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Today, Melanie J. wants to please someone other than Jehovah. She has painted her fingernails, polished her patent leather shoes and donned a new dress from H&M. Her hair is delicately pinned up, arranged in bud-like clusters. "Do I look pretty, mom?"

Melanie, 17, was baptized as a Jehovah's Witness at 14. Like thousands of others, she has come to Dortmund with her family -- all of them strict believers, all of them dressed up for the special day -- for the annual North Rhine-Westfalia convention of Jehovah's Witnesses. Having doubts about his faith, the oldest son stayed home. It's a blow to the parents but the enthusiasm of their younger children compensates for the one son's lack of faith.

The J. family has traveled to Germany's Ruhr region for what many Jehovah's Witnesses consider the high point of the year. They arrive in caravans, bringing Tupperware, coolers, blankets and, most importantly, their Bibles. Here they can pray among peers, feeling a sense of community instead of isolation. "This is our big family reunion," says Michael Krenzer, a spokesman for the Jehovah's Witnesses in Dortmund. And since the family must expand, "many Witnesses naturally meet their future spouses here," says Uwe Langhals, another spokesman, who has been a Jehovah's Witness since he was 15.

Once decried as a cult, the Jehovah's Witnesses have managed to successfully fight for the title of "statutory public body" in 12 of the 16 German states. This gives them the same legal status as, for example, the Protestant church.

In Berlin, the Witnesses meet in the Velodrom arena, in Munich, they gather at the Olympic Stadium, and in Frankfurt am Main, they plan to congregate in the Commerzbank Arena. Though they occupy enormous venues, the public hardly notices their presence.

Dortmund is home to the largest district convention of Jehovah's Witnesses in the country. The majority of those following the faith in Germany hail from the Ruhr region, which is densely populated and has relatively high unemployment. Some 40,000 Witnesses are expected to attend the event on each of the three days it will last.

The J. family has brought their two daughters to the event. Now they are standing in the Westfalen Stadium, embracing fellow brothers and sisters. Melanie is busy catching up with a friend. There are many young people, among them young straight-backed men in suits. "Look at him over there," says Melanie. The girls exchange secretive looks and giggle.

A List Of Things Jehovah's Witnesses Can't Do.

  • What Do Jehovah Witnesses Believe?
  • List Of Rules For The Jehovah's Witnesses.
  • What Jehovah's Witnesses Are Not Allowed To Do.
  • Why Do They Believe So Many Things Are Wrong?
  • Why Do Jehovah's Witnesses Have So Many Rules?
The Rules. What Jehovah's Witnesses Believe. Right or wrong, Jehovah's Witnesses are expected to obey all the rules.

They are required to believe the Watchtower is 'God's organization' and 'channel of communication. Disrespect, disregard, and contempt for 'divine standards' (i.e. Watchtower rules) is treated as 'wrong doing'. In fact simply leaving the Watchtower is considered the same as wrong doing! The Watchtower says, "Persons who make themselves “not of our sort” by deliberately rejecting the faith and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses should appropriately be viewed and treated as are those who have been disfellowshipped for wrongdoing." Watchtower magazine, Sept 15, 1981, p 23, par 14-16

When Jehovah's Witnesses have serious doubts and when they can't be loyal to the Watchtower any more, they are routinely disfellowshipped (excommunicated) for 'apostasy'.

There is no honorable way to leave this church. Family members and friends are not allowed to associate with former members. If they do, they can be disfellowshipped as well. Jehovah's Witnesses can't even greet a disfellowshipped JW with a simple 'Hi. How are you?'. Most will walk right by without making eye contact.

This list of rules is not an official organizational document. It was compiled by former members based on experience and information in Watchtower publications.

Belong to an organization or club that is not approved by the Watchtower (WBTS), because non believers belong to 'Satan's world'. They are 'bad' associations. See Religion First

Attend social functions sponsored by their employer unless attendance is required. (The Watchtower says, 'there is a clear difference between being friendly toward a workmate and being that one’s close companion. Here is where another Scriptural principle enters the picture. The apostle Paul warned Christians: “Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers.”, WT, May 1, 2007, Article: 'Let God’s Word Guide Your Steps', par 9)

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A List Of Things Jehovah's Witnesses Can't Do.

  • What Do Jehovah Witnesses Believe?
  • List Of Rules For The Jehovah's Witnesses.
  • What Jehovah's Witnesses Are Not Allowed To Do.
  • Why Do They Believe So Many Things Are Wrong?
  • Why Do Jehovah's Witnesses Have So Many Rules?
The Rules. What Jehovah's Witnesses Believe. Right or wrong, Jehovah's Witnesses are expected to obey all the rules.

They are required to believe the Watchtower is 'God's organization' and 'channel of communication. Disrespect, disregard, and contempt for 'divine standards' (i.e. Watchtower rules) is treated as 'wrong doing'. In fact simply leaving the Watchtower is considered the same as wrong doing! The Watchtower says, "Persons who make themselves “not of our sort” by deliberately rejecting the faith and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses should appropriately be viewed and treated as are those who have been disfellowshipped for wrongdoing." Watchtower magazine, Sept 15, 1981, p 23, par 14-16

When Jehovah's Witnesses have serious doubts and when they can't be loyal to the Watchtower any more, they are routinely disfellowshipped (excommunicated) for 'apostasy'.

There is no honorable way to leave this church. Family members and friends are not allowed to associate with former members. If they do, they can be disfellowshipped as well. Jehovah's Witnesses can't even greet a disfellowshipped JW with a simple 'Hi. How are you?'. Most will walk right by without making eye contact.

This list of rules is not an official organizational document. It was compiled by former members based on experience and information in Watchtower publications.

Belong to an organization or club that is not approved by the Watchtower (WBTS), because non believers belong to 'Satan's world'. They are 'bad' associations. See Religion First

Attend social functions sponsored by their employer unless attendance is required. (The Watchtower says, 'there is a clear difference between being friendly toward a workmate and being that one’s close companion. Here is where another Scriptural principle enters the picture. The apostle Paul warned Christians: “Do not become unevenly yoked with unbelievers.”, WT, May 1, 2007, Article: 'Let God’s Word Guide Your Steps', par 9)