It is my pleasure to give you a warm welcome to This website has been launched to give voice to millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world who would not normally have the opportunity to say what they really think about the Watch Tower Society, or the teachings and practices of the Governing Body.

The Governing Body has yet to express any interest in hearing the views of ordinary witnesses. Their mantra is: “We talk, you listen!”

If you are a Jehovah’s Witness, or a former Witness, you will be aware that the opinions of rank and file publishers (and even elders) are rarely sought by the Society. The small number of men making up the Governing Body have declared themselves the “faithful and discreet slave” of Matthew 24:45, thus claiming sole control over the organization’s teachings and policies. These men are most certainly NOT interested in the opinions of the “silent majority” of Witnesses under their authority. If they are, they have a strange way of showing it!

This website seeks to redress that balance by means of an annual survey that is conducted anonymously throughout the world. The first survey was taken in 2011, and immediately attracted the opinions of 1,118 voters before closing at the end of the year. The results were posted to the Governing Body for their attention and review but, predictably, they never replied.

The following year, 2012, the survey received votes from 1,488 current and former Witnesses, most of whom expressed their concern at various Watchtower teachings. The remarkable events of that year (the Candace Conti case and the “new light” about the faithful slave) certainly seemed to get people talking.

Subsequent surveys have allowed in excess of 6,000 per year to express their true feelings about the organization and its leadership, and we are optimistic this number will only increase as JWsurvey grows in popularity.

A website for all

This website has been created and made available as a free resource so that anyone, whether they are a former or current Witness, or in some way associated with Witness friends or relatives, can give their honest opinions about Watchtower and the increasingly cult-like direction in which it is headed.

We adopt a strictly non-religious viewpoint, meaning we refuse to promote any belief structure in particular. For this reason, we cannot be accused of trying to “draw off followers.” We are merely interested in garnering the views of ordinary Witnesses and reporting on the facts.

The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses has not authorized or sponsored this survey, and it is run entirely without any influence or input from them. However, we genuinely feel that the brothers who serve on the Governing Body, having assumed such overwhelming responsibility, should take note of how ordinary Witnesses and the general public feel about their leadership, since millions of lives are affected by decisions they make at their private weekly meetings.

Who started this website?

My name is Lloyd Evans, and I am the founder of this website. I set it up in October 2011 with the help of a fellow activist while I was still one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, writing under the pseudonym “John Cedars.” Eventually, I left the organization for conscientious reasons. You can read my story on this link.

I first had the idea to begin gathering the opinions of Jehovah’s Witnesses and their associates around the world because of a variety of issues that continue to be of real concern to me. I believe that ordinary Witnesses who devote their entire lives to loyally serving Jehovah, through what purports to be God’s spirit-directed organization, should have some say in the decisions that are made on their behalf.

It is my belief that not all is well within the organization. I don’t consider many of the teachings and practices encouraged by the Governing Body to have been formulated with the best interests of ordinary Witnesses at heart.

An unmerciful practice

For example, take the practice of shunning or “disfellowshipping.” The Apostle Paul’s words to the Corinthian congregation were as follows:

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Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians about the disfellowshipping arrangement never called for family members to be torn apart

Clearly the Apostle Paul was delivering this admonition for the purpose of keeping the congregation clean. But to what extent should these words be applied? By saying “not even eating with such a man,” Paul indicated that his words weren’t directed against family members (who would daily eat with one another), but against other brothers in the congregation with whom one might consider sharing a meal.

There is no reason to insist that the word “anyone” should be applied arbitrarily to “everyone,” irrespective of age or circumstances. Even Watchtower publications acknowledge that there should be some exceptions where family members are concerned. For example, a disfellowshipped husband is not to be shunned by his wife or children, and parents are not banned from speaking to their disfellowshipped children if they are not yet old enough to leave home.

But why should it end there?

Many share my opinion that there is scope to extend even more mercy in applying this scripture than is currently encouraged by the teachings of the Governing Body. Jesus said the following to the unrighteous pharisees:

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Jesus identified mercy as playing a crucial role in the extent to which laws and principles should be enforced. Many do not think it is merciful that older teenagers, many of whom were baptized at an extremely young age (sometimes as young as 9), are forced out of their homes by their parents and then cruelly shunned, often for the rest of their lives, through a mistaken and abhorrent interpretation of the Apostle Paul’s advice.

