After 26yrs of being a study being baptised and A Ministerial Servant , Public talks , pioneering talks at Circuit assemblies and all the rest of It. I was Disfellowshipped after all this time for an alcohol problem over a long period of time. and rightly so. However after bringing up children within what is called (the Truth by JW's) and being well respected I am no longer a part of. What is very sad is that now I have left the very harsh terms and terminology used with reference to me is certainly far from Christianity
After leaving I got on with my own life. But it was only when I left, that I realised many years later even after defending the religion eloquently that I was a subject to what Dr Robert Lifton Calls Mind Control..in 8 stages. My Strong personality and individuality was gradually eroded away in such a slow insidious way ,that before long I was a stalwart of all Teachings of the Watchtower Society.
It is worth remembering that some Characteristics of a Cult are ..1) Leadership deserves strict obedience without question. ( Question anything and your are watched carefully) 2) They Alone are UNIQUE in teaching the Truth.....3) Salvation is ONLY possible through ASSOCIATION with this group....4) Dissenters will be strictly shunned..... 3,000 Organisations fit this criteria world wide as do JW's .
Was I trained to manipulate circumstances to encourage people to study .... Yes of course , that is a multifunction of The Service meeting designed to teach the correct response for a way into asking for the smallest piece of interest I have took many Items. Another very clever way is to inculcate you into the association with lovely Christian families. Or invitations to attend meetings with LOVELY , happy Smiley people... Yep .. seen it all. Then Field Service is encouraged... This Is Called MILEU Control (Stage 1) a gradual limiting association with former Non JW's , often you are told that they would be discouraging or not suitable with their habits. As the meeting increase and you find youself spending more time within the Organisation (Shining happy people holding hands ) as the song goes. You will realise your former friends who are NOT JW's are given the term Worldly. This is another form of control.
If You have ever wondered why TV ad's pay millions of pounds of £££ to pump decisions into peoples minds, or watched Derren Brown showing how , word suggestion , or manipulation of phrases is used its used as a form of Control. ...You See , If you were ever being Controlled , How would you ever Know it !!??? You Would not. In Mind Control those who study will here what are known as MIND ON Switches such as ( Faithful ones, preaching work, good news of the kingdom, humbly conforming, exclusive devotion, close relationship with Jehovah, other sheep, personal study time, wonderful privilege, loving provision, approved associate)...ETC etc... These words are repeated so much at the meetings that the its a case of welcome to the comfort Zone........
Once You are approved or Baptised , Thats where the work begins and you realise , those Rose tinted glasses are really so.... Word are then Focused on people outside the JW's or Former ones like Myself.... Words such as ( Lacking faith , lack of conscience, complainer, lies, evil slave, uncleanness, wicked lies, wrong mental attitude, doubt, apostate) etc , They are called MIND OFF Switches designed with a designated response, to Tell those still serving faithfully what NON JW's are like...... Since I left, I have left many friends behind, but I was taught or conditioned to believe that if I left I would have no trustworthy friend in this Evil devil control world. This Is not the case . Am I Bitter ? NO am I Evil ? NO Or Wicked and Twisted ? NO.....I am a happy guy who worships Jehovah God , and follows and applies the teachings Of Jesus in my everyday life. I Still care for some of those that are taught to shun me in the street. But its not a scriptural teaching taught by Jesus. The majority of JW's ... Now believe they are Serving Jehovah God, through his Earthly control of the Watchtower Society (Faithful Discreet Slave) .. But after deeper analysis , Information Control forbids the looking ANYWHERE else for information about the Bible or JW's , WHY?? Because it is Disapproved of ... (control) .... VERY CLEVER..... The Organisation itself is controlled by 8 to 12 men in New York....... Do they Defend the faith as Christ would ..??? Nope , Why?
Do they allow Brothers and Sisters Individuality ?? NO .... Its Simple , You Obey Or you suffer a terrible death at Armageddon. I have wasted 26 yrs of my life with Guilt Control, Emotional Control, Information Control, Fear Control. The rest Of my Life from Now on is Mine to serve God... Not Men ..