In 2000, my boss, a police lieutenant, was nearing retirement and had very little work to do.
Every afternoon, he used to come out of his office and station himself near my workstation for a chat. There was something about me that seemed to fascinate him. I think it was my being a JW; he used to ask probing questions about my belief.
One day our conversation centered on sin and judgment. I smugly quoted the WT's view that death cancels out a person's sins. The good lieutenant looked puzzled and asked me "Do you mean that no matter what awful things a person may do, death cancels it all?"
It hit me like a ton of bricks! The WT's teaching did not make sense. I did a careful reading of Romans 6, compared notes from several commentaries, and came to the conclusion that the Apostle Paul was referring to being dead to the power of sin! Next, I researched Hebrews 9:27 and found out that after we die and are resurrected, we face a judgment for what we did in our prior lives.
Hebrews 9:27 Just as man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment. NIV
Hebrews 9:27 Everyone has to die once, then face the consequences. MSG
Romans 6:6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with that we should no longer be slaves to sin— 7 because anyone who has died has been freed from sin. NIV
I knew something about that particular teaching had bothered me all along, but I ignored my misgivings.
It took just one question from one curious person that set me on the road to freedom from WT.
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