Letter Of Disassociation
10-18-2000 By Brother X

Dear Friends,

The purpose of this letter is to offer some sort of explanation to friends and people that were special to me over the years. When someone leaves the “truth”, rumor and gossip generally abound. The question “why?” naturally goes through people’s minds.

“Has he finally lost his mind?”
“Maybe, he just wants to do his “own thing”
“Has he become “disgruntled and bitter against the truth?”
“Has he become a victim of apostate propaganda?”

There were many that could say they knew me, but few who really understood me. Most I’m sure in simple conversation would discern that I am a person of principle, and nothing was more important to me than the truth. I assure you that I am still the same person, the words of this letter confirm this, and I assure you that the words written are my own. While I am aware of the fragile nature of the human mind, I am confident that the decisions I have made and the statements here written have been done so with me being of sound mind. It is not my intention to change, or condemn anyone’s beliefs and convictions, just to convey accurate personal information in what is likely to be a time of gossip and speculation regarding myself. I have included supplemental information with this letter, most of it being quotes from the Society’s own publications which I believe support the stand that I have taken. Please feel free to verify the accuracy of such quotes. Supplemental information which is Biblically supported, but may present contrary views to the Society is clearly identified and is separate from the rest, to allow the reader to discard such material if he should choose to do so. Please bear with the letter, as it is somewhat lengthy, (perhaps have a drink of tea while you read ).

A man’s conscience is a powerful thing. Moral dilemmas require us many times in our life to make decisions based on conscience. Sometimes these dilemmas go right to the foundation of who we are and what we stand for. A person can be ripped in two, completely torn between what he knows is right, and what he wants to believe is right. These decisions can carry heavy consequences. They reveal what sort of persons we are, and the principles that we live by. To be loyal to God and one’s conscience no matter what the price paid is what true Christianity is all about.

It is such a crisis that I have endured the past while. The sleepless nights spent in prayer, the days spent in physical sickness over the matter. As someone who has been “in the truth” his whole life, baptized at the age of 14, what could be at the heart of who I am and what I stand for more than my beliefs as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Herein lies the crisis, in that what goes even deeper than my beliefs as a Witness is my love of Jehovah, Christ, and his Word.

Being a Witness “requires accepting the entire range of the true teachings of the Bible, including those Scriptural beliefs that are unique to Jehovah’s Witnesses.” (Watchtower 1986 4/1 30-1) [Emphasis mine]. Many Witnesses feel that while they accept most of the organization’s teachings, they can “pick and choose” which ones they want to really believe. While I know this reasoning is widespread, I also know that from the organization’s view, such reasoning is not acceptable. When a person has difficulties accepting and proclaiming certain major teachings, as set forth in the Watchtower, and he just can’t get beyond it, he becomes liable for disfellowshipment. This is where it has become difficult for me. How can one in good conscience believe and teach things that they cannot reconcile with scripture? It not possible for me (as well as many others) to believe and to teach, as stated in the September 1, 1989 Watchtower page 19, that “Only Jehovah's Witnesses, those of the anointed remnant and the "great crowd," as a united organization under the protection of the Supreme Organizer, have any Scriptural hope of surviving the impending end of this doomed system dominated by Satan the Devil.” [Emphasis mine]

The claim that “everyone will be destroyed” who is not associated with God’s “spirit-directed” organization, his sole “channel” for dispensing “spiritual food” and “new light” to mankind greatly troubles me. It troubles me, not because imperfect men with good intentions can’t make honest errors, but that when such claim to be led by, and following God’s perfect spirit, as his exclusive “channel” or “mouthpiece”, when individuals must accept whatever teachings come from that “channel” as from God, there is absolutely no room for error. To make such claims, then require millions of members to believe and teach such doctrines and predictions as “truth”, however sincere, then reverse our understanding claiming “new light” makes God’s direction and spirit appear less than perfect. Either the direction from God’s spirit is imperfect, or men are resisting the spirit by going ahead of what God has revealed by means of it. This is either blasphemy or apostasy, and I can have no part in it.

I understand the “light getting brighter” concept, as set forth on page 10 of the March 15, 2000, Watchtower. I also see it as Charles Russell did when he wrote that new light does not contradict old light.

But with God there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning, and so it is with truth; any knowledge or light coming from God must be like its author. A new view of truth never can contradict a former truth. "New light" never extinguishes older "light," but adds to it. Watchtower reprints, Feb., 1881 p188

The reality is that we have a history of “new light” contradicting “old light”. Instead of saying something like “we really don’t know at the present time and cannot comment with certainty on the matter” or “it is wise not to speculate regarding such and such”, the Society has made dogmatic statements, statements which had to be accepted and taught by members, which were later shown to be in gross error. A simple example of this is with regard to whether the people of Sodom and Gomorrah will receive a resurrection. In my opinion, whether these people would receive a resurrection or not is a non-issue, but the Society obviously felt they had an obligation to shed some “light” on the matter.

The Watchtower of 7/1879 p 8 says the Sodomites will be resurrected. The Watchtower of 6/1/52 p 338 says the men of Sodom will not be resurrected. The Watchtower of 8/1/65 p 479 says the men of Sodom will be resurrected. The Watchtower of 6/1/1988 p 31 says men of Sodom will not be resurrected. Live forever 1982 edition says men of Sodom will be resurrected. Live forever 1989 version says Men of Sodom will not be resurrected. Statements in both versions are found on page 179. Insight Vol. 2 page 985 says men of Sodom will be resurrected. Revelation book page 273 says the men of Sodom will not be resurrected.

