Why cults are so deadly

Religious cults abound in the world today, but their dangers to a person’s soul is usually overlooked.

Consider, for example, cults like the Hare Krishna’s or the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG).  Both of these groups worship as God man made religious objects (the Hare Krishna’s do this) or people (the WMSCOG does this).

The WMSCOG worships two people as God:  a south Korean woman known as “Zang Gil-ja” and her dead husband, “Ahn Sahng-hong.”

I want to stop here and let this sink into your spirit for a moment:  they literally worship two human beings as “God.”  And one of these two people, Zang Gil-ja, is alive today.  For people living in the United States or another western European nation, this is unheard of, so bizarre that it cannot possibly be true.

Zhang Gil Jah, worshipped as “god the mother” or “the mother god.”

Unfortunately, it is true, and there is nothing more soul-damming and eternally disastrous than to lead someone into idolatry.

But what does the Bible teach? The first commandment of the Ten Commandments, found in Exodus 20:1-17 commands this: “I am the Lord your God who brought you up out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. You shall have no other gods besides (or before) Me.” These deceivers of the WMSCOG never tell new recruits they worship this woman as “god the mother,” nor do they tell new recruits they also worship her deceased husband, Ahn Sahng-hong, as “god the father.”

Most people do not thoroughly read the Bible—if they read it at all. If they did, they would know that worshipping a mere man and/or a woman is idolatry, an abomination in the eyes of the living and true God. Cursed is the man or woman who offers any mere human only that which God Himself demands and is worthy of. Read the entire 13th chapter of the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy. In this chapter you will discover what happens to people who tempt others to worship anything or anyone other than the one true God.

I wish to highlight the following verses, 6-11, from this important chapter:

“If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or your daughter or the wife you embrace or your friend who is as your own soul entices you secretly, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which neither you nor your fathers have known, some of the gods of the peoples who are around you, whether near you or far off from you, from the one end of the earth to the other, you shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him. But you shall kill him. Your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people.  You shall stone him to death with stones, because he sought to draw you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.  And all Israel shall hear and fear and never again do any such wickedness as this among you.” (ESV)

In the Old Testament, the penalty for leading someone into idolatry was death.  And this death penalty was enforced even against those who were closest to the person who was to stone them:  wives, sons, daughters, best friends, etc.

Do you see how serious God is against the sin of idolatry?  Since this is true, plainly revealed in His eternal Word, what does this teach about the teachers and leaders of the WMSCOG who instruct and lead others to worship Zang Gil-ja and her dead husband, Ahn Sahng-hong?

These cults are evil.  It matters not how “nice” and “friendly” or “loving” they come across—they are out to destroy your eternal soul in the everlasting flames of hell.

Woe to these people!  Woe to these leaders who go to any length to recruit new people into their cult.  On the day of Judgment, God will judge these people the harshest.

If you have been deceived by these two groups, I urge you to flee and get as far away from them as is possible.  And you must repent before God of your abominable idolatry of worshipping mere humans as God, begging Him to forgive you.

This is the most serious business one can be involved in, friends.  If you are reading this page, it is my opinion that God has led you here for a reason and a purpose.  And part of that reason is clear:  to convict you of your sin of idolatry by being involved in these groups and to repent of your sin and get your life right before Him.

I would like to hear from you.  Please don’t leave a comment below or in the comments section because I receive so much spam that I delete all comments en masse without reading them.

Instead, go back to the video that linked to this page and leave your comments there.  Here is one of my videos that may have brought you here:

Below is an interview with Zack, a former member of the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG):

Are you ready?

Our lives are consumed with deadly distractions.  And the word “deadly” is not used flippantly or carelessly but chosen with great care.

You won’t understand what I mean by this until you read what Jesus said in Luke 12:35-48.  I’m reading from the English Standard Version.

Verse 35 says, “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning…”  In the context of the rest of the passage through verse 40, Jesus is referring to a typical and traditional Jewish wedding feast of His days.  Then, it seems, a rich man’s household servants were expected to follow certain protocols, such as what  he expected them to do when he returned from the wedding feast.

One of these protocols was that the master expected his servants to be waiting for him to open the door when he returned from the wedding feast where he had been in attendance.  Since this feast was held during the nighttime, it would be dark when the master returned.

Electricity had not yet been discovered, so the master would be returning to a dark home.  It was the duty of the servants to not only have lamps burning for the master’s safe entrance into his own property, but that these servants would immediately open the door when the master knocked.

