Watchtower encourages children to shun DF parents.

by Azazel 13 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Azazel

    Hey guys just wondering if anyone can recall a recent watchtower ( maybe a year ago ) that had an article aimed at minor children on dealing with a disfellowshipped parent. ive had a dive thru but coudnt find it before i wanted to vomit. Can anyone help recall what issue it was. I dont think it was in an Awake.

    Many thanks


  • alanv
  • jwfacts

    There have been a number recently.

    Really, what your beloved family member needs to see is your resolute stance to put Jehovah above everything else - including the family bond. … Do not look for excuses to associate with a disfellowshipped family member, for example, through e-mail.Watchtower 2013 Jan 15 p.16
    "And all members of the congregation need to be determined to avoid the company of disfellowshipped individuals."
    Watchtower 2011 Nov 15 p.5
    "Suppose, for example, that the only son of an exemplary Christian couple leaves the truth. Preferring "the temporary enjoyment of sin" to a personal relationship with Jehovah and with his godly parents, the young man is disfellowshipped. … the Bible says "to quit mixing in company with anyone called a brother that is a fornicator. … They also realise that the word "anyone" in this verse includes family members not living under their roof. … 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. … 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 the disfellowshipped son and call it, "necessary family business"? Watchtower 2011 July 15 p31 pictureIn making their decision, they must not fail to consider how Jehovah feels about what they are doing. … Today, Jehovah does not immediately execute those who violate his laws. He lovingly gives them an opportunity to repent from their unrighteous works. How would Jehovah feel, though, if the parents of an unrepentant wrongdoer kept putting Him to the test by having unnecessary association with their disfellowshipped son or daughter?" Watchtower 2011 Jul 15 p.31, p.32
    "By cutting off contact with the disfellowshipped or disassociated one, you are showing that you hate the attitudes and actions that led to that outcome. However, you are also showing that you love the wrongdoer enough to do what is best for him or her. Your loyalty to Jehovah may increase the likelihood that the disciplined one will repent and return to Jehovah." Watchtower 2011 Feb 15 p.32

    "Is strict avoidance really necessary? Yes for several reasons. ... In other cases, the disfellowshipped relative may be living outside the immediate family circle and home. Although there might be a need for limited contact on some rare occasion to care for a necessary family matter, any such contact should be kept to a minimum." Keep Yourself in God's Love (2008) pp.207,208

  • notjustyet

    Do not look for excuses to associate with a disfellowshipped family member, for example, through e-mail. Watchtower 2013 Jan 15 p.16

    How can E-Mail be consider an "excuse" to socialize with a DF family member? If anything it's a "means" to communicate with the DF family member, not an excuse to,...duh.

    Unless, maybe someone could say " Hey son, could you help me with my E-mail account, even though you are DF."


  • punkofnice

    This is simply evidence of what a vile cult the WBT$ is and how deserving of the death penalty the GB are.

  • bigmac

    "to quit mixing in company with anyone called a brother that is a

    i quite agree---quit mixing with anyone called a brother----in other words--someone who still claims to be a jw--even though their lifestyle is at odds with watchtower rules.

    but--if that person has left the religion of their own free will----and no longer calls themselves a brother----whats their problem?

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  • BluesBrother

    I have not seen an article that directly addresses minor children in a household, although this would certainly involve them :

    K/Min 8/02 pp3-4

    For example, if the husband is disfellowshiped, his wife and children will not be comfortable with him conducting a family Bible study or leading in Bible reading and prayer. If he wants to say a prayer, such as at mealtime, he has a right to do so in his own home. But they can silently offer their own prayers to God. (Prov. 28:9; Ps. 119:145, 146) What if a disfellowshiped person in the home wants to be present when the family reads the Bible together or has a Bible study? The others might let him be present to listen if he will not try to teach them or share his religious ideas.”

    This one addresses the adult offspring of D/f'd parents who live elsewhere K Min 8/02 p4
    13 After hearing a talk at a circuit assembly, a brother and his fleshly sister realized that they needed to make adjustments in the way they treated their mother, who lived elsewhere and who had been disfellowshipped for six years. Immediately after the assembly, the man called his mother, and after assuring her of their love, he explained that they could no longer talk to her unless there were important family matters requiring contact. Shortly thereafter, his mother began attending meetings and was eventually reinstated. Also, her unbelieving husband began studying and in time was baptized.
    I often wonder, "What is the point of forcing them back so as to have a family relationship? Is that sincere?
  • clarity

    They do it because they are

    Frikin arseholes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Azazel

    Thanks guys for those responses.


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