Seeking a Balanced Bible Perspective After Leaving an Authoritarian Religion
IN MEMORY OF RAYMOND FRANZ
RIP June 2, 2010
A Personal Tribute
Articles and Commentaries
Jehovah's Witnesses and Shunning
A doctrinal examination of Jehovah's Witnesses extreme shunning
policy against former members
in light of scripture and the Jewish culture of the first-century Christians.
Jehovah's Witness Response to the Shunning Article
Ron Frye's Permission to Attend His Mother's Funeral Service
Paradise On Earth--When?
A scriptural examination of Jehovah's Witnesses doctrine of
Paradise earth during the Millennium and their hope of never dying.
A summary of booklet:
The Watchtower religion is notable for its severe disfellowshipping policies
and associated extreme shunning of former members which often results in shattered
family relationships. Not to mention that anyone deemed worthy of disfellowshipping
is judged to be unworthy of everlasting life and salvation. Yet, Jesus said
that the good shepherd would leave the flock and go seek to bring back the sheep
who had strayed. Further he said:
I tell you that thus there will be more joy
Where is the Great Crowd Serving God?
by Jon Mitchell (RIP), former Governing Body secretary
A discussion of Revelation 7:9-17 in light of
the Watchtower Society's doctrine of two classes
Here is an account of one of the key issues that
erupted during and after the events at Brooklyn Bethel in 1980-1981
when several key figures were banished.
BOOKLET AVAILABLE FROM COMMENTARY PRESS
Misrepresenting the 1914 Parousia
in Watch Tower History
Watchtower references to C.T. Russell and the Bible Students looking
forward to the Coming of Christ in 1914, in view of the known history that Russell
believed for the rest of his life that it had already occurred in 1874, and this
was the general doctrine about the parousia until the 1930s.
"Modesty" and "Speculations" of the
Watchtower Society's "Faithful and Discreet Slave"
A sampling of prophetic "speculations" by leaders of the Watchtower
leaders over the years in light of their present-day conclusion about their history.
The Controversy about "What Is a
By some definitions, Jesus and his apostles were a cult among the
Jews in their day. There is difference of opinion--even among former members--as
to whether Jehovah's Witnesses should be labeled a cult. Perhaps it all depends
on your definition.
in heaven over one sinner that repents than over
ninety-nine righteous ones who have no need of repentance.
--Luke 15:4-7 NWT
Bearing this in mind, this section is dedicated to presenting some of the more
peculiar stories of Watchtower Society "justice" under the auspices of "keeping
the organization clean." The following is the first story of more to come.
The story of Richard and Frances Rawe
- Crisis of Conscience
In Search of Christian Freedom
- Books by Raymond Franz, former Governing Body member of Jehovah's Witnesses, as well as
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The Christian Respondent
- by Ron Frye, former Circuit Overseer
The Christian Respondent was originally mailed on a subscription basis from
1984 to 1991.
Fifty-two issues of insightful commentaries on the Watch Tower religion and
its policies were published. Now compiled into one book.
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The Father/Son Relationship
- by Ron Frye, former Circuit Overseer
87-page booklet is a comprehensive coverage of the relationship and respective
dignities represented in God and his Son, Jesus Christ. The Hebrew view of
monotheism is presented as the context in which Jesus' life and ministry must
be evaluated and understood. The author argues that the question that needed
to be answered in the first century was not "Is Jesus God?" but "Is Jesus
the Messiah?" While acknowledging the Son's deity, it is presented as lesser
in glory than the Father's deity. The booklet also covers the development
of the Trinity doctrine in the centuries following the establishment of the
Christian church and is presented as biblically unsound.
- Available from The Christian Respondent
My Christian Quest by Ronald Frye
From Jehovah's Witness to Son of God
- Ronald E. Frye, a second generation Jehovah's Witness, devoted more than thirty years to this religious movement. During that time he served as a Congregation Overseer in five different congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses. He also served as a Pioneer, Special Pioneer and Circuit Overseer. From this informed and experienced perspective his memoirs are written.
The painful discoveries that shattered his confidence in this dogmatic and authoritarian religion, and which led to his being disfellowshiped, are chronicled in this book. The opening chapter portrays the brutal consequences of family division which have affected tens of thousands of those who have separated themselves from this religion due to matters of conscience.
His post-Jehovah's Witness life and ministry should provide encouragement to others who long to escape the spiritually suffocating effect of religious tyranny and breathe the life-giving air of freedoom in Christ.
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Wolves Among Sheep" by James Kostelniuk
- Astonishing true story in his own words of severance from his children because of Watchtower shunning policy,
and the subsequent murder of his ex-wife and two children by their abusive Jehovah's Witness step father.
Available from Amazon books.
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