So many men, women, and children have already paid the price with their lives for converting this ungodly religion that teaches no truth.
i am an ex-jehovah witness and i have been shunned by my family, and those who i thought were my real friends have turned their backs on me.
thankfully one of my…
They follow the teachings for the very simple reason that they don’t realise they are false teachings. They have been deceived.
When the Witnesses first make contact, they talk about how wicked this world is – and most people agree with them that we live in dreadful times. Then the Witnesses bring up the subject of how God is going to destroy the wicked and save the righteous. They love the idea of living forever on a paradise earth, where they will meet up with relatives who have died. They are sold on the idea of being idyllically happy throughout eternity – no more sickness, pain, suffering or death. They buy into the dream.
Most new converts are woefully ignorant of the Bible. They read all the stuff in the Watchtower literature and believe it. They go along to the meetings, where they are made to feel welcome and special. They make new friends. They are embraced into a loving community and begin to stop seeing their old, “worldly” friends. Before they know it, they get baptised.
They are not told about the consequences of questioning the leadership and have no idea of what will happen to them if they ever want to leave. After many years, they have invested so much of their lives, their emotions and time into this belief system that to leave would be unthinkable. Where would they go? What if they were disfellowshipped and then shunned by all their family and friends? This control exerted by the leadership is nothing less than spiritual abuse, but by the time they realise the trap they are in, they are usually too frightened to attempt to leave.
I speak from first-hand experience and I feel huge sorrow for you and every other ex-witness who has suffered so cruelly at the hands of men who abuse their positions and who claim that to disagree with the Governing Body and the elders is to disagree with Jehovah. Shame on them for perverting the gospel and keeping people out of the Kingdom of God!
Jehovah Witness False Doctrine
Is there an elder in your congregation that you trust ? Why not try talking to him, and ask him your questions? There is much to disfellowshipping that may not come out in public, and may never be known except to the parties involved. If you have been raised in or around the truth, you surely understand the basic concept behind one being disfellowshipped, and even though it may seem harsh to some, it can be likened to what others call ‘tough love’. Sometimes you have to be shocked into the realization that what you are doing is simply not acceptable behavior. The Bible TELLS us to not even share a meal with a person who is called a brother ( or has an accurate knowledge of Jehovah’s rules and expectations) and who has commited a gross sin for which they are UNREPENTENT. This is in the hopes that the brother ( or sister) will realize what their current behavior is costing them. As for Witnesses believing that you will be destroyed if you are not ‘in the truth’ as you said, think of this… how many Muslim folks, or Baptists, or Seventh Day Adventists or Wiccans believe that what they know to be truth is THE truth? All of them! Because if you come to a point that you don’t have faith in your faith, it’s time to change faiths! Who in their right mind would stay in a religion that they have come to doubt? You would at LEAST study more, and then decide! Talk to someone in the congregation, and see if they can answer your questions. And if not, then you will at least have made an informed decision!
Broad and spacious is the road leading to destruction and MANY are the ones finding it whereas narrow and cramped is the road leading to LIFE and few are the ones finding it.
Nobody has said it would be easy to follow the correct road if you look back into the bible you will see a lot of the apostles suffered for Jesus and Jehovah but they put their faith in a future that Gods word has promised them, a future of a world without pain and suffering without death.
read Revelation 21 verse 3,4, a promise of a Resurrection to see dead loved ones again.
your family have only (shunned) you because they love you and want you to change your ways.
You are not telling everybody the whole story as to why you have been (shunned) by your family and congregation it normally has to be something so serious that you haven’t repented of something that you have done against your god and family. You will be welcomed back with open arms, all you have to do is walk back into your Kingdom hall and say your sorry for what you have done and promise not to do it again and eventually you will become once again a brother. Read about the Prodigal son in Luke 15.
I am so sorry you feel that the action that the congregation elders and your family had to take has left you so sad but imagine how they are feeling about you. it wouldn’t have been easy for them to take the action they did. and I am certain that they all still love you, you know you can still talk to the Christian elders and they will lovingly help you back.
As for your christian uncle just let him know that we are also Christians and use the same bible its just that we use Gods real name Jehovah which he will find in Psalms 83 verse 18 in the king james bible
My heart goes out to you. My mom became a jw when she was with my dad who was stationed in FL during World War 2. My 2 older sisters were born during that time and Mom was very lonely away from her family. The jws hovered around the Naval base talking to lonely wives and she listened.
My dad did not become a jw but 4 of her siblings did and that wreaked havoc on several families. I’m so thankful that my dad brought my siblings and I up in his church and I look back to see how the awesome Creator of the universe put a hedge of protection around me. My mom is still a jw but I continue to pray that the LORD will open her eyes and ears.
Seeing the many people on Yahoo Answers who did leave the jws and become Christians gives me great hope. Pray for your family because God is able to reveal His glory through you. God is also able to provide you with a real family.
May God bless you and keep you and cause His face to shine upon you!
For His glory,
JOYfilled – Romans 8:28
The Bible tells us of those who cannot endure the sound doctrine of the Church that will seek out and follow false teachers that satisfy their itching ears. JW’s personify this prophetic teaching from the Bible.
I am so sorry for the loss of fellowship with your family. You must also be sad because your family is lost in this evil sect that denies that Jesus is God and thus deny the Gospel of our Lord. All you can do is pray that God gives them the same grace that allowed you to escape from this fountain of doctrines of devils.
