President Putin Gives  Award to Jehovah’s Witnesses

President Putin Gives Award to Jehovah’s Witnesses

Press Release:-NEW YORK—On May 31, 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin awarded the Order of “Parental Glory” to Valeriy and Tatiana Novik, Jehovah’s Witnesses from Karelia, who raised eight children, during a ceremony in Moscow at the Kremlin.

The Order of “Parental Glory” was instituted by presidential decree in May 2008. Russia awards this honor to parents who have raised at least seven children and have shown extraordinary care for their family’s health and education, as well as their physical, mental, and moral development. Families awarded the Order are considered models that strengthen the family institution.

David A. Semonian, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters, states: “We view this award as an acknowledgment that the free Bible education provided by Jehovah’s Witnesses helps parents and their children to be productive citizens not only in Russia but all over the world. We hope that this award presented by President Putin is considered on July 17, 2017, when the Russian Supreme Court reviews the decision to liquidate the Administrative Center of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Russia.”

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169 Comments

  1. Let your light shine
    June 9, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply

    By their fruit you will know them.

    1. Gareth
      June 10, 2017 at 3:09 am Reply

      What a stunning witness! Very easy to show any reasoning person how nonsensical and diabolical the ban is.

      1. David
        June 13, 2017 at 4:37 pm Reply

        Why is this a stunning witness? Did they get a chance to speak “the truth” to Putin? If so, why did he not lift the ban immediately, after all, isn’t Jehovah all powerful?

        Your comment makes no sense.

        1. Gareth
          June 14, 2017 at 8:56 am Reply

          The Catholic Church in Italy even used apostates to spread lies about Jehovah’s people, but this did not work either because the 172,382 publishers are well-known and respected. One man told visiting Witnesses that he had read bad things about us in literature written by ex-Witnesses. He was very opposed, therefore, when his brother became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. After a while, though, he noticed what a good effect his brother’s change of religion had had on him. He wondered: ‘How is it possible for something so bad to produce such good results?’ Hence, he asked for a Bible study with the visiting Witnesses.—Compare Colossians 3:8-10.

          1. Anonymous
            June 14, 2017 at 11:06 am

            Doesn’t Jehovah’s Witness in their publications speak badly of other religions.
            So explain this to me.
            When you’ll were coming down hard on the Catholics and the sexual abuse and how they cover it up, can you explain to us why you’ll were guilty too (as proven by court) that you’ll covered up sexual abuse. That the Jehovah’s Witness organization handles child abuse very poorly.
            Some of those sexual predators/ pedophiles were ELDERS.
            Are you not aware that some members left the Jehovah’s Witness organization because they were appalled and hurt by the manner in which when it was brought to light how you’ll handle child sexual abuse cases.
            The facts are there and NOT on “apostate” websites. In case you think that is where the information is.

          2. David
            June 15, 2017 at 3:18 am

            It’s great when you don’t have to think for yourself and copy and paste your comment straight out of your propaganda filled publications.

            Anyone with even a ounce of thinking skills can see your comment is just propaganda. All cults use this tactic to make them sound better.

    2. Vaughan
      June 13, 2017 at 1:45 pm Reply

      All the same, we are constantly on guard because we know that our real enemy is the Devil, and he does not give up easily. (Read 1 Peter 5:8.) He has tried to use apostates and others to convince us that the teachings we follow are false. But that tactic has usually failed. Similarly, although persecution has sometimes slowed down the preaching work, often it has served only to strengthen the faith of those persecuted. Hence, Satan increasingly uses a method that he likely feels will offer a greater chance of weakening our faith. He exploits feelings of discouragement. First-century Christians were warned about this danger when they were told: “Consider closely the one [Christ] who has endured such contrary talk by sinners against their own interests.” Why? “That you may not get tired and give out in your souls.”—Heb. 12:3.

      1. David
        June 13, 2017 at 4:42 pm Reply

        If the real enemy is the Devil, and the Devil is just as powerful, then why the need for human “apostates” didn’t the Devil himself tempt Jesus when he was in human form? Also, if you really had the truth, why then would so called apostates bother you and your organisation so much. Perhaps maybe these apostates you talk about are not actually the enemy and speak the truth. You never thought of that did you.

        1. Anonymous
          June 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm Reply

          David, they can’t think independently.
          Independent and objective thinking is not encouraged.

          1. David
            June 13, 2017 at 5:06 pm

            Should I dig out one of you magazines to show the world what you have just said is in fact a complete bare faced lie.

            Isn’t it you organisation that teaches that independent thinking is one with the Devil?

        2. Vaughan
          June 14, 2017 at 8:47 am Reply

          (Read Romans 16:17; 2 John 9-11.) The clear instruction in the Bible is: “Avoid them.”
          The warning from the Bible is like a warning from a doctor who tells you to avoid a person who has a disease that may spread to others. The doctor knows that if you get this disease, you will die. His warning is clear, and you will do what he says. The Bible says that apostates are mentally diseased and that they use their teachings to make others think like them. (1 Timothy 6:3, 4)

          1. Roy A Lathrop Sr
            June 14, 2017 at 10:36 am

            Again, all Jehovah’s witnesses who left another religion to become one of Jehovah’s witnesses are apostates. Your post above, fits Jehovah’s witnesses more than it fits ex-JWs.

          2. David
            June 15, 2017 at 3:25 am

            Wow I cannot believe you have just called people who don’t agree in watchtower doctrine mentally diseased!

            You do realize that now you have publicly made this comment, everyone who may have been interested in your cult will now take one look at your comment and realize just why Putin banned the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

            You have given those who had doubts that your cult is extremist the facts that they are extremist on every level.

            Thank you for this.

          3. Vaughan
            June 15, 2017 at 5:23 am

            John 8:44-47
            47 The one who is from God listens to the sayings of God. This is why you do not listen, because you are not from God.”

          4. Roy A Lathrop Sr
            June 15, 2017 at 1:37 pm

            Deuteronomy 18:20 (NIV)

            But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”

          5. Anonymous
            June 16, 2017 at 1:29 pm

            Hi Vaughan, you’re clearly not keeping up with the organization’s changing teachings and Bible translation.
            The phrase “mentally diseased” has been replaced as follows:
            (1 Timothy 6:4) “. . .He is OBSESSED . . .”
            Quoting old truths is not a good sign!!!

          6. Linda Lawton
            June 17, 2017 at 12:47 pm

            You mean, like the false teaching about 1975; yes, many follow the false teachings of wt.

          7. Jord
            August 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm

            Re 1975, see si book p.286,287 #13
            This was written in 1966.
            Many were anxious to see the end, and personally tried to ‘read into’ chronology, but the FDS did not point to 1975 as the end, only that it was likely 6000 years from Adam creation, based on Biblical chronology. The Creator kept on creating after Adam, eventually creating Eve, which may have been dozens, maybe hundreds of years later, but, regardless, the paragraph points out thatit is silly, basically to try to use chronology as a basis to set the end date, since the day and the hour will continue to be unknown to humans, until it comes like a thief in the night.

    3. David
      June 13, 2017 at 5:03 pm Reply

      Oooooh! What fruit would that be then, personally I like Pineapple.

    4. Angela Keast
      June 16, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply

      Are you proud the family won a CROSS? Yes, that’s the shape of their special award. A gigantic cross. Why don’t you hang that up in your church for the world to see?

      1. Linda Lawton
        June 17, 2017 at 12:49 pm Reply

        Yes, and you know wt had to approve this family to accept the award; which has the rissian federation crest and the cross of st. George! More hypocrisy at wt finest!

        1. Anonymous
          June 18, 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply

          LOL!!!!!!!!! What’s worse than that? The J.W. corporation actually got a female J.W. Bethelite to wear a CRUCIFIX while she acted in this year’s Convention video, “Remember Lot’s Wife.”
          It’s seen in at least the Sunday episode. As I’ve only watched Part 3, I can’t say if it’s in the Friday & Saturday episodes.
          Wearing a pagan, religious symbol is now okay for J.W.’s when they’re play-acting?

          1. Fred
            June 19, 2017 at 1:41 am

            and so what? why are you so upset?

  2. Anonymous
    June 9, 2017 at 4:06 pm Reply

    What seems very ODD to me, is that a Jehovah’s Witness family would allow themselves to receive an award such as this, in such a public, flashy setting.

    The ‘Witnesses’ are very stern in their warnings to “avoid bad associations,” or to “remain spiritually strong.” The Jehovah’s Witnesses are very insistent that their members avoid attracting undue attention to themselves. Always put “Jehovah first.” This is why they don’t stand up for national anthems, they don’t join sports teams, they aren’t allowed to celebrate birthdays, or other holidays. They also must abstain from political activity. Any such participation can be interpreted (by them) as a form of idolatry, which can result in a member getting ‘disfellowshipped,’ and being shunned by family members (yes, same as Scientology).

    So, here this family is posing, AND shaking hands with the Russian president (political + bad association), accepting awards and receiving applause from government officials (idolatry + political), and doing so on “International Children’s Holiday.”

    Meanwhile, the JW organization parades this family on their OWN WEBSITE, JW.ORG, while thosands of JWs are being told to “stand firm” in their beliefs, and NOT do what this family is doing. JWs are expected to go to jail for their beliefs, when the situation gives no option.

