My disassociation story

by Roger Kirkpatrick 16 Replies latest jw experiences

  • jp1692

    RK: The elder body decided to reject the Branch's letter

    You have to obey, they don't. Nice. There's a word for that: hypocrisy!

    (BTW, the elders in your hall are spineless idiots).

    RK: I realized I could be labeled an apostate for expressing a viewpoint which had been published in the Watchtower

    Yes, and let's be absolutely clear on this. The label of "apostasy" is a convenient way to demonize anyone that disagrees with the control structure and hierarchy of the group. It has nothing at all to do with doctrine. That is just a ruse.

    RK: This illustrates the destructive effect oppressive religious cults have on the thinking and reasoning abilities of their adherents

    Um, yeah! Cult 101: Thinking is not allowed. Independent Thought and Critical Thinking are specifically the most serious of all "crimes" in a cult.

    Take note of the wide range of actual crimes a person can commit and be "forgiven" by the elders. This one is unforgivable.

  • EdenOne

    Thank you for sharing your story.

    The way the Witnesses are conditioned to hate so-called apostates trumps all scriptural reasoning. That mindset nearly killed my marriage as well, and my wife was being subtly lead by Bethelites to seek divorce from me.

    I hope your wife still come to her senses.

  • Vanderhoven7

    Thanks for sharing your story. I believe that dissociating was the correct move despite the repercussions. Glad your Christian faith is still intact.

  • DesirousOfChange

    Let's review: It's a Cult!

  • jp1692

    Hey DOC, I love it when you say that.

  • problemaddict 2
    problemaddict 2

    Thanks for sharing. This really is amazing. In the not so grand scheme of things, this was such a benign (and accurate) statement. Yet it triggered their homophobia, and drove them to make a mountain out of a molehill.

    In the end its happy news for you. Ridiculous elders are the cause for many people to be able to see just a little bit behind the curtain.

  • Tenacious

    Had those elders scrutinized my Facebook I would have politely told them to go fly a kite.

    But of course, that's just me.

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