You cannot do these things if you are a Jehovah’s Witness

  • Belong to another organization or club for the purpose of socializing with nonbelievers
  • Have best friends and activity buddies who are not Jehovah’s Witnesses. See Friendship with Non-believers
  • Consider the viewpoints of Jehovah’s Witnesses who leave the organization. See Apostate Lies
  • Associate with people outside their organization when it is not necessary
  • Attend social functions sponsored by their employer unless attendance is required
  • Associate with coworkers after business hours in a social settings
  • Disagree with their organization’s rules and code of conduct.
  • Disagree with their organization’s doctrines. See Can Jehovah’s Witnesses Disagree?
  • Unless they’re an Elder, Jehovah’s Witnesses cannot read this book: ‘Shepherd the Flock of God’ – 1 Peter 5:2
  • Contribute to the Presidential Campaign Fund on their tax return
  • Join the armed forces and defend their country
  • Say the Pledge of Allegiance
  • Salute the flag
  • Vote
  • Run for leadership in their organization
  • Run for leadership in any organization
  • Take a stand for any political issue inside their organization
  • Take a stand on any political or ‘worldly’ issue outside of their organization
  • Campaign for a political candidate
  • Hold political office
  • Discuss politics
  • Be a union steward or shop steward
  • Actively be involved in a union strike
  • Use a gun for protection against humans
  • Become a police officer if a gun is required
  • Wear military uniforms or clothing associated with war
  • Take yoga classes and practice the discipline of yoga. See Is Yoga For Christians?
  • Smoke tobacco and cigars
  • Work full time selling tobacco and cigars
  • Attend Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Donate blood
  • Have blood transfusions
  • Read books, magazines, publications, and literature from other religions.
  • Buy anything from a church store
  • Buy something at a church garage sale
  • Donate items to a church run store
  • Shop at the Salvation Army
  • Work for the Salvation Army
  • Work for another church
  • Play competitive sports on a school team
  • Play competitive sports professionally
  • Run for class president
  • Become a cheerleader
  • Go to the school prom or school dance.
  • Attend class reunions
  • Be hypnotized
  • Accept Jesus as their mediator, 1 Timothy 2:5. See Mediator
  • Join the Boy Scouts
  • Join the Girl Guides
  • Join the YMCA
  • Serve on jury duty
  • Study psychology, philosophy, sociology, and viewpoints that might shake their faith
  • Attend other Christian churches
  • Attend nondenominational churches
  • Attend non Christian churches
  • Get married in another church
  • Dating non believers is discouraged
  • Casual dating is discouraged
  • Dating someone without the intent of getting married
  • Having sex before marriage
  • Breaking an engagement, separation, and ‘unscriptural’ divorce may result in disciplinary action
  • Marriage to non believers is not recommended
  • Be gay or lesbian. Homosexuality is not acceptable.
  • Throw rice at a wedding
  • Get divorced unless the reason is adultery
  • Can’t remarry unless their ex commits fornication first
  • Toast drinks
  • Buy a raffle ticket
  • Play bingo
  • Gamble
  • Sing any holiday songs
  • Sing the National Anthem.
  • Celebrate Christmas – Why?
  • Celebrate New Years Eve – Why?
  • Celebrate Easter – Why?
  • Celebrate Mother’s Day – Why?
  • Celebrate Father’s Day
  • Celebrate birthdays – Why?
  • Celebrate Thanksgiving
  • Celebrate Flag Day
  • Celebrate Veteran’s Day
  • Celebrate Independence Day. Why?
  • Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day
  • Celebrate Halloween – Why?
  • Celebrate Hanukkah
  • Accept holiday gifts – Why?
  • Celebrate any holiday except the death of Jesus – Why?
  • Partake in the bread and wine that represents Christ unless they are part of the 144,000
  • Make holiday artwork for school
  • Engage in holiday parties at school
  • Take on a leadership role in school
  • Porneia
  • Do suggestive and immodest dancing in a public place
  • Attend a class, workshop, or seminar, sponsored by another church
  • Attend social events or fund raisers sponsored by another church
  • Use of bad language (curse words) is discouraged
  • Wear blue jeans, shorts, and overly casual clothing at the Kingdom Hall. See Dress Code
  • Wear pants at a Kingdom Hall if you’re a woman
  • Wear revealing clothes or skirts that are too short (looked down upon)
  • Wear long hair or facial hair if you’re a man (depends on the local customs of the country you live in)
  • Body piercings are discouraged
  • Tattoos are discouraged
  • State or imply that the Watchtower is not run by Jehovah God.
  • Have discussions and express Bible based viewpoints that contradict the organization’s beliefs
  • Say anything negative about their organization. JW’s must ‘speak in agreement’ and be ‘like-minded’.
  • Consider other religious beliefs as valid and truthful.
  • Acknowledge any prayer spoken by a non believer as valid
  • Take another Jehovah’s Witness to court (with exceptions)
  • Wear or own a cross
  • Own any religious picture
  • Own any religious statue
  • Engage in idolatry
  • Believe in miracles (except those found in the Bible) See Miracles
  • Believe in ghosts
  • Witchcraft
  • Black magic
  • White magic
  • Consult with a psychic or become one
  • Study tarot cards, get a reading or give a reading
  • Study numerology or get a reading
  • Dabble in ESP (extrasensory perception), dowsing, or divination
  • Use a tool such as a pendulum to access information from the spiritual realm
  • Attempt to communicate with departed spirits
  • Attend a seance
  • Believe in good luck or say things such as ‘Good luck to you’. Why?
  • Believe in anything superstitious
  • Prophesy
  • Speaking in tongues
  • Laying on of hands
  • Energy healing such as Reiki
  • Read their horoscope
  • Study astrology or zodiac signs
  • Combat training, boxing, or martial arts
  • Go to heaven unless they are part of the 144,000 ( 144000 )
  • Worship Jesus as God
  • Idolize any celebrity or love and admire them to excess
  • Women can’t be elders
  • Women can’t be ministerial servants (assistants to the elders)
  • Divulge secret information to enemies and those not entitled to know. See Theocratic Warfare
  • Greet or talk with disfellowshipped persons (with some exceptions)
  • Associate with disfellowshipped persons except for immediate family living in the same house
  • Keep secrets from the organization. Jehovah’s Witnesses report friends and family members breaking the rules
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