They just don't think enough about how Watchtower leaders demand total obedience or else members are shunned.
OnTheWayOut you quoted from my post and then posted the above. I had a close family member disfellowshipped and I met with the elders at various levels regarding it. There was discussion with elders as to how the disfellowshipped one was treated by the elders the person had become depressed and there was concern for their health. I spoke, within the last year, to a Jehovah's Witness who in the past had been disfellowshipped and how they were treated and the effect it had upon them. I knew the person well and at the time although a witness myself I would always say hello if I saw them. So I have thought quite a lot about it.
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Why do some go back? There are some, like the one I quote above, who must feel that the Watchtower and it's leaders are the closest thing to "the truth" and just need some adjustments. They just don't consider enough how the Watchtower has NEVER EVER EVER been correct about any of their doctrine that are unique to them. NEVER!!!!!!!
I left the Witnesses many years ago probably before you were an elder. I have considered what the Watchtower has said and taught over the years. I still have all of the publications that I had when I left and I often read them along with older publications that are found on the internet. No I don't feel that they are the closest thing to 'the truth' I have two theologians in my family and one of my children has a science degree and we have discussions.
When I left the Witnesses I invited the elders to come and see me, they seemed reluctant and took 6 months to do it. They have never spoken to my wife although she was a Witness for many years and raised in the truth. I asked them if they wanted to disfellowship me, in full knowledge of what the disfellowshipping would mean as we had already had a family member disfellowshipped as I stated, they declined.
At the time of the disfellowshipping of the family member who I mentioned and the problems that it caused I was asked by a friend, a Witness, if it would make me leave 'the truth'. I laughed. No, no way! The truth to me was centred on the Good News that we preached, the establishment of the Messianic Kingdom in 1914 and as it was the Good News I believed then, that could not be changed or called into question. Everything else, shunning, no blood, what elders did or didn't do made no difference. The anointed, I thought, were identified by their prophesying regarding the " ' magnificent things of God' about God's Kingdom since A.D. 1914, when the Gentile Times ("the appointed times of the nations") ended " ( WT 1960 page 594) They had the holy spirit I believed and so I was loyal. When the Good News that we preached, for me, became questionable I stopped. However as I have stated I could not foresee this occurring in anyway, due to my faith ('the assured expectation of things hoped for...' )in the Good News that I shared in preaching. Having had it occur. I find that I could not say with confidence that I would never be a Witness again in the future.