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.
Listen to Dennis Semsey’s Phone interview with members of our Ministry Team: Julie McAllen and Dan Robbins Discussing the process they went through leaving the Jehovah’s Witness religion.
“If there is a god, why does he allow such suffering?”
In the midst of this Coronavirus and the fears and inconveniences that follow, I got a message from a former Jehovah’s Witness with whom I’ve had contact for close to two years now. He asked that question after a friendly hello to inquire how my family was coping. I told him our quarantine and sanitizing routine. He was surprised and wrote back “Why? I thought you trusted God.” I explained that I wear a seatbelt and it’s my custom not to jump from cliffs too. Did he think being a Christian meant we were impervious to disease and accidents? Then he wrote “it’s the end of humanity” and asked the infamous “if there is a god” question.
Perhaps you’re thinking what a great opportunity for me to share the gospel.
But you see, he’d already heard it.
He also has been the recipient of answered prayers for a miracle.
But, he’s looking for something else.
Jan 15, 2018
Hi, you may not remember me, but we 'spoke' online a few years ago about JWs and Jesus. I was hoping to have contact again and maybe have some support. I still struggle at times but mostly believe in Jesus. That's about all that's clear to me: I have to have faith in Jesus.
And so, Cyndi was back in my life.
As she wrote, we had talked online a few years before that. What I remember from that email exchange was a lot of topical questions as is common when people first leave the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They want to know about the Trinity, the 144,000, and the end of the world. At that time, our discussions just served to frustrate and confuse her more. She was obviously looking for a new truth to replace the one she left. Naturally, she thought this new “truth” would be a convenient list of doctrines she could now obey and thereby recognize falsehoods. Though it would be easier to just hand someone a list of Do’s, Dont’s, and Doctrines, I've never been interested in directing people to more religion. Sadly, that’s what many former JWs have been trained to look for. When they don't find the perfect church, they give up. For this reason, I’ve never advised joining a church as the answer. It’s much more important to SUPPORT and DISCIPLE a person until the One who is greater than any human teacher has their trust. Yes, it takes many hours of prayer and patient teaching, but that is the privilege of co-laboring with Christ.Read more
Apparently it's not normal to pray for several hours a day. To organize lists of individuals, groups, and situations for a weekly prayer binder is just weird. But I remember when it began over a decade ago and have only God to blame. I was driving in my car when God spoke to my heart saying "you don't know how to pray." It perplexed me for a few days not knowing what more there was to prayer than I'd already been doing, but the words persisted so I took the bait and submitted by asking "okay then, teach me to pray." From that day forward, the Holy Spirit took me on a prayer journey. And I became one of those weird people known as an intercessor. I guess. I don't know, I just know I'm goofy and I pray a lot. The title of "Intercessor" somehow makes it sound more dignified.
As the hostess of this ministry's Prayer Meetup from 2009-2017, I can honestly say I've prayed for hundreds, quite likely thousands, of active and former Jehovah's Witnesses, Mormons, their family and friends, and those who minister to them.
During most of those years I also worked as a house cleaner which afforded me the silence to pray while scrubbing other people's toilets. Yes, intercession is sometimes that glamorous. In addition to the Prayer Meetup, I was also hosting the discussion groups for former Mormons and Ex-Jehovah's Witnesses and as the ministry emails and phone calls mounted up, I slowly let go of my day job.Read more
January is an excellent time of year to use such a title. Perhaps cookies are beginning to look evil to you too? If you're like me, those enticing Christmas concoctions from December have got you considering a gym membership and a 40 day fast to start off the new decade. Sigh. As the saying goes "a moment on the lips, and a lifetime on the hips." Perhaps calling Grandma's double chocolate fudge cookies "evil" is a bit extreme but we all can relate to regretting an indulgence that led to making wiser choices in the future.
But Is THIS the Picture of Evil???Read more
It's Christmas. You're seated at the table ready to enjoy that meal together as a family. But there's an empty place.
