February 22, 2023. In a brief announcement on JW News (jw.org), Jehovah’s Witnesses announced that Anthony Morris III is no longer serving as a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. No such announcement has been made about a governing member since 1980¹. In August of that year it was announced in Our Kingdom Service, page 2, that Raymond Franz was no longer a member of the Governing Body and of the Brooklyn Bethel family.
At this time, it is not known why Anthony Morris III has been deleted² from the Governing Body. There is a lot of speculation as to the reasons for his removal. These include allegations of alcohol abuse, especially as he had been video-taped ordering a trolley load of alcohol one Sunday morning when congregation meetings would have been in progress. Some believe that he may be implicated in the Pennsylvania Grand Jury investigation into child sexual abuse within Jehovah’s Witnesses. It’s possible that the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization deleted Morris in an attempt to distance themselves from any implication in this investigation. Another claim is that he publicly disagreed with another member of the Governing Body in ecclesiastical matters relating to prophecy. Whether any of these allegations are true remain to be seen.
There is no doubt that Anthony Morris III has been a colourful member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses. We look back on his career and consider the impact his leadership has had on a religious group that is characterized as a high-control group or cult.
Morris was born in or around 1950. He was a 19 year old when he served in the Vietnam War and his stint lasted less than a year when he found himself back in a Pennsylvania hospital suffering from a serious infectious illness. Despite his short assignment in Vietnam, it hadn’t stopped Morris regaling stories of his time in the war, even after he got baptized, despite the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses are required to be conscientious objectors.
He got in touch with Jehovah’s Witnesses in February 1971 and was baptized into the cult some 5 months later. He then married his wife, Susan, in December 1971. They had two boys together, Jesse and Paul. He and his wife serviced for 16 years in Rhode Island and another 15 years in North Carolina. Then in 2002, he and Susan were invited to serve at the World Headquarters in Patterson, New York. Morris worked in the Service Department and Susan in laundry.
Three years later, Anthony Morris III was asked to serve as a member of the Governing Body. He has held that role for just over 17 years, until he was deleted on February 22, 2023.
There is clear indication that Morris’ deletion on February 22, 2023, was the result of a judicial action. This is borne out by how quickly the page, What is the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses? was updated. On the very day the announcement was made, the page was updated to change the feature image that included Anthony Morris III with a more generic image. His name was also deleted from the list of Governing Body members. Within one day the audio clip was revised to match the textual changes.
In comparison, when Gage Fleegle and Jeffrey Winder were named as members of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses on January 18, 2023, it took 9 days before the page was revised to add their names to the list of Governing Body members. And it took a further 24 days to update the audio clip to match that text change.
If Morris’ removal was because of some personal or health reasons, the organization would not have been so swift to remove all trace of him from the Governing Body page. Therefore, this is evidence that Anthony Morris III’s removal from the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses was as a result of a judicial action.
The feature image on jw.org for the Frequently Asked Question, What is the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses? was changed on February 20, 2023 from one showing Anthony Morris III welcoming Geoffrey Jackson into the Governing Body, with a more generic image showing what looks like the members of a corporate Board Committee having a discussion while holding open Bibles.
Since JW Broadcasting went live in October 2014, Morris has fronted EIGHT episodes. February 2021 JW Broadcast was the last one he appeared in. He has given a total of SIX talks. The last talk he gave was entitled, “Let Each One Keep Watching How He Is Building”, released in December 2020. He has given FOUR Governing Body Updates and THREE other news reports. The last Governing Body Update he gave was 2022 Governing Body Update #8, released in December 2022 where the Norway decision to remove Jehovah’s Witnesses’ funding and de-registration was discussed.
Morris has also featured in TWELVE Morning Worship features, TWO videos geared towards children, THREE Gilead Graduations, and FIVE Annual Meetings. When Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses were held online, he gave TWO talks at the 2022 Pursue Peace Convention, ONE at the 2021 Powerful by Faith! Convention, and TWO at the 2020 Always Rejoice! Convention.
In his official capacity as a member of the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Anthony Morris III has said some things that some people found quite offensive. For example, in recorded talks he went on rants about a “metro-sexual look … that is becoming very popular. What is wrong is this extremely tight pants that is not appropriate for a Christian”. And, referring to homosexuals, he said, “they like you in tight pants”. And to an Italian audience, he explained, “What is wrong is this extremely tight pants. It’s not appropriate for a Christian… Do you remember that many, many, many homosexuals are in the clothing industry and doing the designing? Don’t you know they love it when you are wearing tight pants?”
