“We are not living today among theocratic nations where such members of our fleshly family relationship could be exterminated for apostasy from God and his theocratic organization, as was possible and was ordered in the nation of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai and in the land of Palestine. ‘Thou shalt surely kill him; thy hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him to death with stones, because he hath sought to draw thee away from Jehovah thy God,… And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is in the midst of thee.’ (Deuteronomy 13:6-11, AS). Being limited by the laws of the worldly nation in which we live and also by the laws of God through Jesus Christ, we can take action against apostates only to a certain extent, that is, consistent with both sets of laws. The law of the land and God’s law through Christ forbid us to kill apostates, even though they be members of our own flesh-and-blood family relationship…”~November 15, 1952 Watchtower pp.703-704
Why Do Jehovah’s Witnesses Want to “Kill the Apostates”?
This article has been truncated. The article in it’s entirety is two pages long and available here in pdf format (1.3 MB). It goes to great length to explain how each family member “should” interact with another family member who is disfellowshipped. I’ve included only a short excerpt. I realize on a deeper level now, how controlling the religion truly is. Elders attempt to micro-manage all aspects of personal and private relationships within the congregation’s families. Indeed, Jehovah’s Witnesses have a rule for everything!
It is troubling that Jehovah’s Witnesses would like to kill off all the apostates. Nevertheless, that’s the one sure way to keep us silent about their cultish ways, isn’t it? But, since the laws of the land forbid murder, religious members are instructed to treat Apostates — ones who have left their religious organization — as dead. Yes, it’s sad but true.
Most unfortunately, my Jehovah’s Witnesses children and my flesh-and-blood brother treat me as dead simply because I no longer wish to be a member of the family religion. So, just how do they treat me as “dead”? By shunning — completely ignoring — me. They pretend I don’t exist. They pretend I’m already dead.
“Love Never Fails”?—or “Love Never Shuns”
Ironically, from May 18-20, 2019, Jehovah’s Witnesses held a District Convention in San Diego with the theme of “Love Never Fails”. What made the Jehovah’s Witnesses group so agitated at this convention was the airplane flying an apostate banner with the message, “Love Never Shuns”. That made me wonder whether it is why they want us dead. The banner really shows up their hypocrisy, doesn’t it — proclaiming love while turning off their hearts and shunning beloved family members? Their works belie their claim of love. Especially considering the Jehovah’s Witnesses have the secret desire to “kill the apostates” does their declaration of love make no sense.
I have described my shunning experiences in Kindness of Strangers. I speak from personal experience in saying it may be embarrassing for the Jehovah’s Witnesses to admit that they shun anyone. Yet, the religion’s members are obliged to shun family and friends who they judge as “wicked” because we can no longer tolerate the lies and deception within that so-called “loving religion”. Even worse, they have a death wish, according to the above-quoted article. I’m happy that I left because I’m free of their propaganda. Most importantly, I no longer allow them to interfere in my personal life.
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