Eric AKA Meleti Vivlon was born in 1949 and raised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He served for a time as a regular and special pioneer, was appointed as an elder at 24, and served as one until 2012 when he was removed for affirming that he would obey God over the Governing Body. In his youth, Eric served in Colombia for 7 years where he became fluent in Spanish. He and his late wife, Reta, served in Spanish congregations in Canada from 1976 to 1990 and then preached in Ecuador for two more years, before returning to Canada where he switched to English congregations. He now publishes articles (beroeans.net) and YouTube videos (Beroean Pickets Channel) to help Jehovah’s Witnesses understand the unscriptural nature of most of their teachings.
By Eric Wilson
Freed from Indoctrination
“Mommy, am I going to die at Armageddon?”
I was only five years old when I asked my parents that question.
Why would a five-year-old child worry about such things? In a word: “Indoctrination”. From infancy, my parents took me to all five weekly meetings of Jehovah’s Witnesses. From the platform and through the publications, the idea that the world would shortly end was hammered into my child brain. My parents told me I’d never even finish school.