This experience provides evidence regarding the reality of that claim. Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to make close friends outside their religion so in leaving they lose all of their friends including family members who are Jehovah's Witnesses, no Jehovah's Witness will even speak a word to them. Trying to avoid knocking on those doors can also be quite a chore and often requires some ingenuity and a dulled conscience. I work exclusively online through live audio calls with clients across four continents. It also offers support to victims of mind control and emotional abuse.
Remember the times with your family? I am here for you… your happiness starts with that tiny step. Disassociation letters are full of valuable information about what is wrong with the Watchtower Society, and show the heartfelt desire of the person to do what they know is right. I have walked past Jehovah's Witnesses that were close friends for years before I left and they even refused to make eye contact. The intimate questions the elders asked Sundawn at her judicial committee are attested to by many people I know, and are highly traumatic for a teenage girl confronted by three older men. This is the transcript from a judicial appeal committee. After years of being told that all religions except for Jehovah's Witnesses are from Satan, it is almost impossible to make oneself walk into a church.
An article quoting biographies that outline Michael's experiences being raised as a Jehovah's Witness and the time during which he disassociated. They equated all of my feeling, all of my desires to simply me being controlled by Satan and wanting to have sex with a man. It can be helpful to hear the trials and experiences of those who have gone through the issues you may be facing. He provides special insight into the inner workings of the Organization, the struggle Jehovah's Witnesses go through with never feeling good enough, and his journey as a gay Jehovah's Witness. That means I will show you to really know yourself. You will save time, money and lots of sadness. It includes an overview of my life as a Witness, my judicial committee meetings, the letter I wrote requesting my baptism be annulled and how I obtained my personal files from bethel.
The practice of disfellowshipping has been criticized by many non-members and ex-members. Howie was an elder and Bethelite who served as carer to Governing Body member Karl Klein. The guilt of a mother for shunning her own children. Here are experiences from Gilead Graduates. Guilt and Fear can stay with a former Witness for life. Women can be disfellowshipped for divorcing their abusive husbands. This includes Governing Body members such as Ray Franz, Bethelites and Circuit Overseers.
The reaction of his family is very normal for those within the religion, and shows how Jehovah's Witnesses become devoid of natural affection and thinking ability. A very well written letter describing the double standard of the Watchtower Society and its political involvements. Her conscience no longer allowed her to be associated with the Watchtower Society, due to the Governing Body's resistance to changing Watchtower policy that protects pedophiles. A variety of controls can be enforced, from reproof and restriction of congregational duties to excommunication, known as disfellowshipping, which includes shunning by the congregation. I put this list together to help my friend look at things from a different perspective. Since homosexuals usually come to that recognition as young teenagers, their youthfulness makes them especially sensitive to being described by the Watchtower as disgusting perverts that need to control their Satanic urges. The similar treatment suffered by so many people, including myself and close friends, shows the behaviour of Jehovah's Witnesses is prescribed by the leaders.
Mann are direct quotes from Watchtower literature followed by the reference for the quote. The experience wonderfully describes the process of leaving, and also the hope for an improved life afterwards. I have been there too. Leaving a high control religion is an extremely difficult experience, due to the control technique of shunning, and the fear and guilt of a life time of indoctrination. It baffled me, and then the more I thought about it, the more it enraged me. What will help us to strengthen our conviction that the end is near? It is important on leaving to spend time researching the history and doctrine to prove to yourself that Jehovah is not using the Watchtower Society and is not going to destroy you at Armageddon.
For a overview on Watchtower policy on pedophiles and the damage this has caused, see. The result on a developing teenager is invariably depression and contemplation of suicide. You may lose all of your friends. Some are disfellowshipped and some just drift away. When you were in the Jehovah Witness cult you were taught never to seek outside help. We turned to Lisa for her support and now we have the strategies to cope whenever the loss of her in our lives feels too much. .
Your 'Inner Team' are inside you right now and you are unconsciously acting out that drama rather than the life you want to be living. He now runs this interesting and well-presented blog. The thoughts of a 17 year old coming to the realisation the power of indoctrination does not make it truth. I was raised as a Jehovah Witness. You were programmed to trust no-one but the organisation. People change religions every day, Catholics become Baptist, Baptist become Catholics etc. They even go so far as to ignore common rules of grammar and punctuation.
This experience highlights the injustice of disfellowshipping, and how it forces people that do not believe in the Watchtower Society to get reinstated for the sake of family. I was not prepared for that at all. Do you remember growing up? I was in my second year of Bible College and had only been a Christian for a little longer than two years. A number of short experiences showing shunning in action are collated in an article at is remarkable in its ability to outline what is wrong with shunning, and how unfair it can be for those raised as a Jehovah's Witness. No question is off limits and you are free to share your experiences in complete confidentiality. NanaR relates an experience regarding blood transfusions and the changes in doctrine over the decades.