How do you know if you are "marked"?

by JH 6 Replies latest jw friends

  • JH

    Since the last 13 years, I'm inactive. I might go to 3 or 4 meetings a year... I might go to one memorial out of 3. I was never told that I was "marked".

    Naturally half of the congregation shuns me to a certain degree, but I still don't know if I'm "marked".

  • Elsewhere

    Everyone is "marked" unless they manage to get into the social group of the congregation.

    The WTS is a social club and if you don't fit in you will be shunned.

  • minimus

    My mom was sure she was marked after hearing the "marking talk" the other day. It turns out, it was my daughter that was marked and she hasn't attended a meeting in about 3 years. Now, unless I told her, if she saw a JW, they might simply shun her because of the talk and she could be thinking, "What do I have BO or somethin'??"

  • Utopian Reformist
    Utopian Reformist

    You are marked (informally, of course) if:

    1. You are not called upon to comment or ignored during meetings
    2. You are not included in assignments or volunteer calls for brothers
    3. You are not invited to pray / lead a study
    4. You are not invited to gatherings
    5. You are constantly being watched (peripherally) by elders and servants (and their wives)

    There are a few more, but you get the idea.

  • BrendaCloutier

    You mean it's not that pentangle birthmark on my right cheek?

  • BluesBrother

    I guess they ought to tell you, otherwise it is a waste of time, even by their own daft reasoning. After 13 years I could not see it still being kept up. Put it down to their basic unfriendliness.

    Incidentally, they do not use the word shun for this, just means that you won't be invited around for tea


    w99 7/15 pp. 30-31 Questions From Readers ***
    He also let the congregation know that it would be appropriate for them as individual Christians to ?mark? the disorderly. This implied that individuals should take note of those whose actions corresponded to the course about which the congregation was publicly alerted. Paul advised that they "withdraw from every brother walking disorderly." That certainly could not mean completely shunning such a person, for they were to "continue admonishing him as a brother." They would continue to have Christian contact at the meetings and perhaps in the ministry. They could hope that their brother would respond to admonition and abandon his disturbing ways.
    In what sense would they "withdraw" from him? Evidently, this was in a social context. (Compare Galatians 2:12.) Their ceasing to have social dealings and recreation with him might show him that principled people disliked his ways. Even if he did not get ashamed and change, at least others would be less likely to learn his ways and become like him. At the same time, these individual Christians should concentrate on the positive. Paul advised them: "For your part, brothers, do not give up in doing right."?2 Thessalonians 3:13.

    Mind you, I could never see the point of it. I can think of two instances in my time . One changed congegations and got on perfectly well in the new one. The other one d/a d herself .

  • kwintestal

    I have only come accross "marking" once.

    A girl my age (17 or 18) started dating a "worldly" guy.

    They had a special needs talk about it.

    A week later there was a wedding reception and she was there and my mom made the comment: "I wonder why she's here. She shouldn't be since she's been marked."

    I don't know if that's really something that the younger generation really knows much about. I didn't until I was in my late teens.


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