Through what I have learned from reading Bro. Russell's writings about the ransom for all, coupled with the blood issue, I feel the need to let my friends know that I am making a stand for truth. I could have lost my wife to the blood issue during pregnancy. I have a JW friend with a pregnant wife and simply cannot stay quiet. My conscience is crying out.
Here is the letter I have drafted. Let me know your thoughts. I am trying to keep it sweet and simple.
I am writing this post to inform everyone that I have not attended the religious services of Jehovah's Witnesses since last summer, and will not be returning to those services.
******* and I are happily married. I have not been involved in any “serious sin”. I make it my goal, every day, to serve Jehovah God by seeking truth and righteousness. My love for Biblical truth is why I have made this serious decision.
If any of you would like to understand more why I have made this decision, I will be available, by phone or in person, to answer your questions.
I would like to leave with you two thoughts for consideration:
1) At one time, the Watchtower stated that ALL mankind benefited from the ransom of Jesus Christ. It also stated that Armageddon was a time when Christ would remove the governments of this world and not a time for destruction of "unbelievers". However, the long held belief of the modern “Governing Body” is that a person must be baptized as a Jehovah's Witness to be benefited by the ransom.
"There is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself a Ransom for all, to be testified in due time." – 1 Tim. 2:5,6 (ESV).
2) The Watchtower, at one time, made the following comments regarding Acts 15:29 (the scripture that is used by the modern “Governing Body” to enforce that having a Blood Transfusion is a "serious sin"):
"He further suggested writing to them merely that they abstain from pollutions of idols, i.e., from meats offered to idols (verse 29), and from things strangled and from blood - as by eating such things they might become stumbling blocks to their Jewish brethren (See 1 Cor. 8:4-13)- and from fornication. ... It will be noticed that nothing is said about keeping the Ten Commandments, nor any part of the Jewish law. It was evidently taken for granted that having received the spirit of Christ the new law of love would be a general regulation for them. The things mentioned were merely to guard against stumbling themselves or becoming-stumbling blocks to others." Watch Tower 1892 Nov 15 pp.350-351
Please be assured of my brotherly love toward ALL of you. I hope to continue my friendship with each and every one of you.
May Jehovah bless you,