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Romans 8:28 promises, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” NASV.  All of us desire to be close to our God Jehovah and his son, Jesus Christ.  We long for their comfort, guidance and encouragement in our lives.  We are promised in Isaiah 26:3, “You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” NKJV.  Yet when difficult and harsh experiences come, we sometimes feel alone and afraid.  In Hebrews 13:5 we read, “God Himself has said, “I will never, never let go your hand: I will never never forsake you.” Weymouth.  You are not alone.  Your heavenly Father and his Son are watching over you.  You are not alone.  There are others like you who have experienced hard trials and difficult experiences.  Take some time to share with us.  To tell your story.  To encourage others.  That is what this Testimony section is for.

462 comments to Testimonials

  • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

    This is encouraging, it was on our contact form. We welcome you eddie. Perhaps you can come on and say hello to everyone or ask questions if you need to. God Bless

    subject: hello

    Name: eddie

    Message: I am a FORMER JW, so so glad to feel free at last. Just fond your site and clinging on to it, thankyou so much this is an amazing site. Thankyou xx

  • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

    http://bibleresources.info/audio-hymns/audio-sermons/
    Go to audio then audio sermons. In the search box within the recorder put in Carl Hagensick. It is #6620 The problems of Corinth.

    I downloaded this to listen to his comforting messages.
    Br. Carl has a lot of good old knowledge of the understanding of some difficult text. So look thru his talks and enjoy while you drive.

    • greg (Bible Student)

      Thanks, Sr. Jacqueline.

      I really enjoyed listening to another discourse by Br. Carl when he spoke about Daniel and the Lion’s Den.

      -greg

      • greg (Bible Student)

        Doh!

        Correction:

        Oops, I got mixed up. Robert Seklemian gave the discourse that I was recalling. 🙂

        -greg

        • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

          That app and website with some of the voices from the past discoures just makes me wonder, where were theses brothers in my life as I matured? The Bible is what they use not dogma of a few Special men.

          • greg (Bible Student)

            Oh, you get that, too, eh? As I listen to the conventions and discourses from past decades, I recall what I was doing at the time, where I was at, and what I was needing, and I always find that what I’m hearing now, what was said way back then, was exactly what I needed and wanted way back then.

            Mmmmmmmm! Delicious spiritual feasting!! I hunger no more!!

            You know what I wish? I wish there was a simple way I could just download ALL those archived files in one simple click. 🙂 But then maybe I wouldn’t find the same joy I get when I find another pearl for all my searching.

            🙂

            -greg

            • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

              Greg, I download about 25 discourses that I like on my phone. The program has a cloud button and you click on it after you check all the boxes you want to download. I listen thru my car speakers as I drive around. I am on the road sometimes 10 hrs and stop erase and download some more. I turn it on while I am home and it will go directly to the next talk. I learn a different viewpoint

  • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

    Dear Brothers this from Brandi, she is tearing up now that she has found us please welcome her. she might not be able to comment right away as she/ is at work

