Who Are The Apostates?
It's relatively easy to join the Watchtower compared to leaving the religion. Leaving comes with a steep price.
Those who leave the Watchtower voluntarily or by force (through 'disfellowshipping' or excommunication), are referred to as 'apostates'.
When someone leaves, all JW's feel the pain. Apostates are shunned. Even greeting an apostate is thought to be a sin. Families are destroyed. Close friendships and relationships suddenly end. All are punished, - those who leave and those who stay.
The Watchtower Society Says Apostates Are Mentally Diseased.
The Watchtower says apostates are 'like criminals' and 'mentally diseased'. WT, July 15, 2011, Article: "Will You Pay Attention to Jehovah's Clear Warnings?", p 11-16; par 5-13
They say apostates speak half truths and outright lies. However what apostates say comes directly from Watchtower magazines. Enjoy these Watchtower quotes. Get the facts about this religion. Their literature will tell you everything you need to know.