Are Jehovah’s Witnesses a Cult?

Several years ago a friend, who was still a Jehovah’s Witness at the time, sent me a list of “Ten Signs of a Cult.” His purpose was to prove to me that the Watchtower Society and its followers, Jehovah’s Witnesses, was not a cult, but a legitimate Christian religion.

At the time I just looked at the list he’d emailed me and laughed, because for me it proved just the opposite. I wondered what this fellow had been smoking and wondered if he was reading the same list I was.

I’m not sure where this originated or who its author was, but I think that it can be realistically used to compare The Watchtower Society to other religions that would be commonly considered as “cults.”

  1. A cult has an absolutely authoritarian leadership that refuses to be held to any meaningful accountability.
  2. A cult has no tolerance for questions or critical inquiry from within or outside of  the organization.

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Five books you should read about Jehovah’s Witnesses

Are you currently a Jehovah’s Witness or someone studying with the Witnesses and considering being baptized? Maybe you are a non-Witness family member who wants to get more background about the religion. Or are you an ex-JW wanting more information to support a decision to remain outside of the Watchtower organization?

Here are five great books that we can easily recommend that are available through local bookstores and Amazon.com. We feel that these books are educational and informative about the Witness religion and history, but do not present the facts in an angry or totally negative manner.

In our order of preference [click on book title for more information]:

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Love and the Watchtower

Jehovah’s Witnesses completely fail to follow the instruction of Jesus Christ “to love your neighbor as yourself.” How they can claim to be God’s chosen people when they do not follow the most basic of His commandments?JW Rejection
Jehovah’s Witnesses have always tried to promote the idea that their organization is the earthly representation of God’s love through Jesus Christ. Beginning in the early days of the Bible Students under Charles Taze Russell, they have called each other “brother” and “sister” as a representation of their special relationship that is not unlike that of a large family.

When a potential new convert is studying with an active Witness, he or she is smothered with love from not only the person who comes to their home – but from all of the other members of the local Kingdom Hall whenever they start attending meetings.

After they accept “The Truth” and submit to baptism, they realize that Witness “love” comes with a lot of conditions. They will soon find that the relationships they had when they were in the conversion stage will change after they become regular JWs.

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The Truth shall set you free!

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.

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Welcome to Ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses Online

Thanks for dropping by and checking us out. At the moment, we are completely revamping this website, but it should be up and running well by April 1, 2009.

Ex-JW.com will be your online resource for just about everything 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
  • 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
  • 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.

Check back often and be sure to subscribe to our RSS feed to keep up on anything new as it is published.

See you soon!