A list of Jehovah’s Witness Rules You won’t Believe Are Real

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Dress and Grooming

Jehovah’s Witnesses are given strict rules when it comes to dressing and grooming. Clothing and attire are regulated at meetings and conventions and in the individual’s personal life. With regards to dressing and grooming, Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Wear a beard1“In recent years in many lands a beard or long hair on a man attracts immediate notice and may, in the minds of the majority, classify such a person undesirably with extremists or as rebels against society. “ – Questions From Readers w68 5/1 p. 288
  • Wear long hair if you are a man2“God is not pleased with styles of dress that feminize men, that make women look like men, or that make it hard to see the difference between men and women.” – Does Your Style of Dress Glorify God?, w16 September p. 17-18
  • Have any piercings if you are a man. 3“Despite their popularity among celebrities, body piercings and earrings for men have thus far failed to gain general acceptance in the West. One reason may be that these have long been the hallmark of prison inmates, motorcycle gangs, punk rockers, and members of the homosexual sadomasochistic subculture. For many, body piercing has the connotation of deviance and rebellion. A number view it as shocking, repugnant.– What About Body Piercing?, g00 3/22 p. 13
  • Have tattoos.
  • Wear anything other than business attire to meetings.
  • Wear fitted, revealing, or provocative clothes. 4“avoid wearing clothing that is tight-fitting, revealing, or sexually provocative. That would rule out wearing clothing that exposes or accentuates…” – Watchtower Study Article: Does Your Style of Dress Glorify God? w16 September p. 18
  • Wear pants at a meeting if you’re a woman,

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Sex and Dating

Jehovah’s Witnesses are especially strict when it comes to sex and dating. Dating is only allowed with the intention to get married and only allowed when the person is of legal age, referred to by Jehovah’s Witnesses as the “bloom of youth.”

Even as adults, Jehovah’s Witnesses couples who are dating are forbidden from being alone and require a chaperone at all times, even in public. Homosexuality is forbidden and is subject to severe punishment. But that’s not even the tip of the iceberg… here is a brief list of things Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to do when it comes to sex and dating:

  • Spend the night in the same house with a person of the opposite sex or a known homosexual if the person is of the same sex.5“Listed below are offenses that may require review by a judicial committee … 11. Evidence (testified to by at least two witnesses) that the accused stayed all night in the same house with a person of the opposite sex (or in the same house with a known homosexual). – Pg. 58-61, Elders Manual: “Shepherd the Flock of God”
  • Masturbate
  • Engage in “Passion-arousing heavy petting or caressing of breasts” out of wedlock.6“13. Gross uncleannes, uncleanness with greediness … When one practices uncleannes to a gross, or serious degree, it can be grounds for disfellowshipping… 14. gross uncleanned may be involved in the following … Passion-arousing heavy petting or caressng of breasts…” Pg. 63, Elders Manual: “Shepherd the Flock of God”
  • Date anyone other than another Jehovah’s Witness. Pg. 125, Elders Manual: “Shepherd the Flock of God”
  • Go on a date without the supervision of a reputable chaperone.
  • Breaking off an engagement without a good reason to do so.
  • Separate or divorce, unless there is proven adultery.
  • Engage in any homosexual activity or accept the homosexual behavior of others.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Eating, Drinking, and Smoking

While Jehovah’s Witnesses do not allow getting drunk, Jehovah’s Witness culture revolves heavily around eating and drinking. Getting drunk on numerous occasions can land you in trouble, but, in my experience, this behavior doesn’t seem to be as heavily policed as other less serious rules.

Overeating is supposedly a sin according to their Bible but is rarely disciplined, despite obesity being common among the group. With regards to eating, drinking, and smoking, Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Use tobacco, sell tobacco, or work for a tobacco company.
  • Use a vape, or hookah, etc.
  • Eat anything that contains blood products, such as black pudding.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Charities

Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught that the primary mission should be to help people spiritually, not materially. The leadership gives clear direction that members should not give the impression that the organization cannot assist any person materially.

