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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 • 155 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.

    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
    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
    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
    Jehovah's Witnesses: Don't Accept that Scholarship!

    Jehovah's Witnesses: Don't Accept that Scholarship!

    Letter to the Body of Elders Seeking Lawyers - https://imgur.com/HivxGbX In this podcast, JT delivers a powerful discourse about Jehovah's Witnesses and Education.Support the show

    • 16 min
    The Power of the Platform...How What We Say Can Affect People in Our Audience.

    The Power of the Platform...How What We Say Can Affect People in Our Audience.

    In this episode, the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses shared an analogy on the world wide platform asking a very pointed question about little babies comparing them to little angels or enemies of God. We discuss the ramifications of what this means in the Jehovah's Witness community and how it will no doubt play out in the lives of the members of this group.Support the show

    • 12 min
    Jehovah's Witnesses, Secretly Accepting Blood Transfusions

    Jehovah's Witnesses, Secretly Accepting Blood Transfusions

    Recently, we received an email from an anesthesiologist discussing his experience with Jehovah's Witnesses secretly taking blood. In this podcast, we discuss the situation with Jehovah's Witnesses and how our guest, Shauna, was faced with this dilemma. Find out how she and her family handled their situation in this podcast. ********************* Begin Email message from anesthesiologist: Hello. I found you guys on the Internet. I’m a[n] anesthesiologist. I have a question for you. What percentage of those witnesses would take a blood transfusion if it could be absolutely guaranteed where no one will ever find out? I have had several patients that in the operating room, I asked them before going to sleep if they would receive blood. They have said ‘no blood’ in the presence of  family in the preoperative area. However when alone in the operating room with no family members around, they have said that they will, in fact, accept blood in the operating room as long as nobody finds out. This has happened a number of times. A recent case where a woman that I had as a patient almost died until we got her to the operating room and were able to give her blood anonymously. We’re trying to develop a policy in the hospital somehow to be able to give JWs the option of a truly free decision on whether or not they want to receive blood without the pressure of being in the presence of family and church vampires about. Any of your thoughts are greatly appreciated. End Email *********************** To learn more about our Guest Shauna, be sure to check out the interview we did where she and her husband shared their experience on our YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=on42UtqJZEs&t=619sSupport the show

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
155 Ratings

155 Ratings

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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!!!

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

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