The Editor created this website to provide one important service to all lovers of truth and righteousness: To let the “light of truth” shine on the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society and its followers known as Jehovah’s Witnesses. “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” – John 8:32 (NIV).
Ex-JW.com will publish the truth about the background and the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses since their late 19th Century beginnings. We will expose the facts about their changing doctrines and teachings. We will also give our readers a history of Watchtower leaders and organization.
One thing we want to make clear: This site is not being published to attack Jehovah’s Witnesses as individuals or their families, past or present. Our intent is to expose a religious organization that has continually lied to its own followers by hiding or misrepresenting its history. In uncountable cases, the policies and unbiblical teachings of the Watchtower have damaged or destroyed their lives and those of their children.
We realize that not every ex-JW has a painful story to tell. We know that there are many current and former members who will confirm that they lived very happily growing up in JW families. Even some who have left will admit that they actually enjoyed many of their years as Witnesses.
We understand that there are many good things about Jehovah’s Witnesses, but at the same time we want to provide a truly balanced and well documented description of what it is really like being a Witness. That means that we will also share some happy stories along with the sad.
One thing we also want to make clear: We do not hold ourselves up as the ultimate experts in every aspect of the Watchtower organization. At the same time, we do know the facts and history about this religious movement even better than most current and active members do.
A majority of the writers, contributors, and editors of this website are former Jehovah’s Witnesses. Many still have family members that are or were Witnesses. Some still suffer from our past association with the Watchtower Society and the stress of living under its rules. Others have cleaned their slate and have gone on to happy, productive lives, leaving all the Watchtower baggage behind.
We know that many of our readers will be Jehovah’s Witnesses. We welcome them with open arms and invite them to comment on our articles. Some JWs will take issue with something we’ve written – and that’s OK. Others will accuse us of many things and say that we are biased, mis-informed, or out-of-date. Some will say that we could never have been Jehovah’s Witnesses, and claim that we have intentionally misrepresented some particular Watchtower teaching or historical fact.
We can assure our readers that we do know what we are talking about. We know the truth about the Watchtower Society and we know the lies that they have told their followers and to the rest of the world.
We expect this website and our writers to be attacked with comments from current Jehovah’s Witnesses and their apologists. Some of them will falsely hide their true identities and deny that they are or ever were JWs. We expect to get comments and possibly even threats from the Watchtower headquarters and its leadership.
Why? Because they know that we really do know the truth and that we are willing to share it with the world. There is a reason that almost every week another new website or blog goes online written by a former Jehovah’s Witness. There is a reason that most, like the editor of this site, do it at their own expense, with no expectation of profit or even reimbursement for expenses. We do it because we have a burning need to tell the truth – something we never could do when we were slaves to the Watchtower Society.
We are willing to take on this burden for now. It’s important that we make the truth available, not only to current Jehovah’s Witnesses, but also to those who might be studying with them and considering joining their religious organization. If you fall into that group, do yourself a big favor and at least study up a bit ahead of time before you make a lifetime commitment to an entirely different lifestyle. Email us anytime for more information or to answer your questions. Don’t commit until you have all the answers and know for certain that you are doing the right thing.
In 1943, the Watchtower Society published its first edition of a book called, The Truth Shall Make You Free. Along with their Bible study primer, Let God Be True, Jehovah’s Witnesses studied with millions of potential converts, teaching and convincing them that only they, and they alone, had “The Truth.”
In fact, the Watchtower and Jehovah’s Witnesses have referred to their organization as “The Truth” for over sixty years. That term is used interchangeably by them for their official name, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and for their corporate entity, The Watchtower Society. They often ask new acquaintances, “How long have you been in the Truth?” or “Is the rest of your family in the Truth?”
The fact is that there is very little truth in “The Truth.”
For the most part, the “truth” they taught in the 1940s and 1950s is no longer current “truth,” but has been replaced by “new light” and new “truth.” This has been the case not just once or twice, but several times since then with some of their teachings.
We believe that “The Truth Shall Set You Free,” but we mean it. It’s more than a book title to us. Only if you know the truth about your life, your job, your education, the people around you, and your religion, will you be able to make the right decisions about how to guide your own life.
That’s the purpose of this website: To provide information, facts, data, and the exposure of falsehoods. Why? So that our readers can decide for themselves if being a Jehovah’s Witness is the right thing for them. If it is, then we wish them only happiness. If it is not, our hope is that they will find another path for their lives that is far less destructive to them and their families.
Ex-JW.com is designed to be your first stop and best online resource for just about anything you would ever want to know about the Watchtower Society, Jehovah’s Witnesses, and former Jehovah’s Witnesses.
If you are, or have ever been associated with the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ organization, then you will want to visit here often. Here are just a few of the features that we plan to provide to our readers:
- Directories to other Jehovah’s Witness websites
- Lists of famous people and public figures connected to Jehovah’s Witnesses
- Book reviews. Books written by and about Jehovah’s Witnesses
- Historical and background information about the Watchtower Society
- In-depth discussion of Watchtower teachings and prophecies
- Direct links to books and products about Jehovah’s Witnesses
- News updates and links about JWs and the Watchtower Society
- Guest commentaries and opinion articles
- First person stories about life as a Jehovah’s Witness or an Ex-JW
- Current gossip and behind the scenes information about JWs
Our goal is to provide you with a one-stop website that will point you to the best (and the worst) of information and news about Jehovah’s Witnesses, ex-JWs, and the Watchtower Society.
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