So often the truth is right in our faces. We just can’t see it. The Roman Governor Pontius Pilate asked Jesus, “What is truth?” (John 18:37-38) not knowing he was looking at and speaking directly to the truth. (John 14:6) How did he miss it? The same way we all do.
Recently I did some research on a religion I once belonged to. It was really a trip down memory lane. I saw all the false teachings ever so clearly. I even noticed some occult symbols the religion printed on it’s literature. I sent this information to a friend of mine who was also a former member of this religion. Her response was, “We actually allowed a group of men to act as God over us.” She was exactly right. And that’s why we were duped. Unknowingly we followed the doctrines of men as if they were the commands of God. My friend and I were tricked from childhood. Both of our parents were fooled into believing this religion too and handed it down to us.
Anyone who has been set free from such a mind controlling experience can totally appreciate how liberating it is. But let’s be honest, sometimes there’s this lingering thought: “How was I so stupid to fall for that?” Don’t beat yourself up too badly. It’s happened to some of the best. Remember, it’s not how you start the race, it’s how you finish. (Ecclesiastes 7:8 Hebrews 12:1-2)
Please Read John 8:31-32
Jesus said those who continue in his word will know the truth, and the truth will set them free. When we allow mere human beings to act as gods over us; believing their words over the words of Almighty God, we will be misled slaves every time. The only way to overcome is by continuing in Jesus’ words. This is how the blinders were removed for me and I was able to leave the sect I once so proudly promoted. I saw leaders in the organization doing what was wrong. In a meeting with a group of elders (congregation leaders) I said to them, Jesus said, ‘ “With the measure you measure out to others it will be measured out to you. And the rules you apply to others will be applied to you.” ‘ How then are we any different from other religions we are always condemning if we do the same things they are doing? Jesus said the judgement we apply to them will be applied to us.” They did not appreciate hearing that and just swept things under the rug. You see the main person in question was the head elder; the Presiding Overseer was his title. I watched the other elders gloss over his evil behavior. Others were put out and shunned by their own family members for such conduct. But the good old boys made sure that wasn’t going to happen to him. Let me tell you; when you devote your life to any cause, only to find out later it was all bogus, that can be one of the most devastating things in the world. And for me it was. After watching these congregation elders I knew I would no longer be one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. The pain and depression that followed that experience messed me up for years. My heart breaks and aches for all who have gone through that experience. But my consolation is this: all of those who are really sincere will find God (the real God). And they will be overjoyed to learn that He’s nothing like what they portrayed Him to be. The heartache they now suffer is all a part of their healing process. (Psalm 34:18)
Please Read John 14:6
I constantly thank God for taking me out of false religion, then taking me out of self-pity and depression for being duped. He later showed me that the truth was dangling in my face the whole time. That truth is none other than His son, Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 1:1-4) The Witnesses block the way to Jesus by their man made doctrines just as Jesus told the religious leaders of his day they were doing. (Luke 11:52) Jehovah’s Witnesses even put themselves in the place of Jesus Christ by saying they are the only way to God. They claim to be the only true religious organization on earth that represents God. And anyone who is not a Jehovah’s Witnesses will die and be destroyed forever at Armageddon. This is what they teach, I know, I was one of them. I unwittingly taught people that too. Yet this is the same religion that has predicted again and again when the world will come to an end, and it never has. This is the same religion that shined the spotlight on the Catholic Church for years regarding pedophilia among it’s members and priests. Yet there are files upon files of pedophilia cases worldwide that occurred among Jehovah’s Witnesses. For years these were reported to their local elders. Only these elders failed to report these matters to the authorities. They simply handled them in house. It is reported that some victims were ordered by Jehovah’s Witness elders not to go public about their abuse so as not to bring embarrassment to the organization, and the accused. I saw a video where in a court of law an elder testified that their practice is to destroy all notes taken during their judiciary meetings involving pedophilia with the victims and the accused. Hmmmm, so you protect and hide pedophiles, the same thing you scolded others for doing, and you’re God’s representatives on earth? Give me a break!
