I was disfellowshipped. Does Jehovah God hate me?

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.: I WAS DISFELLOWSHIPPED. DOES JEHOVAH GOD HATE ME?

I was disfellowshipped from Jehovah’s Witnesses. No one will talk to me at the Kingdom Hall. I am being shunned by my family and the only friends I have ever known.  I feel all alone. Does Jehovah God hate me too?”

Anne MarieOUR RESPONSE:

Dear friend,

My name is Anne Marie, and I can tell you with a resounding, NO! Jehovah God does not “hate” you!  It was not He who disfellowshipped you; it was fleshly men, and they are not the same thing.  Jehovah knows what you are going through… better than anyone else.  He knows your confusion, your despair, and your pain. Continue reading “I was disfellowshipped. Does Jehovah God hate me?”

I’m thinking about leaving, but I’m confused! Does anyone have the truth?

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 I’M THINKING ABOUT LEAVING, BUT I’M CONFUSED! Does anyone have the truth?

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“I’m beginning to question my faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, but I’m so confused! If I leave, where else can I go? Does anyone have the truth? I don’t know what to believe anymore. Is leaving REALLY worth loosing my Jehovah’s Witness friends and family?Continue reading “I’m thinking about leaving, but I’m confused! Does anyone have the truth?”

Tammie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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Raised by Jehovah’s Witness parents (her father an elder), Tammie was confident she was in the only true religion. Pioneering in her 30’s (spending at least 90 hours per month), she reported an average of 10 “Bible studies” and placed 100’s of Watchtower magazines and books monthly. As a skilled debator, Tammie gave frequent “talks” and “demonstrations” at Theocratic Ministry School from age 7. She was considered the model “Witness” by her family and friends, until the conditional love she had embraced failed and everything in her life fell apart. Only in Christ, did Tammie find what she had been looking for. Continue reading “Tammie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Stephen – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was born in 1977 and raised as a Jehovah’s Witnesses until I left at 18 years old.  From a very early age, my mother taught me to recite Scripture from memory.  When I was 6 years old, she married my stepfather who soon became an elder and required all of us children to become examples for the congregation. Oh, how we studied and studied those years to prove ourselves! God was never real to me. It was only how I was perceived by others in the congregation that mattered.

At 8 years old, I joined the Theocratic Ministry School, consistently commented at the meetings and was out in field service EVERY Saturday morning. But at 13 or 14 years of age, the need to be accepted by the “worldly kids” led me to rebel and lash out at school. I never rebelled violently, but I was tired of being different, and made fun of at school. So, I began to live the “double life” as they called it. Continue reading “Stephen – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Dan – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I, Dan, was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and I held to those beliefs for my entire life until the fall of 2008. Since I grew up in an abusive home where my father was an alcoholic and addicted to drugs, the Jehovah’s Witnesses never completely embraced me as one of their own because they feared that I would act like my father.  So, although most of my family currently practice the Jehovah’s Witness religion, I was never deeply involved.

Despite my inability to fit in at the Kingdom Hall, I did, however, hold solidly to all of the doctrines of the Watchtower Society and believed that I knew it better than most Witnesses. I read the Bible from front to back several times before the age of 21. So I wanted more than anything to become a dedicated servant of the Watchtower Society. I became an unbaptized publisher and that is as far as I made it in the organization before I left it completely. Continue reading “Dan – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Anne Marie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was that young and pretty sister you might have seen at the Kingdom Hall. You know, the one with “all those kids.” The one who struggled to raise her children in “The Truth” alone. The one who was rarely considered as “wife material” because she was “damaged goods.” After all, “No one is going to want you and all your burdens!” as it was put to me by a well-meaning pioneer sister.

