• Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses-Critical Thinkers » Critical Thought Podcast

  • By: JT & Lady Cee
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  • The "Critical Thought" presents topics that will challenge you to use critical thinking as you examine the teachings of Jehovah's Witnesses. As former teachers and members of Watchtower theology, the group known as JW.org, we have insider information to raise public awareness. Most important, we know the psychological tactics the organization uses to lure unsuspecting converts into believing its deceptive teachings.Our intent is not to bash the organization’s religious practices. We are merely conduits, sharing information about the group’s motives and operation. We are dedicated to dispelling the group’s false teachings that they plant in the minds of “the fallen.”As former members of this group, we understand how an enormous burden befalls those members who cannot maintain the pace—a burden of shame, fear, obligation and guilt, judgment and condemnation; accusations of unappreciativeness, spiritual weakness, and the inability to truly love God. Carrying this burden eventually takes its toll. We know many members who expressed a desire to leave the group. But they stayed because they feared losing close relationships with family and longtime friends. So, they put up a front, feigning their zealous commitment as faithful members of the organization. Many struggled—and continue to struggle— to maintain this charade, denying their true feelings. Their friendships are conditional, based on whether they continue as members in the organization. All the while, the leaders pretend that they are part of a big, happy family and convince members to stay the course because the end to our terrible world conditions is around the corner. If through our platform, we help a single person in anguish over his or her inability to live up to the group’s standards—unattainable standards that have nothing whatsoever to do with the Bible or loving God— or prevent unsuspecting victims from joining the group, or assist public educators to better understand their pupils, or help to mend broken family relationships, or motivate individuals to see the need to further their education – we will have succeeded.
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  • Sep 12 2022

    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.













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  • Sep 1 2022

    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-team

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    1 hr and 10 mins
  • Sep 1 2022

    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.


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