Welcome

 

Welcome to my blog/site. Thank you for stopping by.

If you are one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, please consider the contents of this site carefully. Yes,  this site does take a critical look at the teachings and practices of the leadership of Jehovah’s Witnesses. But they have invited that critical look at themselves. Consider the following from the August 22, 1984 Awake! magazine. In response to a letter calling them to task for their criticism of the Pope, the “faithful slave” replied:

We surely were not trying to take cheap shots at the pope or the Catholic Church, nor were we criticizing Catholics. The Catholic Church occupies a very significant position in the world and claims to be the way of salvation for hundreds of millions of people. Any organization that assumes that position should be willing to submit to scrutiny and criticism. All who criticize have the obligation to be truthful in presenting the facts and fair and objective in assessing such. In both respects we try to live up to that obligation. – ED.

Those who claim to speak for the “faithful and discreet slave”  have set themselves up as Gods channel of communication with mankind and have stated that one must be connected with them in order to serve Jehovah acceptably and in order to be saved. Therefore, they should be held as accountable and be as subject to a critical examination of their teachings and practices as they feel the Catholic Church should.

I realize that presentation and discussion of the similarities and differences between Jehovah’s Witnesses and “Christendom” may often become adversarial and combative. Talking about Jehovah’s Witness related issues such as blood transfusions, child molestation, disfellowshipping and failed prophecies may seem to be unnecessarily critical and negative.

I have tried to present the information on this site as objectively, accurately and honestly as possible. My subjective observations are my own.

I cannot speak for all former Jehovah’s Witnesses, only for myself. My criticism is not of you as a person, but of the organization and its teachings and policies. It is also criticism of what I did, what I supported and what I was while I was a Jehovah’s Witness. I don’t mean to beat up on you or myself, but I know that sometimes it may feel that way to you (and sometimes to me). If I sometimes sound angry, please realize that I am not angry at you.

I have no reason to be angry at any particular individual Jehovah’s Witness. Any anger that I have is directed at the organization, and some at what I allowed myself to become while I was part of it and at the degree to which I perpetuated the doctrines and policies that I now see were flawed.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments section below. If you wish to email me privately, you can do so at bob ‘at’ docbob.org. All communications will be kept confidential.

  20 Responses to “Welcome”

  1. Hi Bob
    Enjoyed your testimony,not heard of any coming out on Anglesey Wales but praying for that to happen.
    Gwilym
    Deacon Elim

  2. There is still much to do to get rid of blindness is not the simple
    Fact get rid of the “Tower” is that we are walking in the light.

  3. new subliminal picture in a french jehovah’s witnesses magazine (a very scandal)

    “Réveillez vous” of 2011 april page 32
    http://upload.is.free.fr/upload/mgf41rec.gif

    It is the truth !
    shame !

  4. BLOCK A 119 IDI OPE
    INT MKT ELEYELE
    OYO STATE NIGERIA

    Dear beloved in Christ
    my name is ify obi i was a church goer until one of my friend invited me to their church after the sermon my understanding was opened then i realized that i am a lost sinner so i repented of my sins and gave my whole life to Christ Jesus is now my lord and messiah i did not stop i went ahead telling other friends to about Jesus and to the glory of God 71 brothers and sister gave their lives to Christ
    we all are now born again Christians believed that Jesus is the son of God and savior of the word but we all don’t have bibles to read Gods word so we need your help dear beloved please kindly send to 72 of us 72 seventy two complete holy bibles and literature’s through the above address by M-BAG SEA MAIL
    we all are ready too go out there with our bibles and lead other lost souls to Christ
    God will bless you as you help us amen
    thanks
    yours all in Christ
    bro ify obi and friends

  5. Hi doc Bob,
    I would like to know if you still have that letter that one could send to elders that threatens legal action for the pursuance of a judicial case. When I was going through one back in 2001 or thereabouts, I sent them that letter and it really got them to back off me quick. Unfortunately I actually went back in when I started dating a JW, but that was my fault. anyway, the subject has come up on JWN. I was hopinbg you had that letter around somewhere still. It really helped at the time.
    I’m glad you are still around. Your explanation of atheism was really great too. An explanationb that a lot of atheists don’t even understand.
    I hope all is well
    Zen Shawn Dean

  6. HI MY NAME IS BROTHER MATTHEW SZABO I BECAME A JEHOVAHS WESSTINESS I LOVE GOD HE WANTS OBEY HIM PEREACH TO HIM ASK HIM THE KINGDOM GO TO THE MEETINGS AND THE ASSBEL AT THE Q I GOT A STUDY WITH MY DAD EVERY SUNDAY MORNING WE GO TO SEVERICE IN THE MORNING WE HAVE LUNCH AND ME AND MY DAD STUDY AT MY HOUSE WITH MY 2 DOGS AND MY 23 BROTHER JAMES AND MY MOM.

  7. Dr. Bob,

    You’re a former JW? What got you out? It’s always interesting to know people’s story. Take care.

