Testimonials

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.

519 comments to Testimonials

  • Bible Students

    Visit this informative website on the Bible: http://www.thebiblepage.WebStarts.com

  • truthpeacelove

    I have personal experience, I was a Jehovah’s Witness for 7 years. I spent many, many, many hours in service. Although I was not officially a Pioneer, I spent sometimes more hours in service than some of the Pioneers themselves and I faithfully brought my little children with me. The brothers and sisters there became my family and as it is encouraged, I began to disassociate myself with non-believers, even from biological family members. This religious faith became my whole life, I not only believed but I lived it whole-heartedly. I read all their Watchtower magazines, preached, went to Theocratic School and all the meetings, began buying and collecting an extensive library of their material and disassociated myself from the “heathen”. I can say I honestly lived it. Until my life started to crumble on a personal level. I didn’t really feel accepted by some as I was not a long standing member and had no other biological family members that believed or attended. I was certainly not of the kind of money that backed many of the long standing Elders, Brothers, Sisters, and their generations of Witnesses. I wondered were I really fit in, if I would truly ever fit in. Although, on the exterior it looked all good. My life crumbled, my husband at the time (now divorced), was very abusive and I fell back into my old false security of smoking cigarettes and I stopped going to meetings. When the Elders found out that I was smoking they approached me, and at this time gave me a few weeks to quit. It seemed my life was going from bad to worse. They approached me again a few weeks later and asked if I had quit. I honestly told them no, at which pointed they announced that I was now officially disfellowshiped. If you don’t know what that means, it means that in the eyes and minds of the other Witnesses, you are considered dead. I have seen other Witnesses mourn a disfellowshiped member in the same way that you would if they had physically died. Myself, I had never personally known anyone to be disfellowshiped. For those that are, the other Witnesses have to pass you by and act like you never existed, remember your dead! In fact, if anyone is caught communicating or still befriending you, they too would be in danger of being disfellowshiped. Not having any worldly friends or family left to go to, who were all very distant and cold toward me because I had disassociated myself from them, I had no one! I tried calling one of the sisters that I was very close to, but her husband intervened and told me to “never contact his wife again”. I lived in hell for sure for a long time. There are other things that I do not think are appropriate but for now, that is my personal experience. You can decide for yourself what you feel is appropriate or not. My God, bestows free will and unconditional love to all of humanity! God doesn’t have to punish anyone, man does that for himself!
    P.S. I have since quit smoking but have no desire or intention of ever reinstating myself.

    • Peter K. (admin)

      truthpeacelove – That is a great screen name. I am so sorry for this trial in your life. Your dedication and love for Jehovah was pursued through an organization. I think you realize now the importance of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, not controlled by an organization. However you have been mistreated and abandoned. We are told in 1 John 3:14, “We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.” (NASV) You should have been treated with this love from your brethren. But you know that Jesus and Jehovah are still with you. I hope your discouragement is not a barrier to starting over and finding new relationships with Christian brothers and sisters who practice the love John spoke of. I hope this website provides some encouragement for you. If you want us to try to help you find friends in your area, contact us privately through the “ABOUT” page, the select “CONTACT.”

      2 Cor 1:3-7 says, “3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are ours in abundance, so also our comfort is abundant through Christ. 6 But if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation; or if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is effective in the patient enduring of the same sufferings which we also suffer; 7 and our hope for you is firmly grounded, knowing that as you are sharers of our sufferings, so also you are sharers of our comfort.

  • Haupi

    I formally disassociated myself from the Watchtower Society in January of 1984 after over 30 years of service, 5 of which were in the pioneer work. I’ve never married because I was going to do that in the New Order, but actually it’s okay and I’m happy. The reason why I left was that I was no longer comfortable sharing the Watchtower from door-to-door or commenting at meetings, let alone giving talks from the platform because of the Society’s ever changing doctrinal position on everything at the time and there was no one I could confide in. Every change was expected to be accept without question, something I could not do regarding the 1975 fiasco that the Society claimed happened because some in the Congregation ran ahead of them. What?!! It wasn’t long before had begun to feel that if Jehovah God really did give our GB a truth, you could expand on it, or build on it but you just couldn’t say it wasn’t truth anymore and just accept this new light.