    Jehovah’s Witness leadership are the world’s biggest con artists and hypocrites. Do as they say, but not as they do. Also, odd that they would cover news from Russia on their own website, but COMPLETELY ignore the vast abuse problem which has turned up in news accounts from all over the world. Search “Jehovah’s Witness abuse” in the news tab of you favorite search engine, and you’ll get an eyeful. It’s disgusting.

    1. jocko
      June 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm Reply

      Apostle Paul was brought before governmental authorities. …his appearance before the Roman authorities answered the charges brought by his accusers. The Russian authorities have been informed that Jehovah’s Witnesses ‘break up families’ and that they do not respect the government. Simply by this families respectful dress and appearance before the government indicates how true Christians are to conduct themselves…unlike governmental protesters, of which none were Jehovah’s Witnesses.

      1. Anonymous
        June 9, 2017 at 7:56 pm Reply

        How do you explain why the Jehovah’s Witness were hurled before the Australian authorities to answer or address how they deal with sexual predators in their midst.
        Were the Jehovah’s Witness hierarchy acting Christlike and as Christians in the manner sexual abuse cases are handled?

        Now research, think and answer carefully because all the facts are there.

        1. James
          June 9, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply

          They probably deal with child sexual abuse cases a whole lot better than the authorities, who’s many Politicians, Judges, Police and others are/were(then blackmailed) pedophiles themselves and covering something that would make your argument against the JW’s look like bacteria under a microscope in comparison and size. Why don’t they open up a ‘royal commission’ of child sexual abuse into the authorities themselves? the royal family and other blue bloods(Prince Andrew and who knows who else) British parliament past and present(Sir Edward Heath and many others) What about some kind of hearing into the probable Pedo Senators and Congressmen in Washington, in Brussels? of course that’s never going to happen and would be off the richter scale if anything were to be uncovered compared with how the JW’s allegedly handled child sexual abuse cases.

          1. Anonymous
            June 10, 2017 at 2:34 pm

            Stop sounding ignorant.

            From time immemorial JWs have placed themselves on a pedestal like they are the best thing since slice bread, smart phone and wifi.
            Always saying they better than the other religions.

            If you had properly researched HOW they deal with sexual predators and mind you had to pay millions of dollars to the victims you would not have posted the nonsense you just did there.
            When JWs present themselves as being the best, any shortcoming of theirs will be highlighted.
            All the cover up is to protect you’ll name. Has nothing to with GOD.

            BTW why must there be 2 witnesses to the sexual abuse? Why must 2 persons see the abuse taking place according to your treaching or handling of these matters.
            Care to explain to the readers what the 2 witness rule mean?
            Care to explain why when a victim reports an abuse to you’ll a meeting with 3 elders, (no where qualified for these cases) , the victim and the accuser is there AND the victim has to give graphic details of what was done, WITHOUT any support in the room. That is like abuse all over again.

            Go clean your closets before you attack “worldly people”.

          2. James
            June 11, 2017 at 4:52 am

            To Anonymous. I’m not a JW btw, but do JW’s traffic organs, humans and drugs to finance their wars and interests around the globe? do they finance terrorists to push their agenda? Do they use people like Jeffrey Epstein to secretly film and then blackmail pedo politicians and others on his island? I think you need to get over the JW’s and look at the bigger picture of what the, as in your words, “worldly people” are doing in this world. Unless you are comparing JW’s who are humans with flaws on par with Jesus then I’m afraid that is incomparable and unachievable. But answer me this…Are any of the JW’s in Russia ex KGB agents with tobacco farms and vodka factories like Patriarch kirill? A true Christian?

          3. David
            June 13, 2017 at 5:09 pm

            Nope they do not. In fact, you may be shocked to learn that the ruling was that Jehovah’s witnesses were the worst when dealing with child sexual abuse.

        2. Cat
          June 10, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

          Unfortunately all facts are not there. It is amazing how people believe only what they want to believe. The facts are Jehovah’s Witnesses do not tolerate sexual predators at all we are encouraged and even scripturally to report them to the authorities if we know about it . And Jehovah’s Witnesseswe do not have a hierarchy so as to speak, their leader is Christ Jesus only,not any man who goes back to the dust!! Jehovah’s Witnesses DO NOT break up families. It is interesting how an individual is not allowed to believe what they want to believe and then they are persecuted. But it is all right for the one who is the persecutor to believe what he wants to believe, and
          that one should have the same mind as he or she does. And if you don’t and you’re not in agreement with his believes then your persecuted !! interesting .

          1. Anonymous
            June 10, 2017 at 6:47 pm

            Who is the Governing Body then?
            Stop using “Jesus Christ is the leader” to your convenience.

            BTW have you as a JW ever researched the origins of the Jehovah’s Witnesses? Have you?
            Because it is astounding some of the things you’ll try to defend and then there is how you’ll came about, what you’ll predicted, certain things you’ll once believed that have sinced changed and use the ‘light is getting brighter” disclaimer”.
            Do you know how the Governing body and elders up to the 1950s used to view black Jehovah’s Witnesses calling them degraded and Jehovah would change their skin in his own time?

            Now tell me why don’t you’ll hold that view anymore? You’ll claim Jehovah directs the governing body and the faithful and discreet slave, so why did he allow you’ll to hold that view of black Jehovah’s Witness AND predict the end of the world 4 times AND GOT IT WRONG.
            Jehovah must be confused then? Don’t you think to give you’ll inaccurate info.
            SMH

          2. Anonymous
            June 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm

            Be careful friend, the apostates and their sympathizers are actively seeking to destroy your faith, they find no pleasure in words of truth.

          3. Anonymous
            June 13, 2017 at 7:27 pm

            Ok so if Jesus is your leader then tell the elders that you no longer wish to follow the governing body because, as you have stated they return to the dust.

          4. Angela Keast
            June 16, 2017 at 8:17 am

            Australian Royal Commission and Jehovah’s Witnesses – full video on you tube. Governing body member Geoffrey Jackson acknowledges child molestation problem in your religion AND admits it would be presumptuous to claim to be the only true religion.
            Also, the award your jw family won in Russia is GREAT BIG GIANT CROSS! I bet their real proud to hang that cross up in their living room!

        3. Mark
          June 12, 2017 at 2:11 am Reply

          Unfortunatetly these type of crimes do happen within every sector in soceity. It is not a JW s exclusive problem. We could ask the same question about: Doctors, teachers, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims etc…There are good and bad people in every religion, even within the 12 apostles there was a Judas…We cannot condemn an entire religion as the main reason for the abuses, these are sick individuals which can enter any organization.

          1. Anonymous
            June 12, 2017 at 9:39 am

            Mark, when that religion puts it out there that they are the only one with the truth an they are the best, people will heavily criticize them.
            When their publications talks about other religions and the crimes they commit and cover up such as sexual abuse cases, then they open themselves up to heavy criticisms.
            The issue with the sexual abuse case is how they have attempted to cover it up. AND allow some of the perpetrators to continue serving in the congregations.
            If you don’t know about the case in Australia then I suggest you read about it.
            BTW they have had to pay millions to victims.

      2. Cat
        June 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm Reply

        Romans 13 says to be obedient to the authorities,in a relative sense. When it goes against their conscience, and violates Bibicals principles. There is nothing in this award that violates and Bible principle. There is no idolatry , no human worship,and I know that Jehovah’s Witnesses are not told they are not allowed to do something as in holidays . Each witness chooses to follow the written word of God regarding pagan holidays. What people fail to realize is that the Jehovah’s Witnesses are a free people, where as the world is in slavery as to what they should celebrate,when they should buy gifts ( not out of love ) the colours they should wear,,etc.if you do some research on the web as Zi have regarding nationalism and holidays ( which are holy days ) you would see what they don’t follow them.

        1. David
          June 13, 2017 at 5:16 pm Reply

          This just shows how delusional most Jehovah’s witnesses are. The world is captive, only Jehovah’s witnesses are not. Hmmm, not according to one of your leaders Jeffrey Jackson during his questioning by the Australian Royal Commission.

          When asked by Angus Stewart QC if the Jehovah’s witnesses is a captive organisation, Jackson had to admit that yes it is. So you my friend are the one who is bound under slavery to a captive organisation. Please type in Jeffrey Jackson and the Australian Royal Commission into YouTube. The full unedited video is there for you to see.

      3. David
        June 13, 2017 at 4:45 pm Reply

        Have you researched why Russia banned jw.org? I’ll give you a little clue, it wasn’t just the issue of braking up families.

    2. Anonymous
      June 10, 2017 at 2:55 pm Reply

      Take your meds ! You are delusional..

      1. Anita Rocha
        June 11, 2017 at 11:03 pm Reply

        Anonymous, you have lots of facts. You attack with words but what do you offer in return? Do you offer family happiness, clean morals, kindness, LOVE? Everlasting life? No you offer nothing! So you are empty bitter words. The fact that you attack tells me you were disfellowshipped and didn’t like having your ego slapped. Otherwise you would use your name and tell your back ground. Instead, excuses for your wrong doing. Jehovah has told YOU “I have set life and death before you, you must CHOOSE life. As for where it is in the bible I am SURE YOU KNOW. I have been a witness over 50 years, raised in the truth, studied the bible on depth and continue to do so and have heard your rhetoric from others for too long. Lazy ones who want the world but are cowards when admitting it instead finding fault for their own justification. Others are trying to be kind, but now is the time to defend Jehovah God.

