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Shunning amidst a crisis

Regularly people can find instead of the usual sports fans or concert goers, the Jehovah’s Witnesses descending on regional arenas in Sunday best.

The agenda for this year’s series of conventions focus on some of the more controversial aspects of the faith that bring sharply into focus some darker period of our guestwriter’s life when she/he (on the photo we see a she) faced the harsh reality of wanting to leave the religion in which she was never baptised as this would have meant that instead of just fading away, she would now be ‘disfellowshipped’. But her not being part any more of that religious group may perhaps brought her to use some words which should not be part of the language of a Christian. Therefore we apologise for those words which some youngsters also use like they have no meaning at all, or which they use simply to ad more strength to what they want to bring over, though it weakens their saying and shows more their frutstration.

The hyperbole rebel who last year decided to stop watching TV, particularly the news as she/he felt it just injected her with sludgy negativity. Not only are the only things that are reported hate-filled acts of violence or tragedy, but as a socially savvy gal, it was so clear that there was another agenda being fueled just by the way things were reported or certain people were interviewed or the way some people or groups were discussed. {Welcome y’all}

She/he writes

I would like, through this blog, to remind people that just as you do not know who is under that cat suit, you don’t know who is under that burka or under that Paul’s Boutique bomber jacket. We all have stories. We all have a context and there are many things that unite us all including inner strength, love of family and friends, loyalty and the sheer joy of a sugary donut first thing in the morning. {Welcome y’all}

The person who knows that the antithesis to fear and disgust is exactly that love  {#Prayforenlightenment} when she sits with her coffee and thinks about her parents who will be at that moment sitting in the morning session of the Jehovah’s Witness Convention ‘Remain Loyal to Jehovah’, she looks at that group of which her entire extended family on both sides are in that religion, save for the few who have been ‘led astray’ over the years and she has watched cousins who were baptised shunned by their own parents; an act of cruelty and emotional trauma that has no let-up – not even in times of great celebration, such as family weddings, or great sadness, like terminal illness and death, both of which she has witnessed.

She says she knows from her new found ex-JW friends that the title belies messages about shunning and she wonders what will go through their heads as they watch the videos and listen to the talks about what a worthy thing that is.

What a demonstration of your faith; to cause yourself the pain of separation. To voluntarily cut off your own loved ones. What martyrdom. Job-like. {Why Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t get punk rock}

It was with a grimy horror that she learned about the topic of this year’s Regional Conventions, being held across the UK, which open with the importance of shunning non-believing family members as a means of ‘Staying Loyal to Jehovah’.

The act of shunning, which is to completely disconnect and reject all association, is upheld as a virtue.

She writes

My tragic observation and experience of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is that they close down this emotional listening and only channel into the Watchtower frequency. All explanation for why they feel pain is excused and placated by the meetings, the Watchtower, the assemblies and each other through their exclusivity. Otherwise, what possible explanation could there be for a reasonable person to voluntarily cut off contact with their own child? The pain has to go somewhere, and when stuck in a high control religion which discourages freedom of thought and experiential learning, the pain returns in a loop as misguided zeal. ‘Suffering for love’ the insightful Jamie Catto calls it. It’s present in the very make-up of Christianity; if you suffer, you are just like the Christ! Go you! {Why Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t get punk rock}

For non-Jehovah’s Witnesses that shunning looks incredibly contradictory to the teachings they always get to hear at the door. It might be interesting to hear how those faithful to the organisation consider their attitude worthy of a Christian and how they are brought to accept such an attitude of excluding others, even own family of having contact or conversation.

Day 1 of the convention

video showing a young Jehovah’s Witness, ‘Sonja’, questioning her faith 1 (one of her inalienable human rights) +  she starting a sexual relationship with a non-Jehovah’s Witness.

all sex outside of marriage considered a grave sin = act results in her disfellowshipping from the congregation and shunning by all members, including her own parents > complete rejection lasts for 15 years

As an ex-Jehovah’s Witness herself, the writer can vouch for the pernicious and damaging effect shunning has on families.

shunning = emotional blackmail => psychologically damaging

shunned person = indoctrinated with idea = their choice to take path of sin + reap consequences of withdrawal of love + affection from those closest to them

Watchtower HQ showing Jehovah’s Witnesses holed up in an underground bunker whilst the ‘Great Tribulation’ (the pre-curser to Armageddon) rumbles away outside

When the Jehovah’s Witnesses descend in droves to gather at stadiums around the country, local press are typically supportive of the influx of well-mannered families who bring income to the local economy and clean up meticulously after themselves, but this is unhelpful surface observation of a religion with something altogether more sinister worth talking about.

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Preceding articles:

A Society pleading poverty

Male domination and tyranny giving opportunities to defile the Name of God

Belonging to or being judged by

Why do Jehovah’s Witnesses preach?

Oklahoma City Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses

Random Observations From My Most Recent JW Convention Experience

You Are The Truth

Jehovah’s Witnesses Circuit Assembly and a Pillar to freedom

Jesus’ footstep followers, irrespective of sectarian lines

Authority from the One God to one mediator between God and men

The Picture of the Governing Body

The Truth About the Watchtower Judicial Committee Process, as Told By a Former Elder

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The Hyperbole Rebel

Jehovah’s Witnesses promote shunning of family members amidst child abuse crisis

If you happen to have been anywhere near any big stadia this summer, you may have noticed that instead of the usual sports fans or concert goers, the Jehovah’s Witnesses descending on regional arenas in Sunday best. You may not know much about the cloistered religion, but they hold to a brand of faith that contains ideas that may surprise you – in the same way stubbing your toe on a doorframe first thing in the morning might surprise you – and the agenda for this year’s series of conventions focus on some of the more controversial aspects of the faith that bring sharply into focus some darker period of my life when I faced the harsh reality of wanting to leave the religion.

