The story of my life continues. This part is a real winner, but bear with me because it has everything to do with what happened to me.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses.
After fifteen years you would think I would be well versed in the machinations of the Jehovah’s Witnesses. As soon as I starting delving into the research, I came up with some interesting facts. But first I think I ought to give you some background in cult history, without sounding too sarcastic.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses are a relatively new religion, hence the name of their Bible “the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures ( revised 2013).* If you go to their website you will see that what I am telling you is true. *Go to jw.org.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses were called by another name in the early 1800’s, however, Charles Taze Russell was the head of this practically new religion and in 1879 founded Zion’s Watch Tower and Herald of Christ’s Presence. He is the founder of the WatchTower Society and the Jehovah’s Witnesses of today.
You might be surprised to learn that his religious contemporaries included Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of the Latter-day Saints or Mormons in 1830. In addition, the Seventh-day Adventist Church commenced in 1844 by Mr. and Mrs. James White., founders. Mary Baker Eddy established Christian Scientist in 1879 .These were all fundamentalists groups.
Okay, back to me. I was a Jehovah’s Witness from 1975-1990, so my experiences are going to be different than others, only because the Governing Body kept revising the “Bible, Adjustments as New Light, or new understanding from God.” jw.org
I find this very interesting since they have changed their predictions and doctrines to serve the creation , not the Creator. New adjustments, New Light, or New understanding from God shows the religion is cult-like in nature. They boast the fact that every Sunday the Talk and Watch Tower are the same all over the world, including the weekly meetings with the Bible aids.
At jw.org, you can find the defense to the question if they are a “cult.” They give two reasons:
I like the second one; “they say a cult has one leader as in the Jim Jones case.” What a joke, no they have seven men they must follow. They quote, Matthew 23:10, “your leader is one, the Christ.” JW’s do not even believe that Christ is God, they believe He is Michael the Arch-Angel. You don’t find this out until after baptism. Oh! I am so glad I am outta there! Subsequently, this is one of the main changes of their Bible. John 1:1, but look! they forgot to change Isaiah 9:6!
A “cult” indicates a “new or orthodox religion.” The word “orthodox is defined as in Merriam- Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary Edition” as:
“1.a: Conforming to established doctrine esp. in religion.” Notice, all these definitions concern religion.
JW’s do not conform to established religion. They are a cult disguised as Christians.
Since 1976, JW’s are not allowed to go outside their realm of their Bible aids to research the scriptures. Consequently, those who oppose are disfellowshipped, (shunned). You are definitely micromanaged. If you miss a meeting they call you, if you miss two meetings they are at your door.
This is how it worked when I was a JW: On Sunday, we had a 45 minute sermon or “talk”, and then we had another 45 minutes to an hour to answer the questions posed at the bottom of the Watch Tower, regarding what was in the magazine. So, about two hours on Sunday with prep.
On Tuesday night for one hour was the same kind of study in a much smaller group at a follower’s house. Another Bible aid with questions and answers like the magazines. Then on Thursday for the first 45 minutes were a message and the second 45 minutes were acting out how to bring (trick) people into the Kingdom Hall.
And of course you HAD to do the door-to-door work. A “publisher” put in one hour of service. That was required.
Okay, no peeking into other religious material including the King James Bible. Now this defines a controlled situation and is dangerous for any religious organization to compare their loyalty to Jesus. They keep you inside the Kingdom Hall by fear.
And that, my friends will be the next thing I write. I will be glad to divulge as best I can in the experience I had those 15 years with the culmination of my husband’s suicide in 1990.
*Please note: I received some of this information from Wikipedia, which is basically unreliable because any one with the right credentials can go in and edit some of the information. However, when I researched the material for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, I went all the way back to the source and it was Raymond Franz, who was part of the Governing Body.
All references available upon request.