your case, you have valid questions and expressed your concerns in a civilized way.

      2. Anonymous
        April 6, 2017 at 5:58 am Reply

        “What is an apostate? And why do you demonize the term?”
        Because being an apostate is a bad thing. It means turning your back on something clean to pick up and cling to something filthy. And it’s generally motivated by pride and self-importance. Satan was the first apostate, selfishly putting his own views before the collective good of everyone around him.
        Simply having an opinion of your own doesn’t mean it’s right.

      3. Anonymous
        April 18, 2017 at 9:33 pm Reply

        A person who leaves the Jehovah’s Witnesses, or any of their previous religions, for that matter, does not automatically become an apostate. They become an Apostate if they are openly mocking or disrespecting the JW’s and feeding false information about us.

        1. Anonymous
          April 19, 2017 at 10:38 am Reply

          No. an Apostate is someone that rebels against God like Satan did. The Bible does not say anything about apostasy equals to not wanting to be a JW, because God IS NOT religion, He is love. It is extremely arrogant to believe that by not wanting to follow the RELIGION of the JW’s a person is an apostate. You people rejoice about the end been so near because you are so sure you are goint to paradise. Again, you are wrong as God knows our hearts and only HE will and can make that decision. Where is your love when all you do is judge everyone that thinks differently? Where is your sympathy when all you care about is that your religion, not God, looks “good”? At least I know where I stand as a sinner and imperfect person that is trying to be a better person everyday instead of thinking so highly of me and be certain than I deserve to be on paradise.
          1 Corinthias 10:12 “So let the one who thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall”.

          1. Anonymous
            April 20, 2017 at 8:43 am

            Thank you.
            All they are doing is protecting their WatchTower under the guise of serving God.

  106. Anonymous
    April 7, 2017 at 2:46 pm Reply

    You should get to know your bible …..there is three persons in one God Father Son and Holy Spirit……thank you!

    1. Anonymous
      April 7, 2017 at 3:03 pm Reply

      We learn better if you explain with your Bible such bold statement.

  107. Anonymous
    April 7, 2017 at 5:06 pm Reply

    Way off. You people needs help. Peace. See you in paradise if you make it.

    1. Anonymous
      April 19, 2017 at 10:43 am Reply

      And you are CERTAIN that YOU deserve to be there? And that YOU will be there?
      1 Corinthias 10:12 So let the one who thinks he is standing beware that he does not fall.
      Matthew 7: 1-5- Stop judging+ that you may not be judged; 2 for with the judgment you are judging, you will be judged,+ and with the measure that you are measuring out, they will measure out to you.+ 3 Why, then, do you look at the straw in your brother’s eye but do not notice the rafter in your own eye?+ 4 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Allow me to remove the straw from your eye,’ when look! a rafter is in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First remove the rafter from your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to remove the straw from your brother’s eye.

  108. Anonymous
    April 13, 2017 at 1:51 pm Reply

    You guys are all pathetic. If you actually read your bible and did research you would be able to understand things better, like disfellowshiping. And Jehovah’s Witnesses are far from terrorists. They are very nice people who help others have a better life.

  109. hos
    April 16, 2017 at 7:16 am Reply

    Acts 5:33-39
    33 When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. 34 Then stood there up one in the council, a Pharisee, named Gamaliel, a doctor of the law, had in reputation among all the people, and commanded to put the apostles forth a little space; 35 And said unto them, Ye men of Israel, take heed to yourselves what ye intend to do as touching these men. 36 For before these days rose up Theudas, boasting himself to be somebody; to whom a number of men, about four hundred, joined themselves: who was slain; and all, as many as obeyed him, were scattered, and brought to nought. 37 After this man rose up Judas of Galilee in the days of the taxing, and drew away much people after him: he also perished; and all, even as many as obeyed him, were dispersed. 38 And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: 39 But if it be of God, ye cannot* overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.

  110. Anonymous
    April 17, 2017 at 5:20 pm Reply

    Jehovah God will never leave his people.
    Now its the time to show faith.

  111. Timmyturbo
    April 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm Reply

    I’ve learned that arguing with an apostate is like wrestling with a pig in the mud! After a while you realize that the pig likes it. Do not throw your pearls before swine. All you do is dirty yourself up by associating with a hater. If you want to make a difference practice your informal witnessing! There are so many deserving humble intelligent truth seeking people out there! Start looking for them and ignore that haters!

  112. Anonymous
    April 20, 2017 at 8:59 am Reply

    To anyone who wants to find out about JWs and if that religion is for them, PLEASE DO RESERACH on their history.

    I want a JW to tell me,:
    -why their predictions on the day the world would be ending has changed many times?
    -what did they think of black people before the 1960s?
    -what was their view on shunning before? Isn’t it true that their views have changed based on who was their president?
    -Why were sexual allegations not sent to the authorities but instead sent to the governing body who keeps the data?
    -Why must the victims of sex crimes committed against them must tell you’ll in graphic details what was done to them, IN THE PRESENSE OF the perpertrator?
    -Why do you invoke the 2 witness rule, i.e 2 persons must see the individual sexually abusing the victim, otherwise it is up to the perpertrator to confess.
    -Why did you have to pay millions to victims?
    -What qualifications does 3 elders (who sits on the judicial hearing) have to deal with sexually abuse victims.
    -Why when someone commits adultery or fornication, all the intimate, sexual details have to be relayed to you’ll when they come to confess in front of 3 men.
    -Can you explain why worldwide, there is a high rate of mental illness among JWs?
    -Can you tell us about the JWs who have contemplated and committed suicide because of you’ll shunning?

    And lastly.
    If the Governing Body who gets inspiration from Jehovah in flashes of light, why is it that you’ll change you’ll stance on many things. If Jehovah is perfect, and it is his wish that the majority of mankind be saved by JWs preaching to people, then the loving God that he is would ensure that you’ll get it right the first time and all the time.
    Don’t you think.

    1. JACQUELINE
      May 13, 2017 at 12:56 pm Reply

      The ones that don’t behave peacefully r asked to leave & if u remain a genuine Christian u r welkom to their group. y stop nice people frm teaching others 2b being nice. Leave them they’re really good people. Not nasty or mean & help everyone. They live clean from what I know of them so it’s out of control to do this to them. Watch out for their God he won’t be happy He will help em I think. Good on youz JW’s il always say Hi if they knock on my door x

      1. Anonymous
        May 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm Reply

        That is your response???????
        Go back and do research THEN respond.

  113. Anonymous
    April 26, 2017 at 11:11 am Reply

    For all you people who do not know jehovah witnesses and there beliefs it is this do on to others as you want done to you. 2 they dont say dont go get an eduication because i know pletty of witnesses that are lawyers dr. Etc its just the fact that they want to control your religious beliefs it was done in the past with the jew now its with the jehovah witnesses just stop leave people alone and let then do there thing as long as they are not killing or abusing any one let them be

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