Friday, June 19, 2015

The Disassociation Letter of Diego Philippe - with Attachment

February 20, 2015
Body of Elders
Re: Official Notice of Disassociation

Dear Brothers,

Through this letter I’m informing you of my prayerful decision to discontinue my association with Jehovah’s Witnesses and the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society religion, into which was baptized as a minor on November 28, 1992 in Xxxxxx, Xxxx.  Effective immediately, I do not consider myself one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Contributed by Christian Sparlock Freedom

My reasons are many and some very personal.  I do want to explain one those reasons why, after more than 22 years of being a baptized witness and a lifetime of being around the organization, I’ve decided to separate from this organization and follow only Our Lord Christ Jesus.
The reason is that I’ve read “The Finished Mystery” by Charles T. Russell (1917) and the booklet “Millions Now Living Will Never Die,” based on a speech by Joseph Rutherford (1920).  Both of which are cited by “The Watchtower” as examples of light or spiritual food given at the proper time during and after the inspection, cleansing and selection of the organization by our Lord Jesus Christ as predicted in Matthew 24:45-47 from 1914 to 1919.  These two pieces of literature are so erroneous on most biblical explanations attempted that I fail to see how the authors, the publishers and those that believed this could ever assert to be carefully chosen by our Lord Jesus Christ as his “faithful and discreet slave”, His spokesmen to the world, His channel of communication.  Any reasonable Christian upon reading these books will, inevitably, arrive at the same conclusion.

I do want to express my deep love for you as persons, as individuals, as friends.  I have never met anyone better.  Thank you for your friendship and love.  I do have to ask that you do not visit me in your capacity of “elders” for any reason.  However, you are always welcome to visit me as friends and Christian brothers.  I will keep you in my prayers, please do the same for me. “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV).

Your Brother in Christ,
Diego Philippe

Why I stopped believing the WTBS (attachment to my DA letter)

March 27, 2015 at 7:32pm

I guess it began with the zone visit to the US branch by the Governing Body (GB) and their helpers, in November 2014.  We were all watching the program tied in thru internet connection at the Kingdom Hall.  Our congregation was scheduled to view it as a recorded program on Sunday afternoon at 3 pm.  We got dressed up, suit and tie as customary, as if this were a live meeting and we clapped whenever those in the video clapped.  Several brothers of the GB spoke and some of their helpers also, with the meeting lasting about 3 hours, including prayers and songs.
The talk that sticks out in my mind is that of brother Anthony Morris III.  I recall a story he told, which I’m paraphrasing here :
When Bro. Morris was serving as an elder in a congregation, a young woman asked Bro. Morris what his opinion was about a 23-year-old man, since she was considering marriage with this young man.  Bro. Morris expressed his disapproval of this young man, based as he put it, “He is 23 years old and is not serving as a ministerial servant.”  The young woman ignored his advice and proceeded to marry the young man.  Bro. Morris then stated that she suffered the consequences for doing so, for not following his advice on this young man.  Thus the learning was put forward to follow elders advice in such matters and for brothers to serve in the congregation.

This story made me think about myself.  I married at 22 years of age and have never served as a ministerial servant or anything.  By applying the moral of this story to myself, one can conclude I wouldn’t be fit to marry even today!

The other point I recall is about tight pants for brothers. Paraphrasing again:

Brothers should not wear tight pants because they are designed by homosexuals who love to look at men wearing tight pants.  According to Bro. Morris, he conducted an informal survey of a few sisters who confirmed that women do not like men in tight pants.  In addition, a circuit overseer (CO) was “man enough” to tell a young brother that he would not go out in service with him wearing a suit with tight pants.

I was reminded of the thought that we’re not under law but under underserved kindness and I thought it an irony to make de facto rules about tightness of pants.
The "Bride Class" or Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses
Continuing this line of thought he expanded his reasoning, paraphrasing again:

Sisters should not wear spandex type pants when running or exercising outdoors or in view of others. They should be modest in their dressing at all times.

I thought, “How silly to use a speaking platform where close to 1.5 million witnesses are listening, to speak about such trivialities at this time of the end. Billions of people’s lives are at stake!”

