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by Jeremiah1958 25 Replies latest jw experiences

  • Jeremiah1958

    Hi to everyone, my name is Jerry, I am 56 and I live in Tralee, Kerry Ireland. I will not bore you with the all too familiar details, suffice it to say I was a prime candidate for indoctrination/ brainwashing. The surprising aspect is that my wife, a staunch Catholic started a study soon after I did. We both were baptized at the same DC and I was sure I had the truth. After 11 years I became uneasy when I read an account of the early history of the cult. I woke up, I could see that CT Russell Judge Rutherford were crazy as loons and I let my deduction be known to an elder. Beth Sarim and 1914, 1925 and 1975 were explained away by said elder. I was not impressed and I told my wife that I was going to leave, I was sure she would follow after hearing my deep concerns. In May 2012 I sent in my letter of resignation which contained my reasons for leaving. Soon after the congregation was told that I had disasociated and that was that, or so I thought. In January 2013 my loving wife of 22 years bluntly told me to leave my home and my 3 children. One of my daughters joined the great crowd as I was making my exit, the family consensus was that dad was an apostate and the loving thing to do was to shun him. I have not heard a peep from my family since I left in January 2013. Just 3 months ago I found John Cedars website and it has led me here. Paedophillia, the UN years, shifting the goalposts so far that they are no longer in the ballpark, Rutherfords letter to Hitler but most of all the propaganda by the Brooklyn 7 (the Brooklyn Dodgers) all and more are there to be seen. Being an apostate and mentally diseased on top of shunning is now a matter of mirth to me. I am a sentient being capable of making my own decissions, I am free and I love it. I will never get involved in any religion again, I absolutely respect all ex JWs who have taken a new faith. I as you all know have only touched the tip of the ice berg, watchtower is a corrupt and highly dangerous sect They have made deception into an art and millions are still falling for it. If I have offended any ex JWs it was done in error, I hope I have offended watchtower. I am glad to have found this website and we all hope that the trickle leaving watchtower becomes a flood.

  • Wild_Thing

    Nice to meet you! Shunning is so cruel, especially when it is your family. Give it time. You never know which of your family members will wake up. When I left, I was the only one out. Now there are four of us! :)

  • HeyThere

    Welcome. You will find allot of support here, glad you found the site.

  • happy@last
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    Welcome, sorry to hear about your family situation, I hope it gets better in time. It is amazing how everything becomes logical and makes sense when you leave, it is so hard to explain it to someone whose whole life revolves around it.

  • What is Truth?
    What is Truth?

    Welcome Jeremiah1958, felicitations on waking up and may your family join you soon.

  • Vidqun

    Welcome, Jeremiah1958! With the heartache of shunning, you also have the satisfaction that you are free and standing for what is right. Hopefully your family will (eventually) come round and follow in your footsteps. They might not know it now, but their dad is definitely somebody to be proud of.

  • jam

    Welcome Jeremiah...I'm happy you found us....

  • scary21

    Welcome ! Nice post.....

  • sparrowdown

    How very brave of you J1958!

    Hang in there, because it will get easier. You are so right about it being a dangerous sect.

    I wish more people would wake up and put loyalty to family first.

    I have never been to Ireland but it seems like a beautiful place.

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