Jehovah's Witnesses believe they are being persecuted when websites such as this one warns Jehovah's Witnesses and the public about the dangers of belonging to the Watchtower religion or having relatives in that faith.
Even though they say it's 'religious persecution', they know that it's not. It is not religious persecution to tell the public the truth. Jehovah's Witnesses have been warning the public about 'false religions' for over one hundred years.
This website was founded out of love for millions of Jehovah's Witnesses and non believers who have harmed by destructive Watchtower doctrines. We view it as a public service and a labor of love. People have a right to know the truth and decide for themselves what they will believe.
Because the Watchtower has always been big on criticizing other religions and continues to do so even today, their literature has said it's NOT religious persecution to criticize another religion. In fact they say it's a 'public service' and has to do with the 'happiness of the public'. Now that the tables have turned and they are being criticized, they're not happy that former members are sharing truthful information with the public that the Watchtower wants to hide.
Here's what the Watchtower magazine said about exposing false religions publicly.
"It is not religious persecution for an informed person to expose publicly a certain religion as being false. ... To make a public exposure of false religion is ... a public service." Watchtower magazine, Nov 15, 1963, Article: "Execution of Divine Judgment upon False Religion", par 3
Jehovah's Witnesses who leave their religion have been hated, shunned, and discriminated against since 1952 when disfellowshipping (excommunication) first began. They are 'free' to leave, but leaving comes with a steep price. Since 1952, Jehovah's Witnesses have been required to obey the Watchtower's shunning policy or be shunned themselves. JW's are not allowed to associate with family members and close friends who leave. They cannot even say a greeting such as 'Hi. How are you?'
'Haters of God and his people are to be hated... We must hate in the truest sense, which is to regard with extreme and active aversion, to consider as loathsome, odious, filthy, to detest. ...Jehovah's enemies are recognized by their intense dislike for his people and the work these are doing.' Watchtower Oct 1, 1952, Page 599 par 11 - 13 ( Compare this with what the Bible says, Luke 6:35 - 37, Matt 5:44 )
'Hate what is bad. When a person persists in a way of badness after knowing what is right, when the bad becomes so ingrained that it is an inseparable part of his makeup, then in order to hate what is bad a Christian must hate the person with whom the badness is inseparably linked.. Jesus did not mean for us to love the hardened enemies of Jehovah' The Watchtower, July 15, 1961, page 420
'You have seen the benefit of godly love, but do you know how to hate? ... These very strong words are an expression of godly hate, and you too must have this quality to be pleasing to God. Hate causes a feeling of disgust to well up inside you. You loathe, abhor, despise the object of your hatred. The very thought of it makes you recoil. ... godly hate will separate you from wrongdoing. ... There are six things that Jehovah does hate, ... anyone sending forth contentions among brothers. ... Godly hatred never has as its object our Christian brothers, no matter how imperfect.' WT, July 15, 1974, Article: 'The Godly Qualities of Love and Hate', page 442, par 17-20
'One who has been a true Christian might renounce the way of the truth, stating that he no longer considers himself to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses or wants to be known as one. When this rare event occurs, the person is renouncing his standing as a Christian, deliberately disassociating himself from the congregation. The apostle John wrote: “They went out from us, but they were not of our sort; for if they had been of our sort, they would have remained with us.”—1 John 2:19. Or, a person might renounce his place in the Christian congregation by his actions, such as by becoming part of an organization whose objective is contrary to the Bible, and, hence, is under judgment by Jehovah God. (Compare Revelation 19:17-21; Isaiah 2:4.) So if one who was a Christian chose to join those who are disapproved of God, it would be fitting for the congregation to acknowledge by a brief announcement that he had disassociated himself and is no longer one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Persons who make themselves “not of our sort” by deliberately rejecting the faith and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses should appropriately be viewed and treated as are those who have been disfellowshipped for wrongdoing.' Watchtower magazine, Sept 15, 1981, p 23, par 14-16 Also see Freedom of Thought, Conscience, and Beliefs (with regard to 'conscientious objectors', - JW's who object to joining the military AND JW's who object to belonging to the Watchtower Society because their conscience and beliefs will not allow it.)
WT, March 15, 1986, ‘Do Not Be Quickly Shaken From Your Reason’ par 7-13 (subtitle: 'Have No Dealings With Apostates').