The straw that broke the camel’s back was comment made by Bro. Morris about inactive witnesses in reference to “having blood in our hands if one is not an active publisher” (cf. Ezekiel 3:18), I quote:

“And sometimes folks talk about this relative, that relative and you know they're baptized but they’ve been going through a hard time, they’re not preaching.  And we like the inactive and we’re gonna try and help them, but do you know they talk about Jehovah like he’s gonna understand all this. And I’m like: “What Jehovah are they talking about? I don’t know him. He is not in here [while pointing to the Bible].  That’s your idea [while pointing to the audience].”  This is serious business.  It’s a matter of life and death, whether we share in the warning work.”

This statement induced me to examine the claims this man makes as to being part of “the faithful and discreet slave” named over the domestics and anointed (Christ in Greek, Messiah in Hebrew) by Holy Spirit and therefore be part of the secondary seed of Abraham and a brother of Our Lord Jesus Christ, meaning he will be as Our Lord Jesus Christ is, immortal in heaven and co-ruler over the whole Earth.

I have a hard time listening to a person, who places themselves at the level of the Apostles (anointed by Holy Spirit), speak in such a callous, pitiless manner about lost sheep.  Maybe he is right and he doesn’t really know the God, our Father, who is love and our Lord Christ Jesus who gave his life for his friends (1 John 4:8; John 15:13).
With all these thoughts in my mind, around the Thanksgiving holiday, my wife and I went to see her grandparents, who are Catholics and devoted to Christ in their own way, her grandmother especially.  I told myself:

“If a person dies before Christ's second coming in judgment of the world, he has the opportunity to be resurrected in the new system and may live for hundreds of years in paradise, but if my wife’s grandmother lives to see the coming of Christ, he will execute her because she is not one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and did not follow the Governing Body directions and did not share in the warning work.”

This makes no logical sense.  It is not loving or just, I believe.  I’m not thinking that I could ever even suggest to God, The Father and Our Lord Jesus Christ, how to handle their affairs.  No, I’m merely pointing out that the viewpoint we hold and preach is faulty.

Then, as part of my examination, I bought “Millions Now Living Will Never Die” booklet published in 1920 and based on a talk given by J. F. Rutherford in 1918 and “The Finished Mystery” book touted as the posthumous work of C. T. Russell and thus the seventh volume of “The Studies of the Scriptures” series, published in 1917 (All of these can be downloaded in Google Books for free in a matter of seconds).

I found that the assertion of the organization that these books were two examples of “food at the proper time” provided by the “faithful and discreet slave” class is pure fantasy!  The organization teaches that Our Holy God Jehovah and Our Lord Jesus Christ examined this message, during their inspection of ALL Christian groups existing on Earth in 1914 to 1919 (w13 07/15).

Thus the question is:
“Would our Holy God and our Mighty Lord be pleased and would they endorse what C. T. Russell and J. F. Rutherford were publishing, preaching, proclaiming and causing others to believe during this critical inspection time?”

No, it is impossible!

"The Finished Mystery" and millions of other books easily demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt that the claim made by the Governing Body, of being divinely appointed over all of the domestics, is truly baseless. 
Again, I’m not pretending to assume what Our Lord Jesus Christ should do, I just express an informed opinion that the good news the organization preached in those two books is as far as one can get from the original true gospel of Our Lord and His Apostles found in the Scriptures. 

Our Lord Jesus Christ could have never selected men who wrote and published and caused others to believe such erroneous, misguided and wild proclamations.  Our Lord is the truth, the way and the life and has nothing to do with untruths, half-truths, fables, subterfuge, tales, fabrications, baseless conjectures or groundless guesswork.

“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

Some of the forceful, insisting, and adamant proclamations made by C. T. Russell and J. F. Rutherford include:

Proclaiming 1925 as the year for the resurrection of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, together with all the faithful biblical persons mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11.

Proclaiming 1874 as the beginning of Jesus Christ's “parousia” (presence) or Christ's taking of his throne in Heaven.

Proclaiming 1881 as the completion of the harvest of the 144K anointed.

Proclaiming 1914 the end of the time of the gentiles meant by Russell as the end of the wicked world.

Proclaiming Pastor Russell to be “the angel of the congregation in Laodicea” (Rev. 3:14).

Proclaiming Pastor Russell as the “faithful and discreet slave” (Matt. 24:45)

Proclaiming that Paul, John, Arius, Waldo, Wycliffe, Luther, and finally Russell are the seven stars or angels of Christ send to the seven congregations of Asia Minor (Rev. 1:11, 20).

