Meleti Vivlon

Articles by Meleti Vivlon.

The Role of Women in the Christian Congregation (Part 1): Introduction

The role within the body of Christ which women are to play has been misconstrued and misapplied by men for hundreds of years. It is time to put off all the preconceptions and bias that both sexes have been fed by the religious leaders of the various denominations of Christendom and pay heed to what God wants us to do. This video series will explore the role of women within the great purpose of God by allowing the Scriptures to speak for themselves while unmasking the many attempts men have made to twist their meaning as they fulfill God’s words at Genesis 3:16.

By Condeming “Despicable Apostates”, has the Governing Body Condemned Themselves?

Recently, the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses released a video in which one of their members condemns apostates and other “enemies”. The video was entitled: “Anthony Morris III: Jehovah Will “Carry It Out” (Isa. 46:11)” and can be found by following this link:

Was he right to condemn those who oppose the teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses in this way, or do the scriptures he uses to condemn others actually end up backfiring on the organization’s leadership?

Kicking against the Goads

[The following is the text from my chapter (my story) in the recently published book Fear to Freedom available on Amazon.] Part 1: Freed from Indoctrination “Mommy, am I going to die at Armageddon?” I was only five years old when I asked my parents that question. Why...

The Judicial System of Jehovah’s Witnesses: From God or Satan?

In an effort to keep the congregation clean, Jehovah’s Witnesses disfellowship (shun) all unrepentant sinners. They base this policy on the words of Jesus as well as the apostles Paul and John. Many characterize this policy as cruel. Are Witnesses being unjustly maligned for simply obeying the commands of God, or are they using scripture as an excuse to practice wickedness? Only by strictly following the Bible’s direction can they truly claim that they have God’s approval, otherwise, their works could identify them as “workers of lawlessness”. (Matthew 7:23)

Which is it? This video and the next will attempt to answer those questions definitively.

Media, Money, Meetings, and Me

Hello everyone and thanks for joining me. Today I wanted to talk on four topics: media, money, meetings and me. Beginning with media, I’m specifically referring to the publication of a new book called Fear to Freedom which was put together by a friend of mine, Jack...

What is your Thorn in the Flesh?

I was just reading 2 Corinthians where Paul talks about being afflicted with a thorn in the flesh.  Do you remember that part?  As a Jehovah’s Witness, I was taught that he was likely referring to his bad eyesight.  I never liked that interpretation.  It just seemed...

My Awakening after 30 Years of Deception, Part 3: Achieving Freedom for Myself and My Wife

Introduction: Felix’s wife discovers for herself that the elders are not the “loving shepherds” that they and the organization proclaim them to be. She finds herself involved in a sexual abuse case in which the offender is appointed a ministerial servant despite the accusation, and it is discovered that he had abused more young girls.

The congregation receives the “preventive order” via text message to stay away from Felix and his wife just before the “The Love Never Fails” regional convention. All these situations lead to a fight that the branch office of Jehovah’s Witnesses ignores, presuming its power, but which serves for both Felix and his wife to achieve freedom of conscience.

Examining Matthew 24, Part 13: The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats

Witness leadership use the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats to claim that the salvation of the “Other Sheep” depends on their obedience to the instructions of the Governing Body. They allege that this parable “proves” that there is a two-class system of salvation with 144,000 going to heaven, while the rest live as sinners on earth for the 1,000 years. Is that the true meaning of this parable or do Witnesses have it all wrong? Join us to examin the evidence and decide for yourself.

Examining Matthew 24, Part 12: The Faithful and Discreet Slave

Jehovah’s Witnesses contend that the men (currently 8) making up their governing body constitute a fulfillment of what they consider to be the prophecy of the faithful and discreet slave referred to at Matthew 24:45-47. Is this accurate or merely a self-serving interpretation? If the latter, then what or who is the faithful and discreet slave, and what of the other three slaves that Jesus refers to in Luke’s parallel account?

This video will attempt to answer all these questions using Scriptural context and reasoning.

