26 years WT free!

by Wonderment 6 Replies latest jw experiences

  • Wonderment

    This month makes 26 years since I disassociated from the WT org. I have not visited a KH or Assembly Hall once since. That includes NO Memorial Attendance.

    The WT is a Christian turn-off. Sure, the WT groups me with the arrogant, unfaithful ones. I don't care. What matters to me more is that "truth" prevails over peddling fiction. The shunning practice as promoted by the WT must be one of the worst things that anyone could do to a human. I was not disfellowshiped. I just quit the Borg. Even so, my large family disowns me.

    From any standard, leaving a religion by one's will should not be punished as a crime. Those who deserted Christ were not harassed afterwards. Were they? There is no record anywhere that Jehovah or Jesus forces one to stay with his people if they should choose not to. But this... no more family social dealing as a punishment (which they paint as doing you a favor). BAD! BAD! BAD!

  • HappyDad

    Good for you. I was mentally out in the late 1990's but went to memorial a few years until 2003. Haven't been back since. I am totally free from the cult.


  • ToesUp

    "I was not disfellowshiped. I just quit the Borg. Even so, my large family disowns me."

    Like people have said on here before, there is NO easy way to leave this cult disguised as a religion. Shunning, even by the professionals is on of the worst forms of bullying. How can that EVER be loving?

  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim

    You hear the expression about there are no chains, locks keeping you in the Borg.

    Nothing could be further from the truth. It is no different than escaping a compound. Believe me, there are guards, there are chains, locks and everything similar to a prison when attempt to escape. There are all these things, but in a different form.

    No. No easy way to leave the Borg.

  • WingCommander
    I'll never forget one of the things that struck me back around 2003, when I first viewed "Witnesses of Jehovah" on Youtube. That was a 1985 documentary about JW's that was produced by Jeremiah Films. Anyway, about half-way thru, the narrators said, "There is no honourable way to leave this religion with your dignity in tact," or something to that affect. It really stuck with me, as did a lot of other info from that documentary. This is a hallmark of CULTS, that of, you are not allowed to leave with honour or dignity. There is NO legitimate reason to leave, so YOU must be at fault somehow, and are deserving of such harsh treatment. It also acts as a deterrent to those still in. I live in south-central Pennsylvania, surrounded by communities of Amish and Old Order Mennonite. I can tell you, they are also huge control freaks who practice such shunning. You are effectively DEAD if you leave the Order. It is really f*cked up, but it helped me to see that JW's aren't the only cruel cult on this planet.
  • stan livedeath
    stan livedeath

    the sad thing about this shunning--is--it works both ways.

    talking to my d/f son the other night---after his grandads funeral ( my jw father ). my son commented he had already mourned the loss--years before. as well as his jw mum and sister. they were all dead to him. its the way he copes with it.

  • Beth Sarim
    Beth Sarim
    That is the hallmark of a cult, shunning, all kinds of forms. Even if you are not an exemplary JW, you are shunned, but in a lesser level. Pre-emptive.

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