With regards to higher education, in a talk entitled, What is the Best Education? he states, “All too often, our young people have met with spiritual disaster especially after leaving home and living on a university campus … Young people ask yourself, ‘Why am I considering additional education? Is it because I’m pursuing a specific skill or trade to support my service to Jehovah? Or have I been pressured by the system into believing that higher education will somehow make me a more respected person or lead me to a better life?’ In a blatant show of hypocrisy, Morris presents an interview with Philip Brumley, senior counsel for Watch Tower, where Brumley reveals that his higher level education to study law was paid for and supported by donations to the organization. Donors in most cases are individuals who have been discouraged from getting the same level of education.
Further evidence that the announcement of Anthony Morris III’s removal from the Governing Body was a rushed affair (indicating that his removal was likely a swift one): an update was made to the original announcement to insert a comma (,) in the location indicated in the screenshots above.
The Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses have never been individuals to hide their contempt for critics of their religious group. Anthony Morris III is no different. On one occasion, after reading Psalm 37:20, he lit a match, blew it out and as the smoke dissipated he said, “that’s Jehovah’s enemies; they are going to vanish like smoke”.
When a man reveals his true nature, and that nature is not an endearing one, there is a certain sense of irony that his own public appearance as a leader of his beloved organization has vanished like smoke in just one brief announcement.
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I think Jesus has started to do his cleaning…starting at the top…I have also endured in my congregation….and it is so tough when you are single and no one who can comfort you…one against the whole bunch…I know Jehovah will right all the wrong and I pity those in the direction, they are going to be shaken…no idea how far Jehovah’s mercy will go…pity!
yep…but it is so hard to do…this has been a very divisive time for the unvaxxed…the messages have been wishy washy…on the broadcast, they came short of saying go and get vaccinated, (2021 update #9 & #10) but then the letters from the branch reminded us all that is it a personnel decision,…so make up your mind…and we have been subjected to so much criticism…elders on the platform telling the audience that the unvaxxed are selfish and putting them at risk…some in the audience adding their two bits with their derogatory comments, even a sister seeing an unvaxxed sister entering the hall with her elderly mother…the sister approached them and told them to go home since they were not vaxxed….even from Bro Lucioni, apparently if we do not obey the organization we have a treacherous heart…thanks bro…so comforting…I know of ones who have contemplated suicide, others who just want to leave because we cannot face the rejection…and what about the roughly 2000 Bethelites who refused the vax, and were asked to leave without a thank you for their years of sevice?…no more love for the unvaxxed…what does Jehovah feel about this?…is he going to vomit them all?
Matthew 24:28 being fulfilled perhaps? or is it the other way around?
you are not alone…many of us feel sick about this too…time will tell…
Flee from this dispicable mind controlling evil group of mental people! Run Forest Run!
This cult is dangerous and has wrecked millions of families, I have been shunned for 40 years for smoking a cigarette…, once at a family picnic after a few of my relatives ran to the elders and told them. I was brought on to talk, actually talked to. The meeting was in a car parked outside the Kingdom Hall. I wasn’t even invited inside on this cold winter night. The outcome was, don’t do it anymore, and make all meetings to prove my repentance. It was that moment I knew it was not a loving, Jesus like cult. Basically the members have a free ticket to go directly to Jehovah God just by mumbling in Jesus name at the end of their prayers petitioning God (Jehovah) which is really not his name. They bypass the mediator though he said “No on comes to father except through me”
Also their rules add whatever the governing body wants to add between the lines claiming direct contact with Jehovah. If that were true after 150 years don’t you think He would have revealed exactly what His real name is?
Also how are these messages received, dreams, trances, voices in their heads?
No explanation just write it and it is accepted by all the unfortunate brainwashed people in the cult who will be shamed and shunned if they ask questions.
This religion has literally lead many to suicide due to their shunning. The apostle Paul said he was mistaken about tge not even eating with such a person and revises his views correcting himself in 2nd Corinthians.
My family has shunned me, my wife and kids for over 40 years because 8 old men who claim to be talking to God on a secret room said that’s what they must do. I love my family and have respected their rules and beliefs. They returned my love and respect with hate, Jehovahs Witnesses are fake, hateful, brainwashed sheep. Jesus was completed about love and forgiveness. I guess that’s why his philosophies and ministries are taboo.
If JW member actually read the New Testament they’d discover the REAL TRUTH, not the mean and cruel govern with an iron fist, take verses out of context, and add or take away the actual words in public addresses to fit their lies.
Reading the actual Bible is frowned upon by the Society, they a only allow their version and only to be used as proof of the nonsense they write which is not the whole story just excerpts they deem will prove their doctrine and ridiculously control over prleople
This is a dangerous cult to associate with. They won’t stop until they own you!
