Lately, more and more asleep Jehovah’s Witnesses that are “true believers” are coming to my site and my YouTube channel to defend their Governing Body and their Organization. Should this bother me? Should it bother any of us?
I think it’s great…and also very interesting, because their own leadership has told them that they are NOT to watch or read or comment on anything produced by dissident or former Jehovah’s Witnesses. According to Watchtower dogma, they should not be going to any internet websites except JW.org, the official site for Jehovah’s Witnesses. There they will find thousands of pages of unchallenged rhetoric espoused by their unique channel, called by Witnesses the Governing Body.
So is it a secret that Witnesses are told not to visit websites or YouTube channels that discuss the Jehovah’s Witness religion? Not at all! In fact, it is virtually drummed into their heads to avoid so-called apostate material like the plague. As an example, notice this quote below from the July 15, 2011 Watchtower on page 16 of an article entitled, “WILL YOU HEED JEHOVAH’S CLEAR WARNINGS?” It says the following on paragraph 7:
“What is involved in avoiding false teachers? We do not receive them into our homes or greet them. We also refuse to read their literature, watch TV programs that feature them, examine their Web sites, or add our comments to their blogs. Why do we take such a firm stand? Because of love. We love “the God of truth,” so we are not interested in twisted teachings that contradict his word of truth. (Ps. 31:5; John 17:17)”
So these JW brothers and sisters that are taking it upon themselves to “fight the evil apostates on the internet” are actually going against their own leaders and the directives to stay away as plainly stated in the Watchtower.
The asleep JW YouTube commenters usually want to debate with me or call me names. I am not hurt or offended in the least- on the contrary, I think it shows us that more and more of them are thinking for themselves. One brother that ordered a “Do You Know TTATT?” bracelet from me recently texted and said that he started out posting comments on websites and YouTube channels, trying to defend “The Truth”. And this is exactly what woke him up to the lies and tricks of the Watchtower!
So I am glad to have Paradiseagain, Skyrainbow, 992praisejah1, Doross Johnson, and some of the other self-appointed “JW defense-squad” folks on my heels, posting comments here. They are welcome to contact me anytime and I am happy to talk with them at length. I exchanged comments with one JW sister recently regarding my Judicial Trial on YouTube. I mentioned to her that she was not supposed to even be here commenting on my channel and if she spoke with her elders for advice on this she would no doubt receive some loving counsel. She then said in reply:
“Why would YOU care about my spiritual conduct? I do as i like thank you. I have been away from Jehovah for 12 years, now back with the Only true religion I can find and feel very happy and content with it. But if i feel like visiting these kind of video-commentboards i will do so. Mind your own business okay? All YOU come here for is to hear slander and insults towards the organization wich i personally think is really pathetic. YOU should go on with your life.”
My commented response:
“Why would I care about your spiritual conduct? Because believe it or not Sis I love you. My ministry is all about helping awakened Jehovah’s Witnesses that are struggling to cope with the cognitive dissonance that they face upon learning TTATT. I’m cutting this message short now to say a prayer for you and I would ask that if you can say one for me and the thousands of brothers that are suffering due to conscience- it would help all of us.”
So to the JW Apologists I say this:
If you want to read more about this WT article in the 2011 July issue, a thread on JWnet by my friend Cedars brought out some more interesting points about what was written in this issue:
—— From jehovahs-witness.net ——
• “Apostates are false teachers, or ‘dried up wells’. “Anyone coming to them for waters of truth will be bitterly disappointed.”
Isn’t anybody who teaches something that can be proved as false automatically a “false teacher”? Are the Society willing to have their beliefs and teachings independently verified as to their truthfulness?
• “What do apostates want? “They are not content just to leave the organization that they perhaps once loved. Their aim, Paul explained, is to ‘draw away the disciples after themselves.’ Note the definite article in the expression ‘the disciples’. Rather than going out and making their own disciples, apostates seek to take Christ’s disciples with them. Like ‘ravenous wolves,’ false teachers are out to devour trusting members of the congregation, destroying their faith and leading them away from the truth.-Matt. 7:15; 2 Tim. 2:18.”
This inadvertently reveals the real issue that is of most pressing importance to the Society – people coming back and snatching their devoted followers. “Leave our followers alone, go and find your own followers, we found ours first!” Also, how can Paul’s words be arbitrarily applied to anybody who leaves the organisation, when the majority of “apostates” remain Christian, and aren’t interested in drawing people away from Christ at all – more in saving individual witnesses from spending their entire lives in absolute servitude to a flawed human organisation?
• “The methods of apostates reveal a cunning spirit, as they “quietly bring in” corruptive ideas. “Like smugglers, they operate in a clandestine manner, subtly introducing apostate views. And just as a clever forger tries to pass phony documents, so apostates use “counterfeit words,” or false arguments, trying to pass their fabricated views as if they were true. They spread “deceptive teachings,” “twisting… the Scriptures” to fit their own ideas. (2 Pet. 2:1, 3, 13; 3:16) Clearly, apostates do not have our best interests at heart.”
There is nothing clandestine whatsoever about books such as Crisis of Conscience, or websites such as jwfacts, and all information contained in both of those resources can be fully verified by documentary evidence. Actually, most of the above quote can be re-directed towards the Society themselves, as it is they who have subtly and gradually introduced blatantly flawed doctrine over many decades, “trying to pass their fabricated views as if they were true”, and “twisting the Scriptures to fit their own ideas” (i.e. the “increasing light” doctrine). Do the society have “our best interests at heart” by breaking up families rather than allowing disfellowshipped wrongdoers to undermine their influence and authority by sharing the ‘real truth’ with their family members?
• “apostates are ‘mentally diseased,’ and they seek to infect others with their disloyal teachings. (1 Tim. 6:3,4) Jehovah, the Great Physician, tells us to avoid contact with them.”
This is perhaps where the article hits the ‘lowest of the low’ where aspersions are cast against the mental integrity of anybody who would be crazy enough to be disloyal to the organisation. Interestingly, the mental health of memorial partakers is also brought into question in another recent article, so your regular publisher has a straight choice between accepting information from ‘mentally diseased’ former witnesses, or the ‘mentally or emotionally imbalanced’ memorial partakers who serve on the Governing Body. It’s what’s often called ‘being stuck between a rock and a hard place’!
—— End snippet of thread from jehovahs-witness.net ——