ex MS for more than 3 years.
Were/Are you and Elder, MS, CO, Bethelite, etc.? (Please check in here)
they were in the process of making me an ms but then the porn charges came up, and in one day i went from being their grand new hope to being the most filthy vile putrid animal to ever walk on two legs. just for the record, the accusation was porn as in legal adult man on woman porn....obviously if it was some type of child sicko shit i would expect any entity to rebuke me.
Former MS and Elder. Was only an elder for a short time and started to realize I would be spending the next 40 to 50 years being a dick to people in the hall.
Proudly DFd for apostasy, they freak out in my area when they see me.....
I was the "elder's nightmare"!!
MS and have been for well over 20 years. Never toed the line enough to be an elder. Trying to step down at the moment.
I think I was an MS for 2 years or so - can't recall the details :-)
I love that Besty ! you are so free and the WT/JW thing so far behind you you cannot (be bothered to?) remember !
That is a good place to be.
I was "on the committee" in the late 60's, before the elder arrangement. Then in '72 was appointed during the "body of elders with rotating chairmanship" experiment. I was an elder until I resigned in 2000-----some 30 years. Went to prison during the Vietnam war for two years, which proved to be my "claim to fame" as a JW. What I mean here is that I was so invested that I just couldn't leave, even though from '75 forward I began to be totally disillusioned.
i raised 4 children, all four pioneered and my two sons went to Bethel, one for four years. Total full time for the wife, kids and myself was over 20 years.
During the 80's and 90's the dissonance was killing me. Neutrality was thrown out, thereby taking away my "badge of honor"--suffering in prison for The Lord . I took great offense over a number of statements during the 90's, but the final straw was the revelation of their whoremonger relationship with the UN. In '02 I lost heart and hope over their involvement, and their lack of conscience and lack of apology re the UN. I wrote lots of letters and begged them to repent and confess their course of sin and they simply said "Brother Jones, we did not like the tone of your letter."
So, in 2005 after attending the district 'assembly' my wife and I and three of our four children left. By that time my family (wife and kids and me) had accumulated almost TWO HUNDRED years of baptized service. In 2006 they formed a judicial whatever and disfellowshipped us because we did not like their riding the scarlet wild beast alongside the rest of Babylon the great.
Leaving was just the very best thing that ever happened to us.
I am not even slightly religious anymore, I believe in God (but not the personal god that i once believed in) but do not accept the Bible as inspired, nor in Jesus. If he is real, he has had 2000 years to come to the aid of humans.
whether this life is all there is or not, I have no idea. I am not a bad person, nor is my family. If death is all that is before me, I embrace it. Damn near everyone I have known is dead ahead of me, so what is worrying about it going to do? I have accepted my mortality.
my wife of 45 years feels the same, we only began living after we were tossed out like a sack of garbage.
One regret is that we have one evil son that treats us like lepers, won't speak, had a baby and didn't even send a pic or call or anything. So much for the commandment to 'honor your father and mother'.
on that sour note, I will close.
warm welcome to the site UN informed-----very informative first post. i fully understand your " sour note"---me too--lost 2 out of 3.
I was a ms for 5 years and a pioneer for 5 years