This sort of “light” is not like the gradual increase in understanding and clarifying of viewpoint as one would expect when a “sunrise” occurs on the “path of the righteous ones.” Rather, it is much more like the ever changing “light” from a traffic signal. This sort of “yes/no” light is very confusing for the members as they start to wonder what they even believe. This is shown by a 1970 Awake article, April 22 page 8, which quotes a Catholic disillusioned because his church had some “new light” regarding the eating of meat on Friday.

“Tell me,” he asked, “how can I have confidence in anything? How can I believe in the Bible, in God, or have faith? Just ten years ago we Catholics had the absolute truth, we put all our faith in this. Now the pope and our priests are telling us this is not the way to believe any more, but we are to believe ‘new things.’ How do I know the ‘new things’ will be the truth in five years?”

Certainly these comments are much more relevant to Jehovah’s Witnesses, than to any Catholic. (Consider “changing light” on matters of Blood Fractions, Homosexuality/bestiality and Divorce, Organ Transplants, “Generation”, time for judging of the “sheep and the goats”, education)

Perhaps, few things characterize the organization’s history more than our passion for dates and “predictions” regarding when the “end” will come. Few Witnesses are aware of just how many dates and predictions were originated from God’s spirit-directed “Channel.” Those who do generally pass it off as Bible Students or Witnesses in general reading “a little too much into Watchtower articles” or being a little too “overzealous” to see the “end” come. Was that really the case? The Proclaimers book on page 632 fully acknowledges the dates: 1874, 1878, 1881, 1914, 1915, 1925. However, missing are the quotes from the Watchtower showing the definiteness and certainty with which such predictions were made. These quotes have been included in the supplemental information included with this letter.

As an example of how Witnesses in the year 2000 generally misunderstand the events in their earlier history notice this familiar comment regarding that “memorable” convention in Cedar Point Ohio in 1922, as stated in the February 1, 2000 Watchtower on page 14:

“Hence, they have responded zealously to this call sounded at a landmark convention in September 1922: “This is the day of all days. Behold, the King reigns! You are his publicity agents. Therefore advertise, advertise, advertise, the King and his kingdom.”

Other than a few lines from one of Brother Rutherford’s talks, Witnesses in general know nothing more from that nine-day “landmark convention.” The following Watchtower quotes fill in just exactly what regarding the Kingdom they were “advertising.” Notice in particular when in 1922 they believed Christ’s presence began, and what they were so eager to “advertise.” These important facts are rarely mentioned in connection with this “landmark convention.”

"The period must end in 1925. The type ending, the antitype must begin; and therefore 1925 is definitely fixed in the scriptures. Every thinking person can see that a great climax is at hand. The Scriptures clearly indicate that the climax is the fall of Satan's empire and the full establishment of the Messianic kingdom. This climax being reached by 1925, and that marking the beginning of the fulfillment of the long promised blessings of life to the people, millions now living on earth will be living then and those who obey the righteous laws of the new arrangement will live forever. Therefore it can be confidently said at this time that millions now living will never die." (Golden Age, Jan. 4, 1922, p. 217)

"The indisputable facts, therefore, show that the "time of the end" began in 1799; that the Lord's second presence began in 1874." (The Watchtower, March 1, 1922)

"We have no doubt whatever in regard to the chronology relating to the dates of 1874, 1914, 1918, and 1925. It was on this line of reckoning that the dates 1874, 1914, and 1918 were located; and the Lord has placed the stamp of his seal upon 1914 and 1918 beyond any possibility of erasure. What further evidence do we need? Using this same measuring line.... it is an easy matter to locate 1925, probably in the fall, for the beginning of the antitypical jubilee. There can be no more question about 1925 than there was about 1914." (Watchtower, p. 150, May 15, 1922)

"It is on the basis of such and so many correspondences -- in accordance with the soundest laws known to science- that we affirm that, Scriptural, scientifically, and historically, present-truth chronology is correct beyond a doubt. Its reliability has been abundantly confirmed by the dates and events of 1874, 1914, and 1918. Present-truth chronology is a secure basis on which the consecrated child of God may endeavor to search out things to come." (Watchtower, June 15 1922)

"This chronology is not of man, but of God. Being of divine origin and divinely corroborated, present-truth chronology stands in a class by itself, absolutely and unqualifiedly correct...." (Watchtower, July 15, 1922 p. 217)

'1914 ended the Gentile Times...The date 1925 is even more distinctly indicated by the Scriptures...by then the great crisis will be reached and probably passed' (Watchtower Sept. 1, 1922, p. 262)

'1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures...the Christian has much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had (so far as the Scriptures reveal) upon which to base his faith in the coming deluge'

(Watchtower April 1, 1923, p. 106) "Our thought is, that 1925 is definitely settled by the Scriptures. As to Noah, the Christian now has much more upon which to base his faith than Noah had upon which to base his faith in a coming deluge." (Watchtower, p. 106, March 1, 1923)

"No doubt many boys and girls who read this book will live to see Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, and those other men of old come forth in the glory of their better resurrection, of perfect in mind and body. It will not take long for Christ to appoint them to their post of honor and authority as his earthly representatives. The world and all the present conveniences will seen strange to them at first, but they will soon become accustomed to the new methods. They may have some amusing experiences at first; for they never saw telephones, radios, automobiles, electric lights, airplanes, steam engines, and many other things so familiar to us. (The Way To Paradise, 1924, p. 226)

"Surely there is not the slightest room for doubt in the mind of a truly consecrated child of God that the Lord Jesus is present and has been since 1874." (Watchtower, Jan. 1, 1924, p5)

"The year 1925 is a date definitely and clearly marked in Scriptures, even more clearly than that of 1914. (Watchtower 1924, p. 211)

What the message of the time really was, was that “the Lord Jesus is present and has been since 1874.” The Bible Students were “eager” to “advertise” because they believed, or more correctly, were led to believe that the Scriptures indicated that “Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Daniel, and those other men of old come forth in the glory of their better resurrection,” and that some faithful Christians might receive their heavenly reward just a few short years away in 1925. (See also Proclaimers book page 78, paragraph 2 for further confirmation of these facts.)

