JW's can get pretty upset when someone suggests their mind is being controlled. They find that such comments are offensive. They can't see any truth whatsoever in such an observation. They believe they are free spirits. They know what they're doing. No one pulls their strings. No one controls them.
Instead of seeing our love for them, some JW's see us as their enemy. We are not. We are not God's enemy either. We love God and people of all religions just like God does. Our goal is to make a difference in this world. We want to help those who are unhappy, depressed, lonely, abandoned, angry, and suffering needlessly.
When someone leaves the organization, they can restore their direct relationship with God if they choose to do so. This idea is not evil. It is not Satan tempting you to leave God. You are not leaving God to go to Satan. You are leaving a religion so that you can give God all the glory. God loves you. He doesn't want you to be loyal to an organization. Obeying religious leaders doesn't make God happy. God wants to have a direct relationship with you!
This direct relationship with God is 100% Bible based. Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, - not Jehovah and their favorite religion! The Bible says that Christians have a direct relationship with God. Obedience to an organization is NOT required. Matthew 28:18,19
If you believe we are 'twisting' the truth because we're 'apostates', consider these Watchtower facts.
In 1955 the Watchtower said that 'a Christian, therefore, cannot be baptized in the name of the one actually doing the immersing or in the name of any man, nor in the name of any organization, but in the name of the Father, the Son and the holy spirit. This shows, among other things, that Christianity is not a denominational affair, that sects have nothing to do with it.' Watchtower July 1, 1955, Article: 'Christian Baptism for the New World Society', pg 411, par 15
In 1985 the Watchtower's baptismal vows changed to this:
On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?
Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization?
This means that in 1955, a JW could NOT be baptized in the name of ANY organization. However by 1985, baptism in the name of the organization was REQUIRED!
Are they acting in harmony with what the Bible says? Matthew 28:18,19
Instead of seeing the truth that their religious leaders keep them in submission and under control, JW's believe their religion liberates them from the world's 'false religions' dominated by Satan. Words such as 'in the truth', 'God's organization', 'faithful and discreet slave' and other mental pictures repeated over and over again compels JW's on an unconscious level, to be obedient and loyal.
Words, thoughts, and mental pictures are extremely powerful. Does religious propaganda and fear exist in the organization or not? JW's know that the organization makes lofty claims. Can these be proven? Why do JW's believe everything their leaders say? Is this normal behavior in any free society? What about fear? Does fear control what Jehovah's Witnesses are willing to say or do?
Critics say JW's give their power away to the organization. Independent research and thinking is discouraged. Everyone must be 'like-minded', speak in agreement, and cloth themselves with a 'new personality' based on what the organization says is 'the truth'.
As in all unhealthy relationships, the dominate partner, seeks to maintain control by isolating and limiting contact with the outside world. Members are required to be in submission to those taking the lead. They are told that being 'obedient and submissive' is something to 'strive' for. They are told it is a 'privilege' to cooperate with whatever the 'slave class' (i.e. Governing Body) says. They are told to 'cherish' their place in the congregation and 'cooperate fully' with the Governing Body. Watchtower Nov 15, 2009, 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 3-6
Of course this doesn't sound like mind control to a JW. They can see the controlling words in their own literature but they don't see they are being controlled. We understand because we didn't see the control when we were JW's either.
It can take months, years, even decades to undo the religious programming JW's receive on a daily basis. Only then can they look back and say 'yes, I see it now, I was being controlled. I didn't see it before. Now I am happy. I am free. Thank-you.'