February 1st, 2009
This website has a single purpose – to let the light shine on the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society and its followers known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Ex-JW.com will publish the truth about the history 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 provide a history of Watchtower leaders and and organization.
Please go to our information page at About Ex-JW.com to read the rest of this introduction.
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, but rather to expose a religious belief that has not only lied to its own followers, but in many ways has also damaged or destroyed their lives.
We realize that not every ex-JW has a painful story to tell. There are many current and former members who will say that they lived very happily growing up in JW families. Some will even admit that they enjoyed many of their years as Witnesses. We want provide a truly balanced and well documented description of what it is really like to be a Witness and share 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 this religious movement even better than a majority of current and active JWs do.
Those who will contribute and edit this website are former Jehovah’s Witnesses. Many of us still have family members that are or were associated with the Witnesses. Some of us still suffer from our association with the Watchtower Society and its rules.
We know what we are talking about. We know the truth about the Watchtower Society. We know about the lies that they have told their followers and to the rest of the world.
We also know that we will be attacked by Jehovah’s Witnesses and their apologists. We expect this website and our contributors to be attacked with comments from current JWs and others. We will receive comments from Jehovah’s Witnesses that will deny that they are or were JWs. We will get comments and maybe even threats from the Watchtower headquarters and leadership.
We are willing to take on this burden for now. It’s important that the truth is made 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 category, do yourself a big favor and at least study up a little bit ahead of time before you make a lifetime commitment to an entirely different lifestyle.
In 1943, the Watchtower Society published its first edition of a book called, The Truth Shall Set 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.”
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.
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 you can guide your own life.
That’s the purpose of this website: Information, facts, data, 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.
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