Jehovah’s Witnesses & Shunning

What biblical reasons do Jehovah’s Witnesses give for their practice of shunning?

They use the following scripture:

2 John 1: 7-11

Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world. Any such person is the deceiver and the antichrist. Watch out that you do not lose what you have worked for, but that you may be rewarded fully. Anyone who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ does not have God; whoever continues in the teaching has both the Father and the Son. If anyone comes to you and does not bring this teaching, do not take him into your house or welcome him. Anyone who welcomes him shares in his wicked work.

As usual the Watchtower leadership takes what they want from the scripture and then uses it to justify their flawed teachings.

The scripture above was very specific:

It stated that those

“who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh” and “who runs ahead and does not continue in the teaching of Christ“

were to be avoided so that a Christian wouldn’t be distracted or possibly deceived by such “antichrists”.

It also stated clearly that anyone who even so much as gives them a greeting would share in their wicked works.

The Watchtower applies this scripture to anyone who openly disagrees with them on any point regardless of the validity of their question or argument.

Many of the publications including the Aid To Bible Understanding and The Commentary on James were written by high level members of the Bethel family who are now apostate.

Why were they disfellowshipped?

Because they began to question the teachings of the Watchtower after researching outside material not usually accessible to the rank and file Jehovah’s Witness.

None of these people ever questioned that Jesus Christ came to earth in the flesh, to die for our sins.

They merely had the audacity to question certain teachings that they researched while writing these publications. Their disagreements? The deity of Christ and whether He should be worshiped, the Watchtower teaching that works will save us when Romans 10 states unequivocally that works can’t save us and that we can only be saved by grace and faith. They questioned the flawed chronology of 607 B.C.E. as the fall of Jerusalem because there is simply no corroboration for that date in the history books or with any historical or biblical scholars. 607 B.C.E. is a date that is quite unique to the Watchtower and is the only date that allows them to draw their conclusions regarding 1914. There is no support for that year marking the fall of Jerusalem anywhere else in the world.

This scripture at 2 John 1, and the misuse of it, is a “catch all” for them. They justify disfellowshipping or disassociating people for anything not on “the approved list” of activities including smoking or chewing tobacco, drinking to excess (haven’t seen a breathalyzer issued to elders yet!), fornication (sex outside of wedlock), adultery, homosexuality, accepting blood transfusions or allowing one to be administered to your children, joining the military or allowing oneself to be drafted into military service, even opting for non-combatant service is grounds for disassociation, saluting the flag, attending any other church than the Kingdom Hall, and worst of all…

Openly disagreeing with the Watchtower on ANY point.

That by far is the most heinous sin that a JW can commit. Much more so than murder or pedophilia.To openly challenge the Watchtower regarding their teachings is a social death sentence to a JW and it will mark them for life. They lose their family, their friends and anyone who is associated with the Watchtower from that point on.

How’s that for absolute power?

Yours in Christ,

Doug Shields