This is where the “deadly distractions” come into play for us modern Americans.  Our days are so consumed by distractions that virtually none of use would be ready, metaphorically speaking, if our master (the Lord Jesus), returned this very evening.

Perhaps the biggest modern distraction is our smart phones, tablets and computers.  It seems we are constantly using one of these three devices.  In fact, they have become, for many people, necessary to get through our days.  Without them, we would be lost, unable to function in a society that is becoming increasingly dependent upon being connected to the “internet of things.”

And as the importance of these mobile devices rises in our lives, the deadlier they become:  they distract us from the most critical aspect of our existence: being ready to have lamps burning when the Master returns and opening the door the instant He knocks.

Does anyone even think along such lines?  When was the last time you discussed whether or not you, your family members, or any of your friends were “waiting” for the Master to return?  It is not part of the daily fabric or reality of our lives, in the same way we don’t think about feeding and watering our horses so that they will be fit and ready for us to ride tomorrow to work or school.

In the same way that technology made the riding and caring of horses obsolete and irrelevant to functioning in modern society, the rise of the digital age is making increasingly connected individuals seemingly immune to the second return of the Lord Jesus.  At the very least, this constant connectivity distracts us from  thinking about it.

Allow me to ask the question a second time:  are you ready?  Is the daily, permanent mindset of your existence focused on being “ready” for your Master upon His return?  Do you have your “lamps burning” so that not only you will be able to see in the dark, but can provide “light” for the Master to safely enter His own domain?

Is your state of preparedness so fine tuned and planned out that the instant you hear the knock of your Master, your hand is unlocking the door and He can enter without waiting for you to fumble around in the dark in search of the key or a lamp to lighten the premises?

Jesus said, “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes (37).”

What is the opposite of being “blessed”?  If one is “blessed” for being ready, what is that person’s condition if he or she is not ready?  It’s obvious:  they are not blessed (see verses 45-48).  Worse, they may even be cursed.  Whatever the ultimate ramifications are for not being ready, it will not be a pleasant condition to find oneself in.

I want to urge you to “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test?” (2 Cor. 13:5)

Perhaps one way to determine whether or not your are truly a child of God—whether you are one of His children or not—is the state of your readiness for His return.  If you can honestly evaluate yourself on this point, if you fail the test, no doubt one of the reasons will be is because you are consumed with “deadly distractions.”


One reason America is disintegrating

I’m reading the Obergefell v. Hodges ruling which legalized same-sex marriage, paying particular attention to the dissent portion. The dissent is excellent and all should take the time to read it.

One point brought up concerned the disastrous Dred Scott decision of 1857 which ruled that black people were property of their Southern masters.

Justice Roberts, in his dissent, wrote on page 12 that the “Dred Scott’s holding was overruled on the battlefields of the Civil War and by constitutional amendment after Appomattox…”

In essence, it took a Civil War and the loss of over 600,000 American lives to correct that infamous ruling.

But what, in your opinion, has more importance to our American way of life: slavery or the concept of marriage? Though we all agree that slavery as practiced in our country was a great evil, was that institution—slavery—as important to the continued health of the nation as the institution of marriage?

Clearly not; marriage is the far greater and more important institution because our survival as a nation depends on it: marriage “…forms “the foundation of the family and of society, without which there would be neither civilization nor progress…” (Roberts in his dissent, pg. 7)

Here is the frightening paradox: Americans fought and died in a bloody, destructive Civil War to right the wrongs of the evil and misguided Dred Scott decision, but what is America’s attitude toward the far more injurious and potentially catastrophic ruling of Obergefell v. Hodges? Mostly, “business as usual.” On to the next problem.

And this is the crux of our problem in America: we have lost our moral compass, and we cannot see, or we refuse to see, where our priorities as a nation lie. We no longer have an ever growing army of influential single-minded men and women of God who see things clearly, who, like John the Baptist, call the wicked King Herod to repentance for his unlawful marriage to his brother’s wife.

We lack men of conviction in America today, fearless men, men who will not compromise with the fickle world and who are wholly divorced from the allurements and temptations of that world with all of its charms, pleasures and conveniences, who will fearlessly and unreservedly call this erring nation to repentance.

We will not have a Civil War to overturn Obergefell v. Hodges. We never did for Roe v. Wade, so why for Obergefell? Because the very heart and soul of America is rotten and compromised, drunk with ease and luxuries, fixated on the natural and temporal, we have no leaders to lead us, no men we can look up to and say, “I will follow you to the death because you represent all that is good, righteous and holy.” We thought that way about George Washington, didn’t we? Where are the Washington’s today?

