The Crazy Rules of Jehovah Witnesses

160 Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Can’t Do

 Blind, irrational faith

Blind, irrational faith

Friendship and Socialising

  • 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

  • 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

  • Accept Jesus as their mediator

  • 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)

  • 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’

  • Believe or say anything superstitious

  • Prophesy, except Bible and Watchtower prophecy

  • 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 self appointed anointed JWs

  • 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

  • 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

  • Women cannot assume the role of a male and instruct the congregation

  • A woman should not pray in the presence of a baptized male JW

  • Jehovah’s Witnesses can’t be part of this world They must be separate from the world

  • They can’t believe anything former Jehovah’s Witnesses say, – even if it’s factual

  • Unless they’re an Elder, Jehovah’s Witnesses can’t read this book, – ‘Shepherd the Flock of God’


  • 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 (JW’s are ‘appointed’ and invited to be leaders)

  • Run for leadership in any organization

  • Take a stand for any political issue inside their organization144,000 special anointed Jehovah’s Witnesses

  • 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

Security and Military

  • Use a gun for protection against humans

  • Become a police officer if a gun is required

  • Wear military uniforms or clothing associated with war

Recreational Drugs and Health

  • Smoke tobacco and cigars

  • Work full time selling tobacco and cigars

  • Attend Alcoholics Anonymous

  • Take yoga classes and practice the discipline of yoga

  • Donate blood

  • Have blood transfusions

  • Be hypnotized


  • Serve on jury duty


  • Read books, magazines, publications, iterature and websites from other religions

  • Read books, magazines, publications, iterature and websites that purports to debunk Watchtower teachings even if they are evidentually sound

  • Study psychology, philosophy, sociology, and viewpoints that might shake their faith

  • Attend a class, workshop, or seminar, sponsored by another church

Religious Activities

  • 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

School Activities

  • 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

  • Take on a leadership role in school

Clubs and Churches

    • Join the Boy Scouts

    • Join the Girl Guides

    • Join the YMCA

    • Attend other Christian churches

    • Attend nondenominational churches

    • Attend non Christian churches

And there’s more….

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Dating and Romance

  • 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

  • Porneia

  • Toast drinks

  • Oral or Anal sex

Games of Chance

  • Buy a raffle ticket

  • Play bingo

  • Gambling

  • Play the Lottery


  • Sing any holiday songs

  • Sing the National Anthem

  • Celebrate Christmas

  • Celebrate New Years Eve

  • Celebrate Easter

  • Celebrate Mother’s Day

  • Celebrate Father’s Day

  • Celebrate birthdays

  • Celebrate Thanksgiving

  • Celebrate Flag Day

  • Celebrate Veteran’s Day

  • Celebrate Independence Day

  • Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day

  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day

  • Celebrate Halloween

  • Celebrate Hanukkah

  • Accept holiday gifts

  • Celebrate any holiday except the death of Jesus

  • Partake in the bread and wine that represents Christ unless they are part of the 144,000 special anointed Jehovah’s Witnesses

  • Make holiday artwork for school

  • Engage in holiday parties at school

  • Do suggestive and immodest dancing in a public place

  • Attend social events or fund raisers sponsored by another church

Clothing and Fashion

  • Wear blue jeans, shorts, and overly casual clothing at the Kingdom Hall (The name of their church)

  • Wear trousers (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


  • Use of bad language (curse words) is discouraged

160 Things Jehovah’s Witnesses Can’t Do
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4 thoughts on “The Crazy Rules of Jehovah Witnesses

  1. Their rotton! there should be a law to stop them doing things that tidy folk can not abide! South Wales u.k!

    • +den. The problem with freedom of thought, worship etc. is that it applies to everyone. OK, you and I disagree with Jehovah’s Witnesses, but if we impose our beliefs on them through law, or whatever, don’t we then become like them? Their attitude to blood transfusions, for example, should be overridden where children are concerned but if adults make that decision FOR THEMSELVES that is their business. Religious belief is by enforced by guilt, coercion and brainwashing, but again, adults have the right to choose.

  2. Frankly, if you’re daft enough to follow a religion then you have no mind of your own, Bearing this in mind I am perfectly happy for religious groups to have their rules BUT,I will not tolerate any intrusion, the religious folk can keep their side of the alter and I’ll keep mine.

  3. in australia there have been many revelations of pedophile activity and coverups by jw s.
    the latest developments in australia involve allegations by a senator and a female victim against up to 3 former pm s and other vip s. we are hoping senator heffernan will name these in parliament next week.