Did You Know?

Within the following article group, you will discover some interesting facts, people, and events that even most Jehovah’s Witnesses have little or no knowledge or awareness about. A few of these reports are quite revealing. Others are disconcerting or embarrassing. Many reveal secrets that modern Watchtower leaders would hope could be long forgotten or simply ignored by Jehovah’s Witnesses and their critics.

This collection does not focus on any one category or subject. However, most of these little tidbits of history reveal teachings, practices and personalities promoted by the Watchtower and then quietly hidden in the storeroom and file cabinets of one or more of their “Bethel Homes.”

Note: As is the case with many of our articles, some of the documents, books and newspapers references mentioned here and elsewhere on this website can be found in our “DOCUMENTS LIBRARY.”  Feel free to visit, read or download any of the documents archived in those archives.

[Please note: Some of the articles listed below may also appear within other category collections.]


 

“Increased Light”— Mindless Justification For Removing Errors

In 2009, the Watch Tower Society published a songbook to replace the one that was in use by Jehovah’s Witnesses for twenty-five years.

Along with new songs, many of the old ones were adjusted because “increased light” during that time caused many Witness doctrines to change and “some of the expressions used in the old songbook have become outdated.” That’s the explanation in the December 15, 2010 Watchtower article, “SING TO JEHOVAH” (pg. 23, par. 15):

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Woman Allowed Assisted Suicide – Why?

CBS News reported on May 12, 2016 that papers published recently by the Dutch Euthanasia Commission reportedly revealed that “a woman in her twenties was allowed to go ahead with assisted suicide based on psychiatrists’ decision that her mental health condition was ‘insufferable,’ and it …

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Witnesses Ignore “Do Not Call” Lists

Halstead, England map {Google Maps]

Residents of Halstead have had enough door knocking by Jehovah’s Witnesses in their village. Halstead in Essex, England, is a town of about 11,000 residents just a 20-minute drive northeast of London. They’ve finally spoken out and complained to authorities that Jehovah’s Witnesses have become …

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Why Did JWs Ignore Prince’s Drug Addictions?

After Prince’s death, George Cook (an elder at the Kingdom Hall where Prince attended JW meetings) was reported to have said the church does not have a problem with Prince’s reported addiction to prescription drugs because “that’s a personal matter.” “Brother” Cook made this statement after …

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Libraries at Bethel?

“I asked Barbara Anderson, by way of email, a question about the Bethel libraries, in particular, those that the writers had access. I had hoped, based on her experience and perspective, she would jump in on one of our threads where the library topic had …

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Fred Franz – Rewarded For Being Inept

In the spring of 1975, Frederick W. Franz, considered since the mid-1920s to be the Watchtower’s “official oracle,” stressed the urgency of the Christian preaching work during his public speeches. Why? Because he believed that 6,000 years of human history would end that next September …

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Did You Know? (Russell v. Rutherford)

…Russell and Rutherford disagreed on the Pyramid teaching? Charles Taze Russell was famed for teaching that Egypt’s Great Pyramid of Giza was “inspired by Jehovah God.” He wrote about it extensively and used the Pyramid’s measurements as a guide for much of his “end times” …

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Did You Know? (JW Poor Retention Rates)

“Jehovah’s Witnesses have the lowest retention rate of any religious tradition. Only 37% of all those who say they were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses still identify themselves as Jehovah’s Witnesses.”

Did You Know? (Having Children)

…Jehovah’s Witnesses were told not to have children? As far back as 1938 the Watchtower was urging Jehovah’s Witnesses not to marry and rear children because of the “urgency” of the witnessing work. Hence, many Witnesses from that era did not marry or have children. …

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Did You Know? (Baptism Questions #2)

…JW baptism questions changed many times since Pastor Russell’s time? One reader of our earlier “Did You Know?” article on changing baptism questions asked: “Hello. What were the questions before 1973 then? The title alludes to the questions changing twice; so there have been three …

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