        1. Suzette Reid
          June 12, 2017 at 11:31 am Reply

          Don’t presume things. Don’t judge until you have facts. Anonymous is upset and he may or may not have valid reason for this. You don’t know why he is like this or what was done for him to speak like this. Leave judgement to Jehovah. Its a very common thing for JWs to presume and slander others that they must have done something bad why they left. Over and over again in my case and that of countless others we have done something wrong or we are guilty of something. Do not do this please it is not loving and it does not open a door for any to return who are treated like this. Not everyone leaves because they are DF.

        2. Anonymous
          June 12, 2017 at 11:46 am Reply

          But you’ll did “offer” that the world was ending 4 times. AND you’ll got it wrong.
          Why is that?
          You have been a JW for 50 years.
          Can you tell the readers why the Jehovah’s Witnesses who get their instructions from 7 men situated in the US who claim to get their direction from Jehovah, gave the dates the world would end and gor it wrong all 4 times?
          Can you tell us why you’ll got it wrong? Or was it Jehovah who got it wrong?

        3. David
          June 13, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply

          May I ask, who are you to judge an individual, do you know this person, do you have available information on why this person may have left, or are you parroting your seven leaders? Come on now, be honest, who taught you to think this way, was it yourself, or one of many books, including Return To Jehovah that actually say that ex Jehovah’s witnesses are bitter?

          If in fact it was the above, then I’m afraid you are a watchtower drone who cannot think for themselves.

    3. Monica Norwood
      June 10, 2017 at 6:53 pm Reply

      Dear Anonymous: Jesus Christ said his disciples would be no part of the world as he was no part of the world (John 17:16; Jamrs 4:4)
      For the family in Russia to accept the award from Putin reminds me of Shadrach, Mescach & Abednego being promoted by King Nebuchadnezzar after surviving the fiery furnace (Daniel 3:30). Also, 1 Corinthians 5:9-13, particularly verse 9 & 10: “In my letter I wrote you to stop keeping company with sexually immoral people, not meani ng entirely with the sexually immoral people of this world or the greedy people or extortioners or idolaters. Otherwise, you would actually have to get out of the world.”
      So, what you consider “ODD” is not odd at all.
      1st Century Christians were persecuted for not being mainstream. We endure criticism and persecution and misunderstanding – yet, our chief goal is to give a witness and to preach the good news of God’s kingdom to Jehovah’s praise. (Matthew 24:14; Matthew 28:19-20; Acts 1:8; Revelation 4:11)

      1. AZB
        June 10, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply

        Well said my sister

        1. David
          June 13, 2017 at 4:51 pm Reply

          And you wonder why your organisation is regarded as a cult!

    4. Anonymous
      June 10, 2017 at 7:19 pm Reply

      you misunderstand so much about them

      1. David
        June 13, 2017 at 4:52 pm Reply

        Perhaps you could enlighten us more. Perhaps you could give us more info, other than what has already been said.

    5. Iziulka
      June 10, 2017 at 10:22 pm Reply

      Are you envy? Or what? They did nothing wrong. Just showed​ that they can take care of they children’s mental, phisical,moral health. They are educated and happy. Somebody else let us know that they Jehovah Witness.

      1. David
        June 13, 2017 at 4:55 pm Reply

        Are you envy? Perhaps you meant to write “are you envious”? If that is the case, may I be so bold into asking why you are so presumptuous. Do you have a special case that puts you above others so you can judge others?

      2. Anonymous
        June 13, 2017 at 8:17 pm Reply

        Right. Mental health and Jehovah’s Witnesses? Please. Explain to us the LoT’s wife video at the convention this year and tell me that JW’s care about the mental health of families. You’re in a mind control cult. I was an elder just over a year ago and seen how the organization was abusing its members emotionally. Reconsider your stance that the Jehovah’s witnesses are a safe group to belong to.

    6. john
      June 11, 2017 at 12:52 am Reply

      You write with such convictions your distorted point of view of reality, and yet you signed yourself as Anonymous.

      1. David
        June 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm Reply

        You sound like your conflicted John? You do know that the internet is littered with anonymous people. In my experience, when discussing watchtower doctrine, it’s usually the active Jehovah’s witnesses who are anonymous, and they mostly turn out to be rather nasty individuals too. So much for being the most peaceful religion on earth.

    7. John
      June 11, 2017 at 6:04 am Reply

      Remember Mordecai at the palace of the king . so JW have to have respect and I have no doubt that they are an example to us. Well done this is a witness to the world as it is sad in the bible.

    8. Tyler
      June 11, 2017 at 6:35 am Reply

      “Anonymous”seems to be missing the point… the situation is all too reminiscent of what happened in ancient Israel, when Balaam set out to curse God’s people but ended up blessing them instead. The only thing missing is that Putin didn’t beat a talking Donkey (that we know of) before he presented the award. YHWH/Yahweh/Jehovah is getting 100% of the credit! If it wasn’t for the family strictly obeying His cammands and principals set out in the Bible? It would’ve been much harder if not impossible to attain to such an honor within this world who have a different view of morality (or lack thereof) without it. They should be commended by their fine works! May Jehovah continue to bless their efforts despite reducible and persecution.
      If people would’ve been allowed to own and read the bible in the Middle Ages, including up until close to our day… which science had to reintroduce these facts. There wouldn’t have been so much rampant diseases and illnesses from not burying their excrement, instead by letting it run in the streets; they would’ve known that “the earth a was round” or a sphere; that the earth “hangs upon nothing”. (Deut. 23:12,13; Isaiah 40:22; Job 26:7) That’s wisdom from the Bible, which comes from God! People came from all over the world to see Solomon’s wisdom in action, it was God who gave that wisdom to him after he asked for it! At the time, he and everyone knew who the credit belonged to. (2 Chronicles 2:11). It’s sad that people like “Anonymous” are so petty and bitter by being overly critical about everything and posting discouraging comments on websites for some reason. It’s only meant to tear down, not build up their fellow man, it really shows the character of the person. Sadly, it’s not much different than the critics of Moses day. Like Jesus said of the Pharisees who criticized him, “they strain out the gnat but gulp down the camel”. Matthew 23:23-25. Oddly enough, Balaam wasn’t surprised his donkey was talking, all he saw was that the donkey had wronged him in some way and that the donkey made him look foolish in front of his peers! Numbers Ch. 21-24.
      May JEHOVAH be praised, by the works of his people, the witness to his name by proving the devil a liar, from the way they closely follow his word, despite critics and even all out persecution! (Psalms 83:18, 28:6)

      1. David
        June 14, 2017 at 2:12 am Reply

        So why has jw.borg put this in their news section? Surely if it was Jehovah getting 100% of the credit, then this wouldn’t need to be shouted from the rafters, after all, Jehovah is all seeing and all knowing. Did he personally tell the governing body to announce this to the world?

        This is exactly what the watchtower preaches NOT to do. It is a showy display of oneself. Hardly being humble an meek is it?

      2. Rick
        June 19, 2017 at 12:44 am Reply

        Please get your facts straight. There were many other families from other faiths that received the same awards.
        Watchtower is trying to cash in on this and not revealing that others were involved . This is watchtowers ploy to accept an award a cross which they view as pagan, only to try to get the Supreme Court to not liquidate watchtower. HYPOCRITES.

        1. Fred
          June 19, 2017 at 1:40 am Reply

          Why not?

    9. Anonymous
      June 11, 2017 at 9:14 am Reply

      Reply to: Anonymous,

      There is nothing wrong with receiving an award based off of moral character, or after achieving some sort of achievement. Just as if someone is at work and recieves employee of the month award.

      What’s important is where the person gives the glory and honor for his ability in order to do whatever they have done. Just as the in the article where spokesman,”David A. Semonian, a spokesman for Jehovah’s Witnesses at their world headquarters, state[d] “We view this award as an acknowledgment that the free Bible education provided by Jehovah’s Witnesses helps parents and their children to be productive citizens not only in Russia but all over the world.”

      1. Anonymous
        June 13, 2017 at 8:19 pm Reply

        Ok but you’re missing the point of the award. It’s a fertility necklace, given to families who have lots of babies to serve mother Russia in the military. Duh.

    10. Jesse Contreras
      June 11, 2017 at 1:46 pm Reply

      The Witnesses are currently banned in Russia. Have you not kept up? This was not a “look at me” award, nor were they associating with the Russian President. By giving them this award proves that they are not extremists, but, far from it.

      1. Suzette Reid
        June 11, 2017 at 3:52 pm Reply

        I won’t question their motives for accepting the award. Personally if one is gonna ban the very thing that made me the good man I am how can you now award me for the fruits it has produced. I would not accept on the grounds that the giver understands that. That’s just my opinion, nothing else.

