If caught, some things Jehovah's Witnesses can't do are very serious and can result in disfellowshipping or disassociation. In serious matters there needs to be two or more witnesses to the 'wrong doing' unless the accused admits guilt.
Other things are looked down upon or judged negatively by individuals within the organization. Matthew -17 For some items on this list, there are no formal rules that say you must not do these things.
Deut 9:6-8; Zechariah ; 2 Kings ; Isaiah 13:9-16; Nahum 1:2. He demands sacrifice and obedience to tribal rules and regulations.
For ancient tribes, group survival was far more important than individual rights and freedoms.
It was compiled by former members based on experience and information in Watchtower publications.
Jehovah's Witnesses may object and say they have gotten away with doing some of the things on this list. The rules are not quite as important as loyalty to the organization.No one forbids them from being a cheerleader, buying girl scout cookies, reading literature from other religions, playing competitive sports, etc. Jehovah's Witnesses 'can' technically do some of the things on this list, but they don't. They don't participate because most are overwhelmed by fear and guilt at the mere thought of displeasing Jehovah.For example, Jehovah's Witnesses must not celebrate Halloween.That being said, the rules can be very restrictive for young children who are singled out because they can't do many things fellow students do. Everyone is afraid of challenging the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses.Many adult JW's don't have a problem following the rules. Even some highly inactive Jehovah's Witnesses who rarely go to meetings, are afraid to speak out against the organization.The Watchtower says, "Persons who make themselves “not of our sort” by deliberately rejecting the faith and beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses should appropriately be viewed and treated as are those who have been disfellowshipped for wrongdoing." Watchtower magazine, Sept 15, 1981, p 23, par 14-16 When Jehovah's Witnesses have serious doubts and when they can't be loyal to the Watchtower any more, they are routinely disfellowshipped (excommunicated) for 'apostasy'. Family members and friends are not allowed to associate with former members. Jehovah's Witnesses can't even greet a disfellowshipped JW with a simple 'Hi. This means that since 1952, the Watchtower's shunning requirement for members who leave has destroyed millions of families and close relationships.