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Former Jehovah's Witnesses

A place for former jehovah's witnesses to discuss their thoughts regarding the practices of the watchtower cult.

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Comment by jay H on May 11, 2012 at 7:59pm

Hello all.

I left the cult nearly 30 years ago (I'm 62 now). My mother is still alive and still a believer. My father was a believer right up until he died a few years back. 

Pretty much my only contact with members of the cult over the past 30 years was at my grandmother's and at my father's funerals. I'm so glad I dumped that madness.

I had gradually become skeptical even while trying to actively believe, there was just so much logical stupidity in the belief structure, it simply did not hold up.

A lot of dramatic stuff happened at the time I finally left, including the break up of my first marriage (we were both  raised as JWs), and as the marriage ended, so did our belief in the religion.

There is some dark humor in all that. Her friends and even her mother dumped her completely when she moved in with her new boyfriend and I remained one of the few people from her former life that didn't shun her. During that grey, half in, half out time, the congregation found decided to have a disfellowshipping hearing for her 'immorality' (I sure as hell wasn't celibate either, but they apparently were not aware of that) and the look on their faces was priceless when I showed up with her at her 'hearing' to provide her with emotional support. That alone was worth the trip.

Unlike her family, mine kept hoping I'd come back. A few years later my mother dropped in for a visit from California, and at that same minute an elder just 'happened' to drop by for a 'friendly chat'. I told him in no uncertain terms to get lost. I was really annoyed at my mother for that stunt, but what are you going to do? I just tolerate her craziness.

Maybe I'll tell more tales later.

Comment by House on October 28, 2011 at 10:24am
Great to see this forum, and nice to informally meet everyone. Former JW (forced as a child) that loves to deprogram religious fanatics by using kindness and ego-massages. I laughingly call it the 'real estate religion,' because they own over a Billion dollars of real estate world-wide, and use free labor of the simpletons to build more. I've also been to Bethel, which is essentially their head-quarters for underwater basket weaving. lol Too much fun!
Comment by Andria DiBacco on September 22, 2011 at 8:38pm
Hi, having some good ole apostate, disfellowship-able fun here! (Snicker) we need to find some more of us. I think I should be in group therapy or some thing......
Comment by ukmoore722 on September 1, 2011 at 12:08am
Just found the Nexus, i think its great. Looking forward to talking to you all.
Comment by Velour on July 2, 2011 at 9:06pm
Howdy Lovlies!
Comment by Brandon Cheshire on July 17, 2010 at 3:56pm
I love that this actually exists! Hooray for free thought!
Comment by Leigh K on February 7, 2010 at 2:26am
@Jon, Hey! I got that. Bible STUDY. Seriously. Like, there's going to be a test....
Comment by Brian on January 15, 2010 at 4:40pm
Hey everybody!
Comment by Jon Reynolds on November 11, 2009 at 8:57am
Hey all - former JW elder here....hehe....anyone want to answer the question on paragraph 22? (very inside joke)
Comment by Brandy on July 25, 2009 at 8:49am
Hi, all. Anyone in the Fla area?
 

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