So, when these events failed to materialize, what did the Society do? Did they humbly apologize for their “over-zealousness” and acknowledge their responsibility for leading the “flock” to an erroneous conclusion? Let us look at the facts.

"Some anticipated that the work would end in 1925, but the Lord did not state so. The difficulty was that the friends inflated their imaginations beyond reason; and that when their imaginations burst asunder, they were inclined to throw away everything." (Watchtower 1926 p. 232.)

Of course, having looked at the original quotes, we now understand that the “Some” who “anticipated the work would end in 1925,” was really the Society who had lead the brothers to that conclusion. Contrast the statement “but the Lord did not state so,” with what they said earlier in 1922:

"This chronology is not of man, but of God. Being of divine origin and divinely corroborated, present-truth chronology stands in a class by itself, absolutely and unqualifiedly correct...." (Watchtower, July 15, 1922 p. 217).

The Society put the blame on the members when they stated that “the friends inflated their imaginations beyond reason; and that when their imaginations burst asunder, they were inclined to throw away everything." [Emphasis mine]

Hopefully the Society has progressed, and learned much since then, or have they?

This brings us to the date 1975. Many were in the truth at that time, but most today were not. Was 1975 another date with which “the friends inflated their imaginations beyond reason?”

"According to this trustworthy Bible chronology six thousand years from man's creation will end in 1975, and the seventh period of a thousand years of human history will begin in the fall of 1975 C.E Six thousand years of man's existence on earth will soon be up, yea within this generation. The rein of Christ...to run parallel with the 7th millennium..." (Life Everlasting in Freedom of the Sons of God, 1966, p. 29-30)

"Discussion of 1975 overshadowed about everything else. 'The new book compels us to realize that Armageddon is, in fact, very close indeed,' said a conventioneer." (Watchtower 15/10/1966, p 629)

"Just think, 1975 marks the end of 6,000 years of human experience.....Will it be the time when God executes the wicked?....It very well could be, but we will have to wait to see.' (Watchtower, 1/5/1967, p 262)

"The immediate future is certain to be filled with climatic events, for this old system is nearing its complete end. Within a few years at most the final parts of Bible prophecy relative to these last days will undergo fulfillment resulting in the liberation of surviving mankind into Christ's glorious 1000 year reign!" (Watchtower, 1/5/1968)

Eight years from the Autumn of 1967 would bring us to the Autumn of 1975, fully 6,000 years into God's seventh day, his rest day. (Watchtower May 1, 1968 p. 271)

"Why Are You Looking Forward To 1975?" … "What about all this talk concerning the year 1975? Lively discussions, some based on speculation, have burst into flame during recent months among serious students of the Bible. Their interest has been kindled by the belief that 1975 will mark the end of 6,000 years of human history since Adam's creation. The nearness of such an important date indeed fires the imagination and presents unlimited possibilities for discussion." (Watchtower, Aug. 15, 1968, p. 494)

"'Adam Created At Close Of 'Sixth Day' Are we to assume from this study that the battle of Armageddon will be all over by the autumn of 1975, and the long-looked-for thousand-year reign of Christ will begin by then ? Possibly, but we wait to see how closely the seventh thousand-year period of man's existence coincides with the Sabbath-like thousand-year reign of Christ....It may involve only a difference of weeks or months, not years.' (Watchtower, Aug. 15, 1968, p499)

Eight years from the Autumn of 1967 would bring us to the Autumn of 1975, fully 6,000 years into God's seventh day, his rest day. (Watchtower May 1, 1968 p. 271)

"More recently, the book entitled "Famine-1975!" [by W. & P. Paddock, 1967, pp. 52,55,61.] said concerning today's food shortages: "Hunger is rampant throughout country after country, continent after continent around the undeveloped belt of the tropics and subtropics. Today's crisis can move in only one direction -toward catastrophe. Today hungry nations; tomorrow starving nations." … "By 1975 civil disorder, anarchy, military dictatorships, runaway inflation, transportation breakdowns and chaotic unrest will be the order of the day in many of the hungry nations." (The Truth That Leads To Eternal Life, p 88-89, 1968)

"Just think, brothers, there are only about ninety months left before 6,000 years of mans existence on earth is completed... The majority of people living today will probably be alive when Armageddon breaks out, and there are no resurrection hopes for those who are destroyed then. So, now more than ever, it is vital not to ignore that spirit of wanting to do more." (Kingdom Ministry, March 1968, p. 4 [note: 1968 + 90 months = 1975])

"in view of the short time left, a decision to pursue a career in this system of things is not only unwise but extremely dangerous....Many young brothers and sisters were offered scholarship or employment that promised fine pay. However, they turned them down and put spiritual interests first." (Kingdom Ministry, June 1969, p. 3)

Notice how the Truth book (as published prior to 1975), the primary study aid at the time, subtly highlights 1975 in the mind of the student and teacher.