Like many of you, I was raised from a tender age to be a Jehovah’s Witness. I truly loved Jehovah all my life. I loved my Brothers and Sisters, and I truly believed that IT (the Watchtower Organization) was “THE Truth.” I grew up in San Francisco, during the Vietnam War, the Black Panthers, riots, protests, and the “Hippie” movement, and I became disillusioned with “the truth,” leaving it at age fifteen, since I believed Jehovah God was going to “kill me anyway” because I would never be “good enough.”  Also, I was sick of the gossip, the judgments, and the fear of Armageddon…which was always “just around the corner.” But pregnant with my fourth child at nineteen, (after my children’s father had walked out on us in late 1974), the Jehovah’s Witnesses asked me, “How can you let your children die just because you don’t want to live up to Jehovah’s righteous requirements? Do you REALLY want your children’s blood on your hands?” Continue reading “Anne Marie – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Do the Beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses Prove they are the Only True Religion?

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DO THE BELIEFS OF JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES PROVE THEY ARE THE ONLY TRUE RELIGION? – 10 Questions for Jehovah’s Witnesses on How to Determine the True Religion

 A common tactic used by those who oppose the beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses is to present photocopied documentation from Watchtower literature that demonstrates how the Watchtower Society has changed its beliefs and practices over the years.  Examples of these changes that are often discussed are given on pages 200-201 of the Watchtower Society’s 1993 history book entitled Jehovah’s Witnesses — Proclaimers of God’s Kingdom. On these pages, the Watchtower Society admits that in the 1920’s Jehovah’s Witnesses celebrated the holidays, including Christmas and birthdays, wore a cross and crown as a badge of identification and even used the cross as a symbol on the front cover of the “Watch Tower” from 1891 to 1931. Continue reading “Do the Beliefs of Jehovah’s Witnesses Prove they are the Only True Religion?”

Brenda – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I experienced quite a normal, blissful childhood until the age of nine when my mother was visited one day by two Jehovah’s Witnesses.  At first, I thought it was fun to get some attention from “the friends,” as they called themselves.  Since I had grown up on a very isolated farm in rural Pennsylvania, anything new coming our way was welcomed, and they seemed so benign, so polite, so well dressed.

After a while, I realized how much destruction the Watchtower organization could levy.  My mom, a Methodist Sunday school teacher at the time, sat me down very soon after beginning a home “Bible” study with Jehovah’s Witnesses, and in one giant swoop she told me I would have to give up all my holidays, all my friends, my birthday, and all our relatives.  My life up until then revolved around play-time with my cousins from literally sunrise to sunset; so this was quite a devastating change in my young life!  Having no choice to do otherwise, I obliged.  For the next 9 years, I grew up without a single girlfriend and lived a solitary life.  I call it my “nine-year grounding”—despite good behavior. Continue reading “Brenda – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Hazel – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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Things all started for me when I when I was about 9 or 10 years old when I went to stay with my aunt. My first conversation with my aunt who is a Jehovah’s Witness got me thinking about God. She had asked, “Hazel, do you believe in God?” I remember specifically saying, “I’m not sure. I guess there could be one.” and that was that.

About 2 or 3 years later when I was 12, I was having a pretty rough time at home because I had grown up, along with one of my brothers in an abusive household. One particular weekend when I visited my aunt, I was feeling pretty down and my aunt started telling me of all the promises that Jehovah has made for the “New World Order” (Watchtower term for the future paradise earth). I heard this and being so young and naïve, I thought “Gee! This sounds good! Maybe God can help my situation.” This is what got me interested in joining the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Continue reading “Hazel – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Jean – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness

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I was a third generation Jehovah’s Witness.  We truly believed we could not earn eternal life unless we attended all of the meetings at the Kingdom Hall, witnessed from house to house, made return visits and started home “Bible” studies (actually, a Jehovah’s Witness book study).  Our goal was to convince people we “Jehovah’s Witness” were the only people who had the “Truth” and that they must also become a Jehovah’s Witness to have eternal life.  We encouraged them to attend all of the meetings at the Kingdom Hall and as soon as they were ready, we taught them how to go from house to house and leave the Watchtower literature (for a donation) and do the same things we did.