Proclaiming the incorrect idea that there are four classes of Christians –Anointed / Great Company / Ancient Worthies / Everyone else.

Proclaiming and using the Great Pyramid of Giza as corroboration for Russell’s chronology including 1914. It was also called “The Witness in Stone.”
Memorial Pyramid at C.T. Russell's grave site
Use of the winged sun disc symbol of Egyptian mythology on the original cover of the “Studies of the Scriptures” books written by Russell.

Russell wrote a book in 1889 titled “The Time is at Hand” where he claimed the end of the world would happen in 1914, then in the 1916 edition foreword he stated that the end would follow WWI (cf. Luke 21:8 AMP)

Other published viewpoints required to be believed by our Bible Students, if they desire to be baptized as a true Christian into the Christian Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses and thus be saved and which are biblically suspect:

The diminished importance given to the role of Our Lord Christ Jesus in the salvation of each Christian (Acts 4:12)

Creating two classes of Christians, thus destroying a Christian’s personal relationship with his Father, God and His savior, Christ Jesus.

The current Sons of God are only the remaining of the 144k chosen ones.

The “great crowd” are not currently the Sons of God. These will only be considered children of God after they live this life faithfully, remain faithful during the great tribulation, survive Armageddon or die faithfully before, stay faithful during 1000 years while working to make the Earth a paradise, stay faithful through the last test…then and only then they can be adopted as Children of God! This is a misapplication of John 3:16.

The arbitrary insertion of the name “Jehovah” in the New Testament (NT).  If Jehovah wanted to preserve his name in the NT, He could’ve had it included, as he did in the OT for over 7K times, could He not?  The translator should translate, not insert his own ideas, no matter how valid the arguments may be. 

For example:
“Señor” is Spanish for “Sir or Mister”; Señor does not mean John! One may be referring to John but one did not say “Juan” in Spanish!

The Organization accuses others of not translating YHWH as Jehovah instead using Lord, but they are guilty of the same dishonesty by translating Kuryos as Jehovah even though that's the Greek word for Lord (cf. Matthew 7:1-5).

Limiting the application of the title of “faithful and discreet slave” to the men in the Governing Body, minimizing, if not eliminating all importance from the rest of the anointed.

The claim that The Watchtower Society was chosen by Jehovah and Jesus Christ in 1919, when they “invisibly” inspected the “spiritual” temple is baseless, as can be
clearly determined from reading the literature published by the organization during that time.

The declaration that the “invisible” presence of Christ in the Kingdom of God started in 1914 (cf. Matthew 28:18-20).  This previously was affirmed to be 1874 as taught by N. H. Barbour, who tried to save his false prediction of the second coming by using this "invisible presence" nonsense.
Contributed by Haupi Justice

The changes to the “1914 generation” doctrine (Matthew 24:34) :

1927-1942 – All anointed Christians/new creation/144,000.

1942-1995 – Only those anointed who saw 1914.

1995-2008 – All the wicked people who’ll see the end/Armageddon.

2008-Today – Current Anointed Christians/new creation/144000 who were anointed, while those who were anointed and saw 1914, were still alive.  The “overlapping” generation will not pass before seeing the end of the world.  Compare all this with Matthew 1:17.
Misapplication of Proverbs 4:18. See 1 John 1:5.

What The Bible Really Teaches:

“[17] The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. [18] I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth.  He will tell them everything I command him. [19] I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. [20] But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.” [21] You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” [22] If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken.  That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.” Deuteronomy 18:17-22 NIV

“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” Romans 8:14

“Were you called while a slave? Do not worry about it; but if you are able also to become free rather do that.  For he who was called in the Lord while a slave, is the Lord’s freedman; likewise he who was called while free, is Christ’s slave.  You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.” I Corinthians 7:21-23

“Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul?” I Corinthians 1:13

“So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.  If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Galatians 3:26-29

“But when the set time had fully come, God sent his son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship.  Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba, Father.”  So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.” Galatians 4:4-7.