    I was a third generation Jehovah’s Witness with no support system in place when I left and I didn’t care, I was free for the first time in my life and it was delicious! I was very fortunate to stumble upon the Bible Students and began associating with them and learning a lot about Witness from their perspective.

    Since leaving the Watchtower Society I’ve watched in stunned disbelief at what the brothers and sisters have accepted. Who would have ever believed that the Society could have gotten away with joining the UN, changing 1914 or have a huge pedophile problem without a mass exodus. Shame on the ones that stay and self-righteously shun those of us who’ve left.

    I’m looking forward to once again fellowship with the Bible Students and I’m so grateful for all of you who are here on this forum and the ones who started this site. I’m moved and encouraged by your steadfastness and I hope to meet some of you at future conventions. I feel like I’ve found a home again.

    Thanks for letting me share. Much love and gratitude.
    – Haup J.

  • JAman

    These words are true. After 39 years of JW Man-Rule, We have found Jehovah’s hand again. He will not leave his loyal ones, especially if we remember He is the author of loyalty!. The joy of rekindling truth as revealed by holy spirit, and not many books, is very refreshing!! After leaving them, my wife and I were temporarily a bit aimless, but we found this little place to visit, and it has helped us to re-connect. Phil. 4:8 helps us now to stay focused on the things of God, not the ambitions of men.

    • Jacqueline

      Ari matthew davies and Jaman,
      You are so encouraging, thanks a lot guys. All of us went out on a limb with this website format. I thank all the BS that saw and understood our need to reconnect to the truth. We were losing the ability to use the Bible.
      Eph. 6:17 is alive as we suit up in our armour! I just noticed, it first said to accept the helmet of salvation, an intelligent hope of salvation, a fastening of knowledge. Intellectual protection; our sanctified reasoning guided thru the Word of Lord. (Expanded Biblical Comments). As long as our heads don’t get to big for it we are protected.
      With the Sword of the Spirit, ( defense of doctrines of Christ,) I can feel now I can defend my shield and other armor.
      You encourage us all when we see your familiar names. Thanks so much, ari matthew davies and JAman. Jacqueline

  • ari matthew davies

    Its been about a month since I have been reading the Bible Student material. There is no doubt in my mind that basic truth like what they practice is better than the whole buffet of kingdom casserole! Guys keep up the good work. Jehovah shall continue using you and blessing you!

  • Fox

    Interesting site with an interesting concept:) Although I have to ask, wasn’t C.T. Russell a Mason, and into pyramidology?
    That aside, I agree with most here that the JW doctrine is far and a way superior (more correct) than Christendom’s. Nothing comes near it when looking for truth. Once leaving do we suddenly accept the trinity, deification of Christ, hell fire, immortality of the soul? We can’t. So where do we go? Back to JWs? Not with a clear conscience. JWs have become unclean because of 1) UN affiliations that they only recanted after the gurdian exposed them. 2) Being major share holders in Rand Cam that supplied engines to US warships. 3) Not acting appropriately when dealing with child abuse victims and the perps for fear that it might present the WTBTs in a bad light, thus not exercising their duty of care. They could have told the truth – confessed the organisational sins, but chose to try and cover things up in order to protect the reputation of the WTBTS. These three things stand as a testimony against that organisation, proving that, at this point in time, it cannot have God’s favour. And these are only the things we know. Hmmm vexing!!

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Fox – C.T. Russell was definately not a Mason and not into any type of pyramidology associated with New Age or spiritism or the occult. We will touch on these topics in the future. However, you can look up answers to these and other issues by clicking on the link on the right side of the website, under the heading “Books – electronic,” select “Pastor Russell: Messenger of Millennial Hope.” Next click on “download a PDF version.” This is a large electronic file which could take a few minutes to download. There are also chapters that will explain who the Bible Students are. We are the original Christians assoicated with the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society during the lifetime of it’s founder, C.T. Russell. The “WE BELIEVE” page on this website will list many of the beliefs we have in common with JWs.

