Thursday, March 15, 2007

Become a Jehovah's Witness and you can't...

Celebrate Mother's Day
Celebrate Father's Day
Celebrate Grandparent's Day
Celebrate Birthdays
Celebrate Thanksgiving
Celebrate New Year's Eve or Day
Celebrate Christmas
Celebrate Halloween
Celebrate Easter
Celebrate Flag Day
Celebrate Independence Day (Fourth of July)
Celebrate Hanukkah
Celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Celebrate Valentine's Day
Celebrate "Any" Holiday
Sing any Holiday Songs
Eat Turkey on Thanksgiving
Create Holiday artwork in school
Join the Boy Scouts
Join the Girl Scouts
Buy Girl Scout Cookies
Become a Cheerleader
Attend class reunions (No "Worldly" association)

Go to the school prom
Play School Sports (No competition allowed)

Play Professional Sports
Join any organization that has ties to Christianity
Shop at the Salvation Army
Volunteer for the Salvation Army
Donate to Relief Organizations like the Red Cross, Salvation Army, Charities and more
Shop at Church run thrift stores
Shop at Church Garage Sales
Shop at any Store that has Christian ties
Contribute to the Red Cross
Attend a Church School
Join the YMCA

Join the Military
Become a Police Officer
Attend Alcoholics Anonymous
Have any job with a gun
Strike against a Company
Salute the Flag
Can't Stand at Public Events while others are Standing For National Anthem
Sing the National Anthem
Go to War
Wear Clothing Associated with War; e.g. Combats or Army Tops
Learn karate

Vote (Conscience matter now to please Governments, you will be ostracized if you do)

Run for any Public Office
Campaign for a Candidate
Contribute to the Presidential Campaign Fund on your tax return
Can join union, but not participate in its affairs
Run for class president
Join Sororities or Fraternities
Participate in holiday parties at school
Buy lottery tickets
Play Bingo
Can't buy a raffle ticket
Date without supervision - young or old
Watch R rated movies
Cannot work on another Church if it's a regular customer
Own a religious picture or statue
Smoke cigarettes, pipes or a cigars
Sell cigarettes, pipes or a cigars
Accept Blood

Donate Blood
Store your own blood before an operation
Wear blue jeans or casual clothes to the meetings
Wear pants to the Kingdom Hall if you are a female
Wear skirts or dresses that are above the knee at any time
Wear any type of long hair if you are a man
Wear a beard in some Kingdom Halls and areas (judged hard)
Pierce ears if male, other body parts if female
Have any tattoos after joining
Say curse words
Can't be hypnotized
Get divorced unless scriptural (adultery or fornication is committed by one partner) if you do divorce cannot remarry unless ex fornicates first
Toast drinks (pagan origin)
Throw rice at a wedding (pagan origin)
Say "Bless You" when someone sneezes
Say "Good Luck!", "Wish me Luck", "I was Lucky" or "You were Lucky"
Tell ghost stories

Throw a penny into a wishing well
Read Horoscopes
Watch TV shows, "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch", "Touched by an Angel", or "Bewitched"
Say "It was fate" or mention anything to do with "fate"
Engage in any risky acts such as: Sky Diving, Bungie Jumping & Hang Gliding
Can't partake in the Memorial of Jesus' death, by eating the unleavened bread or drinking the wine; only allowed if you are from the elite group of the 144,000
A woman can't hold a position of responsibility in the congregation
Wear or own a Cross
Attend another Church (Spiritual Fornication)

Associate on a regular basis with nonbelievers

Associate with ex-members

Associate with disfellowshipped ones
Talk with disfellowshipped ones
Sue another Jehovah's Witness
Marry a nonbeliever (If you do, you are judged hard by the congregation)
Marry in another Church or attend a wedding in another Church
Have a funeral in another Church or attend a funeral in another Church
Pray, including holding your head down, when a nonbeliever prays
Study other religious articles not from the Society
Read negative information about the Society
Question the Watchtower Society on anything
Exercise your on conscience if it goes against the religion
Question the Society or the Organization
If you are a woman you can't pray aloud in the presence of men, without a covering on your head

Become a Jehovah's Witness and you shouldn't....
.... if you do you will be looked down upon
Discuss politics
Surf too much on the Internet
Attend social functions organized by your place of work

Associate with worldly neighbors

Attend College (The Society has lightened up on this somewhat, but if you attend you are not putting Kingdom interests first, and will be judged.)

Go to Nightclubs
Own a Gun
JWs are discouraged from seeking psychological help from psychiatrists, psycho-therapists, and psychologists because they give "worldly" advice according to the WTBTS.
Become a Jehovah's Witness and you have to....
Must be baptized into the organization

Attend several regular meetings each week
Go out in field service regularly to recruit new members
Report your field service activity to the congregation each month
Attend regular scheduled conventions
Give talks at the congregation (whether young or old, male or female)
Read and fully understand their teachings
Prepare for each meeting
Participate in the meetings
Study with family
Use Theocratic Warfare (War Strategy) - To lie or to hide the truth to a non-JW for protection of the Organization

Fully accept the Watchtower's authority and rules (no exceptions)
Dress according to their rules at the Kingdom Halls, Service and conventions (no exceptions)
• Women and small girls must wear dresses
• Men must wear dress pants with dress shirts and ties
Associate only with fellow members
Report on fellow members including your family, if they are caught doing something against Society's rules

You have to sing at the meetings (even if you have a bad voice) - or you are looked down upon
Women must be in full submission to their husbands

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

... on the other side of the coin, if you are not a Jehovah's Witness, and your family is Jehovah's cannot be a part of planning family rarely get phone calls from your parents...your brothers and/or sisters only speak when you call...rarely do they call to see if you are at the very least alive...none of your family attend your children's weddings...If you are not a Jehovah's Witness you never receive love or care from your JW grandparents...If you are not a Jehovah's Witness you do not call your JW family to tell them that your husband had a heart attack...they don't care to hear about your life...(actually you just mention this information in passing to see what they would say or do...)If you are not a Jehovah's Witness, your family separates themselves from you...from your don't dare share anything with them...they will not receive you with love...they have pat answers like "oh, really"; oh OK; well it was good for you to call"; If you are not a Jehovah's Witness, you start looking around for someone, anyone, to be a friend; to be like family to you... because if you are not a Jehovah's Witness, you do not have a family...your children do not have grandparents...If you are not a Jehovah's Witness, you are constantly looking for ways to honor your parents who are a JW...constantly being rejected...constantly turned away; I know you have it rough when you are a Jehovah's Witness; I truly sympatize; but being on the other side is an emotionally draining situation - if you let it drain you. After years of the JW treatment to me and my family, I finally just put them aside; I continued to check on them, to make sure no one died...but they did not control me anymore...they tried...I would not let them...being controlled is a dangerous place to be...I got away from that horrible place; I give my Lord the credit for directing me; but I had to make the decision to let them go...I am indeed