Want Some Answers ???
Nice of you to write,
>>Hi. I saw your post on that answers website. I'm probably not the person to answer any of them (at least not to other JWs) because I'm disfellowshipped. But I was just wondering - is that really what you believe or are you simply putting that info out there to get people to email you and be all angry about it?<<
One JW is angry. Disobedient "Terrie", no marriage, having sex, on the pill and she was wrong my website right. When I get time I'll put the WatchTower, Awake, dates and page numbers, there for those like you. Most who really know what the WatchTower teaches (and has taught) know the info is correct.
You might not know, but the founder of the WatchTower Society (WTS) hated traditional Christianity, his followers are the same so get angry with Christians. It's sad, but those thinking about joining, or deceived by the Society have the right to know the truth, that matters.
>>A lot of what you say is true. I've certainly had my eyes opened to some stuff. But some of what you say isn't even near the truth at all. I'm just wondering if you honestly want to be corrected about it or if you just want to argue. Sincerely, Jessie<<
You are welcome to correct what 'isn't even near the truth'. I know JW's often say, 'we don't teach that' and they are notorious for hiding their belief and giving false impressions.
But I'm happy to await your corrections. And wondering why they disfellowshipped you. Perhaps you found the truth? Or perhaps waiting to be allowed back?
Thanks for the reply. I respect your request for privacy on some issues and won't publish those matters.
When JW's say, "We don't believe that" or "No one has claimed, in my presence, that…" or "Every one makes their own rules about such things…" or "I guess that's partially true…." or "I never really worried about it…." etc. I quote the WatchTower which disagrees with them, and they ignore it. But they can't hide the truth. I've over hundred Watch Tower publications.
But given the fact, for you their rules are unclear. And you are disfellowshipped, let me get to the point. The further you get into the Watch Tower Society, the greater your bondage. Join them and they demand your time, mind, money and enslave you. They will make the rules clear, be sure. And you must obey, only by disobedience can you escape.
They will tell you, what to think, how to behave and control you. They will reinterpret the bible with their spin, so you think 'serving the Watch Tower' is 'serving God'. They will have you committed to Kingdom Hall with the idea if leaving, means no salvation (i.e. God is angry, will punish you for disobedience).
Although you won't listen to me, I must tell you the watch Tower is a false prophet and the Society out to deceive us.
There are things that matter more than my interpretation of their rules. That is, how are you going to get right with God? How are you going to be sure of entering God's Kingdom? Or don't you care? What about your sin which only Christ's death can remove? You want to be 'restated', so you think by following the Watch Tower Society you will be ok? Then so far, they have fooled you about something far more important than their crazy rules (designed to make you work for them).
The WTS claims they alone are God’s people on earth today and no one else. No salvation outside the Society. They alone work their way to God by obedience to rules and doctrines.
For them, the bible takes second place to their publications. The Society says their publications are needed to clarify the bible. Without them it can't be understood. Eg., -
WatchTower1996 1/15 p14 "The Knowledge book should enable students to make fairly rapid spiritual progress…should make it easy to use the book to conduct Bible studies and help people to get a grasp of the knowledge of God. Besides quoted scriptures, there are cited Bible texts that the student can look up in preparation for the discussion. These may be read during the study as time permits, although it would be unwise to bring in additional material that could becloud the main points. Rather, those conducting Bible studies should try to discern and convey to the student what the book is proving in each chapter."
You see, they claim without their books everyone else is deceived. Without Russell we are in the dark, the bible is unknown.
The Society teach salvation depends on obedience to what they say. So we must work hard and follow them to please God. In contradiction, the bible says,
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith--and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-- not by works, so that no one can boast” (Eph 2:8-9 see also Rom.4:5, 5:8-11,17,19. 2 Tim.1:9. Tit.3:4-8. Jn1:29 6:44. Rev.13:8. Heb.9:22. 1 Pet.2:24. Col.1:20). The Watchtower demands you work for them to earn salvation by doing what they say. But the Bible says salvation is by grace - a free gift.
Jesus said “no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again" (Jn.3:3). After 50 years of hard labour and knocking on doors for the Watchtower, you won’t even “see the kingdom of God”. Have you had this spiritual rebirth? Jesus said, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit” (Jn 3:6). Without this new birth, you won’t make it. Jesus said, 'You must be born again' (Jn.3:7). “The Spirit Himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Rom 8:16). Who are we going to believe, the Watchtower Society or the Bible?
If you do not have "the Spirit of Christ" you are not a child of God but unregenerate and lost in sin. "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his" [Rom. 8:9].
Find a decent mainstream church, like Baptist or Brethren, throw the Watch tower magazine in the rubbish.