We did not celebrate holidays and birthdays. Every word written by the Watchtower was considered “truth” that must be followed to the letter, whether it’s taking a blood transfusion, voting, participating in war, pledging to the flag or attending a place of worship other than the Kingdom Hall, which was forbidden. To do otherwise was sinning against Jehovah, resulting in the possibility of losing our hope of eternal life. Continue reading “Jean – Ex-Jehovah’s Witness”

Don’t Leave Jehovah By Letting Some Man-Made Organization Come Between You And The Invisible God.

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“Please don’t turn your back on Jehovah, son!  I raised you in the Truth.  How can your turn your back on us and on Jehovah by leaving His organization?”

“Dad, I love Jehovah!  That’s why I’m leaving the organization—because it isn’t His.  It’s just a group of men claiming to represent God.”

 “I happen to know that it is God’s organization, son.  I proved it to myself when I left the Catholic Church before you were born.  The Truth is so precious to me, Johnny.  Please don’t turn your back on Jehovah God!” 

“But, Dad, didn’t you tell me Grandpa said the same thing to you when you left that church: that you were ‘leaving God’?”

“Don’t Leave Jehovah!” Continue reading “Don’t Leave Jehovah By Letting Some Man-Made Organization Come Between You And The Invisible God.”

TRUE FREEDOM – Out of the Watchtower Organization Are you truly FREE?

 

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TRUE FREEDOM – Out of the Watchtower Organization Are you truly FREE?

Coming out of the organization after over 40 years of faithful service, one Jehovah’s Witness described his feelings this way:

“The JWs are kept so busy, they have no time to be ‘normal’ with some compassionate feelings. I feel sorry for them and must wait on Jehovah, for I don’t have the answers to adjust these ‘life’ seekers. If they truly seek the ‘Kingdom,’ matters would change.

They are tired and sit on the bus to the new world with their ‘tickets to salvation’. They all seem to believe the driver’s announcement ‘We will be on our way soon.’ Getting off the bus is humiliating, and every eye looks at you like you’re out of your mind. After the exit, one finds that the adjustment on the solid pavement is not easy, cause you have not learned the ‘right lessons’ for salvation and must start over with just your love of Jehovah and a hollow feeling of guilt. Continue reading “TRUE FREEDOM – Out of the Watchtower Organization Are you truly FREE?”

How can I have Jehovah’s approval on my life?

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“‘Everyone thought I was this happy and vivacious full-time minister. I was always the one to help others with their problems. At the same time, though, I felt as if I were dying inside. Disquieting thoughts and mental anguish were taking a toll on me. I started to feel alienated from people. I just wanted to stay home in bed. For months, I begged Jehovah to let me die.’ —Vanessa” —The Watchtower, June 1, 1997, p. 24

Have you ever felt like no matter how hard you try, you’re not measuring up? Oh, you attend Kingdom Hall and plaster a smile on your face as if to say: “Everything’s fine,” but in your conscience, you know that you do not have Jehovah’s approval upon your life.

“Keep testing whether you are in the faith, keep proving what you yourselves are. Or do you not recognize that Jesus Christ is in union with you? Unless you are disapproved.”—2 Corinthians 13:5

I think we all go through times of self-examination where we reflect back on our lives and question our loyalty to Jehovah God. After all, this is what Scripture commands us to do! Each one of us needs to ask himself, “How am I measuring up?” “Am I truly ‘in the faith’?” Continue reading “How can I have Jehovah’s approval on my life?”

My defense before Jehovah God

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.: WHAT IS YOUR DEFENSE BEFORE JEHOVAH GOD?

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After living a “decent” life, my time on earth came to an end.  The first thing I remember is sitting on a bench in the waiting room of what I thought to be a court house.  The doors opened and I was instructed to come in and have a seat by the defense table.  As I looked around, I saw the “prosecutor.”  He was a villainous looking gent who snarled as he stared at me.  He definitely was the most evil person I have ever seen.  I sat down and looked to my left. There sat my Lawyer, a kind and gentle looking man whose appearance seemed very familiar to me. Continue reading “My defense before Jehovah God”

Out of the Watchtower Into What?

