They have a bunch of cult speak recognize this
Former Truths...( this one cracks me up )
The Truth (that one still gags me)
The Last Days
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Alive in 75'
I can't believe I forgot Disfellowshipped which is not a word
Remember going door to door and coveting someones house for after Armageddon killed them off...We use to drive around and pick out real estate...
Feeling like this is programming is spot on and a cult tactic it is called Loaded language
Who Did Jesus Shun?
Naturally, Jesus introduced the Christian standard on how wrongdoers should be treated, saying:
“Moreover, if your brother commits a sin, go lay bare his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother. But if he does not listen, take along with you one or two more, in order that at the mouth of two or three witnesses every matter may be established. If he does not listen to them, speak to the congregation. If he does not listen even to the congregation, let him be to you just as a man of the nations and as a tax collector.” Matthew 18:15-17 (NWT)
The instruction was to bring up the matter of sin first between the two individuals alone. Then, if the sinner would repent, there was no need to carry the matter further. If the sinner was not repentant, then one or two others should be sought for witnesses. If the sinner remained unrepentant, only then, as a last resort, should it be brought before the entire congregation, not privately with the "elders", as the Watchtower Society has redefined Jesus' words to mean.
If, after all that, the person still would not listen, he should then be treated the same as Gentiles and tax collectors. In other words, Christians were to treat former members just like anyone else who was not a member of the congregation. To be treated like a "man of the nations" (which is to say, a Gentile or foreigner) was far from being shunned. Jewish people worked with, associated with, transacted business with, and preached to Gentiles. As for "tax collectors," Jesus ate and associated with them. Matthew was a tax collector. Tax collectors were not popular, but they were not shunned. Jesus did not say to never utter a word to an unrepentant wrong doer but to treat them “as a tax collector”. He himself spoke to and ate with tax collectors:
Next, while passing along from there, Jesus caught sight of a man named Matthew seated at the tax office, and he said to him: "Be my follower." Thereupon he did rise up and follow him. Later, while he was reclining at the table in the house, look! many tax collectors and sinners came and began reclining with Jesus and his disciples. But on seeing this the Pharisees began to say to his disciples: "Why is it that your teacher eats with tax collectors and sinners?" Hearing [them], he said: "Persons in health do not need a physician, but the ailing do. Go, then, and learn what this means, 'I want mercy, and not sacrifice.' For I came to call, not righteous people, but sinners." --Matt.9:9-13 (NWT)
The way Jesus treated people should be the prime example for Christians. Why Jehovah's Witnesses identify themselves with a 13th Century mis-translation of the Hebrew Tetragrammaton rather than as Christians (Acts 1:8 Matthew 24:9, Acts 4:12) is beyond the scope of this Knol, but clearly the example of Jesus Christ is not foremost in the minds of an organization that can perpetuate the cruel policy of disfellowshipping.
· 1 decade ago