You can find much more information about this just by Googling, “Jehovah’s Witnesses pedophilia lawsuits.” I read the other day one judgment awarded a victim 13.5 million dollars. Another judgment awarded victims more than 20 million dollars. Wow! There’s other judgments out there too. I just got tired of reading about this sick situation. I’m sure there are many more judgments to come.
I could go on and on about what’s wrong with Jehovah’s Witnesses but I won’t. You see, I don’t want to become just like them; always criticizing others, but failing to see my own sins. When you focus too much on the wrongs of others you will miss important things about yourself every time. Besides, there’s a much bigger picture here. That picture is Jesus Christ. Satan would love for us to be so hurt by our past experience that we fail to get to know who Jesus really is. That was his goal from the beginning. That’s why the whole religion was formed in the first place: to be an effective tool to turn many away from the real truth, which is Jesus Christ.
I now know that God didn’t put me on earth to promote a false religion. I also know it’s not my life’s work to bash them. If you’re on God’s team our job is to make known the truth about Him and His son Jesus Christ. God loved the world so much (not just Jehovah’s Witnesses) that He gave His son Jesus, so that WHOEVER believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life. (John 3:16) The Bible says ANYONE who accepts and believes in the son has the Father also, and has eternal life! (1 John 2:23 2 John 1:7-9 1 John 4:15)
Please Read 2 Timothy 2:24-26
We should pray for and strive to help Jehovah’s Witnesses just as we would seek to help anyone else know the truth. They have been misled. God desires that all people repent and come to an accurate knowledge of the truth, and escape the trap of the Devil who has taken them as captives. The average Witness doesn’t even know the falsehood they’re spreading in their door to door ministry, on the street corners, etcetera, just like I didn’t know. If God saved me (formerly a very devout Witness) He can save any of them too that He chooses. So let’s not give up on them thinking it is impossible for them to repent because their false doctrines and mind control is too strong. God once asked Abraham, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?” (Genesis 18:14) Remember, with God all things are possible. (Mark 10:26-27) And also remember that God’s word is like a fire, and a hammer, that breaks rocks into pieces.
Please Read Jeremiah 23:29
At times we must expose the deeds of darkness and shine the light of truth in the hope that others will see and get freed. (Ephesians 5:11) I know some of you caught earlier how I broke free from the Jehovah’s Witnesses organization. In fact I didn’t notice it myself until many years later. Though much of the Bible was distorted in my head from their teachings I actually started believing in the words of Jesus Christ. Remember, I told their elders, “JESUS SAID, ‘ ” With the measure you measure out to others, it will be measured out to you. And with the rule you apply to others it will be applied to you.” ‘ If we are doing the same things we are constantly condemning other religions for doing, how are we any different from them? JESUS SAID we will be judged the same way we judge them.” (Matthew 7:2) Right then and there I was standing on the words of Jesus and I didn’t even know it. His words had become more important to me than theirs. And when I saw that they had no regard for the words of Jesus (whom they also claim to follow) I knew for sure they were fake. God used that whole scenario (though painful) to show me the truth. And the words of Jesus did set me free. Thank God!
Jesus is the only way that anyone can be set free from something like this. Because we’re not just dealing with false preachers in suits and ties. We’re actually being confronted by powerful principalities; evil spirits, rulers of this dark world. They use and speak through hypocritical liars to spread their evil propaganda. (1 Timothy 4:1-2 Ephesians 6:10-12) But oh how powerful is the word of God! The dark forces of this world can not stand up to it. God’s word is like a consuming fire, and a hammer, that totally crushes and breaks up rock-like lies.
So often the truth is staring us right in the face. The good news is if we are truly seeking it God will reveal it to us, no matter how long or how bad we have been deceived.
Please Read Proverbs 2:1-6