Why Can't Jehovah's Witnesses Talk To Disfellowshipped Family Members?

  1. Why do Jehovah's Witnesses shun their children, parents, and families who leave the Watchtower?
  2. Why can't JW's associate with 'apostates' (Jehovah's Witnesses who leave their religion)?
  3. Why does the Watchtower break up families?

Ever wonder why Jehovah's Witnesses can talk with non believers but they can't talk with disfellowshipped former JW's who are non believers? It doesn't make sense does it?

The Watchtower says they support freedom of religion. Jehovah's Witnesses can greet and talk to non believers. They are respectful. But they're not respectful towards anyone who leaves the Watchtower.

The Watchtower says it's 'God's command' to have absolutely no contact, not to say a greeting, and have anything to do with JW's who leave, - even if they are close family members, ... children, ... parents, ... brothers, ... sisters, ... and life long friends. [1]

Two Reasons Why Jehovah's Witnesses Can't Talk To Disfellowshipped JW's.

Here are two possible reasons why the Watchtower says Jehovah's Witnesses can't talk with former EX-JW's (i.e. apostates). As you read these reasons, ask yourself which reason makes sense and which one does not. Which reason is the most likely reason why Jehovah's Witnesses can't talk with 'apostates'?

Reason one, is what the Watchtower says. Reason two is hidden from Jehovah's Witnesses.

Consider both reasons, and decide which one is correct. Then visit our FaceBook page to comment and like this article.

Reason One.

In the early days of disfellowshipping and shunning [1] which began in 1952, JW's were told that non believers never studied 'the truth'. Members who have left, 'knew the truth' and have rejected it. The Watchtower considers this to be 'badness'. In fact in 1981 it became a sin to leave the Watchtower for any reason. The Watchtower said anyone who rejects the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses should be viewed and treated as those who are disfellowshipped for wrongdoing. [2]

However this argument doesn't hold water. Why? Because even though the Watchtower says they have 'the truth', they also admit having no divine inspiration and mistakes are possible. [3]

Even though the Watchtower says they are God's channel of communication and all other religious leaders are 'false teachers', history proves this isn't true. The Watchtower has a long history of teaching things that were not true. e.g. The Watchtower has made many predictions for doomsday and taught things that they no longer teach because those teachings were 'false'. They admit that as Jehovah's light get's brighter and brighter, what they teach today might be 'false' the future. [3]

The words 'in the truth', doesn't mean the Watchtower is infallible or can't make mistakes [3]

What does it mean to be 'in the truth' then? What does it mean to be 'out of the truth'? [4]

All religions are run by people and people make mistakes. Also, religions are based on FAITH, not facts. Therefore no one knows anything for SURE! There is no such thing as a religion that's right about everything.

Therefore 'knowing the truth' and then 'leaving the truth' is pure nonsense because even according to the Watchtower, what they teach today, could be proven false tomorrow as Jehovah's light gets 'brighter and brighter'. [3]

The words 'in the truth' has absolutely nothing to do with correctness of doctrines. There is only one logical reason why Jehovah's Witnesses say they're 'in the truth'. It has nothing to do with 'true religion' or 'false religion'. Faith is based on FAITH. The truth is based on PROVEN FACTS. What the Watchtower has is opinions and FAITH. All religions have opinions as to what's 'the truth' and all relgions have FAITH. None are correct about everything.

The Watchtower can't have 'the truth' if mistakes are possible and tomorrow's truth could be different than today's truth. [4] Therefore 'knowing the truth' and then 'leaving the truth' is not a good reason for not talking to 'apostates'.

Reason Two.

A more likely reason why Jehovah's Witnesses are not allowed to talk with disfellowshipped former JW's is that once you get baptized to Jehovah AND the organization, the Watchtower believes they own you. WOW. What a revelation! Is it true?

As evidence to support this conclusion, take a look at the baptism vows of Jehovah's Witnesses from 1956 to now. After the failed 1975 prediction for armageddon, thousands of JW's left the Watchtower. Some questioned whether shunning was valid because they dedicated their life ONLY TO GOD, - NOT to any religion. Therefore if they never 'belonged' to the Watchtower, how could they be disfellowshipped and shunned as 'apostates'? They 'belonged' only to God! They didn't 'join' any religion when they got baptized, so how could they be kicked out?

Thus since 1985 the Watchtower's baptism vows changed. Jehovah's Witnesses are now baptized in the name of their religion which is contrary to what the Bible teaches. [5]

If Jehovah's Witnesses dedicate their lives to Jehovah AND the Watchtower, then they have agreed to obey the Society's rules. The Watchtower owns you because you dedicated your life to them!

If you were an African slave years ago and escaped from you owner, you would have been punished severely. So today it might be that the reason why Jehovah's Witnesses can't talk to disfellowshipped former JW's is because ALL JEHOVAH'S WITNESSES ARE WATCHTOWER SLAVES.

If a Jehovah's Witness leaves their owner, shunning is a powerful mind control technique to whip unfaithful slaves back into submission.

For further confirmation that this the real reason for treating 'apostates' with disrespect, take a look at Watchtower quotes requiring ALL Jehovah's Witnesses to obey Watchtower leaders (even the 144,000 who are chosen by God to rule the world with Jesus.).

Regardless of what the Watchtower says, it appears that the Watchtower is punishing their slaves who escape. They belonged to the Watchtower and they left. The baptism vows of Jehovah's Witnesses since 1985 makes it clear that Jehovah's Witnesses are dedicating their LIVES to God AND to the Watchtower!

If this is not the real reason for shunning, then why is it that JW's CAN talk with non believers but they CAN'T talk with former EX-JW's who are non believers? We are open to alternative opinions. We look forward to your responses on our FaceBook page.

Obey Jehovah.


1. Watchtower Shunning Policy

2. Watchtower magazine, Sept 15, 1981, p 23, par 14-16

3. Watchtower quotes that they have no divine inspiration and mistakes in doctrine are possible

4. Find out why Jehovah's Witnesses say they are 'in the truth'

5. Baptism vows of Jehovah's Witnesses