“For in Christ Jesus, neither circumcision nor uncircumcision has any value.  The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galatians 5:6

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God –“Ephesians 2:8

“And He said, Be on your guard and be careful that you are not led astray; for many will come in My name [appropriating to themselves the name Messiah which belongs to Me], saying, I am He! and, The time is at hand! Do not go out after them.” Luke 21:8 AMP

“Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him.  Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun.  Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us.” 2 Thessalonians 2:1, 2

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5

Matthew 7:1-5 NIV
[1] “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. [2] For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. [3] “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? [4] How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? [5] You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye."

Matthew 1:17 NIV
[17] Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Messiah.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Michelle Elder's Story of Secrets Revealed, Then Freedom

Contributed by Christian Sparlock Freedom

I was raised as a Jehovah's Witness by a severely strict father and step-mother.  It was bad enough that I stood out as the weird child, who couldn't do anything right, but the abuse was the worst.  I think my step-mother hated me, but we looked so perfect, sitting in the front row at the Kingdom Hall, all four children and my parents.

Our family secrets were abundant.  It was finally revealed that my brother had been molesting both step-sisters all of their lives.

I am now 40 years old.  I remained a Jehovah's Witness for all those years, because my entire family are members and leaving the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses would cause them to totally shun me, according to JW doctrines.  I did not want to lose that connection with family, even as bad as it was.

I've been an Ex-Jehovah's Witness for 5 years now.  I go to counseling twice a month and I am finally free to enjoy life now.  Life is sweet!

Walking Away with Wisdom and Dignity by Victor M. Hernandez, Jr

Contributed by Christian Sparlock Freedom
I was third generation Jehovah's Witnesses.  I really believed (like everyone else) that we were the only TRUTH!  I followed the organization to the "T," always believing that Armageddon was just around the corner.  I dropped out of high school (1994) started studying, getting baptized when I was 18 years old, and started pioneering at 20 years of age.  That same year (1997-98) my cousin dissociated herself, so I completely shunned her.
By year 2002, I started wondering if there are bible scriptures to back up their stories on shunning, celebrating holidays, birthdays, Jesus being crucified on a stake, smoking, and homosexuality.  I started doing research, finding out that Jehovah's Witnesses formerly celebrated all holidays, birthdays, and smoking was allowed.  I also discovered that the organization formerly believed that Armageddon was coming near in 1874.  I also read the information on 1975, when so many Jehovah's Witnesses left after Armageddon didn't come as predicted. 

I began asking my Jehovah's Witness mother questions.  She, herself, was shocked to find a Watchtower magazine about the changes of 1874 and 1914.  I finally began wanting to just follow the bible, nothing else.  But I couldn't do it, as I had to follow the Watchtower Society.  So I looked up the definition of Cult.  I discovered that it is so much what the Watchtower Society is...'a cult,' made up of Jehovah's Witnesses following a man-made organization.  

I told my mom in 2004 that I no longer want to be a Jehovah's Witness.  Years went by, as my mother started pressuring me to "disassociate" myself.  On July 10, 2012, I sent my letter to the Watchtower Society.  I've now been reborn in year 2010, as my church only follows the NIV bible. I listen to K-Love every day when I drive my school bus, which makes me feel closer to God.

Cheri Cozine-Romero Stands With Fist

Mine is a story that many have told me needed to be in book form so I have been attempting to write that book for the last 30 years since I was 14 years old.
I was "born in" and was the last of 4 children that my mother brought into this world. She had been a witness since she was 16 years old and was extremely devout. My father was a molester and a child beater so the very first memories that I have are of being sexually abused while taking a bath in the kitchen sink (so probably 6 months old) and of being beaten with a belt and my mother and father standing over me while he beat me.
I remember thinking the words in my head "how could she let him do this to me"? My sister told me I was 6 months old at that time too.

My mother was highly abusive to myself and my siblings but (as they claim) she was tired out by the time I came along so I "got it" less often than I should have.
For me, the abuse was too much to take as I would get beaten for the slightest infractions. If my bed wasnt made, the floor wasnt swept, my closet was a mess or I had things stuffed under my bed. She was a clean freak who owned a business named "Spotless Cleaning Service". So her business and children had to live up to the name of her business just like JW's have to live up to the reputation of the religion and not blacken Jehovah's name.

