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Monday, April 27, 2020

Man Recounts How Jehovah Witnesses Cult Tore His Family Apart...

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In April 1974, a final-year university student nearly made a decision that would have changed the course of history for dozens of people. While studying at the University of Ghana on an American-sponsored OAU scholarship, 23 year-old David had joined an interesting new Christian group called Jehovah’s Witnesses. Since he joined the group, he had stopped smoking and the feeling of accomplishment had convinced him that he was in the right place, despite his fiercely Anglican and Traditionalist upbringing.


Party like it’s 1974


The Jehovah’s Witnesses believed that the end of the world – Armageddon as they termed it – was going to happen sometime in 1975. As he attended their meetings three times every week, the message was hammered in with increasing urgency, with articles in their literature and messages from the American HQ explicitly urging members to stop their regular pursuits and prepare for the end of the world. David decided to drop out of university and spend the rest of 1974 serving as a Jehovah Witness missionary, preaching the word about the impending end of the world.

At the time, David was using part of his generous scholarship grant to fund nursing school programs for two of his sisters back home in Lagos, Nigeria, and dropping out would have meant sacrificing their education. But none of that mattered, after all who needs nurses in paradise? Armageddon was coming in 1975!

By luck or providence, he happened to mention his plan to quit school to an American Jehovah Witness missionary, who unknown to him had started having doubts about the “1975 doctrine” and the JW faith as a whole. This missionary told him, “David, the Bible does not say that students will not be saved. The Bible also says that you should finish what you start.”

These words from the mouth of a stranger from Ohio were what stopped my father, David Fakunle Hundeyin from dropping out of university in 1974. Without them, I probably would not be here, and the lives of my cousins – among them doctors, pilots, engineers and management professionals – would probably be very different today.



Gaslighting, Obfuscation and Diversion: The Jehova Witness Masterclass


Of course, 1975 came and went. We had the coup that removed Yakubu Gowon; we had the end of the Vietnam War; but there was no Armageddon. My dad finished his program with First Class Honours and came back to Nigeria, which was then going through an oil boom. Within a decade he got the wife, the kids, the cars, the house and all that good stuff that was never supposed to happen in our pre-Armageddon world, but through all of this, he never stopped associating with the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

He got off very lightly with his own 1975 saga. In Nigeria and around the world, thousands of JW adherents sold their property, quit their jobs, left school and even took out massive loans before December 31, 1975. When the promised end of the world did not come, you might imagine that the group would have faced an internal crisis. That did not happen. A few people left, but most JWs like my dad remained, and simply moved on from the event. “God’s True Religion” could never be wrong after all, so it was only a test of their faith.

Within a few years, the JW organisation itself began to edit its official history of what happened. By the time I was born in 1990, the story was that its 1975 prediction – which it repeatedly printed in its literature and disseminated through public lectures – was not in fact its official position, but was merely a rumour carried by some members. The organisation even began using the story as a cautionary tale, portraying itself as the victim of excited predictors, as against the sole instigator that it blatantly was.

Those who left were “apostates,” and anyone within the group who liked to ask questions was very quickly identified and shut down. One of the most defining memories of my childhood was sitting in a JW Thursday night “Service Meeting,” pretending not to be thoroughly disgusted with the ongoing question-and-answer segment on an article titled “Beware of the trap of independent thinking.”

The reason I chose this story to lead this article is that before talking about Jehovah’s Witnesses, it is extremely important to understand the underlying psyche of the group. There is a surfeit of starched shirts, bright smiles and social graces whenever Jehovah’s Witnesses are in the conversation, so to the uninitiated, this must mean that they are just another harmless, quirky, pseudo-Christian group in a society that is already punch-drunk on religion.

That would be a deadly mistake.

These guys are really bad news.

You don’t have to take it from me, despite my roughly 20 years of experience of life as a member of this group. You can look at the story of 22 year-old Tega Esabunor and draw your own conclusions.

“Thank Jehovah you’re alive. Now let’s sue the doctor for saving your life”

Tega was born to Jehovah Witness parents on April 19, 1997. According to court records, within a month of his birth, he fell severely ill and his mother Rita Esabunor rushed him to the Chevron Clinic where the doctor diagnosed him with anemia. To save his life, he needed a blood transfusion, but his parents insisted that this was a no-no. Jehovah’s Witnesses are not permitted to accept blood transfusions on the pain of being disfellowshipped, which is apparently based on a Bible scripture where Moses orders the Israelites never to eat blood.

Putting aside the cockamamie doctrinal position for a moment, this meant that under JW policy, it would be preferable for Tega to die an avoidable death than to receive a blood transfusion. Choosing to respect his Hippocratic oath over a crackpot religious belief, Dr. Tunde Faweya obtained an ex-parte order permitting him to administer life-saving blood transfusion on Tega. The one month-old baby lived, and his parents took him home. Now the story enters Jehovah Witness levels of unbelievable.

A few days later on May 15, 1997, Tega’s parents sued Dr. Faweya and Chevron Clinic at the High Court for giving their son a blood transfusion that saved his life. They lost the case. Then took it to the Appeal Court, Lagos Division. This dragged on for years, and then they lost that too. So they took the case to the Supreme Court. Through all of this, Tega was growing up from a child into a teenager, then a young adult. His version of normal was to spend his entire life as the subject of a legal battle between parents insisting that he should have died, and a bunch of strangers replying, “Are you people mad?”

Finally a few days ago, the Supreme Court ruled in favour of Dr. Faweya and Chevron Clinic, finally drawing a line under a 22-year legal saga. Growing up as the child of a prominent JW, I often heard about this case, though I never met Tega in person unfortunately. I clearly remember the feeling of shock and dread when I realised that Tega’s parents were not crazy outliers, but were just normal Jehovah’s Witnesses. In other words, given the right circumstances, my parents would do the exact same thing to me.


