Mill Hill Disfellowshippings

by BorgHater 310 Replies latest jw friends

  • yesidid

    Interesting that in the 1980 Brooklyn witch-hunts, the women--Cynthia Franz and Betty Dunlap were not zapped.

    Betty told me that Ed begged that Betty be spared.

    I suppose they could comply with that request because they knew that no self-respecting Witness would speak to the wife of a good-for-nothing apostate.


  • jookbeard

    is Mel Parkin still alive? and does he reside at The London Branch?

  • boyzone

    and what about Phil Harris and his wife Francesca? Are they still there? I think they were assigned to the London Northwood congregation.

  • yadda yadda 2
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    Fascinating. Hopefully this experience is indicative of trouble brewing at other Bethels and congregations worldwide. I think trouble is brewing on this issue for Headquarters, particularly with the number of memorial partakers increasing lately. It appears there is some kind of 'awakening' by many on the whole new covenant, mediator issue and I can only see it snowballing.

    Amazed that the wives did not get disfellowshipped too, particularly as they will no doubt be putting seeds of doubt in others minds.

  • dozy

    List of trustees of the main UK JW charities - fair to say that these represent the "big wigs" as far as the WTS in Britain is concerned.

    Ron Drage fell out with one of the Adams brothers in NY (long story - if you search the JWN history you can find it) so has always been regarded with distrust by the top brass in Brooklyn despite his faux American accent.

    Phil Harris is still in Northwood. A decent man who was given a degree of license by Brooklyn to initiate change , improve efficiency & reduce wastage at the Bethel but eventually gave up in sheer frustration.

  • Gayle

    When my dad was disfellowshipped for "apostasy," his wife (C.) wasn't officially disfellowshipped. Yet, her only sister as well did anyway. C. didn't push her thoughts or beliefs on to her sister, only that she stood by her husband. So, my dad's wife was informed by her sister she would not have anything to do with her, couldn't visit, very rarely talked on the phone and then only due to family business and maybe sometimes their health. Her JW sister died recently. The JW sister also had a son disfellowshipped many years ago and she totally shunned him also. What a miserable life to shun your own sister and son only due to them changing their belief!

  • AnnOMaly

    Interesting that in the 1980 Brooklyn witch-hunts, the women--Cynthia Franz and Betty Dunlap were not zapped.

    Neither was Carl Jonsson's wife.

  • Paulapollos

    Hi Sarah,

    thank you for your post asking me whether I think all Witnesses are selfish. Let me just say that, I hope I didn't offend you in any way. My opinion is just that, isn't it - an opinion. It should have as much credence put by it as Miracle Wheat!

    Having said that, in that derided opinion, I am going to go out on a limb, and say (please don't be offended, it's just my opinion) I personally beleive that the vast vast majority of JW are as selfish and materialistic as the people they condemn. I can't see how the words of Romans do not apply to them? Paul said that "there is no-one that searches for God" - and he was talking about the "believing" good jews and greeks, indeed, every single christian of his day. The impact of that isn't and wasn't lost on me at the time - there is no-one if you believe the Bible, that serves God perfectly out of altrusitic unselfish motives. Take me as an example. I believe in God, and the Bible, very strongly. But why? Yes, it might all be true (again, my opinion), but isn't also true that it gives me some strengthand stability, black and white guidance in a world where I see shifting moral values, inconsistency, hypocrisy. and modernism? Is it not equally true that believing in God, is for me, a security blanket? Let me just say, if that is the case, there is nothing wrong with that, and it does not mean that God is not real, or the Bible is not true - but one thing I learnt at Bethel, and as I read the Bible, was to stop putting a positive candyfloss spin on my own emotions and motivations - either the whole bible applies to me, including it's condemnation of my nature and my works (isaiah 43, whree it says all our good works are like a used sanitary towel), and motives thereof, or I can be a Witness and just apply the bits i wanted, especially to make myself feel better.

    When I look at the Watchtower, how many times is Paradise mentioned, compared to occurences in the Bible? Every issue, pictures of the utopia. Why? Someone on here rightly said that it is not wrong to want those things that God provided - and I agree, of course. But if that is the motivation, then I think it should not be hidden. Let's just be honest. People say, but I serve Jehovah now, and do all I do because I love him. Well, I am sure that there are some who do. But I have seen too many lectures by the GB at Bethel, and heard too many talks, and done too many shepherding visits, to believe it is true of the majority. I agree with Paul in Romans 3. I simply ask this

    If tmw, the GB said, we have got things wrong, and published a WT saying - there will be no paradise, all that there is, is this life, and what ou make of it - how many people would spend their time as a pioneer? If the WT published a WT saying, Jehovah wants us to pioneer and simply tell people about Armageddon, and that everyne will die - how many would do that? If they said - ecery single witness must live up to the moral standards, and must "be perfect" as Jesus said, how many would keep that up? How many would "slow down", if they were told that the utopia was a fantasy(Im not saying it is, im just theorising)? How many would go out preaching, if they didn't have to? How many would make the sacrifices and face the challenges they do, and be as strict as to thier life choices and higher education and meeting attendance and all the myraid rules and regulations of the modern talmud of the WT, and bible reading, and increased preaching activity, and obedience? Some would - but for how long? How long before their love cools off? How long before they are tied up in other concerns? I think Jesus words would be apt - "When the Son of Man arrives, will he really find the faith on the earth?" I don;t think he asked those words with a cheeky smile to himself.

    Please understand, I am not condemning anyone, or trying to be like some self-righteous pharisee, or anything. I am very very selfish, inherently. I happen to think we all are, when it comes to the crunch. And my personal belief is that Romans 3 applies to religious people, as Paul intended it to - we are serving God, but because of rewards, stability, security - and I think that applies to JW's too. I don't think they are exempt at all. I see no nobility of nature, no soaring aspiration to make everyone's lives better. I see an organisation that preaches selfishness - "We are going to paradise, God says we must preach, come to paradise with us, but you will only get there if you keep preaching". Hardly any mention of the facts that the Bible teaches about how "wicked and selfish" we all are. (Sorry if anyone doesn't beleive in the Bible, I'm just explaining my views from a Biblical view, that's all)

    I'm sure I'm wrong, that there are some people who love God, and serve him purely out of love for him. But I happen to think they are so few and far between, and are spoken of as the sons of the kingdom. Apart from that, I'm sorry to say that I really do believe that the vast majority of JW are as selfish and materialistic as everyone else.

    If the tone of this comes across as some ridiculous lecture, or harsh or anything, please forgive me - I said some time ago, I'm not a very good writer, and I'm just throwing my thoughts on paper - please don;t feel this is an attack on any position, any belief, and any person. It's just my opinion - and although I had so many Bible verses I wanted to put in, I'm not sure of this being the right place to do it - some people here are atheists and agnostics, and I don't want to ram my beliefs down their throats. Why should they have to put up with that? They have understandably had enough of God, the Bible and religion, and I don;t want to make them feel uncomfortable. If I have offended anyone at all, in any way, I am very sorry. I hope you will forgive a fool.


  • GromitSK

    Very well put.

  • Paulapollos

    Acolytes - you mentioned Rick Bell - I think you'#re right! He definitely has authority (ifI remember him rightly, he has glasses, very softly spoken, very polite)

    Billy - yes, I am a true-blue, dyed in the wool,ex-bethelite - I beleive in multiple recycling and nothing should be thrown away till it literally falls apart! However, I'm recovering, and I'm sure you will too!

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