The Society’s publications themselves warn that “no one should be forced to… choose between his beliefs and his family.” (July 2009 Awake!, p.9) However, they apply this reasoning to every religion but their own.

The scriptures clearly prescribe “shunning” purely as a measure for maintaining the spiritual cleanliness of the congregation, and not for the purpose of breaking up families. To go one step further and insist that shunning should also apply to families is both destructive and deeply unmerciful. It also violates the principle expressed by the Apostle Paul at 1 Timothy 5:8 where he said:

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These and other teachings of the Governing Body are increasingly becoming a cause of sincere distress for many Witnesses who wish that the organization could adopt a more merciful and loving stance. In particular, one can now be disfellowshipped as an “apostate” merely for disagreeing with the Governing Body over this or other issues.

Only human

It is my sincere desire that by means of this website, and its annual surveys, the Governing Body will humbly consider the pleas of both myself and like-minded ones around the world who long for the Watch Tower Society to be a more loving organization – one that truly reflects the need for respect and tolerance toward other people’s beliefs.

The members of the Governing Body are only human, and no matter how much they may pray for wisdom and insight, they cannot possibly be fully aware of how their teachings and directives are impacting the lives of their fellow worshippers on a daily basis. That is what makes this survey website so important. It serves as a constant reminder for them to show greater kindness and mercy in undertaking the role that they have assumed as the faithful and discreet slave.

I would like to thank you in advance for your support for this site, and for getting involved in our important work.

Warmest regards,



349 Responses to About JW Survey

  1. Not that any of.this will matter but I am 47 yrs old and was raped in the congregation when I was 14. The elders handled it on their own without the authorities intervention. I was publicly reproved for fornication and he went on to molest, sodimize and whatever else with 63 other witness children from Colorado to California. At that time I felt responsible for the other children when I heard because nothing was done to stop him. 22 years ago my abuser went to trial by us 64 victims and got 33 years jail time he was released after 10 years because of failure to a speedy trial!
    He is in a reinstated position to the congregation and no one knows what he is because of JW silence! I am glad JW’s are being held accountable for these crimes, however; they are blood guilty for other crimes! I stayed faithful to that organization mostly because of fear of losing my family, I endured torture by my ex pioneer husband beating me in the name of submission, and he was married to alchohol not me!
    Obviously sexual abuse, spousal abuse, children physical abuse and alcoholism are obbiously condoned by Jw’s. I let the JW’s torment me for 30 years and in the end when I got out with my life I lost my family, my friends and ect….
    Was it worth getting out? Yes I am SAFE now! A family who condones such practices and can let their loved one go does not deserve their loved on to begin with how very sad and the JW appology well they can’t forgive others for their shortcomings why should I forgive them! They actually did wrong doing and their words are empty! Thank You

    • Brian says:

      Whats the name of this pedophile? I’ve seen your same post on multiple sights but you never reveal who this person is…why the secrecy if this is an active jw and abuser?

  2. gavin otto says:

    ever since i distanced myself from my mother and sisters who are jw my life and career has gone to shit- do or can they have this influence ??

    • Only if you allow them to have power! Removing yourself was the best possible way to improve yourself! I had the same situation 5 years ago I have no family but I now have great success with my job! Release their hold on you and you will go far! Easier said than done but it will happen for you! Only a Cult has such a strong hold on your inner freedom to become the best you can be!

  3. Mildred says:

    When is there going to be another survey? For 2016? I want to participate! I’ve been free for over a year now 🙂

  4. Sherry says:

    You have to many rules for what can be said in the comments , that’s not freedom of speech , any hiw I hate that masonic hell hall Everytime I was forced to go to that satanic cult I was beaten outside the front with a branch from their trees , it was like a sacrifice , I know i wasn’t the only child who was tortured either .

    • Cedars says:

      Having rules for commenting does not impact your free speech. Your free speech would only be impacted if we stopped you from setting up your own website.