    Since I have been disfellowshipped for three years, I have been receiving more blessings from Jehovah more than ever. I know they are from Him and that He is taking care of me because there is no way I could do all this on my own. I am 23 years old, single and living by myself, struggling. But somehow always getting by, due to the kindness of the all the people I come in contact with. I am so thankful for Jehovah’s keen interest in my well being and know He has always protected and taken care of me even from a young age. I also have had many moments of clarity and things click and make sense in a way they never have before since being out of the organization. I don’t want to label myself, but I feel as if I do have a deep connection with Jehovah and am fearful of expressing it. I want to remain humble and not exalt myself, so I continue to bite my tongue. I feel like I have a responsibility though and a job Jehovah has given me. I just haven’t discovered what it is or maybe am hindering myself of the reveal of it. Or I feel as if it isn’t the time just yet, and that is why Jehovah hasn’t revealed it to me yet. I am afraid. But I know Jehovah will fortify me as He has done before. I am just still dealing with combative thoughts that are ingrained in me and cause true fear occasionally. I don’t want to be wrong, because there is much scepticism in the organization and I don’t want to be made a bad example of… I also have no desire to be reinstated. I feel as if my relationship with Jehovah is personal and sacred and that no one can grant that or take it away. Writing an apology letter to convince a group of men of “authority” seems so impersonal and wrong. It shouldn’t be that way. I don’t understand and am afraid to express any personal “opinions.” I need an outlet. I thought about going back to a meeting and asking the elders to sit with me so I can ask questions. But the thought strikes a real fear in me, thinking of sitting in an isolated room away from the congregation with the elders, who have “position” and “authority” just to be considered an Apostate for the way I think and inquire… It is truly isolating. I just want truth. I want answers. I feel as if I have answers, but they are contrary to common belief of the elders, which will get me further shunned. I haven’t attended in awhile. I have no fear of the congregation. But I have doubt as well as concern in some of the information given at the stand. I know the brothers mean well. But I feel as if the organization of it all is misconstrued. Jesus needs a people to prove the True God, Jehovah’s Witnesses may well be it. But they are losing touch with the importance of the basics and I can’t lead by example nor teach in casual conversation due to being excommunicated… It seems to not matter that Jesus is our King and we should imitate him, but appearance is of the utmost importance… If they all just stop worrying and putting such weight on the principles and imitate Jesus in everything, there would be no need to worry about appearance because then there would be no need to worry, we would all be doing what we are suppose to. Imitating Jesus is the only thing that matters. That is the basic I wish I could express. But I am not in a position to share this with active members of the organization. It is frustrating and infuriating and depressing. Anyway, I know I went on a bit of a rant/life storying-telling. I just haven’t expressed myself in awhile. I hope to hear from you soon. Take care and may the peace of Jehovah be with you.

  • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

    Brothers I think this person meant to post their experience but they sent it to the contact form so here is the experience. Jacqueline

