Category Archives: Cedars’ Blog

“Treat your disfellowshipped loved ones as though they have been slain by Jehovah, and don’t mourn them!”
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Watchtower is piling on the misery for disfellowshipped ones with its latest propaganda

In what should surely rank among some of the most grotesque propaganda ever to be churned out by Watchtower’s writing department, Jehovah’s Witnesses are being asked to think of their disfellowshipped family members, not just as being dead, but as … Continue reading

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Why would Jesus appoint male chauvanists to his ‘faithful and discreet slave’?
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Some chauvinistic remarks made by Sam Herd during his time as a traveling overseer are circulating on YouTube

According to the current theology laid out in Watchtower publications, members of the Governing Body are individually appointed by Jesus to serve as part of his “faithful and discreet slave” – his earthly representatives charged with dispensing spiritual “food at … Continue reading

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At last! The results of the 2013 Global Survey are finally published
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The silent majority are slowly finding their voice

Nearly three years ago this website was launched with the aim of gathering the opinions of the “silent majority” – the multitudes of current and former Witnesses whose lives are profoundly impacted by the Governing Body but who have no … Continue reading

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Why it is wrong to ban Jehovah’s Witnesses
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Putting victims of undue influence on trial for their delusions benefits no one

The JW.org website is reporting that a court in Russia has convicted and sentenced 7 Jehovah’s Witnesses for practicing their faith. Four congregation elders were given suspended prison sentences of five to five and a half years, and were ordered … Continue reading

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If Satan controls the media, how is Watchtower able to use it so effectively?
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If the media is really under Satan's control, how is Watchtower able to use it so freely?

“We live in a world in which lies, deceit, and violent anger are commonplace,” warned one 1988 Watchtower. “Satan makes full use of the media to put across this degraded mentality.” (w88 9/1 p.16 par.13) The above statement is typical … Continue reading

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Convention gimmicks, trinkets and souvenirs – If the end is truly ‘imminent’, why waste time on them?
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Two sisters show off their haul of souvenirs from an international convention

If ever you find yourself at a loose end with some time to kill, I highly recommend scrolling through the “jw_witnesses” account on instagram. Scanning the heavily manicured pages of JW.org is one thing, but if you want a more … Continue reading

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Jehovah and Watchtower – are they now to be thought of as one and the same?
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Watchtower's latest magazine uses "Jehovah" as a synonym for the organization

Last year saw the publishing of a bizarre “Seven Shepherds, Eight Dukes” Watchtower article in which Jehovah’s Witnesses were told not to expect any justification for the commands passed down by their leaders. The study magazine urged Witnesses to “obey … Continue reading

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Partying in the kingdom hall – why OK for convention delegates, but not newlyweds?
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A YouTube video recently uploaded by a delegate to one of the 2014 international conventions is causing a stir among current and former Witnesses alike. Now with over 11,000 views the video, shot on June 6th by a delegate to … Continue reading

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The Cedars Review: “God’s Kingdom Rules!”
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David Splane releases the book "God's Kingdom Rules!" at the 2014 International Convention in New Jersey

A new book is being released at the 2014 “Keep Seeking First God’s Kingdom” series of conventions. Entitled “God’s Kingdom Rules!,” it marks the centenary of 1914 with a heavily sanitized version of Jehovah’s Witness history over the past 100 … Continue reading

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Former elder convicted of rape and pedophilia amid claims of non-cooperation and destroyed evidence
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The conviction of Mark Sewell as a pedophile and rapist casts a shadow over the Barry Congregation

One of the most alarming Jehovah’s Witness sex abuse cases ever seen in the UK has ended with the conviction of former elder, Mark Sewell, on eight historic sex charges, including rape, between 1987 and 1995. Sewell, 53, faces a … Continue reading

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If shunning loved ones is scriptural, why does Watchtower publicly deny the practice?
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Shunning deniers: Veikko Leinonen (center) is the latest Watchtower representative to downplay the shunning policy in front of the media

Watchtower representative Veikko Leinonen recently made an appearance on Finnish television in which he essentially denied that Jehovah’s Witness parents shun children who leave. Asked whether a young Jehovah’s Witness can leave freely and start his own life, Leinonen replied … Continue reading

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Elders labelled “spiritually corrupt and morally bankrupt” in Mark Sewell trial
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Former elder Mark Sewell has been accused of using his position as an elder to exploit women and children (image: Wales Online)

Wales Online reporter Ciaran Jones is closely following a court case at Merthyr Crown Court where a former elder, Mark Sewell, is standing trial over 12 historic sex charges, which he denies. The court has heard that businessman Sewell, 53, … Continue reading

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The Charity Commission and Jehovah’s Witnesses – is the game finally up?
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With the Charity Commission now investigating Jehovah's Witnesses, has the penny finally dropped?

Not long after waking up from my indoctrination as a Witness I posted an article on this website expressing my dismay at the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses in the UK are classed as a charity despite falling woefully short of … Continue reading

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