Jehovah`s Witness/associations

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Are Jehovah Witnesses "encouraged" to not associate with non witness people? Thank you.

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Hello David, how are you?  I notice that you have asked this question of several other experts on here, as well.  Sorry for my answer being late, but I am behind on about 3 questions right now.  I have had a very hectic last 2 weeks, with our annual youth activities at church, burying a close friend of mine, and trying to get a garden in the ground before the rainy weather set in.  I apologize for that.

To answer your question.....YES, JWs are discouraged from having close or often association with non-Witnesses.  Any Witness that tells you otherwise, is not being straight-forward with you.

I smiled when I read Ben Erdman's answer to you, because my experience was identical to his.  I too remember being drilled with the "bad association spoils useful habits" thing, over and over and over.  Not that it doesn't have truth in it...it does.  In fact, it is out of 1 Corinthians 15:33.....

"Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners."


Now, let me be clear....This verse is true.  It IS important that a Christian associate with like-minded people.  I have no disagreement whatsoever with that.  I am blessed to have a couple of good Christian men, whom I confide in and call my friends.  They are people who I have gone to for advice, and shared my problems with, and I know they will always give me something from the Scriptures, or a word of Godly wisdom.  I would not go to someone in the world who doesn't think Scripturally, with some of the things I have had to face in my life.  I would not want the advice I would get.

Where I think the JWs err, is that they view ONLY Witnesses as "proper association", and non-Witnesses as "worldy people".  From the time I was a child, I was taught that all outsiders were "worldly".  This is false.  And it is also false that JWs are morally superior to other Christians who love God and follow the Scriptures, and are automatically better association.  I still remember being a young teen-age boy, and spending every other week-end going to the Kingdom Hall with my mom and stepdad.  I was constantly lectured about my "worldly" friends when I was staying with my dad.  I remember one young boy in particular, that I was strongly encouraged to hang around with on the week-ends I was at my mom's, because he and his parents had started coming to the Kingdom Hall.  His parents had gotten baptized, and he seemed zealous as well.  He was viewed as "good association".  He also brought fold-out pictures of pornography when he came over.  In fact, it was thanks to him that I first saw pictures of, shall we say, improperly-clad women.  Years later, this same guy died from a drug over-dose.

Now, I am not saying this is typical of JW teen-agers....I am simply saying I know of NUMEROUS of the young people at the Kingdom Hall, that lived no differently, but still raised their hands and participated in WT study answers.  One girl became pregnant out of wedlock, who was viewed as a "spiritual young sister".  I went to school with other JW kids, who could be heard using profanity, just like the non-Witnesses around them.  

I am simply saying....they have no claims to moral superiority over other Christians.  

Yes, association is important.  And yes, JWs DO view outsiders as "worldly", and for the most part, themselves as morally superior.


If I can answer any further question for you, please do not hesitate to ask.


Derrick  

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I was raised in the religion known as Jehovah`s Witnesses for 13 years. Since becoming a born-again Christian, I have researched extensively this religion, especially their doctrines and their history. I can answer questions about their doctrines from the perspective of Biblical Christianity. To be clear: Jehovahs Witnesses is the religion of my upbringing, though I myself was never baptized into the religion, nor have I ever been considered as a Jehovahs Witness.

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29 years of Biblical research into the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, and how they differ from the teachings of the Watchtower.

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I would advise each questioner to this forum, to carefully READ the profiles of the various volunteers. There are several such as myself, who are not practicing JWs, but will provide you with an accurate and honest answer, regarding JW teaching. If we don't know the answer, we will try to research and get it for you. There are also some excellent practicing JWs here, who also endeavor to give you a factual and honest answer, based on their point of view. I believe by getting both points of view, the questioner can weigh the evidence for themselves, and make an informed decision. Unfortunately, there are also 3 here who claim to be JWs, but do NOT give honest, or well-researched answers. They will tell you only what they want you to believe, and they often hide facts about the history of their religion, as well as print untruths about other people's beliefs. This is done in an attempt to deceive the unsuspecting reader. It can be easily seen who these 3 are, simply by reading the public posts and "answers" which they write. Their posts will normally be filled with personal attacks, and if you question them about some teaching or aspect of the Watchtower that makes them uncomfortable, they will often reject your question, question your motives for asking it, tell you that you have been reading "apostate" sites, or turn the conversation into an attack on another expert. These ones are better avoided, as there is nothing to be gained by way of positive discussion, as they are not interested in intelligent conversation, or honest dialogue. If after reading the forum, you still have any questions as to who they are, just ask me, and I will be happy to tell you. And I can also provide documentation of their willful dishonesty. One thing is for certain...in a forum where people from both sides claim to be "Christians", there should never be any willful lying. Such ones only create a distraction in the forum, and provide nothing of any real value.

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High School, some college. Studies of God's Word, the Bible, and how it compares to JW theology. I have found my own personal study and experiences to be far more valuable than any formal education or training. The Bible message is clear...Salvation is ONLY through and by the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and no religious organization has a thing to do with it. While attendance at a Bible-preaching, Bible-believing church is a must for spiritual growth and fellowship, no church can grant salvation to its members. Nor is joining a particular group a prerequisite for being saved.

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