Would Jehovah’s Witnesses Disfellowship Christ?

Jehovah's Witnesses ChristImagine if you will a man, a stranger, coming into the Kingdom Hall and preaching a decidedly different message from the one taught by the Watchtower. Imagine the reaction of the Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Kingdom Hall to that message.

They might say the following:

“This man is an apostate! A servant of the Devil! He is a liar! He is drawing people after himself! He is mentally diseased! He seeks his own glory! He simply isn’t willing to wait on Jehovah (JW speak for sit down, shut up, and we’ll tell you when you can believe something new).”

They would attempt to forcibly remove him from the Kingdom Hall and would call the police if he resisted!

Notice what was said of Jesus Christ by the religious leaders of His day. The Jewish leaders sent out officers to arrest Jesus by force because of the message He was preaching to their followers.

John 7:44-49

“Some of them wanted to seize Him, but no one laid hands on Him. The officers then came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, “Why did you not bring Him?” The officers answered, Never has a man spoken the way this man speaks.” The Pharisees then answered them, “You have not also been led astray, have you? No one of the rulers or Pharisees has believed in Him , has he? But this crowd which does not know the Law is accursed.”

The Pharisees had a great thing going for themselves. They were in complete control of the everyday lives of their Jewish adherents. They were revered as gods by the common Jews of their day and Jesus was threatening that power that they had over their followers. By claiming that they, and only they, could interpret the scriptures and the Law they attempted to prevent the common Jew from coming to a true knowledge of God and of His Christ! They had successfully created a “dependency” by the common Jew to follow their teachings and nothing else.

Jesus spoke of these charlatans in no uncertain terms!

Matthew 23:15

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.”

Yes Jesus was the first apostate from the Jewish religious system of things. He openly criticized their dogmatic observance of rules and regulations. He made it very clear that works of Law would not get them into paradise. He also made it abundantly clear that every man was on an even playing field. Nobody was to “lord it over” another.

Yet that is exactly what the Watchtower does on all points.

Makes you think doesn’t it?

Doug Shields is an activist against religious oppression, control and abuse. He has many years of experience dealing with these issues because he was an active Jehovah’s Witness himself for over twenty-three years. Doug has been privileged to help elders, ministerial servants, full time pioneers and even a circuit overseer to find the strength and determination to face the painful truth about the Watchtower Bible And Tract Society, and leave the organization once and for all. Doug speaks to churches, civic groups, and meetups and if you would like to have him at your venue you can contact him here.