A Better Grasp of What JW's Offer You

Truth Posts: 521

-Compiled by Paul & Pat Blizard

Former Third Generation Jehovah's Witnesses

Of all items listed, on only three have the Watchtower switched their mind. (#59, 60,61)

All are listed, however, to show the absurdity of Watchtower rules and the absolute control leadership

has over the lives of members once they join.

1. God is not a Trinity; the doctrine is inspired by the Devil

2. Jesus Christ is a "created being," who at one time did not exist

3. Jesus is not to be worshiped or prayed to-he is only an angel (a.k.a. Michael the archangel)

4. The Holy Spirit is not a person but is "God's active force" i.e. gravity, electricity etc.

5. Heaven is hope only for select Jehovah's Witnesses. The majority of JWs hope to live on "paradise earth"

6. Heaven is limited only to 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses. There are only 9,105 alive today (2006 figures)

7. Jehovah's Witnesses are the only "true Christians." All churches and denominations are considered "false religion"

8. There is no Hell or eternal judgment ("Hell" is simply the grave)

9. There is no life after death except for the 144,000 Jehovah's Witnesses

10. Salvation is earned only by being a loyal Jehovah's Witness

11. Jesus second coming happened invisibly and secretly in 1914

12. The "first resurrection" occurred in 1918

13. Jesus did not rise from the dead bodily but as a spirit being

14. Jesus was equal to Adam (just a man)

15. Jesus could have sinned and failed in his mission

16. Jesus was not born the savior but became the savior at his baptism

17. God is not omnipresent

18. God is not omniscient

19. JWs are not sure of their salvation

20. All earthly governments are controlled by the Devil

21. The Holy Spirit is only available to select Jehovah's Witnesses

22. They are forbidden to serve in the military

23. They are forbidden to buy Girl Scout cookies

30. They are forbidden to celebrate any holidays (Christmas, Easter, etc.)

31. They are forbidden to celebrate their birthday

32. They are forbidden to run for or hold a political office

33. They are forbidden to vote in any political campaign

34. They are forbidden to serve on a jury

35. They are forbidden to own or wear a cross

36. They are forbidden to speak to former members who are shunned (disfellowshipped)

37. They are forbidden to accept Christmas gifts

38. They are forbidden to purchase Christian products (books, music, plaques, pictures etc.)

39. They are forbidden to read Christian literature

40. They are forbidden to have friends who are not Jehovah's Witnesses

41. They are forbidden to marry a non-Jehovah's Witness

42. They are forbidden to salute the flag, stand for the national anthem, or own a flag

43. They are forbidden to say "God bless you" when someone sneezes.

44. They are forbidden to have a tattoo

45. They are forbidden to use pet foods made with blood or blood products

46. They are forbidden to donate blood or their organs

47. They are forbidden to read any anti-Jehovah's Witness material

48. They are forbidden to interpret the Bible without Watchtower literature to explain it

49. They are forbidden to wear any Christian jewelry

50. They are forbidden to support their country and be patriotic

51. They are forbidden to be involved in martial arts, boxing or wrestling

52. They are forbidden to join any clubs or sports teams

53. They are forbidden to participate in a school play

54. They are forbidden to use any tobacco products

55. They are forbidden to attend the funeral of an ex-Jehovah's Witness

56. They are forbidden to say "good luck"

57. They are forbidden to be a police officer

58. Women are forbidden pray in the presence of men without a hat or head covering

59. They are forbidden to play chess

60. They are forbidden to wear jade jewelry

61. They must not own wind-chimes (they are for chasing away evil spirits)

62. They must read and study Watchtower literature regularly

63. They must go from door to door weekly to gain converts

64. They must attend five meetings per week

65. Only officially approved sexual practices are allowed in marriage

66. Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Halls have no windows

67. If they witness another Jehovah's Witness breaking the rules they must report them to the elders to be interrogated

68. They are forbidden to take a blood transfusion