  • in answer about staying for the meat i thought what i saw was meat basic christianity with no interpratation of a doctorine just straight forward reading the bible and obeying it! thats what was so good! no atempt to explain when jesus is comeing or what this church expects from you! i could wittness what i saw 10000 times more and not grow tired of it, as for me im an unusual person i force my self to agree with the church im visiting while im visiting it and if i did not really like it i just dont visit it often! but while im in someone elses church i cause my self to be peaceable

  • Yes, it’s me again arimatthewdavies! I went to a church yesterday. Wow! I’m impressed 30 minutes of singing and praising to god and Jesus! Then some bible reading, then a straight forward repent of your sins call on Jesus for forgiveness and get baptized! They had a tank ready. One man was baptized on the spot! Wow. There really are friends of Jehovah not in the kingdom hall and I met some of them. Awesome!

    • Peter K. (admin)

      Glad you are receiving rich blessings. Music draws the heart and spirit toward God. Here is a friendly question: When you are done enjoying the milk, will you also enjoy the deeper meat at this Church, if there is any, or are you satisfied to stay with milk? Will you be able to freely discuss deeper doctrinal issues at Church without being made to feel unwelcome. As with the JWs, when you are walking downstream with the group, everthing seems great. But when you start walking upstream and asking questions or expressing different opinions, hopefully they will maintain a loving spirit and be willing to kindly consider your point of view. It’s okay if they disagree, but the question is whether at that point they will make you feel welcome or begin to reject you.

  • thanks to that person that has spread my warning about the atheist site called recovering jws on yuku i created jehovahisgod.yuku.com[jehovahs table] to talk about the true god jehovah i made my site their after discovering that filthy place! i am the same ari matthew davies who wrote stand firm and tell others to do the same! seek out the f.ds. i myself sugest kingdomhall for field service might just be a good start! stay away from the e-rebelious man and you know whom i mean trust jehovah obey jesus and expect him to bring some restoration soon! your brother ari bids you all blessings from our lord!

  • Peter K. (admin)

    Excerpts from testimony of Sister Margaret Russell Land
    (Pastor Charles T. Russell’s sister) taken from the
    1907 Convention Report Book.

    Dear Brethren: I rejoice to be here; undoubtedly the Master, the
    Chief Reaper, is in our midst. How our hearts rejoice as we
    realize it is His spirit which illuminates each countenance and
    teaches us how to love one another! How true His words, “My
    sheep know My voice, and another they will not follow.”
    Since coming here many have inquired, “How long since you
    came to a knowledge of the Truth”? Upon my reply that it is
    “about thirty-three years,” much interest has been expressed, with
    desire to learn something of the infancy and growth of what we
    term “present truth.” After hearing, these have expressed great
    desire that still others should hear the same as a stimulus to their
    faith; so I trust that my testimony may be used of the Master to
    the blessing of some of His little ones…