Football season begins soon, and the attention of America will forget all about Obergefell v. Hodges as we root, cheer, debate, party and fight over who is the best football team this year.

But there is another sound most of us fail to hear, and this is the rumbling of the distant thunder of God’s wrath and judgment as it rolls across this land in an awful magnificence, increasing in might and fury as it draws closer and closer until suddenly, the downpour falls.

America will not—America cannot—survive this evil Obergefell v. Hodges ruling. And unfortunately, we as a nation are refusing to wake up and see how near our national disaster looms.


More hypocrisy from the Watchtower

My latest video is now on Youtube:

As usual, I get many comments from viewers; some are excellent and offer a perspective on JW’s that I had not thought about.

For example, this one (it is crude and profane in some parts, but I will post it verbatim because it has educational value):

“For a WITNESS to ALL the nations, and then the end will come… Lol.

“So it’s “OK” to say to a jehovah’s witness when they come to your door; ; “I know where you’re leading with this,you’re trying to subvert my thinking, and i’m not going to listen”. (basically f.u.) And to think that they listen to demonstrations in their convention on how to talk to people in “the preaching WORK”! ( under fear to earn salvation) – but won’t talk to someone asking questions about their own magazine.

“Attention jehovah’s witnesses; Do You need any more evidence that this to see you poor bastards are brainwashed,held captive by fear (of men) and are taught to HATE? Remember “Imitate the Christ” assembly? Is condemning people like this by judging their motives Christ like? It’s not even polite.”

He makes some excellent points which I failed to notice.  For example, when he points out that the JW at 0:45 talks about me trying to “subvert” his thinking, this shows the hypocrisy of this organization in a clear way.  JW’s knock on our doors wanting us to give them an audience so they can “subvert” our thinking, but won’t allow us to return the favor.

JW’s can dish it out but they can’t take it; they are so brainwashed by the Governing Body that they won’t allow somebody like myself to ask them a question about their own magazine.

How can a question about their own magazine subvert their thinking?  And this particular JW, like all the others, would not allow me to ask the question before I was immediately rebuffed and told, like the other JW, to go “convert the bush.”

Can you JW’s reading this post see the hypocrisy of your organization?  Do you see how embarrassing your rude behavior is to the outside world?  Would Jesus have told me to go talk to the bush and try to convert it?

One of the problems with JW’s is that you are so full of yourselves, of such a proud and arrogant spirit, that you cannot smell the stench of your own spiritual body odor.  And you walk around wondering why few people want to talk to you, why we don’t answer our doors on Saturdays, because when we get around you we can’t help gagging and puking on your BO; we run from you as if you had the Ebola virus hanging from your bodies like rotten fruit.

Spiritual pride goes hand in hand with spiritual blindness.  You call people who disagree with your wacky doctrines “opposers,” and when we slam doors in your faces you smile, walk away and quote Matthew 5:11-12:

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.  Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (NIV)

You get doors slammed in your faces and people who “oppose” you because you are religious hypocrites, spread false doctrines, and ruin families.  It has nothing to do with being persecuted for the sake of righteousness…nothing at all.

A former JW speaks out

My youtube videos on Jehovah’s Witnesses, and this one in particular, receive quite a few views.  One of my viewers is named “Lightfly2013.”  We have had quite a bit of communication between us.

Lightfly2013 is an ex-JW who described herself at one time as being “devout” and totally committed to the organization.  The story of her escape from the Watchtower is a remarkable one.

Lightfly2013 was asked by another viewer, “ckelcro,” this question:

“I’m 28 and on the fence been raised on this “doctrine” my whole life. my mom uses emotional blackmail at times, especially when I expressed desires to move out of the house. any advice for me?”

Lightfly2013 replied:

“First off let me ask you, are you happy with your life?  Do you feel depressed at times, or is everything kosher?  If you can’t answer that it is, are you to blame?  Are you following everything the Society tells you and things in your life are still not working out for you?  If you answered yes to any of the following questions my advice to you is:

“Get your money together and get  out of that house.  Same thing happened to me at 30, at the time I lived in NYC and it cost me $4000 to get an apartment there so I could get out of my parents house, it won’t cost that much anywhere else in the country. I stopped attending regularly even before I moved out, I couldn’t stomach the hypocrisy that was going on in my hall and my parents struggled with it too but kept going, it wasn’t until I moved that I started doing my research on the beginning of Charles Taze Russell – I was not fully awake at this time – and I was shocked.  I started going back to the meetings, kept seeing more wrong – including covered up pedophilia in at least 3 congregations over the years I attended – I kept doing more research and found out the entire religion is a sham.

