On JWVictim.Org, a site from a woman who simply fade from the religion and from the view of the elders and even of her own family, just stopping going to meetings and out in their preaching work for weeks, which turned into months, which turned into years. As an “inactive” nobody seemed to have reach out to help her. As an invisible she went back two or three times, but each time she returned, she could so easily see the hypocrisy, failed predictions, abuses, and so many other disturbing aspects of the religion, that after some time she was able to break away from the religion, mentally and emotionally and started a blog in the hopes of waking up others to its danger. She chose the URL “JWvictims” because that’s what she wanted to concentrate on; the victimization that happens in this religion.
“Spike Raynor” is the pen name of a former elder of the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses, for almost 10 years, who has his own YouTube page for more insights on the Watchtower practices and policies. We are pleased to hear form him more about such a judicial committee whose results can cause all of JW their friends and family to shun the person in question.
He himself sat on several judicial committees and was more than once involved in disfellowshipping people, resulting in their friends and family shunning them until they changed their “sinful course.”
In sharing his experience and knowledge to help right the wrongs that he did as an agent of what he now realizes to be a rather malicious publishing company he lifts up the veil for the unknown to non Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Watchtower has created a rules-based religion
break one of their rules [breaking rules of a sexual nature (sex outside of marriage)] = invite you to such a judicial committee
secret book titled, “Shepherd the Flock of God” = regular Jehovah’s Witnesses not allowed to see
basic Star Chamber trial > elders= prosecutors + judges
accused = considered guilty > faces them alone = no support + no representative >> exception of minor children can have parents present + married women can have husbands present
Nobody ever invited to a judicial committee unless elders have some sort of proof or reason to believe the individual is guilty => to determine the appropriate punishment.
- individual reproved privately
- public reproof => congregation will severely limit any association with someone who has been reproved = “disfellowshipping light.”
- disfellowshipping => friends and family will begin to shun until (or if) reinstated. The fourth, which is almost unheard of, is that the committee realizes that no offence worthy of disfellowshipping is committed, and the judicial committee is cancelled.
times when a sin is considered to be so serious that a plea of repentance won’t be accepted