'Apostasy is, in reality, a rebellion against Jehovah. Some apostates profess to know and serve God, but they reject teachings or requirements set out in his Word. Others claim to believe the Bible, but they reject Jehovah's organization and actively try to hinder its work. When they deliberately choose such badness after knowing what is right, when the bad becomes so ingrained that it is an inseparable part of their makeup, then a Christian must hate in the Biblical sense of the word those who have inseparable attached themselves to the badness.' The Watchtower, October 1, 1993, page 19
'Job knew that Jehovah does not hear the prayers of apostates', The Watchtower, Nov 15, 1994, Article: 'Job's Reward - A Source of Hope', Subtitle: 'Job Gives a Bold Witness', par 4
'Loyalty to Jehovah’s visible organization also means having nothing to do with apostates.' The Watchtower, Mar 15, 1996, Article: 'Meeting the Challenge of Loyalty', Subtitle: 'Loyalty to Jehovah’s Organization', par 10
'As for apostates, God’s judgment states: “The saying of the true proverb has happened to them: ‘The dog has returned to its own vomit, and the sow that was bathed to rolling in the mire.’", The Watchtower, May 1, 1998, Article: 'Judgment Executed in the Low Plain of Decision', Subtitle: 'Jehovah Saves His People' par 7
'To maintain the purity of Jehovah’s worship and to protect the congregation, therefore, they do not extend the hand of fellowship to unrepentant apostates.', The Watchtower, May 15, 2003, Article: 'Christ Speaks to the Congregations', Subtitle: 'To the Angel in Ephesus', par 6
'Because of listening to the Devil and not rejecting his lies, the first human pair apostatized. So, then, should we listen to apostates, read their literature, or examine their Web sites on the Internet? If we love God and the truth, we will not do so. We should not allow apostates into our homes or even greet them', The Watchtower, Jan 15, 2006, Article: 'Do Not Allow Place for the Devil', Subtitle: 'Resist the Foremost Apostate', par 13
'Apostates feigning love are as dangerous to our faith as rocks hidden below water are to ships or swimmers. False teachers may seem to be generous, but they are like waterless clouds in that they are spiritually empty. Such ones are as fruitless as dead trees in late autumn. They face destruction, as do uprooted trees. Wise we are to shun apostates.' The Watchtower, Dec 15, 2008, Article: 'Jehovah’s Word Is Alive Highlights From the Letters of John and of Jude', Subtitle: '“KEEP YOURSELVES IN GOD’S LOVE”', (12)
'Modern-day apostates display characteristics similar to those of the Devil. Their mind may be poisoned by a critical attitude toward individuals in the congregations, Christian elders, or the Governing Body. ... Like their father, Satan, apostates target people of integrity. (John 8:44) No wonder servants of Jehovah avoid all contact with them!' The Watchtower, April 15, 2009, Article: 'Job Held High the Name of Jehovah, Subtitle: 'Satan - A Defiant Adversary and Apostate, par 15
'Does being truthful with others mean that we must disclose every detail to whoever asks us a question? Not necessarily. ... Jehovah’s people need to be on guard against apostates and other wicked men who use trickery or cunning for selfish purposes.' Watchtower June 15, 2009, Article: 'Speak Truth With Your Neighbor', par 6
'Apostates “quietly” bring their ideas into the congregation, like criminals who secretly bring things into a country. ... If we follow them, we will leave the road to everlasting life. ... 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. The Bible says that apostates are mentally diseased. ... We do not speak to them ... We also do not read their books, watch them on television, read what they write on the Internet, or add our own comments about what they write on the Internet. ... We must always be careful not to think like people in Satan’s world. ... remember that Satan wants to fool us, and no one knows better how to fool people than he does.' [WT, July 15, 2011, Article: "Will You Pay Attention to Jehovah's Clear Warnings?", p 11-16; par 5-13]
'It would be unwise to engage in debates with apostates, whether in person, by responding to their blogs, or by any other form of communication. Even when the intention is to help the individual, such conversation would be contrary to the Scriptural direction we just considered. Rather, as Jehovah's people, we completely avoid, yes reject, apostasy.' Watchtower, July 15, 2014, p 14, par 10
'As indicated by Jesus, such apostasy, promoted by "the wicked one," Satan, would grow and obscure true Christianity until "the conclusion of the system of things." ' Watchtower, July 15, 2014, p 30, par 9
Jesus said, 'Love your enemies. ... Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6: 26 - 37.