I still cannot understand why oh why they took that route…
frightening…I still do not understand why oh why…this has become such a divisive issue…
*My Brother or Sister
I agree that “satans” are not real things. But I wanted to correct that JW’s are very pro vaccine, and in no way think that mRNA vaccines are toxic. For awhile they were so publicly pro vaccine that your personal vaccination status could be a direct reflection of your spiritual standing. Even though I personally am pro vaccines, it was a time that woke up many people because it was such a stretch to say that this was a spiritual matter, and directly went “Beyond the things that are written.”
I think the term “Spirit Directed” has been dropped.
Hi Anonymous Witness, I can understand you, I am 72 Years old and all my Family also would shun me if I would seek out freely. Still, I think the time will come when I have to stand up. I think there is no chance that a single one of the leaders is still on the right path. Please take time and read https://beroeans.net/. I find the videos there the most appealing for the moment.
Hi Florence, I would point you to https://beroeans.net/
Hi JC you write: “we dedicate our life to Jehovah God and not to any men” If this were true, read the new baptism questions! I am 72 and was baptized in 1973 back then the questions were different.
@TruthBeTold The Governing Body claims to be “Christ’s Brothers” (ws15 3/15 p. 24). If that is indeed the case, they should be Christ-like in word and action. Can you tell me a time when Jesus condemned homosexuals? Please, quote a scripture. Also, can you tell me a time when Jesus condemned fornicator or adulterers of the heterosexual persuasion? You won’t find any such scriptures because Jesus was inclusive. That’s what drew people to him.
Jesus didn’t condemn Levi as a tax collector, but said, “Come follow me.” (Luke 5:27) Jesus refused to condemn the adulteress woman that the Pharisees brought before him (John 8). He allowed a prostitute to clean his feet even going so far as to tell her “Your sins are forgiven.” (Luke 7:50) If you consider homosexuality a sin that needs God’s forgiveness, you should not expect to draw people with the unfeeling, condemnatory rants of Anthony Morris. Additionally, words like Anthony Morris’ — and yours — alienate Jehovah’s Witnesses who are struggling with homosexual tendencies — and yes, these people very much exist. Instead, they prove that the JW Organization is anything but a bastion of brotherly love.
Now, there was one group of people that Jesus regularly condemned. In the Aramaic Bible In Plain English, at Matthew 23:15, he calls this group of people “phonies.” And in the Contemporary English Version he says it this way: “You Pharisees and teachers of the Law of Moses are in for trouble! You’re nothing but show-offs. You travel over land and sea to win one follower. And when you have done so, you make that person twice as fit for hell as you are.”
Anthony Morris’ was not Christ-like and his words and demeanor did not draw people to him — homosexual or otherwise.
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How is what he said about homosexuals offensive? Homosexuality is offensive. Homosexuality is unnatural. It’s contrary to nature. God at one time decontaminated an entire district.
AvoidJW.org’s response: We do not normally permit homophobic comments on our platform. However, in this case, we are permitting it so readers can understand the mindset of Jehovah’s Witnesses towards persons who do not identify as heterosexual.
Tony Morris was caught on camera buying over 800 dollars of whiskey the link is on YouTube.Type in Tony Morris buying whiskey
whats the V word?
Your statement is partly correct. The fetal cell lines were used to research, test and develop vaccines. However, when it came to the actual manufacturing and production of the vaccines on the market, only the Johnson & Johnson vaccine used fetal cells. The other vaccines do not.
It seems that the announcement is removed. I cannot find it anymore…..
That’s really strange
Best reply on here!
@Jamie Ray while I agree with your general sentiment regarding forgiveness, I would offer that Anthony Morris is not much of a victim. The higher one climbs the ladder in the JW organization, the more one sees what is behind the curtain; the more one has to suspend disbelief when asked to support the increasingly nonsensical teachings. The higher one climbs, the more one has to lie to oneself that Jehovah’s Witnesses have ‘The Truth.’ I know this having been a Jehovah’s Witness my entire life, having served as an elder, and after spending more than a decade in and associated with high profile departments at the world headquarters in New York State.
The more of an insider view you have, the uglier the JW organization looks. Anthony Morris was at the very top. He was one of the men behind the curtain. He was an integral part of the group who intentionally misleads those who have place their lives in the Governing Body’s hands. Even more specifically, Anthony Morris was trotted out on the monthly broadcast, to not only put a sheen on the failed efforts of the JW Organization in addressing deficiencies in it’s child abuse policy, but he also to lied about those details. I know that 100% for a certainty.
Where does that put Anthony Morris III? Matthew 18:6, 7 says it quite clearly: “If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea. Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to stumble! Such things must come, but woe to the person through whom they come!”
Given his ego, I doubt very seriously he plans on leaving the JW Organization. I doubt he’s a Ray Franz and has had a crisis of conscience. My guess is that he was involved in some disfellowshipping offense that became known and was impossible to sweep under the rug. Even without being a member of the Governing Body, as long as he’s an elder he’ll still have some power to cling to. My guess is that he will do that.