      2. David
        June 14, 2017 at 2:14 am Reply

        If this is not a “look at me award” then why is your organization saying LOOK AT ME…doh!!!

    11. Angela Keast
      June 16, 2017 at 8:21 am Reply

      The award this family won is A GREAT BIG GIGANTIC CROSS! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂

  3. Mindy
    June 10, 2017 at 10:40 am Reply

    Great replies to the hateful and sneaky comments! I can’t stand it when people take half truths and total lies while spinning them to their advantage. There are hateful people who will have critical things to say about the Witnesses no matter what they do. It’s really sad that there are those that would take something good and hopeful from others and replace it with nothing but negativity.

    1. Roy A Lathrop Sr
      June 10, 2017 at 11:46 am Reply

      “Hateful and sneaky comments”? Jehovah’s witnesses are such hypocrites! For over a century JW magazines and books have attacked Christians and religions, including attacking them for pedophelia and other sex matters, comparing them with how “clean” Jehovah’s witnesses are.

      Jehovah’s witnesses cannot stand any criticism, they have brought this upon themselves by setting themselves up as such a high standard and belittling all others as unchristian and using other slanders. And, JWs use dishonest tactics such as saying “hateful”, “half truths”, “sneaky”, “lies”, “spinning”, “negativity”, and other such words and phrases in an attempt to discredit their critics.

      Many people see through this behavior and it does not help the JWs as they attempt to claim they are the “only true religion” chosen by God.

      1. Suzette Reid
        June 10, 2017 at 12:46 pm Reply

        WELL SAID!!! YOU WOULDN’T KNOW THE HALF I AM GOING THROUGH BECAUSE I LEFT.

      2. Anonymous
        June 10, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

        I agree with you 1 billion %

      3. Fred
        June 19, 2017 at 1:47 am Reply

        Shame man! You guys seam really upset by this little award. Must be important.
        What’s the big deal? It doesn’t seem normal

        1. Anonymous
          June 19, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply

          At JW hypocrisy.

    2. Anonymous
      June 10, 2017 at 2:44 pm Reply

      When you’ll stop preaching half truths and lunatic teachings extracted from the heads of 7 men headquartered in the US., then the “negativity” will stop.
      You want to talk about negativity? Tell the governing Body and the elders to keep other religions out of their mouths, because you guys ALWAYS paint the other religions and people not JWs in a bad light.

      Until then go spewing what 7 men (aka Governing Body) told you’ll to do under the guise of Jehovah giving them direction and with a disclaimer of “the light is getting brighter” when you’ll “truth” cannot come true.

      Perhaps you can tell us about Jehovah’s Witnesses and the times they predicted the world was ending.
      If you guys say Jehovah giving you’ll direction why did you get it wrong 4 times.

      Foolish.

      1. john
        June 11, 2017 at 1:00 am Reply

        ANONYMOUS IS AN APOSTATE.

        1. Anonymous
          June 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm Reply

          Did you seek permission from the elders before you came on here to engage with “apostates”? Because according to your teachings you could face disciplinary actions for engaging with them.

          So just stay off the site or rather don’t respond to their comments. You might be “disobeying” Jehovah.

        2. Anonymous
          June 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm Reply

          Actually no.
          Was never one.
          But I have family who is and they more miserable in than when they belonged to another religion.
          I have one who left 2 years now, and is so free WHILE maintaining her spirituality , values and morals.

        3. David
          June 13, 2017 at 4:34 pm Reply

          Do you have any evidence that anonymous is an apostate? If so please share this with us all.

        4. Angela Keast
          June 16, 2017 at 8:22 am Reply

          So was Christ. Get over it.

      2. Fred
        June 19, 2017 at 1:54 am Reply

        Please tell me why you all so upset about this? I’m really intrigued. Were you abused as a child? You seem really hurt.

        1. Anonymous
          June 19, 2017 at 2:42 pm Reply

          Is that what your elders ask abuse victims?

        2. David
          June 20, 2017 at 5:32 pm Reply

          Fred may I ask why you would ask such a vile question? If you are indeed a Jehovah’s Witness, why not show people love? I thought that is what your taught to do. Not judge people on whether they have been abused or hurt. Oh yeah, I forget, your only following the teachings of your cult. That of, when someone leaves, it usually means they have been hurt or offended by another JW. Well I am offended by your comment. So much for being the loving people your supposed to be!

    3. David
      June 13, 2017 at 4:32 pm Reply

      And yet, all I have seen is hatred, not from “worldly people” but from those who replied to anonymous. These people who replied are active Jehovah’s witnesses.

      Do not presume to know why someone chose to leave this high control organisation. Or should I say, do not parrot your seven men in Brooklyn who have told you that ex Jehovah’s witnesses have done something bad to have left or be disfellowshiped. Do not come accross as the victim when it’s you yourself that has caused this and brought it on yourselves.

      And for those who were rallying around the organisation on the matter of child abuse. As has been me mentioned, a little research will show active JW’s on this comment section what the Australian Royal Commission (ARC) really thought of the watchtower organisation. ARC had investigated all religious entities regarding historic child abuse, most religious entities vowed to change their policies and apologised to the victims. The watchtower, along with Jeffrey Jackson (who did a dismal job of trying to defend the watchtower) have not yet apologised to the victims that were molested by over 1000 men in your precious organisation. In fact, the ARC went on to say how inherently bad the watchtower organisation is by trying to cower out of a vile situation that they are still having problems with.

      So before railing against individuals, p,easeknkw the real facts that are occurring.

      On a note about so called “apostates” you do know there are active elders within the ranks of Jehovah’s witnesses leaking letters to expose the dealings of the organisation. Don’t believe me. Well to all the active Jehovah’s witnesses on this comments section, I am about to blow your minds, so I hope your sitting down. In the next week or so, you will be having a letter read out from your true leaders, the governing body.

      When this has been read in your respective KH please come back here. You see, it’s not all disfellowshiped people here, some are still active members. If your god was all powerful, surely letters of this nature would be erased by the hand of God as soon as it made it’s way to the internet? Remember he is supposed to be omnipresent.

      And for the record David is my real name. I feel know need to be anonymous, however, I do sympathise with those who feel the need to be anonymous.

    4. David
      June 16, 2017 at 1:14 pm Reply

      Mindy. You do know what sneaky means don’t you? No comments have been sneaky, and all comments are the truth, not half truths. Half truths is a fraze used by your cult. It’s a propaganda puff peice used by a propaganda filled cult.

  4. Roy A Lathrop Sr
    June 10, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

    I do not see the honoring of a family as being an endorsement of their religion, any more than, JWs would see it as an endorsement of the Catholic church, if a Catholic family were honored in this way. There are good people and families in all religions, many good people who are Jehovah’s witnesses will soon leave that organization.

    1. Cat
      June 10, 2017 at 12:39 pm Reply

      Unfortunately all facts are not there. It is amazing how people believe only what they want to believe. The facts are Jehovah’s Witnesses do not tolerate sexual predators at all we are encouraged and even scripturally to report them to the authorities if we know about it . And Jehovah’s Witnesseswe do not have a hierarchy so as to speak, their leader is Christ Jesus only,not any man who goes back to the dust!! Jehovah’s Witnesses DO NOT break up families. It is interesting how an individual is not allowed to believe what they want to believe and then they are persecuted. But it is all right for the one who is the persecutor to believe what he wants to believe, and
      that one should have the same mind as he or she does. And if you don’t and you’re not in agreement with his believes then your persecuted !! interesting . Yes Roy you are right there are good families in all religions and all cultures wonderful people. Jehovah’s Witnesses DO NOT feel or believe they are better than any other people , believe me !!! We are imperfect and subject to all the ailments as everyone else on this earth. The difference between Jehovah’s Witnesses and others is that they accept God’s Kingdom Government in the hands of Christ Jesus as the ONLY solution to mankinds priblems. Good families will never leave Jehovah’s organization because we Know Jehovah is the true God , and his now reigning son will soon direct his attention towards this earth and bring beautiful blessings and life to all people in all cultures of life that LOVE Righteousness !!

      1. Roy A Lathrop Sr
        June 10, 2017 at 4:33 pm Reply

        Cat, I have told my story many times on various sites,but not this one. I guess I should tell you why I think the way I do, and say what I do. I was born into a family of Jehovah’s witnesses in 1938, my father was a “company servant” (presiding overseer)

        I believed all the Watchtower teachings until I was 54 years old, when, because of behavior by some elders several congregations, I decided the God I worship would not have an organization like the JWs org. and He would not approve of the conduct of JWs. I decided to do much research on the organization as well as devote my time to Bible reading and prayer.

        I left the organization shortly after that. I have known, and do know, of many good families who have left the organization for similar reasons. Many more will also leave as time go by.

        1. Art Rodriguez
          June 10, 2017 at 11:08 pm Reply

          If you believe in the bible you would know for a fact that Eli was the high priest anointed by Jehovah. Imagine if your wife was going through a very stressful situation and decided to go to the house of Jehovah, pouring out her heart to Jehovah in tears only to be called a drunk. No one denies that God put Eli there in that position and its written that Eli’s sons were doing horrific things there in the temple and Eli pretty much turned a blind eye. The bible goes on to state that Jehovah removed them three from their appointment by death.
          The point here is that Jehovah has used imperfect men to represent him and to direct his people and he also removes them!
          The doctrine adhered to is from the bible, if someone leaves Jehovah because an imperfect person or persons upset them, they essentially are blaming Jehovah…Good thing Hannah recognized this or she would have missed out on the many blessings she receive!