Out of the Watchtower into What?

Out of the Watchtower into What?

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Depending on how long you were in the Watchtower organization, coming out can put you face-to-face with some really tough decisions.  I know, because I came out after thirteen years—most of my adult life—as an active Witness.  The big question for those coming out is: “Where do we go from here?”

Some jump out of the frying pan into the fire, getting involved with drugs, immorality, drunkenness, etc.  The Watchtower Society loves to point to these ones as examples of what happens when you leave “the Truth.”  Some others who leave suffer nervous breakdowns—the strain is so great.  Some start out on a new search for “God’s true organization,” going from one church to another, and being continually disappointed.  Some find an organization or denomination that seems to have “the real truth.”  Many are disillusioned with all religion and try to live “a normal life” by giving attention to family, home and job, while leaving God out of the picture.

All of these responses are common and typical for individuals suddenly set free from an organization that has tightly controlled their lives.  If you find yourself described here, you are not alone.

Or, perhaps you are one who is still in the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses, dissatisfied, but afraid to leave because you are thinking, “Whom shall we go away to?  The Watchtower Society alone has the sayings of everlasting life.”  The Society itself has led you to this conclusion by painting a negative picture of all other religious groups and then saying:

“Rather, the record that the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ organization has made for the past more than 100 years forces us to the conclusion that Peter expressed when Jesus asked if his apostles wanted to leave him, namely, ‘Whom shall we go away to?’ (John 6:66-69)  No question about it.  We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the Scriptural guidance we need outside the ‘faithful and discreet slave’ organization.” —The Watchtower, February 15, 1981, p. 19

It is this view of things that makes it so difficult for Jehovah’s Witnesses to leave the organization—and so confusing and even frightening for those who do leave.  “Whom shall we go away to?”  No one!, is the Society’s answer, drilled into each Witness through constant repetition.  Our organization is the only way, the only truth, the only life.

But, in making such claims about itself, the Watchtower Society is actually giving us a clue as to whom we can go away to.  The Scriptural thoughts that they apply to themselves, actually apply to Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  Jesus is the One the disciples were talking to when they said, “Lord, whom shall we go away to?  You have sayings of everlasting life; and we have believed and come to know that you are the Holy One of God.” (John 6:68-69 New World Translation)  They were not speaking of an organization.  And “the Truth” is not an organization, either.  Scripture identifies Jesus Himself as “the Way and the Truth and the Life.” (John 14:6 Modern Language Bible)

As Witnesses we were taught that people had to “come to Jehovah’s organization for salvation” (The Watchtower, November 15, 1981, p. 21) but Jesus actually said, “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)  The Society taught us that “accurate knowledge” was the key, but Jesus told the Pharisees, “You are searching the Scriptures, because you think that by means of them you will have everlasting life; and these are the very ones that bear witness about me.  And yet you do not want to come to me that you may have life.” (John 5:39-­40 NWT)

So, what is the point?  The point is this: The way of salvation that Jesus proclaimed was not through organizational membership or accurate knowledge of the Scriptures—although both of these enter into it.  In order to gain life, people had to come to Jesus personally.  Under the new covenant arrangement there would be no other way to the Father, except through Jesus.

Compare the old Jewish system of things with the Watchtower Society of today.  Jews were in a special relationship with Jehovah (or, more correctly, Yahweh) by virtue of being members of the nation of Israel, studying the Scriptures, and keeping God’s laws.  Likewise, Jehovah’s Witnesses of today are taught that they have a special relationship with God by virtue of association with the Watchtower Society, studying its publications, and keeping God’s laws (as interpreted by the Society).  The Watchtower continues to mirror the Jewish arrangement, ignoring the new way of approach to God opened up through Jesus Christ.

