Featured on the cover of the May 22, 1994 Awake! magazine are the photos of 26 children, ages varying up to 17 years, with the caption: “Youths Who Put God First.” Inside the magazine proclaims: “In former times thousands of youths died for putting God first. They are still doing it, only today the drama is played out in hospitals and courtrooms, with blood transfusions the issue.” View a PDF of this quote.
Because Watchtower Society leaders have decided that having a blood transfusion is a mortal sin, Jehovah’s Witness children are meticulously indoctrinated to believe that those who accept blood transfusions to save their lives will be killed by Jehovah God at Armageddon in the very near future, and worthy of everlasting death.
They are also told that blood transfusions do not really save lives, but pollute recipients, give them AIDS, hepatitis and may even transfer to them the personality of a criminal blood donor. Parents are pressured to hold practice sessions with their children and rehearse answers to typical questions a judge or hospital official might ask to assess their maturity and degree of belief. 1
Not content with fear and implanted phobias, extreme coercion is also employed through Watchtower sanctioned shunning. This means failure to uphold the Watchtower’s bizarre policy will most likely result in their Witness friends being unable to greet them, talk to them or eat with them – not even close family members unless they happen to live under the same roof.
Jehovah’s Witness parents are taught that if they save the lives of their children by secretly accepting a blood transfusion, God may punish them right now by making their children stillborn or kill them in the soon-to-come battle of Armageddon, when they will become manure on the ground.
Until 1952, the Watchtower Society used similar rhetoric about vaccinations. Until 1980, they said the same thing about organ transplants. Now these medical practices are permitted. Those who were loyal to these rules spilled their blood in vain. Will you sacrifice your child over this issue? If you answer yes, stop and consider how you will feel when the Watchtower finally abandons this bizarre doctrine – a doctrine that they have already gutted and made a mere shadow of what it once was.
Why shouldn’t your child have the blood fraction or component they need to live when so much is already permitted? Where does the Bible explains which blood products or fractions are a matter of conscience and which are not? The simple and obvious answer is that it has nothing to say about the use of blood components.
We implore you as a Jehovah’s Witness parent – please do not let your child’s picture end up on this web page as a warning to others. We ask the rest of the Jehovah’s Witness community to please work for reform of this tragic policy and stop the needless deaths of Jehovah’s Witness children.
1 – The Watchtower June 15, 1991, page 15