How to build a fireproof religious cult: The JW Example


When I was 11 years old in JSS 1, my parents gave me a card-sized legal document to keep in my wallet, stating that in the event that I suffered any injury or sickness that required a blood transfusion, under no circumstances was the hospital permitted to administer one. Even at that age, I clearly understood how incredibly insane it was to make a preteen carry his own death warrant around in his pocket at school. I kept it in my wallet, but I refused to sign it, which was my own little rebellion against what I could clearly see was a David Koresh-type cult hiding behind well-ironed shirts and feigned politeness.

My siblings however, ranged from merely mildly rebellious to fully signed up JW Kool Aid-drinkers, so it was unsafe to share my full-scale rebellion anywhere but in school. School became my refuge, and books became my mental fortress where “Jehovah” and the “Organisation” could not get to me. I had to develop the capacity to live an epic double life so as to survive and retain my individuality. I mention this because it is unhelpful to think of JWs as merely a religious group. Think of them more as an immersive, full-body experience that seeks to completely uproot and replace all types of intellectual curiosity, creativity and normal human relationships.

What makes the JW cult such a tightly-knit one is it successfully insinuates itself into all aspects of a member’s life. Members are constantly told that they are a special, ‘chosen’ people. They are repeatedly encouraged to reduce communication and contact with people who are non-JWs, which helps with the organisation’s internal “cross-pollination.” For this reason, dad spent most of his life isolating himself from his family, and it wasn’t until his death that I found out that I have literally hundreds of cousins, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Competitive activities like sports are highly frowned upon, and anything at all that can take a member’s attention away from the cult – including work, hobbies and family – is portrayed as a ‘lesser god’ fighting with Jehovah for attention. Needless to say, higher education is especially frowned upon. The aim is for members to be just educated enough to be literate evangelists, but not enough to start asking questions and looking at things the organisation considers “dangerous.” Things like the fact that the JWs once subscribed to a theory of white racial superiority, as evidenced by this quote from their own publication in 1929.


Question: Is there anything in the Bible that reveals the origin of the Negro?


Answer: It is generally believed that the curse which Noah pronounced upon Canaan was the origin of the Black race. Certain it is that when Noah said, “Cursed be Canaan, a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren,” he pictured the future of the Colored race. They have been and are a race of servants. There is no servant in the world as good as a good Colored servant, and the joy that he gets from rendering faithful service is one of the purest joys there is in the world.

Golden Age (now Awake!)1929 Jul 24 p.702
Clearly, either “Jehovah” was a racist in 1929, or their cult has always been and still is complete horse manure. Only someone with a certain level of education and intellectual curiosity however, can achieve this level of inquiry, which is why “independent thinking” is frowned on so aggressively.

At school, JW children are not permitted to sing the national anthem, recite the pledge, partake in birthday celebrations or be involved in anything related to Christmas and Easter. This kill-joy aspect of cult creation is essential because it creates a traumatic experience. Being the kid who is constantly left out and not part of the group is a highly painful experience for a child, and this permits the organisation to further embed itself in the kid’s life through “trauma bonding.” So a JW child gravitates toward other JW kids because of a shared ongoing experience. All of this is by design.

Needless to say, dating or marrying outside of the JW cult is expressly forbidden and is grounds for serious disciplinary action. Both of my parents were conspicuously absent at 3 of their 5 children’s weddings for this exact reason. This brings us to the most potent and dangerous aspect of the JW cult system: – its ability to transcend natural relationships.



The ultimate cult triumph: Breaking the family unit apart


As I have mentioned elsewhere, I grew up in a materially prosperous family of seven. This family has now completely disintegrated, spread across different continents and living separate lives that do not intersect. The victory of JW fanaticism over familial ties is more evident in my family than even the Esabunor family. The insane child abuse that came with it is a story for another day.

I have all sorts of pleasant childhood memories of my four siblings, Rhoda, Jonathan, Blessing and Victoria. I remember throwing a tantrum and hitting my head on a table, raising an egg-sized lump because Rhoda once wanted me to leave her room – such was my fondness for my oldest sibling.

I remember Jonathan as a medical student in Ghana being my hero when I was an awkward, self-aware teenager. He was my plug for new clothes and music CDs, and he would lecture me for hours about the wonders of life outside Ogudu GRA, and why I needed to do well in school. I remember Blessing using a blackboard to teach me how to read and write in the open penthouse overlooking the valley, a full year before I entered school at 5.

I remember Victoria being my partner in mischief and my very first disciple as we navigated the strange world of living under repression amidst privilege. I remember dad being a smart, kind, funny man who always had the solution to any of my problems before I even asked. These are all distant memories now. The JW cult stole our innocence and turned us on each other. Our parents were happy to use their financial ability to reward any of us who would snitch on others for not being JW, or not being JW enough. Overtime, we have lost all trust and connection with each other, and we are all strangers now.

Dad died in 2017, during a period when we were not on speaking terms because he made our relationship contingent on returning to the JW fold, which I declined. I have not seen Jonathan in person since January 2008. Rhoda is somewhere in the UK, and I have not seen her since 2011. Neither of them bothered to show up for dad’s funeral. Mom and Blessing are complete strangers to me now, despite living in the family house less than 20 minutes from where I live. Victoria is somewhere outside Nigeria and she replied, “Who is this please?” when I texted her to say happy birthday earlier in the year.

The ultimate triumph of religious cults like Jehovah’s Witnesses is that they replace normal human morality and societal behaviours with artificial rules of their own. The use of aggressive shunning is a cruelly effective tactic for keeping members in line because they know that if they leave, they lose everything -friends, family, colleagues, everything. JWs are not supposed to even say a greeting to people who are being shunned, even if they live in the same house. When called up on this cruel practise, they simply lie, obfuscate and derail the conversation which is a standard cult tactic.

