– 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.
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."
No one is born a great man. Likewise, who of us are born prayer warriors? We all begin as babies. Maturity in any field involves time and practice. It takes commitment. A steadfast prayer life does not just happen, it is developed and strengthened "in the field." The more often you show up for battle, the more fit you become.
The Scriptures encourage us to devote ourselves to prayer and labor earnestly for others in prayer (Colossians 4:2, 12). How can we do either of those without a commitment of our time and practice? I've learned that a "prayer warrior" is not an imposing figure who shouts the loudest, but rather one who is continually devoting themselves to the labor of prayer.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
Our ancestors understood that hunting, gathering, and building huts was easier within the tribe than doing it alone. When enemies approach, there’s also more security within a group than standing alone. And the survival of any group is dependent on some agreed upon structure. Therefore, groups often organize and unify under a belief system, deity, or common ideal. So religious ideals throughout history can be appreciated as a necessary force to unite a group of people for survival, but history's pages are also full of examples that when groups gather in the name of their god, horrendous things can happen. As I was discussing this with a gentleman in a class I'm taking on "the history of religious intolerance," he posed this question:
When the need for the group ends, does the need for the belief system also?
Beloved, while I was making every effort to write you about our common salvation, I felt the necessity to write to you appealing that you contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints. For certain persons have crept in unnoticed, those who were long beforehand marked out for this condemnation, ungodly persons who turn the grace of our God into licentiousness and deny our only Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. (Jude 3-4)
I recently received a letter from a person who considers it a sin if we don't keep the Sabbath on Saturday. We have exchanged letters through the years because she had questions about their neighbor who is one of Jehovah's Witnesses. She had told me they attend church on Saturday and asked what I understood about that.Read more
Yes God hears our prayers. Pretty dangerous huh?
Last month I shared an article titled Pray Without Ceasing which was basically an invitation for our Prayer Meetup coupled with a desire that God would build up that ministry. I have felt for some time that we need a whole lot more prayer in our outreach to Jehovah's Witnesses since the websites and Facebook groups are already FLOODED with enough discussion. I have posted encouragement to pray plenty of times on the message board of our Prayer Meetup group, but when no one is logging on to it, the message goes unread. So I began emailing encouragement to our members instead. This proved to be valuable. Just prior to our monthly prayer meeting, I shared a personal experience along with a reminder about the upcoming September prayer service. I hope my experience along with the comments I received encourage you also to pray some dangerous prayers.Read more
“I'm new to this site and from what I have seen so far I think this is fantastic! The power of prayer should never be under estimated. I am very excited to be able to talk with others who have been delivered. I pray that all our loved ones who are still involved with the Witnesses will see Christ in us through our example, I pray that we are equipped by the Holy Spirit to live as Christ lived.” -- Craig
Are you a Christian who has a loved one involved in a cult or false religion? Are any of your family members caught up in a pseudo-christian belief system, such as the Jehovah's Witnesses or Mormons? We have a particular prayer focus for people struggling with issues in coming out of these groups and also provide a prayer covering for those who minister to them.Read more
WHAT IS COMMUNITY?
noun, often attributive com·mu·ni·ty \kə-ˈmyü-nə-tē\
: a group of people who live in the same area (such as a city, town, or neighborhood)
: a group of people who have the same interests, religion, race, etc.
: a group of nations
Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary
Within family, neighborhood, school, work, and organizations, we gain community. Likewise, with a divorce, relocation, or job change we suffer loss of a once familiar community. Imagine several losses at once. For many who have had to walk away from the organization of Jehovah's Witnesses, their losses include their family and social group, and may also include a change in occupation and adjusting to a new location as well. This is a significant loss of community.
The human heart desires community, yet it's common for those hurt within one group to hesitate seeking another lest they get hurt again. To compound this, the Watchtower has inculcated fear into the hearts of it's members to hinder their quest for help from counselors, clergy, ex-members, or friendly neighbors just trying to get to know them. Healing can not begin without some community.Read more
Visit any Facebook group for Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses or our Worldwide Meetup group, and you'll see stories of a lot of wounded people. Many of them don't even desire to step into a church and for those of us who do, there's a lot of hurdles to overcome. And sadly, some of us have been wounded in the church as well as the Kingdom Hall.
Recently I shared an experience with those groups and it obviously hit a nerve based on the many comments I received. I'm thankful that the Lord chose to address this particular topic as I walked my dog and asked Him to speak into my life. Here is what He led me to write....Read more
May seemed to be a month full of discussion about worship music on our Meetup for ex-Jehovah's Witnesses. I called to mind my 1984 edition of Kingdom Melodies, the songbook Jehovah's Witnesses use at their meetings.
I mentioned the picture of bearded (gasp!) men singing with mouths wide open giving praise to Jehovah. Their arms outstretched and opened as well. I asked the group sarcastically "did anyone ever praise God that way while at the Kingdom Hall???"
Music and worship is an often overlooked topic. When we leave the Watchtower, it's not just the difference in doctrinal matters that we notice. It's startling to see the difference in worship music and styles upon taking that first brave step into a church. In fact, I didn't even know what worship was when I first began attending.Read more
There's thousands of pyramid schemes and I've been approached by a few friends involved in these "businesses" and warned them -- even pointing to articles and stories of ex-schemers on the Internet, yet that same ignorance exists in them that is in the cults. They simply don't want to hear it. They found something that makes them happy and consider my "evidence" as faulty and assume I just want to kill their joy. Sigh.Read more