I am honored to have been asked to write the inaugural article for this ambitious new website – Watchtower Watch.
In the months ahead many current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses will be researching, writing, and updating information that we will publish on this site. These articles are intended for anyone wanting to read objective analyses of the Watchtower organization’s beliefs and practices. Our primary goal is to honestly report and comment on current developments within the Society that may impact anyone connected with the faith.
Are you an active Jehovah’s Witness? If you are it is likely you are extremely nervous about reading information on any website that discusses your beliefs. Why? Because the Watch Tower Society repeatedly insists that “obedient and faithful” Witnesses should not read any information found in books or online that has anything to do with their faith – unless the Society has prepared and approved it.
Why does the Watchtower have that policy? Because its leaders realize that most third-party information available is often critical of the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses, their history, and in particular – the role the Watch Tower Society plays in their lives.
The leaders of the Watch Tower Society will argue that such criticism from secular sources is the result of “the world being under Satan’s control.” They repeatedly insist that information found on unofficial websites is often “distorted or misleading,” although they refuse to allow outside experts to objectively review and scrutinize their teachings. The fact is that millions of Jehovah’s Witnesses live for decades in blissful ignorance of the many inconsistencies of their own beliefs, simply because the Watchtower limits them to a single source of information about their faith – the Watch Tower Society’s own publications.
Contributors and editors of this website (among whom I am now privileged to be counted) believe that real truth will stand up under the closest scrutiny. That is why we will endeavor to thoroughly research all of our articles and make sure that the Society’s publications are directly referenced when possible to give you an honest and accurate portrayal of JW beliefs. I can assure you that we will never intentionally mislead anyone. We are only interested in presenting facts.
Our goals do not include any attempts to lead our readers to any other faith or belief system, or to “draw off followers” to ourselves in any way. Unlike some other websites that are critical of Jehovah’s Witnesses, we have no religious agenda and no creed we want to promote. We only seek to uncover genuine truth, however deeply it might be buried under the doctrinal rubble of decades of the Watchtower’s organizational rules and traditions. We’ll present factual information and qualified opinions, but we’ll leave it to our readers to decide how they will act upon what they’ve learned here.
That is what true freedom of thought is all about. We feel that is what will distinguish Watchtower Watch from a number of other Jehovah’s Witness related websites that you may come across. We have no intention to dictate anyone’s beliefs. We’re not promoting any dogma, traditional or otherwise. Our only wish is to uncover the truth – no matter how shocking or unexpected it might be – and then present it to our readers.
With this in mind, we plan on keeping you updated with our reviews of the latest Watchtower publications, including magazine study articles. We’ll offer an honest appraisal of the merits and shortcomings of each book or magazine. For Watchtower study articles, you can expect a paragraph-by-paragraph analysis to aid you in your preparations for weekly meetings you might attend.
We also offer a roundup of “hot” and ongoing related JW topics being discussed on the Internet. We will bring you the very best of what’s appearing on various forums and blogs, including any related news media reports. Our editors will write reviews of recent books and point to other on-topic websites that you might want to check out..
Look for our upcoming “History” section that will include articles that chronicle personalities, developments, and doctrinal changes over time that made the Watch Tower Society what it is today. We’ll also present the life experiences of current and former JWs who have grappled with the challenges of taking a stand over matters of personal conscience and faith. You’ll discover how these people found help and support throughout their struggles.
It is our sincere hope that this website will become a valuable and informative resource for Jehovah’s Witnesses and anyone else interested in their beliefs and practices. There are well over seven million Jehovah’s Witnesses spread across most countries of the globe, but only a few are fully aware of the facts behind their organization’s teachings and history. If our efforts result in even one person awakening to the truth about their long-held beliefs, then we will consider our time, money, and other resources spent to deliver this website as worthwhile investments.
Whatever your reasons might be for visiting Watchtower Watch, all of us hope you enjoy your time here. We also hope you will continue to visit the site often, feel free to comment on our articles, and let your friends know about our new website.