'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
In spite of the instructions of Jesus, the Watchtower has been judging, disfellowshipping, and shunning Jehovah's Witnesses for decades. They've set up 'judicial committees' to judge who is wicked and who is not based on 100% obedience to Watchtower rules and authority.
Notice that in the above Watchtower quotes, the 'badness' and Satanic evil refers to criticism of Elders, the Governing Body, and leaving the Watchtower (apostasy), more than the badness Paul referred to in 1 Cor 5:13
Who then are the apostates? Are they Jehovah's Witnesses who have left their religion? Or is it a religion that's far removed from the teachings of Jesus?
Read the Watchtower quotes one more time. If you're JW, let their words sink in like the Titanic and ask yourself if you want to be affiliated with an organization that opposes the love Jesus taught? How will the Watchtower put you on the path to eternal life?
If your heart goes out to JW's and non believers who have been harmed by Watchtower doctrines, please join us in prayer.
Pray for God to free JW's from Watchtower control. (Millions of JW's and non believers have lost their closest relationships, parents, grandparents, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and loved ones to the WT. Millions of JW's have been used by the Watchtower and then disposed of as trash when they stumble upon the truth.)
Pray for the Watchtower to use their printing presses as a tool to teach God's love instead of using God as a tool to teach unkindness. World peace and security depends on love, religious tolerance, respect, and people getting along. Religious leaders should not be teaching hatred and isolation from 'enemies' outside their organization.
The following article will help you understand how the Watchtower rationalizes unloving doctrines such as judging, disfellowshipping, hating people, and shunning those who leave.
1. Wikipedia says, 'Religious persecution is the systematic mistreatment of an individual or group of individuals as a response to their religious beliefs or affiliations or lack thereof.'
2. 'A man who is convinced of the truth of his religion is indeed never tolerant. At the least, he is to feel pity for the adherent of another religion but usually it does not stop there. The faithful adherent of a religion will try first of all to convince those that believe in another religion and usually he goes on to hatred if he is not successful. However, hatred then leads to persecution when the might of the majority is behind it.' Albert Einstein
3. The Watchtower tells JW's and outsiders that disfellowshipping and shunning is 'discipline from Jehovah' for 'gross sins' and 'serious wrong doing'. This is not always true. Consider the proof by reading the following article. Here are some brief quotes.
The Watchtower says, 'what discipline may be required if serious sin is committed? ... Disfellowshipping takes place only if a member of the congregation unrepentantly engages in gross sin. ... Consider a Scriptural example of disfellowshipping. ... (1 Corinthians 5:1-5). ... Removing an unrepentant wrongdoer from the congregation upholds God’s standards and preserves the congregation’s spiritual cleanness. It may also bring the unrepentant one to his senses. ... By falling into sexual immorality, some Christians have sinned seriously.' The Watchtower Study Edition, 2006-11-15, Article: 'Always Accept Jehovah’s Discipline', par 2-6, 17
However the Watchtower's definition of 'gross sins' and 'serious wrong doing' is hidden from the world and JW's in the 2010 secret rule book that only Elders are allowed to read. Notice that the public and Jehovah's Witnesses are led to believe that JW's who leave broke 'God's standards'. They are evil, wicked, fornicators, and immoral. However the secret rule book that only JW Elders have access to, paints a very different, more truthful picture. People who simply resign from the Watchtower, have a blood transfusion, no longer believe in the teachings of the organization, or refuse to bow down and obey Elders are also judged and treated the same as serious wrong doers guilty of gross sins.
4. Take a peek at these online articles on the Watchtower's official website about disfellowshipping and shunning. Notice the clever and powerful mind control suggestion that Watchtower discipline is 'Jehovah's discipline'. And the suggestion that the Watchtower is enforcing 'God's standards' in a tough love way.
'Jehovah’s discipline is motivated by love, and its goal is to benefit the recipient. Jehovah’s corrective discipline is never for the sole purpose of punishment.' Appreciating the Purpose of Discipline
'Disfellowshipping takes place only if a member of the congregation unrepentantly engages in gross sin. ... Consider a Scriptural example of disfellowshipping. ... When disfellowshipped and thus handed over to Satan, the sinner was again part of the Devil’s world. ... His expulsion removed an evil fleshly element from the congregation and preserved its godly “spirit,” ... Removing an unrepentant wrongdoer from the congregation upholds God’s standards and preserves the congregation’s spiritual cleanness. It may also bring the unrepentant one to his senses.' Always Accept Jehovah’s Discipline