Anthony Morris was a victim when he was first baptized. Yes. But as he climbed the organizational ladder — and deluded himself into thinking that he had been handpicked by God to rule over humankind — he went from victim to enabler to autocrat. It will be up to him what he becomes next — and based on that whether he’s worthy of sympathy and support.
AM3 will need support whether still in or not. It’s possible he is dealing with a family emergency situation. I disagree with his expressed views that go beyond Scripture (or written Wt doctrines). I feel his, or anyone’s, views expressed in a leadership position could be held as binding on all as requirements for remaining in “good standing” or “exemplary.” Clearly his unfettered and freestyle comments regarding clothing and derogatory remarks insinuating the fashion industry as homosexual conspiracy were ludicrous and offensive to LGBT persons who were attempting to make jw.org a home. The journey for these individuals is tough enough without someone spearheading a derisive campaign. The same holds for leaders making disparaging remarks about the backbone of jw.org–females who do a great amount of volunteer work and canvassing.
The only support he needs is more laughter. They are all evil men.
See my reply above
Agreed… the only thing I can think of is that, had the wt come out against the “v” word, the org would have been shut down almost certainly. For this reason possibly Jehovah let it go thais way. Remember when Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt to the Red Sea, everyone thought he was lost? So too is it with this situation mayhaps. And perhaps the announcement about Brother Morris will shed light on this.
Note: my comment is in response to Sheila Walters. She said, “I was absolutely devestated when the JW’s followed the full covid narrative. I was horrified to hear how they puhed the [email protected] even though they were grown on aborted fetal cell lines.”
Specifically Judaism and Hinduism spring to mind. It’s isn’t hard to find more kind hearted and benevolent belief systems out there. Even agnostic is better than my experience of growing up JW.
I am wondering why there is so much rejoicing over this recent news. Antony Morris was a victim as we all were. Sure, there was incidents in his life that have come under criticism. However, I see him as a man who was under a great deal of stress and rather than victimising him, we should be offering him support because he is now in limbo: removed from the GB and at the same time hated by many ex witnesses. Please review your motives, hatred for the organisation should not gravitate to hatred for the man. If he leaves, he will need support.
PJ, any religion that forbids you to ask questions and study on your own is not of God but if man!
Jetzt ist die Nachricht, dass anthony morris kein Mitglied der lk mehr ist, auf jw.org plötzlich verschwunden
Every single religion where its clergy is free to report child sexual abuse to the secular authorities without having to report it to their legal department first.
Whether there are mandatory reporting laws or not, the right thing to do is report. By not reporting, religions like Jehovah’s Witnesses are stumbling “these little ones who have faith”. – Mark 9:42.
Can you mention those “better religions”? Thanks
I was absolutely devestated when the JW’s followed the full covid narrative. I was horrified to hear how they puhed the [email protected]cines even though they were grown on aborted fetal cell lines. The mask mandates were followed and pushed by the governing body even though the studies have shown they were useless. Dear brothers if you are being guided by holy spirit, then the spirit must want a lot of you dead and injured. Sine when does God allow abortion for medical treatments?? Maybe this is God”s way of getting rid of them one at a time.
Jesus spoke about the scribes and Pharisees that they had put themselves in the seat of Moses so do all the things they tell you but don’t do according to their actions. If that can be said of them then when we see things in the GB that disturb us we might follow the same advice Jesus gave regarding the scribes and Pharisees. We should, however, use our Christian education to discern on whether or not anything we are told to do will be unscriptural and harmful to ourselves or others. Keep watch on those taking the lead and see how their course of life turns out.
“satans” are not real things. It’s weird for adults to believe in invisible things – yet here you are…
MRNA vaccines are not in any way toxic. This is a trope, and if you’re hearing from the JWs, you can be absolutely assured it is a lie. The fact JW does not encourage any education leaves the vast, vast majority of people in your position – not anywhere near enough information to correctly assess scientific facts, and with such a heavy dose of fear you won’t even try to know anything different than what this fraudulent cult feeds you.
My sincerest hope is that they caught him in a gay club…in the East Village…wearing skinny jeans.
You are being led by the True, Almighty God as your eyes are being opened. As for the covid jabs I suspect the religions of satans world (aka 501C3 corps aka JW corporations) have been given $$$ to push this toxic clot shot. Stay strong and keep praying for strength and guidance from our Father and Christ Jesus. We are not to put faith in men….the GB will only lead you down the path of destruction. Hugs from Alberta Canada.