*** tr (Truth book) pg.9 1 Grand Blessings from God Near at Hand! *** [as published prior to 1975]

Also, as reported back in 1960, a former United States Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, declared that our time is "a period of unequaled instability, unequaled violence." And he warned: "I know enough of what is going on to assure you that, in fifteen years from today, this world is going to be too dangerous to live in." [Emphasis added. Note: 15 years from 1960=1975]

Even the Society recognized the leading nature of their remarks because the Truth book published after 1975 reads like this:

*** tr (Truth book) pg.9 1 Grand Blessings from God Near at Hand! *** [as published after to 1975]

Also, as reported back in 1960, a former United States Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, declared that our time is "a period of unequaled instability, unequaled violence." Based on what he knew was then going on in the world, it was his conclusion that soon "this world is going to be too dangerous to live in." [Emphasis added]

Local Witnesses who were in the truth at the time remember heavy emphasis given from the platform at conventions and assemblies and in the Kingdom Halls regarding 1975. Statistics showed explosive growth in the years prior to 1975 giving evidence that the Society was aware of the “positive” effect of all the talk regarding 1975. Anyone who did not express confidence that the end was coming in 1975 would have been labeled “weak.” Many sold their homes and pioneered in the months before 1975. How did the society feel about these actions? Did they encourage caution?

*** km 5/74 3 How Are You Using Your Life? ***
Yes, since the summer of 1973 there have been new peaks in pioneers every month. Now there are 20,394 regular and special pioneers in the United States, an all-time peak. That is 5,190 more than there were in February 1973! A 34-percent increase! Does that not warm our hearts? Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.-1 John 2:17.”

While I was born in 1974, I know from talking with Witnesses who lived through those years that the prevailing attitude during the years prior to 1975 was one of eager anticipation for the year 1975.

Anyone who has been a Witness for some time is well aware that “new ideas” or “thoughts” never originate nor are permitted at the “local level,” and that no Witness would have come up with 1975 without having been led to that conclusion by means of printed publications and talks by Circuit and District Overseers. So did the Society humbly acknowledge their responsibility in leading the members to yet another wrong date? Did they apologize for failing to encourage caution among the brothers?

*** w76 7/15 441 A Solid Basis for Confidence *** 15 But it is not advisable for us to set our sights on a certain date, neglecting everyday things we would ordinarily care for as Christians, such as things that we and our families really need. We may be forgetting that, when the “day” comes, it will not change the principle that Christians must at all times take care of all their responsibilities. If anyone has been disappointed through not following this line of thought, he should now concentrate on adjusting his viewpoint, seeing that it was not the word of God that failed or deceived him and brought disappointment, but that his own understanding was based on wrong premises.”

If this language seems familiar, then it probably is. Its very reminiscent of the language used when 1925 came and went. “But it is not advisable for us to set our sights on a certain date.” Where was this caution prior to 1975? “If anyone has been disappointed through not following this line of thought, he should now concentrate on adjusting his viewpoint.” It is made to appear that the Witness was following some other line of thought other than that, which was set forth by the Society. Remember, a “good” Witness was following the “line of thought” as set forth in this Kingdom Service quote from 1974 as stated earlier: “Reports are heard of brothers selling their homes and property and planning to finish out the rest of their days in this old system in the pioneer service. Certainly this is a fine way to spend the short time remaining before the wicked world’s end.-1 John 2:17.”

“It was not the word of God that failed or deceived him and brought disappointment.” Certainly it wasn’t the Word of God. Its quite apparent who it was that “deceived and brought disappointment.” But once again, where was the blame put?

His own understanding was based on wrong premises.”

Yes, once again, the blame was put on the individual. He had somehow reached a wrong understanding. Most Witnesses today will still believe that they somehow read more into things than what was said or stated, and that the Society was not at fault in any way for its members looking to 1975.

In all fairness, the Society did acknowledge some responsibility for 1975, five years later in the March 15, 1980 Watchtower.

“With the appearance of the book Life Everlasting-in Freedom of the Sons of God, and its comments as to how appropriate it would be for the millennial reign of Christ to parallel the seventh millennium of man’s existence, considerable expectation was aroused regarding the year 1975. There were statements made then, and thereafter, stressing that this was only a possibility. Unfortunately, however, along with such cautionary information, there were other statements published that implied that such realization of hopes by that year was more of a probability than a mere possibility. It is to be regretted that these latter statements apparently overshadowed the cautionary ones and contributed to a buildup of the expectation already initiated.”

Such acknowledgment proved to be too little too late, as tens of thousands left the organization. Not necessarily because they were somehow “unfaithful to God”, or “serving for a date.” No, many realized that claim that the organization was “directed by God’s Spirit” was inconsistent with its history of failed predictions. Why would God use false predictions to somehow “test and sift” his followers? Every prediction regarding a date had not materialized. And every time a date failed, blame was put on the members. Even after the 1980 acknowledgment by the Society of their role in the 1975 prediction, 15 years later in 1995 they would pass off responsibility once again on the members.

