Category Archives: Cedars’ Blog

The 2016 Global Survey of Jehovah’s Witnesses is launched!
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More than 6,000 had their say in the 2015 Global Survey of Jehovah's Witnesses

You will all be pleased to know that the 2016 Global Survey of Jehovah’s Witnesses was launched this weekend, and already has 124 responses. To add your voice to the new survey, simply click on the “have your say” graphic … Continue reading

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Under new management: JWsurvey welcomes new Editor and Assistant Editor for next three months
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With any worthwhile cause, many hands make light work

It gives me great pleasure to announce some exciting changes. Over the last few months I have been gradually expanding our team of writers. The more I have witnessed the skills and attributes of my wonderful team, the more I have grown in confidence … Continue reading

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Watchtower’s ‘new light’ scrapheap: The ever-decreasing shelf life of ‘spiritual food’
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Watchtower is quietly discontinuing a number of its well-known publications

The last time I ever set foot in the kingdom hall of an English-speaking congregation was in 2012. It was an excruciating experience. I was fully awakened, and attended only in an ultimately-vain attempt to quiet some of the gossip … Continue reading

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Spotlight: The movie every Jehovah’s Witness simply MUST watch
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The film "Spotlight" tells the story of Boston Globe journalists who uncovered widespread child abuse in the Catholic Church

Last night my wife and I were able to watch an exceptional movie – one of those rare cinematic experiences that combines gripping performances with a compelling story-line and a powerful message. And it is a message that ALL Jehovah’s … Continue reading

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Does Jehovah control the weather?
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Watchtower is increasingly crediting Jehovah with manipulating the weather in their favor

“How many of our brothers have been affected?” During my years as a Jehovah’s Witness, that was usually the first question on the lips of friends and family whenever reports came through of a catastrophic natural disaster. Watchtower literature frequently … Continue reading

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The trouble with apostates (and why it shouldn’t put you off being one)
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There is a war going on among apostates, but it is no reason for gloating by Jehovah's Witnesses

At the beginning of October I produced and participated in a video featuring 62 Jehovah’s Witness apostates from all over the world. The video has so far attracted more than 24,000 views. Our message to believing JWs was simple: apostates … Continue reading

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My response to Mark Sanderson’s “come home to Jehovah” November broadcast
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Mark Sanderson makes an emotional appeal for inactive ones to return

Last night I was contacted by one of my Facebook friends who was facing a dilemma. They had themselves been approached by a believing relative regarding the November JW Broadcasting episode, hosted by Mark Sanderson. This new episode revisits the … Continue reading

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Highly-secretive “Talmudic” Correspondence Guidelines document leaked by Watchtower insider
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The November 2014 JW Broadcasting episode shows mail being sorted at Watchtower's correspondence department

The last few weeks will have been deeply frustrating for the Governing Body, as multiple leaks have exposed a growing resentment of their attitudes and policies among an increasing number of bethel workers. And now a fresh leak from a Watchtower … Continue reading

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The Tight Pants Rule: Wearing “disturbing” clothing gets you banned from preaching
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Jimmy Fallon and Will Ferrell performing their famous "tight pants" skit

A few weeks ago I was contacted by one of a number of active elders who are “awakened” from Watchtower indoctrination, but who must keep up a pretense of being loyal to the organization due to being threatened with shunning. … Continue reading

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62 apostates mark JWsurvey Day 2015 with a message of love for Jehovah’s Witnesses
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62 apostates have joined forces to reach out to Jehovah's Witnesses

If you are a Jehovah’s Witness, you will have to be satisfied with remembering October 4th 2015 as the day congregations worldwide were informed of the scrapping of the Theocratic Ministry School – over a week after the news was … Continue reading

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Watchtower issues DMCA takedown over leaked annual meeting letter
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Lawyers at Watchtower have forced us to remove the leaked annual meeting letter from our pages

On Thursday, September 24, JWsurvey reproduced a Watchtower letter that had been leaked by a bethel insider. Dated October 4, 2015, the letter advised (or WILL advise) congregations of the announcements that are to be made at Saturday’s annual meeting. … Continue reading

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Watchtower in crisis: Frustration grows at bethel as Governing Body focuses everything on Warwick
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Is Warwick already becoming a new Mecca prized by the Governing Body above all else?

The Watch Tower Society is continuing to hemorrhage information. Hot on the heels of the leak of the annual meeting announcements, yet more details have emerged hinting at growing resentment among bethelites as downsizing intensifies. JWsurvey has been contacted again … Continue reading

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Theocratic Ministry School GONE as 2015 Annual Meeting announcements leaked in advance
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Key announcements from the 2015 annual meeting have been leaked over a week in advance

It’s the time of year when Jehovah’s Witnesses worldwide look forward with eager anticipation to Watchtower’s Annual Meeting. Usually hosted at the Jersey City Assembly Hall (or “Stanley Theater”), over recent years the Governing Body has increasingly used the event … Continue reading

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