“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:35 (clearly Jesus knew his disciples were imperfect yet despite this they had LOVE amongst themselves); “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.” John 4:23 (how many times has the JW doctrine changed over the 100+ years? Yesterday’s ‘truth’ is changed to ‘new light’ yet God does not Lie); “However, the Most High does not live in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:” Acts 7:48 (Why are JW attending buildings to worship?); “If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” John 15:19 (How can the JW corporations that are 501C3 status and also accept funding by governments from satans world still claim to be separate from the world?); I could go on. As a former born in during the 1960s I have consistently experienced & witnessed across many JW congregations, division, judging, malicious gossip, cover ups for child sexual abuse, spousal abuse etc ..the Jehovah Witness organization and its’ many corporations are NOT following Christs’ example. Just see the lies under oath by many elders and your Aussie GB member during the 2016 Australian Royal Commission.
i thought im the only who who is like this. im loyal to Jehovah God and his organization that I also fully experienced and aware of the good the bad and the ugly but still has mental fortitude because I am serving Jehovah God and Jesus Christ. There are no other option but Jehovah’s Organization!
Snape, Jehovah is the God of truth, not the lies of Watchtower. There’s ‘no other option’ because you haven’t honestly analyzed. But that fear (apostate thinking-cult speak) is part of what kept some of us trapped in this organization for decades. Jehovah doesn’t want you to stick your head in the sand, the real truth will set you free. Google ‘Why does god need a starship?’ if you don’t know the reference.
Study the Bible! Not The Watchtower cult doctrine. Where in the Bible does it state you need a reference guide, or ten white men in New York, to read it, understand it, apply it?
My brother I heard YOU!!!
I have some issues with the pushing of the COVID vaccine how it was pushed to us and like outside if you ware not vaccinate you ware not look as spiritually strong, some of us here in Miami opted out to don’t ask don’t tell policy lol …. But remember this is Jehovah Organization that’s is rum by Imperfect Humans and I don’t care how much anointed you are THEY ARE HUMAN!!!! JUST AS SO MANY EXAMPLES OF Jehovah servant that at some point they drop the ball !!!! Just like now it happens but they in the case the elders on the congregation wend they crap out if the plate they don’t admitted and you are supposed to take it or you are not spiritually strong !!!!!
That’s why I decide to count those who are my friend band then brother !!!!! Not all your brother are your friends we are just brother and sister thru Jesus Christ !!!!
So I just decided to look for spiritual objective not ministerial !!!
BTW I am 68 Y/O born in the true and baptized at 15 Y/O married at 18 and still happily married to the wife of my youth, my Grandmother was the first Special Pioneer assigned in Cuba !!!?? So I have seen the Good the Bad and the Ugly thru out my life here, but perfection dose not exist because we are imperfect, but defenelty this is Jehovah Organization there is no other one in this world so my advise to all is we dedicate our life to Jehovah God and not to any men, Jehovah sooner or later take care of things , let not blame him for the error that some of his servants make !!!!!
Your Brother in Miami.
PS if you know who was my Grandmother then you know who I am 😂😂😂😂
If you were born in the “Truth” then you have no knowledge whatsoever for you to say this is the only true religion. Your only knowledge is from WT. You are blinkered you think JW is all there is, actually there is a whole world with better religions for those who want.
We were born and raised in a ‘bubblegum’ ‘pop theology cult’. My JW resume looks very similar to yours. ‘Get out if you don’t want to share with Her in her plagues’. Satan is a liar and a manslayer, you’ve got to ‘love the lie’ to stay in. Manslayer? The worst way to take a life is to waste it, that’s what Watchtower is guilty of. It’s mostly too late for us, however you must do all you can by your example to turn your children away from wasting their lives. I recommend doing a deep dive on Christianity of the first and second century, you might be amazed at what you find. Plus it’s not apostate to research the early roots of Christianity….lol. I’d say ‘hang tough’ but this is probably where the rubber meets the road in regard to your duty as a human. You simply know too much and it’s time to embrace reality.
Geoffrey Jackson needs to go too. He lied, under oath, before the Australian Royal Commission. He stated that, as a Governing Body Member, he was not a decision maker. He said he simply served as a translator. For those of us who had to deal with sexual molestation within the organization and were instructed to not go to the authorities, I find this to be repulsive. They expect little girls (and little boys) to deal with it yet Jackson caved under questioning. What a hypocrite!
My dear brother, DO NOT FOLLOW THESE MEN, follow and only believe in Jehovah and Jesus. They are as imperfect as any of us. This governing body are just too opinionated for their own good. Don’t be surprised if they remain on earth after armagedon…
Alfred, what is telling you that Herd and Lett are next? Not doubting you, just wondering how you would find out about something so shocking as that would be.