God sent His Son to earth to fulfill the “new covenant” prophecy of Jeremiah, chapter 31.  Under this new covenant “ ‘they will all of them know me, from the least one of them even to the greatest one of them,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.  ‘For I shall forgive their error, and their sin I shall remember no more.’” (verse 34 NW)

All sorts of sinful people—even prostitutes and corrupt tax collectors—came to Jesus and received forgiveness of their sins.  The forgiveness was a free gift, not earned by good works.  This angered the Jewish religious leaders who wanted people to seek righteousness through the works program they had outlined to them.  But those who accepted Jesus as their Savior rejoiced and were overjoyed to feel the burden of sin lifted off their shoulders.

Besides promising forgiveness of sins, the prophecy of Jeremiah 31:34 also said, “ ‘they will all of them know me, from the least one of them even to the greatest one of them,’ is the utterance of Jehovah.”  This did not mean just additional details of “knowledge” or information about God, but actually knowing God personally.  How?  By personally living with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, on a day-to-day basis.  When Philip asked to see the Father, Jesus answered, “Have I been with you men so long a time, and yet, Philip, you have not come to know me?  He that has seen me has seen the Father.” (John 14:9 NW)

Those who actually lived with Jesus (who is the exact representation of the Father—Heb. 1:3) could get to know God in this new intimate way that was not possible for people who just “searched the Scriptures” as the Pharisees did. (John 5:39)  It was like the difference between a man who has studied everything ever written about the President of the United States, and another man who has read nothing but who plays golf with the President every Saturday and knows him as a friend.  The “knowing Jehovah” that Jeremiah prophesied about is this sort of close, personal relationship with God through His Son.

And Jeremiah was not offering a new covenant for just a handful of men in the First Century.  Rather, it would be God’s way of dealing with men from that time onward.  When Jesus was killed, the disciples feared that that marked the end of their intimate relationship with God through His Son.  But they were wrong.  Jesus rose to life again on the third day, renewed His close friendship with those disciples, and began expanding that relationship to include others.

For example, Paul’s relationship with God through His Son began when Jesus appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus.  And that was not the end of Paul’s contact with the Son of God—it was only the beginning.  Later on, Paul told of occasions when “the Lord stood near me and infused power into me” (2 Tim. 4: 17 NW), and when Paul spoke to the Lord about his “thorn in the flesh.” (2 Cor. 12:8-9)  As a zealous Jew, Paul had had a relationship with God before, but only from a distance.  Now, as a Christian, he really knew God.

Stephen saw Jesus in a vision during his trial.  Some time later, after his trial broke up and he was brought outside the city, Stephen called out to Jesus.  “And as they were stoning Stephen, he prayed, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’  And he knelt down and cried with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not hold this sin against them.’” (Acts 7:59-60 RSV)  There is no indication that the earlier vision was repeated then.  Rather, Stephen had an on-going relationship with Jesus and felt free to call upon Him.

Were Paul and Stephen unique in having a personal relationship with the Son of God, calling upon Jesus in time of need?  Evidently not, as Paul described Christians as those “who everywhere are calling upon the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor 1:2 New World Translation)

Jesus promised this continuing relationship with His disciples: “For where there are two or three gathered together in my name, there I am in their midst.” (Matt. 18:20 NW)  In fact, we have Jesus’ promise that “he that loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will plainly show myself to him…and my Father will love him, and we shall come to him and make our abode with him.” (John 14:21-23 NWThe Living Bible paraphrases it this way: “When I come back to life again…I will only reveal myself to those who love and obey me.  The Father will love them too, and we will come to them and live with them.” (verses 20-23)

Jesus does not usually reveal himself to people today in a blinding light, as he appeared to Paul on the road to Damascus.  Rather, it is more as described at Galatians 4:6—“God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Revised Standard Version)

At first I was afraid to approach God in prayer to confess my sin and ask Jesus into my heart as my Savior and Lord.  Due to my Watchtower training, I was afraid of receiving a demonic spirit.  But then I read Jesus’ words at Luke 11: 10-13—“For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.  What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or it he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (RSV)  So, I prayed and received Jesus into my heart.  I experienced a personal fulfillment of Galatians 4:6 and came to know God as my Father in a way that I had never known before.

