In truth, all of us who they call “apostate” want is to follow the path of our choosing and still keep our family and close friends. We want the freedom of speech and thought. If I learn something to be true or untrue, I should have no fear of telling those I love without them turning vicious or shunning me.
Not all religions or denominations believe they have a copyright on the Truth. Currently, I go to the Christian Church, aka Disciples of Christ. Sometimes I visit other denominations…Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, ect. None would presume to be the one and only true religion. There will be faults in all churches…as Jesus said, the Kingdom of God is like wheat mixed with weeds. It’s beyond human effort to try to create a wheat-only denomination.
The difference between a religion and a cult or high control group, is that you can leave without repercussions. However, Scientology, Moonies, and other high control groups speak in the same way about their former members. It is part of Information Control…former members know things that they do not want to the rank and file to know. Whenever you are told not to talk to certain individuals, there should be a huge red flag.
I encourage you to read Crisis of Conscience by Raymond Franz, who was on the Governing Body. He is perhaps the “foremost” “apostate” the organization has ever known. But I encourage you to notice not just his message, but his tone…and compare it to the descriptions of an “apostate” that was given in that talk. Before you get much deeper in, you deserve to know the other side of the story.
They are very nice to you now as they are to everyone they are studying with and giving you lots of attention…but remember this is like dating where the prospective suitor puts his best foot forward, buys flowers and candy. But sometimes before making a commitment it is wise to take you time and weigh things carefully.