We represent the viewpoints of former Jehovah's Witnesses who have left their religion. Active Jehovah's Witnesses refer to us as apostate Jehovah's Witnesses or 'apostates' for short.
thejehovahswitnesses.org is a free speech zone. JW's use public libraries, parks, and public places to spread their message of doom to all who refuse to become Jehovah's Witnesses. ( Sept 1989 Watchtower magazine ) They also go door to door recruiting new members for the Watchtower Society. We use the internet. Only those searching for answers will find us.
On the positive side, there's a strong sense of community and caring for one another which is attractive to people who don't currently have that in their life. People who are interested in joining the Jehovah's Witnesses are shown more love than they've ever experienced from strangers in their entire life! This is because the JW's practice 'Love Bombing'. Those who study the Bible with JW's are showered with an unusual amount of love and attention. This convinces people they've found 'the truth'. The love bombing is conditional upon being 'teachable'. i.e. one must accept everything the organization teaches as 'the truth' without seriously disagreeing. The love bombing stops the day after a person is baptized as a JW. Love bombing can stop sooner if a person fails to see the truth in everything the organization teaches.
The negative side of being a JW is severe depression, mental illness, and even suicide. This is caused by doctrines, strict rules against expressing doubt, and a feeling of being trapped. There is no way to leave the Watchtower Society without losing your family and friends.
In the Jehovah's Witness faith, millions of 'apostate' JW's are being shunned and rejected by their family and former friends. Members within the organization have also lost loved ones who have left the faith. The doctrine of disfellowshipping has caused many to grieve. Our hearts go out to all Jehovah's Witnesses and apostates.
There are hundreds of reasons why JW's leave their religion. However the real problem is inflexible and unloving religious control. The Watchtower Society has assumed the role of speaking for God. They have condemned all other faiths, saying they are false teachers, wicked, and Satanic.
They also say that only Jehovah's Witnesses have any scriptural hope of surviving Armageddon. Everyone else will will be executed by Jehovah with no hope of a resurrection. Of course once God has spoken, it becomes difficult to change incorrect religious beliefs without bankrupting the organization financially and spiritually.
Therefore JW's have only two choices when they don't agree with everything the Watchtower teaches.
Because no one else will! Active JW's do not have a voice. They are not allowed to express their viewpoints, criticize unscriptural doctrines, or lobby for change. They are not allowed to disagree with anything the organization says because the organization says everything they teach is 'the truth' from God (Jehovah). Outsiders don't know enough about JW's to shame the organization into doing what is right. The only people who can make a difference are those who have left the organization.
Although new apostate JW's are sometimes bitter about being used and wasting their lives, this website is focused on loving all people, including the misguided individuals who run the Watchtower Society.
Some say we're not loving because we criticize the leadership of the organization. In reply, please consider the life of Jesus. He was a perfect example of love and yet he spoke out against the hypocritical religious leaders of his time because he loved people. We are doing the same. We love people. We want leaders of the organization to change incorrect, hypocritical, secret, and unloving religious practices that have been causing much pain for JW's and family members who are non believers. The Watchtower practice of breaking up families has been going on since 1952!!! It needs to stop. Those who have been blessed by God have an obligation to give back to their community. According to the Bible, love without expecting anything in return is the path to eternal life. Consider the Bible parable of the Good Samaritan for example.
This ministry is also life saving. Through knowledge we help JW's recover from religious programming that causes depression and isolation when they leave the organization. We also try to help JW's see the truth about blood transfusions. It's hard to estimate how many JW's die each year believing that refusing blood in emergency situations is an opportunity to prove their loyalty to God by making the ultimate sacrifice.
We pray that our articles will make our world a better place for those who are suffering and willing to die because of extreme religious beliefs rather than true Christian principles. Galations 2:21.
JW's don't understand that God loves us far beyond what we can imagine. Jesus taught us that God's laws were meant to be broken to heal the sick and do good. He said that the law was for the people, not the people for the law. Jesus had compassion. He didn't want to see anyone sick or dying needlessly to prove loyalty to God's laws
As JW's read their Bibles and reach out to God in prayer and meditation, we hope they will hear his voice in the silence between their thoughts. Psalms 46:10; 1 John 4
Warning. This web site is not for everyone. We publish unique, original, and controversial information for spiritually mature individuals who have built their faith on a solid foundation. Matthew 7:24,25. If your faith is built on sand and you're afraid you might uncover the truth about the organization, - leave now!