    Subject: Baptasim oath

    Name: The Danish sister

    Message: I live in Denmark and got baptized in 1982 and my best friend in 1984( I am happy for the old questions 1973)I found two explanations below.Do you know what convention that resolution was said?I can’t recall that I ever had said YES to an resolution like that! My best friend disassociated herself 28 years ago (after her Dads adwise)totally unnecessary she could have faded because she had never belonged to an organisation,or? Kind regards The Danish Sister There are two things I would like to say regarding the Biblical and legal validity of a person’s baptism under the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society: Firstly, anyone baptised before 1985 has NEVER been a member of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society by virtue of the FACT that no oath of allegiance (starting 1985) was required before their physical baptism. As baptism validates an oath, as can be seen from the changing questions below, anyone not making the Organisational oath, can be an actual member of this religion. This obviously implies that anyone baptised BEFORE 1985 can not be disfellowshipped from an organisation they have never belonged to. They were only baptised as Christians and ‘Jehovah’s witnesses’ (as a verb, not a noun). Baptismal questions from the Watchtower 1973 May 1 p.280: (1) Have you repented of your sins and turned around, recognizing yourself before Jehovah God as a condemned sinner who needs salvation, and have you acknowledged to him that this salvation proceeds from him, the Father, through his Son Jesus Christ? (2) On the basis of this faith in God and in his provision for salvation, have you dedicated yourself unreservedly to God to do his will henceforth as he reveals it to you through Jesus Christ and through the Bible under the enlightening power of the holy spirit? Baptismal questions from the Watchtower 1985 Jun 1 p.30: (1) On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will? (2) Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization? Source: http://www.jwfacts.com/watchtower/baptism.php Secondly, this also implies that anyone ‘disfellowshipped’ from the WTBTS before 1985, has been removed neither on a Scriptural or a legal basis. Likewise, no letter of resignation is needed either. Simply because one is baptised under the auspices of the WTBTS does not change the fact that the baptism is only as a Christian ‘Jehovah’s witness.’ Hi Sunspot: The June 1, 1985 Watchtower, page 30, gives this two question formula: 1. “On the basis of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, have you repented of your sins and dedicated yourself to Jehovah to do his will?” This question does not really involve being ‘baptized in the name of the Father and Son’ … rather it is a statement of belief and action. The Bible never really states that the Apostles applied any specific ‘formula’ when people got baptized … as there is no required formula. They early Christians did use similar expressions as Jesus put forth. The above question is somewhat religious legalism, but it also is fundamentally okay, sort of, yet has little to do with being saved by Grace due to faith alone in Jesus Christ. The second question is: 2. “Do you understand that your dedication and baptism identify you as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in association with God’s spirit-directed organization?” This is legalism par excellence! The Holy Spirit is never really mentioned, at least not directly. Rather the organization is placed into an important position. JWs are brought into a legal arrangement, and here are the important implications: 1. Identification as a JW: The individual is combining an act of faith in Christ’s sacrifice with taking on a religious label. This recognition has legal implications with respect to their obligations to the organization that directs the JWs. 2. Association “with” the organization: While JWs use to say they were members of the Watchtower Society, they generally recognized that there were no Church membership roles. The Society does not now, nor has it ever, considered any JW a member of the Watch Tower corporations, except for the approximate 500 stock-holders of its corporations. The term ‘association with’ has its basis in the law of agency. If a person gets an insurance sales license, they join up with an insurance company as a agent. They are not an employee or member of the corporation, but their license is under the General or Managing Agent, and they work in ‘association with’ that General Agent. The salesperson is legally self-employed, but to remain in ‘association with’ the General Agent, they must abide by her/his rules and office policies. This also has important legal features with respect to Church Government. Because of the ‘separation’ between Church and State doctrine in our nation, religions can have whatever rules and government they want. And if a person joins a religion, and accepts its rules, and understands that their ‘identification’ and ‘association with’ means abiding by its rules, then they have ‘no legal recourse’should the religion decide to boot them out for some infraction against their policies and rules; whether written, oral, expressed, or implied. The religious organization holds all power, authority, and is final judge in how it carries out its procedures. The reason the WTS created the 1985 Baptism Formula?: Because as the 1970s ended, there were many who left regarding the failed prophecy of Armageddon in 1975. Along with this, there was the major shake up at Bethel in 1980-81 with the resignation of Ray Franz, and disfellowshipping of many other Bethelites, including their Gilead Registrar, Ed Dunlap. There was a drop in overall attendance at meetings, time reported in Service, attendance at Conventions, and a rise in JWs who walked away, becomeing inactive, but not Disfellowshipped … leaving the possibility open for them to influence active JWs remaining in the religion. Additionally, I have no doubt that there were some lawsuits, or at least “manuevering” by some inactive JWs to prevent the Elders from taking official DF action These former JWs may have contended that because the Society always said that there were “no membership” roles, that there was no corresponding method to DF someone who was in fact not a member or had no “legal” association with the Watch Tower Society. So, the Society lawyers and leaders had to come up with a new formula that closed this ‘loop-hole’ so that they could terminate the association of any JW, yet not consider them a member of the Watch Tower corporations. The term ‘in association with’ was the way out for them … gave them the same rights and benefits as a General or Managing Agent has with licensed sales people: No direct legal membership, yet the legal means to terminate association. This is the reason for their formula … it forces the new JWs to accept the Watch Tower system of Church Government, lock, stock, and barrel. What about JWs baptized prior to 1985?: These JWs could still make headaches for the Society by claiming that they never recognized God’s spirit-directed organization. The Society would have to then cite earlier District COnventions where the new formula was presented as a “Resolution” to be adopted … all saying “YES” passed the Resolution. Even if one said nothing or even said “NO”, if the majority said “YES” then the new rule went into effect. Could a JW still make an argument against the new rule?: Yes, if they could force the Society, through the courts to “prove” that a “majority” of all JWs said “yes” all aournd the worlkd at all the District Conventions in the year that the “Resolution” was supposedly passed. If they could not produced such results, then the JW could argue to have any affiliation with the Society annulled, and be treated as thogh such a rule never existed. The problem is getting such a case into the civilian courts … because the courts are reluctant to hear cases involving matters of church government. A jw, or former JW ouwld have to show cause, that there was some harm brought to them in ways that transcended the wall of separation between Church and State, and resulted in actual damages as a matter of law. This would be in cases of liable and slander, defamation, etc. These cases can stand on their own anyway, without challenging the rules of Church Government … so a lawyer might advise an aggrieved former JW to not make an issue of Church government and muddy the complaint in court, and instead focus on the actual damages as the law allows. So the primary benefit to the Society is: Not to protect themselves against liabling former members … but to have a more solid basis on which to terminate association with any JW, for any reason, at anytime, and not have the former JW be able to manuever the Elders, and delay matters for months or years … since 1985, the Watch Tower Society and it’s appointed agents, the Elders, have absolute power to terminate the association of any JW … and there is nothing that any JW can do about it. In my own case: In 1993, I wrote to the Society and essentially barred any action toward me … and threatened a lawsuit. They held off … and it would have remained that way, except that the local Elders were able to generate a false basis that I started my own religion, and then determined that I had “Disassociated” myself. I could have beaten them in court on this one, but the costs would have been too great compared to the benefits. Why didn’t they simply boot me according to the new rules?Well, they could have! They could have simply written and said that my association was terminated … and there would be nothing I could do about it. But they made the error of making a charge, a basis on which they made their determination … and they also feared me taking them to court … so, had the local Elders left me alone, I would have simply faded away without any Disassociation or Disfellowshipping. But once they chose to take action, they simply should have terminated my assoication without any notice or reason.

  • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

    Marjo that is true it is the governing body system and the organization set up. My son’s and their wives friends are all witnesses although quite a few of their friends go off and on and basically live their lives according to their own rules. That is why I have never asked any family or others to leave, they are content. A void could be created if they left and like nature abhors a void so should Humans as Satan likes an empty unprotected mind, he will attempt to fill it. You are 33 going on 70.(:)

  • Marjo

    I’m 33 years old from Finland. I wrote little bit of my history elsewhere, but now I can write more in here. My mother knew a witness couple, whom were keeping book studying course for her in 90’s. They were a nice couple, I liked them. My aunt is also a witness. We always go to the meetings with their ride. Our life wasn’t easy then. My dad was alcoholist still is. He was against witnesses. He was always furious when we went to the meetings with our own car. When I came in teenage, I didn’t go to the meetings anymore. Untill 2000 I got to know nice pioneer sisters, whom started bookstudying with me. I guess that was the main reason why I joined to the group, because they were nice. I went to baptise in 2002. After that I began to felt, that they didn’t want to spend much time with me. No one didn’t train me anymore after baptising. I gueass that is where I started to suspect that religion. My mother found new love, and devorced from her husband, that’s when she leaved witnesses. Of course non of the witnesses told me that, if they knew. My mother told me herself, after that I was confused, angry and furious. No one wasn’t there to confort or help me through all of that. No one didn’t even ask me how I was doing. I had that feeling they were avoiding me. That’s when I met my boyfriend who is my husband now. We were working in a same place. We moved together in summer 2008. Then there were witnesses stalking my mailbox, my area where I was living. They even left me a note to my mailbox saying: ” why aren’t you in the meetings anymore? Why do you have another lastname in your mailbox?”. I think that was rude. Then I e-mailed the elder, that I want to leave the group. We got married in novemer 2008, because there was baby on the way in february 2009.

    I feel that I have more blessings now then when i was a witness. That all bitterness what was when I was a witness is now long gone. I feel I understand bible much better. I guess it’s because I don’t have to use just witnesses literaty in studying.

    • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

      Marjo thanks for sharing your journey. All seem to have one thing in common after cutting ties with the witnesses. We can understand the Bible, and we are happy and not afraid. I think it is because Holy Spirit can get through to help us. Without a manmade organization between us we have no choice but to go to Jesus and He leads us to God. A personal relationship not a herd mentality.
      You were smarter than lots of us you recognized and left at a decent age. Your children aren’t scarred by the organization. Good for you and your babies. You are welcome in the Bible student association, you don’t join just jump right in commenting here on articles and Kent have the info for you to connect with brothers on that side of the world.
      He left his Skype name below. Would you prefer he email you or write here how to come on. We would love to talk you this Saturday. Check the article on the testimony to your top right. Figure out your time and come on to talk if you can. http://www.friendsofjehovahswitnesses.com/2017/11/02/testimony-meeting/. Tell your mom she is welcome also. I am just so glad to see you left at an early age. You are brave. You love for Spiritual things is still there and we welcome you in Christ. Jacqueline

      • Marjo

        I got kents information thank you. Recently I have began to think, maybe being in a witnesses was just a stepping stone for something bigger. Jehova didnt abandon me even tho I left JW. He has always been there watching my steps.

        • Jacqueline (Bible Student)

          Right Marjo, a stepping stone. Although I am much older than you I learned an expression from my brothers among the Bible students. Divine Providence, nothing happens without God’s permission. I didn’t understand at first but now I see it was like a training ground to have the contrast of error in basic truths first. For instance armageddon, something wasn’t quite right with killing little children, muslim women that could never in this life accept Christ. But then i learned about the “Ransom for All” and what it meant. Hellfire was more just than witness version of armageddon. At least they were wicked people and they got to die first but the pictures painted by witnesses put fear not love for God. Had I not known a little truth, I might not have talked to God so fervently. I do believe we can dismiss this training however. But God called us to run the race to get to see him face to face if we choose to accept. I also believe No one comes to Christ unless Jehovah calls them now as he can read hearts. I feel good inside now knowing about the 1000 years as the opportunity time of restoring and learning and not picking up bones and being only with Witnesses.
          I look at people with love now when I am with them! I have been booking events deliberately at Churches for my Spa team just so I can get to know other Christians and see some of the good works they do for the community. I attended a “Voice of the Martyrs event to hear the stories of people suffering for Christ around the world. I could never experience this as a witness, it uplifted me. All of this is how you neutralize the influence of such a high control organization as the effects will last a lifetime.
          I think this Thanksgiving I am going to volunteer to feed the poor at a soup kitchen then massage and talk to individuals about the hope of Jesus. Jesus fed people first (as when they thought Judas was going to buy food for the poor) and He fed them after they had spiritual food. I am going to do this during the holiday season this year. It is just such a pleasure talking to you as my children are 40-47 and they can’t see what you have seen, wow, but you give me hope that they will get out of Babylon for at least a little while before the systems fall. (If not they will suffer her defeat but still be in Paradise) Got to run now to put my crew to work at an event but I will check the site and I won’t monopolize you, I know others will want to welcome you. Also your story is giving other young ones hope as many are clicking on it. God Bless Marjo
          http://www.friendsofjehovahswitnesses.com/category/armageddon-2/
          http://www.friendsofjehovahswitnesses.com/category/paradise-earth-answers/
          http://www.friendsofjehovahswitnesses.com/questions/

          • Marjo

            We can only pray for those whom are still in with JW. We know Jehova can read our mind and soul. Maybe they aren’t ready to leave from it yet, but I hope soon Jehova will open their eyes for the real truth. You just need to show them, that they will not be alone after leaving JW’s. That there is large group of loving people to help them through. I don’t blame witnesses of anything, but it’s the governing body that is behind of all bad what is happening inside of JW society. Witnesses just obey all what they say.

            I think the curtain which is covering their eyes is that, what governing body tells not to go to war. That must be one of the reasons, why they don’t see through. Governing body is rotten inside, but looks great fruit from outside.

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