          1. Roy A Lathrop Sr
            June 12, 2017 at 12:08 am

            Art, I do not agree with your comparison of the JWs with Priests anointed for God. The history and evidence about Jehovah’s witnesses and the Watchtower Corporation shows that God has never, in any way, chosen anybody or anything connected with the JWs.

            I have never, never, blamed God. I blame the Watchtower Corporation and it’s leaders.

          2. David
            June 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm

            So when the governing body has said twice now that they are NOT inspired, neither do they have a direct line to your god Jehovah, you still blindly follow seven men hoping for your fairy tale salvation.

            God is not with your organisation and your governing body has taught this twice now.

        2. Suzette Reid
          June 11, 2017 at 4:07 pm Reply

          I like your response very much. I feel a little offended by the comment that “good families would never leave”. I have left IN GOOD STANDING, my name was still on on paper their and I sent in my letter to which they don’t want to acknowledge. Thing is Cat not all who leave don’t pray and see God and Christ as real. When God’s prophet thought he was the only one left not bowing to Baal he was wrong. Let the judging be done by Jehovah and Jesus please.

      2. Anonymous
        June 11, 2017 at 9:31 am Reply

        Unfortunately people who go against they will be part of the profetic words in the bible like in sodoma, babilon, ninwe and now coming the wicked world . Think and try to give honestly the bible a chance and maybe you will have protection as sofonia said. I tell you anonymous
        its going to be scary so scary because enough is enough.

      3. Anonymous
        June 14, 2017 at 1:42 am Reply

        Jehovah’s witness elders are told to call the branch office in cases of child abuse. It is written in the secret elders manual, Sheppard the Flock of God. Did you know that the elders have this manual, one that is not allowed to be shown, even to their wives?

        On the Matter of breaking up families. What happens when a spouse, son, or daughter decides on their own free will to leave the Jehovah’s witness organization. Aren’t you told to shun them because they are now of the “wicked” world? Shunning IS breaking up families. And please do not say that this is the person who left fault, we all have the gift of free will, no one should be made to feel captive in something they no longer believe in. I will give you an example, if someone came to your door, say the Mormons, what would you do, you would tell them you have your own faith wouldn’t you.

        And your last point, I cannot believe the lie you have told here. Isn’t it true that your organization preaches that “very soon” Jehovah will destroy the “wicked” leaving only 8.3 million Jehovah’s Witnesses on the Earth. As we stand, the Earth currently has more than 7 billion inhabitants, 7 billion inhabitants that are called wicked people, these include nurses who give their time to help others, those that cannot think for themselves, such as those who have learning difficulties, not to mention the thousands of babies that are born every day. Why does Jehovah want to kill these people? Because they do not want to WORSHIP your God. Isn’t this a little psychotic?

        So please, before you try to candy coat your organization, remember to include the REAL teachings of your organization.

        1. David
          June 14, 2017 at 1:44 am Reply

          Forget to add my name to the above post, should any Jehovah’s witness accuse one of using anonymity.

        2. Anonymous
          June 14, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply

          Let us give them examples of the break up of families that they claim they don’t do.
          A disfellowshipped member cannot even attend a wedding of their brother, sister, niece, nephew who is a Jehovah’s witness.
          The disfellowshipped person cannot come to the reception, because they claim that the rest of the JWs would be uncomfortable.
          There are countless of stories of JW parents putting out their children once they become disfellowipped for fornication, or simply not believing in the religion anymore.
          They don’t speak to them and some of them don’t even know their grandchildren when the disfellowshipped child has children.
          Jehovah’s Witness have taken a basic human need (i.e the need to belong to a group (family) and hit their members with subtle threats INDIRECTLY of losing that group that every human being has a right to belong to.
          I would like to remind the brainwashed JWs that before there was religion there was family. That is the natural order or things if you do not want to argue along religious lines.
          From time immemorial man moved in groups to ensure their survival. Look at the cavemen.
          So JWs are very very smart, claiming that their shunning is scripturally based.
          Interestingly, different presidents of JWs have held different views on disfellowhipping. JWs have to come and tell the readers why different views were held

      4. Angela Keast
        June 16, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply

        Tell me, when Christ chose your religion back in the late 1800’s, did He choose the truth back then? Or is it the truth now and was less back then. It’s so confusing. Either celebrating Christmas and believing you’re going to heaven was right when He chose them and that’s why He chose them, or He chose liars who became truthful over 100 years later. Or they had the truth and now they’re liars. How many times did the Bible writers get things wrong only to be corrected years later? Why could God get it right the first time thousands of years ago but can’t ever get it right in modern times and had to constantly correct things? Over the years, according to your religion, the people of Sodom and Gomorrah are going to be resurrected, then they’re not, then they are, then they aren’t, then they are, etc. Why can’t God get this right? Seems like that light that gets brighter – flickers off and on quite a bit.

  5. Anonymous
    June 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Don’t JW’s Excomunicate immoral people. So pedifiles are shunned defrocked and kicked out. Oh wait that’s wrong too!!! Shun immoral people is bad . If JW didn’t clean up their people they would be , let’s see oh … just another fake Christian church.

    And another thing. Don’t Pedifiles join lots of organizations to get to the kiddies?
    ( boy scouts, churches, etc.). I think they should face death penitity. How do you protect kids from creeps. Jw offer videos 4 your kids protection. there may be pedifiles who have sneaked in to JW. BUT I know they throw them out.

    1. David
      June 14, 2017 at 1:48 am Reply

      Do you have first hand evidence they throw them out, have you seen this in your own Kingdom Hall, if so, surely there will be a report in the media of this, as those who commit these vile crimes are usually reported to the police and charged in a criminal court. Please show us evidence of your claims.

  6. Mindy
    June 10, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply

    Jehovah’s Witnesses can withstand criticism since they’ve been dealing with nothing but criticism for over a hundred years. That’s not in just one country either or area either. I love that the teachings are consistent too. If I walked into a Kingdom Hall in Japan, I would be welcomed and their teachings wouldn’t be any different than any other Kingdom Hall. I’m also reminded about the scripture in John 13:35 that points out (besides correct teachings) that we would know Christ’s disciples if they have love among themselves.
    And, FYI, I was disfellowshipped for seventeen years before I was reinstated. Did I blame them? No. I had to get my act together. I continued to do what I wanted which was setting a bad example. A person can choose what he or she wants to do, but you can’t expect everyone else to want to be dragged down too. If my behaviour had been accepted and ignored, I might not be here now. I sure got to see the difference between those who care and can be trusted and those who will throw you under the bus.

    1. scripture
      June 11, 2017 at 9:36 am Reply

      God bless

    2. David
      June 14, 2017 at 2:02 am Reply

      Teachings are consistent? Ok, what I am about to tell you may fall on deaf ears, but here goes.

      Your organization have predicted the end at least 4 times, then when this never happened, they blamed the rank and file for being too eager.

      Your organization preached that those who saw 1914 would live to see the end of this system, they are all dead, so now you are taught there is a overlapping generation.

      Blood transfusions we’re forbidden, now you can take blood fractions.

      Your Bible has been changed to fit Jehovah’s witness doctrine. The preaching work is no longer affective, ok it still goes on, but not as much as it used to. Now you all stand around with carts.

      I’m wondering, did Jesus and his apostles stand around with carts? Wasn’t the door to door preaching work the very foundation of your organization?

      There are many changes in your organization, so it’s hardly consistent. Yes I agree that you can walk into any KH and the same thing will be taught whatever week one goes. However, this is nothing to boast about, this only shows that your organization is cultish in nature.

  7. Roy A Lathrop Sr
    June 10, 2017 at 4:41 pm Reply

    Mindy, Jehovah’s witnesses do not have unity. What they have is Regimentation. If you were out for seventeen years, you must have felt a great sense of freedom, why on earth did you return to the bondage?

    John 8:36 Amplified Bible (AMP)

    36 So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free.

  8. Roy A Lathrop Sr
    June 10, 2017 at 4:48 pm Reply

    Cat, just to add, about your comment, I would not separate myself from my family because of their Watchtower beliefs, even though I know they are wrong, but, they are required to separate themselves from me because of my Christian beliefs and because I left their religion. Do you then insist that Jehovah’s witnesses do not break up families? My family is very large, almost all Jehovah’s witnesses, and they think of me as dead. Would you like to explain that for everyone reading this site?

    1. Anonymous
      June 10, 2017 at 6:33 pm Reply

      They need to explain why plenty ex Jehovah’s Witness contemplate and commit suicide.
      Also they should do a survey because they would realize that a good majority of those who return to their organization is because they want their family to talk to them and not because they believe the religion is right.

      Jehovah’s Witnesses break up families and THAT IS A FACT.