This web site will weaken your faith if it's not built on Christ-like principles and the truth about God's love for ALL people. That includes people who believe differently and those who leave their religion. Jude 1:21
JW's are required to be loyal to Jehovah AND the Watchtower organization.
Being loyal to God and a religion is like being loyal to your wife and your girlfriend at the same time. It's not possible. Choose your wife or choose your girlfriend but you can't have both!
Jehovah's Witnesses predicted that all other faiths, belief systems, and religions will be destroyed by God. They accuse the Clergy for misleading the people. They say that they're the only ones who have any scriptural hope of being saved. Watchtower Sept 1989
Even though they make boastful claims of being God's 'channel of communication', on rare occasions they have admitted having no divine inspiration. This means that some or all of what they teach could be incorrect. Even though the organization could be wrong about absolutely everything, they disfellowship and shun those who disagree as if those who leave are wicked. 1 Cor 5:1-13. This has destroyed millions of families and friendships. Luke 6:27-41; Matthew 7:3-5 
There's nothing wrong with loving a religion. There's nothing wrong with disagreeing with other religions either. In a free society everyone can freely express their opinions. However when a religion makes it their mission to warn the world about God's judgment if people don't join their church, now they're using God as a tool to control JW's with fear.
Do they have no shame? Do they have no conscience? Do they believe God won't hold them accountable?
God is all powerful. He should not be belittled and treated like a child. He does not need an organization to help him save the world. He doesn't need a 'channel of communication'. He doesn't need a 'modern day representative' just like he didn't need idols in the ancient world.
God gave us life. He knows each one of us. That's why anyone can say a silent prayer and God hears it. All 7 billion people living on this planet today have a direct line to God. He can speak for Himself.
Idols and representatives of the organization cannot save us. Only God can grant us eternal life. God can send messages to any person, anywhere, - anytime he wants to. And we can have a direct, personal relationship with God when we reach out to him in prayer, thankfulness, love, and appreciation. We can leave God, but he never leaves us. We can communicate with Him anytime. We can pray out loud or silently. Either way he hears us because His spirit gives us life.
They say, 'And should we not strive to be obedient and submissive to those taking the lead in our local congregation?' Watchtower Magazine, Nov 15, 2009, Article: 'Treasure Your Place in the Congregation', par 5.
Why don't JW's see something wrong with the above Watchtower statement? God created us to be free. People should be respected, - not obeyed. SLAVES should 'strive to be obedient and submissive'.
Jehovah's Witnesses know that Jehovah is a jealous God and yet they continue to give Watchtower leaders the same respect, honor, and obedience that should be reserved only for God.
Religious leaders are respected. Some assume the title of 'Reverend', or 'Father', or 'Elder'. However Watchtower leaders demand respect AND OBEDIENCE! That's the difference.
Why can't the organization simply teach what they believe and STOP right there? Why do they insist on obedience and submission? Why do they harshly judge other faiths and JW's who leave their religion? Why do they speak on behalf of God, when God can speak for Himself?
A JW's decision to have a blood transfusion, celebrate holidays, attend another church, join the YMCA, ... shop at the Salvation Army and all the other things JW's can't do should be between JW's and God.
Why does the organization interfere with a JW's personal relationship with God and demand obedience? Why are they competing with God for loyalty and devotion? 2 Kings 17:35; Ezekiel 20:39-42
JW's are told that God cannot speak with them. He only speaks through the Bible and 'God's slave', the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses. This means that if Jehovah tried to communicate, JW's would need to consult with Elders first and make sure that's what God really said. The questionable belief that God only talks with 6 -10 men who run the organization, makes it impossible for JW's to hear God's voice without considering Watchtower literature first.
e.g. If a JW prays to God and God answers them directly or through the Bible, that answer must harmonize with what the organization teaches. If it doesn't then they are forced to put the organization first and God second. If they don't put the organization first, they risk being disfellowshipped and shunned.
Thus JW's are praying to God but going to the organization for answers. That would be like a child asking their parents questions and then going to a public library for answers because the parents can't speak with them. Such a belief is absurd. What limitations does our Creator have? If he wants to speak to a JW or anyone, what would prevent him from doing so?
Disfellowshipping and shunning people who disobey Elders causes JW's to lose their family, friends, and loved ones because they put God first. All are punished, - those who leave and those who remain loyal to the organization. Millions have lost parents, brothers, sisters, children, and other family members because of Watchtower control.