“Bible Students, known since 1931 as Jehovah's Witnesses, also expected that the year 1925 would see the fulfillment of marvelous Bible prophecies. ... More recently, many Witnesses conjectured that events associated with the beginning of Christ's Millennial Reign might start to take place in 1975. Their anticipation was based on the understanding that the seventh millennium of human history would begin then. (Awake, June 22, 1995 p. 9)” [emphasis mine]

Again the details omitted are that the “many Witnesses” who “conjectured… Christ’s Millennial Reign might start to take place in 1975”, based such “conjecture” on the Society’s “understanding that the seventh millennium of human history would begin then.” As mentioned previously, these understandings were set forth in the book Life Everlasting-in Freedom of the Sons of God, and the August 15, 1968 Watchtower article entitled “Why Are You Looking Forward to 1975?” As for the Society’s use of the word “conjectured”, it is embarrassingly accurate when it comes to Watch Tower Society “predictions” in light of the definition according to Webster’s Dictionary.

  1. Inference or judgment based on inconclusive or incomplete evidence; guesswork.
  2. A statement, an opinion, or a conclusion based on guesswork:

After 1975 failed, renewed emphasis was placed on the “generation” that saw 1914 as “the generation that would not pass away” before the “conclusion of this system of things.” While not a date, it certainly afforded most of us an opportunity to “calculate” just how long these ones could live and feel quite confident that the “end was just around the corner.” The Society provided no shortage of comments on the subject.

If the wicked system of this world survived until the turn of the century (the year 2000), which is highly improbable in view of world trends and the fulfillment of Bible prophecy, there would still be survivors of the World War I generation. However, the fact that their number is dwindling is one more indication that "the conclusion of the system of things" is moving fast toward its end. (The Watchtower, Oct. 15, 1980, p. 31)

"The Bible not only foretold these things, but indicated that they would occur on a world-wide scale. Also, the Bible said that all these things would happen upon the generation that was alive in 1914. Yet what were prominent world leaders foretelling just before 1914? They were saying that conditions promising world peace were never more favorable. Yet the terrible troubles the Bible foretold began right on time, in 1914! In fact, world leaders now say that 1914 was a turning point in history. After drawing attention to the many things that have marked the period from 1914 onward, Jesus said: 'This generation will by no means pass away until all these things [including the end of this system] occur.' (Matthew 24:34, 14) Which generation did Jesus mean? He meant the generation of people who were living in 1914. Those persons yet remaining of that generation are now very old. However, some of them will still be alive to see the end of this wicked system. So of this we can be certain: Shortly now there will be a sudden end to all wickedness and wicked people at Armageddon." (You Can Live Forever In Paradise On Earth, p 154, 1982)

Some of that "generation (of 1914)" could survive until the end of the century. But there are many indications that "the end" is much closer than that! (The Watchtower, March 1, 1984 pp. 18-19)

"These definitions embrace both those born around the time of a historic event and all those alive at that time. If Jesus used 'generation' in that sense and we apply it to 1914, then the babies of that generation are now 70 years old or older. And others alive in 1914 are in their 80's or 90's, a few even having reached a hundred. There are still many millions of that generation alive. Some of them 'will by no means pass away until all things occur." (Watchtower, 15 May, 1984, p. 5)

Prophetic information in the Bible about our day detail the following: ... (4) The survival of at least some of the generation that saw the beginning of "the conclusion of the system of things." (True Peace And Security; 1986; p. 70)

As the year 1994 arrived, many became “concerned” as the time period for a “biblical generation” of 80 years had elapsed since 1914. Right on time, a new “generation” understanding followed in 1995.

[Discussing the generation of Mt 24] "apparently refers to the peoples of earth (now) who see the sign of Christ presence but fail to mend their ways." (Watchtower November 1, 1995 p.12)

And same as every other time before, the Society put the blame on the members for “speculating.”

*** w95 11/1 17 A Time to Keep Awake *** Eager to see the end of this evil system, Jehovah’s people have at times speculated about the time when the “great tribulation” would break out, even tying this to calculations of what is the lifetime of a generation since 1914. However, we “bring a heart of wisdom in,” not by speculating about how many years or days make up a generation, but by thinking about how we “count our days” in bringing joyful praise to Jehovah. (Psalm 90:12). [Emphasis mine]

Even as late as this year, the Society still continues to make statements that would encourage members to “speculate” to maintain a “sense of urgency” among Witnesses. The January 15, 2000 Watchtower page 13, paragraph 18 states:

“Sixth, the number of genuine anointed disciples of Christ is dwindling, though some will evidently still be on earth when the great tribulation begins. Most of the remnant are quite elderly, and over the years the number of those who are truly anointed has been getting smaller. Yet, referring to the great tribulation, Jesus stated: "Unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.” (Matthew 24:21, 22) Evidently, then, some of Christ’s “chosen ones” will still be on earth when the great tribulation begins.”

This can only encourage a “generation style” speculating among Jehovah’s Witnesses, with the members “calculating” just how long these “genuine anointed” (generally thought to be those chosen prior to 1935) can live. Most likely, if history hold’s true, there will be disappointment, “new light,” and blame put on the brothers and sisters for “speculating”.

An individual once asked “is not the average Witness expelled for apostasy for “running ahead of Jehovah,” “not waiting on Jehovah,” and “thinking independently of Jehovah?” Who has done these things?

  1. Who have consistently not waited on Jehovah to reveal what he is going to do, but rather have presumed to know what he is going to do before he actually revealed it to anyone?
  2. Who has run ahead of Jehovah numerous times by proclaiming things that He is going to do before he had any intention of doing them?
  3. Who has thought independently of Jehovah by proclaiming things that were not true- things contrary to his Will and Purpose?”

In light of all the forgoing, how can this statement be made in good conscience by the Faithful and Discreet Slave?

