Meleti Vivlon

Articles by Meleti Vivlon.


2017-09-01 Letter to the BOE in Australia

A new policy letter dated September 1, 2017 covering child abuse in the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses has just been released to the Bodies of Elders in Australia.  At the time of this writing, we do not yet know if this letter represents a worldwide policy...

Fake News

One has to be very careful what one accepts as true in these days of social media news.  While the term “fake news” is often misapplied due to the tweets of one particular man, there is a lot of real “fake news” out there.  Sometimes, a...

Checking the Source

This week Witnesses start to study the July issue of the Watchtower Study Edition.  A while ago, we published a review of a secondary article in this issue which you can view below. However, something just came to light which has taught me to be more careful in...

I’m Not Worthy

“Keep doing this in remembrance of me.” – Luke 22:19 It was at the memorial of 2013 that I first obeyed those words of my Lord Jesus Christ. My late-wife declined to partake that first year, because she did not feel worthy. I have come to see that this is a common...

Should We Obey the Governing Body

One of our readers drew my attention to a blog article which I think reflects the reasoning of most Jehovah’s Witnesses. The article begins by drawing a parallel between the self-declared ‘non-inspired, fallible’ Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses and other groups...

Stop the Presses!

Stop the presses!  The Organization has just admitted that the Other Sheep doctrine is unscriptural. Okay, to be fair, they don’t know they’ve admitted this yet, but they have. To understand what they’ve done, we have to understand the basis for the...

Trouw Article: A Paradise for Pedophiles

This is a translation of the July 22, 2017 article in Trouw, a Dutch newspaper, which is one in a series of articles reporting on the way Jehovah’s Witnesses handle child sexual abuse.  Click here to see the original article. A Paradise for Pedophiles The way...

New Article on BP Bible Study Forum

I’ve just published a thought-provoking new article on the BP – Bible Study Forum (a separate site) by a new contributing author, Eleasar.   It was a toss-up as to whether to publish on this site or the Bible Study forum. This site is very JW-centric and...
JW Jingoism

JW Jingoism

In the July, 2017 broadcast on tv.jw.org, the organization appears to be defending itself against attacks made by internet sites.  For example, they now feel the need to try to prove there is a scriptural basis for calling themselves “The Organization”.  They also...

New Look and Spanish Site Launch

As you can see, we’ve changed the look of the Beroean Pickets – JW.org Reviewer site.  The sister site, Beroean Pickets – Bible Study Forum, has experienced a similar facelift. The idea was to make both sites easier to navigate across all devices,...
Watchtower Music Videos

Watchtower Music Videos

You may recall this image taken from the July, 2016 Watchtower Study Edition, p. 7.  You can find our review of that particular study article here.  The theme of the article was “Why Must We ‘Keep on the Watch?’” At the time, this reviewer felt that the new rule...

New “Our Salvation” Article Posted!

Part 5 of the Our Salvation Series has been posted on Beroean Bible Study forum.  If you would like to read the article, click here.  If you would like to be notified of future articles, visit the Beroean Bible Study site and enter your e-mail address under the Get...

A Fairy Godmother Religion

I’ve been thinking about the theme of this year’s Regional Convention: Don’t Give Up!  It’s an oddly prosaic theme, don’t you think?  What is its purpose? That brought to mind a recent discussion with a close friend who asked what congregation I was now attending....

Does the NWT Live Up to Its Own Standards?

[This article is contributed by Apollos and Alex Rover] The Watchtower acknowledges that it’s very important to not insert human opinions nor hide the thought of original writings. Literalness. Unlike paraphrased translations, the New World Translation renders words...

Winning the Battle for Your Mind

On page 27 of the July, 2017 Study Edition of The Watchtower, there is an article intended ostensibly to help Jehovah’s Witnesses resist the influence of satanic propaganda. From the title, “Winning the Battle for Your Mind”, one would naturally assume that the...

Commenting Guidelines

I would like to take this opportunity to share helpful reminder to all, including myself. We have a brief FAQ on commenting guidelines. Perhaps some clarification might be helpful.  We have come from an organization in which men love to Lord it over other men, and...

The Spirit Bears Witness – How?

To me, one of the greatest sins of the leadership of the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses is the doctrine of the Other Sheep.  The reason I believe this is that they are instructing millions of Christ’s followers to disobey their Lord.  Jesus said:...

ARC Duplicity

On the 10th of this month, the Australia Royal Commission held Case 54 which was a review of the responses of Jehovah’s Witnesses to the Commission’s findings.  The representatives from the Australia branch swore on the Bible “to tell the truth, the...

