I grew up in a religion with bizarre misled practices called Jehovah's Witnesses. Fortunately I left and began a search for God on my own. I found god and with him, peace of mind that what I did was the right thing. Now I am here to warn all who want to join the witnesses of some of their beliefs and practices that go against the bible. The first their baptisms. Baptism is in the bible and it is a great thing to do to show that you born again as a follower of Christ. The only requirement is that you repent of your sins. Witnesses however put strict requirements on baptism. First you must study Watchtower literature for a certain period of time. Then you are quizzed by a group of elders and if you pass you have earned the right to be baptized.
In Matthew 3:5-6 "Then Jerusalem, all Judea and all the region around the Jordan went out to him(John the Baptist) and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins." Later in Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus says "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Then if you look at Acts 8 36-38 "Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said 'See here is water. What hinters me from being baptized?' Then Phillip said 'If you believe with all your heart, you may.' And he answered and said 'I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God' So He commanded the chariot to stand still. And Phillip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him"
So why is it that JW's feel the need to make people study their Watchtower publications, answer questions, and then let you get baptized when the bible says that all that is required is confessing your sins. And notice how they require you to study Watchtower publications created by their organization. Then a group of elders has to find you to be ready to be baptized. None of this is found in scripture.
The next practice is the act of disfellowshipping JW's who have disobeyed their rules or question their beliefs. If a fellow JW catches you, they are to report you to the elders. First is a shepherding call where they talk to you. Then a judicial hearing is held if this continues. the result of this hearing is usually disfellowshipping which does a few things. First you are not a JW anymore so you have no hope of salvation until you become a JW again. Next, any other JW's are forbidden from talking to you and associating with you.
In Luke 15:4-7 Jesus says "What man of you having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, does he not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one which is lost until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which was lost!' I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance."
They may use 1 Corinthians 5:11 "But now I have written to you not to keep company with anyone named a brother who is sexually immoral, covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or an extortioner-not even to eat with such a person." and this seems pretty convincing. It is true, salvation comes through faith and belief, and true faith and belief is shown bu repentance and living for Christ. And it is a good idea to have nothing to do with Immoral People. But lets look at Mark 2:16. 17 "And the scribes and Pharisees saw Him eating with the tax collectors and sinners, they said to his disciples, 'How is it that He eats and drinks with tax collectors and sinners?' When Jesus heard it, He said to them, 'Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but the sinners to repent"
I know that was quite a bit of scripture for some of you but I want to be thorough. This scripture seems to say that is one of us falls, we should help bring him back to the "flock" And while we want to repent from sinful ways and not have anything to do with immoral people, we want to not cut ourselfs off from the people who need to come to Christ. Why don't JW's follow this. They alienate themselves from one who has fallen rather than help bring them back. They may claim it is so they are not led astray but I believe that if they talked to former JW's, they may realize that they have been blind.
I hope this causes you to think before joining the JW's. If you are a JW, I hope this cause you think about your religious organization and their practices. This is just the beginning of my blogs and I encourage all serious comments, even from JW's