When I was 14 years old my mother was married to her third husband and I was being molested by my him and my mother was a severe alcoholic, bible thumping JW. One day she came home from work and my bed wasnt made properly so she got her belt and her bottle and told me to come on. We were going an hour away from home to Reno, to get a motel where she was going to beat me all night and drink while she did.

On the way to Reno she stopped by one of her jobs to check and be sure it was ready for the people to come stay. (We lived in Lake Tahoe and this was a summer vacation home). While she was inside and I was in the car, I was getting more and more angry and nervous about the upcoming beating I was going to get and I searched through the glovebox for something to pop her tire with, ( cause I was about to bounce out) and I found a pocket knife, so I stuck it under the tire and climbed up the rocks on the hillside and ran to a motel to call my math teacher to help me.

Previous to this I had approached my teacher at school and asked her, (Isnt it illegal to beat your kids now?) My teacher met me at that motel where I had crouched down in the phone booth to hide from her. My teacher picked me up and took me to the sheriff's dept. for me to tell them my story. I lived with my teacher for about 2 months but during that two months my mother got my older sister to con me into going to my sister's house for the day and when we were in a 7 11, my mother showed up and whisked me away in her van to my brother's house in Carson City, (which is about an hour from home). While there at his home she had elders come and pray over me to get the demons to leave me. She took my shoes away so I couldnt run through the sage brush and they all prayed. I fought them tooth and nail until she gave up and took me back to my teachers.

I thought I was safe from her but once again she had a change of heart and she (somehow) got the police to return me to her where she proceeded to beat me for over a two day period plus she turned my step-father loose on me and he beat me too. They beat me so badly that a month later I still had black and blue bruises from my neck to my ankles.

At some point in the middle of this movie type nightmare my mother took me to a shrink and told him that she wanted to have me committed to an institution. (I had been brought to him before when I was at my teachers house so he knew me already) He told her that he needed to talk to me alone before he gave her a recommendation for an institution. So she told him I was dangerous and she left me alone with him.

He asked me if I was ok. I said no. He asked me if they had beat me. I said yes. He asked me if I had bruised. I said yes. He asked me to show him. I did. He got instantly livid. He told me that I needed to just keep the same attitude that I had right now and play along with him. He was going to get me away from her and I would never have to live with her again. And then he told her that he was going to drive me to the institution (an hour and a half away) and have me committed. She told him to put me in the cage in back cause I would try to kill him. (I had stabbed my step-father with a fork)

He drove me to Auburn to Dewitt Center and I stayed for two days during which time the police took pictures of my back and the county formulated a complaint against her for child abuse. I believe I was one of the first child abuse cases that was prosecuted against a parent in the state when it first became illegal to beat your kids.

Due to the severe psycological and physical abuse that I went through as a child, from being told that your fingers will rot off if you masturbate to being sexually abused by my step-father and by an elder in the hall to knowing that I was going to die at Armageddon and being beat daily practically by my mother, I still have many "issues" and problems. I am sexually repressed, I have issues with men, and I am a LOUD MOUTHED advocate for protecting children that are being harmed in ANY way.

But I raised my three kids away from the vices of that cult and I carry my own "pamphlets" courtesy of Silentlambs, to give out if they approach me. I have been shunned by my family for over 30 years but my step-father is still a witness in good standing even though they know that he molested his own daughter and his own grand daughter who was taken from my parents as an 18 month baby when they discovered that she had been severely assaulted at that very tender age; and I still have dreams that my mother is coming through the window to "get me" even though she has been dead for 20 years and I have been "out" for over 30 years.

I hate this cult with a passion that others probably dont have and my only real pressing need in my life is to be here when and if it is taken apart piece by piece by the authorites.
Published exactly as written by Cheri Cozine-Romero.

Mom, how come you let me cry? 
I am scared and all alone. 
That man you married, he told a lie, 
Is this what you condone? 

 Mom, you should have helped me. 
You should have seen the danger signs. 
Mom, this crime just cannot be, 
Someone needs to pay the price 

Mom, damn you, you took his side, 
and the elders, they took it too. 
Mom, I know God will not abide 
By the horrible things they do. 

Mom, you died with a heavy heart, 
and he went on to hurt others. 
Mom, I will heal then I will start, 
to support my hurting brothers. 

Cheri R August 2003
Published exactly as written by Cheri Cozine-Romero.

What about the children?