“I was never DF or reproved, I was a high hour publisher (at least 15 hours a month), I brought one person to the point of baptism, I preached to my coworkers, schoolmates, I really believed it was the truth because that’s all I know since age 10.  Even when I left, the elders hounded me because they were shocked I stopped going, my attendance was always regular until 6 months before I stopped and walked out.  I was not kicked out, I did not formally DA, I simply walked out and never looked back – that was almost 3 years ago.  Time flies!

“When you do your research you will see it was a small cult started from the beginning and keep doing more research you will find the Watchtower is still tied to membership with the UN (this was a huge shocker for me I even called Bethel and had some elder try to explain that it was for a library card for 45 minutes.  I asked him why would Jehovah needs Satan’s library and he had no answer).  They are involved in real estate investments, hedge funds, it is nothing more than a scam real estate conglomerate fronting as the truth.

“I was so hurt and depressed for months, I had insomnia, but when I finally faced the facts my life got a lot better.  I am back in school working on a master’s degree, I got married – met a great worldly man despite what they say – I look brighter, my finances have improved everything got better not worse.

“If you don’t do your research, your mom and the elders can emotionally blackmail you with fear, but when you do your research – stick to their old publications – research Charles Taze Russel and Rutherford, the blood doctrine, Johannes Greber and the New World Translation, look up the pedophilia cases in the courts – don’t just rely on news accounts go into the California Appellate court, use the media sources to find out the court case names then look it up on LexisNexis/Westlaw.  You will see who is lying about whether the prevalence of pedophilia is a lie or not.

“When you break free from the fear and realize you are being played like a deck of cards, you will be able to live your life.  If you don’t and stay under Watchtower mind control, you will never be happy.

“Is it the truth despite imperfect men? Why Why are so many JWs depressed and look miserable? Why are elder’s wives and pioneers so mean and cliquish to others in the hall? Why is the Governing Body asking for money if Jehovah blesses everything all the time? Why if the Society owns buildings are there deficits of up to $20,000 every weekend at conventions? Why are Bethelites being sent home when they were told to forgo University and join Bethel as it was the best course of life?  Why is the Society laying off these Bethelites no different than a major corporation that needs to cut costs for its shareholders?

“Why is the end getting pushed further and further out? Why are there so many publications all the time, why are new books constantly printed for us to study when the Bible has not changed in over 2000 years. Has the Watchtower been accused of plagiarism? Why did the Faithful & Discreet Slave change from the 144K to GB?   Please ask yourself these questions! Do NOT be afraid to ask the questions that are deep in your mind.  Did not Lot challenge God’s directly?  Did not Moses inquire and have doubts?  Why is it is said that a JW has to immediately discard doubts then? Huh??????

“Look up the clinical definition of mind control – – also look up the worldly source definition of cult – not Watchtower’s simple explanation of a group of people following one man, that is not the full definition of a cult – you will see what is really going on.  Your mother doesn’t know any better but if she is going to harm you through emotional black mail you need to get away from her.  Get your finances in order and get out of that house!

“That is my advice to you, I wish you the best. We have all been misled and spiritually abused.  This religion is not the truth, get your health together and get into the world – it is a great place! They lie and scare the hell out of JWs so they can never live, just give money to the Watchtower and stay under that mind control.  Best to you, please keep me posted on what happens to you!”

ckelcro wrote back and thanked Lightfly2013:

“Lightfly I have to tell you thank you for your words of encouragement. I never thought I’d get such a heartfelt and deep response. I tried posting it somewhere else before but my replies that I got were less than helpful. I was close to moving out this year, but my mom pulled the emotional blackmail card saying it would really hurt my dad that has heart problems. even went so far as to involving my aunt in all of it.”

Lightfly2013 then posted this:

“OMG girl, my dad too has heart problems, actually had 3 heart attacks – mostly from my lovely mother and the elders! They have stressed him out so badly over the years and this was a confirmed fact, yet somehow I was to blame.

“It all started out with simple questions I had.  The elders would not answer, my parents would not answer and it built and built up. I never intended to leave the organization. That was not my intent.  But in all honestly it started out with fatigue.  I worked FT, was a single sister had no help and had to carry half of the rent even though I lived at home plus cable and electric bills.  So I would get home and be so exhausted to go to meetings.  Most of the time I would run from work, not even grab a bite or shower and change my clothes and run to the hall. I got so tired of this, so towards the last 6-moths to 1 year at least once a month I would stay home on a Theocratic Ministry School night (now its called something different, right?) and I would shower, get something to eat and actually do personal study so I wasn’t just chilling at home.

