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A Jehovah's Witness Murders Family to "Save" Them from Armageddon

Last week, we were shocked and saddened to learn of a Jehovah's Witness mother who committed suicide after killing her husband and two adult children in Detroit, Michigan on February 16, 2018:

Woman Who Killed Self, Entire Family Was Shunned by Jehovah's Witnesses for Sending Kids to College

Joyce Taylor was a personal friend of the Jehovah's Witness mother (Laura Stuart) who murdered herself and her family last week in order to "save" them from Armageddon.   Before Laura killed her family, she wrote: "I had to kill them, it was the only way to save them."  Joyce Taylor, who grew up with Laura, understands the Watchtower cultic mindset and Jehovah's Witness shunning policy that drove Laura to murder her family and she told how just a week before Laura murdered herself and her family, she had visited Joyce and was telling her how concerned she was that "Armageddon" (the battle to end the world) was coming soon.

Joyce, who had left the Watchtower many years before, shared how strong this fear of Armageddon can be in causing a Jehovah's Witness to wish for the death of their non-JW relatives because the Watchtower teaches that if you die "before" Armageddon, you will get a chance to be "resurrected" and have another opportunity to "accept the Truth" (that is, the Watchtower religion) before you will be annihilated, but if you die "during" Armageddon, there will be no second chance.  She believes that this lie along with the Watchtower shunning policy is what drove Laura to murder herself and her family last week and she went back to Laura's Kingdom Hall and tried to tell them so. View the video in which another ExJW couple talks about how the JW shunning policy affects lives:

View Ex-JW Critical Thinker's Interview with Joyce Taylor below:

Jehovah's Witnesses: Triple Murder Suicide Keego Harbor, MI

This is not the only JW murder/suicide where the Jehovah's Witness said that they were killing in order to "save" their family. Soon after I started my ministry in the late 1990's, I read in a 1999 news article about a Jehovah's Witness father (Mark Barton) who decided to murder his wife and 2 kids and then kill himself over unrelenting fears.

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How to Deal with a Cult - Critical Review of Dr Phil's Interview with a Jehovah's Witness Couple

Recently, Dr. Phil interviewed a Jehovah's Witness couple who were in the midst of marital struggles due to the wife deciding to leave Jehovah's Witnesses.  In the midst of their struggles, they had contacted the Jehovah's Witness elders for support, only to have them report false sexual abuse allegations to CPD that caused their children to be taken into custody. Although CPD was unable to confirm the allegations, the Jehovah's Witness elders refused to act on behalf of the Jehovah's Witness parents. As a result, the wife turned to the Dr. Phil show for help.  What transpired on the show was a blatant demonstration of the problems in counseling that can occur when a professional counselor fails to understand the cultic mind control of Jehovah's Witnesses.

In this video, an Ex-Jehovah's Witness explains the mistakes made by Dr. Phil in his interview with this Jehovah's Witness couple and how more understanding of the Jehovah's Witness mindset could have produced more effective results.  This is a good video to see for professional counselors and anyone wanting to help Jehovah's Witnesses, as the mistakes made by Dr. Phil are all too common with people who don't understand the mind control of Jehovah's Witnesses.

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Russia Banning Jehovah's Witnesses and Watchtower Headquarters Shake-up

There is so much happening inside Watchtower Headquarters.  Insiders are speaking out to the Ex-Jehovah's Witness community giving a glimps into how the Watchtower leaders are scrambling to try to cover-up how the organization is crumbling. Not only did the Watchtower lay-off hundreds of JWs with this last week of April being their last week at "Bethel," but Memorial numbers are dropping at a significant rate and just this last week on Thursday, April 20th, 2017, Russia has "banned" Jehovah's Witnesses from operating in their country.  They are calling Jehovah's Witnesses an "Extremist Group" due to their shunning and no blood policy, as well as their "two witness rule" that has allowed them to protect pedophiles within their ranks.

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Domestic Violence and Abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses

When it comes to abuse cover-ups in Jehovah's Witnesses, children are not the only ones who suffer. Women are also encouraged not to report domestic violence abuse, requiring two witnesses, just as elders counsel children who have been sexually abused by Jehovah's Witnesses, Watchtower policies keep victims trapped. If you're struggling with abuse in Jehovah's Witnesses, these articles on our site and the following video "Jehovah's Witnesses and Domestic Violence - Struggles of Jehovah's Witness Women"  by ExJW Critical Thinker may give you some encouragement and hope.

