2017, September 18 – September 24, Our Christian Life and Ministry

…the shunning, resulting in a polarization of views. Those subject to the practice respond differently, usually depending both on the circumstances of the event, and the nature of the practices being applied. Extreme forms of shunning have damaged some individuals’ psychological and relational health. A key detrimental effect of some of the practices associated with shunning relate to their effect on relationships, especially family relationships. At its extremes, the practices may destroy marriages, break up families, and separate children and their parents. The effect of shunning can be very dramatic or even devastating on the shunned, as it can damage…

See the Difference in People

…because he or she stopped attending meetings be considered a loving act? Does the teenager become worse than one’s enemies, worthy of less love? Can shunning a victim of child sexual abuse be considered loving and Christ-like because they can no longer bear to see their abuser face-to-face at every meeting? Can shunning of a recently bereaved mother by her own son and daughter-in-law simply because she no longer attends meetings be Christian? Since when did non-attendance at meetings make a person worse than an enemy? What is especially sad about these practices within the Organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses is…

Parents, Are You Helping Your Child Progress to Baptism?

…Matt 23:15 Byington 15Woe to you, hypocrite scribes and Pharisees, because you go the rounds of the sea and the land to make one proselyte, and when you get him you make him more of a candidate for hell twice over than you are yourselves. Jesus is saying it’s not ok to Make disciples by hook or by crook. There’s the difference! Joseph Anton And yet tomorrow if every practicing Jehovah’s Witness stopped shunning family members and friends, (as the website claims is the standard) and started inviting them to join them at meals, the institution of shunning would vanish…

Let God’s Laws and Principles Train Your Conscience

…“We will never change our scriptural position on that subject” referring to the requirement for two witnesses. (See article Theocratic Warfare or Just Plain Lying?) “Jesus warned his followers: “The hour is coming when everyone who kills you will think he has offered a sacred service to God.” (John 16:2)”. (Par.3) “Shunning is what we do”, so said a Circuit Overseer to a body of elders recently.[i] Is shunning a loving provision of Jehovah or a threat from man-made organizations to make their followers adhere to the party line? Notice what this article states about the effects of shunning: “Targets…

Geoffrey Jackson Speaks before the Royal Commission on Child Abuse

…desperately needed. This is the JW equivalent of Sophie’s Choice. Brother Jackson defends the disassociation policy as scriptural. That is a lie which dishonors the God he claims to worship. The word does not appear in the Bible nor is the policy anywhere to be found. Shunning for gross sin is one thing, but shunning because someone walks away is quite another. A person who officially resigns from the Organization is in fact, shunning it. We cannot have that. We cannot be shunned. We do the shunning. Nobody shuns us. We’ll show them! So, if a person dares to shun…