In spite of the cost, millions have left the organization to the give God ALL the glory. Luke 10:25-37. They have reclaimed their freedom and direct relationship with God without Watchtower interference. God is now their only authority. Matthew 28:18,19
Isolating ourselves from people who don't agree with our beliefs isn't the answer, yet it's what the organization teaches.
Jesus did NOT teach us to be separate from the world and people who are different. He taught just the opposite.
Self righteous, judgment, and isolation was the realm of the Pharisees who converted to Christianity almost immediately after Christ died.
The truth is that Christ was hated because he exposed hypocrisy and unkindness. However Jesus hated no one. He was a perfect example of God's unconditional love for friends, neighbors and even 'enemies'.
Therefore, followers of Christ do not hate apostates and they don't isolated themselves from non believers. It was Satan that first separated himself from God and His world. That was the beginning of evil.
JW's pray for armageddon and a unified paradise earth where everyone belongs to one religion. In this new world order, disagreement is outlawed. People are forced to be 'like-minded' and 'speak in agreement'. Freedom of speech is a serious crime against God's theocratic government
What would happen if all world governments are destroyed like the organization predicts, and all that's left is the organization? Today the punishment for disobedience is disfellowshipping and shunning. What will it be after armageddon when governments who currently protect human rights are gone forever?
God did not create Adam and Eve to be slaves. He didn't give them 141 rules. They were free.
We were created in God's image, - free to be creative like God. This means we can do and say anything we want. We can disagree. We can debate. ... Freedom of speech is a basic human right. Disagreement is called communication. It's not a sin. All God asks of us is that we love one other in the same way God loves us.
World peace and happiness can't be achieved by forcing people to join one religion and demanding obedience. Slavery always leads to revolutions and violence because people are not meant to be slaves.
'Sometimes I want to ask God why he allows pain and suffering when He could do something about it. But then I'm afraid He might ask me the same question' anon
It's easy to blame others and ask why 'they' don't do anything about it instead of being responsible. World peace and security begins with random acts of kindness. Peace begins with us. We have more power than we believe we have.
The problem with this world is not that one religion celebrates birthdays and another one does not.
The reason why we don't have world peace today is NOT because people have different beliefs. It's because people don't 'love their neighbors' who have different beliefs!
The message of Christ is so simple that our Watchtower friends don't see it. They are looking for something much more complicated and intellectual. They are spiritually blind. This is not surprising. The Bible says that narrow is the path leading to eternal life and few are the ones finding it.
The narrow path is not 5 meetings a week. It's not diligently studying 100's of Watchtower publications. It's not about keeping strict rules or trying to be 'better' than all other religions. The narrow path is only one word. It is love. That's God's ONLY requirement.
Beliefs, sacrifices, strict rules of conduct, and obedience to the organization is a 'narrow path' but not the narrow path leading to world peace and eternal life.
Jesus taught us to love our neighbors. i.e. - the entire world, - ALL people regardless of their beliefs.
Jesus is the path to eternal life and life is free gift we 'inherit' by God's grace, - not by our own righteousness. Jesus tells us to love God will ALL your heart, mind, soul, and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself. (Your Catholic neighbor, your protestant neighbor, ... your jw neighbor, ... your buddhist neighbor, your pagan neighbor, ... your gay neighbor, ... your party all night neighbor, ... your EX-JW 'apostate' neighbor, etc ...)
To love our neighbors is to know God. Jude 1:21; 1 John 4:9,16; John 3:16; John 13:35; Matthew 5:43-47
Watch this inspiring online video What Rainbows Can Teach Us About God and World Peace
1. The story of JW's is a 'human tragedy' according to Dr Jerry Bergman, psychologist, and former JW Elder.The video we linked to was removed from YouTube, but you may be able to find information by doing a search.
2. JW's must follow all Watchtower rules if they want to remain in the faith. They are constantly told that if they leave 'God's organization', they are going to 'Satan's organization'. Since 1925, the Watchtower Society has given JW's only Two Choices, - the Watchtower religion or Satan. This lie has been perpetuated from generation to generation so long that Witnesses believe it is 'the truth', when in fact it is not. God and Satan exists in all religions and in all organizations. Everyone is tempted by Satan to leave God regardless of religion. Everyone has the potential to be loving like God and the potential to be unkind like Satan. Everyone is doing their best to love God and their neighbors but many times we fall short of divine perfection and put a smile on Satan's face.