I echo all of the other Anonymous witness feelings. I know I’m not apostate either, but I agree with everything you have said. I love Jehovah God and recently returned to the regular pioneer ministry. I think we really do have to wait on Jehovah because there are personality types in my congregation and in positions of eldership, ministerial servants and regular pioneers who are quite frankly Psychopathic and ego maniacs. My husband and I have been through hell for standing up for what is right. We have endured silence, bullying and my husband being held back from being appointed as an elder because we are real and authentic people and we care deeply about Jehovah and his people Many witnesses can’t handle straight up people. But in our experience it’s the really stupid ones that get significantly rewarded and get the positions and then these are the ones that are teaching from the platform. The whole organisation needs to be cleaned out.
I was df’d 3 years ago and my sons won’t speak to me. I am struggling to go back for all these reasons that you have given here.
Love and peace to you dear sister.
Hoping someday you come to the realization that Jehovah’s Witnesses are absolutely NOT the “true” religion. But believe me, I understand being raised in that horrid destructive false religion how hard it is to leave your family and ‘friends.’
The only other thing I could think about would be that he’s over 70 (if born ~1950) and maybe they started applying the same rule they used to remove department heads at bethel and traveling overseers over 70, but I honestly can’t say for certain if that bottle holds any whiskey either .. 😉
I’m an active witness, and served at Bethel for several years at Watchtower Farms in the 1990s, and severed as a full-time pioneer for 12 add’l years…but for the past 3 years my heart bleeds because of things that have gone on. I’m very discouraged for a number of reasons. I have issues with the organization NOT turning over the known child molestors, and instead protecting them. I remember back in the 1980-90s how we criticized the Catholics and all the priests the Catholics were protecting, but yet we’ve had the same issues all throughout our congregations for years too. There was an elder in my congregation in North Dakota that was revealed he was molesting one of his daughters for 14 years, he got DFed and sent to prison for 5 years. I’m close to one of the elders that was on his committee, and the committee was informed by the branch to not report to authorities…but the grandmother (an active JW) of the child did report it to the authorities. Instead I feel the organization should turn the damn list over and let these people be tried in a court of law and sent to prison…and then mark publicly as child molestors like all others that do this crap! My other issue, which I’ve had serious issues about is for the past 3 years since Covid EVERY monthly Governing Body update they’ve been cramming and pushing all of us to get the Covid Vaccine…NO ONE can deny this within the Organization unless you are blatantly in denial!!! I did my intense research on the Covid vaccine and chose not to put this in my body. I have been criticized for the past 3 years from many within the congregation, and now the letter to congregations from the Branch in December 2022 informs us that if you are an elder or Pioneer and NOT vaccinated you are not allowed to attend the elder or pioneer schools. Yet go do your own research on HEK 293 and PER.C6 the coded aborted fetal cells that are in ALL THREE of the Covid vaccines. Some try and claim HEK 293 AND PER.C6 we’re only used in the research phase…BULLSHIT…go look at Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and Moderna’s “actual” patents that were filed. HEK 293 and PER.C6 are ‘also used’ in the “production and manufacturing” stage of all Covid Vaccines. Not to mention the ‘blood components’ used in these vaccines that wouldn’t even be a ‘conscious matter’ with our current view on blood transfusions. March 1st 2022 Governing Body update was the last one where they were “Pushing” us to get our vaccines. A week later we were informed we were going back to in person meetings…vaccines have never been mentioned again…until the December letter to each congregation body of elders putting more rules down telling us we can’t attend pioneer school or elder schools unless we have the Covid vaccine. Yet if we got a blood transfusion, or we aborted our babies, we would be quickly disfellowshipped. My heart bleeds right now, because for 3 years the direction taken has created a huge division within the organization, and they’ve politicized this entire Covid vaccine issue. I feel Jehovah is looking down in disgust right now, amd a cleansing needs to take place from the TOP down! The Morris removal is no surprise to me, and feel there are more removals coming. Some will now view me as an apostate, but I choose to “wait on Jehovah” to fix these serious issues. I lost faith years ago in the elder arrangement, with the crap I’ve been through. Now for the past 3 years I lost faith in the Governing Body, to the point where I even wrongfully question if even half of them are even of the anointed. So I right this message as anonymous, and I keep my head down and mouth shut within my congregation, because if I mention any of the above information to ‘ANYONE’ inside the congregation I would be in a committee meeting and DFed so quick it would make my head spin. I have 3 beautiful daughters that would literally shun me if I was ever removed from the organization. So I would rather just keep my head down, shut up, and let Jehovah deal with all this … just for the sake of keeping my relationship with my young daughters!!!
You have bigger things to worry about than that stuff. The 1914 prophecy is false. Only Jehovah’s Witnesses believe 607 BCE is when Jerusalem was destroyed. It was really destroyed in 587 which totally screws up everything. You don’t get 1919 as a pivotal date in history where Jesus picked the fledgling Witnesses under Rutherford without 1914. There’s a whole bunch of other stuff as well but 1914 and the calculation for that is what once brought me into the religion. Without that doctrine they have nothing.
