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Who are the Friends of Jehovah’s Witnesses who have created this website?

We are your brothers and sisters, the children of the original Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, founded and guided by Pastor Charles Taze Russell until his death in 1916. Afterward, Judge Rutherford took control of the Society, removed the editorial committee (designated in Pastor Russell’s Will) and cast out of Bethel those still loyal to the original teachings. Many left the Society as they saw the doctrines changing and the spirit of love changing to the spirit of fear.  Many of those who left, or were disfellowshipped, formed the Associated Bible Students.  We are set up just like the original Bible Students in the days of Pastor Russell.  There is no governing body, except that Pastor Russell’s teachings remain a guiding influence among us.  Each Bible Student Group elects their own elders and deacons, just as was the practice in the early church and in the early Truth movement in Pastor Russell’s day. We hold no ill will to the Society or the brethren who make it up.  In the spirit of love, we extend the warm hand of greetings and fellowship.

You can find more on the history of the Associated Bible Students here, here and  here

85 comments to About

  • Nubby Tope

    Hello, just checking to see if my nickname came through.

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Yes it did my friend. I will let everybody know by email who you are if you dont want to say publicly.

      • Nubby Tope

        Yes please Jacqueline, apparently when the 2 elders visited me they said they’d been told by someone that I was on this site, they accused me of apostasy and as I prefer the BS then D’F will follow probably, then they left after saying when my Mum comes back in Resurrection that she’ll be wondering where I am. Emotional blackmail or what? I got angry at that point and raised my voice and they buzzed off. So I’ll be more anonomous now, but thanks for all the support from you and the others as it means the world to me.

        • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

          Nubby Tope no problem, I never admit when accused of being on a site. In fact my family accused me of being the person on a site that I am not that person at all.
          Don’t let these men blackmail you. You are a part of the brotherhood as a Bible student, association makes you a brother. When asked by friends or relatives what religion are you?
          I say I am in the association of Bible students. How do you join? I say if your eyes are open and you have accepted Jesus as a Ransom for all men and consecrated your life to him accepting the Bible as your only guide then welcome. We dig in the Bible. Every group or people have some customs as Jesus had.

          Luke 4:16 “And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read.

          But the customs are for order of service, supported by the Jewish days etc which Jehovah said was a shadow or a pattern.
          But nothing has to be adhered to if not supported by scripture and no one will get angry at you for making a decision not to participate or accept.
          Like the Tortoise and the Hare these brothers just stuck to the path and have come out ahead.
          Rutherford’s organization appeared to be the winner with it millions, DF over 80,000 a year for every transgression except child molestation and rape. But it left the course of the Bible and we are now seeing the results. Millions fleeing as they discern something is very wrong. Elders have no incentive to see the wrong because they are a part of the system, but regular people are noticing the grab for funds is getting out of hand and the remodeling of building then selling them.
          They are paying out the pedophile cases like water using the money of these people. If they did nothing wrong why not fight it? But it is not their money.
          So Nubby Tope you have been called to peace. I would not be fooling with these people after all the years you have been gone.
          I see elders, wave and speak but think nothing of it. You do know you can do that right? Even the organization says anyone not identifying as a witness can just leave.
          So I never act as if they are my elders or mean anything to me or come under their scrutiny. That is the behaviour that transforms your mind after you ignore them time after time. Never humble yourself before them to acknowledge any authority over you and your mind not just your body will be free. I tell them I am with the association of Bible students and let them deal with it. Just a suggestion to help leave mentally since you have left physically. They have no power over you or us.

        • greg (Bible Student)

          Nubby Tope

          Following up on Jacqueline’s comment, someone I respect very highly once told me some words I’ve found very wise:

          “You can have respect for authority figures. But never fear authority. Most importantly, never submit or rebel. Both acknowledge the other as having authority over you. Every organization has its own spirituality. Never let a “gang” (or organization) dictate how you will act. Always remember to stay connected to your own spirituality, and then CHOOSE to act ONLY in accord with your values.”

          Of course, the Governing Body and many (most??) of the elders (at least the one’s I know) want your fear. Never give them that satisfaction.

          The hardest thing to do when being falsely accused and/or reviled is to stay silent and stay connected to yourself.

          Hang in there amigo. Pray lots. Even silently. Especially when you’re being accosted. When your focus is on God, Jesus, the Bible, and Godliness, the other persons start to seem pitiable instead of terrifying.

          -greg

          • Nubby Tope

            Thanks Greg and Jacqueline,

            Your words mean a lot to me and I’m feeling better now, especially as my anger has cooled down!

            • greg (Bible Student)

              Nubby Tope,

              For the benefit of other readers I really want to speak about the issue of Anger.

              Anger is a healthy, natural, alarm bell that often rings loud and clear whenever we experience or observe hurt or injustice. As JW’s, we’re subtly and erroneously taught that we must have no emotions. Being led to believe that’s a noble aspiration, we often try to suppress and bury them. But anger is one of the emotions that refuses to be denied or ignored. The more we try to ignore it, the louder it gets.

              Depression is similar, probably because depression is essentially anger that’s directed more at one’s self than at others. It, too, only gets louder and stronger the more we try to deny or ignore it.

              Emotions are the colors of life. They let us know we’re alive. Emotions are necessary indicators that Jehovah gave us to provide vital feedback on how well we’re doing at caring for the important things that help us stay alive and healthy.

              Changing gears a bit…

              I recall the time when two local elders came knocking on my door. I had worked past most of my anger, but Wow! did they sure know how to throw painful verbal punches!! After a couple of hours of translating their barrage of opinions and “you statements” into “you questions” and attempts at reflecting back their deeper needs, it took everything I could muster to tell them they were welcome to come back anytime they wanted.

              After they left and I had closed the door I broke down shaking and crying from sheer exhaustion.

              Thankfully, they never came back, and no one has never contacted me since. Hopefully you, too, will be left in peace now.

              -greg

        • Ted R. (Bible Student)

          I guess my question would be, who told them that you were on this site? Did you tell someone? If not then how would they know unless they are illegally hacking your computer and monitoring where you surf! What happened to the two witness rule? I have heard that they have a section at Bethel where they spy on the rank and file by means of computer hacking. Maybe its true. I wouldn’t admit to anything. Make them present two witness’s that can attest to seeing you post on the site. If they cant then by their own rules you cannot be found guilty. Its a shame that the organization is so paranoid!

          • greg (Bible Student)

            Ted,

            I find what you said both hilarious and tragic at the same time. I really appreciate your honest and refreshing take on things. Excellent advice and perspective on things, at least in my opinion.

            Thanks, Ted. And, I hope you are doing well.

            -greg

  • Nigel James

    Hi… was this site originally called “Comments from the Friends” ?

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