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Hi Simon,

>>I just read your page on how JW membership will affect your life. I am not sure that you have all the right information. I highly doubt that they are forbidden to pray for disfellowshipped JWs. So, I must ask again, are you sure? how did you find this out, anyway?<<

The WatchTower says a wife should not PRAY WITH her 'disfellowshipped' husband.

WatchTower 1983 1/1 p.31 Questions From Readers.

"But human emotions and attachments can have a powerful effect, making it difficult for people to act in accord with the disfellowshipping decree if a relative is involved. (Cp Num.16:16-33.) Eg., a faithful Christian wife realizes that her husband’s being disfellowshipped means that the spiritual ties that formerly existed have been severed. He has, by his conduct and its results, broken a spiritual bond between himself and true Christians. His wife will continue to show love and respect for him as husband and family head, even as do wives whose husbands never were believers. (1 Pe.3:1, 2) But it will not be possible to have spiritual fellowship with him, sharing in Bible discussions and prayer with him as she once did. (Pro.28:9) She certainly will feel this loss."

And the WatchTower says it’s improper to PRAY FOR the 'disfellowshipped' (I underline),

WatchTower 1979 10/15 pg31 Questions from Readers.

"Would it ever be in order to pray regarding someone who has been disfellowshiped from the Christian congregation? In the past it has been held that such prayers would not be proper. And there are good Scriptural reasons for restraint. But relevant Bible counsel recommends considering the individual situation rather than taking a categorical position. Particularly does 1 Jn.5:16,17 help us to get God’s view. There it is stated: “If any one sees his brother committing a sin that is not deadly, he must ask and God will give him life for those who are committing sin that is not deadly. There is sin that is deadly. I do not say that he should pray in behalf of that. All unrighteousness is sin, and [yet] there is sin that is not deadly.”

"The apostle John first mentions “sin that is not deadly,”..... John shows, others also can pray for him. Next, John refers to ‘deadly sin,’ or “sin that does incur death.” ..... sin for which one cannot be forgiven .... Jesus explained that a person could carry sin to the point of sinning against the holy spirit, for which there is no forgiveness. (Mt.12:31; Lk.12:10) ..... Paul showed that if one who knew God’s truth practiced sin willfully, repentance and forgiveness would no longer be possible.—Heb. 6:4-6; 10:26, 27. John tells us not to pray for one who committed such “deadly” sin ..... we can appreciate from John’s inspired words that we should not pray in behalf of a person who gives evidence of practicing sin deliberately. ..... Prayers in their behalf would be offensive to God.

....While someone personally may feel that he can approach God regarding a disfellowshiped person, it would not be fitting to do so in public or congregational prayers. It should be appreciated that others hearing such prayers may not yet know of the evidence indicating repentance. Or they may not yet be convinced that the person has not committed a “sin that does incur death

If you are a JW, think seriously about what you joined.


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