Previously from the Duncan SC congregation. Raised a JW since i was 2. Dfd at 18, reinstated at 20. Got married at 21. Husband dfd after 1st year for porn. We separated, separated again around 4 years and now 9 years of marriage later im dfd again getting a divorce and never going back!!!
I had my first bible study with JW when I was 4 years old. I have studied off and on all my life with them but could never find myself to make the dedication to the organization. I found out why when I finally experienced Jesus at the age of 36. That motivated me to study as much of the literature and bibles that where only printed by the JWs. That is when I came to the conclusion that JW religion was not right for me. I refuse to downplay Jesus and his position/importance and I will not follow man. JW organization is close but they miss the mark. They don't teach you that you have authority through Jesus Christ and that the Holy Spirit is the helper that Jesus has sent for us to obtain one or more of the 9 Gifts of the Spirit. When I got baptized, I thought that I joined the church I got baptized in, and the Pastor looked at me weird and said " baptizing you is my duty since you have enough knowledge. If I don't baptize you knowing that you have all that knowledge, I am doing something bad because I can't keep you from God. My job as a Pastor is to deliver the word and baptize those who accept and want to serve the Lord. Jesus will give you the Holy Spirit and Jesus will lead you to the Father. I can not change you, only God can. Now you are fully equipped to follow his commands cause we are all meant to be teachers and spread the gospel to those who have no hope. But first we must accept, acknowledge, get baptized, and apply the word to our lives, lead by example and teach others til the day He returns or we die and meet Him". From that day on, my life has never felt so fulfilled. I spread the gospel every chance I have and although I still may have problems, they no longer consume me like they did when I was following man instead. I have found true meaning to what His rest means. What sound mind feel like. That his commands are not burdensome. I no longer have panic attacks. Anxiety is basically non existent and depression is gone. Jesus is the answer. John 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'. The truth has set me free. I pray that everyone on here experiences Jesus and finds truth. The only truth that will set us all free.