Jehovah`s Witness/I'm just curious

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Hi Derrick,
 I've been following this forum for quite sometime and I noticed that you're always under attack by the JW's. I have found that you are an intelligent man with your own ideas of what's right and wrong. Furthermore, as Christians they shouldn't be so critical of you.
 I just wanted you to know that you have a lot of people that read this forum that are behind you.

Gratefully,

Abraham

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Good morning, and thank you for writing with your kind words.

Most of the time, people attack what they feel threatened by.  Yes, they have speant a lot of time focusing on, slandering, and attacking me.  But you know what?  It doesn't bother me in the least, because that is precisely what Jesus said people would do to those who proclaim the truth of the Bible, and His true Gospel.  I fully expect it, and it doesn't deter me in the slightest.  I know my own heart and that my motives are pure, and that my greatest desire is to see JWs come to the truth of the Gospel of Christ, and to equip Christians with solid Biblical answers to defend their faith.  They can claim from now until eternity that I "hate" them, oppose them, or whatever....But none of that matters in the least.

Like you, countless people have noticed that some of them have employed the use of slander and lying, and have succeeded in harming their own credibility.  

As I've always said, and will say again....If they believe something is in error from the Scripture, they have every right to address it, post a rebuttal from the Scriptures, or whatever they wish to do.  Nobody, including me, has an issue with that.  But when it becomes personal and slanderous, then they only reveal that they are fearful and intimidated.  

My issue is, and always has been, about the teachings and doctrines of the Organization, and the power it has over its members' thinking.  It never has been about the people individually.  Furthermore, I make every effort to make sure my "ideas" are rooted completely in the inspired and inerrant Word of God, and not in merely my own thoughts and opinions.

Anyway, thank you for writing with your encouragement, and God bless.

Derrick

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Derrick Holland

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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.

Education/Credentials
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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