by Franklin Massey 50 Replies latest jw friends

  • leavingwt

    Sounds very positive.

    Remember to keep your true feelings to yourself, when associating with JWs.

    They can't "handle the truth", if you know what I mean.

  • stuckinamovement

    Good for you! I too took a similar path and resigned a short time ago. I am trying to wrestle with the fade. It is tough as a born in because your entire social network is tied up in the religion. I have begun to miss more meetings and have stopped field service but am still reporting time I get reading the Bible story book to my kids.

    Best wishes. PM me if you want to talk.


  • Franklin Massey
    Franklin Massey

    I am treading very carefully when it comes to discussing my personal beliefs among the JWs. There are a select few people that I can speak to on a very select (read: small - and varying depending on each person's pet subjects) number of topics.

    That being said, the Org is full of people who see the hypocrisy/flip-flopping/inconsistency/silliness of at least a couple of JW teachings. I have heard so many people remark on how ridiculous the recent anti-Vampire campaign has been. Also, many feel that the Society is being too hardline on education and other secular pursuits that are personal matters. The passion with which the WT is attacking trivial/conscience matters has become a bit of a joke among the followers. Many long-time JWs are also letting up on the idea of a rapidly impending, "It's right around the corner - nay, WE'VE TURNED THE CORNER!!!" doom and gloom story that is Armageddon. I had a sister tell me on Sunday that the failed Harold Camping May 21st rapture debacle is reminiscent of some old JW failed Armageddon hype. But that old Catholic, whoops, JW guilt kicked in and she concluded by adding, "Of course, we wouldn't set an exact date..."

  • cantleave

    Well done - I hope they leave you alone to fade.

  • leavingwt
    That being said, the Org is full of people who see the hypocrisy/flip-flopping/inconsistency/silliness of at least a couple of JW teachings.

    Yes, there are many people who don't agree with everything.

    However, MOST of these people do not want to be treated as apostates. Yet, this is what will happen to them if they are known to associate or agree with apostates. They "love Jehovah" more than they love you.

    If cornered and pressured by leadership, they'll rat you out and never think twice about it.

  • flipper

    FRANKLIN- Congratulations on stepping down as an elder ! I'm sure you are living a much more relaxed , stress free life now ! Welcome to freedom of mind and thinking. It's great that you did a lot of research in exposing the WT society's teachings to yourself. And it's good you are being careful in what you discuss with Witnesses you know. I too was born and raised in the JW cult and I know how much courage it takes to fade away from this when you have many relatives still in the organization. You are definitely to be commended ! Hang in there and please realize you have a support group here in all of us. Take care

  • botchtowersociety

    I feel your pain, Massey. Lots of us do. It is a hard road, but once you realize the truth about the truth, it is the only one.

  • willyloman

    Congratulations on your smart decision to resign your position, an essential first step to a successful fade. It worked for me.

  • jamiebowers

    WOW! I think you're the second or third elder n the same number of days to post our resignation. Congrats!

  • Mickey mouse
    Mickey mouse

    Congratulations Franklin. Sounds like a step in the right direction.

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