69. Men are forbidden wear beards

70. The Watchtower organization is God's prophet on earth today

71. Women must submit to the authority of Watchtower elders

72. They must forgo vacations to attend annual conventions

73. They must study Watchtower books at least six months before they can be baptized

74. Before baptism, one must answer over 80 Bible questions with Scripture references in front of a panel of elders

75. Most of The Book of Revelation applies to the Jehovah's Witnesses

76. They cannot celebrate Mothers or Fathers day (it may produce pride)

77. Kingdom Halls cannot have pews for seating

78. They must appear before a Judicial Committee if they are caught breaking Watchtower rules (Secret files are kept on all members which record these meetings-these files are kept in New York and are never destroyed)

79. All pastors are the "Antichrist"

80. All churches are of Satan

81. God only speaks through the "Governing Body" in Brooklyn, New York

82. They are discouraged from attending college

83. The Lord's supper is only to be eaten by select Jehovah's Witnesses (144,000 group-99.99% of Jehovah's Witnesses are forbidden from taking the Lord's supper)

84. The Lord's supper can only be celebrated annually

85. JWs in times of crisis, are strongly discouraged from consulting with family counselors, including mental health professionals who are not Jehovah's Witnesses

86. Only faithful Jehovah's Witnesses will survive Armageddon

87. If they have a non-Witness spouse their first loyalty is to the elders over their spouse

88. Angels direct the Watchtower organization

89. Judgment day is 1000 years long

90. If you leave Jehovah's Witnesses or are expelled from the organization you will not be resurrected

91. Only Jehovah's Witness prayers are heard by God

92. Man's salvation is secondary in God's plan; Jesus was sent to "vindicate Jehovah's name"

93. God will destroy all non-Jehovah's Witnesses at Armageddon

94. They are strongly discouraged from giving to charity (except Watchtower causes)

95. They must never enter a church building

96. They must never attend a church service

97. They are discouraged from buying a two door car-A "Theocratic" or "spiritually strong" Jehovah's Witness will have a full size car for the door to door work

98. Men must wear short hair

99. They must refer to all Jehovah's Witnesses as "brother" or "sister"

100. They can never question what is printed in Watchtower literature

10l. They must report their witnessing activity to the elders

What they're called...

-JW services are called "meetings"

-JW hymnals are called "song books" (all songs have to be composed by JWs)

-The JW religion is referred to by the Witnesses as "The Truth"

-The JWs call themselves "The only true Christians"

-The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society Inc. of Brooklyn, New York is called "God's Organization"

-In conversation JWs call Watchtower headquarters "The Society"

-All other religions (pagan, Christian, or any world religion) are called "Babylon the Great"

-All Christian pastors and ministers are called the "Antichrist"

-Changes in doctrine is called "New Light"

-The five meetings JWs must attend are called:

1. Public Talk

2. Watchtower Study

3. Area Book Study

4. Theocratic School

5. Service Meeting

-A non-Witness is called "a worldly person"

-A person who rejects the JW message is called a "goat"

-A person who is studying to become a JW is called "a study"

-God's judgment on all non JWs is called "Armageddon"

-The JW Bible is called "New World Translation

-The door to door work is called "the Service"

-Those who bring "new light" or new revelations to the JWs are called "The faithful and discreet slave"

-JWs who have an earthly hope are called "Other Sheep"

-Old term for JWs with the earthly hope were called "Jonadab"

-JWs who have a heavenly hope are called "Anointed Remnant"

-A JW who is enthusiastic is called "theocratic"

-Every JW is called a "Publisher"

-Part time door to door workers are called "Auxiliary Pioneers"

-Full time door to door workers are called "Regular Pioneers"

-Full time door to door workers who have stricter quotas than Regular Pioneers, are called "Special Pioneers"

-Appointed Local leaders are called "Elders"

-Appointed Local helpers/workers are called "Ministerial Servants"

-The group responsible for discipline are called "The Judicial Committee"