K Xander Akers Walks Away With Dignity


 I was born into a Jehovah's Witness family, 3rd generation on both sides.  I can remember very early the fear of displeasing my parents and therefore Jehovah.  I also remember feeling, when I was very young, that I was gay.  I plodded along, doing what I was supposed to do, though I never felt my heart was really in it.  Baptized at age 13 years, I struggled with the gay feelings all along.  It felt as if I were only going through the motions, since I was going to be destroyed because of my secret sin.  (I had been caught at the age of 8 years while fooling around with a cousin, so my parents were aware of my "problem".)  

I married at 22 years of age, because that was the acceptable thing to do.  I really loved her. I thought the gay feelings would go away once I got married.  I was also petrified of displeasing my parents.  I progressed, became a ministerial servant (MS) and was giving public talks.  However, I was told I would never be an elder, because I worked a rotating shift.  I asked how I qualified to be a MS, if I could not qualify to be an elder.  Never did get a good clear answer on that one.  Also, as a MS, I wasn't being visible to the congregation in field service, because I wasn't out on the weekends.  I guess it didn't matter how many days I was out supporting the group during the week.  After a while, it all began to be a drain on me.  I struggled with severe depression for a number of years.  

We decided to do the Christian thing and move in with my in-laws, who could no longer care for themselves.  That was a nightmare right from the start.  I could do no right, according to my mother-in-law.  She complained enough in the congregation that others asked us why we treated her so poorly.  The elders were concerned about my qualifications because of this, though no one bothered to even ask me about it.  At that point I had a mental breakdown and went on several anti- depressants.  Even with the medication, I still felt like I was trying to hit a moving target.  

Fast forward 15 years.... my poor wife passed away from a heart attack, leaving me with a 9-year-old son.  At this point, I decided I could no longer go on struggling to live a lie.  So in July, 2014, I disassociated myself.  My mother felt it was only because of being under so much pressure from my wife dying.  

Today I start getting emails from my aunt asking if I am getting help with my PTSD.  Obviously, they believe I can't be making these decisions on my own, it MUST be because I am suffering from something.  Story of my life, if I decide something others don't agree with, there has to be an underlying reason for it.

Moral of the story: I am so much happier now living the life I want, the life that feels right to me.

Freedom is Knowing The Truth About The Truth by Svetlana Rutter

I started studying the bible with Jehovah's Witnesses (JWs), when I was 14 years old, and was baptized at age 16 years.  At that time, the Communist regime in Russia was in decline, allowing religious freedom to begin emerging. 

I had been intrigued by the Bible for a while and wanted to understand it.  I wasn’t aware of many options apart from the traditional Orthodox church, which did not work for me.  

One day, a JW revealed to me their truth about this world ending in Armageddon.  I was terrified with the news and for few days couldn’t think of anything else as I was in a great shock.

I understand now, so many years after, that I was very impressionable and emotionally vulnerable at the time.
Some things the JW couldn’t prove to me and I was told that this was something I would just have to believe in.  

After a few years working in the full time ministry, as a pioneer, I was getting physically and emotionally exhausted with all the JW activities.  Approaching my 20's, I was eager to find a life partner and to get married.  I noticed that these thoughts weren’t encouraged among members of the congregations.  Quite the opposite, people were saving themselves for “The New World.” Even if some people did get married, they weren’t eager to have children, as they were waiting for Armageddon to happen any day.  This and many other things just didn’t make sense in my head. 

Gradually I began to stop JW activities and meeting attendance, to fade away.  I felt incredibly guilty for not serving God anymore.  I couldn’t deal with it anymore, so I refused to think about it for many years.  All I thought was:  “God will forgive me for trying to be happy in this world.  God is love and He will understand that I’m only human.”  

Deep inside of me, I realized that something was wrong with the organization, as there was no love, no real support.   I thought I had many friends there, but none of them came or phoned me after I stopped going to the meetings.  Instead I heard many rumours about me from my neighbour, whom JW were preaching to. They already were talking badly about me and putting me as a bad example… I was furious. I phoned an elder and complained. To that he said: “So why don’t you come back to the meetings and prove us all wrong then?”. I felt disgust and anger. Even my neighbour friend , who wasn’t Jw, supported me and didn’t believe any of those stories Jw were telling about me.   It was a tough and confusing time.  