From a Nigerian point of view, what everyone should be worried about is not just that Jehovah’s Witnesses command such a large following here – at least 200,000 people according to them. It is the fact that a new generation of pentecostal and charismatic cults are springing up, borrowing aspects of their ideology and rituals from Jehovah’s Witnesses and similar cult groups like the Mormon Church.

Religion is such an existential problem for Nigeria already, that the very last thing anyone should want is a society of Rita Esabunors, and unfortunately, it is already happening.

Just look around you.

160 comments:

  1. Religion misunderstood is Poison-Nas

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    1. Very enlightening post. But wee dey hear? No. As poster said many pentecostals and charismatic up crops are becoming cultish. Let the people open their eyes, their Bibles, follow the Spirit and be wise.

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    2. This guy spoke the gospel truth. My aunt and her children dose not relate with family members, she had a likenesses for my dad. So it's just my dad and his children she relates with and attends our function, but any other person no way. Infact when her husband died,we were the only family members that attended minus their members. They even warned us not to do dust to dust. The wife dis not even do,said their religion dose not permit it. My pretty cousins where married off to some ugly jw brothers.

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    3. These 3 things have one thing in comon;
      1. A CORRUPT GOVERNMENT
      2. A STAFF SABOTAGING ORGANISATION
      3. A FAKE RELIGION

      They hate informed populace.

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    4. You see these people? Some of the most horrible people you will ever meet. Have met several of them and became friends with some. They lack conscience, very wicked set of people, they comport themselves well but are hypocrites. Know of some that sleep around, one is into yahoo infact their talk plenty.

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    5. I know this family. The pain and separation is real.

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    6. You're the dopest lady on this platform, just for the fact that you quoted Nas "Stillmatic".

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    1. yes its long, but try reading, its very insightful. i have short attention span but i was surprised that i read everything. just try it.

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    2. But if it's celebrity gossip, you will buy chin chin and zobo to read and digest it.
      You can never have sense, if you are lazy to read an educative articles.

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    3. Why won't it be too long when it is not amebo gist😠

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    4. Anonymous @ 13:16. I too have a short attention span. I am still reeling in disbelief that I read it to the end. I even strained my eyes in the process but didn't mind.

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    5. You see this pple ehen, better thing dey sweet them but pretence no go allow them. Simply put, They r horrible individuals.
      My Neighbor is one and in my yrs of existing on Earth, I have never seen someone with such Horrible attitude. They live in denial. Such a wasted soul

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    6. Poster I agree with u 100%. My mum is JW, I was there till I turned 18 & announced I didn't want 2 be a part anymore. I knew from childhood dt I wasn't one of d but had 2 wait till 18.
      My mum didn't show up 4 my wedding, neither did she come visit wen I had my babies.
      Luckily 4 me my dad didn't join JW, so I had his support. But their marriage crashed wen I was 13.
      I hv a sibling dt also left JW, he's a pastor.
      As a child, I always felt JW's just luvd being sad, what's wrong with birthdays? Xmas? Easter? Independence? National Anthem? It's a sad world already, why make it sadder? Why talk away d only joy d pple hv from Dem?
      Poster, thanx 4 ds. I have saved ds ur write up 2 read it to my mum d next time she tries 2 talk 2 me about her JW

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    7. Its long but It’s very interesting.

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    8. Zeemichael....Too long?!

      It's because of idiots like they coined that statement, "if you want to hide something from a black man, put it in a book".

      Guess what, I really dont dig reading either but the fear of being a fool like you pushes me to do it.

      Imagine, you that cant read a page of information. How will you be able to study for matters that would actually change and affect your life.

      Seek wisdom please. Do it, however slow the pace may be.

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  3. Religion is an opium of the people.

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    1. Let me perch here, this disease is not just in JW alone now. You find it in Catholic, Christ Embassy, Islam etc. Any sect of people that cannot or refuse to see other sect of people as humans or lesser humans, that would act inhumanly or irrationally because you do not share their beliefs. Religion as practiced today has removed humanity from man, this is very sad.

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  4. I believe in God but something about religion seems off. Why would God allow people to be born into Christian and Muslim and Jewish homes if he knew only one was the right one? People need to wake up and understand the essence of life and what it means to live well. We are perfectly capable of living well without all this added oppression from religion. Watch some people come here to comment garbage now. As per religion, y'all are all struggling to go to heaven, a place where nobody can confirm 100% exists... yet we neglect our earth and duty on earth which is the only tangible thing we have and the only thing you can choose to live well. Continue. Plenty ppl will be shocked after death.

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    1. There's no wrong or right religion. There's good and evil. You either believe or you dont

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    2. Did I type this up there,? 👌👌👌👌👌

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    3. Thumbs Up. This is not atheism but wisdom.

      People need to understand you can be moral, spiritual and live right without tagging a religion on it

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  5. Religion!!!! Someone said on twitter that he can only worship in a church only if the pastor is super rich.woow!!!

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  6. Religion isn’t only the opium of the masses, It’s the cyanide..

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  7. JW are terrible people. My friend died from a car accident because his mom refused a blood transfusion. He was in agony for 6 hours. Then u want to tell me that God is okay with that murder you just committed when he gave humans wisdom to develop medicine and surgical practices lol. The earlier people wake up from this nonsense, the better the earth will be.

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    1. So DStv dey hungry u b4? So Black car close to new🤣 dey hungry u?so to born abroad dey hungry u? So dinning table dey hungry u? To dress good dey hungry u cos u saw my old pix b4 I gave birth? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
      Deception is all I see, u don gossip gossip Gossip enter my house quickly go rearrange it

      , enter my car copy so u go know wetin to buy? 🤣🤣🤣🤣Pele ooo. U cldnt afford brand new?
      U run go investigate me but got SHOCKED from what u heard but came back to deceive ur monkey classless goats?
      Carry gist from my mouth pay caretaker to tell landlord otherwise,God pass God nah, reverse became the case. Ndo oooo.
      U r CURSED. Rubbish will follow u all ur life time IJN
      I am one no one messes with.
      It is a Religion of HATE. A Cult for bitter humans😜❌❌❌❌❌

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  8. Where is Gagaga? E de their body

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    1. See your mouth. But you see their female as the ideal marriage mate for your irresponsible arse. Go and sit down for potopoto joo.