So, the Gospel of the Christian Scriptures, the new covenant that Jeremiah 31 foretold, is not a new set of doctrines to learn or new facts about God (although many Watchtower doctrines need to be unlearned).  Rather, it is a salvation that includes a new life right now, as a new creature by virtue of being born again and living a new Spirit-filled life.

Jesus introduced this new life when He told Nicodemus, “Verily, verily, I say unto thee.  Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God…Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.” (John 3:3-7 KJV)

All of those who come into the new covenant undergo this change: “You, however, are controlled not by your sinful nature but by the Spirit, if the Spirit of God lives in you.  And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ.  But if Christ is in you, your body is dead because of sin, yet your spirit is alive because of righteousness.  And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit, who lives in you.  …Those who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit who makes you sons.  And by him we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.” (Romans 8:9-11, 14-16 NIV)

When you are born again, you are a babe in Christ at first.  And just as toddlers tend to fall while learning to walk, so it is with learning to walk in the Spirit.  But the Father will help you grow as His child.  You will form a longing for the Word, and the Holy Spirit will teach you as you read.  You will see more and more clearly that Jesus could not be merely the first angelic creation, as the Watchtower teaches, but that He is, as doubting Thomas finally came to believe, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28 New World Translation)

Besides learning more about God and growing in love for Him, you will also come to see yourself as part of the body of Christ.  This is “the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.” (Heb. 12:23 NIV)  The true church, Christ’s body, crosses denominational lines and includes individuals both in and out of the various religious organizations that men have set up.  It is composed of all those who look to Christ as Head, who have been “baptized by one Spirit into one body.”  “Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.  If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,’ it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body.  …The eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I don’t need you.’” (1 Cor. 12: 12-21 NIV)  So we need our brothers and sisters in Christ, even if we see ourselves as quite different from them.

After years in the Watchtower organization where “independent thinking…questioning the counsel that is provided by [the] organization” is not tolerated (Watchtower, January 15, 1983, p. 22), it may be difficult at first to adopt this scriptural view of our brothers in Christ: “If a person’s faith is not strong enough, welcome him all the same without starting an argument.  People range from those who believe they may eat any sort of meat to those whose faith is so weak they dare not eat anything except vegetables.  Meat eaters must not despise the scrupulous.  On the other hand, the scrupulous must not condemn those who feel free to eat anything they choose, since God has welcomed them.  It is not for you to condemn someone else’s servant.  …If one man keeps certain days as holier than others, and another considers all days to be equally holy, each must be left free to hold his own opinion.” (Rom. 14: 1-5 Jerusalem Bible)  If you have this view of the brotherhood, then as you fellowship with other Christians—both strong and weak—you will find that you are “mutually encouraged by each other’s faith.” (Rom. 1:12 NIV)

Ask the Lord to guide you into the fellowship He wants you to be in.  He will answer your prayer.  Of course, He may put you into a local congregation like the one in Corinth, where the gifts of the Spirit were being misused and where the Lord’s Supper was not being celebrated properly. (1 Cor. 14:23, 11:20)  Or, He may send you into a church like the one in Pergamum, where corrupt practices and false teachings prevailed among some members. (Rev. 2:14, 15)  Or, you may find yourself in a congregation like the one in Sardis that had “a reputation of being alive” but was actually “dead.” (Rev. 3: 1 NIV)   Such experiences can help you to grow and to deepen your personal relationship with Jesus as Lord.  “Bear what you have to bear as ‘chastening’—as God’s dealing with you as sons,” part of your training from the Father. (Heb. 12:7 J.B. Phillips)