After few years, I got married and had my first baby.   I was so happy and decided to phone my JW friend.   She sounded happy at first, but then she got back to me after a while and said:  “I can’t be friends with you anymore as you are a bad influence for me and you’ll tempt me into turning away from God as well.”  I wasn’t even disfellowshipped, I had only started a family! So, she didn’t want to see my baby after all...

Soon after we moved away to the United Kingdom and tried to settle.  I went to get some advise from elders in Russian speakers meeting in London.  I wanted to know how to deal with the domestic violence I was being subjected to for some years.  Their advice was: “Pray to Jehovah and place your hope in him, He’ll resolve it all.”  Then they turned away from me and left me to figure out my problems on my own.  Also we had financial difficulties, as my husband was studying and working.  I couldn’t help as I was looking after our baby.  We reached a point when we couldn’t cope anymore and were about to become homeless.  We approached elders in Smethwick congregation in Birmingham and explained our situation.  They encouraged us to pray to Jehovah.  One of them put a £5 note in my husband’s pocket…

After a long struggle, we sorted our problems on our own, because our congregation wasn’t interested in how we got on.  They keep saying they love each other, but those are only words, with no action on their part. 
That was the final straw in my involvement with this sect.

I’ve been JW-free for 14 years now, living happily with my new husband and three children.  I still believe in God, but not the Watchtower Society of Jehovah's Witnesses.  Only now, gradually, I realize what a scam it all is.... a publishing company behind a God’s holy name. 

I don’t know what to believe anymore and what the future holds for us.  All I know is that God is great and He loves us.  Maybe it’s not meant for us to know exactly what will happen, but only to try and live in harmony with our world that we have today.

When Love is No Longer on the Table by Sondra Dumont

When we were living with my Elder father-in-law and my Pioneer mother-in-law, (we were still Jehovah's Witnesses, at the time), we were waiting for the settlement check from my son's death to pay my in-laws $40,000 to build an addition onto their beautiful home.  

At this point, I was seriously unsure of being a Witness any longer.  I was also going through shock treatment and was suicidal.  Life seemed very dim and dark for me.  I felt trapped, because my husband seemed to still be trying to be a better Jehovah's Witness (JW).  I wanted us, as a family, to be free.  I wanted to be free.

During this time, my father-in-law tried to convince my husband that I was no good and to kick me out, to leave me in the street.  He would provide for my son and husband.  He would take care of them.  I thought that maybe I should make that decision a little easier on everyone, since it was clear I was not wanted.  I had devoted my life to my husband and children.  One already dead and gone, the other trapped in a life I did not want for him.

We got the settlement check and paid the man his $40,000.  My husband then told my Father-in-law that he, in fact, would not be leaving me.  He loved me dearly.  I was ill and needed him and he would not turn his back on the woman he loved.  

We were given three days to get our things and move out.  "Fine," we said.  "Give us our money back, so we can buy a house with it."  We were then given a list of every little item ever purchased for our two sons.  Gifts, food, snacks while they were visiting, groceries when we were so poor we could not afford to eat, vitamins Grandma thought they needed because they were better than the ones I bought. EVERY item ever purchased since they were born. This was clearly done over time. It came to over $11,000. Then they charged us for rent and utilities, which I thought was fair. Then they charged us another $8,000 just because. They gave us about $20,000 back and put us out in the street. 

We prayed.  HARD.  I still believed in the power of prayer at the time. Some may say what happened next was due to prayer.  I believed it was at the time. Now I just believe that I am a smart woman who knows how to do her research.
I found a new, modular house on 5 acres, for sale by owner.  We had the money from the settlement of my son's death. Cash. The house came furnished, completely.  It was cheap.  I could not believe the price they were asking, at the time, $22,000 below value.  We bought it outright and were moved into the new, modular house on 5 acres in 10 days from the moment I saw it.  We took it at the time to mean that Jehovah was indeed seeing how we were being treated and how wrong it was.  

I decided to leave the organization then and there!  6 months later, my husband followed.  My son left after a couple of years when he was old enough to understand what he was seeing.  We are all out , free and happy.  The happiest we have ever been.

