It is interesting that all Jehovah's Witnesses believe they have 'the truth' and that the Watchtower holds nothing back from them. Non believers are warned not to listen to 'apostates' ( a term used when referring to former Jehovah's Witnesses ). See Apostate Lies
In spite of the belief that they have 'the truth', no one seems to question the fact that Elders have access to information ordinary JW's don't have.
JW's don't believe the Watchtower keeps any secrets from them. However if you're a JW, this book is off limits unless you're an Elder. It's a secret. There's no other word for why you can't read it. This book is about the organization, it's rules, policies, and how it is run. They don't want you to have this information for a very good reason.
The question is this. Do Jehovah's Witnesses have all the facts? If so, why can't they read the information that's available for Elders? Why does the organization withhold important information from JW's and anyone who might want it?
If you're interested in the Watchtower religion and want the truth about the organization, are Jehovah's Witnesses a good resource? Obviously they are not.
Jehovah's Witnesses recommend that if you want the facts, you should visit the official website of Jehovah's Witnesses or talk with a member in good standing with the organization. Jehovah's Witnesses say you should attend their meetings and study the Bible with them if you want accurate information.
This way of talking sounds logical but it's not. If you want the truth about the Watchtower religion, JW's won't give it to you. They can't. Even if you speak with an Elder, they're not allowed to tell you everything they know. The best source of information about the organization, is top level JW's who have left the organization. Websites such as this one have researched and compiled information that is hidden from millions of Witnesses.
Why are Jehovah's Witnesses not entitled to read this publication? The doctrine of Theocratic Warfare applies to enemies of the organization. Why would they withhold truthful information from supporters of the organization?
We can't tell you for a fact why only Elders can read this book. All we know is that JW's learn important new information about their religion when they break the rules or disagree with the organization. The love Jehovah's Witnesses see at congregation meetings and the love JW's see in private during judicial committee meetings can be two very different things.
That's what this secret book is all about. It's about how the organization disciplines members who step out of line. It's about clearly defined rules instead of rosy colored, sugar coated, ambiguous statements found in other Watchtower publications.
This book is about the unloving practice of disfellowshipping, automatic disassociation, and shunning. Everyone is punished, - those that leave and those who remain in the organization. Close relationships, families, and friendships are torn apart in the name of 'God's organization'.
Most JW's wrongly assume that the organization does not dictate what they must believe. They are under the illusion that they are free and everything they do is because it's their personal choice. The organization likes JW's to believe this, but it's not true. While there is some room for disagreement and personal choice, the secret information for Elders makes it very clear that Jehovah's Witnesses are not free to the extent they believe that they are.
Jehovah's Witnesses may or may not know about this secret book for Elders. If they know about the book, they assume that it's information only Elders need because of their responsibilities.
JW's don't notice or believe the book is secret even though it is. Elders were given strict orders not leave it in a place where someone, - even members of their own immediate family, might accidentally stumble upon it.
Because certain information is hidden, JW's believe they obey only God, - not man. The only role of the organization is merely to provide guidance, love, and support in their relationship with God. They wrongly believe that no one forces them to follow rules and apostates are lying when they imply anything to the contrary.
The secret book for Elders is a wake up call for Jehovah's Witnesses who believe the organization does not control them. Religious control and domination is very obvious when you read this book.
You must be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead, even if you believe they are wrong.
As a JW, you must follow the rules of the organization. Breaking certain rules without being repentant can result in disciplinary action, disfellowshipping, or automatic disassociation.
You don't have a direct relationship with God. You worship God 'through' the organization. This means you must obey your religious leaders. If there's a conflict between what your conscience allows you to do and what your religious leaders expect you to do, then you must obey your religious leaders first and God second. The only way to restore your direct relationship with God is to leave the organization.
At judicial committee meetings JW's learn that following the rules is NOT a matter of conscience, - it's required. The rules are written down and must be followed but only the Jehovah's Witnesses who reach the level of Elder or higher have access to information ordinary JW's are not entitled to.
Suddenly a harsh, new reality sets in. The Christian freedom that you thought you had vanishes into thin air. You suddenly realize you were never free. You thought you were free but now you know you were not. What a shock it is to discover this for the very first time, - perhaps after decades of faithful service to the organization.
Most Jehovah's Witnesses are never called in for a judicial committee meeting. Because of this they are not aware of what the Elders know. When a JW attends a judicial committee meeting they see an entirely different facet of the Watchtower organization they didn't notice before.
It's important to build our faith on a solid foundation instead of sand.
If you're a Witness, ask for a copy. Insist on reading it. Don't let them withhold truthful information. Don't let them tell you you're not entitled because you're not an Elder. You are entitled!!! You are working hard for the organization. You have dedicated your life to them. You are donating your time, money, and energy. You are entitled to know how the rules of the organization affect you!
If you're thinking of joining the Jehovah's Witnesses or if you left and want to get reinstated, make sure you know what you're getting into first. If they won't let you see the rules of the organization and what will happen to you if you disagree or disobey, then that should be a big red flag.
On the next page we briefly summarize the contents but we recommend you read the entire book from cover to cover.