Reform

reform3Some people understandably dismiss the thought that the Watchtower blood doctrine can be reformed. They believe the doctrine is too entrenched, and that too many lives have been lost for the Governing Body to ever be able to reform the doctrine. Others would argue that the Watchtower is too far gone to be reformed. That there is nothing worth saving, and even advocate for the complete destruction of the organization.

When AJWRB talks about reform we refer to modifications in the policy and in the lives of those who have been subject to the policy, namely individual Jehovah’s Witnesses and their children. In these terms, it’s quite apparent that substantive reform is ongoing and has been for many years.

One need only study the history of the doctrine over the past eight decades to appreciate just how radically the doctrine has already been reformed. The changes are truly staggering when viewed objectively. Additionally, there are already hundreds of thousands, perhaps millions, of current and former Jehovah’s Witnesses, and those who are somewhere in the middle,who already question or reject the doctrine and will accept blood transfusions when needed.

In this section of the website you will find a large selection of articles that explore various aspects of reform. We will attempt to address some of the key questions including:

  • What has AJWRB been able to accomplish?
  • What would an acceptable blood policy look like to AJWRB?
  • How should someone approach their Jehovah’s Witnesses family members or friends.
  • How can I supportAJWRB in its effort to reform the Watchtower blood policy?

Call to Action!

A significant effort is underway to reform the blood doctrine. This involves informing and educating all of Jehovah’s Witnesses as to the facts about blood. Much of this is being accomplished through the medical community. If you are a reform minded Jehovah’s Witness you may be asking yourself…..what can I do? Likely you have no desire to have a blood transfusion, and neither do we. The question is should we as an organization be making …

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Stop the Insanity

We are asking Jehovah’s Witnesses and concerned family members to send the following letter to their Jehovah’s Witness friends, family and congregation members. The letter has been drafted and approved by Watchtower Elders and HLC officials in different countries. Please put a list of people you know together, and mail this letter to them. Please make this a priority, and spread the word. The deaths need to stop, and you can make a difference. Please do what …

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Appointed Servants of Jehovah’s Witnesses

We call upon you to summon up the courage to carefully investigate the blood issue. We believe that you will find, as we have, that there is little if any biblical basis for the current policies. The evidence will show that the Bible may forbid the eating of blood, but not the taking of it in to “sustain life.” The scriptures must be re-worded to arrive at such a conclusion. In this regard, the following …

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March 15, 1998 Letter to Governing Body

The following letter was mailed to the Governing Body on March 15, 1998. They never responded. ASSOCIATED JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES FOR REFORM ON BLOOD P.O. Box 190089 – Boise, ID 83719-0089 – U.S.A. Website: http://www.visiworld.com/starter/newlight/ Email: jwreformers@anon.nymserver.com March 15, 1998 Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses Watchtower Bible & Tract Society 25 Columbia Heights Brooklyn, NY 11201-2483 Dear Brothers:

Jan. 27, 1997 Letter to Dan Sydlik

The following letter was sent to a member of the governing body in 1997 prior to the publishing of any information by AJWRB in the hope that it could be avoided. There was no response and the web site “New Light on Blood” came online the following month. January 27, 1997 Dan Sydlik 124 Columbia Heights Brooklyn, NY 11201-1698 Dear Brother Sydlik: Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a third generation Witness who …

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Friends and Family

If you have been a Jehovah’s Witness for any period of time, you probably have many friends and family members who are also Witnesses and likely feel some sense of obligation towards these individuals, since you now possess information that is potentially lifesaving. How can you go about reaching these persons? If the relationship is close enough, you may be able to speak with them directly. This is the most effective way. You might begin …

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Blood Saved Their Lives

Hi, I am not going to give any names but want all to know the following information. I have been a JWs for 40 years since I was 6 years old, 2 weeks ago I got the reform blood information from the net, and totally agree with what they say as I have experienced it myself and seen so much I could write volumes on it. Anyhow, last week I printed out all the information 135 …

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Concluding Thoughts

AJWRB thanks you for taking the time to consider this information on blood. Assuming you are a Jehovah’s Witness and have read all of the information, the next step for you will be to research the scriptures and references cited through out these pages. We feel that it is important that you not take our word on what has been here presented, but that you actually research these matters for yourself. Although this matter can …

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Questions for Those who Believe in the Watchtower Blood Policy

One of the most effective ways we have found in assisting other Witnesses to analyze the WTS blood doctrine is through the use of questions. The following questions have been used by AJWRB members and physicians in different parts of the world. If you are investigating the Watchtower’s blood policy we invite you to consider these carefully. Research the publications or discuss your concerns with the elders respectfully, and ask them to help you understand …

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Silenced – The Rado Vleugel Story

My name is Rado Vleugel. I was born on January 1, 1973 in the city of Amsterdam while fire crackers where making a lot of noise. The January 15, 1994 Watchtower page 22 tells something about my history as a Witness of Jehovah: “Rado, mentioned earlier, was six years old when two pioneers studied the Bible with his parents. When still very young, he regularly accompanied these full-time preachers in the field ministry. Rado himself …

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Jehovah’s Witnesses, Blood Transfusions, and the Tort of Misrepresentation.

After the death of her mother, we were contacted by Kerry Louderback-Wood. She later wrote the following article for the Journal of Church and State’s Autumn 2005 issue. The article shows how the Watchtower Society might be held legally responsible for failure to properly disseminate its religious beliefs to followers. She dedicates the article to the children who have been harmed by the Watchtower’s policies on the use of blood and she continues to speak …

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Blood Transfusion: Letter of Understanding

The following article is republished from the Blog of Marvin Shilmer and demonstrates that the Watchtower Society (WTS) is continuing to quietly back down from their once firm position on the use of blood for Jehovah’s Witness minors – particularly with respects to very young children who would have no hope of being granted “mature minor” status by the courts. I’m much pleased to make available a beautiful piece of work that’s been around since at least …

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H.L.C. Elders Speak Out

A Group of Hospital Liaison Committee (HLC) Members Speak Out HLCs are sat up in most parts of the earth by the Watchtower Society (hereafter WTS) to assist Witnesses in finding cooperative physicians who are willing to provide bloodless treatment. In their dealings with physicians, they often come face to face with the inconsistencies and discrepancies in the Watchtower Society’s blood policy. One group of HLC brothers has come forward to express themselves on the blood …

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Watchtower Approves HemoPure

Watchtower Approves HemoPure (Bovine Hemoglobin) for Jehovah’s Witnesses Jehovah’s Witnesses have long been known for their rejection of blood and blood-component transfusion, even when it is necessary to save life. In a remarkable change in policy, the Witnesses’ governing body announced in the June 15, 2000 issue of its official church publication The Watchtower, that members may now accept “fractions of any of the primary components” of blood.  (Italics added) Previously, Witnesses who accepted a …

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