My In-laws have not spoken a word to us since.  They hate us.  My son understands this and cares not that they never contact him.  My husband and I have a much easier life without their judgemental eyes on us.  Their critical words and tone.  Their hypocrisy.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Armageddon Hysteria.....Again

Everyone who was a Jehovah's Witness in the early 1970's should remember the manic behavior this particular brand of "Doomsday Cult-ish" behavior elicits, when the Watchtower Society claimed that 1975 was "the year."  When nothing actually happened to support their claim, they edited their claim with an eraser and then claimed they never made that claim.  Well, here it is again, folks.....

Via J Mason Emerson
 Watchtower is pulling out all stops, trying to hammer "Armageddon's a-Coming! Hurry and donate your money to us!!!" Well, why? They need the money. Why since they have so much already for property sales? One guess is they owe tons to somebody with the power to squeeze the money out of them. They broke the tax law for decades and my guess for what it's worth is they are under "quiet" (secret) IRS receivership having to pay it. Others guess stock owners in several of their other allied sister corporations (over 100) are pressing them. Countless victims of their child molestation policy and their attorneys definitely are. For every case going to trial (about 20 last I heard) they must be settling out of court at an enormous amount. I don't know the rate of settlements to trial-by-jury cases; but if 100 to each one then that can also help to bust them to bits financially.

Contributed by Haupi Justice
Jehovah’s Witnesses believe we are living in the “Last Days”: A period that allegedly began in 1914 and will culminate in Armageddon, when God will destroy all wicked. Jehovah’s Witnesses point to world developments – wars, earthquakes, human suffering – to prove fulfillment of Bible prophecy is upon us. Is this true? Are we living in the last Days?  by Misha Anouk

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jehovah's Witnesses Stole My Girls!!! by Heather Rose

The following story is posted on a "Go Fund Me" crowd-funding web page.  I've been given permission to publish it here, in order that those who are able to help can read it in their own languages and click on the following link.... Jehovah's Witnesses Stole My Girls!!! and click on the pink "Donate" button to help this young mother regain custody of her children.

In September 2013, I was laid off of my contract position after a prolonged recovery process after the birth of my youngest daughter, and my husband ( the girls' father) of 14 years abandoning us.

I could not find employment before losing my home.

My three daughter's were taken in by my groundskeeper and his wife ( Feb 2014) who are Jehovah Witnesses, and my boys with my mother and her close friend.

I have since secured stable employment, have a home and have fulfilled any requests a court could ask of me.

In July 2014 the grounds keeper and his wife cut me off from all contact with my daughters, after my eldest daughter showed me one of her drawing in which she was using the couple's last name. I asked her about it, and she stated "that was going to be her new name, and that their children were now their siblings and they were going to adopt them". I asked the couple about it, and they shrugged it off. I filled for custody and visitation, in December after many attempts at visitation and contact, they responded last month with a motion to terminate my maternal rights and adopt my daughters.

The couple have tried to come up with multiple excuses as to why the children cannot be around me ( their mother), their siblings and family members. All of which are atrocious lies. PLEASE HELP SAVE MY GIRLS!!!

I have talked to many attorney's who say they should not be able to do this, but with me using every penny I have to get everything together, I haven't the funds to entirely secure  the legal counsel I need to make sure my daughter's are not stolen from me, their brothers and their family. Thier attorney is aggressively trying to cut me out of the picture.

Unfortunately, they have the backing of their cult-belief for funding for their legal aid in stealing my daughters which seems limitless, hiring one of the top adoption attorney's in VA.

The couple who took in my daughter's have converted them ( aged 1.8, 6 and 9) to Jehovah Witness-ism, they believe everything that they were brought up to believe in and trust was wrong ( Birthday's, Holidays ect)and the couple have stated the children are too traumatized after visiting with their other siblings, grand parents, aunts, uncles and great grandparents to be able to have contact. The children now refuse Easter baskets, presents ect and claim they are evil and represent "pagan holiday's", they ask to be watched over in "fear of seeing their own family" by their caretakers.

This "Go Fund Me" was started after my 13-year-old son asked me to make copies of a picture he drew.  I didn't really look at the picture I just made copies and at the end of my visit, I read what he wrote which is the picture that says "he has mission to raise money to reunite his mom and his brothers and sisters" and he had been passing them out. My heart broke when I had to explain it was not his worry and "mommy will fix this." So in honor of my 13-year-old autistic son, I created this page.