Once you no longer believe Jehovah’s Witnesses teachings, or decide you do not want to be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses anymore, it is essential you take time to decide your next steps. It is natural to want to tell others how you feel, or about information you have found, but the consequences can be drastic and cause life long damage. Please take time to look through this section to understand what will happen if you tell others you no longer believe, and options on how to leave.
How Do I Become Independent?
How Do I Become Independent? 10 Min Read Time By PAIGE LUNDIE (iStock) Credit:Highwaystarz-Photography The idea of becoming independent is both exciting and terrifying. If you’re in a household that’s less than ideal, figuring out how to get by on your own is...
Are Jehovah’s Witnesses A Cult?
Are Jehovah’s Witnesses A Cult? 7 Min Read Time It is counter-productive to tell anyone they are in a cult and Jehovah's Witnesses reject such a notion. “Cult 1: a religion regarded as unorthodox or spurious … 3: a system of religious beliefs” ...
Meeting With Elders
Meeting With Elders 6 Min Read Time It is never a good thing to receive a request to meet with Elders. The best that can happen is the status quo; that is, things just stay the same as they are. All other outcomes will be worse, ranging from being marked to being...
How to Make Friends
A Therapist’s Guide on Jehovah’s Witnesses
A Therapist’s Guide on Jehovah’s Witnesses 20 Min Read Time This section is designed to assist a therapist whose client reveals having current or past involvement with Jehovah’s Witnesses. A common complaint from former Jehovah’s Witnesses seeking professional...
Does Money Bring Happiness?
Does Money Bring Happiness? 5 Min Read Time The topic of money and happiness is important for Jehovah’s Witnesses, as Watchtower frequently discusses this correlation. A realistic understanding of finance is important due to the effect money has on stress and...
Should I Leave Home?
Should I Leave Home? 7 Min Read Time “I am a Jehovah’s Witness teenager stuck living at home. I can't bear this religion. What can I do?” This question appears regularly on forums and in emails sent to sites about Jehovah’s Witnesses. In fact, this question led to the...
Safety on the Internet
Helping Jehovah’s Witness Family Leave
Helping Jehovah’s Witness Family Leave 5 Min Read Time When you first find information disproving Watchtower teachings, you will be eager to share it with your family, thinking it obvious they too will accept the volumes of proof Jehovah’s Witnesses are not the...
Can you convince your parents their religion is wrong?
Can you convince your parents their religion is wrong? 2 Min Read Time It is frustrating to be raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses when you know it is not the truth. If you could prove that to your parents, they would leave and life would be better for everyone. Not...
If you are researching Jehovah’s Witnesses it is only natural to have questions. There is a large community of current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses at reddit.com/r/exjw to discuss these with. You will receive a wide range of responses, and part of your growth will be to develop critical thinking skills in order to choose the opinions that are best for you and your unique circumstances.
Recovering From Religion offers peer support and professional support to people doubting their beliefs. Volunteers of this not-for-profit organization come from a range of religious backgrounds, and provide support to people regardless of which religion they belong to.
Questioning whether Jehovah’s Witnesses are the one true religion can lead to anxiety and depression and even thoughts of suicide. If you are experiencing such emotions, please seek help immediately. There are many free resources you can call for confidential assistance.
- Australia: 13 11 14
- Canada: 1833.456.4566
- UK: 116 123
- USA: 1800-273-8255
International Crisis Lines and suicidestop.com contain lists of free support lines for almost 100 countries.