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    2. "But you see their female as the ideal marriage mate" - sweetie that's only in your imagination. That's what you wish. There's nothing special about JWs. Male or female. They are mostly pretentious people... Who wants to marry that?

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  9. I hope alot of people will read it. This is a frightening story. Nd it is completely real.na wa!!!! This person has painted a terrible scenerio of what is to come in Nigeria.

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    1. It's a hard truth for those that want to think outside the box.
      Religion ad blinded s lot of people veb with their high level of education.

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  10. I still thank God for saving me from those brain washers wen I was 15

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    1. Thank God for you. Would you mind sharing how you were saved and what it was like before then?

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    2. It all started after writing junior waec and I had to stay home for a while before proceeding to senior secondary School. I used to be home alone until my sisters come back from school in the evening. The JW used to come mostly weekend and a few times when I'm alone. My parents were glad someone was teaching me the Bible at least that's wat they were supposedly doing, little did my parents know they were feeding me all sorts of thoughts. Telling me our church doctrine was wrong, the world was going to end soon, no hell fire and all the lies they could come up with. I started hating my church and speaking against most things I've always considered normal in my church like the praying methods, speaking in tongues and falling under anointing.
      This went on till I was in SS 2. I preferred going to their kingdom gathering than been with my family. I almost started carrying bag to be following them up and down but for the timely intervention of my mum.
      The story is really long. Mind you, some of those teaching are still imbedded in my memory and I find myself questioning somethings from the Bible even after so many years. This is just one part of the story, I don't want to talk about the other part where the guy that used to come teach me will come alone on some days to do bad things to me. It's a part of my life I have closed. Now I'm just indifferent towards them all.

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    3. Hmmmm,twenty years ago I almost got married to one of them,date for introduction picked,dresses bought,food arranged and then he went home to bring his uncle and the uncle asked him if I was a believer? Yam and pepper scatter scatter,it was such a terrible time then as we were really into each other and he assured me then that he is just being a witness because he grew into it and not because his heart is into it,long story short sha,his uncle said no,his mother is in between as his father is dead and the uncle is a big elder in the kingdom. Well I jejely moved on with my life as I was in my early twenties then and turn introduction day to birthday as I love doing birthday parties😀😀,I got married five years later and my ex is in his fifties now,not married and still carrying bag around going for convention here n there,a big bank executive for that matter.

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    4. Eiyah...i feel sorry for your ex. He probably was unable to love another in is congregation.

      @Meritegold, sorry o. I hope you have heeled from the mostation and trauma?

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    5. Imagine that!

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  11. I guess the writer's parents were fanatics. Religion resides in the heart, and it portrays how you treat your neighbour,whether with desdain or love.I honestly try as much as possible not to bring down people's religion or belief cos at the end of the day,we answer to one person, GOD .

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  12. My cousin say she won't attend her blood brother wedding if he marries someone who isn't a witness and mind you the brother is not even a witness... I just shake my head for people who blindly follows church doctrines without reading what the bible says or even hearing from God himself.

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  13. Lol @ "Victoria is somewhere outside Nigeria and she replied, “Who is this please?” when I texted her to say happy birthday earlier in the year."

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    1. You must have quite the inverted sense of humour because that sentence almost made me weep. This is a family that was picked to pieces by a godless cult. How can your mother be alive and live 20 minutes from you and yet, is not at your gate banging on the door to see you after all these years? How can a a mother see how badly her family has been shredded and not think of uniting her children in her old age? This is the same way their father died, leaving behind children who don't even have each others phone numbers and you claim to know God? A God of love? Is it not better to be an and robber than to keep taking money from a family and telling them to cut off their relatives?

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    2. Anon 13:34. What the hell is so funny??? You really think its funny? Wish I could slap that lol out of your damn face! I’m so pissed. A religion scattered a family you’re laughing. Ridiculous!

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    3. Anon 13:34. What the hell is so funny??? You really think its funny? Wish I could slap that lol out of your damn face! I’m so pissed. A religion scattered a family you’re laughing. Ridiculous!

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  14. Hmmmmm. I can relate.
    Parents who use their financial powers to turn their children on one another are the worst kind.
    This reminds me of my village man, the daughter is that doctor that the dad arrested for marrying against his wish.
    All the children are on their own.
    Snitching on one another like tomorrow no dey.

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  15. Wow! Just Wow! To me, we should all try to know God on a personal term through his word. This will help us to tests the Spirits and gold fast that which is good. I have never been comfortable with their doctrine and their ways.
    I remember when we were little, JW used to come around in my neighbourhood to preach and when asked to say some words of prayers either b4 they start preaching or even after, they will never! Instead, they will take their leave if the people insists they should pray. The JW say things like they already prayed before leaving their Kingdom hall. Like, is there supposed to be an overdose of prayer?
    Even Jesus' disciples when they received the great commission went out, preaching salvation, casting out devils and healing all manner of sicknesses. May God open our eyes of understanding.

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  16. Only religion will eventually kill Nigerians in broad daylight

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  17. Only God knows those who is diligently serving him.

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  18. Once you can think above religion and start asking question, you're already free. When it comes to religion, I have seen it all, nothing new to me again .
    Religion is an organized scam, designed to keep black people in bondage and whip then into lines .
    Anything that stop you from asking questions and not allow you to think outside the box is a scam but no matter what you say to those that are brainwashed, they can never think on their own, they will rather see you like a devil's protege.
    I repeat, all foreign religion are scam, all, none is excluded .