We all should admit, as Paul the Apostle did, that “we can see and understand only a little about God now, as if we were peering at his reflection in a poor mirror; but someday we are going to see him in his completeness, face to face.  Now all that I know is hazy and blurred, but then I will see everything clearly, just as clearly as God sees into my heart right now.” (1 Cor. 13: 12 Living Bible)  So, while “accurate knowledge” of every detail is not yet available, it is the Christian’s privilege to “know” God through a close, personal relationship with Jesus Christ.  If you have not yet done so, tell God right now that you need Jesus as your Savior, and receive Him as your Lord.  He invites you: “Come to me, all of you who are tired from carrying heavy loads, and I will give you rest.” (Matt. 11:28 TEV)  “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” (Rev. 3:20 KJV)  “In turn he that loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will plainly show myself to him.” (John 14:21 NW)

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How to Witness Effectively to Jehovah’s Witnesses

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HOW TO WITNESS EFFECTIVELY TO JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES – Breaking the Watchtower Barrier Step-by-Step

When Jehovah’s Witnesses come to your door offering Watchtower and Awake! magazines, their only goal is to get you interested enough in their religion to consider becoming one of them.

They are not visiting you to consider your spiritual beliefs as viable options for their lives. No! They believe they already possess “the Truth.” So, in their minds, they don’t think you have anything to offer them. Their only purpose in being at your door is to teach you; not you them. So, how can a Christian get through to a Jehovah’s Witness who believes he or she already has all the answers? Continue reading “How to Witness Effectively to Jehovah’s Witnesses”

Dialogue 7b: Who is the “faithful and discreet slave?” Part 2

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(WDGR LESSON 14: “How Jehovah’s Witnesses are Organized?”)

(CONTINUED FROM A PREVIOUS DIALOGUE)

CINDY: Karen, last week in our study of the Watchtower brochure What Does God Require of Us?, we discussed Jesus’ words at Matthew 24:45-47 where he spoke of a “faithful and discreet slave” which in the last days would be appointed over Jehovah’s people, “to give them their food at the proper time.”1. We talked about the fact that just as the Watchtower book Knowledge That Leads To Everlasting Life notes, “Throughout history, Jehovah has dispensed spiritual food to his people as a group.… the Israelite priests gathered men, women, and children for group instruction of God’s Law” and “under the direction of the governing body” made up of apostles and older men, “first-century Christians organized congregations and held meetings for the instruction and encouragement of all. Jehovah’s Witnesses follow this pattern.”2. “The world headquarters of Jehovah’s Witnesses is in New York. Located there is the Governing Body, a central group of experienced elders who oversee the worldwide congregation.” 3. Continue reading “Dialogue 7b: Who is the “faithful and discreet slave?” Part 2″

Dialogue 7a: Who is the “faithful and discreet slave?” Part 1

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(WDGR LESSON 14: “How Jehovah’s Witnesses are Organized?”)

Does Jehovah God lead His people through an organization? What does history reveal? Does the Watchtower’s “Governing Body” arrangement follow first-century Christianity?

 

 

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Dialogue 6: How can you find the true religion?

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(WDGR Lesson 13: “How Can You Find the True Religion?”)

How valid is the Watchtower’s test for finding the “one” true religion? Are Jehovah’s Witnesses the only individuals that fulfill the Watchtower’s criteria of being “in the truth”?* What test does the Bible give for determining “the truth”?

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Dialogue 1A: Can You Serve Jehovah without the Watchtower “New Light”?

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NEW LIGHT CHANGES IN WATCHTOWER DOCTRINE

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A concerned Father challenges his son about his decision to leave the Watchtower. The son responds by questioning the organization’s “new light from Jehovah” defense for doctrinal changes and flip-flops. 

FATHER: Johnny, don’t turn your back on Jehovah. I raised you in the Truth. How can you turn your back on us and on Jehovah by leaving His organization?

SON: Dad, I love Jehovah! That’s why I’m leaving the Watchtower organization; because it isn’t His. It’s just a group of men claiming to represent God.

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