Examining Matthew 24, Part 9: Exposing the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Generation Doctrine as False

Examining Matthew 24, Part 9: Exposing the Jehovah’s Witnesses’ Generation Doctrine as False

For over 100 years, Jehovah’s Witnesses have been predicting that Armageddon is just around the corner, based largely on their interpretation of Matthew 24:34 which speaks of a “generation” that will see both the end and the beginning of the last days. The question is, are they getting it wrong about which last days Jesus was referring to? Is there a way to determine the answer from Scripture in a way that leaves no room for doubt. Indeed, there is as this video will demonstrate.

Examining Matthew 24, Part 8: Pulling the Linchpin from the 1914 Doctrine

Examining Matthew 24, Part 8: Pulling the Linchpin from the 1914 Doctrine

As hard as it may be to believe, the entire foundation of the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses is based on the interpretation of a single Bible verse. If the understanding they have of that verse can be shown to be wrong, their entire religious identity goes away. This video will examine that Bible verse and put the foundational doctrine of 1914 under a scriptural microscope.

Examining Matthew 24, Part 7: The Great Tribulation

Matthew 24:21 speaks of “great tribulation” to come upon Jerusalem which occurred during 66 to 70 C.E. Revelation 7:14 also speaks of “great tribulation”. Are these two events connected in some way? Or is the Bible speaking about two entirely different tribulations, totally unrelated to one another? This presentation will attempt to demonstrate what each scripture is referring to and how that understanding affects all Christians today.

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Cam’s Story

Cam’s Story

[This is a very tragic and touching experience which Cam has given me permission to share.  It is from the text of an e-mail he sent me. – Meleti Vivlon] I left Jehovah’s Witnesses just over a year ago, after I saw tragedy, and I just want to thank you for...
Bible Musings: Are we missing the point?

Bible Musings: Are we missing the point?

In response to the last video—Part 5—in the Matthew 24 series, one of the regular viewers sent me an email asking about how two seemingly related passages can be understood.  Some would call these problematic passages. Bible scholars referred to them by the Latin...
Examining Matthew 24; Part 3: Preaching in All the Inhabited Earth

Examining Matthew 24; Part 3: Preaching in All the Inhabited Earth

Was Matthew 24:14 given to us as a means to measure how close we are to the return of Jesus? Does it speak of a worldwide preaching work to warn all humanity of their looming doom and eternal destruction? Witnesses believe they alone have this commission and that their preaching work is life saving? Is that the case, or are they actually working against God’s purpose. This video will endeavour to answer those questions.

An Email from Raymond Franz

An Email from Raymond Franz

A local brother I just met at one of our Christian gatherings told me that he had exchanged emails with Raymond Franz before he died in 2010.  I asked him if he would be so kind to share them with me and allow me to share them with all of you.  This is the first one...

A Jehovah’s Witnesses Elder Is Tried for Apostasy

  I’ve just posted the video of my April 1st judicial hearing at the Aldershot congregation Kingdom hall in Burlington, Ontario, Canada as well as the followup appeal committee hearing.  Both are very revealing about the true nature of the judicial process...

More Distancing from Christ

An eagle-eyed reader shared this little gem with us: In Psalm 23 in the NWT, we see that verse 5 speaks about being anointed with oil.  David is one of the other sheep according to JW theology, so he can’t be anointed.  Yet the old songbook song based on Psalm...
The Spanish Field and Donations

The Spanish Field and Donations

The Spanish Field Jesus said: “Look! I say to you: Lift up your eyes and view the fields, that they are white for harvesting.” (John 4:35) Some time back we started a Spanish “Beroean Pickets” web site, but I was disappointed that we got very...
Does God Exist?

Does God Exist?

After leaving the religion of Jehovah’s Witnesses, many lose their faith in the existence of God. It seems that these ones had faith not in Jehovah but in the organization, and with that gone, so was their faith. These often turn to evolution which is built on the premise that all things evolved by random chance. Is there proof of this, or can it be disproved scientifically? Likewise, can the existence of God be proven by science, or is it just a matter of blind faith? This video will attempt to answer these questions.

Would You Like to Meet?

This is a call out to our brothers and sisters on the other side of the globe, in Australia, New Zealand and Eurasia.  Would you like to meet with other like-minded Christians—ex or exiting JWs—who still thirst for fellowship and spiritual encouragement?  If so, we...