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    1. 👍 👊👌. You know that abrahamic religion is the biggest yahoo in the world today when a devoted Christian begins to explain away the racism of his Bible and the slavery it birthed. When a woman tells you of the glorious joys of a biblical rape victim marrying her rapist if her father allows it and all such bullshit, you realize that the brain washers of Africa did a damn good job. When the bloodletting called jihad is defended by Africans who have known the pain of poverty and war, you indeed wonder if we are under a curse.

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  19. Religion in my opinion does more harm than good.Have your own personal relationship with your maker and not being brainwashed or hoodwinked into what someone thinks is right.

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  20. I couldn't read to the end. The truth is, no man knows when Jesus will come. Even himself does not know except the Father. I think in first Thessalonians, Apostle Paul admonished us not be afraid of rumours about end time and rapture although, they will come to pass.

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    1. Should have read to the end. The entire write up is beyond rapture and end times.

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    2. Couldn't read to the end but you want people to read your uninformed comment. This is the kind of attitude that leads to wars.

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  21. If na only JW be church wey dey I go join Islam..... The doctrine of that church is distasteful and dangerous.....mba!!!!

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  22. Jehovah witness is a well known cult!
    They can't be friends with other people, they termed other Christians as unbelievers.

    I wrote it here before, how I lost my friendship of more than a decade and half.... And some BVs were saying something else.
    They usually like to hide their ulterior motives under the guise of being all smiling, polite and friendly.

    They will never honour your invite but very quick to keep stalking and stalking you.

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    1. Am not a witness but I have many of them as trusted friends, though they can be fanatics but sizeable numbers of them are liberals sha, witness, christ embassy and chosen people are the same thing in their attitude towards non members though few of them are liberal

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    2. Hahahaha, the stalking is something else.

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    3. Chameleons. Mrs A u r correct.

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    4. Gbam @ keep stalking...

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    5. Because there lives r Empty

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  23. It a long read but it an eye opener people should pls try and read this piece not only JW is into such practice they are many pls guard your heart do not be brain washed may God help us

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  24. I remember the story Alibaba shared on his Instagram page about a man who refused a hospital to give blood transfusion to his wife. His children begged and begged but he refused and she died. The children never forgave him and once they got older they left. Years later, the man got ill and the only way to save him was blood transfusion...the children said lie lie...no way . But he went ahead to take it. He is asking for forgiveness till now.

    I don't have a problem with them, I read Awake and their other tracts but they do not practise what they preach.

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    1. Gbam confused set of pple

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    2. The are very cold hearted but fake kindness

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    3. An adult should be able to decide their health decisons except they are unconscious or lack capacity, then the medical personnel will decide on behalf of that person.

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    4. Proudly feminist, true but when you make dangerous decisions that could lead to the death of children or wards who can't protest, the JW line of thinking doesn't work.

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  25. Anony u have said it all know God with all your heart and on personal term it gose a long way

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  26. My step dad almost stop his Education because they told him he wouldn't be needing it since the world will come to an end.

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    1. Look who came out of hibernation because of this article.

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  27. This article was written/released exactly a year ago (April 25, 2019). I’m quite surprised that this is being recycled again. Without distracting you from the article, just wanted to point this out

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    1. Does it matter? Even if it was written In 20 BC, it doesn't matter.

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    2. One spotted 🤣

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    3. Leave it like that. Some of us are just reading it for the first time.
      At least the guy is not far from the truth.

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    4. That is why it is a written article. It is intended to last for centuries for you great grand children to read and know it happened. Or where you hoping it was destroyed and blotted off so no one would know?

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    5. Anon 14:25...😭😭😭...norr try am oooo

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    6. The time doesn't matter. The content is saddening...

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  28. Go directly to God through Christ. Shikena. Forget religion it is just another layer that will take you nowhere.

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    1. God and christ, the whole ideology is religion itself called christianity and that is a scam

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  29. I remember one JW guy that used to come and preach to my younger brother then. My bro is the quite type that hate to turn people down so he ll always listen to the guy preach despite repeated warnings that he is a Muslim.He started by giving him that their flat books that contain some quotes from the Quran.That they also read the Quran bla bla bla. It got to a point that he started coming almost everyday.When he meets any of us, he ll tell us that he is looking for his friend, mention his name and my mum unknowingly ll call him out and they ll sit far away from the rest of us and talk for hours. He ll give him plenty books to read and my bro ll spend days going through them
    Then he gifted my bro a bible,and my bro ll go through it until the day my mum discovered. We chase him away eventually

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    1. Funny enough they have their own version of Bible. Totally different from others.

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  30. An eye opener!!

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  31. Well detailed
    Religion be turning people/family
    Against themselves.

    What matters @ d end
    It's building a personal relationship
    With God.

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  32. Unfortunately it’s not only JW. All churches have got cults. But I’m just reading this full expo on JW for the first time.
    I dnt even know what to say about believers anymore.

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  33. A long read but worth it. # spot remover#

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  34. Just an advise .leave the bitterness n move on.

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    1. No one is being bitter. This article is the simple truth.

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    2. Go and sit down!
      Who bitter reach una?

      Awon bitter leaf gang
      Action bitter
      Bitter lemon

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    3. Bitterleaf soup don dey hungry me sef.

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    4. Move on to where and how? What of his family?

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  35. Hmmmm... aint suprised by the write-up. I joined d JW through my ex. Started wth d bible study but as I studied I observed they claim perfection in all things whilst I knew only God was perfect. They claimed their teachings were the absolute truth and other religion fake. They will never listen to any other religious talks or read any other religious books aside theirs. This and many more got me thinking and wondering. Hence I choose to stop studying and going for their meetings till date. Moreso, their characters is another story entirely. My ex was into heavy pornography, cheating and etc. Yet a baptized JW. So, I understand where the writer is coming from.