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to volunteer their time or donate funds to other churches, and any spare time and money are expected to be given to the Watchtower Society,

Jehovahs Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Donate to other churches/charities.
  • Join support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
  • Join or volunteer at any other charitable organization such as the Red Cross, the Lions Club, the Salvation Army, etc.
  • Join the Boy Scouts, Girl Guides, YMCA, etc.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Holidays, Other Religions and Traditions

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Celebrate or take part in any so-called “false religious holidays”, such as Christmas and Easter.
  • Participate in any interfaith activities, such as social events or fundraisers sponsored by another church.
  • Share any teaching or belief that is contrary to what Jehovah’s Witnesses are taught.
  • Be in any employment that “makes one an accomplice, or a promoter” of any other church or religion.
  • Attend other church services or worship, or sing any other religious songs.
  • Wear or own a cross.
  • Take part in communion unless you have been confirmed as one of the elite 144,000.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Superstitions and Spiritism

  • Read their horoscope.
  • Throw a coin into a wishing well.
  • Have a wind charm.
  • Practice magic or watch a magic show.
  • Consult a medium or a fortune-teller.
  • Say bless you when someone sneezes.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Entertainment

Jehovahs Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Play the lottery, buy raffle tickets, play bingo or engage in any type of gambling.
  • Take part in any sort of fighting sport such as boxing or karate.
  • Play any sort of sport professionally.
  • Click glasses and say cheers.
  • Make a toast.
  • Practice yoga or attend meditation classes.
  • Engage in any so-called extreme sports such as bungee jumping or sky diving.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Medicine

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Receive a blood transfusion, even in a life-threatening medical emergency.
  • Donate blood.
  • Receive artificial insemination using any semen other than their husbands. Using semen that’s not the husband is an offense equal to adultery. For an unmarried woman to undergo artificial insemination is considered fornication.
  • Donate sperm cells or eggs.
  • Be a surrogate.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Psychology

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Undergo hypnosis, whether it is for medical, psychological, or entertainment purposes.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Obedience

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Read or share any information that is critical of the group.
  • Question or reject any Jehovah’s Witness teachings or beliefs.
  • Stop attending door-to-door service or meetings.
  • Withhold any information about so-called “wrongdoing” from the elders. In fact, there is a requirement to confess any transgression committed by yourself or others to the elders. Failure to do so will result in disciplinary action.
  • Question or challenge the leadership, including the elders, but especially the Governing Body.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Secrecy

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Report child sex abuse committed by another Jehovah’s Witness to the police without first establishing guilt to the elders by providing two eyewitnesses.
  • Report child sex abuse cases committed by another Jehovah’s Witness to the police when not required by law.
  • Read the elders manual (Shepherd the Flock of God), or any internal elders letters.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Friends

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Pursue friendships with anyone who is not a Jehovah’s Witness.
  • Attend work or school socials.
  • Associate with coworkers or school peers after hours or in a social setting.
  • Have a lawyer, a relative, or a friend present when they are being disciplined or questioned by the elders.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules for Women

Jehovah’s Witness women are not allowed to:

  • Perform any sort of religious parts or teaching in front of Jehovah’s Witness men.
  • Perform any sort of religious parts or teaching in front of non Jehovah’s Witness men without wearing a head covering.
  • Say a prayer in the presence of a Jehovah’s Witness man.
  • Say a prayer in the presence of a non Jehovah’s Witness man without a head covering.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Politics

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Sing the national anthem.
  • Salute.
  • Vote.
  • Pledge allegiance to a country or its flag.
  • Serve in the military or any of its supporting roles.
  • Serve on jury duty.
  • Take part in any protest or strike.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Divorce

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Apply for a divorce without proving to the elders that their spouse is guilty of adultery.
  • Remarry, unless they were granted a “scriptural divorce” by the elders on the basis of adultery, or if their spouse is dead.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Former Members

Jehovah’s Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Associate with apostates (Those who have willfully left the religion).
  • Associate with a disfellowshipped or disassociated individual, whether they are family or not.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Self Defense and Firearms

Jehovah’s Witnesses are directed that they “will rely on Jehovah and not try to defend themselves“. Members of the group are expected to be raped, tortured, and murdered before resorting to using a weapon for self-defense. This is exactly what happened in Malawi in the ’70s when Jehovah’s Witnesses were systematically massacred because their organization did not allow them to purchase a card indicating endorsement of the Malawi Congress Party.

Essentially, Jehovah’s Witnesses are expected to martyr themselves in the name of the Watchtower and Bible Tract Society of New York. When it comes to firearms and self-defense, Jehovahs Witnesses are not allowed to:

  • Own or carry any weapon or firearm for self-defense.
  • Perform any job that involves the use or carrying of a firearm.

Jehovah’s Witness Rules About Higher Education and Employment

  • Pursue higher education.
  • Police officer
  • Military
  • Political office
  • Employment in any position where you need to be armed.

15 Replies to “A list of Jehovah’s Witness Rules You won’t Believe Are Real”

  1. Yuu should see the similiaraty between revelation cahpter 14 and 7?
    God is everthing!
    Jesus is the creator!
    Satan is everywhere.
    Satan will one day be eliminated!