“I really wanted to go but by the time I would get home it would be 10:30pm and I would have to prepare for work the next day.  It was too much! Plus our hall had alot of crazy ones so I would go to be encouraged only to come home feeling upset with some careless thought someone said to me.  I felt like I always tried to upbuild the “friends” but no one ever upbuilt me. I was in the process of trying to move out and look for a new hall when my questions about our origins bothered me.  And I never thought about who started the JWs until the Watchtower put out that Faith In Action DVD – it did not sit well with me.  And we had to watch it in 2012 for the meeting that night.  That’s what did it for me! The Watchtower’s own publications.

“I could go on and on, but I tried my best as  JW.  I did not live a double life, I was heartfelt 100% about it.  I felt like my family life was also problematic though, we’d put on a good face at the hall but get home and my lovely pioneer mother would pick fights with me or my dad.  I actually felt very guilty moving out and leaving him with her because she would go in on him then all the time, I was not there as a buffer to protect him from her attacks.  But when she showed up at the meetings she was the exemplary pioneer mother and elder’s wife.  Insane!

“Not only that but the JW routine, my being single despite not seeing any eligible brothers, the Society’s stance on higher education really bothered me and I thought it was bad advice.  So much, but I tried my best as a JW.  I tried to be happy, but I saw the hypocrisy within and it made me feel depressed, despite studying more, attending meetings and service, I did not feel fulfilled, rather I felt DRAINED!

“So I ask you if you are not happy despite doing everything you are recommended to do, ask yourself why you feel unhappy.  Is it because of going to the meetings?  Once I stopped my happiness increased.  That’s when I knew it was not me.

“Just stay positive and no matter what do your research.  I would stick to the Society’s publications 100% read the Proclaimer’s book.  Look up the former beleifs in pyramidology.  What does that mean.  You will find the same answers millions who used to attend meetings did and more.

“Just know you are not alone in being on the fence.

“The thing was I was not even on the fence, I was a DEVOUT JW who would defend our organization.  Once I watched that Faith in Action vid and then did research in the old publications I went from one week being a JW to wrapping up shop two weeks later.   If you feel something is wrong which is why you are on the fence, it probably is!

“And know it is not you! Despite what the publications say.  You will see they are designed to instill guilt all the time.  Very unhealthy abusive coercion.”

ckelcro replied:

“Wow lightfly, sorry for the late reply. Your situation is similar to mine I also pay the rent, before I was paying all of it, all $1200 of it with the excuse that my mom was gonna pay my expenses, her words. After awhile though I was doing my calculations and there was no way that I was spending that much monthly so it was a battle but I dropped it down to $800 then dropped it further to $600.

“When I expressed my desires to move out my mom cried. yes she cried and basically it was a full guilt trip for that whole week. I was close I had already found a good place paying the same amount as I was at home. I wasn’t fully into it like you were but I did defend it when I had to. I had a major influence from the “outside” that she was a great friend to me a shy 22 year old guy. I had no friends in the Kingdom Hall and wasn’t really invited to the gatherings for young people that they would do so I felt like an outcast that way. I always found more friendship on the outside, they were good people not the “demons” they they tell us in Org. That was a major catalyst in my starting to pull a bit.”

Lightfly2013 replied:

“Yup, I found the same thing too, I felt like worldly people were less complicated than JWs.  If you want to hang out, they hang out.  JWs you have to be in this clique and that one doesn’t like you, and this friend over here and if you are single, the married couples don’t want to be around you.  OR they might try to setup one of their single friends with you it becomes weird.

“Yes, I too was paying $1200 when I lived at home, LOL!!! How ironic and that’s not counting the cable and internet and electricity bills.  At times my mom would come and say, “well this month I can only give X amount of dollars” and I wasn’t expecting it so I had to run around with maybe $20 of my own money until my next paycheck.  My dad had health issues and was not working, both retired at the time collecting SS that was not enough. The thing is the apartment lease was in my name. Why? Because of the toxic Watchtower propoganda that the end is just around the corner.

” JWs become complacent and give up their will to live, they don’t want to go to college, work or save money because they think it is coming “soon.” So they waste their time or develop bad credit habits.  Then they become desperate and have to start “using” people — especially those closest to them their children or other JW family members.  They don’t want nonJWs to know so they “keep it in the family so to speak.”  If I don’t know better I would think that is what is happening to your family.