I am no longer active but my mother is. We have had these and many other conversations of several topics. Some that include financial defaults in the organization by active elders and it’s discomforting for her. As she has served for more than 50 years. I don’t understand the reasoning behind not accusing the rapists. It’s exactly what they’ve bashed all along from the Catholics. Is this a sign of the end of times?
Your JW resume and family situation are very similar to mine. We were born and raised in a ‘bubblegum’ ‘pop theology cult’ without knowing it or having any real control for far too long Unfortunately, you now know deep inside it’s bunk. Satan is a manslayer and the worst way to kill a person is to do so over decades by stealing their authentic life with lies. You must now decide if you’re going to live the ‘lie’ ie 607, 1914, Generations, Revelation Book’ ,GB are the only real ‘Anointed’ ‘FDS’, Jesus chose Rutherford in 1919? with a ‘sorry just kidding about 1925,’ 1975 hype and gaslight, etc etc. etc etc etc or maybe adv adv adv …..lol
Friend the rubber now meets the road for you as a human being, it may be very late in your life, but you must act in a way to stop this sect from stealing your daughters futures and their children. Jehovah wants you to be brave to stand up and ‘get out of her’. JW’s aren’t fulfilling MT 24 just MT 23
But ‘where to go away to?’, yes it’s frightening but good counseling and perhaps a deep dive into the real roots of Christianity ie ‘what really happened after the Apostles?’ Did Jesus really say ‘I am with you’ MT 28:19,20 and then go ‘test pattern theatre’ for two thousand years?
There is brilliant light out here and Jesus load is light , he will carry you and your future generations through.
This is crazy…..so suffer through all this for the sake of not being defellowshipped ? This is hypocritical of the organization and quite insane. Well, please people of the JW org please study scripture for yourself and let the Holy Spirit teach you and give you understanding instead of relying on fellow flawed humans to tell you what to believe 😉 😀 🙄 you shall know the truth (JESUS) and the truth (JESUS) shall set you free. IT IS FOR FREEDOM THAT CHRIST CAME TO SE YOU FREE THAT YOU NO LONGER LIVE IN SLAVERY…..JW as an organization is enslaving you, and mind-controlling you while constantly condemning you forgetting that the word of God says THEREFORE, THERE IS NOW NO CONDEMNATION FOR THOSE WHO ARE IN CHRIST JESUS. ……..you need to wake up and take a serious introspection……your books, magazines etc. have been seriously misinterpreted.
If you were an Elder, you would know that if your blood transfusion wasn’t widely known about, you would only receive private reproof. It isn’t surprising that followers of an extreme cult would fall in line with lies and conspiracy theories about vaccines. Amazing how there are so many “experts” out there in a group with little to no education when anyone that was required to work closely with Covid, and didn’t get to sit at home and write harassing letters pushing their cult beliefs, was appreciative of the vaccine and the protection it brought. If you don’t trust modern medicine, stay at home when you are sick and don’t go to the ER or the DR, just say a prayer.
Don’t blame you, the next few months will be interesting, I always wondered if they took a bribe from a pharma company. Imperfect men do extremely stupid things. Still Jehovah’s organisations, no one come close to preaching work or translation, that how you know. No different from past bible examples Imperfect is something that has always happened.
AvoidJW.org’s response: If true religion is based on preaching work or translation, and not on truth itself, or following scripture, or being directed by God, but closing our eyes to the damaging effect of the actions by those taking the lead, then true religion is an illusion and we are only convincing ourselves we have the truth because we close our minds off to what is really going on.
Dear Anonymous Witness,
I am an elder and have been a regular pioneer for over 10 years. I have been experiencing the things that you say. Ezekiel 38 IS being fulfilled.
Thank you for your post.
My sister I understand everything you’ve said. I have seen the things you’ve seen. I’ve been a baptised JW for decades.
For myself I had to be careful that the sadness and frustration and even anger that I felt didn’t spoil the fruits of the spirit and in particular my joy from serving alongside my brothers. I am still serving as a pioneer however rather than worrying about hours because the principle is to exert yourselves vigorously in the Bible, not hours, I do appreciate the structure and the intent of pioneering, its aim to help us reach out and do more in Jehovah’s service, if we can.
For me, my main focus is on people, helping them to learn about God’s kingdom and the benefits of what having a relationship with our Creator means.. Jesus after all set the example in that. He wasn’t focused on an organisation that people need to join, rather, he encouraged a way of life, but in saying that, the Bible is clear that gathering together in worship and association is a Christian requirement. So I won’t stop that. Even though in these last few years in particular it seems that the ship is being steered on a wrong course, I deem it wise to stay on board and wait for Jesus to put our brothers on the right course. They aren’t irredeemable just like others in Bible times.