  8. Hello Bob,
    I have just found your site and am interested to find out what you are really promoting. I have not had a really close look and may have missed a vital clue. I would, however, like to find an order or organization that really does want to find out the truth and not just someone who wants to justify his or her inabilities to comply with instruction clearly documented in God’s word the bible. So if you are one of these then please ignore this note. I am dismayed at my observations of some of the people that make up the WT organization though and find many discrepancies and distortions between what is practiced and the instruction given in God’s word. When I tried to take my issues up with them they label me with insulting names, which may or may not be justified. I am still searching for the truth though and I know that I am not going to find that easy. What are your thoughts Bob?

  9. Hello!
    I’m new on this forum and need help! somebody can help me?

  10. ”You’ll never get sick. You will never grow old. And you will never die.”

    Although the above words come from the movie “Cocoon,” they could have come
    from the Watchtower Society because this is the same thing they have been proclaiming for decades as part of “the Creator’s promise of a peaceful and secure new world that is about to replace the present wicked, lawless system of things.”*

    This very appealing prospect attracts many people to begin to study the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses. It then sustains them as they eagerly wait for the fulfillment of this promise.

    But during the course of their study they get drawn into an illusionary concept involving the Watchtower organization that gradually takes over their decision-making process and even their conscience without them realizing it. It happens because of a mistake that everyone makes before they decide to become a Jehovah’s Witness.

    Captives of a Concept identifies both the concept and the mistake that causes people to become captives of it. The book also offers a few suggestions about how to help Jehovah’s Witnesses correct their mistake and teach themselves the truth about their religion.

    The book is designed to help the reader understand the illusionary concept mentioned by former Governing Body member Raymond Franz in his Crisis of Conscience which holds Jehovah’s Witnesses captive by dominating and controlling how they think and act.

    It explains how the leadership has been able to keep themselves (apparently) and millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses convinced that “the Watchtower Society is God’s organization” no matter what the Bible says or what went on in the organization’s history.

    Additional information: CaptivesOfaConcept.com

  11. What Jehovah’s Witnesses believed about 1914 – BEFORE 1914
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYnMeCpTxIU

  12. Hi there Bob, I have come across your site in the past and have perused it again just recently and I thought that I might post this website address on here because I feel that the information contained on this site could be of benefit to all Christians, including those who are members of the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

    It has helped me a lot and I know that it does have the potential to help many to understand the good news that Jesus preached about, almost 2000 years ago.

    Anyway here is the web address just below.

    https://anointedjw.org/Part_1_-_What_is_News.html

  13. Thank you for the site and information. Being out of the organization can be a very lonely dark place and I am glad I am not alone.

  14. Psalms 66:16
    The story/journey is about what Jesus has done for our souls. A complete renewal and cleansing of our soul. Saw your short utube testimony on wfj2009. I recently, briefly meet you at the 2013 convention. Praise The Lord for what he has done in your, ours and my life.

  15. Excellent site Bob…thank you for your efforts to help others. There is so much that can be said about the ‘faithful and discreet slave’

    http://www.leavingjehovahswitnesses.org

  16. Give us a break. Grow up

  17. It’s been long enough now for me being out of the Witness organization that I don’t have to focus on the organization and on the beliefs and how deeply disturbing so much of it is, and I am finally close to finished with having to analyze and revise every poison thought process and personal feeling that gripped me for so long, So, I am free and hope others find the way because it is well worth it — like knowing you are alive for the first time. It never ceases to amaze me how feel people fully understand how destructive this religion is and how harmful to the human psyche. I’ll never be done trying to rebuild my life like beating a heroin habit of 22 years, leaving that life with less than nothing, you don’t even have yourself because you are so fractured, confused and dislocated, and you don’t have your friends and family because they have ostracized you and ex-communicated you and vilafied you in every way. And, you have no life skills, no way of connecting with average people. All the remains and what cannot be forgotten is just sad because they are so involved in all the things and all the ways they are worthy of life over other people they just don’t see that it’s all its about — being better than other people to the point that they can look a person in the eye that is not in their religion and actually believe they are worthy of death and blood letting at God’s hand and that they are not.

  18. Hi Dr Bob,
    Thank you for confirming what I already knew. I had and have doubts about the organization and kept them to myself. The congregation knows I have my own mind and what I believe. They don’t have the details yet though and may never get that part of me. But after reading your website, I am sure I am not crazy. I love God with my whole heart and soul, but not the entire doctrine.

    thank you again,
    Linda

  19. bob! i too live in NH(lifelong); and was disfellowshipped from JWs twice; began yur work nationally in 1981? and wrote my book on same; all please read? THE PATRIARCH AND THE PRODIGAL SON; WHAT I WITNESSED AS A JEHOVAHS WITNESS(WIT–LESS?)LOL, –by JOEL STANLEY, 1981, RIGHT TIME PUBL.
    NOTE; u can get it thru any interlibrary loan ok? or order direct from me author; 469 hillsboro st berlin NH 03570 or call 207 240 9342; 24-7 lit.

  20. bob! i too live in NH(lifelong); and was disfellowshipped from JWs twice; began yur work nationally in 1981? and wrote my book on same; all please read? THE PATRIARCH AND THE PRODIGAL SON; WHAT I WITNESSED AS A JEHOVAHS WITNESS(WIT–LESS?)LOL, –by JOEL STANLEY, 1981, RIGHT TIME PUBL.
    NOTE; u can get it thru any interlibrary loan ok? or order direct from me author; 469 hillsboro st berlin NH 03570 or call 207 240 9342; 24-7 lit.