In Secretly Recorded Convention Video, Jehovah’s Witnesses Double Down on Claims That God Appoints Their Overseers; Does That Include Their Many Child Molesters?

In yet another video released for the 2016 summer conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses that can best be described as “difficult to watch,” a Russian Jehovah’s Witness, released from prison, is given compliments about his wisdom and maturity “beyond his years.”

While the video was released within the context of giving praise to Jehovah for your abilities and talents, I saw something far different, and far more disturbing in its message. Take a look:

The main character here talks about how “the praise should go to Jehovah” because of god’s “power” and “spirit” that allows persons to serve in the congregations.

Of course, the first question is, what about everyone else? If Jehovah gives “power” and “spirit” to certain ones so they can be elders, is he withholding all that power and spirit from the Jehovah’s Witnesses who are struggling to just make it to the meetings? This has always been a sticking point with me; when Jehovah’s Witnesses praise Jehovah for good things, does he then get the criticism for the things that turn out poorly?

Let’s move on. In the video, the man says:

“Jehovah is the one who chooses those who serve in the congregations … he knows how to use them to advance his will.”


Even the pedophiles? The wife beaters? The child abusers? The angry ones who yell and scream and act like tyrants in the congregation and family? Jehovah chose all of them? He advances his “will” through them?

This is a very dangerous statement for Jehovah’s Witnesses to make, considering how much they’re being exposed when it comes to, among other things, pedophilia and child molestation. This horrific abuse happens, not just from rank-and-file members, but from elders and ministerial servants (like elders in training) and those who are called “pioneers.” Pioneers are those who spend an excessive amount of time in their preaching work, and these ones need to be considered above reproach.

The man who molested my friend Bo Juel was an elder at the time. Both victims who were interviewed during the Australian Royal Commission Inquiry were molested by those with authority in the congregation. If you read a summation (Australia Royal Commission the-bare-facts) of all the child molestation cases that elders in Australia bothered to note over the past few decades, you would see that a good number of those cases were perpetrated by elders, ministerial servants, and pioneers.

With all this coming to light, you would think Jehovah’s Witnesses would take a step back and start crying “elders are imperfect men.” That’s their standard excuse when asked directly why there are so many pedophiles and instances of domestic violence and child abuse in their religion.

However, rather than distancing themselves from statements claiming those in authority have this direct appointment from god, they’re doubling down on that claim.

Ripple Effect

This is, of course, very insulting to the god that Jehovah’s Witnesses are trying to sell you. If their god chooses men who are pedophiles, wife beaters, child beaters, and the like, to have authority and oversight in the congregation, then he’s a terrible god whom no one should worship.

It also does no good for the victims of those horrific crimes and brutality. When they’re told repeatedly that elders and others are directly appointed by god, what are the chances that they’ll stand up for themselves when they’re being abused?

Both victims questioned during the Australian Royal Commission Inquiry said that they had a difficult time going against the authority of these ones; granted, one was her own father, but she noted how he was a ministerial servant and very respected in the congregation because of his position. The victims also had a hard time standing up to the harsh treatment they received from other elders when questioned about their abuse.

Jehovah’s Witnesses have shown unparalleled arrogance in equating their organization with Jehovah himself, at this convention in particular. That’s disturbing enough, but to outright claim that Jehovah chooses these men to do his “will,” when staring down the barrel of thousands of claims of child molestation alone, should make anyone question their cult-like status. Most cult leaders claim to have direct guidance or appointment from god, if not to be god himself, and do so even while molesting children, beating their congregants, and fleecing the flock.

That behavior should make their members realize that their claims are just rubbish, and indeed, Jehovah’s Witnesses often say that other religions are false because of the behavior of their leaders in particular:

“Spiritually speaking, many churchgoers have been left bewildered and disoriented, questioning the value of the guidance that they have received. That is especially so in the light of the questionable conduct and unscriptural teachings of their religious leaders.”
~ June 15, 2010 Watchtower


“Many religious leaders have set a bad example for their flocks by their adulterous friendship with this world and in some cases by their flagrant immoral conduct. (Jas. 4:4) Additionally, Christendom has become increasingly tolerant of immorality among its members.”
~ March 15, 2010 Watchtower

In truth, how are Jehovah’s Witnesses any different in this? Perhaps that’s a question that Jehovah’s Witnesses should be asking themselves, and soon, before their cult thinking and indoctrination get any more out of control.

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  1. All I want to say is Thank you. Thanks for the information. It’ll be very useful for me in a conversation I am soon to have with someone. Perfectly executed. I’m a WP neighbor and have a problem with their shunning practices. I’m gearing up the courage to write an article. Thanks for the boost on that as well.

