Matthew 26:64: “You yourself said it.”
Are Jehovah’s Witnesses a Cult?
I tend to agree with phizzy. “Cult” may not be the right term but high control group or some shade thereof has been earned, for sure and for certain.
I'd bet that most jdubs would view Scientology as a cult. There have been so many instances of Leah and Mike (and many others) explaining things, where I've thought, "Damn, merely substitute jdubs for Scientologists and it's bang on the same mind control." They're so alike in many different ways.
I had a similar experiance. When reading steve hassins book about his time in the moonies, many many times i substituted ‘jw’s’ for moonies and it was identical.
Maybe cult is right word....
Well....why is there the need for this forum? Why do individuals hide behind avatars as afraid to reveal who they truly are? What will happen if you decide to 'officially' leave Jehovah's witnesses? I let you decide if Jehovah's witnesses are a cult or not?
Just on the scholarly side we avoid the term cult because people abused it and threw it around in the 80s and made absurd claims (I can go into it if anyone wants). But... this organization is deeply authoritarian, repressive, threatens and shames people, and creates and sustains a cult of personality about unquestionable leaders, the Governing Body
High control? Very.
Let's review: It's a cult!
Do bears poop in the woods? Th ink about it. Still Totally ADD
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
to me I cant trust any organization, government or person that isent 100 % transparent
Ridiculous snswer there.
Firstly, Jehovahs witnesses are a (relatively) new religion.
Secondly they positively DO have human leaders, 8 currently, and whereas a jw can voice doubts over god or jesus, if he were to disobey the smallest dictate of these leaders he would be kicked out without hesitation.
Finally, any positive effect they have on a few individuals is far outweighed by the devastation they've wrought on countless famillies snd the thousands of deaths due to blood and suicide. They only hold literacy classes in order to recruit into the cult and their "disaster relief" is minimal - helping only other witesses. The organization 's billions in yearly donations are spent solely on the organization itself, not even needy Jehovahs witnesses see a penny of donation money.
They do absolutely nothing to help the local community, with whom they have nothing to do, unless its to recruit them into what is, most definitely, a cult!
Phew got that off my chest!!
"Cult" is verbal shorthand for "A religion different from mine." It's just a word, this question has come up a million times here and elsewhere, and it will come up a million more. The response will tell you more about the person answering than it will the religion.