    • factsnotfiction says:

      Hi Sherry

      I think the rules are quite reasonable. Try to be nice and dont talk about religion! lol! Well at least dont try to force your views on others, otherwise every discussion will turn into an argument as to whether God exists or not :D. Everyone has their own views here.
      Aside from that I agree with your coment, I remember very well kids screeming as their Dads beat them to a pulp! because they couldn’t sit still through two hours of absulute boring torture!! Terrible!

  5. Richard Dick Fierro says:

    I have great respect for all who seek the God of the Bible. With that being said, I am interested in hearing comments from faithful lovers of God who are truly trying to please him by being members of the WTB&T SOCIETY OF JEHOVAHS WITNESSES. My main question is, Why do you as a practicing member accept the gov body’s doctrinal teaching of the Bible, card blanch, not to be questioned, or double checked against the pure teaching of the whole Bible as the final word from God? Of course one wouldn’t want to doubt God in any way but how do you reason placing the WTB&TS as your go between you and God’s word? Aren’t we supposed to (1) have the Bible alone as the final and true word from God himself? (2) The final and absolute authority in all matters of christian faith and practice? (3) Hold any and all teaching to sound and honest scutiny. Why then, I reason, would anyone unquestionably trust any man, men, or religious organization as middleman between themself and God? If anything, aren’t we already told by Paul, the chosen apostle of Jesus himself, what God has to say to the world about himself and all topics regarding his will for mankind? Again, ones belief and his right to it I would defend with my life. Mainly because I want my right to freedom of belief protected under the law.

  6. Linda Salas says:

    I have been away from JW for almost 45 years. Still have severe issues. I knew from an very early age something was wrong..I thought it was me. I didn’t believe in some of the teaching so I believe I would be destroyed at Armageddon. My mother became a JW when I was about 3 so I only knew the word of the Society…My childhood was taken away from me I was always scared and waiting for the end..know I would die a horrible death..I lived with that for almost 27 years. Like many, I was married to a JW at 18 he knew me since I was 14 he was an alcoholic and abused me..I allowed him to do this for 7 years..I was almost molested by a congragation servent, he started rubbing my sholders and I ran from him..I am not sure any of this is important today because I have living a good life now but being a JW took so much of me..I was so confussed and afraid..What does love mean to the organization? I could go on and on with stories of abuse with in my family but I don’t feel it would help this forum..I want to stay involved so forgive me if this comment is too personal. My writting skills are weak so I don’t want to ramble..Thank you for starting this site..

  7. Angelico Alberts says:

    Excellent material!!


  8. Karen P. says:

    Greetings Friends,

    Your posts are familiar to me. I had the misfortune of being born into the beliefs via my dad who was accosted by a “good friend.” My mother didn’t quite warm up to the religion’s ideals right away as they were not married into the organization but only began exploration after we came along. My older sister and I were not so involved until after my father informed my mother of her mandatory role as a subordinate in the marriage that she become involved and attend meetings.

    After years of instilling their fear-filled brainwashing tactics on my mother and sister, they both became bonafied baptized JW’s while I became the “black sheep” of shame.

    Honestly at a very young age, I didn’t buy a bit of it. Yes, I believed it was all a ploy to control people. I couldn’t stand being around them and at 16, I became so intolerable, they just gave up on me. So there I was, they couldn’t shun me because I was never baptized but I represented the outcast.

    My sister remains a JW to this day. My father is turning 90 and still an elder in his congregation leading his group in the ministry. Oddly, he came to me today to advise me that I “better wake up” and handed me a “new” bible…rewritten in “simple English” so that everyone could understand. Since when did everyone get so dumb? I resigned it the belief that once again, they have had to change a few things in their doctrine to cover up errors and make prophecy right, again.

    I remember things taught as a youngster and if I mentioned some of the unmentionables now, (1975 great tribulation date) he just denies it. But I was there, 15 years old and I know what I heard.

    I’ve run into and talked to many ex JW’s I’ve known and can honestly say they seem more at ease now then when I knew them back then. Life gets better when you explore different options and see that people are not all bad. 🙂

  9. Andres says:


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