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“Are You A JW?”

In response to the question, "Are You a JW?"

hey there. I find that a more pressing and difficult question every day.

Update: 

In recent events, turns out my new step-daughter, Melissa Andrea Glass, or @MelissaBusyBee of www.busybeesbodies.com, has a much easier time answering that question than I do, apparently!

Melissa was awarded honors at UNC for her paper—"Finding Faith Through 'Apostates'" to follow:

Angela experienced a crisis from an ill marriage and lack of support from the congregation.

In order to solve her crisis, she started to perform a quest of more in-depth Bible {editors note: study of scripture} study.

As she did this, she started gaining more Bible truths that were not explicitly taught by the Jehovah’s Witnesses Organization.

As she learned and learned and learned, gained and gained and gained, she found this fervent need to share her knowledge with others.

Editors note: a child knows only it's own perspective—she doesn't know that her daddy and I loved each other before her mother ever came to meet her daddy.

She encountered my dad, who held similar beliefs, and finally committed to her own personal study of the Bible.

The consequences that followed are harsh criticism from her Jehovah’s Witness family and friends as she is condemned for apostasy because she does her own study rather than strictly following the Organization.

Many of her Jehovah’s Witness family and friends believe that she has turned from Christ’s teachings by doing this because they believe that not strictly following the Organizationwhich they believe is directly guided and nourished by God’s Spirit—goes against God and his commandments. — Melissa Glass on Angela Glass in “Finding Faith Through ‘Apostates‘”.

Read Melissa’s paper here… and my earlier post on “apostate“. {Note, she slander’s the Baxley family name, but again, remember she’s just a freshman in college. She hasn’t had time to gain perspective and have experience, she’s struggling through the educational system currently.}

One day in San Diego after having spent 8 years total time without association of my ‘friends’ and my family, I ran into Jehovah’s Witnesses in my coffee shop. A series of events followed that were quite curious and led to my being ‘reinstated’.

I am grateful for the ability to speak to my family. I have a husband who comes from generations of JW’s just like the Baxley’s do. His children attend the meetings, but have less difficulty trying to understand the recent Watchtower studies than do his mother. I don’t have to be “a JW” to Christian according to the Glass family…

Arlene Baxley

However, my mother just rescued my grandmother from the Alzheimer’s ward in Indiana and moved her here to NC with all of us. She’s going to meetings now, and she told me the other day God’s name was Jehovah. “It’s in the bible”, she said. I looked at my mother sitting next to her, and my grandmother and debated. If mom’s is right, then grandma doesn’t have Alzheimer’s and she sure seems fine. But then again, if she does, then teaching her God’s name is Jehovah because it’s in the New World Translation is like lying to a child. — So I made my witness before my mother and grandmother.

“God is love”, the scriptures say. Not “Jehovah”.

Grandma Baxley & Tippy

“Jehovah” is a word made up by the Catholic church and then later patently rejected, while mocking the Watchtower for it’s use. Worse, it is the most holy name of all Masonry. They don’t reject it. They believe it is their highest god, above all other gods. Open your New World Translation Reference bible. Scan the pages in Genesis in the footnotes. You’ll see that while Jehovah’s Witnesses teach 7 million + strong that God’s name is Jehovah, the Watchtower knows that it is NOT. It was the summer of 2011 when I learned that God’s name wasn’t Jehovah. I didn’t learn WHAT it was, just what it wasn’t. I felt lied to and stupid. I learned something simple that crushed my world belief and sent me back to the Watchtower, ending with me being reinstated and answering this question.

The letter J never existed until recent history.

So you know, I’m tired of the “are you a jw?” question. What does that even mean? I don’t go to “meetings”, because I found myself spiritually starved from the “slaves” food. Who claims to be ‘faithful’…?

Dad Hailey and Grandma

Besides, I also can find NO OTHER RELIGION on the planet who fulfills 2 Thessalonians 2 except The Watchtower.

In the San Diego kingdom hall there was a guy, Frederick McLean.

A year or so ago, The Watchtower settled more than 16 pedophilia cases in San Diego out of court.

Grandma and Hailey

I moved from San Diego back to San Francisco for work, right when the Menlo Park Kingdom Hall scandal was going down (the Watchtower pressured the CO to get the congregation to remodel, which when done means that the property, as a part of the remodel financing terms, is turned over to the Watchtower instead of the congregation owning it. The congregation rejected the idea, pointing out they didn’t need a remodel, and brothers around can’t afford it while they own their property outright. The entire body of elders were removed by the Watchtower, but the brothers were smart. The Watchtower built each hall to be separate to protect corporate interests. So they realized that they were still the board of directors, if no longer Watchtower elders. The congregation, by means of these now more than ‘nominal only’ elders, took the Watchtower to court).

