Finding Friends.

Finding Friends At Church.

This article is for recently disfellowshipped Jehovah's Witnesses who are being shunned by family and close friends.

Finding friends at church may not be easy for you, but if you're being shunned you need good friends. People who go to church are making an effort to understand God. It's a good place to start.

So pick any church. Go to many of them nearby your home. Eventually it will be more and more comfortable. You don't have to join any of them unless you want to.

Just hang out and make friends. Study the Bible with them. Fellowship. Ask them to teach you what they believe in. Don't try to change them. Do not argue with them. Remember. You are the one looking for new friends right now. They don't need you but you need them.

Be humble. Be as a child. Listen and learn. Do not tell them they're wrong. Don't try to change them or tell them what Jehovah's Witnesses believe. You're not there to preach to them. You're there to make friends. Love them regardless of what they believe in and they will love you in the same way.

With the support of new friends who know you're background, you can start to develop a personal relationship with God. All Christian churches will encourage this. If you find one that says their religion is the only path to salvation, - run!!! You just found another religious trap!

If after a few months you don't like the church you're going to for some reason, go to another one. You won't lose your friends. You'll only make more friends at your new church. Religions should never trap you. They should allow you to be free.

Of course you need to be careful if you're fresh out of the Jehovah's Witnesses. Don't be telling others what they need to believe based on your previous beliefs as a Jehovah's Witness.

Forget about your beliefs as a JW for now. Put them aside. Become as a child. Read the Bible alone without cross referencing Watchtower literature. Stop reading the NWT. It has errors and missing scriptures. Study the Bible with other Christians. Listen and learn. Later down the road, once you've made lots of good friends, you can decide for yourself what you will believe. For now, be content to learn and accept the love others offer you.