Watchtower shunning of disfellowshipped children -- an email campaign tool

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  • FatFreek 2005
    FatFreek 2005

    Hi all,

    Sometimes a picture tells it all -- how very cruel corporate policy can be. As always, right click on image for a menu of choices. Len.

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  • ABibleStudent

    Could parents be prosecuted for shunning their children under the age of 18? Have JW parents shunned children under the age of 18?

    Peace be with you and everyone, who you love,


  • NewChapter

    If they are minors, they generally don't shun them. And even if they did, nothing in the literature pushes them to do so. In this case, the borg can truly say they are acting on their own.

    The advice given regarding df'd minors is that the parents will be focused on getting them reinstated. Since they are the head of the children, they can still discuss spiritual things with them with the goal of reinstatement. However, I'm sure the kids don't get to take part in social things anymore---even if the rest of the family does.


  • clarity

    Hi FF,

    Whoops, now I know my eyes are getting bad when I think a soccer ball is the moon! lol (changes glasses! )

    Wow, youngest baptism age 6 ... youngest df age 12!

    Scary, criminal & so stupid! You would think charges could be laid for sure.

    This is a Canadian link ...... scroll to the bottom part to see 'shunning'.

    Have a nice week-end FF ...


  • zengalileo

    When I was at Bethel, at a circuit assmebly the circuit overseer announced to the audience that a 4 year old girl was baptised at that assembly. It was around 1994 or so. I can't remember the CO but he was black and always said "aks," instead of ask. It was at the assembly hall in , can't remember the city, but i think it's, oh just remembered, the Monroe assembly Hall in Westchester county, or Rockland county. Anyway, you can update your thing if you can take my word for it.

  • FatFreek 2005
    FatFreek 2005

    From a recent Watchtower, July of this year, the following makes clear their position. Note that, apparently, members had been using the "necessary family business" excuse in order to associate with disfellowshipped family members who live outside the home. The photo (reduced in size for ease of bandwidth) accompanies the text of the article.

    13 The parents are devastated! On

    the subject of disfellowshipping,

    they know, of course, that the Bible

    says "to quit mixing in company with anyone

    called a brother that is a fornicator or a

    greedy person or an idolater or a reviler or a

    drunkard or an extortioner, not even eating

    with such a man." (1 Cor. 5:11,13) They also

    realize that the word "anyone" in this verse

    includes family members not living under

    their roof. But they love their son so much!

    Strong emotions might cause them to reason:

    ‘How can we help our boy return to Jehovah

    if we severely limit our association

    with him? Would we not accomplish more

    by maintaining regular contact with him?’

    14 Our hearts go out to those parents. After

    all, their son had a choice, and he chose to

    pursue his unchristian lifestyle rather than

    to continue to enjoy close association with

    his parents and other fellow believers. The

    parents, on the other hand, had no say in

    the matter. No wonder they feel helpless!

    15 But what will those dear parents do?

    Will they obey Jehovah’s clear direction? Or

    will they rationalize that they can have regular

    association with their disfellowshipped

    son and call it "necessary family business"?

    In making their decision, they must not fail

    to consider how Jehovah feels about what

    they are doing. His purpose is to keep the or-

    ganization clean and, if possible, to incite

    wrongdoers to come to their senses. ...

    The Watchtower, July 15, 2011

    Hi Zengalileo,

    Thanks for that remarkable experience you heard and I believe you. For the sake of my illustration, however, I will stick with one that readers can look up on their WT Libray CD where this is but one of two six year olds that were baptized at such an early age. It's interesting that these instances were related in yearbooks of the 90's but actually recalled from decades earlier. An obvious Watchtower attempt to encourage early baptism.


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