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2013 Survey: Member of “Anointed” Class

Who can answer this Survey?

  • Those who WERE baptized as Jehovah’s Witnesses
  • Those who ARE regularly reporting field service each month
  • Those who PARTOOK of the emblems at the latest memorial
  • Those who consider themselves of the anointed remnant, with a heavenly hope
  • Both anointed elders AND those not serving as elders, men and women
  • Those who are NOT currently disfellowshipped or disassociated

If you’ve chosen the wrong survey group, please CLICK HERE to go back and make a better choice.

If you meet all of the above criteria, please continue . . .

When ready, please answer the following questions:

Do you serve in any of these roles? (Tick any that apply - max 6)

  • Regular Pioneer (82%, 9 Votes)
  • Elder (45%, 5 Votes)
  • RBC Volunteer (18%, 2 Votes)
  • Regular auxiliary pioneer (18%, 2 Votes)
  • Ministerial Servant (9%, 1 Votes)
  • Hospital Liaison Committee Member (9%, 1 Votes)
  • Branch / Country Committee Member (0%, 0 Votes)
  • An assignment at a branch / country office (0%, 0 Votes)
  • An assignment at world headquarters (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Governing Body member (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Special Pioneer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • MTS-BSSB Graduate (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Bethel Volunteer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Circuit Overseer (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Missionary (0%, 0 Votes)
  • District Overseer (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 11

What led you to conclude that you are of the anointed remnant? (Tick any that apply)

  • I just know that I am going to heaven (35%, 6 Votes)
  • It's personal. I would rather not say (35%, 6 Votes)
  • There is nothing special about me. I believe that all true Christians go to heaven (18%, 3 Votes)
  • I had a dream or vision that revealed my calling to me (6%, 1 Votes)
  • None of the above. I don't believe I'm going to heaven - I just partook at the Memorial (6%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 17

A recent Questions From Readers (w11 8/15 p22) suggested that some Memorial partakers might be mentally or emotionally imbalanced. What are your thoughts on this? (Tick whichever applies - max 3)

  • I do not consider myself mentally or emotionally imbalanced (93%, 14 Votes)
  • It was an attempt to diminish the role of the anointed in relation to the Governing Body (53%, 8 Votes)
  • I object to this suggestion (27%, 4 Votes)
  • It was a fair observation (13%, 2 Votes)
  • I have no thoughts on this (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

The Governing Body says there is no need to contact the anointed or find out who they are. Do you agree with this?

  • Yes (54%, 7 Votes)
  • No (46%, 6 Votes)
  • There used to be, but not anymore (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

How many years have you been a baptized Witness? (From your baptism to now, or until you left the organization)

  • More than 40 years (40%, 6 Votes)
  • 10 to 25 years (27%, 4 Votes)
  • 25 to 40 years (20%, 3 Votes)
  • 5 to 10 years (13%, 2 Votes)
  • Less than 5 years (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 15

Have you ever been the subject of a judicial committee hearing?

  • No (57%, 8 Votes)
  • Yes (43%, 6 Votes)
  • I was summoned, but I didn't attend (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

Have you ever been REINSTATED into the organization just so that you could have contact with your family again, and for no other reason?

  • No (100%, 14 Votes)
  • Yes (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

What is your personal stance on blood?

  • I refuse blood in all forms (36%, 5 Votes)
  • I refuse whole blood transfusions, but accept treatment with fractions (21%, 3 Votes)
  • I openly accept all forms of treatment with blood (21%, 3 Votes)
  • Secretly, I would accept treatment with blood if my life was at stake (14%, 2 Votes)
  • I would rather not say (7%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

At the Annual Meeting on October 5th, 2012, a “new understanding” revealed that Governing Body alone may be considered as being the Faithful & Discreet Slave. What do you think? (Tick any that apply)

  • It was a cynical attempt at consolidating control of the organization (77%, 10 Votes)
  • It was a response to the increasing number of memorial partakers (46%, 6 Votes)
  • It makes no difference to me (31%, 4 Votes)
  • They are now no different than the Pope (31%, 4 Votes)
  • I don’t understand how it could take 93+ years to cleanse the organization (31%, 4 Votes)
  • I thought the Governing Body was the Faithful Slave before this (15%, 2 Votes)
  • I agree with it, it makes total sense (8%, 1 Votes)
  • They should have shared it in the publications first (8%, 1 Votes)
  • Who are we to argue? It’s Jesus Christ’s decision (8%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

What part of the world are you living in now?

  • North America (62%, 8 Votes)
  • Europe (23%, 3 Votes)
  • South America (15%, 2 Votes)
  • Central America (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Africa (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Asia (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Middle East (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Oceania (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

ONLY IF you consider yourself to be an "apostate," what are your thoughts towards Jehovah's Witnesses? (Tick any that apply - max 8)

  • I love Jehovah's Witnesses, and I am concerned that they are being misled (100%, 4 Votes)
  • How dare they call me "mentally diseased"? (50%, 2 Votes)
  • The Governing Body know what they are doing, and they should be held to account for their actions (25%, 1 Votes)
  • I have nothing against Jehovah's Witnesses, but I would like to see the Watch Tower Society dissolved (25%, 1 Votes)
  • I love Jehovah's Witnesses, and I am concerned that they are being misled (25%, 1 Votes)
  • I would like to see the Watch Tower Society drastically change its damaging policies (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I would rather not say what I think, it would be too offensive (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I would like to draw them off as followers after myself (0%, 0 Votes)
  • I hate all Jehovah's Witnesses (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 4

Do you believe that Jehovah's Witnesses represent God's spirit-directed organization?