      1. Suzette Reid
        June 11, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply

        Many take their lives or try to because they can’t cope with the way they are treated when they leave. I grew up as one and left in good standing. One thing I noticed is that the more affluent ones are treated rather mildly when they leave and the poor ones like myself suffer the name calling, gossip, slander etc. They should watch their video on The Prodigal Son to practice what they actually tell people!

        1. Anonymous
          June 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm Reply

          I know of exactly what you speak.

        2. David
          June 14, 2017 at 2:04 am Reply

          Your so right here. I left because I was being bullied by an elder. He had money, so they let him carry on his behavior.

    2. Bach
      June 11, 2017 at 6:29 am Reply

      Roy according to 2 John 9-11, one must those who reject the teachings of Christ must not be welcomed into ones home nor be given a greeting. As Christians we uphold these strict rules. It pains us, even the angels and Jehovah, to see one leave the congregation but safety measures must be done to preserve our beliefs and morality. Cruel as it may seem, those disfellowshipped are given every chance to return to the truth. Family ties are not severed in such cases, only spiritual ties. I assure you your family also awaits the day you return to the truth as so we all do.

      1. Anonymous
        June 11, 2017 at 10:31 am Reply

        Bach, It is important for you to understand, I have never rejected the teachings of Jesus Christ, in fact, in a few minutes I will be getting ready for church.
        In many ways Jehovah’s witnesses do reject the teachings of Jesus. Yes, your book, it was once called Make Sure Of All Things, has arguments against most teachings of Christianity, but, those answers are not the conclusive answers. I am convinced by the counter answers.
        There is a book by Ron Rhodes, (not an ex-JW) not sure of the exact name, something like “Answering The Jehovah’s Witnesses From The Bible” It does a very good job of countering the “unique” teachings of JWs.
        My family has shown me great hatred since I left the organization. But, you should know the words of my Lord and Savior Jesus,

        Matthew 10:37 Amplified Bible (AMP)

        37 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.

        1. Roy A Lathrop Sr
          June 11, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply

          Sorry, the above post is by me but I forgot to sign in so it says “anonymous”

  9. Bach
    June 11, 2017 at 12:54 am Reply

    Anonymous have you tried to hear our side? Have you been inside a Kingdom Hall and have you thoroughly inspected our teachings? Those who have and still decided to leave have our utmost respect for their decision. However we believe that this is the truth and I hope that you respect that. We all have battled with ourselves over what is true, is the organization really an all manipulating force? In fact we are all required to do heavy thinking before we enter the congregation. You might not understand our ways, but it’s not right to blatantly paint it false without knowing our reasons for upholding them. Ask us your questions about the society and our beliefs, and if by the end you still hate us then we respect that. Just know that because we respect you and your beliefs doesn’t mean we’ll agree with you.

  10. SteveFL
    June 11, 2017 at 3:04 am Reply

    Bach, Cat, Mindy and others…the best response to a fool is silence. Anonymous and Lathrop will not listen to what you have to say but will only try to break you down. They profess their vastly superior knowledge and faith in order to sow doubt. Satan did the same thing to Eve in the Garden of Eden. Instead walk away from this fruitless conversation and include them in your prayers. These persons already know about Jehovah and his promises and yet decided to choose for themselves, just like Adam and Eve. If they still love Jehovah, he willl make a way back for them. If not, well then it won’t much matter.

    1. John V
      June 11, 2017 at 6:00 am Reply

      Things are never easy. Life contains much data to weed thru. Life in these last days is VERY hard to deal with. Because of lack of love etc…. I have read ALL comments. Each person points out legitimate concerns and wants to be heard. When a child does something wrong a parent disciplines it in a loving way so that it can see why it was wrong and learn not to do the wrong thing again so the child might keep itself safe and others. Unruly children need loving correction. God IS love. He only wants whats best for thoses He loves. To keep them safe. Are we ALL not His children? Love heals. Love builds others up. Saying only 1 hurtful thing can cause a scar. But Love does not keep track of the injury. Remember always the two MOST important Commandments Mt 22:36-40
      May you all have peace.

      1. Susan Hudson
        June 14, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply

        John , I read all the comments and I like yours best. Jehovah is a God of love. I choose him and his son Jesus Christ. I left the organization but I’m not going to curse it. I am grateful for all I’ve been taught. To those who leave, may you all find peace and to those who who are in, fear Jehovah and remember that preaching is useless if you are not living In accordance with what you preach. The preaching down to others and behaving spiritually elite Is not good. Jesus was humble and Jehovah is merciful. Well done to that family, raising children is hard. May God give you all peace.

        1. Suzette Reid
          June 14, 2017 at 1:50 pm Reply

          Not everyone is able to leave in dignity. Its good you are able to do so. Some have very deep emotional scars. Its not a matter of you are right and you are wrong. I read all comments for and against and appreciate both. If something is said that I feel is questionable, then I research it.

    2. Bach
      June 11, 2017 at 6:13 am Reply

      Thank you Steve. However I can’t help but give my 2 cents. I didn’t want to force our beliefs on others, Jehovah clearly wants us to follow him whole-heartedly and of our own accord. I was just simply asking their respect, as we also respect their own beliefs.

    3. Roy A Lathrop Sr
      June 11, 2017 at 10:41 am Reply

      I will respond to SteveFL even though his post is what I usually get from JWs, one of hatred and venom. But, for all other readers, I read your comments carefully and consider them. Listening does not require believing or accepting. I do not profess superior knowledge and faith, I am extremely grateful to my God for teaching me how to worship Him. And, I am not trying to break anyone down, I pray to God I may help to open the minds of some so that they may know our Creator. The answer Jesus gave to opposers about Satan was, if Satan is divided, he will fall. But I am accused of following Satan when I use the words of Jesus. Amazing. SteveFl, Yes, I still love Yahweh, and He has indeed made a way for me, I thank Him daily for that.

    4. Anonymous
      June 11, 2017 at 12:40 pm Reply

      I don’t think Jehovah would approve of you calling others fools.

  11. Suzette Reid
    June 11, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply

    Let how you treat others be your witness. Be practical in helping others and make new friends. Its not easy to get over the hurt and you may still get the negative vibes and repercussions from having left. It will get easier each day with supportive new friends.

    1. Roy A Lathrop Sr
      June 11, 2017 at 10:42 am Reply

      I thank you Suzette and others for your kind and Biblical answers.

      1. Suzette Reid
        June 11, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply

        You are welcome! Agape

  12. Suzette Reid
    June 11, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply

    If Ex JWs come off as being mean and angry, they will eventually get over it. You can’t call people fools, idiots etc and think that reflects the mind of Christ. I noticed in a lot of forums that those defending JWs resort to name calling! Don’t do it. Some who left may decide to go back, please remember that!

  13. Mindy
    June 11, 2017 at 10:45 am Reply

    Bach, Cat, Steve and other dear ones- Steve is right, it’s best to just let it go. I know how you feel, Bach, I also want to make sure the record is set straight. However, we are limited in our abilities to do so. The best thing that we can do is set an example and extend a loving hand of support to one another.
    On a side note about my disfellowshipping and reinstatement, nobody in the organization treated me like garbage. They did follow the Bible’s direction, but it certainly wasn’t cruel. On the other hand, I found caring people in the world were few and far between. No one had respect for Bible principles. I met more people who would throw me under the bus than not. Let’s just say that being out there was exhausting.
    Love to you, my brothers and sisters.

    1. Anonymous
      June 11, 2017 at 12:47 pm Reply

      LOOOOOOOOOOOL
      Where were you living?
      You found caring people in the world were few and far between??????
      That was your experience, but that is not the experience of many who have left JW.
      I can tell you I have spoken to lots of ex JWs who have nothing but praise for person who are not and never were JWs. One of the things they said was that these people showed them love and that it was not conditional.

      Majority of JWs have this thing about worldly people.
      What you accuse worldly people of doing I have seen it displayed worse by JWs.
      SMH

      1. Roy A Lathrop Sr
        June 12, 2017 at 12:00 am Reply

        I am one of those anon, I have found more loving and caring people in the public and in the churches than I ever found in the JWs. The loving in JWs is veneer, it dies immediately when some difficulty arises.

        1. Anonymous
          June 12, 2017 at 9:45 am Reply

          I honestly don’t know why they keep fooling themselves.
          I think they know the answer but to acknowledge it might be too much for them and they have to consider Armageddon or should that be Scare-mageddon.

    2. Susan Hudson
      June 14, 2017 at 6:59 pm Reply

      Hi Mindy
      I’m glad to hear you had a good experience going back.

  14. Anonymous
    June 11, 2017 at 3:11 pm Reply

    Can some one tell where I can read in scriptures. That the most high God said that the so called witnesses can be the descendants of Euas???

  15. Anonymous
    June 11, 2017 at 9:05 pm Reply

    that’s a fantastic news and good opportunity to share about their beliefs. too bad to many apostates running around in social media try to ruin their reputation.

    1. Roy A Lathrop Sr
      June 11, 2017 at 11:55 pm Reply

      Again, I find the need to remind you that if you left another church to become one of Jehovah’s witnesses you too are an apostate, and, you do the same thing you get angry at us for doing, you go door-to-door trying to get people of your former religion to leave and join with you in the JWs.