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Emotional blackmail, part of the faith of Jehovah's Witnesses

Most Jehovah's Witnesses live in fear. They feel the obligation to perform, knowing that their every move is under constant scrutiny to determine if they are "worthy enough" for acceptance among the brothers and sisters in the congregation.  Meeting preparations, door-to-door field service, needing to put in enough hours and conduct enough studies to qualify for special privileges, every minute of a Jehovah's Witnesses life becomes legislated by the Watchtower organization as they strive to perform to its every rule and standard.

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Is Mormonism a Cult? - A Mormon Responds to our "What is a Cult" Article

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“As a person with over 50 years of loyal experience with the Mormon Church, but has left it in spirit, if not in name, I thought you might be interested in seeing my reaction to your webpage that gives the test on whether your religion is a cult or not. I shared the following with a Mormon email group I'm on:

TITLE: So is it a cult or isn't it?

Evangelical Christians call Mormonism a cult. Mormons cry foul at the label. So is the Mormon Church a cult or not?

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I found this website that clearly believes so (like that's hard to find). I took their definition of a cult and compared it to the Mormon Church.

First of all, let me go on record as saying that I think most evangelical Christian definitions of a cult are stacked to be sure they can exclude those denominations they don't like. Yet, the behavior they describe in the definition is for the most part negative behavior, so whether it's an accurate definition of a cult or not is rather secondary to the fact that any religion that conforms to the behavior described is one to be leery of.

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Are Jehovah’s Witnesses and Mormons Cults?

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The word “cult” conjures up a variety of ideas in the minds of people.  From the 80 Branch Davidians who followed David Koresh to their fiery death in a Waco compound in 1993 to the 38 Heaven’s Gate followers of Marshall Applewhite who drank poison, committing suicide in an attempt to catch a ride on an alleged spaceship of the 1993 Hale-Bopp Comet, people often think of cultists as weird individuals who isolate themselves into compounds and communes and practice strange beliefs.  But, not all cultists and cult groups fit this stereotype image.  Many of the most deadly cults are much more subtle in their tactics and present a respectable image to the public that often attracts thousands, if not millions to their ranks.  

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3 Reasons Why People Leave Cults

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3 REASONS WHY PEOPLE LEAVE CULTS - What You Should Know When Talking To Them

Why do people leave cults? Why are some willing to seek help from counter-cult ministries while others reject any form of help from ex-members or religious associates? Why is it common for ex-cult members to react defensively to any form of criticism of the group they left?  Why do members remain loyal to the ideals of the group in spite of suffering mental and emotional abuse from cult leadership?  To answer these questions, we must study the three types of people who leave cults.

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What is a Cult?

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WHAT IS A CULT? - Key Facts You Should Know About Cults and Mind Control

- A concise definition of a "cult," Dr Robert Lifton's 8 Criteria of Cultic Mind Control with Questions you can ask to test a group for cultic tendencies

A cult is any group that sets itself up as the supreme authority between God and Man. Cults claim the following:

  1. The Bible is seen as an insufficient guide for spiritual truth. Cult members are told to use the cult’s literature for the proper understanding of God’s truth.
  2. Group leaders are seen as God’s “channel of communication” to man. They equate loyalty to the group as loyalty to God.
  3. They foster a “we/they” mentality to the world, claiming that only inside the group can one find truth and ultimate salvation, and that outside the group is “Satan’s world.”
  4. Doubt and criticism of the group or leaders are disallowed. They often claim that “independent thinking” is evidence of “pride,” and is seen as questioning God and His arrangement for life.
  5. Adherents dispense personal identity for the group mold and take on the personality and characteristics of the totalistic environment of the cult.


Christy Darlington Describes Cult Mind Control on the Faith in Humanity Podcast

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Is It Loving to Tear Down Someone Else's Beliefs?

IS IT LOVING TO TEAR DOWN SOMEONE ELSE’S BELIEFS? –An Open Letter To Those Who Oppose Our Ministry

In today’s culture, it is becoming more and more politically incorrect to take an exclusive stand on spiritual beliefs by claiming that one’s particular set of beliefs are “true” while labeling opposing beliefs as “false.”  For the sake of religious “peace” and “love for neighbor,” no matter what one’s spiritual beliefs may be, his or her beliefs must be “tolerated” and “accepted” as “true for that person” as long as that person does not criticize (i.e., “attack”) those who hold to an alternate view. 

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Why Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses are Not Christians



WHY THEY ARE NOT CHRISTIANS - Answering the Question: "Why do you say that Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses are not Christians. Don't they believe in Jesus?"

The Mormon religion (officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or LDS) and the Jehovah’s Witness organization (also known as the Watchtower) both share a common foundational doctrine: They claim that Christianity became corrupt at the death of the New Testament apostles. They assert that through their religion alone, God has restored the lost and corrupted elements of the Christian faith so that only those who practice their religion possess the purest form of Christianity.

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