  • Yes (54%, 7 Votes)
  • No (31%, 4 Votes)
  • Unsure (15%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

Do you believe that elders are appointed by Holy Spirit?

  • No (77%, 10 Votes)
  • Yes (15%, 2 Votes)
  • Unsure (8%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

Do you believe that the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation is a literal number?

  • Yes (69%, 9 Votes)
  • Unsure (31%, 4 Votes)
  • No (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

Do you believe that you are free to express a difference of opinion within the Witness faith?

  • No (69%, 9 Votes)
  • Yes (31%, 4 Votes)
  • Unsure (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

Do you believe the legal entities of Jehovah's Witnesses should enjoy charitable or non-profit status?

  • No (50%, 6 Votes)
  • Yes (50%, 6 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

Have you ever known or heard of one of Jehovah's Witnesses committing or attempting suicide?

  • Yes (77%, 10 Votes)
  • No (23%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

Have you ever researched Jehovah's Witnesses on the Internet?

  • Yes (77%, 10 Votes)
  • No (23%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

Do you believe that the Watch Tower Society can (or should be) reformed?

  • Yes, I believe there is a realistic hope of the Society undergoing major reform (42%, 5 Votes)
  • The Society shouldn’t be reformed, it should be dissolved entirely (33%, 4 Votes)
  • The Society should undergo reform, but I cannot see it happening (25%, 3 Votes)
  • No, the Society doesn't need to reform in any way (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 12

Please continue by answering the following questions about the Watchtower’s beliefs and practices:

Which of the following beliefs / practices of Jehovah's Witnesses do you DISAGREE with (if any)?

  • Young people are not to pursue higher education (79%, 11 Votes)
  • Pedophiles: two witnesses required to convince elders of molestation (71%, 10 Votes)
  • Sisters who are beaten by their husbands are not entitled to a divorce. They must remain married to their abuser (or present evidence of adultery for a divorce) if they wish to remain in the faith. (71%, 10 Votes)
  • Apostates are “mentally diseased” (64%, 9 Votes)
  • The Society should dictate what goes on in the bedroom between a married couple (64%, 9 Votes)
  • Beards are frowned upon, brothers with beards not used to give convention presentations (64%, 9 Votes)
  • Pedophilia: treated as a judicial matter rather than a crime (57%, 8 Votes)
  • Outside literature or any other form of information is NOT to be consulted when researching bible teachings, ONLY Watchtower publications are to be recommended. (57%, 8 Votes)
  • Pedophiles: not automatically prohibited from becoming an elder or ministerial servant in the future (see Oct 1st 2012 B.O.E. letter) (57%, 8 Votes)
  • Pedophiles: names kept confidential from the congregation unless the Branch Office decides otherwise (see Oct 1st 2012 B.O.E. letter) (57%, 8 Votes)
  • Masturbation is wrong (50%, 7 Votes)
  • Masturbation is wrong (50%, 7 Votes)
  • The insistence on 607 BCE for the fall of Jerusalem, contrary to commonly-accepted historical evidence (50%, 7 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: most prophecies in Revelation and Daniel for the ‘last days’ fulfilled in early 20th Century (50%, 7 Votes)
  • Reporting of the number of hours spent in the preaching work (50%, 7 Votes)
  • Disfellowshipped teenagers are comparable to Nadab and Abihu, the Israelite priests who were struck dead by Jehovah for offering illegitimate fire on behalf of the entire congregation (50%, 7 Votes)
  • Past mistakes and future refinements are due to “increasing light” from God’s holy spirit (50%, 7 Votes)
  • The Governing Body is God’s sole channel of communication (50%, 7 Votes)
  • Young people should not be involved in extra curricular sports (50%, 7 Votes)
  • Witnesses who leave are to be shunned by family members if they are old enough to leave home (50%, 7 Votes)
  • Armageddon is imminent, and only Jehovah’s Witnesses will survive (50%, 7 Votes)
  • Giving no minimum age for baptism, which leads to many in their early teens (or even younger) getting baptized oblivious to the full ramifications of this decision. (43%, 6 Votes)
  • The Governing Body is the Faithful and Discreet Slave (43%, 6 Votes)
  • Jesus Christ is only a mediator for the 144,000, and not for any members of the Great Crowd (43%, 6 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: Christ began ruling as king in heaven in 1914 (43%, 6 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: the anointed “generation” of Matthew 24:32-34 “overlaps” with those anointed ones who witness the Great Tribulation (36%, 5 Votes)
  • Celebrating birthdays is wrong (36%, 5 Votes)
  • Whole blood transfusions are to be refused, even if life is at stake (36%, 5 Votes)
  • Bible prophecy: Christ appointed Rutherford and his associates to be the “Faithful and Discreet Slave” over his “domestics” in 1919 (29%, 4 Votes)
  • Christmas is to be rejected as a pagan celebration, even though wedding rings also have pagan origins (29%, 4 Votes)
  • Only those who are spirit-anointed should partake of the memorial emblems (21%, 3 Votes)
  • None. I agree with all teachings and practices contained in Watchtower publications (21%, 3 Votes)
  • Others that are not mentioned above (please specify in the comments box below) (14%, 2 Votes)
  • Refusal to accept aspects of evolutionary theory (7%, 1 Votes)
  • Any toys with magical connotations (such as Sparlock) should be thrown away (7%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 14

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