      1. Anonymous
        June 12, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply

        EXACTLY

  16. Thoughts....
    June 12, 2017 at 1:39 am Reply

    The Thing To Keep In Mind With The Witnesses Is That They, As An Organization, Have Made Horrible Mistakes In Judgment, Doctrine And The Like. However, If They Are Acting According To Their Consciences, They Are No Different Than Anyone Else Who May Be Doing What They Believe Is Right With The Limited Or Skewed Information They May Have. To “Those Of Us Who Are Mature”, We Know That Their Approach At Times May Be “Ignorant”, But Then Again, None Of Us Have All Of The Right Answers And We Cannot Read The Heart To Determine The Motivations Of Another.

    The Witnesses Are Not Aware That Their Behavior Is A Bit “Extreme”, But This In No Way Means That Their Motives Are “Extreme”.

    Just Something To Think About.

    1. Suzette Reid
      June 12, 2017 at 8:07 am Reply

      True. I keep reminding myself that I was once like that. When you leave and realize certain things its difficult not to point it out though. One of the biggest problem I had was that there is a child abuse and women being abused problem and if they only own up to it and say sorry. We know this is not a problem unique to them but for Pete’s sake admit it. The book of Jeremiah speaks of some very grave things those who took the lead and served God did. None of us are free of sin or as it were cast a stone, but when we are wrong and hurt people for life we must ADMIT IT! Admittance don’t mean you condone a thing it means you know its a problem and work on it from there.

      1. Anonymous
        June 12, 2017 at 9:57 am Reply

        And especially when they accuse others of doing exactly what they themselves are guilty of.

  17. tuntun
    June 12, 2017 at 1:51 am Reply

    wow that’s great news
    i will share it to others
    greeting from Indonesia

  18. dc
    June 12, 2017 at 3:02 am Reply

    Anonymous
    My friend Anonymous, you dont have all the facts about The Award in question. It really unChristian to involve in people’s business when you have no facts. People will respect you if you just keep quiet.

  19. John
    June 12, 2017 at 7:56 am Reply

    This is not the only award we have received, check out jw.org and see many other awards given to us because of our good conduct in the community

  20. Roy A Lathrop Sr
    June 12, 2017 at 11:19 am Reply

    Thoughts…. I agree with you basically, I still have a problem with JWs in that they are ordered to never listen to “apostates” or “opposers” so, if they obey, they have cut themselves off from learning the truth about the organization they are so loyal to.

    The history of the Watchtower Society is corrupt, is is filled with false teachings and prophesies, we who discovered all this and left, try to warn those still in, it is extremely difficult but we feel it is something our Creator expects from us.

    I have Christian beliefs and I attend church, but, if I find out I am wrong or if my beliefs are proven wrong, I am free to research my beliefs and I would change, just as I did with the JWs.

  21. Adus
    June 12, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

    I love Jehovah and the brothers and sisters for receiving this award.

    1. Gareth
      June 12, 2017 at 11:02 pm Reply

      Agreed it is wonderful!
      Though we know we get similar recognition around the world from people who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses, under the current circumstances in Russia, it’s really extra special.

  22. Steve Hansen
    June 13, 2017 at 5:27 am Reply

    I wondered why a good JW family would accept a badge to “Parental Glory”. This badge features a prominent pattee cross similar to the icons found in a lot of Christian religious decorations – decorations that JWs reportedly declare as idolatrous and pagan.

    1. Anonymous
      June 13, 2017 at 8:45 am Reply

      Exactly.
      Another thing I notice is the way they put so much importance to “JW.org”. Items with JW.org even found on Amazon.
      I equate that idolatry too, especially when they have always pointed out other religions for practicing idolatry.

  23. Michael Case
    June 13, 2017 at 6:06 am Reply

    Comments about bad people being in every organization are correct. However, when a bad religious organization LIES to its members in order to control them, that organization is EVIL – and definitely not “God’s organization on earth.”
    Does the governing body/”faithful slave” of Jehovah’ Witnesses teach that the Catholic church’s practice of VOLUNTARILY confessing to one priest is unscriptural?
    Of course it does! Yet hypocritically and ANTI-scripturally, the same G.B./F.S GUILTS & COMPELS Jehovah’s Witnesses to confess their serious sins to THREE men – a judicial committee of elders!
    Hypocritical and anti-scriptural, because Matthew 18:15-17 says NOTHING about elders being involved when someone commits a serious sin. In fact, Jesus EXPLICITLY stated that if a serious sin has been witnessed by someone, the matter was to be resolved only by the sinner and the witness. No one else was to be involved – not even elders. Jesus never even HINTED about Christians having to “confess to elders!” Also, verse 16 is refers to other witnesses of the sin – not witnesses of the accusation. This is only ONE example of the numerous falsehoods which J.W.’s should SCRIPTURALLY examine. There are many more. Such as – there are 28 scriptures which COMMAND that CHRISTIANS be witnesses for CHRIST, but there is not ONE single verse which says Christians should witness for JEHOVAH.

    1. Anonymous
      June 13, 2017 at 8:54 am Reply

      I would love for them to explain why their different presidents held different views on disfellowshipping including their founder.
      Over the years the organization’s view on disfellowshipping has been tweaked depending on who was the president.
      But the followers still believe in the 7 men who claims Jehovah instructs them. Isn’t it ironic that Jehovah would give different instructions to 7 men at different time periods?
      If they were indeed the True religion that only God speaks to, then Jehovah should get it right the first time because isn’t it his ultimate mission is to save as many men as he possibly can? Why confuse people then. This God who uses the governing body is not a sure god after all.
      But wait they are going to respond and say “The light is getting brighter”.
      SMH

    2. Anonymous
      June 13, 2017 at 9:00 am Reply

      And to make matters worse, for those “sins” which involve sex, including child molestation, has to told to these 3 elders in all GRAPHIC details.

      I could just imagine, how some might be taking delight in hearing all the sexual activity which took place.
      They preach that it is scripturally wrong to go to a priest to confess, but yet as a Jehovah’s Witness have to go and confess your sins to 3 elders = priests, and they decide whether you repentant or not, whether your should be reinstated or disfellowshipped.
      Since when should I come and confess my sins to mere men. I can go straight to God through Jesus Christ.

  24. Roy A Lathrop Sr
    June 13, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply

    Good comment Michael. If I remember right, “judicial cases” were held at the gate, in the open, where everyone could witness all proceedings, not by three scribes and pharisees, in a back room, in secret.

  25. MARK
    June 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

    THE FACT IS THIS.
    THERE WERE AT LEAST 6 OTHER FAMILIES WHO ALSO
    GOT THIS AWARD.
    TO CLAIM THAT JW’S ARE THE ONLY ONES BRINGING UP THEIR FAMILIES IN THE CORRECT MANNER IS FALSE.
    OTHERWISE IT WOULD ONLY BE JW’S WHO WERE AT THIS AWARD CEREMONY, NO ONE ELSE WOULD HAVE RECEIVED THE AWARD JUST THE JW FAMILY.
    THERE IS NO MENTION OF ANYONE ELSE GETTING THIS AWARD ON JW.ORG WHICH IS TYPICAL OF THE WATCHTOWER SOCIETY. THEY LIKE TO BLOW THEIR OWN TRUMPET !!

  26. Gareth
    June 13, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply

    As Jehovah’s Witnesses, we strive to adhere to the form of Christianity that Jesus taught and that his apostles practiced.

    We adhere to God’s original standard of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, with sexual immorality being the only valid basis for divorce. (Matthew 19:4-9) We are convinced that the wisdom found in the Bible helps families to succeed.
    We are organized into congregations, each of which is overseen by a body of elders. However, the elders do not form a clergy class, and they are unsalaried. (Matthew 10:8; 23:8) We do not practice tithing, and no collections are ever taken at our meetings. (2 Corinthians 9:7) All our activities are supported by anonymous donations.

    1. Anonymous
      June 13, 2017 at 5:33 pm Reply

      That still does NOT make you’ll the true religion.

      Gareth, can you please tell the readers why you’ll gave 4 dates the world would be ending and why didn’t it come true?
      You’ll are out there telling people only Jehovah/God speaks to you’ll.
      So can you please answer my question?

  27. AnonyMouse
    June 13, 2017 at 7:39 pm Reply

    As a Jehovah’s Witness and Ministerial Servant I am appalled at the misinformation in this article. These people cannot be true Witnesses because they have accepted a worldly and political award with ceremonies that include the national anthem and endorse the state and they would accept these awards from someone that is opposing the work?

    Any website that endorses these people and claims them to be Jehovah’s Witnesses is apostate and from the devil!

    1. Vaughan
      June 14, 2017 at 7:28 am Reply

      We too are wise to keep our lips in check, particularly when we are provoked. “He that is slow to anger is abundant in discernment,” says a proverb, “but one that is impatient is exalting foolishness.” (Prov. 14:29) A hasty oral response in a trying situation can result in rash speech that is later regretted. Under such circumstances, our words may appear foolish, and our peace of mind may suffer as a result.

      It is the course of discretion to guard our lips when in the presence of wicked people.

