|Contributed by Christian Sparlock Freedom|
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.