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As we present the facts about our personal experience with the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society (the "Society"), we challenge individuals to use critical thinking when examining the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses, the group that follows the leadership of the Society. We encourage you to do research and not blindly accept everything the Society tells you. Learn about the history of this organization so you can make informed decisions that are in your own best interests.

Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses-Critical Thinkers » Critical Thought Podcast JT & Lady Cee

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.4 • 158 Ratings

As we present the facts about our personal experience with the Watchtower, Bible & Tract Society (the "Society"), we challenge individuals to use critical thinking when examining the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses, the group that follows the leadership of the Society. We encourage you to do research and not blindly accept everything the Society tells you. Learn about the history of this organization so you can make informed decisions that are in your own best interests.

    Jehovah's Witnesses & Career Choices

    Jehovah's Witnesses & Career Choices

    n this video, we will discuss Jehovah’s Witnesses and cart witnessing and how they believe that this is one of the best career choices you can make. Because the Witnesses believe that the world is soon to end, there is no need to spend any time pursuing a career in endless pursuits. Instead, they believe that trying to convert others to learn the truth as outlined by their religion is what God wants them to do. You will learn how the Watchtower leadership misappropriates the term career by insinuating that if their members take up the task of cart witnessing, it somehow equates into a meaningful career choice. https://www.npr.org/2017/02/19/510585965/poor-education-leads-to-lost-dreams-and-low-income-for-many-jehovahs-witnesses Please consider supporting our work on Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/exjwcriticalthinker    Check out our videos on why we left the Why We Left the Jehovah's Witnesses   https://youtu.be/rqYUCV4FHI4 https://youtu.be/bLaSB9P2MEE   Visit us on the Web at http://www.exjwcriticalthinker.com Support the show

    • 9 min
    Why I Left Jehovah's Witnesses 43 Years Ago, but Went Back During COVID

    Why I Left Jehovah's Witnesses 43 Years Ago, but Went Back During COVID

    Interviewing individuals has been one of the main staples of our YouTube channel. It is interesting meeting so many devoted persons, seeking to find the truth and live genuine lives. Harriet is one such individual. You will enjoy learning about her experience as she states how she got caught up with the Jehovah's Witnesses and their love bombing, thinking she was joining a group that had good integrity, love and concern all to find out it was superficial. She leaves the organization without reservation and 43 years later returns to the group thinking they have made major changes. All to discover that it's a different time period but the same ole tactics packaged in a different box. You've got to hear her story as she relates information about losing her child, and writing about her personal experiences to assist and comfort others. Be sure to get a copy of her book online at the following link:Being Smart About Your Health: A Black Person's Guide to Better Health and Longer Life In America Patreon - https://www.patreon.com/exjwcriticalthinker    Check out our videos on why we left the Why We Left the Jehovah's Witnesses   https://youtu.be/rqYUCV4FHI4 https://youtu.be/bLaSB9P2MEE   Visit us on the Web at http://www.exjwcriticalthinker.com    SUBSCRIBE to us on YouTube http://bit.ly/2p9RTSC Support the show

    • 1 hr 6 min
    How Does the Jehovah's Witness Culture Impact Your Mental Health?

    How Does the Jehovah's Witness Culture Impact Your Mental Health?

    MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES https://www.betterup.com/blog/mental-health-awareness https://www.mentalhealth.gov/get-help https://www.mhanational.org/finding-therapy https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/988 https://www.cdc.gov/mentalhealth/learn/index.htm  https://www.nimh.nih.gov/   You can also Google your Local Mental Health providers for those that live in different countries other than North America.Support the show