  28. Gareth
    June 14, 2017 at 4:44 am Reply

    WHEN Jesus Christ was on earth, the theme of his teaching was God’s Kingdom. By means of that Kingdom, Jehovah will vindicate his universal sovereignty and sanctify his name. Thus, Jesus taught his disciples to pray to God: “Let your kingdom come. Let your will take place, as in heaven, also upon earth.” (Matt. 6:9, 10) That Kingdom government is very shortly going to bring an end to Satan’s world and then supervise the doing of God’s will throughout the earth. As Daniel foretold, God’s Kingdom “will crush and put an end to all these [present-day] kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite.”—Dan. 2:44.

    1. Anonymous
      June 14, 2017 at 10:58 am Reply

      You were asked to provide an answer as to why Jehovah’s Witnesses 4 times gave the dates the world was ending and it did not happen.
      Again why were you’ll wrong especially as you’ll claim to be the only true religion and Jehovah only speaks to you’ll.

      We are waiting you or any Jehovah’s Witness to answer that question.

      Don’t be shy now.

      1. Vaughan
        June 14, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

        After 1914, The Watchtower explained what the attitude of most of the anointed was at the time. It said that those who had the right attitude were not disappointed. It continued: “We did not wish our own will to be done; so when we found out that we were expecting the wrong thing in October, 1914, then we were glad that the Lord did not change His Plan to suit us. We did not wish Him to do so.” They simply wanted to understand God’s purposes better. The anointed today show the same humble attitude and the same desire to do God’s will. They do not say that they are inspired. They just want to do the work that Jesus has given them to do on earth. And now Christians who have the hope of living forever on earth, “a great crowd” of “other sheep,” are imitating their example.—Revelation 7:9; John 10:16.

        1. Anonymous
          June 14, 2017 at 4:50 pm Reply

          Wow. lord have mercy.
          First off we don’t need an explanation from the Watchtower which is the what comes from the heads of 7 men. We need the response quoting THE BIBLE not the man made Watchtower.

          We would like you to support SCRIPTUALLY how those dates were derived?
          When Jesus says in the book of Matthew 24: 36 no one knows the day or hour not even the angels, nor the son. How come the Jehovah’s Witness had special privileges and bypass angels, and the SON and was able to give the dates 4 times.

          1. Vaughan
            June 15, 2017 at 2:25 am

            Jesus said: “Concerning that day and hour nobody knows, neither the angels of the heavens nor the Son, but only the Father.” (Matthew 24:36, 42) He added that the timing of the end would be unexpected, “at an hour that you do not think to be it.”—Matthew 24:44.

            Even though we cannot know the exact day and hour, Jesus did provide a composite “sign,” or group of events, that would identify the time period leading up to the end of the world. (Matthew 24:3, 7-14) The Bible refers to this period as “the time of the end,” “the end times,” and “the last days.”—Daniel 12:4; God’s Word Bible; 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

      2. Gareth
        June 14, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply

        How do you feel about December 21, 2012, the date on the Maya calendar that many have been saying would bring worldwide change? Depending on what you expected, you might be relieved, disappointed, or indifferent. Was it just another incorrect prediction for the end of the world?

        What about “the end of the world” described in the Bible? (Matthew 24:3, King James Version) Some fear that the earth will be burned up. Others are fascinated by end-time scenarios. Many have simply grown tired of being told that the end is near. But could those be reactions to fiction rather than to fact?

        You might be surprised to learn what the Bible really says about the end of the world. Not only does the Bible give reasons to look forward to the end but it also acknowledges the frustration that can set in if the end seems to be overdue. We invite you to consider the Bible’s answers to some common questions about the end of the world.

        1. Anonymous
          June 14, 2017 at 4:57 pm Reply

          You have NOT answered the question.
          Let me repeat.
          Why did the Jehovah’s Witness provide 4 dates for the end of the world and it did not happen?
          I do not care about the rest of persons predicting because last time I checked, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been saying they are the only true religion and the only ones Jehovah/God speaks to. So I cannot take seriously any other body who gives a date.
          I am especially interested in the Jehovah’s Witness reason as to why these specific 4 dates and why it was all wrong BECUASE you’ll claim to be the only true religion.
          If you are putting yourself out there as the only true religion I need to take you to task.

          So please answer the question.

    2. Roy A Lathrop Sr
      June 14, 2017 at 11:02 am Reply

      The ongoing theme of the Bible, from Genesis through Revelation, is Jesus the Christ. Jesus said ” the kingdom is in your midst” what did He mean? Your constant preaching of “the kingdom” misses the point, “there is not another name under heaven by which you must be saved” That name is Jesus the Christ.

      Jehovah’s witnesses minimize the name of Jesus for fear of offending Jehovah, but, if you will read and meditate on the Bible, you will find that the Father God has ordered us to honor the Son, JUST AS, we honor the Father.

      1. Vaughan
        June 14, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply

        Jesus’ opposers accused him of making himself equal to God. (John 5:18; 10:30-33) However, Jesus never claimed to be on the same level as Almighty God. He said: “The Father is greater than I am.”—John 14:28.

        1. Roy A Lathrop Sr
          June 14, 2017 at 3:06 pm Reply

          The Bible says Jesus was lower than the angels,so,… obviously, Jesus is NO angel.

          Hebrews 2:9 (NIV)

          But we do see Jesus, who was made lower than the angels for a little while, now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by the grace of God he might taste death for everyone.

          1. Vaughan
            June 14, 2017 at 4:18 pm

            Jesus Christ is our king appointed by God.
            Jesus’ sacrifice is the means by which God delivers, or saves, humankind from sin and death. The Bible refers to the shed blood of Jesus as a ransom price. (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18, 19) Thus, Jesus said that he came “to give his life a ransom for many.”—Matthew 20:28, King James Version.
            The Bible says that Christians were “bought with a price.” (1 Corinthians 6:20; 7:23) That price is the blood of Jesus, with which he “bought people for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation.”—Revelation 5:8, 9.

  29. Ants trom
    June 14, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

    Ain’ t religion wonderful?
    Without it we would be reduced to rights fighting about important things like equality and justice!

    1. Vaughan
      June 14, 2017 at 4:23 pm Reply

      “I know that Jehovah will defend the lowly and give justice to the poor.” (Psalm 140:12) God’s Kingdom will bring true justice to the earth.

      What else can we learn from the Bible?

      God sees the world’s current injustice, and he will correct it.—Ecclesiastes 5:8.
      Justice from God will bring peace and security to the earth.—Isaiah 32:16-18.

  30. Anonymous
    June 14, 2017 at 2:42 pm Reply

    Without religion no one would care about equality or justice, in fact, those concepts would not exist.

  31. Michael Case
    June 14, 2017 at 6:19 pm Reply

    Why do Jehovah’ Witnesses believe that “NEW scrolls” containing NEW teachings will be opened DURING Christ’s 1000 years reign – based on Revelation 20:12?
    w10 4/15 p. 11 par. 17 Holy Spirit’s Role in the Outworking of Jehovah’s Purpose
    “How will Jehovah use his holy spirit in the coming new world? That spirit will be the force behind the new scrolls that will be opened at that time. (Rev. 20:12) What will these contain? Evidently, Jehovah’s detailed requirements for us during the thousand years.”
    There are no such things as “new” scrolls; the scrolls mentioned contain judgments, not “requirements,” and the scrolls are opened after Satan is destroyed – not while he’s in the abyss during the 1000 year reign of Christ. (Read verses 1 – 10 to see what occurs before the scrolls are opened)

  32. Enda
    June 19, 2017 at 10:53 am Reply

    I must admit that these comments are quite enlightening. So I offer up my two cents. The bottom line is this: irrespective of the denomination one is affiliated with, whether one attends church on Saturday or Sunday, if one’s life does not reflect the character of Christ, you will not enter into His kingdom. I recall years ago, working with this middle aged woman. She had one of the nastiest personalities that I remember encountering. Imagine my utter shock one day, when I met her in my community “witnessing” and acquiring the knowledge that she had been a JW, her entire life. I was stunned. There was absolutely NOTHING about this woman, which was Christ-like. A similar sentiment can be expressed regarding members of the Baptist, Evangelical, Pentecostal, Catholic, Seventh Day Adventists churches etc. Majority of church members have no clue what authentic Christianity looks like. In the words of Mahatma Ghandi, ” I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ”. No truer words have ever been spoken.

    1. Anonymous
      June 19, 2017 at 2:52 pm Reply

      The Enda the reason why JW will face more criticism than any other religion is not because they sin because not everyone reflects Christlike qualities, is because of how they put themselves out there like they are only true religion, how they speak about “worldly ” people (persons not following their face).
      All JWs are told to not keep company with non JWs because they might be influenced.
      So JWs need to realize that they are they own worst enemy because of what they attempt to sell to people and what they actually are that people can see.

      1. Demiplayer
        June 30, 2017 at 1:29 am Reply

        The Enda the reason why JW will face more criticism than any other religion is not because they sin because not everyone reflects Christlike qualities, is because of how they put themselves out there like they are only true religion, how they speak about “worldly ” people (persons not following their face).

        But don’t any other religion think of themselves that “they are the only true religion” actually heck even the orthrodox in which putin is a member also thinks that way, So tell me how are they different

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