Post by Thehotone4u2 on Jul 11, 2018 10:09:15 GMT -7
If you crunch the numbers, more people are now ex-JW than are practicing JW's! So many leave per year that the "increase" has been a decrease, with more leaving now than are recruited. Among those leaving are "born ins". JW's have the lowest retention rate of any major Christian religion, with over 66% leaving the faith, many in spite of the consequences of that action.
If you are "gone" now, do you consider yourself and "apostate"?
I had a lot of trouble with that term due to the negative connotations given by the WTBTS during most of my life. Especially for the first few years after I left. I didn't leave because I didn't believe in God, or the Bible. No. I left because I was being abused, and I deliberately took a stand against that abuse!
Nevertheless, the first thing that happened, and I'm sure y'all can relate to this, is that all my "in" relatives immediately branded me a an "apostate", and therefore unworthy to be taken seriously. This label infuriated me.
Now. Not so much. Yes. As a matter of fact, I'm an apostate. Deal with it. I always tell the truth to the best of my ability. I always stand up for the downtrodden and abused. I'm an apostate who is for biblical accountability, and therefore, against evil and non biblical teachings by those who pretend to be pious.
So, I pose the question, are you an apostate?
Every day people are straying away from the church and going back to god!-Lenny Bruce (1925-1966)
Seeing as apostate basically means someone who doesn't agree with the consensus, and by definition Jesus was in that category.
No coincidence the Society uses trigger words like 'rebel/rebelliousness', and 'Satan' instead of 'the satan'. 'the satan' is the original Hebrew wording, not meant to be a personal title but rather an attitude, more abstract.
The Society (and other religions) have slyly turned abstract definitions into actual personalities. Satan, Apostate. Oversimplified but that's the general gist of it.
Thehotone4u2: I made a short post about what I do in the lounge several months ago, called "What do you do for a living?"
Jan 4, 2019 3:22:09 GMT -7
Thehotone4u2: Wow! I found out a couple of days ago that our friend, MarlboroBarbie was in the hospital with an operation! She told me to post here that she's now home and well, and resting comfortably, and sends her love for everyone on the forum! Get well Barbie!
Jan 5, 2019 19:48:14 GMT -7
Shimmerjet: Hotone thanks for posting this, See ya soon MB
Jan 7, 2019 15:07:54 GMT -7
Shimmerjet: Are you guys in USA ok with this shut down?
Jan 7, 2019 15:09:03 GMT -7
Queequeg: Gotta keep out all the damn New Zealanders trying to get over our border! It's not our fault you're country is a sh**hole!
Jan 11, 2019 14:30:38 GMT -7
Shimmerjet: LOL YOU WISH!
Jan 11, 2019 14:36:21 GMT -7