    • 46 min
    Mental Health Challenges of Jehovah's Witnesses

    Mental Health Challenges of Jehovah's Witnesses

    00;00;20;07 - 00;01;00;13 Speaker 1 The patient was diagnosed by a psychiatrist as a paranoid schizophrenic after ten years, he was pronounced incurable and was able to stay out of the mental institution only by taking three pills every day. And then one of Jehovah's Witnesses calling from house to house managed to start a Bible study with him. After eight months, the man needed no more pills, and four months later he was pronounced fully cured. 00;01;00;18 - 00;01;39;00 Then there was the woman in Michigan who for many years had received regular psychotherapy shock treatments and had spent $5,000 on drug treatment. Yet she still kept threatening suicide. After studying the Bible with Jehovah's Witnesses, she was able to discontinue taking drugs as well as quit smoking. She found her psychiatrist to tell him that now she felt better than she had ever felt before, and what accounted for it? He replied that he wished all of his patients could find a cure like that. 00;01;46;04 - 00;02;23;16 The two experiences that you just heard, they came from the April 22nd, 1975, a week magazine. These types of articles form the foundation and the basis for the type of culture that exists among Jehovah's Witnesses. For decades, and that is people who are struggling with mental health issues. It is because you are spiritually weak. And so by citing examples of someone who had an incurable situation in their life with schizophrenia, that by reading our magazines they were cured. These types of articles were used by elders, circuit overseers and speakers all around the world to tell the Jehovah's Witnesses just read our magazines and your problems will be fixed. 00;02;38;28 - 00;03;07;19 Hi, this is Lady Cee. Welcome to the critical thought. In the upcoming episode, we're going to be talking about Jehovah's Witnesses and mental health awareness. In fact, we have a series of videos that we're going to be covering under this umbrella, talking about mental health awareness, because a lot of people, they may be experiencing these issues in their lives, but they don't realize it. And we also teamed up with a mental health professional who is going to weigh in on this matter. 00;03;17;03 - 00;03;40;25 There is still a stigma when it comes to mental health. Individuals perceive mental health as, you know, that something is wrong with me. You know, I'm flawed. Know there's a deficit. I think we are addressing that stigma by taking more of a strength based approach to addressing mental health. Not what's wrong with you, but what's right about you. Maybe. Maybe we've forgotten what was right about me. Through whatever circumstances. Of situations that. I've I've gone into in my life. In the mind is interesting. We can get so focused on that algorithm of negativity, too, where we only see what we believe and then. 00;04;11;07 - 00;04;23;06 Hi, I'm Daniel. I am JT and the purpose of this video is to speak to you about how the Watchtower creates mental health issues for its members. Okay, JT, let's start. 00;04;23;09 - 00;04;32;11 Speaker 2 Yeah, that is something that you will find in this religion is the mental health concerns that people will end up finding themselves dealing with. 00;04;33;00 - 00;04;52;06 Speaker 3 Mm hmm. Well, a few weeks ago, we released a video, and we made the point that the Watchtower, the governing body, the witnesses and the society as a whole basically were the modern day Pharisees, but they were the modern day Pharisees because they were creating manmade mandates. Do you remember. Support the show

    • 23 min
    The Top Six Questions You Should Ask a Jehovah's Witness

    The Top Six Questions You Should Ask a Jehovah's Witness

    In the month of September, the Jehovah's Witnesses are planning to offer free home Bible studies. If you happen to find yourself in their audience, this podcast will help you to prepare to ask questions that can help you keep from getting caught in their hamster wheel.  Most people are unaware of the Jehovah's Witness culture and how they do their recruiting. It means that you could find yourself in a situation not realizing how you got there. Support the show

    • 16 min
    What Else Did They Lie About? Interview with Shayla Hudson Riggle

    What Else Did They Lie About? Interview with Shayla Hudson Riggle

    In this episode, Shayla Hudson Riggle discusses her experience growing up as one of Jehovah's Witnesses and how after a family secret finally came to life, she wanted to know what else they were lying about. The decision to do further investigation about Jehovah's Witnesses lead her directly to exjw critical thinkers youtube channel. She is excited to wake up to the truth about the religion and is sharing her personal story about how she woke up and began walking in her own path.  Shayla has her own production company, successfully making strides in her life. You can learn more about her company at: https://shoutoutla.com/meet-shayla-hudson-riggle-ceo-partner-executive-producer/ https://www.rigglemethat.org/meet-the-teamSupport the show

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

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158 Ratings

158 Ratings

Tootyred ,

Thank you- bless you

I’m a third generation JW, and left when I was 19 after living in foster care because of the abuse of my Elder Father. I knew I made the right decision when I had my son. And I knew that I couldn’t subject my child to the abuses of my own childhood. Thank you!!!

mmares12 ,

Love it

Great Podcast. I can relate to just about every single topic. This show is the realest. JT sounds just like the elders which makes it so much easier on the ears when he critiques the cult. Haha, if that doesn’t make me brainwashed!!!

mmw19796 ,

Excellent!

Love This podcast! Shines such a great light. I find it extremely accurate. Makes me feel not so alone!

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