-A traveling Watchtower representative is called a "Circuit Overseer"

-The Circuit Overseer's boss is called "District Overseer"

-The District Overseer's boss is called "Zone Overseer"

-The Zone Overseer's boss is called "Branch Overseer"

-The Brooklyn, New York Headquarters is called "Bethel"

-Headquarters workers are called "Bethelites"

-A person who is a weak Witness is called "unspiritual" or "Un-theocratic"

-A JW who is publicly disciplined by the elders is called "publicly reproved"

-A JW who is privately disciplined by the elders is called "privately reproved"

-A JW who rejects Watchtower teachings and leaves or is expelled is called "an apostate"

-A JW who breaks any of the Watchtower rules and does not repent to the elders is "disfellowshipped" (Shunned)

-A disfellowshipped person who wants to return to the organization, repents to the elders and is called "reinstated"

-Jehovah's Witness meeting places are called "Kingdom Halls"

Source: https://web.archive.org/web/20190728200438/http://watchthetower.net/


  • C Mc
    C Mc Posts: 4,463

    What a perfect summary! It's no surprise none the the JW acolytes appear in this thread. A nutshell source of all other JW posts in these forums. Thanks Truth! Good find. CM

  • Brother Rando
    Brother Rando Posts: 1,088
    edited August 2022

    @Keep_Smiling_4_Jesus, @Bill_Coley, @Pages, @the_MadJw, @C Mc

    What does "my name is with him" mean in Exodus 23:21?


    In Jesus pre-human existence he appeared to the prophets as the angel of Jehovah, having the authority to forgive sins. Coming to earth he wanted others to know that as the Son of Man (Christ) he would do this and that is why he is Lord of the Sabbath which is also called Christ's Millennial Reign.

    • Beware of him and listen to his voice; do not contend against him, lest he will not Forgive Your Sins, because my Name is upon him. (Peshitta Holy Bible Translated)
    • He was such an Angel as could forgive sin, see ( Matthew 9:6 )
    • Jesus when translated means (Jehovah is Salvation) John 5:43 I have come in the name of my Father, but you do not receive me. If someone else came in his own name, you would receive that one.

    Visit JW.org Christian Bible is in over 120 (tongues) and over 1,080 languages of Bible Literature. "Keep Conquering Evil" (Romans 12:21)

  • Corollary to JW rule 48 is seeing Scripture in snippets like Watchtower Society publications.

    One former JW choose to read the Bible without Watchtower Society interpretation. Before reading Bible, prudent to pray Psalm 119:18 LEB => Uncover my eyes, that I may look at wonderful things from your law. 

    My reply for @Brother Rando August 18 question is in my August 23 comment in discussion Jesus ? "Not God" ? Savior ?

    Keep Smiling 😊

  • Brother Rando
    Brother Rando Posts: 1,088

    @Keep_Smiling_4_Jesus Christ

    In Jesus pre-human existence he appeared to the prophets as the angel of Jehovah, having the authority to forgive sins. Coming to earth he wanted others to know that as the Son of Man (Christ) he would do this and that is why he is Lord of the Sabbath which is also called Christ's Millennial Reign.

    The Jews denied Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the Living God Jehovah, because he applied the Son of Man from the Book of Daniel to himself. And because he called God HIS FATHER, making himself God's Son.

    •  The Jews answered him: “We have a law, and according to the law he ought to die, because he made himself God’s son.
    • In answer the angel said to her: “Holy spirit will come upon you, and power of the Most High will overshadow you. And for that reason the one who is born will be called holy, God’s Son. (Luke 1:35)
    • Work, not for the food that perishes, but for the food that remains for everlasting life, which the Son of man will give you; for on this one the Father, God himself, has put his seal of approval.”

    Visit JW.org Christian Bible is in over 120 (tongues) and over 1,080 languages of Bible Literature. "Keep Conquering Evil" (Romans 12:21)

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