It was with a grimy horror that I learned about the topic of this year’s…

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Random Observations From My Most Recent JW Convention Experience

It is lovely when a person feels he or she has guidance to know when to listen, when to speak and how to speak. For a non Jehovah’s Witness or some one not used to find huge groups of believers together it might be a special occasion. What seemed to have something very special did not turn up to be lively and enjoyable.

To find yourself directing conversations, giving you words to say (or telling when to shut up), and protecting your conversations from the bullies must be a great feeling in the end and perhaps making it an experience to do again (?).

We are not sure what the “ “going undercover” among the Jehovah’s Witnesses” intentions are and why they think the JW’s are missing something (what?) out on.

The writer calls himself a am a born-again, evangelical Christian, seeking to influence Jehovah’s Witnesses

away from their dependency on the Watchtower Society, and toward a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

Normally we would expect the JW also to have a real relationship with God and Jesus. Though we are also afraid that many of them their relationship may be troubled because not originated in the right soil, having no “Freedom from fear, guilt, and shame”.

Normally from any serious bible student, whatever which denomination, you would expect that they pray for and receive Holy Spirit guidance and power.

About the (sometimes horrible) music (created for female voice not counting in man’s voice) it is true that as flawed as other’s their church’s services may be, they are probably light-years away and better than any JW meeting, where for us often joy seems to be missing.

Like ” “going undercover” among the Jehovah’s Witnesses” writes “Perhaps attendance at a JW meeting should be mandatory for every Christian believer, just to give them a new appreciation for their own church experiences.”

Congreso Nacional Juvenil3.jpgBut Christians do have to be very careful not to want more entertainment than Bible reading and modesty of contemplative service.
In certain churches of Christendom we do see too much of the heavy music and dancing, chanting to a godman and not keeping to Biblical truth but including lots of pagan actions and ideas. (Like by the Pentecostals.)

For those looking for God such a JW meeting at the other hand may be a good occasion to ‘sniff’ their ways of thinking and handling, without being too much in the focus, able to hide in the masses.

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Preceding article

Jehovah’s Witnesses Circuit Assembly and a Pillar to freedom

Jesus’ footstep followers, irrespective of sectarian lines

Authority from the One God to one mediator between God and men

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undercoverjw

The month of July saw a number of weekends at the Cow Palace (San Francisco) dedicated to the annual Jehovah’s Witness convention. These are 3-day conferences repeated identically, so as to accommodate a number of “circuits” or regions of JW congregations. My friend Mark and I attended this last Saturday only (not all three days). Here are some of my experiences and observations.IMG_1388

  1. The Watchtower Society is investing in some high-tech tools. There are now 2 large screens flanking the stage, rather than one as in the past. Several professionally produced videos were used to illustrate practical applications of the teachings, in contrast to the live dramas of the past. And one longer, rather well-produced video depicted a modern version of Job’s trials. (I was actually impressed with it–there was really not much to criticize.) The video was the newest “release” announced at the end of the day, another high-tech…

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Oklahoma City Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses

In the United States of America the Jehovah’s Witness religion was recently in the news when Prince, the superstar musician, died. Not only was he a follower of the denomination; so was the late Michael Jackson. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s mother, Ida, was also a believer.

According to the Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study currently, Jehovah’s Witnesses make up just less than 1 percent of U.S. adults. According to that research ninety-four percent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses believe the Bible is the word of God. They are religiously committed, according to the study. About 90 percent surveyed say religion is very important in their lives, and they believe in God with absolute certainty.

As serious Bible-students they know the orders given in that Book of books and really make work of the task given by the master teacher of what was to become Christianity.

The East Hutchinson congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses is going from door to door now not to get more voters to one or the other national party but to ask people to come to the Regional Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Oklahoma City, which takes place from August 26 through 28, in Oklahoma City.

The convention will bring together 43 congregations in Kansas and Oklahoma to the Jim Norick Arena, State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd., in Oklahoma City. The program begins at 9:20 a.m. each day and ends at 4:50 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday. All sessions are open to the public. Admission is free and no collection will be taken.

The goal of the door-to-door campaign is to place a personal invitation at every home. Members ranging from an 8-year-old to a 90-year-old will team up to reach out to the public. Generally, people are polite and respectful, Forton said, regardless of their views. Plus, they might knock at a door at just the right moment.

“We feel if one person comes to Oklahoma City it will be worth it,”

said Ed Forton who grew up in the faith and married a woman who is also a member of the congregation.

The theme of the convention is “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” and will feature talks, videos and real-life experiences of how Christians can maintain their loyalty to God.

 

Jehovah's Witnesses plan to share at every Hutch door

Local Jehovah’s Witness Elders Jeremy Hedge and Ed Forton, elders of the East Hutchinson congregation

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On April 21 brother Nelson, in the world better known as Prince was lost

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Additional reading

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  2. Lawrence Wright’s 2013 bestseller made in documentary ‘Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief’
  3. Finding dachas to live in peace
  4. Not many coming out with their community name
  5. Soviet Witnesses
  6. To remove the whitewash of the Jehovah Witnesses as being the only true Bible Students and Bible Researchers

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