Not Thinking It Through—Again!

In my last post, I spoke about how ill-conceived some of (most of?) the doctrines of truly are. By happenstance, I stumbled on another one dealing with the Organization’s interpretation of Matthew 11:11 which states: “Truly I say to you, among those born...

Addendum to “Awakening, Part 1: Introduction”

In my last video, I mentioned a letter I sent into headquarters regarding a 1972 Watchtower article on Matthew 24.  It turns out I got the date wrong.  I was able to recover the letters from my files when I came home from Hilton Head, SC.  The actual article in...

New JW Recovery Facebook Group

I’m pleased to be able to present everyone with some news. Two of our number have started a Facebook group to help those going through the awakening process.  Here’s the link: In case the link...

Beroean KeepTesting

[This is a contributed experience by an awakened Christian going under the alias “BEROEAN KeepTesting”] I believe we all (ex-Witnesses) share similar emotions, feelings, tears, confusion, and a broad spectrum of other feelings and emotions during our...

Comment Voting Disabled

Hi Everyone, After discussing the pros and cons with a number of you, I’ve removed the comment voting feature.  The reasons are various.  For me, the key reason Tthat came back to me in responses was that it amounted to a popularity contest.  There was also the...

Maria’s Experience

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 18:06 — 24.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreMy experience of being an Active Jehovah’s Witness and leaving the Cult. By Maria (An alias as a protect against...

Alithia’s Experience

Hello all.  After reading Ava’s experience and being encouraged, I thought I would do the same, in the hope that someone reading my experience may at least see some commonality. I am sure there are many out there who have asked themselves the question. “How could I...

“The Spirit Bears Witness…”

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:35 — 4.9MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreOne of our forum members relates that in their memorial talk the speaker broke out that old chestnut, “If you are...

“God Is Not Partial”

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:57 — 2.2MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreIn the April Broadcast on, there is a video given by Governing Body member Mark Sanderson at about the 34-minute...

A New Feature: Personal Experiences

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 6:45 — 5.0MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreI would like to introduce a new feature to our web forum intended to help many of us as we deal with the strong, conflicting...

“Religion Is a Snare and a Racket!

Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 21:18 — 15.7MB) | EmbedSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | Google Podcasts | RSS | MoreThis article started out as a short piece intended to provide all of you in our online community with some details into our...

Podcasts on iTunes

Hello everyone. I’ve had a number of requests to publish our podcasts on iTunes.  After some work and research, I’ve managed to do that.  The recordings attached to each post from here on out will contain a link that will allow you to subscribe to our...

Applying the Two-Witness Rule Equitably

The two-witness rule (see De 17:6; 19:15; Mt 18:16; 1 Tim 5:19) was intended to protect the Israelites from being convicted based on false accusations.  It was never intended to shield a criminal rapist from justice.  Under the law of Moses, there were provisions to...

Bias, Poor Translation, or Better Insight?

One of our readers sent me an e-mail recently asking an interesting question: Hello, I am interested in a discussion on Acts 11:13-14 where Peter is recounting the events of his meeting with Cornelius. In verse 13b & 14 Peter is quoting the angel’s words to...
December, 2017 Monthly Broadcast

December, 2017 Monthly Broadcast

This broadcast is part 1 of the graduation ceremony for the 143rd Gilead class.  Gilead used to be an accredited school in New York State, but this is no longer the case. Samuel Herd of the Governing Body opened the sessions by speaking of Jehovah as our Grand...
Anthony Morris III: Jehovah Blesses Obedience

Anthony Morris III: Jehovah Blesses Obedience

In this latest video, Anthony Morris III is not really talking about obedience to Jehovah, but rather, obedience to the Governing Body.  He claims that if we obey the Governing Body, Jehovah will bless us.  That means that Jehovah approves of the decisions coming down...
Theocratic Warfare or Just Plain Lying?

Theocratic Warfare or Just Plain Lying?

This week we are treated to two videos from distinct sources that are linked by a common element: Deception.  Sincere lovers of truth are bound to find what follows to be deeply disturbing, although there will be some who will justify it as what the Organization calls...