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Police inquiry over Jehovah’s Witness magazine ‘mentally diseased’ article

An official magazine for Jehovah’s Witnesses that described those who leave the church as “mentally diseased” is at the centre of a police inquiry, it has emerged.

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The official magazine for Jehovah’s Witnesses has described those who leave the church as “mentally diseased”, prompting an outcry from former members and insiders concerned about the shunning of those who question official doctrine.

An article published in July’s edition of The Watchtower warns followers to stay clear of “false teachers” who are condemned as being “mentally diseased” apostates who should be avoided at all costs. “Suppose that a doctor told you to avoid contact with someone who is infected with a contagious, deadly disease,” the article reads. “You would know what the doctor means, and you would strictly heed his warning. Well, apostates are ‘mentally diseased’, and they seek to infect others with their disloyal teachings.”

A copy of the magazine, distributed by Jehovah’s Witnesses around the world, was given to The Independent by a current member of the church who has become unhappy with official teaching but is afraid to leave for fear of losing his family.

27 comments to Police inquiry over Jehovah’s Witness magazine ‘mentally diseased’ article

  • Jacqueline

    Finland is investigating “Judicial Committees” held by Jehovah witnesses as violation of rights. Read the complete article here:


  • doug

    Yes, Jehovah gave us humans the right to chose between right and wrong , who can say it is wrong or who can say it is right.let those who have no sin cast the first stone.

  • Dupin

    If I may enter in here:

    The other day I went to a site which is linked here and argues that the Witnesses disfellowshipping practice is a throw-back to the 19th century, i.e. Russell. That is quite a misconception probably resulting from all the bragging the Witnesses do about him being their “founder,” which is only true in the sense that he did found the Watchtower and track society and the movement from which the Witnesses severed themselves back in 1931.

    True, the Pastor did make a statement or two about some folks who disagreed, but then so did the Apostle Paul, as quoted in the article under discussion. these were opinions in both cases. The reality in the Pastor’s case was that he founded a movement, not a religious organization in the sense of a sectarian body. congregations were autonomous, free to follow his words or not, as entire congregations were known not to have doen at times.

    While the Pastor did have a high opinon of his own words, who doesn’t, he didn’t require exverybodty to agree with him on every point or face ejection out of the movement. In his last book, “The NEw Creation,” Russell only laid down two essential truths for one to have to enjoy fellowship with him, “(1) Our redemption through the precious blood, and our justification by demonstrated faith therein. (2) Our sanctification, setting apart to the Lord, the Truth and their service–including the service of the brethren” (Volume 6 Pg. 240) That was it, period.

    As We can see, that leaves a lot of room for disagreement. His opinion was simple, if you didn’t agree with him on the important point then you were free to leave and seek your own way with no ill feelings. Bible Students were not forbidden from speaking with such ones In part because Russell consciously organized the movement in such a way as to deny himself that kind of power. He saw that kind of power as sectarianism, something he personally despised.

    Although a bible Student can be disfellowshipped, it is not often and generally over sexual sins, not opinion differences; and it is done by the entire ecclesia, not the elders. I haven’t been with the Bible Student movement all that long, but I do know brethren who’ve spent many years in the movement and have never even heard of a disfellowshipping for doctrinal issues. I’ve recently heard a few speeches at online conventions which make me wonder a little at the wisdom of that. However, I’m not about to argue for letting that particular camel get it’s nose under the edge of the tent in consideration of where that would inevitably lead.

  • Anonymous

    “All who cut loose from the Society and its work, instead of prospering themselves or upbuilding others in the faith and in the graces of the spirit, seemingly do the reverse—attempt injury to the Cause they once served, and, with more or less noise, gradually sink into oblivion, harming only themselves and others possessed of a similarly contentious spirit. . . . If some think that they can get as good or better provender at other tables, or that they can produce as good or better themselves—let these take their course. . . . But while we are willing that others should go anywhere and everywhere to find food and light to their satisfaction, strange to say, those who become our opponents take a very different course. Instead of saying in the manly fashion of the world, ‘I have found something which I prefer; goodbye!’ these manifest anger, malice, hatred, strife, ‘works of the flesh and of the devil’ such as we have never known worldly people to exhibit. They seem inoculated with madness, Satanic hydrophobia [rabies]. Some of them smite us and then claim that we did the smiting. They are ready to say and write contemptible falsities and to stoop to do meanness.” – Pastor Charles T. Russell

    • Jacqueline

      Anonymous, Fair play. I have heard this quote during my years, but never saw exactly what was said. “They seem inoculated with madness, Satanic hydrophobia. (Are italics yours or a part of the quote?) The words “they seem” was Br Russells’ interpretation. And I have to admit a fleshly reply to the men on his same level that he was speaking to. Society was a printing operation at the time. M grandfather had printed tracts dropped in a clearing by small mail plane. There was no organization that held him. If he ceased, as he did, delivering tracts he did not lose his family nor was there anything read about him on the platform in 1908-1915. Those that left Br. Russell’s point of view that he gleaned with help of Holy Spirit, in my estimation didn’t go off into oblivion.So this in my opinion didn’t prove to be a truthful statement. Br. Rutherford’s JW and other faiths still exist today. They have all had a hand in spreading Christ. Most religions have not accepted the Kingdom, Bride and paradise earth as taught in scripture but will benefit from the ransom like everyone else. “If some think they can get as good or better provender at other tables,……………”let these take their course.” My friend, that is what most witnesses and former are asking, that they be allowed to go in peace to something that they feel is better. Without advising family and friend to treat them as enemies. Those that have left should not try and disrupt their wives or husbands right to remain a witness. Some brothers are doing that and they are wrong. Their wives or husbands have the right to choose their religion.
      This site’s purpose is to dissemilate correct understanding of scripture that has been held before JW break-away. Many would like to hear and read so they can judge for themselves. We felt the “ask jacqueline tab” or something similar for venting the anger and hurt after leaving and fighting with the judicial committees, was neccessary and needed. To pretend there is not anger and hurt, normal human emotions, would be naive and foolish.
      Exactly what the situation was in the latter 19th early 20th century when this was written, I can’t comment on it. I can only comment on what the situation is now in the 21st century. All of us should be looking to Jesus as our head and no man or organization, they all sin and fall short of the glory of God. The Bible is the touchstone. And I agree many “worldly people” live together in peace and harmony with entirely different religions or one with no religion. He came to put a sword, not to kill, but to test and incite men to peer with vigor into the word of God. Passiveness in these times of testing of the bride is not the way either. I think you might miss the point of persons who want to leave. You probably have not been hurt very badly by the organization. In this quote he allows persons to leave. The present day watchtower society in print said go, but the individual family members and elders are conflicted on this. Thanks for printing that quote, readers are getting the full disclosure. Please participate again my friend. Jacqueline

  • Bill Carruth

    In my opinion anyone who remains a Jehovah’s Witness and subscribes to the nonsense promulgated by the Watchtower is definitely “mentally diseased”
    and should seek professional psychiatric help immediately. Compulsive religious fanaticism like the Witnesses is simply a cover to lessen guilt and shame no matter the degree and situation. The Witnesses I’ve met are so sickeningly sweet and phoney about life, Jehovah, the ‘Holy Bible’ and the Watchtower in general induced instant mental vomiting. But they are good a quoting scripture, scripture passages of authors unknown to this day.

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