My family always took me to the meetings as a child and i stopped attending the meetings when i was about 17-18 b/c i questioned certain beliefs as well as i went to college and eventually moved far from home. I want to get back into my faith and i know that i have sinned many times, some very awful sins. I prayed…
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that a potential or returning Christian must repent of his serious sin in prayer o God, well before the involvement of “elders” or any other human.
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that an “elder” (or any other human) can only forgive sins committed against himself (such as gossip). No human can pretend to forgive sins against God’s Laws. God seems to forgive sin based on one’s prayerful repentance, and the merit of Christ’s sacrifice.
Jehovah’s Witnesses speak politely with any interested persons or students who attend their congregation meetings. The typical Witness would be unsurprised to learn that a non-Witness at his meeting had actually fornicated.
What you must realize is that we are all imperfect, some learn the hard way, others learn the really hard way! lol. Jehovah knows this more than we ourselves do. So the first step is to forgive yourself.
King David was far from perfect; he murdered, committed immorality etc…but he felt awful about it (like you)…but what does Jehovah have to say about him after his death here?:
1 Kings 15:5 – “And if you will walk in my ways by keeping my regulations and my commandments, JUST AS DAVID YOUR FATHER WALKED, I will also lengthen your days.”
1 Kings 3:14 – “because David did what was right in the eyes of Jehovah, and he did not turn aside from anything that He had commanded him all the days of his life”
David did some terrible things, but God saw through this because he was sorry & God knew he had a good heart.
Get it into your head that when you truly are sorry (you can tell when someone is truly sorry when they do, or almost, cry about it) Jehovah forgives you there and then…do not let it linger, He won’t keep bringing it up like we sometimes do. Have faith that Jehovah has forgiven you, because if you don’t then this could be your downfall which Satan uses.
Remember, it’s Satan that wants you to feel worthless, not Jehovah 🙂 Jehovah has his arms stretched out for you, take His hand!
Get yourself into a strong bible reading routine (start off with the New Testament). Stop yourself from doing bad to the best of your ability. But if you occasionally fall, pick yourself up straight away, God will not hold it against you (He’s not like us). Be positive, go to the meeting and an elder will approach you and then you can explain what you’ve told us here. They will not judge you, rather they will be overjoyed!
Luke 15:1 – “Thus, I tell YOU, joy arises among the angels of God over one sinner that repents.”
All the best! Paul 🙂
I usually don’t read the replies until after I’ve answered, just so I’m not biased by agreeing or disagreeing with anyone. I simply use what I’ve learned and my own logic. Nowhere in the scriptures does it say that Adam and Eve were forgiven. As Jehovah’s Witnesses, we’re taught that, because Adam and Eve were perfect, their sin was deliberate… they knew better. After having sinned and being removed from the garden, their imperfect offspring would be the ones that required a blood sacrifice. With this brief, logical understanding, it’s easy to discern that Adam and Eve weren’t forgiven, and will not be resurrected. Jehovah God has already judged their conduct while on earth. An excellent question… thanks for asking!
JTSarkis read a little further in 1 Cor.6:11 It says “And yet that is what some of you were. But you have been washed clean…” So those sins can be forgiven.
I have been disfellowshipped and remember what you feel like. Psalms the 103rd chapter is always very comforting to reflect on.
As others have already said call the elders in your local area. You can ask to have someone study with you.
Remember the counsel at James 5:14-16: ” Is there anyone sick among you? Let him call the older men of the congregation to him, and let them pray over him, greasing him with oil in the name of Jehovah. And the prayer of faith will make the indisposed one well, and Jehovah will raise him up. Also if he has committed sins it will be forgiven him. Therefore openly confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may get healed. A righteous man’s supplication, when it is at work, has much force.”
So you need to follow through, and you will be “home” soon.
We love you and want you back.
Posting such a question here is not really a wise thing to do because of the apostates who will try their best to put you off by telling all sorts of lies.
If you sincerely want to return to Jehovah, remember the parable of the Prodigal Son. Jehovah is a loving God and he forgives in a large way. Jeremiah 31 v 34 “For I shall forgive their error, and their sin I shall remember no more”.
Go to your nearest KH, ask for a BS and keep looking forward and not back.
as long as your are sincere and have asked Jehovah to forgive you, then you should be ok. But if you want full forgiveness, you need to start going to meeting again and most likely have someone study with you. Find the closest Kingdom Hall and talk to the elders. They will be able to help you.
The more you study the Bible you’ll realise that Jehovah forgives in a large grand way.As we’re all trying to say , hurry because Satan is going to tempt[ you away] as hard as he can.Think of all the love that has been poured out to you and we only know you want to be our brother.Go to the Kingdom Hall at 1/2 hour before the meeting and ask to speak to an elder.Your peace will be beyond counting.Remember Our Almighty God said that with him ,your sin is as far from you as the stars when you repent.
Remember that the early congregation was reminded that once they had been sinners.Your job now is to forget the forgiveness and leave that with Jehovah. You’ll be to busy studying to be worried.Your Sister With Everlasting Love
Jehovah is good and ready to forgive. (Psalm 86:5)
As far off as the sunrise is from the sunset,
So far off from us he has put our transgressions.
As a father shows mercy to his sons,
Jehovah has shown mercy to those fearing him.
For he himself well knows the formation of us,
Remembering that we are dust.(Psalms 103:12-14)
Psalm 51:17 says: “The sacrifices to God are a broken spirit; a heart broken and crushed, O God, you will not despise.” From your comments, it sounds like your heart is crushed by your past mistakes. According to this verse. Jehovah will never reject, or turn away, a heart that is “broken and crushed” by the burden of guilt.
Jehovah himself gives the invitation: “Return to me, and I will return to you.”—Malachi 3:7.
Jehovah loves you and the fact that you are wanting to make things right with him makes him rejoice. Luke 15:7 says: ..there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner that repents than over ninety-nine righteous ones who have no need of repentance.
Jehovah doesn’t want you to be swallowed up by guilt. That leaves an opening for Satan, who would like you to think you are not worthy of Jehovah’s love or Jesus sacrifice.(2Corinthians 2:5-7)
So as was suggested by all of our wonderful brothers and sisters, get to the meetings where the congregation can assist you to reach your goal of returning to Jehovah.
Consider what Kind David did and yet Jehovah forgave him. Talk to the elders at your local Kingdom Hall, we look forward to your return.
Apostates — those who have left Jehovah — can never help you to get back to Him. And it is Jehovah whom we serve, not a man or an organization, as apostates would have you to believe.
If you want to get back to Jehovah, then listen to those here who really serve him in association with his loyal Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
I would just repeat a verse that has already been mentioned here — for emphasis:
“Is there anyone [spiritually] sick among you? Let him call the older men of the congregation to him, and let them pray over him, greasing him with oil in the name of Jehovah. And the prayer of faith will make the indisposed one well, and Jehovah will raise him up. Also, if he has committed sins, it will be forgiven him.” — James 5:14, 15
Don’t pay any attention to opposers or apostates. Go to “the older men of the congregation” and obtain their understanding assistance. Follow their counsel. And ‘if you have committed sins, it will be forgiven you.’