WT 6/1/97 p.14--“Modesty on the part of the faithful and discreet slave class prevents it from presumptuously running ahead and wildly speculating about things that are unclear. The slave class strives to avoid being dogmatic. How reassuring it is to know that the channel Jehovah is using today does not do so! It is both faithful and discreet.

” Witnesses will say that they do not claim to be infallible “prophets.” The record shows the Society do claim to be prophets and Witnesses must accept “present truths” as though they are infallible, or be disfellowshipped. Consider these Watchtower quotes.

*** w72 4/1 197 'They Shall Know that a Prophet Was Among Them' ***
This "prophet" was not one man, but was a body of men and women. It was the small group of footstep followers of Jesus Christ, known at that time as International Bible Students. Today they are known as Jehovah's Christian witnesses... Of course, it is easy to say that this group acts as a "prophet" of God. It is another thing to prove it. The only way that this can be done is to review the record. [Emphasis added]

*** w59 5/1 269 Attain Completeness in the New World Society ***
7 To hold to the headship of Christ, it is therefore necessary to obey the organization that he is personally directing. Doing what the organization says is to do what he says. Resisting the organization is to resist him.[emphasis added]

"True, there have been those in times past who predicted an "end" to the world, even announcing a specific date. Yet nothing happened. The 'end' did not come. They were guilty of false prophesying. Why? What was missing? Missing from such people were God's truths and the evidence that He was using and guiding them.'' (Awake, Oct. 8, 1968) [emphasis added]

Such behavior is sadly reminiscent of Jehovah’s words in Jeremiah. *** Rbi8 Jeremiah 23:21 *** 21 “I did not send the prophets, yet they themselves ran. I did not speak to them, yet they themselves prophesied. Unfortunately, the statistics show the result of such “overzealous” prophesying. Nearly every country with a long established history with the Organization shows a decrease in publishers. While many have left for selfish reasons, or to pursue a course not in harmony with the Scriptures, many have left on grounds of conscience and principle. In addition to the serious questions raised because of the Society’s past, many are troubled at the current state many congregations find themselves in.

Of special concern are the youth. It is with great sadness that for the most part, a whole generation of young ones has been lost. They have been lost because they never gained an appreciation for what spiritual things really were. For them, spirituality was simply measured in hours, and worship was simply meetings and service, no personal relationship with God. The Circuit Overseer always spoke about hospitality nearly every visit, but few things for the teenagers ever materialized. Many are going to nightclubs in the city at least on a casual basis, and there is enough drug (ecstasy and marijuana) use, alcohol abuse, oral sex, fornication and smoking to be concerned about. While I believe that all, including these ones must take responsibility for their actions, much more could have been done to help them see the value of spiritual things. It will take much more than a video to reach their hearts.

The adults in the truth are not faring any better. The incidence of marriage break-ups in the truth has skyrocketed, leaving many single parents in the congregations. Shameful conduct is taking place on an unprecedented scale. What people watch on TV and in movies today, would have gotten them disfellowshipped 15 years ago. Profanity and obscene language is common from the youngest children right up to “responsible” elders. Discouragement and disillusionment, as well as “Witness” illnesses such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromialgia, depression, and burnout are everywhere.

Many elders (not necessarily those in this congregation) have mentioned the heavy load they are carrying these days on top of daily responsibilities. Many are concerned with the lack of time they have to genuinely care for their families as well as the flock. There simply is not enough time to get to know them as friends, and visit them as loving shepherds. Too much time has been “eaten up” by organizational routine. Perhaps if more time were spent shepherding, less time would be spent in judicial committees. While Circuit Overseers have repeatedly encouraged elders to “counsel one another,” elder’s admit that this is rarely done, despite concerns by individual elders at the way things handled sometimes.

Everyone always wants to “do more.” The simple fact is that people will never be able to do enough. Donations are down, meeting attendance is down, and field service has been reduced to a mere ritual. Witnesses have equated love with “hours”, and God’s blessing with “figures”. The bible is rarely used in the ministry, and few people, despite billions of hours being spent in the work are aware of even the basics of our message. I know well, that many Witnesses can’t explain their own beliefs scripturally. Quite simply its because they rarely read their own Bibles. How will God judge people on a message that many Witnesses themselves are unaware of? How can we draw new ones to God’s “clean organization” when unclean conduct has permeated it? Despite claiming love and happiness, most Witnesses are well aware that, for the most part, such claims are hollow. Instead, there is competition, judging one another, self-righteousness.

My mind and spirit simply cannot endure such conduct taking place among those claiming to be “God’s clean people.” And while the “official” line is that there is a “sifting work” taking place, the reality is that many others cannot tolerate such conduct taking place by those claiming to be “God’s chosen people”. We like to compare ourselves with God’s chosen nation Israel, and the first century Christian congregation. Unfortunately Israel apostatized and was rejected by God. Their spiritual leaders were more concerned with ritual and tradition, than they were concerned about people. Wicked acts and sins permeated “God’s organization”. The first century Christian congregation fared no better. The Corinthian congregation was tolerating loose conduct and Christ gave severe counsel to 5 out of 7 of the congregations in Revelation. Eventually they too apostatized from the pure teachings of the Christ. Of course, we’d like to apply ourselves to “Israel” and the “Christian congregation” when they are spoken of favorably, then revert back to comparing them to Christendom when the scriptures place them in a bad light. This double standard, one for Christendom and one for us is dishonest. As I have shown, we cannot “gloat”, and point out as evidence of God’s disfavor with Christendom when Her churches experience declines in numbers, when their young people are messed up, when their members are disillusioned, when they make mistakes, because all these things are happening to us.