“Before my family got involved with JWs both of my parents were well to do college grads with lots of money.  Over the years their health has declined, they have depression although trying to hide it and no money! I know the depression comes from the cognitive dissonance they see with things not adding up inside the KH, the end not coming, all the constant changes.  They would be in much better health and could still work if they were not JWs.  They destroyed their credit and thought they could always turn to me for help, that’s why it benefited them to keep me at home.  So many things about their behavior and my comparing it to how things were before we became JWs when I was 10 started to wake me up.

“You see it all over the place and all the talks at Conventions about “signing contracts” and the bad business deals gone wrong in congregations have to do with the toxic mindset.  JWs rarely take loans or business dealings seriously because they think the end is coming. So they had no intentions of paying it back anyway.

“When you look around the mentality is all over the place. Scary!”


“more similarities now, I’ve recently been paying the cable cause she wanted to cancel it but I was like no I’ll pay it cause if there’s no TV it would be even more of a Bible study. From disobeying their so called no being in chat lines I’ve met some great people and one of my greatest friends, we haven’t met but I want to. but we talk about everything with her, she doesn’t judge me or stupid stuff like when you’re in the org that you’re judged all the time. I never thought of the credit situation in the way you mentioned it but it does make sense, right now they’re not over spenders but that’s because I’m also on top of things. I’ve learned to be financially responsible by myself. My first smartphone I bought it by myself and without telling them I told them after I knew they would have talked me out of having one.”


“Good for you! If you are young I would encourage you to go to school.  Even if its for a 2-year degree, you can finish the remaining years another time.  But get out of that house, work and save your money, find something you are interested in that will make money.

“The Watchtower does not tell the truth. And look just a few years ago I knew ones who turned down fully paid scholarships.  One brother got accepted to MIT!!!!! And turned it down full ride and he went to do temporary work in Southern Africa – when he came back I saw he was real strange, I think reality hit him what he did.  Don’t listen to the Governing Body, they have their asses practically wiped every morning.  They have maids, chauffeurs, cooks, their clothes are pressed, they don’t wash, clean nothing that everyday JWs have to do.  Many of them don’t have kids! Would you listen to a person who doesn’t have kids if you did to tell you up and down what you need to do as a parent?

“They are totally out of touch.  But telling JWs not to go to school has nothing to do with being concerned about worldly contact.  JWs get that in Kindergarden through HS.  They are worried your brain will open up and you will begin to reason, research and ask for proof.  When you turn in assignments in college, you have to cite everything you researched and can’t just go on a whim.  So they have seen the stats on JWs who go to school and don’t come back to the hall.

“Its all about control.  But if a person is happy being a JW, I say stay.  But if you see your life is falling apart, is it because of Watchtowrer’s bad advice? Don’t go to college, wash windows, don’t accept that job promotion!

“Please keep me posted with what you do, I am amazed at the similarities!!!!

“I wish you nothing but the best.  If you have questions or just want to hit me up to chat please do.  Its not easy when you see the golden watchtower you have been told has all the answers to your problems as a child…doesn’t as an adult.



“wait what? they have all that? where did you find that out? and yes I’ll be moving out and on from this all I’m pooling my money together and getting rid of some bills. thank you again for all your help it’s different hearing from a former JW that has left and gone through the same things I’ve gone through.


“Of course they have all that.  I know because I used to frequent Bethel alot – lived in NYC for years.  Whenever my family had guests visit NYC my sister and I used to take them over the Bethel and we would do tours.  Because we had Bethelites in our congregations we were able to get invited with our guests to a Bethel lunch with the other Bethelites.  The Bethelites in the congregation will tell you that.  This brother said he was a chauffeur for the GB – you meet those here and there and over the years start piecing together what they have that other Bethelites don’t and especially other JWs don’t have.

“I met Freddy Franz in 1992 3 weeks before he died.  I will never forget that day, it was like meeting the pope and I was a preteen.  What I recall was the room he had – it was HUGE and high ceilings in a different wing from where other Bethelites lived.  It was not the average shoe box the other Bethelites had.

“They absolutely have maids and chefs. What do you think they eat when the dining hall is closed.  These men live like rock stars – don’t be deceived.  They are no different that the Vatican Popes!

“The power of suggestion is unreal, just say something enough and over and over and people will believe.  That’s what’s happens to JWs.

