Monday, June 25, 2012

An example of what being in a cult is like...

Trigger warning

This post is meant to show people the control exerted over every aspect of the cult member's life. This has been edited for time as the talk droned on much longer than this, but these are quoted as well as I could do as I was typing out a transcript. They are not allowed to be successful, or to feel good about success they may have...

Jehovah's Witness District Convention Talk "Avoid Testing God in Your Heart"

Higher Education: 

"How do we feel when there is council or direction on how we should view higher education? Jehovah's Organization is very clear on this subject, but have we taken a stand like the world around us and reason in our minds that this is the only way we can have a secure future? Even if I have to sacrifice my spirituality, higher education is the way to go? Could we be testing God in our heart by doubting his organizational view in this matter?"

Disfellowshipping (Shunning):

"Have we taken the view that Jehovah's Organization does not have the right or scriptural authority to take such action? Could we be testing God in our hearts by secretly doubting the organization's view on disfellowshipping? We must guard our hearts against murmuring about any organizational procedures or adjustments in our understanding."

Information Control:

"Some feel that the spiritual food received from Jehovah's Organization is not enough. They need more. So some have taken it upon themselves to provide more. A few have pursued independent group studies of Biblical Hebrew and Greekin order to analyze the accuracy of the New World Translation. Others have produced websites and chat rooms for the purpose of exchanging and debating scriptural views. Still others feel the need to produce publications to supplement what is already provided by Jehovah's Organization."

Thought Control:

"As a reminder: Jesus said at Matthew 24:45 that he would appoint a faithful and discreet slave to provide food at the proper time. Jesus would appoint them over all of his belongings. Imagine thinking that we would know better or that we could somehow supplement the rich spiritual food coming from Jesus' faithful and discreet slave, those whom he has appointed. With that in mind the slave class does not endorse any literature, meetings or websites that are not produced or organized under its oversight. There is only one official internet website where one can find all the information one needs on Jehovah's Witnesses... and that is Now I exhort you brothers, through the name of our Lord Jesus Christ that you should all speak in agreement and that there should not be divisions among you but that you may be fitly united in the same mind and the same line of thought. Doubting theocratic appointments even in our hearts could weaken our confidence in decisions being made."

"Watchtower November 1, 2006 "Submission to Christ also involves our showing proper respect for the men used by him to take the lead in the work he is now doing. We do well to examine our hearts in this regard. This will help us to guard against any critical thinking which could easily evolve into an apostasy."

"You see apostates like Kora complain and rebel against the truth and they reject what Jehovah provides. Our paying attention to such apostate propaganda or negative comments can cause us to doubt those taking the lead and the value of the spiritual food coming from Jehovah. That doubt could lead to disaster."

Thoughts from a former JW:  

"I grew up in the 1980's but I didn't understand that the great purge was a result of them taking Jesus away from us like I do now." "What's the best way to control information? Anyone finds out the truth about the truth, disfellowship them and keep the rank and file isolated."

1 comment:

  1. Well done write up,I applaud your blog!

    Jehovah's Witnesses are in *breach of the preach*.
    Jehovah's Witnesses proselytizing is a false Gospel. (Gal. 1:8)

    Straight up doctrinal facts on Jehovah Witness.
    The Jehovah’s Witnesses teach preach that Jesus had his return aka second coming October 1914,then they spin all sorts of doctrinal embellishments on that date.
    They teach only 144,000 go to heaven,on and on and on with made up man made dogmas……They have infighting,crime and child abuse as bad as any church out there.

    Jehovah’s Witnesses promotion of their Watchtower sect has the net effect of stumbling and turning people off to the real Gospel.
    Jesus said: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte; and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves” (Matt 23:15)
    Danny Haszard born 3rd generation Jehovah's Witness
    *Tell the truth don't be afraid*