If we claim “God’s blessing” upon us when “people are flocking to God’s organization,” a decrease then, means a lack of God’s blessing, not a “sifting work.” The scriptures warn of a Great Apostasy in the last days, and I believe it is fully manifest among “God’s people” as well. No one is getting a “free ride” to “Paradise”. No man-made organization can provide salvation to anyone. Only by God’s undeserved kindness and by faith in Christ’s ransom sacrifice can one gain eternal life. This statement is in harmony with the following Watchtower comments.

*** w67 8/15 494 The Need for Security ***
No man, regardless of how prominent he may be and with what power he may be invested, religious or political, no nation of this world and no international organization can provide true security and salvation for mankind.

*** w90 11/1 26 Our Relative Subjection to the Superior Authorities ***
16 As Christians, we face up to similar challenges today. We cannot take part in any modern version of idolatry-be it worshipful gestures toward an image or symbol or the imputing of salvation to a person or an organization

*** w72 4/15 250 Is Church Membership Enough? ***
The Bible gives us a striking example of this. It emphasizes the point that, even though sincere, an individual or even an entire organization can fall far short of exclusive devotion to God

People say “Wait on Jehovah.” “These things only show just how close we are to the end.” While I do believe that we are in the “last days” and “close to the end” for that matter, I cannot see God making sweeping changes to a religion that clearly did not originate with him. Such reasoning would be like a Catholic waiting on God to reform his church. At some point one must realize that however sincere adherents and leaders are to their beliefs, false religion is false religion.

*** g87 9/8 8 Future Prospects for Protestantism-And for You! ***
“In religion only one thing is of essential importance, that it be true.” This agrees with what Jesus said: “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”-John 4:24; see also John 8:32; 14:6; 16:13. Are you sure that everything your church teaches is really true?

*** g87 9/8 10-11 Future Prospects for Protestantism-And for You! ***
If Your Church Fails to Act, Will You? If, after making an honest investigation, you are less than pleased with what you see, do more than just complain. A journalist, while commenting on Karl Barth’s statement that a church is its members, logically concluded: “Church members . . . are responsible for what the church says and does.” So ask yourself: Am I willing to share responsibility for everything my church says and does? Can I really be proud of having all its members as spiritual brothers? While considering these questions, do not overlook the significance of Revelation 18:4, 8. Speaking of the world empire of false religion, displeasing to God, it says: “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues . . . [for] her plagues [shall] come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.” You may sincerely believe that your church is no part of false religion that God says he will soon destroy. But your life depends upon being 100 percent sure. Are you? False religion has no future, nor do those who support it. True religion will last forever, along with those who practice it. Make your choice accordingly.

"And, really, would you want to be even associated with a religion that had not been honest with you?" (Is This Life all There is? p.46)

The question has been raised by many, “where are you going to go?” Herein lies the misconception. Those who feel they require an organization for salvation feel, that the one leaving must be going to some other organization. “How will you be saved without being associated with “God’s organization?” The truth of the matter is that I too, answer as Peter did when he said “Lord, whom shall we go away to? You have sayings of everlasting life.” I feel no need to make the same mistake twice and go anywhere other than to God’s word and the clear, simple teachings of Christ Jesus. Along these lines, its interesting what Charles Russell wrote in 1895:

“Beware of “organization." It is wholly un-necessary. The Bible will be the only rules you need. Do not seek to bind other consciences, and do not permit others to bind yours. Believe and obey so far as you can understand Gods word today, and so continue to growing in grace and knowledge day by day.” (Watchtower, 1895, p. 216.)

Its interesting that Russell recognized the pitfalls of human organizations claiming “divine authority.” He also made this statement:

"There is no organization today clothed with such divine authority to imperiously command mankind. There is no organization doing this today; though we are well aware that many of them in theory claim that they ought to be permitted to do so; and many more would like to do so. This was the fatal mistake into which the Church began to fall in the second century; and the effort to realize this false conception culminated in the boastful, imperious counterfeiting of the coming Kingdom in Papacy, which for centuries sought to dominate the world, by claimed “divine authority”. This idea more or less pervaded and poisoned the ideas of all the Protestant “clergy” as well; who copying Papacy’s false ideas of the Church, claim also that the Church of Christ is now organized, though they now make less boastful claims to “divine authority” to teach and rule mankind in general, that the Papacy does. (Watchtower, 1893, page 266.)

The fact of the matter is that I have never considered my “salvation” of great importance anyway. I can only do my best to serve God as a Christian. The rest remains in his hands. No works can earn eternal life, but rather it is only by His mercy and undeserved kindness, and by faith in the ransom sacrifice of His Son. If only I am privileged to serve Him in this life only, I consider it no loss, as I simply see no better way to live.

*** Rbi8 Psalm 84:10 *** 10 For a day in your courtyards is better than a thousand [elsewhere].

In the end, having association with a particular organization will save no one. We all will be judged as individuals and we will all stand alone on that day. I stand alone with my faith in God today.

A friend once told me, that he feared that the “organization had become too organized.” I too feel that it has become a cold machine. An abstract concept held together by the dreams and imaginations of well-intentioned members, but with no real heart, no love. The focus of everything is the ministry. We go to meetings/assemblies/conventions to be told to go in service. Every article in the magazines highlights the preaching work. When a loved one dies, or you feel depressed, or you lack joy, the answer is simple. “Go out in service more.” While the ministry is important, is it so important that we spend a billion hours to the neglect of our young ones, our families, the sick and elderly? Does it make sense to go looking for new “disciples”, when so many are leaving out the “back door?” Why not try to keep the ones we have? Sometimes I feel that if we could count time for hospitality and visiting the sick and elderly, at least these things wouldn’t be such rare commodities. And yet true Christians should recognize the vital role these play in our worship.