    A few years prior to this period He anointed the eyes of a lad of
    17 years that he might behold the errors and dishonoring doctrines
    being promulgated among God’s true people. I rejoice to believe
    that later God’s smile of favor rested upon him, my dearly beloved
    brother, according to the flesh, and that he was accepted as a
    laborer, not from necessity on God’s part, but because this vessel
    lay in his pathway, empty and ready for service. This youth as a
    member of the Congregational church constantly inquired for
    explanations of various obscure passages of Scripture. His Bible
    class teacher, fearing that these unanswerable questions might
    make infidels of the other young men in the class, advised that the
    questions be referred to the pastor of the church, who after
    studying as to how he could harmonize the seemingly
    contradictory statements with which he was confronted and thus
    to prove the Bible to be God’s Word by showing its harmony said,
    “Charles, I can help you very easily.” And taking a book from his
    library said, “Read this carefully; it will satisfy your mind
    thoroughly on these points.” He, very much pleased, took it home
    and began to read, but after reading one page he closed the
    volume and returned to the minister with the remark, “I shall need
    to see the book which precedes this one.” “Why, what do you
    mean?” asked the minister. “I mean that this book starts out by
    assuming to be true the very things I desire to have proven to be
    true. I want the book which proves the Bible to be God’s word and
    shows harmony in these Scriptures.” The minister said, “I would
    advise you to stop investigating these things, for they were never
    intended to be understood.” But he was met with the query, “Why
    then, did God place them here? If this is God’s word, I believe He
    designed that it should be understood.” Finally it was decided best
    to call a meeting of the Church session. Here was more perplexity
    for the youth; he wondering why it should be necessary to call in
    consultation any outsiders; but he consented, and the Session was
    called in a special meeting for the purpose of discussing these
    perplexing questions and endeavoring to reconcile and prove
    reasonable some of the church doctrines. The men constituting
    this “Session” ranked high in professional and literary circles, one
    being a Professor in the Allegheny Theological Seminary. Charles
    met with them. At the close of the meeting the list of questions
    were returned to him with the admission that no satisfactory
    solution to these could be found. Later at a church meeting he
    requested a letter of dismissal, stating his reasons for withdrawing
    from church fellowship. …

    He determined to seek further knowledge, remembering
    the Lord’s words, “Seek and ye shall find, knock and it shall be
    opened unto you.” From that time onward so devoted was he to
    the Lord’s service that he spent all of his leisure time in mission
    work and conducting Bible studies, etc. About 1874 the true mode
    of Baptism and its import was discerned by him, and he and
    father, together with a number of others, including myself,
    symbolized our baptism into Christ by water immersion.
    Later, about 1877, after attending a series of services held by my
    brother, a prominent Pittsburg physician remarked concerning
    him, “I should not be much surprised if he should prove to be the
    youthful David who will yet slay with his pebble of Truth the
    great ecclesiastical Goliath.” I feel I can truthfully say ever since
    those years he has been to me an example of self-sacrifice in
    every sense of that word and an inspiration, reiterating by his
    example the Apostle’s words, “This one thing I do.”
    Sincerely and persistently he has pressed on to accomplish what
    he evidently felt to be his God-given mission. For thirty-three
    years I have watched his toilings up the hill of difficulty, for those
    were not days when warm, glad hearts welcomed him, nor words
    of “God-speed” heard to encourage him, as now; but days of
    scorn, for the Truth’s sake, in which it looked foolish indeed to
    stem the tide of popular thought upon these subjects almost alone,
    turning the back upon all that seemed tangible, for that which at
    that time seemed so visionary. True, others came, and for a
    while rejoiced and assisted, but many becoming weary and
    relaxed their efforts. Though such discouragements came with
    “the burden and heat of the day,” yet special grace and assistance
    also came, and the Master whispered, “Be not weary in well
    doing; in due time thou shalt reap if thou faint not.” (1 Pet.
    2:12,19; also Heb. 6:10.) Thus sustained and strengthened he
    continues until, behold! the tree blossoms, and its fragrance is
    wafted to the ends of earth, and others come “from every nation,
    kindred, and tongue” to co-labor in promoting the growth of
    Truth, which is so precious to us now!

    “Paul may plant and Appolos water, but God giveth the increase.”
    The Kingdom, the work, the laborers are all His, and to Him we
    delight to give the glory. We come to this convention 2,500
    strong, testifying to the saving power of Him who over 1,900
    years ago left us a legacy of love, with the assurance that if we
    suffer with Him we shall also reign with Him. As the reigning
    time draws very near, dear ones, let us “watch, fight and pray,”
    taking heed that no man take our crown. Thus “we shall come off
    more than conquerors through Him who loved and gave Himself
    for us.”

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