“it feels like just yesterday I was sitting in a hall.  3 years goes by fast.  And I never thought I would ever be an exJW.  NEVER IN  A MILLION YEARS!!!!!!!! I believed it was the truuuuth!


I posted this because I feel Lightfly2013’s responses are excellent, heartfelt and powerful.   I hope her journey will resonate with many of my JW readers and help in opening many blind eyes.



Kim Davis caves to pressure

It appears Kim Davis has caved. Though she says she will not issue the marriage licenses to gay couples, she is allowing her deputy clerks to do so.

Now, if I am a boss and one of my employee’s disobeys my expressed wishes and orders, he or she is either immediately fired after an appropriate warning, or my word as a boss is a joke, meaning my orders were never taken seriously nor meant to be taken seriously in the first place, or else I am a spineless boss and should resign my position.

If she is truly the “boss” of these deputies, she has the authority to order them not to issue the licenses. By this clearly transparent compromise, Davis has bowed to this federal judge and chosen to obey Ceasar rather than God.

The headline of this article is inaccurate: “Kim Davis stands ground…” She has not stood her ground but has capitulated. Surrendered. Given up. Waved the white flag of defeat.

This is sad and Davis has ceased to resist, in my opinion, to the unlawful order of this judge. Once again, the faith of American believers, when put to the test, utltimately fails. As I have always said, Christianity in this country is a joke.

But let us be charitable to Mrs. Davis and place the best possible construction on her motives.  Let’s say she didn’t cave at all, but is being “innocent as dove but wise as a serpent.”  The article I linked above states that this “compromise” is a “work-around.”  In other words, this is a strategy recommended by her team of lawyers so she can obey the “letter of the law” of the judge’s order but not “the spirit.”

But this so-called “work-around” is an utter failure.  It is your typical “lawyer” tactic that blurs the lines of the law and compromises truth.  Kim Davis had an opportunity unlike any other person in recent memory to make a stand for righteousness…and she threw it away.

There are few opportunities given to men and women in the world to become true heroes; Davis had such an opportunity.  She had the overwhelmingly support of Christians across the United States.  It was truly a divine opportunity that few ever have the privilege of being given.

And she wasted it.  Threw it all away by listening to her attorneys, masters at compromise.  Such a tragedy.


Silence can be deafening

I don’t want to stand before the Judgment Seat of Christ
without ever having made a stand for the unborn.
I stand without excuse because
I know what abortion is all about;
this knowledge makes me responsible
for doing something about it.

The German people are often criticized
for failing to speak out against the horrors of the Holocaust.
For some of them,
the murders and tortures occurred
almost in their back yards,
but they remained silent and
turned deaf ears to the agonized cries of the Jews.

Those Germans had a good excuse for their silence:
Hitler would have murdered and tortured many,
sending them and their families into the gas chambers:
Nazi Germany did not have our First Amendment
and Hitler was a sadistic dictator.

But I know what goes on within the walls
of “clinics” like Planned Parenthood.
I see the graphic evidence of the bloody
violence done to the unborn through countless
videos posted on websites and Youtube.
I know baby organs are sold like auto parts.

I live in a country where I have
freedom of speech and can protest this
most horrific of all human rights violations
without fear of arrest.
If I say nothing, do nothing,
those Germans who did speak out against the
Holocaust at the risk of their lives and that of their
loved ones will stand in judgment against me.

They might say, “We risked everything to speak out
against the horrors of of the Holocaust.
Many of us paid the ultimate price for
our shaking boldness and trembling courage.
But you risked almost nothing for speaking out against
the gruesome crimes of abortion
and chose to say nothing.
Shame on you and your cowardly silence.”

I want to enter eternity knowing I
at least made a stand for those who could
not stand for themselves
and spoke out for those little ones
who did not have a voice of their own.

New York City’s Mayor is a Fool

New York City Mayor De Blasio is a fool.  There is no other term that adequately describes his actions and speech in the following video:

Why this man is the mayor of the the largest and most influential city in the United States is one of those profound and unexplainable mysteries in life.

He compares Islam to Christianity and Judaism and Islam’s “obvious connection” to them (beginning at 1:45).  De Blasio could not be more wrong:  there is substantially nothing remotely “connected” between Islam, Christianity and Judaism:  the basic tenets and beliefs of Christianity and Judaism are polar opposites to Islam.

And in fact, the God of Christianity and Judaism is not the same god of Islam; the two could not be more opposite.