You must remind those who are still captive in this mind control sect that they are already condemned by the Church through the authority of Christ. Arians such as the JW’s were condemned to an eternity in hell 1700 years ago unless they repent by Christ’s own Church that has the authority to bind in heaven what is bound on earth. They are captive in a system without eternal hope. God has called you out to work to save others and you have a unique perspective and knowledge to influence those still lost to seek the truth. Turn your sadness to a resolute determination to save others from sure condemnation. May our Lord give you strength and knowledge. God bless!
What do the JW’s teach?
‘Hate what is bad. ……….. then in order to hate what is bad a Christian must hate the PERSON [my caps] with whom the badness is inseparably linked..
The Watchtower, July 15, 1961, page 420
What Does Jesus Say?
Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies. … Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6: 26 – 37.
Jesus said, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.’ Matthew 5:44. 2 Cor. 11:12-15; 2 John 1: 9 – 11; Luke 6: 35
There are two main reasons why people believe what the Watchtower Corporation teaches:
1. Because they want to.
They want it to be true themselves. And who doesn’t like the idea of everlasting life, in perfect health on a paradise earth with all your resurrected loved ones? You’d need to be a bit nutty not to take the Watchtower Corporation up on that offer if you believed that it could arrange it.
2. They have to.
Firstly, nobody wants to die “soon” at armageddon. Thankfully, the Watchtower Corporation, not content with simply highlighting the armageddon problem, also provides itself as the solution. Which is nice. Secondly, JWs will get shunned if they disagree with any part of the Watchtower’s teachings. It really is all or nothing. This makes questioning “The Truth” a very high-stakes affair. All human beings fear rejection by their social group, because traditionally (back when we were tribal) such a thing would be disastrous for the individual’s chances of survival. And thirdly, the program of JW indoctrination is surprisingly sophisticated and very, very effective. The technique relies chiefly on psychological coercion. Once a JW finishes this process, they are left dependent on the Watchtower Corporation and immune to any outside influences. They have become a ‘deployable agent’ of the Watchtower Corporation, ready to go forth and indoctrinate others. This ‘Field service’ (ministry) further serves as a form of self-indoctrination. The more time you spend trying to convince your family, friends, neighbours and random strangers that it’s the truth, the more likely you are to firmly believe it yourself. “It must be true, otherwise why am I doing it?”
The Watchtower Corporation has very effectively harnessed two of the most powerful human emotions – hope and fear. JWs are drawn in by hope, and kept in by fear.
The truth of the matter is that any individual who does not continue to seriously examine their beliefs in light of the Scriptures will not become one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and if they are baptized they will not remain a Witnesses. They will go back to the war-mongering, sectarian, immoral, tickle your ears religions of Christendom (2Pet.2:22; 2Tim. 4:3,4;).
I see in so many people that Peter’s words are so true: “They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of destructive habits . . .” (2Pet 2:18-19)
TEV: 2Pet.2:19ff: “19 They promise them freedom while they themselves are slaves of destructive habits—-for we are slaves of anything that has conquered us. 20 If people have escaped from the corrupting forces of the world through their knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and then are again caught and conquered by them, such people are in worse condition at the end than they were at the beginning. 21 It would have been much better for them never to have known the way of righteousness than to know it and then turn away from the sacred command that was given them. 22 What happened to them shows that the proverbs are true: “A dog goes back to what it has vomited” and “A pig that has been washed goes back to roll in the mud.”
Matthew Henry: “The apostle, in the last two verses of the chapter, sets himself to prove that a state of apostasy is worse than a state of ignorance; for it is a condemning of the way of righteousness, after they have had some knowledge of it, and expressed some liking to it; it carries in it a declaring that they have found some iniquity in the way of righteousness and some falsehood in the word of truth. Now to bring up such an evil report upon the good way of God, and such a false charge against the way of truth, must necessarily expose to the heaviest condemnation; the misery of such deserters of Christ and his gospel is more unavoidable and more intolerable than that of other offenders.”
Those who leave the Witnesses or were removed left a vibrant, growing, active and truly Christian organization. Now they have withered up and become just like any other religion of Christendom. They have nothing to offer. Like apostates in the first century and the Russellites they cannot even agree on what to believe on the most simple of Bible doctrines.
Those who have left the Witnesses worship with and make common cause with religions which turn a blind eye, or outright allow, homosexuals, fornicators and adulterers to be accepted members of their congregation. These religions also allow their members to drop bombs even on fellow “Christians.”
So, those who leave the True Christian Congregation either abandon Christian morals themselves or become guilty by association. Literally or spiritually they are debased.
I need no further proof to see that there remains no Christian Truth or Holy Spirit in these individuals!
You have a further complaint against God and His Word when you claim that your salvation does not depend upon what religion you belong to and deny any one religion’s claim to have the Truth. God made it very clear that you MUST belong to the true religion in order to have salvation. You must identify and worship with the true Christian congregation, or you cannot and will not be saved (Rom.3:1-2; 1Tim.3:15; Eph.3:10, 11; 1Pet.1:11-12; 2:8- 10; Col 1:18; cf. 3:15;Eph 4:1-6). The Christian “congregation” is united and organized. It is not individuals spread out in different organizations (Acts 2:42; 20:28; Mat.28:19,20; 2Tim.2:1-2; 1Cor.1:10; 12:12- 26).
Actual evidence irrefutably proves that Jehovah’s Witnesses are the true Christian Congregation and it alone has the Truth. On the other hand all other religions have abandoned following Christ, in actions and morals. And ALL who make common cause with these religions are unfaithful to God.
I have also wondered the same thing too David! Their teachings are so off beat that anyone with a reasonable grasp of the Scriptures will immediately pick them to be a cult. Don’t worry about having lost your family either as the Lord will take care of that situation so just leave it in His hands. May the Lord bless both you and your Christian uncle.