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  36. JW are banned in Russia. When the law that banned them was signed, it read they are worse than terrorists.

    I keep wondering how educated fellas get brainwashed. Not only about religion but in other facets of life.

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  37. Very intelligent write up! I was in his shoes at a point.my mum especially being a staunch j.w, she quit her good job at the bank to be a "regular pioneer" as they call it.poverty killed her eventually, hmmmm a lot to say.i have been in this writer's shoes.i have quit a long time ago,have a happy marriage and living the life!! Free yourselves from the shackles

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    1. They are a lot of regular pioneers who have jobs and this you know if truly you were once a witness ,I know of bankers that are regular pioneers despite their busy schedule. the teaching doesn't say one should stop providing for themselves or their families. Being a regular pioneer is an individual choice.

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  38. This is the most intelligent piece I've read in a long time. Same sounds familiar like one of my clients who lives in a mansion in Okudu GRA. A JW who'd never accept Xmas corporate gifts from us. I've not heard or done business with him for almost 6yrs and do not know if he's dead. The years I managed his account, he was quite kind, knowledgeable and rational. Robbers once took his vehicle in Magodo when coming from kingdom Hall.

    Writer, if u are the son, pls keep in touch.

    This is a masterpiece and worth reading over and over again.

    Let's ask for understanding of the Bible from the holy spirit.... Be careful with doctrines out there...

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  39. Last year, I was termed by a pastor wife of being too worldly,simply because I was wearing double ear rings and rocking my leggings, me wetin concern,this same woman painted me blacker than black,my Dearie's I fear religious people, I rather be friends with an atheist who has a good character and clear conscience than a religious person who is a disguised narcissist who practices virtue signaling under the veil of whatever religion.

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    1. Thank you,as an atheist,I say a heartfelt "thank you".

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  40. A long but a very insightful and interesting read. I believe many eyes and hearts will be opened by the Holy Spirit via this exposé, that they make hay while d sun shines. Jesus is the ONLY Saviour of the world. Amen.

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  41. JWs have always been different, no be today. I wasn't born as one, became one myself, so I've seen doctrines elsewhere.
    No one is ever forced to be or remain a JW, I repeat, no one. We aren't cults, not at all.
    For the write-up, there is always a second version to this story,,, the writer put this up from his angle.
    For a fact, if there is one thing the JWs uphold, it is the fact that we won't bend whatever we study from the Scriptures to suit our taste, we take it as it is. we aren't of the opinion of 'do you, the world will adjust', Nah, I can always say for me, being a JW is the best thing that has ever happened to me.

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    1. It is a cult. A horrible one at that. I got married into a JW family but my husband is no longer one. They are the most horrible, hypocritical bunch of people ever! But they are clueless and have this idealistic views about themselves. They live in a bubble.

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    2. Word. To each his/her own. You chose your path. All the best

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    3. U guys are Evil and strong hearted! Always discriminating among christains rubbish!

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    4. Point of no return

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    5. Greetings from the other side oga.

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    6. People would always have their opinions, for me being a Jehovahs witness is the best thing that ever hppened. It teaches you to be honest, morally sound and humble. So if you had an encouter with one that is not serious that is your cup of tea. I will hose to be a witness any time any day who follow the bible .

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    7. You are brainwashed... I almost got married to one and almost became one. Hypocrites! You don't bend the bible but practise all manner of evil. Wicked lots

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    8. @Chinyere 👍
      Today talk na for us,,, people love bashing us even when they know little or nothing about us. It's all joy for real.
      I bashed and spite them in the past as well...
      Being a JW is a voluntary individual thing, not forced in any way.

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    9. Anon 20:16
      You can actually have your say without this level of insolence.
      JWs are taught to avoid fowl languages and obscene heating in our speech (Eph 5:3,4)
      Did you know I just preached to you? Smilesss... One Love

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    10. FneshMan. He/She just stated facts. From my experience, you lot are brainwashed, hypocritical and can be very wicked.

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    11. Please tell your fellow member, the mother of this man here, to UNITE HER FAMILY AND SEEK FORGIVENESS FROM HER CHILDREN for everything including not attending their weddings or doing all that a mother should to keep her family one. She should carry her self righteous behind to see her son in his house and make sure her kids are all in contact and have a strong bond. And no, this is not our cup of tea, but the bucket of gall of this woman who would choose strangers like you over her own children. It is the blight of people without a conscience who would read about how this man's father nearly destroyed his career, mismanaged his family, endangered his children by giving them a death warrant and tore his family apart because of man-made lies. It is the pain of families whose loved ones have been wasted because they committed suicide by refusing transfusion and ghosted their own relatives for a cult that thinks blacks are cursed and keeps failing to predict the end of the world.

      Instead of apologizing to Esabunor who your cult sentenced to die, you are here worshipping your chains.

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    12. Anon 21:51
      There are almost 500k JWs in Nigeria, how many have you met and had contacts with to have come to this conclusion?
      We are not wicked at all, rather we love you enough to tell you the truth without shying away no matter what.

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    13. Anon 21.51 leave them, yet to meet people that have kind things to say about you people. I attended meetings, study let me not say too much but i am talking as somone thay has been on the inside so don't tell me what I know very well. Wicked people. Follow which bible? The ladies are very loose, the men as well but they pretend in the kingsom hall. I know and have friends that are still there and they are all THE SAME, wicked and hypocrites yet to see a different one, I look forward to the day.
      If 90% of people don't have good things to say about you people except yourselves then you need to check what you are about.

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    14. JW is synonymous to Wickedness

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    15. Fneshman. I have met more than enough. I am surrounded by them. My partner was emotionally abusive. Grew up in an emotionally abusive JW family. Cruel, controlling, cheating, JW lifestyle. This is a cult. Mom is a JW weakling woman. Perception is all that matters to the family. Yet they think they are so awesome.

