A JW friend and I used to frequent a local restaurant together so often that if one of us showed up the waiter/owner would ask if the other was coming as well. Today I went there for lunch. He asked if ?? was coming as well. I told him I had quit my religion so?? wasn't allowed to have anything to do with me. He questioned: Jehohvah's Witness? I said, "Yes". He said, " Good! I never believed it, but I respected others ." ( some don't think you should say you are no longer a witness, but I don't think that way. Speaking of it may keep someone else from getting fooled somewhere down the road. While on the subject, I did have a cousin who told me she had prayed for years for me to leave it.
anyone thinking it good you left the JW
by enoughisenough 5 Replies latest jw experiences
Kudos to your cousin!
" some don't think you should say you are no longer a witness, but I don't think that way "
I wonder why they think that ?? I suppose if you are "faded" you might be careful, in case the elders built a case about you, but for me, even though "faded" only, I decided years ago I had complete freedom of speech and will say what I want, where and to whoever I want.
I wanted to remove EVERY hold they had over me. And I've done it.
This is a good topic.
I have been out for many, many years ,and I still find myself reluctant to identify myself as a former JW with the many circle of friends I now have with the two clubs I frequent each week.
I have often thought about it but the subject of religion has just not come up.......... yet.
I think it would be very interesting as to their response / attitude to this revelation, as I have been out / in this community for the past 30 odd years .
I do not believe i have a problem with identifying myself as a former JW ,it`s just the fact that the opportunity has never arisen.
Religion is not a preferred subject of my associates .
I am a ‘Fader’ like you and way past caring about anything there.
Like you, I value my freedom of speech and pretty much voiced my opinions over the years to the few JW ‘friends’ I had in the religion.. For example, I told them how I felt about the negative way I was viewed in the religion because I worked full-time. I made it clear I wasn’t giving money..to anybody. I also stated I didn’t like what the religion turned into!
If anybody didn’t like anything I said, that’s too bad.
Im open about being a jw many years ago. Its a good talking point..and ive met quite a few others that way.