3. JW's cannot disagree with the organization. However many are not aware of this. All they see is love and the freedom to exercise their conscience at congregation meetings. They sincerely believe they follow the Bible, their conscience, and God, - not the organization. They don't know that keeping Watchtower rules is required. It's not an option. As proof of this, visit various forums online where JW's are discussing the 141 rules. You will notice that JW's disagree amongst themselves as to what the rules are. Why? Because they don't know! JW's are not entitled to read organizational guidelines, rules, and what will happen if they disobey the organization. This secret information is reserved for Elders in a publication called Shepherd the Flock of God.
Elders were instructed to guard this book and it's contents at all costs but we were able to obtain a copy. See Mind Control and Theocratic Warfare Quotes (hiding the truth from those not entitled to it).
4. JW's begin to notice they're not free to follow God, their conscience, and the Bible when they attend judicial committee meetings for the first time. This is when Elders explain what Jehovah requires of JW's who don't want to be shunned by their family and friends. This is when JW's see a side of the organization they didn't notice before. Standing up to Elders and disagreeing with Watchtower rules is not allowed even if you can quote Bible passages to support your position. See Disfellowshipping
( Note: Another false belief JW's have is that the organization follows the Bible and what it says. This is not true. Read this article based on the organization's Bible study guide: 'What Does The Bible Really Teach' )
5. Religious reform. Some JW's are looking for ways to reform their religion without getting disfellowshipped for apostasy. Thus they work secretly undercover. What's the point? Seriously. How can you reform this religion? Since they have spoken on behalf of God and God doesn't lie, is reform possible? How can they change what God has said? Why not just leave and start your own religion based on your new beliefs? Keep it simple. Get together with a bunch of friends every Sunday, to read and discuss the Bible. Or go to a different church where the Bible is their primary textbook. Try several churches until you find one where you feel the love people have for one other. Always remember that your relationship with God is far more important than your relationship with your church. You don't need a religion to be saved. All you need is God.
As for reform, if the organization admitted all their mistakes and corrected everything that's wrong, there would be absolutely nothing left. How can they condemn the Clergy of Christendom and all other faiths for 130 years and then say, 'Sorry. Our predictions about your destruction at armageddon were wrong. We want to be just like you guys now.' How can they say, 'Oh, sorry, - it was a clerical error. Some JW's might died needlessly over the last 100 years because we told them blood transfusions are a sin. Also we destroyed millions of families and friendships with judicial committees, shunning, and disfellowshipping. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused but we never claimed to have any divine inspiration. Thus mistakes are possible. Jehovah's light keeps getting brighter every day. ... etc. ...' Take a look at every single issue. If they reformed and did what is right, what would be left? Would the new organization look anything like the one we have today? Is there anything worth saving? If there is and if they put a band-aid on the problem, will it be the perfect religion you're looking for? If it is, that would be wonderful and if it isn't then now might be a good time to cut your losses and begin a new chapter in your life. If you decide to leave, take as many people with you before you go. If you can't, then accept what is. Have no regrets. Put the past behind you and look towards a better future. Remember the good times. Forget the bad. Send them love. Give them a big hug and move on. Draw closer to God. Put your trust in Him. Talk with God constantly, - both silently and out loud whenever you can. When you put your trust in God, He gives you far more than you ask for. Love, friendships, happiness, and everlasting life belongs to those who put their faith in Him.
6. Jesus taught us about God's love. Luke 10:25-37. Jesus even told us to love our 'enemies'. Luke 6:27-36; Does the organization follow Christ or are they one of the false prophets Jesus mentioned in Matthew 7:15-23? Read Watchtower quotes inciting JW's to hate and shun Apostate Jehovah's Witnesses then decide for yourself.
7. JW's believe the 'anointed' spirit-directed Governing Body of JW's has greater insights and holy spirit than the millions of JW's who are part of the 'great crowd'. According to the organization, this is not true. All JW's are equals. The organization says, 'Christians who have truly received this anointing do not demand special attention. They do not believe that their being of the anointed gives them special insights beyond what even some experienced members of the great crowd may have. (Rev. 7:9) They do not believe that they necessarily have more holy spirit than their companions of the other sheep have.' The Watchtower Magazine, June 15, 2009, Article: "The Faithful Steward and Its Governing Body", pages 23, 24. Watchtower July 15, 2010 pages 22, 23.
8. Instead of trying to save a house built upon sand, sometimes it's wise to tear the whole thing down and put up a brand new structure built upon a solid foundation, - i.e. the teachings of Christ. Jesus said, "Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash." Matthew 7:24-27
9. JW's are leaving because they Can't Put God First