Jehovah's Witnesses (JW's) believe they belong to 'Jehovah's Organization'. What is the truth?
Millions upon millions of JW's and their families who are non members have been adversely affected since 1952 when disfellowshipping (excommunication) began.
On top of emotional tactics that leads to serious depression and much worse, many have died needlessly because the organization requires that JW's refuse blood transfusions. Those who disobey, automatically 'disassociate' themselves. They are shunned as 'wrong doers', even when they're serious ill or dying.
Critics say the Watchtower has no compassion, conscience, or morality. They take what doesn't belong to them (the families of Jehovah's Witnesses) and then offer to return what they wrongly took if people admit 'wrong doing' and return to the Watchtower Society.
In their secret rule book Shepherd the Flock of God, they outline all the rules Jehovah's Witnesses must follow, yet they do not allow anyone to read the rules except Elders who are responsible for enforcement.
The rules affect the lives of JW's. e.g. blood transfusions are strictly forbidden. JW's must end their relationship with children, parents, and close family members who leave the Watchtower. JW's must obey Elders. Watchtower rules are not just a nice thing to do. Strict obedience to the Watchtower is required. JW's need to know these things before they join and say their baptism vows.
Watchtower leaders do their best to keep the letter of the law like the Pharisees did, but they neglect the love of God. Their definition of love is punishment, control, manipulation, and hatred. e.g. they require JW's to shun their family because it encourages members to return to the organization. What can we call this other than emotional abuse, coercion, and manipulation? It certainly isn't love or religious freedom. Read Watchtower quotes about how to treat members who leave with hatred. Religious Persecution
God has not yet blessed the Watchtower with an understanding of what love really is. They have the Bible, - they even translate Bibles, and conduct Bible studies, but they are blind as to it's meaning. They read the words of Jesus but their ears do not hear and their eyes do not see. They have hearts, but they've stopped beating decades ago. Their hearts have become cold.
God is having trouble communicating the meaning of love to them, even though it's right in front of them in their own Bibles. Thousands of former JW's have been trying to help them come into the light, but they refuse to turn their monster religion around and do the right thing.
Look at what the Watchtower will find in their Bible. They've read it many times but they don't hear, see, or understand the simple words of Jesus. He is the path to eternal life and they have rejected his teachings. How can they be 'God's organization'. They are far from it!
'Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?' Matthew 5:44-47
The Watchtower predicts God's wrath up 'false teachers' (everyone outside the organization). Read Watchtower quotes: False Predictions Of the Watchtower (1889 - 2008). Obviously they're delusional about their knowledge of the Bible and superiority over all other religions. They're living in a fantasy world and amazingly seven million JW's are blindly following the pied piper. Seven million JW's are willing to prove their loyalty by choosing death instead of having a blood transfusion.
When we consider how many lives have been lost because of their unscriptural blood transfusion policy and severe depression leading to thoughts of death, critics have reason to say, the Watchtower is a dangerous mind control cult, - not for outsiders who know nothing about JW's, but for Jehovah's Witnesses, EX-JW's who are being shunned, children born into the religion, and those interested in joining because they don't have all the facts.
What can we do? Love them anyway, even though it's difficult. It's what Jesus would do. "Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance." 1 Cor 13:7;
Understand that Jehovah's Witnesses are in a trance-like hypnotic state. They think they are free but they are not. They are controlled much like a hypnotist controls those willing to particpate. Those who are hypnotized, don't feel any different than anyone else. Yet through simple suggestions, the hypnotist is able to get people to do and say things on command they normally wouldn't do or say. Hypnotized people are completely aware of what they're doing, but can't stop unless the suggestions become extreme.
Thus Jehovah's Witnesses are victims but at the same time through their preaching activities, they are recruiting new people into their religious trap. Those in leadership roles are unwilling to change the direction of the organization. All we can do is warn the world and love them just the way they are. Anger and hate encourages more of the same behavior. The way to change the world, is to love.
Please pray for Jehovah's Witnesses. God Bless You!
Some believe but many do not. They stay because it feels safe.
Watchtower quote: 'Throughout history, servants of Jehovah have proved their willingness to face death rather than betray one another.' Watchtower Magazine, Oct 15, 2009, Article: 'Maintaining Friendships in a Loveless World', par 4.