De Blasio lists as his reason for including these two Muslim holidays into the curriculum as a “matter of fairness” (1:23).  This appeal to “fairness” and wanting to be “tolerant” of all other belief systems is the epitomie of political correctness and is one of the main reasons why the United States is churning out lunatics like De Blasio who are intent on dismantling the very fabric of this once great nation.

The Muslims, of course, are rejoicing in this decision, as seen and heard by their raucous cheers as he made his announcement. Afterwards, when they are away from the bright lights of the televison cameras, these same Muslims are no doubt marveling at how easily they are accomplishing their planned and careful takeover of the United States of America.

Should I remind my readers that this is the same city where Muslim terrorists brought down the Twin Towers?  Did De Blasio forget this horrific event so that he now is honoring them with not one, but two, school holidays?  The very same satanic religion that gave us the atrocities of 9/11 is the same one that De Blasio is now honoring…all in the name of fairness and equality.

You simply cannot make this stuff up.

Let’s now juxtapose the above video of De Blasio falling all over himself to appease the Muslims in New York City with this video showing Muslims calling for the destruction of America:

And the video above is simply one in perhaps hundreds—if not thousands—of similar videos that repeat the same message that Islam despises the West in general and America in particular.  For De Blasio or any other politician in America to appease these people and this fascist religion is to only hasten and insure our ultimate destruction by their hands.

The persecution of Christians begins

“For the first time in American history a woman has been imprisoned by the government for merely exercising her Christian faith. War has been declared on Christ and His followers.” Matt Barber

This is a sobering quote and the accompanying article is excellent. What we are witnessing today in America might be unprecedented in our history and does not bode well for our future—particularly our children’s.

We have arrived at a point where the once dominant belief system in thecountry—Christianity—is now being criminalized, mocked, ridiculed and litigated against. How could we have arrived at this point where a mere twenty years ago no one could have imagined?

Though I admire Matt Barber and believe his analysis of our culture is usually spot on, I disagree with his last statement:

“And [they] awakened a sleeping giant in the process.”

Being a realist, the “sleeping giant” which Matt speaks of—Christians—will certainly not permanently wake up. Sure, we are rattling our sabers now and getting some media attention and many, like myself, are posting articles on Facebook and going to social media to vent our disbelief and rage at this Christian sister being unlawfully imprisoned.

But we will fall back asleep as the furor dies down, launching back onto our comfortable sofas after we reach for another generous helping of “comfort food” from our overstuffed refrigerators. Our attention will be diverted by the next box office hit or sports event and we will shrug our shoulders and mutter, “Oh well. We just have to keep trusting the Lord…He’ll work it all out.” Then, we will post yet another picture of our cat or dog on Facebook and giggle and gush how precious it is and how much we love them.

Did the infamous 1973 Roe v. Wade wake up “the sleeping giant”? It certainly did not, and thought the faithful remnant has consistently fought this good fight, the overwhelming majority of pastors would rather preach a sermon on the necessity of the tithe than to speak up for those being slaughtered in the womb.

As I have written before, Christians need to start asking the tough question of “why” the Lord has allowed America to fall so far in such a short amount of time. And we need to be standing in front of a full-length mirror when we do so.

When faith costs something

Quote of the day:

“I don’t really want to, but I will comply with the law,” deputy clerk Melissa Thompson said in court Thursday, weeping while she stood before the packed courtroom. “I’m a preacher’s daughter and this is the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do in my life.

“I don’t hate anybody,” she added. “None of us do.”

A typical response from your average Evangelical Christian in America. In other words, deputy clerk Melissa Thompson has no convictions to speak of. As long as her “faith” does not cost her anything, she is more than willing to identify as a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. And if her convictions might possibly—Gads!—land her in the big house, well, that’s obviously not what she signed up for when she wrote her signature below the “sinner’s prayer” card at the “revival” where she got “saved.”

And here begins the shaking of the church. On the one hand, we have Kim Davis, a woman of faith and conviction whose beliefs have landed her in jail. On the other hand, we have cowardly, spineless, Melissa Thompson whose faith is only as strong as the paper it’s written on.

I wonder what kind of faith I have? What would I do if I worked in Kim Davis’ office? Would I join my boss in jail, or quickly sign the marriage licenses for the sodomites coming in for one?

Friends, what do you think you would do?

Here is well known portion of Scripture that gives us some needed guidance in helping us make our decison. Perhaps Melissa Thompson’s pastor father should have read this to her when she was growing up:

“And what more shall I say? For time will fail me if I tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets, who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection; and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.

They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated (men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.” Hebrews 11:32-38