  2. You dont have to record in secret.
    They are not a cult.
    They dont overlook pedophile, abuse, etc. What i dont agree with is that u have to forgive the offenders.
    Like any other religion you get extreme staunch believers I was raised as a JW, not married and my mom never abandoned me.
    Values I learned is thst there is no colour and we are all equal. In my day i remember the elders was chisen by a group of people.
    No man has direct access to God……

    • That isn’t true. They do overlook it. They give council…they speak to the victim… and then they move on after their decided “discipline”. A pedophile needs to be turned in to the authorities. A congregation as a whole should be told clearly who the pedophile is so they can keep their children away from this “brother or sister”. That’s what they mean by overlooking. A church does NOT have the authority to keep a criminal protected and the victim should not need to endure seeing this person and HOPE that Jah will provide them with the strength to deal with it. How dare they? And there might not be any colour, but there definitely is NO EQUALITY. Try getting seated in the “special section” in an assembly when you have 3 little ones and there are no seats available except the EMPTY section that’s just for the chosen. And there is no equality when there is hierarchy. Bethelites, elders, CO’s, MS’s and pioneers are all so special and a true blessing to the congregation. NO!!!! Not if all are considered equal. Stop placing importance on these people’s titles. Stop glorifying someone for completing a certain amount of hours a month, or for living at a Bethel branch. THAT IS NOT EQUALITY. Sure, your mom and many others are great people. That’s not the question. But I am absolutely sure that your mom would have been a great mother and person even if she wasn’t a JW.

      • In my 54 years around JW’s i have never seen separate seating or seats allocated to a special group.
        I testified in court to protect a JW child and was never told not to do that or that i cant. It is about choices.
        Instead of using ur time on the net why dont u actively participate and helping the victims and get these bastards in jail.
        And that goes for all groups not just JW’s.
        How many other groups have bigger problems who is helping them or lashing out against them?

      • Yes…during conventions certain areas are allotted to those who work despite others that need seating to listen to the convention. I see that you did not argue the fact that they glorify those that hold a position or title. And I’m happy that you were there to help a child…but just as you are using up some of your time on the net to voice your experience and still did something worthy…i too am here to voice mine while i actively help others on many aspects in life…and not just JW’s. And you are right…this happens in many groups…but just because it does happen elsewhere we should not allow any group to go unnoticed. Those that are here are because they’ve had personal experience within this organization…and they have a right to bring to light the common realities of living with that. And the fact that you were a voice for a JW child doesn’t minimize the lack of active responsibility that those that head this organization should have to bring a pedophile to justice. Your case is only one of thousands since this organization was established in 1918. And for the victim…this pedophile IS the bigger issue. Believe me…i am a witness.

      • I agree with you that JW’s “sweep their dirt under the carpet” and tell members that we don’t want to bring reproach on Jehovah. Well what do they think they are doing by keeping that criminal person in the position as elder. They are so corrupt !

    • Sadly, people tend to paint with broad strokes, (over generalize) and I’m glad that you have a good home and that all seems to be well.

      However, if you watch, the governing Body seems to hold to very different views. And it may be that people who spend too much time watching that programming may come away with a very unkind view towards JW’s in general, which, again, isn’t fair. It’s the doctrines that should be put under the microscope as well as those who demand strict adherence to those doctrines.

      *the Blood issue.

      If you were not adversely affected by these issues, all the better. But sadly, others have. And YES, sexual abuse of kids is NOT limited to JW’s. The Roman Catholic church has had issues with this, for who knows how much longer! And it’s only recently that the new pope both ACKNOWLEDGED the problem and APOLOGIZED. And those sentiments were a LOOOOOOONNNNNNNNGGGGG time in coming. As the saying goes, a day late and a dollar short.

      I knew a JW girl in high school and we were good friends. Thing is, the ONLY thing that told me that she was a JW was that she had Watchtower Magazines in her bedroom when we were studying for an exam and she mentioned, in passing that she was a JW. That was all that was said on the issue. I guess it was more of a family thing and she wasn’t really into it. But I didn’t ask and that seemed to be the end of the discussion. That was….don’t ask how long ago. 😮 Ha, ha.

      It’s true that men should choose elders, WITH God’s guidance. (via Prayer). Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”

      See also Acts 1:8 and Acts 4:12

  3. UNREAL Let me make it PERFECTLY CLEAR that these Biblically ILLITERATE BAFFOONS were not NOT NOT CHOSEN by GOD. His archenemy? MORE THAN LIKELY. But no organization (RC, JW) that hides child abusers is from GOD!

    On top of all that,JW elders recently lost a court case, by REFUSING to turn over computer files with the names of these monsters, to the court. Keep it up, JW, and you will save those child molesters at the expense of the organization, itself. ($$$)

  4. JW’s make me sick when they say Jehovah appoints overseers, elders,etc. They tell you not to do anything sinful as you would be bringing reproach on Jehovah. Well what the devil do they think happens when people in appointed positions do when they commit sin! I was told, “well elders are not perfect.” No one is perfect, but it doesn’t mean people in appointed positions get to sweep their sins under the carpet.

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