Jehovah’s Witnesses: To Thine Own Self Be True

To Thine Own Self Be True

There are many Jehovah’s Witnesses that are still in the organization while knowing full well that what they teach isn’t entirely correct. Many of these people are stuck. They have wives, kids, husbands and friends in the organization and if they were to leave they would lose them all. To these people the “price of conscience” is simply too high and so they plod along doing the minimum required in order to maintain their social status in the organization.

This is the primary reason for the despicable way the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society treats those who leave their ranks. When people know that they will be publicly disgraced and lose their family, friends and possibly even their employment, they are much less likely to make the decision to leave. This practice of public disgrace and shunning is mirrored by a huge number of other destructive cults.

My only question to all of those who choose to stay in the organization while knowing full well that they teach falsehood and commands of men as doctrine is this:

“Is it worth the price that you and your family will ultimately pay in the end?”

One of my favorite poems was written back in the 1940’s. It has appeared in many books and magazines. Most notably it was highlighted in the now famous book “How To Win Friends And Influence People” by Dale Carnegie.

I’m including the entire poem for you to consider:

The Man In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day,

Just go to a mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father or mother or wife,

Who’s judgment upon you must pass;

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the one staring back from the glass.

He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest.

For he’s with you clear up to the end,

And you’ve passed the most dangerous, difficult test

If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,

And think you’re a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years.

And get pats on the back as you pass,

But your final reward will be heartaches and tears

If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

Dale Wimbrow (c) 1934 (1895-1954)

Obviously there is only One who’s opinion counts more than our own and that is God.

When making the heartbreaking decision to leave the organization we can draw comfort from the words of Jesus Christ shown below.

Matthew 19:29

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or fields for my sake will receive a hundred times as much and will inherit eternal life.”

Yours in Christ,

Doug Shields