Jehovah`s Witness/pregnant cousin

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hi, can jw's attend a pregnant cousin's wedding?

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Hello, Ace.  Thank you for the question.

To be honest, this might be a question that you would want to ask of a practicing JW.  I know that JWs are "allowed" to attend weddings that take place in churches, but are not encouraged to do so.  I remember the time I had getting my JW family to come to my own wedding, because it was in a church.  I remember my 2 sisters were initially told they could be bridesmaids, but then were made to back out, two weeks before the wedding, because it was viewed as a "religious service", and my sisters were not allowed to participate in that role.

However, they did attend.

I said all that, to say that I know for a fact that a JW can decide to ATTEND a non-JW wedding.  I am also certain that a JW could not participate in the wedding, in any manner.  

I am not aware of anything that would prohibit them from attending the wedding that you asked about...that of a woman who committed sexual sin and because pregnant out of wedlock...but there may be something I am not aware of.  That is why I would recommend asking a JW, for the latest teaching on an issue such as this.  I would hate to give my opinion, and then learn that they have gotten "new light" on this issue, and then be accused of misrepresenting their teaching.

As far as I know, that would be a JW's personal choice, but probably highly discouraged, yet not completely prohibited.  If I had to give an answer to that, that is what I would say.  But again, you might want to get their perspective, as well.

Thanks for writing, and have a great evening.


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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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