Eden: It's not the Governing Body that defines me as a Jehovah's Witness
True, but they do define what a Jehovah's Witness is or is not. They own the trademark, literally.
If you disagree with them you are an apostate, particularly if you make known contrary teachings.
Understand that I have no problem with you being an apostate from the religion officially known as "Jehovah's Witnesses." We're all apostates here. Jesus was an apostate from the religion of his birth.
But you seem to be under the illusion that you can identify yourself a "Jehovah's Witness" yet disagree with the leadership of the religion. This is not possible. Notice this from the elders' manual, Shepherd the Flock of God, pp. 65-66:
Apostasy: Apostasy is a standing away true worship, a falling away, defection, rebellion, abandonment. It includes the following:
- Deliberately spreading teachings contrary to Bible truth as taught by Jehovah's Witnesses: (Acts 21:21, ftn.; 2 John 71 9, 10) Any with sincere doubts should be helped. Firm, loving counsel should be given. (2 Tim. 2: 16-19, 23-26; Jude 22, 23) If one obstinately is speaking about or deliberately spreading false teachings, this may be or may lead to apostasy.
The fact that you have a website that has " teachings contrary to Bible truth as taught by Jehovah's Witnesses" means you are an apostate. By promoting that website here you are definitely " spreading" those "teachings."
Dude, you're an apostate. Acknowledge it. Embrace it - Welcome to the club!