Apology from an Ex Jehovah's witness Elder to to us
The side effects of Shunning, the good & the bad
Don't allow anyone to tell you that God doesn't want you anymore
Remember that Jesus also extended you the invitation for eternal life, and he's the only mediator between his father & us
Jehovah's Witnesses employ various levels of congregational discipline as formal controls administered by congregation elders. Members who engage in conduct that is considered inappropriate may be counseled privately by elders and congregational responsibilities
may be withheld or restricted, publicy reproved, If initial counsel is not accepted, elders may present a talk to the congregation about the type of behavior, alerting other members already aware of the individual's conduct to limit social interaction with
that person until the conduct has ceased. I do not agree with the public humiliation, I don't agree with the way things are done, it like a bollying, and that affect my parenting skills, I sometimes do that to my daughter, I have to remind myself that by doing
so I am making her feel low, I am hurting her self-esteem and that is not a Godly arrangement.
Hearings involving "serious sin" are performed by formal judicial committees, to be honest as a woman I felt dirty, violated, becaue I had to talk about my personal life in a room full of Men, I had to talk about my sexual life as well, how disgusting is that? I can't believe that I allowed them to do that to me. The meeting in which guilt and repentance are determined by a tribunal of elders that claim to be guided by the Holly Spirit A variety of controls can be enforced, from reproof and restriction of congregational duties to excommunication, known as disfellowshipping, which includes shunning by the congregation. Basically from that moment on you are dead to anyne that is a Jehovah's witness, they can't even say hello to you, how is that Love? Individuals who are disfellowshipped may be reinstated after an extended period if they are deemed to demonstrate repentance. How? you must go to every meeting but you go in there can't participate in any activity, can't say hello to the only people that you were allowed to have a relationship with, you get humiliated because they all will avoid looking at you, and the people that wanted to see your downfall with answer the watchertower questions in a way to hurt you, poke you, and make funny of your status, that is showing repentence I guess, not Godly to me at all.