Shunning Family Members is Unloving and Unscriptural Bullscheiße!

by TimothyT 4 Replies latest watchtower bible

  • TimothyT

    How much the organisation loves to quote from the letters to Timothy! However, how often do you see the following scripture being used to encourage ones to provide for a disfellowshipped family member?

    Certainly if anyone does not provide for those who are his own, and especially for those who are members of his household, he has disowned the faith and is worse than a person without faith. ( 1 Timothy 5:8)

    The context is talking about older widows, but the scripture makes it plain that it refers to all 'who are his own'! I have seen it many times when a disfellowshipped brother or sister is kicked out of their home and are forced to live a life away from the loving support of their parents. Not only is physical support taken away, but often emotional support is also deprived. Arguably, I believe this is even worse. Depriving a family member of love and emotional support, especially in times of trauma, because the organisation tells them to shun them, is NOT providing for the needs of ones family and can lead to sad consequences or at least bitterness. Note that those 'who are his own' do not nescessarily need to be within his household. Does this scripture enforce the harsh unloving shunning policy? Absolutely not! In fact, it says that anyone who 'does not provide' for the needs of his family is 'worse than a person without faith'. Food for thought!

    Of course, the average JW wont even consider this scripture properly to their own peril. Shame on those who actively encourage this kind of behaviour! It does not constitute Christianity and im sure that God disapproves.

    Timmy xxx

  • Quarterback

    Actually the Society has provided very little detail, but it still is there in their publications about assisting family members.

    In the Elders manual, if the father holds a position...he'll lose it.

  • RayPublisher

    Good point Timothy- The scrip is always applied to $$$$$ but what about providing the "more important things" like love and support?

    I have told my children many times that no matter what they ever say or do I will ALWAYS LOVE THEM and be there for them...that will never change no matter what, even if I disagree with their choices. That is unconditional love- the WT doesn't know what that is sadly.

  • cedars

    TimothyT - you're right, and the Society are about to reinforce this blatantly unmerciful teaching with another ridiculous Watchtower next week in which disfellowshipped teenagers are likened to Nadab and Abihu (Aaron's sons who offered up illegitimate fire)... please see my post on this.

    Another scripture you can use is as follows (directed at the Governing Body):

    (Matthew 9:13) . . .Go, then, and learn what this means, ‘I want mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners. . .

  • dogon

    shunning is all about control and nothing to do with love for another. If you buy into that tough love then your lost in the first place. The cult just wants to keep control of its member and keep them drinking the kool aid without question.

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