I went to the Touchstone site and filled out their registration form. I thought if they were really open to discussions it might be interesting. I do not have the registration post but the following is the correspondence that followed after I registered.
Email from Wrench:
Since none of us at Touchstone know anything about you would you please tell us why you wish to join. Have you read the board agenda announcment and are you in agreement with it?
I notice the name BORGFREE. Since many of our opposers like to refer to us as the BORG, I was wondering if you are a former JW. Are you? If so, are you now in opposition to us? Are you what we would consider to be in an apostate condition? I mean no offense by these questions but it is something we would like to know.
My email reply:
I was born into a family of JWs. My father was a "Company Servant" when I was born. I believed The teachings of the Watchtower Society until I was 54 years old. I no longer believe their teachings at all.
The name Borgfree is indeed referring to being free of the "Borg" or Brooklyn Organization. I have read your board rules and do agree to comply with them.
I would be considered an apostate by JWs, however I am a strong believer in my Lord and my God, in fact I am a stronger believer than I ever was as one of Jehovah's Witnesses.
You do not offend me by your questions, I am fully aware of the teachings of the WT and do not fully blame the average JW for believing what has been instilled into them.
I have joined several forums and post once in a while when a topic interests me. My reason for attempting to join this forum is the same. I do not wish to be a disruption on your board since it is your forum, I would think however that your members could discuss and debate bible subjects, isn't that what your forum is for?
Whether you wish to accept my membership or not is of course up to you, I will continue to live (God willing) either way. Thank you for your consideration.
Roy A. Lathrop Sr.
Email from Wrench:
We will not be able to approve your membership as it is the board policy to not have those that would be considered apostate on our forum. This is nothing personal to you. We feel that are hands are tied in this area due to what is stated at 2 John 9-11. We feel it would be against our understanding of scripture to engage in scriptural debate with one who would fit this description. However, if you can convince me that this does not apply to you then we can consider your application, that is, if you still desire to. If not, then I wish you the best for the future.
My email reply:
Well, obviously Wrench, the scripture does not apply to me. I fully accept all of the teachings of the Christ. I would say that you and JWs do not, however. The Christ, Jesus, did not refuse to discuss scripture with anyone.
The Christ did not teach or even elude to many of the teachings of the JWs, such as 1914, great crowd being on earth, treating your father and/or mother with contempt because they do not follow the dictates of some organization.
In fact he had a few things to say about children who do not honor their parents and children who were more concerned with giving to the temple rather than to their parents.
You can judge for yourself who is pushing ahead of the Christ, even putting an organization in the place of the Christ e.g.. "you must come to Jehovah's organization for salvation" The bible clearly says "there is salvation in no one else" referring to Jesus the Christ.
I am very happy to be a born again Christian after 54 years of giving my loyalty to an organization. I have a personal relationship with the Christ.
I do not post a lot, and really couldn't care less if your forum accepts me or not. I registered with the intent of communicating with your members if your members truly had an open mind and were not enslaved by the commands of an organization. I see they are not, and that is your choice. I respect your right to do so.
I wish you well, not in your efforts to prop up an organization, but that you may truly learn the truth. John 14:6
Borgfree - Roy A. Lathrop Sr.
"Without knowledge there can be no genuine faith--only superstition on the one hand or speculation on the other" Robert Banks