New Article on the BP Study Forum

If you are only subscribed to this site, Beroean Pickets – JW.org Reviewer, you may be missing out on the Bible research articles that we publish on the sister forum, Beroean Pickets – Bible Study Forum.  For instance, we’ve just released the fourth...

What is a Lie?

In the November broadcast, the Governing Body provides us with a useful set of criteria for identifying lies and liars. How do they measure up to their own standard?

Beware of Deceit!

Beware of Deceit!

There’s a time-honored technique which evildoers use to shift the focus off their own wicked deeds when they come under attack for wrongdoing. Come see how it is being used!

Should You Report Field Service?

Should You Report Field Service?

As one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, are you disobeying God by turning in your monthly field service report? Let us see what the Bible has to say. Laying Out the Problem When a person wants to become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, he must first—even before baptism—start...

Registering Your Username

A few users are reporting an inability to log on to the Bible Study Forum. The reason is that they are under the impression that it’s a part of this Beroean Pickets site.  It is in a thematic sense, but technically, they are two different sites, totally...

Review of the 2016 Special Talk

This phrase from the 2016 Special Talk outline is more appropriate than might first appear to be the case: “Our situation is similar to that of the nation of Israel when about to enter the Promised Land.”

My 2016 Memorial

I had the joy to participate in an online commemoration of the memorial of Christ’s death on Tuesday, March 22rd with 22 others living in four different countries.[i]  I know that many of you chose to partake on the 23rd at your local Kingdom hall.  Still others have...

Two New Posts

For those who have not yet subscribed to beroeans.net and have therefore not received notifications, there are two new articles on the site. Use the Power of Your Tongue for Good BBC: UK JWs Accused of Destroying Documents...

February 2016 JW.org Broadcast

Sinning Against the Spirit In this month’s TV Broadcast on tv.jw.org, the speaker, Ken Flodine, discusses how we can grieve God’s spirit. Before explaining what it means to grieve the holy spirit, he explains what it does not mean. This takes him into a discussion of...

Jehovah, the God of Communication

[From ws15/12 for Feb. 1-7] “Please listen, and I will speak.”—Job 42:4 This week’s study discusses the role language and translation have played in bringing the Bible to us. It sets the stage for next week’s study which discusses the many virtues the...

Bethel Layoffs Damage Control

February 1, 2016 is upon us. This is the deadline for the worldwide downsizing of Bethel families.  Reports are that the family is being reduced by 25%, which means thousands of Bethelites are frantically looking for work.  Many of these are in their 50s and 60s. ...

New Discussion Forum

From time to time, debates begin in our commenting section on important Bible teachings.  Often, those commenting have a personal view that is valid and scripturally based.  Other times, the viewpoint turns out to originate from the thinking of men.  Sometimes, the...

“This Generation” – Tying Up Loose Ends

Who is Jesus referring to at Matthew 24:33? Does the great tribulation of Matthew 24:21 have a secondary fulfillment In our previous article, This Generation – A Modern-Day Fulfillment, we found that the only conclusion that was consistent with the evidence was that...

WT Study: Jehovah Is the God of Love

[From ws15/11 for Jan. 11-17] “God is love.” – 1 John 4:8, 16 What a wonderful theme. We should have half a dozen Watchtowers every year on this theme alone.  But we must take what we can get. In paragraph 2, we are reminded Jehovah has appointed Jesus to judge the...

Confessing Christ

From time to time there have been those who have used the commenting feature of Beroean Pickets to promote the idea that we must take a public stand and renounce our association with the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses.  They will cite scriptures like...

The Other Sheep Are God’s Children Too

After the resurrection of Lazarus, the machinations of the Jewish leaders moved into high gear. “What are we to do, because this man performs many signs? 48 If we let him alone this way, they will all put faith in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our...

Walking by Faith – In Men

This week in the Service Meeting (I can still call it that, at least for the next couple of weeks.) we are being asked to comment on the hour-long video Walking by Faith, Not by Sight. The production values are quite respectable and the acting is not bad either. It...

An Open Letter

We have been greatly encouraged by the heartfelt outpouring of support that came as a result of the recent article, “Our Commenting Policy.” I had only wanted to reassure everyone that we were not about to change that which we had worked so hard to achieve. If...

Our Commenting Policy

We have been getting emails from regular readers concerned that our forum might be degenerating into just another JW bashing site, or that an unfriendly environment might be surfacing.  These are valid concerns. When I began this site back in 2011, I was unsure about...

