Looks like I'm another better-luck-next-time for the JWs. Got to chapter 15 in the Bible Teach book and finally worked up the guts to end my study and tell them goodbye...
I can't believe I got so close to actually being baptized. Especially since I've been reading the posts on JW forum and they all seem to be saying the same thing...
How did I end it? I used a three-step argument wherein I referred to Beth Sarim and Deuteronomy 18:20-22, the third step being the conclusion.
1. the Watchtower, under Rutherford, built Beth Sarim b/c Rutherford wrote in "Millions Now Living Will Never Die" on pgs. 89-80 "Therefore we may confidently expect that 1925 will mark the return of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the faithful prophets of old, particularly those named by the Apostle in Hebrews chapter eleven, to the condition of human perfection"* If that isn't a prophesy, I don't know what is.
2. Deuteronomy 18:20-22 deals specifically with false prophets and how to deal with them. This is how it is worded in the New World Translation: 20 “‘However, the prophet who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded him to speak or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. 21 And in case you should say in your heart: “How shall we know the word that Jehovah has not spoken?” 22 when the prophet speaks in the name of Jehovah and the word does not occur or come true, that is the word that Jehovah did not speak. With presumptuousness the prophet spoke it. You must not get frightened at him.’ **
3. Now then. We have two problems. i) Anyone seen Abraham lately? How about Isaac? ii) Rutherford prophesied, and the WTBTS must have agreed with him b/c they devoted funds to building Beth Sarim. Even if one denies the "Millions..." passages, it's pretty hard to deny a house.
4. Deuteronomy is pretty clear. False prophets must die. I'll settle with keeping myself clear of them.
My study leader didn't really have a lot to say to all this. I probably did more work than I really needed to, but whatev. Since the JWs insist on using all their own materials for justifying their claims during studies, it was fun to use all JW materials to get myself out of there.
Just thought I'd share my experience with the rest of you, esp for those who are sitting on the fence or who may still be in bible studies themselves; READ GOD'S WORD THE BIBLE EVERYDAY ON YOUR OWN!! IF YOU DO, YOU'LL SEE THE REAL TRUTH! AND THEY DON'T HAVE IT!