here goes ill try again................
The governing body of Jehovah?s witnesses
Brooklyn New York
United States of America
I am writing for the first and last time as a member of the Jehovah?s Witness religion. I was raised in this faith and was baptized at the age of twelve in the congregation in xxxxxxxx. I remained a part of that congregation till about 1999/2000 when I stopped going, mainly because of the cruel treatment I received from several ?elders?.
During the last 4 years I have had no visits from the shepherds of my hall. No? one has tried to encourage me back into association with Jehovah?s one religion. During that time i looked into your religion very deeply, and as i am sure you will know, found you lacking. I discovered the broken promises, the half-truths and lies you?ve told for one hundred years. I learned the things you try so desperately to hide from the witnesses, to many to go into in this letter.
I have learned that many elders know these things. My circuit overseer xxxxx has said on the platform ?there are many things I don?t believe, but I still teach them?. All my local elders know the things mentioned in the various publications outlining the wrong teachings and wrong practices of your religion, but they continue to persist in this great lie.
What hurts the most is not your lies, but the results those lies have had on so many millions of people. I think of the parents who refused to inoculate their children because you said they were ?filthy animal puss? I think about the men and women left with no provision for old age and no children to provide for them because of your emphasis on ?the end of this system of things?, and not ?wanting to bring children into this sick old system? finally I think of the people who have died because of your wrong policy on blood transfusions, my own sister nearly being one of your victims.
I have seen so many good people in your religion, however I have seen cruel and evil ones too. Your claim to be uniquely clean is as false as the worship you offer to our god. I won?t go into the things I or my family have suffered because of your teachings. But before I end my letter I wanted to say a few things.
You were not picked out in 1914 to oversee all gods? possessions on earth. God does not choose you. God does not deal with selfish arrogant men who hide in ivory towers while ordering good people to live under burdens they will not touch.
You are not protecting Jehovah?s name by hiding the abusers of children in your church. By doing this you only insult him and allow abuses to continue for longer.
You are not helping men become Christians by making them get out on the service once a week. While ignoring the old and sick. My own presiding overseer (a man in his late seventies) once said, ?I don?t like visiting the elderly?. An old women in my hall was so long ignored in her home, she asked the sisters who eventually saw her ?have I been disfellowshipped?.
You are a wonderful example of straining the gnat while swallowing the camel. You worry about the colour of shirts brothers wear on the platform or whether they should have a beard or not, but you ignore the most important things in a Christian life namely love of fellow man and not judging him. You have spent so long telling the world how evil cristendom is, but they would shudder at things you do everyday. And while I know of the despicable acts of some churchs, I also know that they understand the concept of asking for forgiveness. You have never said sorry for your sins, you?ve only blamed others.
I continue to hold warm feelings for many men and women in my hall and I am aware of the consequences of my actions, but I cannot be associated with this thoroughly unchristian group any longer.
Please make known this to my local congregation as soon as possible.