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  42. Some people are fanatics. That l know. If the kids refuse to stay on as witnesses, l don't think alienating them is the best. They didnt commit a crime. But some people just are... Very unfortunate about your family. My siblings stop being witnesses. My father wanted to tow this line. I and my mom just went gangan style on him. U can't tear the family apart on DAT. We are still witnesses. and the rest are doing their thing. Everybody is happy.

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    1. This is not typical amongst witnesses. The group tore my family apart.

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  43. I remember back in school..this set would come on Saturdays to preach...I use to be so blunt that my neighbours would be starring...
    Jw: Are you busy
    Me: No
    JW: Can we share God's word
    Me: (straight face)No....not in the mood
    They will just look at me and move.....the idea of evangelism is to preach Christianity irrespective of denomination... These terrible people will spend 80% of their time condemning your faith....
    I am an unapologetic Catholic....don't tell me what you think you know...

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  44. I am leaving a comment as there are some misconceptions about witnesses that I would like to address.

    I was brought up a witness, but I stopped practicing about 4 years ago. I made this decision because the faith is VERY STRICT. I could not pretend because Jehovah sees all. That being said, I don't think being strict is a bad thing. When you see how the apostles lived, why should Jehovah have more lenient requirements for us just because we live in more modern times? My parents, however, did not ex-communicate me because I chose to stop being a witness. Rather, they ENCOURAGE me. I want to return at some point because I love the fact that witnesses focus on GETTING TO KNOW JEHOVAH.

    I agree with some of you, there are some fundamentalist witnesses around, but this exists in all faiths. It is NOT UNIQUE to Jehovah's Witnesses.

    One of the points that came up in the comments was about blood donation. I felt the same way initially, but then I read Jehovah's request in Act 15:29 and Leviticus 17:11. I know a lot of witnesses that have made this sacrifice. It's not an easy choice for them, but they do so because of what the Bible states. Also, taking a blood transfusion does not guarantee life. There are alternatives to blood transfusion, and witnesses are HUGE proponents of these alternatives when they exist.

    Another point that came up was that witnesses do not celebrate birthdays. That's true! I have only celebrated my birthday once, and I don't miss it. Witnesses do not participate in a lot of celebrations that others participate it, but they make up for this by having a lot of get-togethers. Spontaneous gifts and parties are VERY COMMON.

    For those of you saying witnesses have a different Bible, the JW.ORG app has 3 - 4 variations of the Bible, including the King James. Why don't you verify if the texts are the same?


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    1. Another angle

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    2. Are you done?

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    3. You are a witness stop lying.

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    4. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 @ Are you done.
      Chai unu di wickid on this blog 😂.

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    5. Toxic and controlling religion.

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  45. This Article is wrong...I'm just laughing at the comments. Even those that claim they are wise still believe everything posted on net. I know Jehovah's witnesses are hated and they aren't given the privilege of saying their own part of the story, but it's wrong to peddle lies about people you dont have facts about,just mere talks.
    The writers writeup is all shades of WRONG.

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    1. No lies here. But you are brainwashed so what will you say?

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    2. Says you a bona-fide witness

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    3. Thank you bro.
      Haters of Jehovah and disgruntled elements everywhere.

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  46. My husband's family didn't attend our wedding but they are constantly begging us for everything. They are also very manipulative and cruel. They advise him to leave me and our four children because I am not a JW, not knowing that I see their messages. But when they see me they act all sweet etc. They are plain hypocrites. I have never met a genuine JW. The ones I know are actors.

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    1. You are totally right. Very pretentious people.

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  47. When it comes to
    Manipulation A1
    wickedness A1
    Descrimination A1
    Disturbance A1
    Condemnation A1


    This people and their way of life it's just so annoying..

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    1. 18;40 this is my Witch of a neighbor, if I knew there were this horrible I for no near o. 🤣🤣🤣🤣

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    2. This is so my neighbor
      Very wicked & hrtless people.(not all though) But then I'm
      Yet to see a good one.
      As far as u are not a J/w
      U are automatically a Devil in their eyes.

      I fear them no be small
      I remember one that dealth with
      Us back then in School
      She was that Evil& wicked
      To the extent she became
      d topic of the whole lodge& street.

      Story plenty for J/w

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  48. So Isata, what did you do? Were you disfellowshipped? Have you been reinstated?

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    1. I was not disfellowshipped. I chose to walk away because I struggled with certain decisions.

      I still feel a lot of peace in my life and the knowledge I gained always serves me. Just the simple things you learn...e.g making allowances got others, being cautious of your words. These things remain with you forever :-)

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  49. I have a JW friend who is a devoted JW but a realist to the core. He wanted to marry someone who wasn't a JW the church refused yarning dust about unevenly yoked. He told me and said the worst that can happen is being punished. My friend jejely did his wedding in the wife's church Anglican came back to JW after the wedding and served his punishment which was majorly staying at the back during service and not interacting with members for 6months he said it was better than marrying someone he doesn't love cause of church. He questions some of their practices but said he's not going to leave cos he likes their teachings about God.

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  50. My good friend even refused to assist in my wedding preparations because I was marrying a non-witness.I rarely speak to her till date because I was shocked and disappointed. The jw religion is actually messed up, I studied with them for years, even went for evangelism and almost became baptised but I knew I didn't belong there!. Too many unrealistic and archaic rules to follow, and then the women are disadvantaged bcos they must marry a jw and this limits their options while the men can easily go out and marry a new convert.

