Paul’s letter to the Galatians was REALLY powerful in loosening the locks on my brain put there by religion. It was the book in which I understood GRACE and was led to REPENT of my legalistic attitude that held me in bondage.
Julie offers one-on-one Bible Studies in the book of Galatians for anyone seeking help leaving Jehovah’s Witnesses and wanting to grow in their relationship with God apart from the organization.
– As a convert to Jehovah’s Witnesses, Julie believed she had found “the Truth,” but when she was mocked for reporting a “wolf” in sheep’s clothing in the congregation and told that “those verses” about wolves were “only for first century” Christians, not for Jehovah’s Organization today, she knew something was desperately wrong! At that instance when Julie saw the way elders are trained to cover-up their failures to make the organization look good, her faith in the Society was broken. She was “disfellowshipped” for “apostasy” when she refused to trust the organization over Jesus as her ONLY mediator, and today, Julie is freely serving the REAL Jehovah God in joy and truth! Read Julie’s Story Full Story out of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
A Fall From Grace
In August of 2006, I began emailing with a pastor named Cletis Clayton. Cletis lived in South Dakota at the time and I was in Wisconsin where I received a weekly newspaper from his town of Hot Springs. I had been reading his series called “Jesus is Jehovah” in the church section of the paper. He became aware of the confusion I was in as a former Jehovah’s Witness unable to rid myself of their doctrine. Pastor Cletis continued to pray for me and entertain my questions through a flurry of emails.
Six months had passed and I sent this “breakthrough” email to Cletis on February 20, 2007
Nevertheless, those who receive instruction in the word should share all good things with their instructor. --Galatians 6:6
Good morning Cletis,
Actually the sun is beckoning my dog and I to share a walk, but first things first!
You suggested I re-read the Israel of God discourse you prepared. I did and once again couldn't help but be the devil's advocate and slip my Watchtower indoctrination in the sidebars. I think this is good though as it's really shining the light on the powerful hold the cult has on its adherents. Much like an addict having to come to that point of admitting his weakness before he can accept help, I have to continually bring this weakness to Jehovah and seek His truth on it. The Israel of God to a JW is only the 144,000 anointed ones, so when a JW reads about the Spirit indwelling or being born again it is only attributed to the Israel of God (the New Jerusalem, the anointed, the heavenly class, the remnant, blah, blah, blah). And my mind still follows that pattern in some warped logical reasoning. But it gets me mad and gets me thinking. It got me mad because I was being very encouraged by recent Bible reading (a lot in Romans) that had me crying thank you's to God because the verses were reaching me personally as an adopted child. When the Watchtower’s reasoning reared it's ugly head I sensed that loss of grace I'd been enjoying and went into guilt mode (such as "all things in Jude apply to me, an apostate"). So back to work I go. Work, I say, as in committing to prayer and reading this subject of 'who is the Israel of God?' So I have a little notebook to collect verses and insights on the subject of the Israel of God. Thought I'd share some with you.
2 Cor 5:17 says if ANYONE is in Christ, the new creation has come. And then goes on to say how God was reconciling the WORLD to himself in Christ. There is no two class system in this like what the Watchtower teaches. Anyone is just that, ANYONE, the world. If it only meant the 144,000 it should say so!Read more
We came from Missouri, Indiana, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, California, Colorado, and Maine! Eleven states represented at one small Midwestern conference. I'd say that's a pretty good start!
Charles and Donna Smith didn't know what to expect when they agreed to organize and host the first ever Witnesses Now for Jesus Conference in Farmington, Missouri this past July but when they committed to do it, people came from all over. And what a blessing that gathering proved to be!Read more
This September I will be stepping down as hostess on the three Meetup groups sponsored by Witnesses for Jesus, Inc. The two discussion groups and the monthly on line prayer meetings kept me busy for the past several years and as a result there was no shortage of experiences to share for the monthly e-newsletter.
So once our discussion forums are done, what will be in its place?Read more
You are invited to attend the Witnesses Now for Jesus Midwest gathering! Listen to sound Biblical teachings by noted Christian Apologists and testimonies by former Jehovah's Witnesses to provide refuge for the oppressed and to edify and equip the Church.
Teachers include: Bob Gray, Ed Havaich, Steve Lagoon, Kay L. Kay Meyer, and Martin Winslow.
Testimonies of ex-Jehovah's Witnesses include: Martha Kuderer, Julie McAllen, and Robin Ridlon. There is no registration fee, but a freewill offering will be taken.
The Lord is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation.
The sound of joyful shouting and salvation is in the tents of the righteous;
The right hand of the Lord does valiantly. (Psalm 118:114-115)
Joyful shouting. I did a lot of that over my two week vacation to Maryland in April. I spent Resurrection Sunday with some dear friends who are also former Jehovah's Witnesses. We CELEBRATED the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, our freedom in Him, and just being the wacky, unique individuals He created us to be.
Earlier in the week we caroused several thrift stores and flea markets in search of the perfect hat for a friend. At one sale I had opportunity to speak with one of Jehovah's Witnesses behind a literature cart. She invited me to their annual Memorial explaining it as a day set aside to commemorate Jesus' death. I agreed with her on it's importance and expressed my own appreciation for what Jesus' death means to me. Then I asked her, "so at this service you have in which you celebrate His death, do you also celebrate His resurrection or do you have a separate service for that?"
And she actually said,
"OH, WE DON'T CELEBRATE HIS RESURRECTION."
How sad. Not only do they reject the body and blood of Christ at their Memorial service, but they also go forth in their ministry boldly proclaiming there is no reason to celebrate His resurrection. Just what part of this is Christian?Read more
On April 11, 2017, Jehovah's Witnesses will celebrate their annual Memorial in Kingdom Halls worldwide.
"We want to pray for Jehovah's Witnesses, that their eyes might be opened and come to the Lord Jesus this Memorial. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16). As some may know, the majority of Jehovah's Witnesses refuse to partake of the bread and wine.
However, Jesus said to them, “Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no eternal life in you." (John 6:53) Let's also pray for those who have left and are seeking for the Lord still! Pray that they will come to know and experience God's grace and love and mercy and come to Christ. Such a hard and long road, with all the WT teachings so ingrained.
Please spread the word about this event! We will begin our prayers on April 11th at 3 pm Mountain time and will continue until the Memorial is over."
Last month I shared an article called No One Is Born a Prayer Warrior. This month I have some encouraging news about one man's journey in learning to pray for his wife. This is one of the FASTEST turn-arounds I've ever had the privilege of watching because what I am about to share happened within less than 3 weeks.Read more
I once heard a story about some tourists traveling through a little village. They had gone to the sites on the tour map indicating where famous people were born or landmark events happened. They were unfamiliar with this place so they asked one of the locals, "were any great men born in this village?" The local resident replied, "no, only babies."Read more
…"But what about John 1:1?"
This was the question Sara and her sister posed to the Jehovah's Witnesses sitting across the table from them. The JW's had attempted to convince them that Jesus was not God. According to the rendering of John 1:1 in the Watchtower's own version of the Bible called The New World Translation (NWT), Jesus is "a god" but not "the God." Then the JW's introduced the Strong’s Concordance to these two sisters and endeavored to prove that the article “a” was permissible in the verse.
That was over 13 years ago. One of these sisters followed the advice given by those JW's to be like a Beroean and "carefully examine the Scriptures daily to see whether these things were so" (Acts 17:11 NWT) avoiding the snare of Watchtower indoctrination, but the other one became a disciple of the Watchtower organization.Read more