The Watchtower Society tells elders that anyone who stubbornly disagrees with their interpretation of the Bible needs to be disfellowshipped in order to keep the Christian congregation clean .
Is there a better way to keep congregations clean. Is there an alternative to disfellowshipping? Some say that there is. Here's what they say might work.
Teach whatever you want. Believe whatever you want. Do whatever you want. It's all good. All opinions are valid. However there's no need to judge who can stay in the organization and who needs to be disfellowshipped.
Why? Because the strongest Witnesses are exposed to apostate ideas, worldly people, and wrongdoing just as much as weaker Witnesses. Think about the elders, ministerial servants, and those that go door to door. They are constantly exposed to worldly ideas. Yet their faith is strong.
People are more encouraged to be moral and honest when they are doing it out of love for God, rather the fear of being punished. The fear of being disfellowshipped and cut of from the congregation has a negative affect on the morality and honesty of individual Witnesses who now have to hide in order to follow their conscience or beliefs.
Being 'like-minded' and 'speaking in agreement' does not need to mean that everyone must believe exactly the same way. The law of the Christ is freedom. Be united under the 'law of the Christ' which is love of neighbors and enemies. Disfellowshipping is not the answer. Jesus is.
1. See Reasons for Disfellowshipping according to the Watchtower's handbook or manual for elders.
2. The 'truths' or beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses should be called 'opinions', not truths because Watchtower truths can change at any time! Since everyone's opinion is valid, there's absolutely nothing wrong with the opinions of Jehovah's Witnesses. However there is something wrong with saying that only the Governing Body's opinion's are 'the truth' and everyone else has 'false' teachings. According to the Watchtower, they do NOT have a direct channel to God so how can anyone be sure all their 'truths' are correct? Read what the Watchtower says about their relationship with Jehovah.
4. The Apostle Paul said 'Expel the wicked man from among you'. 1 Cor 5:13. In 1 Cor 6 Paul says that the 'saints' will judge the world and even angels, however are church elders saints qualified to judge the world and angels? Also according to his own testimony, Paul “violently persecuted” the “church of God” (followers of Jesus) prior to his conversion to Christianity. In fact Paul openly admitted to being a Pharisee AFTER he became the Apostle Paul! Get all the Facts About The Apostle Paul.
Paul's conversion can be dated to around AD 33 by his reference to it in one of his letters. There is no evidence that Paul had known Jesus prior to his death. He certainly couldn't have understood the teachings of Jesus as well as the disciples who followed Jesus when Jesus was alive. None of the disciples of Jesus talked about expelling Christians from the congregation. Also see Saint Paul Wikipedia
5. Christians follow the teachings of Jesus. Apostasy began to set in immediately after Jesus died. Today we have hundreds of Christian churches all with different beliefs based on their interpretation of what Jesus said. One opinion is not better than another. However Christians should not 'add' to the teachings of Jesus. Bible clearly says, 'Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; ... If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.' 2 John 1: 9 - 11 NIV
Does this mean that the Apostle John recommended disfellowshipping. No he did not. See Do Not Say A Greeting and find out what this scripture means.