No, not because someone died but because you have a relative who is one of Jehovah's Witnesses. And they don't celebrate Christmas. Maybe they joined the religion recently and this new decision of theirs is confusing to you. Or maybe it's been this way for so long it's no longer worth bringing up. It could be an entire side of the family that has never joined hands with you at a holiday meal. Or maybe you're the one who broke away from the Watchtower and it's your first Christmas wishing there was a way to convince your family to also leave the organization and celebrate this day with you. In any case, you know there's a division in the family and it's most palpable this time of year.
Whether you're coming to this for the first time or it's been a frustration all of your life, are you looking for a change?
"The key to effective communication with Jehovah's Witnesses
is getting them out of their prepared presentations
by approaching Bible discussion in ways they won't expect." -- David A. Englund
No one is better prepared than Jehovah's Witnesses. Unlike most church services in which members passively sit listening to a pastor present a message, Jehovah's Witnesses are assigned active roles in their Kingdom Halls preparing presentations each week well aware that the person on the other side of the door just might raise a potential conversation stopper. If it's a predictable one, they've already practiced it at the Kingdom Hall or can look it up in their REASONING FROM THE SCRIPTURES publication from the Watchtower Society.Read more
YES or NO?
As a former member of the Watchtower Society, I was fully aware that people considered my religion to be a cult. Yet I maintained that I was in “the truth.” That’s not surprising to hear from current members as they are regularly instructed never to view any material that holds the Watchtower up to scrutiny. The only explanation of what a cult is that members will ever read comes from the official website of The Watchtower Society who has answered the question for them.Read more
"Is it alright for a Christian to put up Halloween decorations and celebrate it? I was always told it was the devil's holiday."
As soon as pumpkin spice and flannel shirts replace the store aisles of back-to-school supplies, questions like this become the hot topic in discussion groups for former Jehovah's Witnesses. Christians of various denominations also have conflicting opinions on what to do with this season. Do we send our costumed kids into the neighborhood for candy or offer a Trunk-or-Treat day at church? Furthermore, should we even call it Halloween or just say we're having a Fall Festival?Read more
The sins of some men are publicly known,
leading directly to judgment,
but those of other men become evident later.
(1 Timothy 5:24 NWT)
It's ironic that the verse quoted above is set within the context of a Bible passage used to guide the elders of Jehovah's Witnesses in defending the rights of child molesters within their congregations. Known as the "two witness rule," no one is to bring an accusation against a man unless there was at least one other witness present at the alleged assault. They base this rule on this verse from their New World Translation,
"Do not accept an accusation against an older man except on the evidence of two or three witnesses." (1 Timothy 5:19)
You've probably HEARD it said before, but have you EXPERIENCED laughter as good medicine to what ails you?
As a former member of the Watchtower Society, I have. Proverbs 17:22 came to life for me 6 months after I was disfellowshipped. I began 2005 as a shunned and depressed ExJW, but midway through that same year I slapped on a happy face and went off to vacation at Clown Camp. I've since grown into that smile and am joyfully still clowning around.
My mother nurtured the clown in me as a child with her own love for practical jokes. Creativity was welcome in the non-JW home I grew up in and by middle school I was voted "most humorous" and also "most artistic." Those two attributes were overshadowed by a more serious nature, however, when I stepped into a newly created character called "JW Julie" in 1996 as a baptized Jehovah's Witnesses.
Even as a faithful JW, however, I could not completely snuff out my true identity and appreciation for a good joke. One night as I entered the Kingdom Hall, a sister asked if I'd be available after the meeting as she had something important to show me. When the meeting ended, she invited me to walk to her car. As she led the way in the parking lot, she was laughing while confessing that I was the only one who could appreciate what she had to share. She could hardly control her giggles as she took a small paper bag from her back seat.
Picture if you will, two well groomed women in skirts
standing in the parking lot of a Kingdom Hall
playing with what Linda had recently discovered
through her grandson.
2 And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, 3 explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” 4 And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. 5 But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. 6 And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, “These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also, 7 and Jason has received them, and they are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus.” (Acts 17:2-7 ESV)
As our website's name suggests, we are Witnesses for Jesus. Like the apostle Paul, we proclaim that Jesus is the Christ. And because of it, some call us apostates and attack our ministry of reaching out to Jehovah's Witnesses and Mormons. Those types of letters are to be expected, but I can't remember a time when we were accused of "turning the world upside down" due to our testimony. Until last month.Read more