The root of the problems as far as I can see is that Witnesses desire to be “kept in line” by rules and “guidelines”, and not by love. The average Witness has not learned to reason and to think on scripture. He has not grasped the mind of Christ, nor does he appreciate the fact that Christ “set us free” from such laws. Witnesses prefer to say, “The Society says…” and view such written statements as Law and a basis for judging their brothers. This is sadly reminiscent of the Pharisaical mentality of Jesus’ day. People feel burdened down, tired and disillusioned. This is not consistent with the “refreshment Christ offered when he said at Matthew 11:28-30:

28 Come to me, all YOU who are toiling and loaded down, and I will refresh YOU. 29 Take my yoke upon YOU and learn from me, for I am mild-tempered and lowly in heart, and YOU will find refreshment for YOUR souls. 30 For my yoke is kindly and my load is light.”

There are those who have said of me that I must somehow “be looking for an easy way out.” The statement may have had some validity if I were trying to “get out” of my Christian responsibilities. The fact is that I am simply trying to more fully live up to my Christian obligations. I realize that I must shed the shackles of an organization, which has now become a hindrance to my doing so. As for this being an “easy” way out, is it really an easy way out to lose everyone you have ever known, your family and friends for something you believe in? This is though, the Christian course we all have committed to. I have shown today, by this letter, that I am committed fully to God and Christ. I have now given up all things to follow him, short of my life. (Mark 10:28-31)

For the most part, I have few regrets. I do thank the organization for directing me to God’s word, and teaching me basic bible truths, helping me to appreciate the benefits of living a clean and moral life. I thank them for helping me avoid the snares of materialism and the corruption of this system. I thank them for the encouragement to stand up for what is right, no matter what the majority choose to do. I thank them for highlighting the importance of verifying “truth” with that which is set forth in God’s Word, and following it no matter what the cost. I have learned invaluable lessons. I have learned that organized religion really is “a snare and a racket.” I have learned the truthfulness of Jesus words when he said, “no one knows the day or the hour,” and the importance of “keeping on the watch.”

While, I am confident in my decision, it is made with a certain sadness. I remember the sadness I felt when people “left”. I remember asking myself if I could have done something to prevent them from leaving. I hope all of your consciences are clear, as those who know me well, know that I would not do anything such as this without full knowledge of the facts. I am not ignorant of Scripture, neither am I of the facts. There is nothing anyone could have said or done to prevent the course I have chosen. I am finally at peace as I have found the answer as to why things are the way they are in the organization, and why they are not as they should be. There is clarity of thought, which I possess these days, and while I cannot claim to have all the answers, I am willing to leave the rest in God’s hands.

Finally, I wish to thank all of you. I am happy to have been able to leave on good terms in a wonderful hall, with perhaps the best group of elders that I have ever known. I hold no bitterness, nor anger toward any of you. Again, I understand the sadness felt when one leaves, and I understand the difficulty you will have comprehending my actions and why I have come to the conclusions I did. I know that you will feel that I have somehow been “over-reached” by “opposers”, or “worldly wisdom”. Whatever your conclusion regarding me you come to, I only hope when someone asks about me, you can say with confidence that although perhaps “misguided” I stood for something and Someone I believed in. I cannot say any more than what I have said. Whatever course you choose in life, I hope you too are happy in your service to our wonderful God and Father Jehovah and his son Jesus Christ.

*** Rbi8 Psalm 26:1-4 ***
26 Judge me, O Jehovah, for I myself have walked in my own integrity, And in Jehovah I have trusted, that I may not wobble. 2 Examine me, O Jehovah, and put me to the test; Refine my kidneys and my heart. 3 For your loving-kindness is in front of my eyes, And I have walked in your truth. 4 I have not sat with men of untruth; And with those who hide what they are I do not come in.

*** Rbi8 Philippians 3:7-10 ***
7 Yet what things were gains to me, these I have considered loss on account of the Christ. 8 Why, for that matter, I do indeed also consider all things to be loss on account of the excelling value of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. On account of him I have taken the loss of all things and I consider them as a lot of refuse, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in union with him, having, not my own righteousness, which results from law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness that issues from God on the basis of faith, 10 so as to know him and the power of his resurrection and a sharing in his sufferings, submitting myself to a death like his,

*** Rbi8 1 Corinthians 4:2-4 ***
2 Besides, in this case, what is looked for in stewards is for a man to be found faithful. 3 Now to me it is a very trivial matter that I should be examined by YOU or by a human tribunal. Even I do not examine myself. 4 For I am not conscious of anything against myself. Yet by this I am not proved righteous, but he that examines me is Jehovah.

*** Rbi8 Galatians 5:1 ***
5 For such freedom Christ set us free. Therefore stand fast, and do not let yourselves be confined again in a yoke of slavery.

Because of my love for, and supreme loyalty to Jehovah and his Son Christ Jesus, and my belief that the entire range of teachings of Jehovah’s Witnesses is not in complete harmony with those set forth in Scripture, and because I cannot in good conscience accept certain teachings which have no basis in Scripture, I hereby formally disassociate myself from the religion known as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

In Christian Love and freedom,

Brother X

One quote credit from: Camryn of H20