    1. Since jehovah’s witnesses cannot celebrate holidays , like 4th of July, would it be permissible for them to take an empty hot dog or hamburger bun and fill it with the ass gravy of the governing body and eat that ?

  2. Hi there, I’m a non-religious guy with a JW friend who I’m concerned for. Just wondering, if you have them, could I have a look at your sources? Thank you for any help

    1. ok,,so this extensive list above is not explaining bible principles behind them and a lot of things are left up to witnesses to decide as they choose to follow the bible and are feeling/thinking it is a good protection or higher wisdom
      I chose to be a witness after studying a long time and gradually understanding the reasons to follow the bible and how it would benefit my life-yet it is NOT EASY and one cannot be brainwashed-they “choose w/free will to adhere to anything they decide for themselves is bible truth that will benefit them and others.

      1. Not true. The majority of the above-listed “offenses” are subject to disciplinary action. In most cases, this comes in the form of a judicial hearing, likely to end in disfellowshipping, where the offender’s family will be required to shun them and cut them off. Under those conditions, free will is impossible. Good for you that follow these rules voluntarily, but most do so in fear of shunning.

  3. I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 18 years. My mom and dad gave me the OK to stay or leave. I left and never looked back. Here I am, 42, married to a ‘worldly’ woman, and I still feel the repercussions of that decision. Numb to birthdays and holidays. Dating was always a challenge, much less explaining to my wife about my upbringing. Dealing with the bullying at school that accompanied with being a Witness. That kind of trauma does indeed lasts. Now I always question when my wife will leave due to my inexperience and skepticism. Because if it, my introverted side is very much a part of my life.

    1. I was raised in this church, but always knew without doubt it was wrong. My immediate family were all baptized, I was the only one who was not. My brother lost his life to suicide because of their teachings of disfellowship and disassociation. When he made a mistake he believed with all of his heart that God had abandoned him and that he was not worthy. What kind of religion does this to its people? Worse yet, my other sibling broke nearly every single rule but was never subjected to the horror they put my brother through. Because I’m not baptized, they are not required to shun me, but they have actually asked me numerous times why I have a problem with their religion. The fact that they cannot see what they’ve done and what they are doing is exactly what happens to people in a cult. It’s very difficult to watch what is happening to them and to those they’ve been converting, it’s sickening. Even though I am not part of that religion and never have been, being subjected to they’re teaching through having to attend church (5 meetings wk – 3 hours worth through the week 2 hours on Sundays and of course door to door on other days), there was no way to get through that unscathed. Sadly, the number one rule of any cult is to not read what or listen to anything contradictory because lies are always exposed when exposed to light.

      1. Yes the brainwashing is incredible. Nobody would imagine the level to which people can have an outside force take almost complete control of their brain, belief system, thought processes. Almost all rational thought gets switched off and everything is what the cult tells them to think.
        Ask a question that is outside what they are told to think (or taught not to talk about) and you get something like “404 page not found”
        Like a robot they just give a blank stare or maybe with a slight grin
        It’s fascinating and frightening when a family member is a JW

  4. I worked with a Jahovas witness who told me they like Mother Theresa’s work but not what she stands for. I told him she stands for goodness and kindness ,what don’t you like?

  5. Twin girls with JW parents/family graduated from h.s. 3 years ago. For the past 4 or 5 years they have been walking/running around the same block, with no deviation, often from morning until night. Nobody understands this. They work part time at a local shop. They could have spent all this time going to community college, getting a certificate or degree, and having a job (such as medical technician, etc.) to last them a lifetime. What is going on with them? Is it the parents??

  6. Hello to all,
    I attended a few J. W. meetings that are held during the week but not a Sunday worship one.

    Just before one of those meetings I was told that I should wear long trousers, a tie, and preferably a suit. When I attended those meetings.

    I can’t see the logic of how I’m attired makes any difference to God or my wish to know more about a religious group with the possibility of being a member.

    How do you reconcile this attitude by J. W. with 1 Samuel 16: 7?

  7. Do Jehovah’s Witnesses use any sort of weaponry (usually on a person’s feet and/or lower legs) which can cause debilitation, amputations, etc. I often see people in local stores (Las Cruces, NM) seemingly rubbing their thumbs against finger joints to elicit pain and screams from others they are following. It is terrifying to see someone raise their paint leg to reveal what I can only describe as radiation burns, skin bubbling and peeling. It is truly terrifying. Thank you.

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