I see some important core beliefs in our organisation that are solidly based on scripture that no other religion follows. The depaganism is unique to our Christian faith, worshipping Jehovah as the only true God and not part of a trinity like other Christian faiths. We are the only ones doing this important work of declaring the good news worldwide. We use Jehovah’s name and we do have genuine love amongst us. I cannot compare that to any other world wide organisation. There just isnt one that comes close to teaching these core truths.
We know that ultimately Jehovah will have his victory and Christ’s bride will join him in the victory with him in heaven… whether that bride consists of GB members, well we can wait and see but we can trust Jehovah to have the right people. And I can gauge that you too believe this. I stumbled across this site and would normally ignore but I was curious out of genuine concern for those who have been burnt and troubled by the organisation and I decided to respond to you specifically because I could relate to everything you said. Ezekiel 34 gives me comfort. Jehovah has things covered and he sees everything that the Shepherds have done.. and those who have done wrong, they will be dealt with.
Many examples in the bible where anointed kings and prophets and spiritual leaders did the wrong thing and many suffered, but Jehovah still blessed them when they did the right thing.
So lets be patient and stay strong in these final days of this system. Not long to go.
Sending my love to you.
When you learn to not care what others think, say or do, you will experience true peace. As long as it don’t affect your money or immediate health, you’re good.
“Despite his short assignment in Vietnam, it hadn’t stopped him regaling stories of his time in the war, despite the fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses are required to be conscientious objectors.
He got in touch with Jehovah’s Witnesses in February 1971 and was baptized into the cult some 5 months later.”
Morris wasn’t one of Jehovah’s Witnesses when he was drafted into the Vietnam War. That’s intellectually dishonest on your part.
No it wasn’t, quit reaching, you’ll pull something. I read that to mean “once he was a jw he still told war stories, stories he shouldn’t have told (let alone reveled in) because they should be conscientious objectors.”
And the point is …? There is a guy, who used to be a famous singer, very very famous in Latin America. He abandoned his carreer and he is a JW. He was so ashamed of his past, that he doesn’t like to talk stories about those time. What makes Morris so special that he was so delighted on telling when he went to the war?
Read the sentence again…the writer is not saying that he was a witness when he went to vietnam. He is saying that even though witnesses are suppose to be objectors, that didn’t stop him from going around the country/world taking about his time in the war. Please don’t forget his very vivid stories about seeing humans burst like hotdogs in war and how gods enemies will probably die the same way. If you’re a good JW, you would remember those stories from the assemblies. I sure do.
I don’t think the article inferred in any way that he was a witness at the time he went to Vietnam.
Hey Tony, you’re about to discover just how expensive scotch is. These men have blood on their hands! I agree, Herd and Lett should go as well! “Little enemies of GOD”. REALLY?
When you consider that 3 days after Lett referred to babies as “little enemies of God”, a JW mother in Ecuador stabbed her baby to death, yes, he needs to go! It is wholly irresponsible to make such comments considering that many mothers suffer from postpartum depression. The only “Spokesmen for God on earth?” I think not.
I think Ewart Chitty was removed in 1979. I was in Brooklyn shortly afterwards, and everyone was still in shock. I was told he had a penchant for inviting beautiful young boys into the sauna with him.
Thanks for this article. Maybe karma came back to him. Tony Morris has vanished like a smoke.
I can’t help but laugh seeing how delusional you guys are it’s fine cause when the day comes it comes we will see what happens hope yall make it most likely not though.
Yet you’re on here reading this article. That alone would make your borg superiors create a judicial committee. Go back and stick with the JW app or admit you don’t fully believe the lies you’re being fed
You may not know but Leo Greenlees was removed in like 1983. Please be sure what you post is accurate otherwise it calls into question when you have it right. Thanks!
AvoidJW Response: Leo K. Greenlees was removed in 1984 but no announcement was ever published.
Good information Jason, You was baptized a year before me being in 1996, keep up the good work.
Why are people making those speculations about the Pennsylvania Child sex abuse?
In 2010, Tony Morris was the featured speaker in the Jose Miguel Agrelot Coliseum in Puerto Rico during an impromptu assembly that lasted a little over 2 hours. He appeared totally inebriated and the poor translater did the best he could to make sense of Tony’s incoherent ramblings. It was a huge embarrassment. I was sure then that he would be deleted soon but I was wrong. 13 years later, they’ve finally had enough of this clown. I think Herd and Lett are next on the chopping block.
Alfred, what is telling you that Herd and Lett are next? Not doubting you, just wondering how you would find out about something so shocking as that would be.
Two more cray-cray clinging to outdated theology.
Let’s hope, but I don’t think they will change the most important, fundamental way of controlling the folk.
In the 1930s the watchtower was over, in consideration of Rutherford.