Jehovah's Witnesses.

Punishment for The Wicked and The Righteous.

  1. Punishment for God's People.
  2. Faithful JW's Suffer Along With Those Who Leave.
  3. Broken Families, Friendships, and Close Relationships In The Name Of God and Jesus.

Bible based evidence that contradicts the viewpoints given in the article: 'Discipline That Can Yield Peaceable Fruit.' Watchtower 1988, April 15.

What Does Jehovah Say?

  1. Should everyone on the highway get a speeding ticket when only one person is going too fast?
  2. Should faithful Jehovah's Witnesses suffer along with those who leave?
  3. If not, does the doctrine of disfellowshipping come from God?

Would Jehovah punish people who did nothing wrong? The Bible says that Jehovah is a God of justice. Isaiah 5:16: Isaiah 30:18; Job 34:12;

Whenever someone get's disfellowshipped or leaves the organization, Jehovah's Witnesses in good standing with the organization are punished at the same time. Everyone is punished. Faithful Jehovah's Witnesses can no longer have a relationship with disassociated parents, children, brothers, sisters, cousins, ... and life long friends without paying a steep price. See Jehovah's Witnesses Rules

Thus the righteous and the unrighteous are punished. It would be like everyone on the highway getting a speeding ticket, just because one person disobeyed the law. How would you feel if you got a speeding ticket because someone else was going too fast? Would that be fair? Would you complain? Of course you would. Jehovah would too. JW's say Jehovah is a God of justice. Watchtower Aug 15, 2007, 'Jehovah Is a Lover of Justice'

What Does Jesus Say About Disfellowshipping?

Disfellowshipping involves judging people on behalf of God. It means isolating unworthy individuals from 'God's organization' and 'the Christian congregation'. [1] Some are not disfellowshipped. They just leave. Or they 'disassociate' themselves. These people are judged as 'apostates'. Disassociated persons are treated the same way as disfellowshipped JW's. For example, if a Jehovah's Witness willingly and unrepentantly agrees to a blood transfusion to save their life or the life of a loved one, they are not disfellowshipped. Instead they automatically 'disassociate' themselves by default. [2] Either way, they are judged harshly and shunned by those inside the organization.

What does Jesus say? He is very clear on this matter. To be sons of the Most High God, Christians must not judge. They must be kind to the 'ungrateful and wicked' just like God.

Jesus is very explicit. Notice what he says about judging and being unkind to anyone.

Jesus says, 'love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. ... Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.' Luke 6:35-37

Thus critics say that disfellowshipping is running ahead of what Jesus says and adding to his word. The Bible says, 'Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; 2 John 1:9

Disfellowshipped and disassociated Jehovah's Witnesses are labeled 'apostates'. [3] Based on what the Bible says, critics argue that Jehovah and Jesus are not pleased with the practice of disfellowshipping. Could they be right? Could the apostates be JW's who make and enforce the rules of disfellowshipping inside the organization? See Apostate Jehovah's Witnesses. (Why Do They Disagree With Jesus?)

What Did The Apostle Paul Say About Disfellowshipping?

  1. Did the Apostle Paul teach disfellowshipping?
  2. If he did, why did he contradict the explicit instructions of Jesus on judging?

The Apostle Paul and The Leaven Of The Pharisees.

The Bible indicates that apostasy and the 'leaven of the Pharisees' began immediately after the death of Jesus. The Apostle Paul claimed to be a Pharisee after converting to Christianity! Acts 23:6 Even though Paul said he was a Christian as well, he was not one of Jesus' disciples. Paul converted to Christianity after the death of Christ. Prior to that he was a zealous persecutor of Christians and even responsible for their death.

Jesus warned his followers about the leaven or yeast of the Pharisees. Luke 12:1, Matthew 16:6, Matthew 12:11 It's not that they were evil, wicked people. It's just that they were more focused on rules, regulations, status, outward appearance, and self righteousness, than on the love Jesus taught. That's why it's not surprising that Paul's theology deviated from what Jesus said. Paul introduced the leaven of the Pharisees into the early congregation when he converted to Christianity.

What Paul did was the same as a zealous Jehovah's Witness suddenly becoming a Catholic and then the Pope. Is it possible for a Jehovah's Witness to abandon every single one of their beliefs overnight? Of course not. That's why true Christians do not try to harmonize the entire Bible. They read it and hold all scriptures as sacred but Jesus always comes first. Only his words are necessary for salvation. Jesus is the path to eternal life, - not the Apostle Paul, the disciples, Edward Gibbons, or the early Christian congregation. According to the Bible, Jesus comes first, even before Jehovah, the God of the ancient Israelites. Matthew 28:18; John 6:67-69 Get The Facts About The Apostle Paul

What Did Edward Gibbon Say About Disfellowshipping?

Jehovah's Witnesses point to Edward Gibbon to defend their position on disfellowshipping.

Edward Gibbon said that by the end of the third century, the Christian congregation was judging and disfellowshipped people. Should we follow the traditions of men who lived 250 years after Jesus died? The Bible says that Jesus is our only authority. Matthew 28:18.

It is interesting that the JW's support their disfellowshipping doctrine based on apostate Roman church doctrines practiced hundreds of years after Jesus died. Yet at the same time they claim to reject anything of 'pagan' origin or affiliated with 'false' religion. Critics say the practice of disfellowshipping is part of false religion because it is apostate. Jesus told his followers not to judge because God is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Luke 6:35-37. True Christians follow Jesus and no one else. See All Scriptures Are Inspired

The Bible says 'Anyone who goes on and does not keep to the teaching of Christ, has not God: he who keeps to the teaching has the Father and the Son.' 2 John 1: 9

The Truth. Jesus Is The Path To Eternal Life.

Notice what the Bible says. 'Then Jesus came to them and said, "ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit' Matthew 28: 18-19

1. When a Jehovah's Witness get's disfellowshipped or disassociates themselves, they sometimes believe that they are no longer part of 'God's organization' or 'the Christian congregation'. This is simply not true. No where in the Bible does it say that the organization has the authority to judge, and expel individuals from God's organization or the Christian congregation. All they can do is excommunicate members from their religion. This is a good thing. Since disassociated ones no longer have to be follow the rules and regulations of the organization, they are free to worship God directly. That's the way God intended it to be! True Christians are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. NOT Jehovah and their favorite religion. Matthew 28:19 True Christians have a direct relationship with Jesus symbolized by baptism. Being faithful to any religion is contrary to God's purpose and what the Bible says. See Salvation. The Best Religion. Will It Save You?

2. Jehovah's Witnesses are not disfellowshipped for having a blood transfusion. However if they willingly and unrepentantly have a blood transfusion to save their life, they disassociate themselves. Disassociated ones are shunned and treated like disfellowshipped JW's. They are said to be Apostate Jehovah's Witnesses or 'apostates' for short. See the 2010 handbook for Elders, Shepard the Flock of God and take a look at the Jehovah's Witnesses Rules

3. Why are Jehovah's Witnesses who leave called 'apostates'? No one can be sure. Critics say it's a negative label attached to all JW's who leave. This is done to turn minds OFF. See Mind Control The Watchtower Society has said that name-calling can be used to create prejudice against entire groups of people so that 'people reject the person or the idea on the basis of the negative label instead of weighing the evidence for themselves.' From the Awake! Magazine June 22, 2000 pages 6 - 10.