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  51. I have read both article and comments and I must say first of all being a witness does not mean that you are an angel just like being a Christian does not make you one. Afterall, we all claim to belong to one religion or the other, there is no religion that preaches or teaches hate yet humans have being terrible to each other.
    I am one of Jehovah’s witness, unfortunately most of the comments made about Jehovah’s witness teaching here are false;
    1. If you have a family member/friend that stops talking to you because you are not a witness, it’s not JW teaching but your family members have issue.
    2. JW women/Men are not mandated to marry a JW, it’s advised to marry someone of the same faith with you to manage marital challenges but if as a JW you choose to marry someone of a different faith, It’s your choice. The person is not disfellowship nor reprimanded as long as you are married under law but if it’s found that you have been involved in sexual misconduct then you can be reprimanded. They are a lot of JW’s who have partners that are not witnesses. I know a lot.
    3. On the issue of bible, JW articles (Awake, Watchtower, and other books) quote using different variations of the bible, even the JW.org has different bible variations
    4. JW teaching doesn’t teach members to condemn friend or a family member because of their faith is different- Its your friend or family member that has a problem
    5. On the issue of blood While Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood for religious reasons, more and more non-Witness patients are choosing to avoid blood because of risks such as AIDS, non-A non-B hepatitis, and immunologic reactions. Also, Witnesses have the option to use components such as albumin, immune globulins, and hemophiliac preparations; It’s a matter of the individual choice. In addition, the witness has a hospital liaison committee that works with doctors in alternative treatment.

    If you need to discuss more or seek clarification, you can reach out to me on hydepetu@yahoo.com

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    1. This is how they come looking all helpful before you fall into the trap and see real hate and sadistic behavioral from them. BEWARE OF THE JW CULT!

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  52. I have read both article and comments and I must say first of all being a witness does not mean that you are an angel just like being a Christian does not make you one. Afterall, we all claim to belong to one religion or the other, there is no religion that preaches or teaches hate yet humans have being terrible to each other.
    I am one of Jehovah’s witness, unfortunately most of the comments made about Jehovah’s witness teaching here are false;
    1. If you have a family member/friend that stops talking to you because you are not a witness, it’s not JW teaching but your family members have issue.
    2. JW women/Men are not mandated to marry a JW, it’s advised to marry someone of the same faith with you to manage marital challenges but if as a JW you choose to marry someone of a different faith, It’s your choice. The person is not disfellowship nor reprimanded as long as you are married under law but if it’s found that you have been involved in sexual misconduct then you can be reprimanded. They are a lot of JW’s who have partners that are not witnesses. I know a lot.
    3. On the issue of bible, JW articles (Awake, Watchtower, and other books) quote using different variations of the bible, even the JW.org has different bible variations
    4. JW teaching doesn’t teach members to condemn friend or a family member because of their faith is different- Its your friend or family member that has a problem
    5. On the issue of blood While Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood for religious reasons, more and more non-Witness patients are choosing to avoid blood because of risks such as AIDS, non-A non-B hepatitis, and immunologic reactions. Also, Witnesses have the option to use components such as albumin, immune globulins, and hemophiliac preparations; It’s a matter of the individual choice. In addition, the witness has a hospital liaison committee that works with doctors in alternative treatment.

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    1. In addition, medicine has advanced to bloodless surgeries these days, only doctors who are stagnant still insist on transfusions without considering other alternatives.
      Lemme also ask,,, why do doctors and nurses these days indirectly refer patients who need transfusion to buy the local herbs (blood tonics) prepared by JWs instead of accepting blood transfusion?
      Inasmuch as the JWs won't 'personally' accept blood transfusion, we have workable alternatives,, so we regard life as sacred more compared to....

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    2. U all witness can't face the truth,always looking for what to justify ur Evil &wicked ways of life.una be like snake them hold
      Una here una go draw like okro

      @fnesh man bark from now till tomorrow it won't stop the world perception abt u neither will it justify the Evil in u guys!

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    3. Wow so JWs are the ones that produce blood tonics?

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  53. Spoil joy cult, hw can I not celebrate something in my life time. Birthday no, Xmas no, weddings and other celebrations. And Dey can fornicate and drink to stupor.Abeg shift front.

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  54. That cult killed my mum, and made her resign from a prestigious job to be a "regular pioneer".always talking about armageddon. Armageddon never came till she died.i miss you mum.wicked cult of a j.w

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  55. My grandma used to call them “Ndi jehovah wickedness.”
    Water Dey for this people belle. They don’t care about family relationships or anything, their concern is only that their Kingdom Hall and study.

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  56. The worst thing a man can be in life is a devils tool. That exactly is what the writer have turned out to be.
    I was 23 years old when I chose to become one of Jehovah's witnesses.
    My dad was a pastor.
    After subtle effort on his part to try to dissuade me from joining jws, he gave up, gave me his blessing and since then I have continued to enjoy this wonderful, unique, loftly unparraleled organisation on earth.
    One thing I know in common of people who renounce jw and turn to unrelenting opposers is heavy conscience.
    The writer admitted to living a double life in school. That singular act generated a dead conscience in him or her and since then pride and lack of humility to beg Jehovah for forgiveness of sins and mend his or her ways, the writer became an enemy of Jehovah and Jehovah's witnesses.

    From my first association with Jehovah's witnesses, one thing those managing the affairs of this divine organization have plainly explained on numerous occasions is that they are humans and therefore fallible.
    Despite that, all jw teachings and supposed doctrines are firmly rooted in the Bible, the word of God.
    If the writer is a godfearing man or woman, he or she would have towed the line of wise Gamaliel who did not outrightly condemn the disciples of Jesus in the Sanhedrin but appealed to the religiopolitical leaders of his day to let them be with the quote "... if this sscheme if from man it will be overthrown but if it is from God you won't be able to overthrow it but rather you will even be fighters against God". -Acts 5:38
    I advise the writer to swallow pride and beg Jehovah for forgiveness because he is merciful and patient.
    Since Jesus Christ have offered the sacrifice for our sins, Jehovah will forgive him in a large way.-Isaiah 55:7.

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