My Experience as a Jehovah’s Witness
By: Arthur Pollock
I write this story, not to insult any of the good people who are still within the organization of Jehovah’s Witness but to tell my observation of the organization itself.
My story takes place in the late 80’s to early 90’s . In that time I did learn many things and still carry some of them with me to this day. They do encourage bible study which I find delightful but they are structured to a certain outcome of belief as the final solution. I never saw this while I was there. It was only after leaving and researching Scripture on my own that these things came to clarity. All their studies are structured out of their own publications, Watchtower and Awake magazines. They even have their own Bible which is someone different from the King James.
They told us many times that you should never associate with people who have left the organization because they are apostate and come to steal your faith. This is just scare tactic which works so well, that my brother will not speak to me to this very day. They don’t want you to gain knowledge which might lead you to understanding of deeper things of scripture and ultimately, cause you to leave THIER organization.
The following is of my own understanding but something I find important. The Jehovah’s Witnesses call God by the name Jehovah which I find very ironic because right in the front of their own Bible, they admit his name is Yahweh. When you ask them about this, they say “oh Jehovah is a translation into English of the Hebrew of Yahweh.” Well I admit we do not know the exact pronunciation of the Hebrew letters YHWH but there is no “J” in it and it defiles the true meanings of the father and son and their relationship. You have to remember, Hebrews names have meanings that most English names do not have. Why take away those meanings that Yahweh gave us to understand him better?
The next thing to cover is that the whole time I was a Jehovah Witness, they told us, “people say we are a cult, but we are far from being a cult.” It was not long after leaving and looking back that I realized that actually they are a cult. They don’t want to learn anything of scripture from outside sources. WHY? I would think you take in knowledge from whatever source you can get, as long as you verify the information. They often told us “Don’t you think God would have a organization on earth today as he did when Christ was teaching the apostles?”. This is just a mind control tactic to convince you, to be in Gods favor, you must be a Jehovah Witness. I ask them, well the 7th day Adventist say the same thing and so do the Catholics and every other organized religion. They all tell you, you must belong to their organization to make it into the Kingdom of God, So who is lying? I can’t belong to them all nor do I want to. God reads your heart and does not care what organization you belong to.
The Jehovah Witnesses have a central control center they call Bethel which is in New York. All teachings come from above or Bethel. If they don’t agree with it, it’s not truth. Truth is being exposed to us on a daily basis as God exposes it to us. So I have a hard time waiting on them to decide what My truth will be when I am more than capable to read, digest and pray on these most important issues.
God has provided us with everything we need and a lot of people are now seeing that. Many are now seeing the difference between Man’s factory made food and the food God has provide us, which is what we should be eating. God has provided us with everything we need to stay healthy, not man’s petrochemicals called Pharmaceutical’s. I found that the JW organization does not even teach this nor teach of the dangers of the poisons put in our foods. I find that ashame as most will never know how the damage they do to their self or how truly great our God is.
All in all, there is a lot of good people in this organization but most of them will never move beyond the restraints put on them by the J.W. organization because they are blinded by the desire to please God and not by knowledge. Hosea 4:6