Wow! Go get 'em serenitynow!
Not Raising My Hand at Tomorrow's WT Study.
I thought you are "out"
in fact I presumed all (in this forum) are ..."ex".
I'm an ex because mentally I have severed the relationship. In reality, as far as JWs know I have just been inactive for about the past 8 years. I feel like I've been living a double life w/my family members who don't know my feelings & keep witnessing to me hoping I will "come back." This week's lesson is so revolting I just must comment on it. I can no longer be silent. I don't intend to do anything crazy, but nowadays quoting a scripture not in the paragraph is considered crazy so who knows?
Wantingtruth many are still in because of the shunning issue, family etc. Many here hold positions including being Elders as well as former Bethelites.
He was a mediterranean man mediterranean man and everyone at the hall knew him
but deep down inside there was an uneasy feeling for that mediterranean man mediterranean man
One sunday as the hall was filled with conversation the doors suddenly opened in walked the mediterranean man mediterranean man
for a moment time stood still and all the faces locked onto the mediterranean man mediterranean man
moving slowly towards his seat his mediterranean eyes stared intensely at all who dared to look as he passed them by but especially the conductor who felt as though his insides were crashing to the floor.
power seemed to emanate from the mediterranean man mediterranean man
The music played the people sang praises to a capricious god and then it began.
As the conductor nervously asked each question everyone wondered when the moment would come the moment when the mediterranean man's arm would rise and give his silver tongued response
The conductor looked helplessly around the room but all were frozen in he moment and the only hand in the air was
the mediterranean man mediterranean man
Unable to resist the force the conductor caved in and as the mediterranean man began to elucidate the true meaning of the question the audience sat transfixed.
afterwards as he exited the hall and sped off in the parking lot someone asked
who was that man anyway? I don't know but I'd like to thank him
and then someone said It was the mediterrranean man mediterranean man
Thank you, dear friends, for your wonderful comments. I hope later to reply to each of you. I'm preparing now for the meeting ...
Nancy, you never cease to amaze. ! You are, indeed, prescient.... BTW: There were times when I was the only one with raised hand and Brother Unfriendly would not call on me.
CoCo de la Mediterranee'
So how was it? Are you spiritually refreshed?
I am anxious for our friend CoCo's report and how the congregation responded to the Watchtower study. I know that he will be in agony listening to a study that is filled with contempt for the truth and hatred for others. But his motives are good as he wishes to preserve peace in his family. His actions make me think of what Don Cameron wrote in his book Captives of a Concept, that there is no honorable way to leave the WTS. This cult is not content with keeping a stranglehold on its members. It must reach beyond and wreak havoc with those members' friends and relatives who no longer wish to have anything to do with it.
A religion like this does not deserve any respect and/or support. I feel for those of our family and friends who are still trapped inside. They remind me of those traveling through a hot and thirsty desert who espy water far off not realizing that it is a mirage. Having traveled through such wastes and seen such sights I know how alluring they can be. CoCo knows this too, and I hope the day comes when he'll no longer be under the constraints and obligations he now has and can go free. I wish the same for all who are under those circumstances.
My Dear Friends:
Thank you, Quendi, Serenitynow!, NVR2L8, Mad Sweeney, Band on the Run, Wantingthetruth, Giordano and Glander for your comments. We have freeness of speech to talk amongst ourselves here on JWN. Sadly, we who are no longer under the auspices of Jehovah's loving arrangement, are flawed individuals who sometimes fight with one another, employ disgraceful language and lead immoral lives.
I attended today's meeting for reasons you already know; some of you, likewise, were at your respective Halls. Given the happiness and joy you most likely observed today among Jehovah's happy people, you had to have felt disenfranchised and lonely, given that you, like me, have withdrawn from the central and safe confines of the ark of protection. We are a proud and deceptive lot, our aim being to overturn the apparently tenuous faith of people we've known and loved for years. Once we entice and draw them out with our cunning words, we give them nothing in return. We apostates are in a spiritual wasteland and face imminent destruction at Jehovah's hand. Truly, we are mentally diseased. The pure, spiritual waters God's people imbibe give them a keenness of mind that elevates them to a level of superiority and spiritual awareness that shows you and me up for who we really are.
I realize now that I am not worthy of those dear people whose cherished company I shared in briefly this morning. It is very clear that we who attend, but quietly bring in our works of deception, are infiltrators with no good motive. Additionally, my being here now is an act of disloyalty to Jehovah's organization.
I really wish I were free to reveal who led today's study ...