Meanwhile, across the bay in Alameda Candace Conti‘s case was dragging on. I was SHOCKED to hear that the Watchtower had put Patterson up on the chopping block. My parents were busy planning to quit their jobs and move to New York to build something they were willing to give up instead of paying the insurance premium??

Then I wondered, well, since it’s my parents money either way, which would they prefer. When I went home for Christmas vacation my parents drove me to the assembly hall project in South Carolina and we stayed in a lovely cabin on the water so dad could still work on the project during my visit.

I asked my mom if she still donates to the Watchtower, and told her all the news from California.

But you know, she lives in a spiritual paradise and doesn’t want to hear any of the reality of what life is like anywhere that is obviously outside that spiritual paradise.

So I reminded her of Travis Foote. She said he was never a Witness, defensively.

I haven’t been able to talk to my family for a very long time, and soon I’m sure that someone will turn me in — there are three “JW’s” in my list of 1,000+ Facebook “friends”.

All three of you have reached out to ask if I were ‘still a JW’. It seems one was curious because she, like me, believes the scriptures over the “organization“.

“If we are living by spirit, let us go on walking orderly also by spirit.” — NWT

“All this trouble is a clear sign that God has decided to make you fit for the kingdom. You’re suffering now, but justice is on the way. When the Master Jesus appears out of heaven in a blaze of fire with his strong angels, he’ll even up the score by settling accounts with those who gave you such a bad time. His coming will be the break we’ve been waiting for. Those who refuse to know God and refuse to obey the Message will pay for what they’ve done. Eternal exile from the presence of the Master and his splendid power is their sentence. But on that very same day when he comes, he will be exalted by his followers and celebrated by all who believe—and all because you believed what we told you.

Because we know that this extraordinary day is just ahead, we pray for you all the time—pray that our God will make you fit for what he’s called you to be, pray that he’ll fill your good ideas and acts of faith with his own energy so that it all amounts to something. If your life honors the name of Jesus, he will honor you. Grace is behind and through all of this, our God giving himself freely, the Master, Jesus Christ, giving himself freely.”

Back to 2 Thess 2:

Now, friends, read these next words carefully. Slow down and don’t go jumping to conclusions regarding the day when our Master, Jesus Christ, will come back and we assemble to welcome him. Don’t let anyone shake you up or get you excited over some breathless report or rumored letter from me that the day of the Master’s arrival has come and gone. Don’t fall for any line like that.

The Watchtower has taught that Christ returned invisibly, first, in 1874, then in 1932 we changed his invisible appearance to 1914. Who else has taught that Christ has returned and gone? Only those who teach the King wears no pants—er, I mean, came invisibly.

“Before that day comes, a couple of things have to happen. First, the Apostasy. Second, the debut of the Anarchist, a real dog of Satan. He’ll defy and then take over every so-called god or altar. Having cleared away the opposition, he’ll then set himself up in God’s Temple as “God Almighty.” Don’t you remember me going over all this in detail when I was with you? Are your memories that short?”

The Watchtower “spiritualizes” everything. So we’re not talking about “God’s temple” being a literal temple in Jerusalem. Who has ‘taken over every so-called god’ and set himself up as God in God’s temple? Well first we have to note that God’s temple is his dwelling place, which happens to translate to Beth’el. So who has set himself up as God in Bethel?

“That people may know that you, whose name is Jehovah,

You alone are the Most High over all the earth.”

“You’ll also remember that I told you the Anarchist is being held back until just the right time. That doesn’t mean that the spirit of anarchy is not now at work. It is, secretly and underground. But the time will come when the Anarchist will no longer be held back, but will be let loose. But don’t worry. The Master Jesus will be right on his heels and blow him away. The Master appears and—puff!—the Anarchist is out of there.”

I was raised to believe that the next thing to happen before Christ is to return — oh, this time yes, visibly! how many coming does the Watchtower have? I count three so far! — is that Babylon the Great should fall with the world turning on false religion.

But what about 2 Thessalonians 2? It’s explicit. “Before that day comes, a couple of things have to happen.”

There is no such thing as a “spiritual paradise” according to the scriptures.

My mother is living in a delusion, and has gotten to love the lie more than the truth.

My mother kept her mouth shut, and I left it at that with my grandmother.

So, who is this Jehovah you worship?

Jehovah is a word used in magic as a charm. Its rooted in Babylon, and King Solomon used the name on his magic amulets which caused him to lose the United Kingdom of Israel. The Hebrew word ‘hovah’ the root is used in scripture, twice. More interestingly, it’s tied specifically to Babylon’s name, and to her destruction and to her delusions that she is God (see Isaiah 47, Ez 7:26, compare Rev 18:7 and Ex 3:14)

Meanwhile, take Yehowah,…

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