WT Study: “Stand Firm in the Faith”

[From ws15/09 for Nov 9-15] “Stand Firm in the faith,…grow mighty.” – 1Co 16:13 For a change of pace, I thought it might be fun and educational to treat this WT review like a Watchtower study. Feel free to use the comment section to answer the questions. Additionally,...

When Speculation Becomes Fact

We have just begun to study the Imitate Their Faith book in the congregation Bible Study which is part of our midweek meeting. I admit I haven’t read it, but my wife has and says it makes for a nice, easy read. It takes the form of Bible stories rather than a Bible...

This Generation – A Modern Day Fulfillment?

In a previous article, we were able to establish that in all likelihood Jesus was referring to the wicked generation of Jews of his day when he gave his disciples the assurance found at Matthew 24:34. (See This Generation’ – A Fresh Look) While a careful review of the...

WT Study: Keep in Expectation

[From ws15/08 p. 14 for Oct. 5 -11] “Even if it should delay, keep in expectation of it!” – Hab. 2:3 Jesus repeatedly told us to keep on the watch and be in expectation of his return. (Mt. 24:42; Lu 21:34-36) However, he also warned us about false prophets promoting...

Jehovah Blesses Obedience

I was doing my daily Bible reading a few days ago and came to Luke chapter 12. I’ve read this passage many times before, but this time it was like someone had smacked me in the forehead. “In the meantime, when a crowd of so many thousands had gathered together that...

The Governing Body Is Not Dogmatic!

In a recent morning worship program titled “Jehovah Blesses Obedience”, Brother Anthony Morris III addresses accusations made against the Governing Body that it is dogmatic. Quoting from Acts 16:4, he refers us to the word translated “decrees”. He states at the 3:25...

“This Generation” – A Fresh Look

“Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen.” (Mt 24:34) If you scan the “This Generation” category on this site, you’ll see various attempts by myself and Apollos to come to terms with the...

The September Broadcast – This Generation

“Truly I say to you that this generation will by no means pass away until all these things happen.” (Mt 24:34) There are essentially two methods we can use to understand the meaning of Jesus’ words regarding “this generation”.  One is called eisegesis, and the other,...

The Mandatory Reporting Red Herring

One of our commenters put forward a defense for the position of Jehovah’s Witnesses regarding the mandatory reporting of child abuse cases. Coincidently, a good friend of mine gave me the identical defense. I believe it reflects the standard belief among...

Christianity, Inc.

I recently shared a link to Brother Geoffrey Jackson’s testimony before the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse with a couple of JW friends. I went out of my way not to be negative or challenging. I was simply sharing a news...

WT Study: We Can Remain Chaste

[From ws15/06 p. 24 for August 10-16] “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you indecisive ones.” (Jas 4:8) Since the decade following the failed expectations surrounding the year 1975, the...

Where Else Can We Go?

I was raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. I engaged in the full-time service in three countries, worked closely with two Bethels, and was able to help dozens to the point of baptism. I took great pride in saying that I was “in the truth.” I truly believed I was in...

The Role of Women

“…your longing will be for your husband, and he will dominate you.” – Gen. 3:16 We have only a partial idea of what the role of women in human society was intended to be because sin has skewed the relationship between the sexes. Recognizing how male and female...

We Are All Brothers – Part 2

In the first part of the series, we saw that to protect ourselves from the folly of organized religion, we must maintain a climate of Christian freedom by guarding ourselves against the leaven of the Pharisees, which is the corrupting influence of human leadership....

We Are All Brothers – Part 1

There have been a number of encouraging comments in the wake of our announcement that we’ll soon be moving to a new self-hosted site for Beroean Pickets. Once launched, and with your support, we hope to have a Spanish version as well, followed by a Portuguese one. We...

WT Study: You Can Fight Satan and Win!

[From ws15/05 p. 14 for July 6-12] “Take your stand against [Satan], firm in the faith.”— 1 Peter 5:9 In this continuation of last week’s theme, we learn how to fight Satan and win. We start off in paragraph 1 by emphasizing the unique JW doctrine that there are two...

Pending Launch of Our New Site

A Look Back Before We Look Forward When I first started Beroean Pickets, it was intended as a means to contact other Jehovah’s Witnesses who wanted to engage in deeper Bible research. I had no other goal than that. The congregation meetings do no provide a forum for...

TV.JW.ORG, A Missed Opportunity

“Go therefore and make disciples of people of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the holy spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all the things I have commanded YOU.. . .” (Mt 28:19, 20) Short of the command to love one...