Or so I felt. Prior to this, I was employed as an associate pastor for a number of years, working in churches throughout Oregon, Iowa, and California. Although there were many aspects of serving in full-time ministry that I loved, there were more things that happened along the way that made a negative impact on both myself and my family.
Sitting in the Kingdom Hall as a young child, I would hear talks about sex, but they were, for the most part, warnings about what not to do—what was moral and what was not— but mostly not.
Masturbation was wrong, mutual masturbation was wrong, and both oral and anal sex were wrong. So I promised myself that as soon I found out what the heck they were, I would never do them.
As I grew up, I came to understand what sex is really all about, according to Watchtower teachings. I also heard from the platform and from people at the Hall how it was not good for a man to be alone; that he needed a wife to satisfy his sexual needs.
I divorced my husband for spousal abuse at the age of twenty-two. All I knew was that men wanted and needed sex. In my late twenties I started rebuilding my life. I had a severe drinking problem by this time, and needed to sober up.
In doing so, I learned about being human. I will never forget one conversation I had over coffee with a group of people while we were talking about my view of relationships. It never occurred to me that I was hurting anyone. Men only wanted sex, right?
I needed to call a time out! To be honest, it was overwhelming and I had no idea where to start. After much whining, my friend challenged me. It took over six months for me to come up with a list of twenty-five things — not an easy assignment.
Looks and money were not allowed. I was learning about and setting up boundaries. Dating no longer equaled sex the way it had before. I knew more about myself, I knew what I wanted, and I was no longer willing to settle for just anyone that came along.
I became a happy single woman. I even enjoyed living alone. I met the man I am still with today during this blissful time in my life and while still on my honeymoon with myself, so there was no rush.
I felt no need to be with someone to fill a void in my life. I found him interesting and wanted to get to know him better. We have been together for sixteen years. I can also say that he hit twenty-four out of the twenty-five qualities that I wanted in a partner.
There are morals to my story… One is that the JW view of dating and sex can lead to warped and twisted thinking — that in turn leads to low self-esteem that can lead to harmful situations.
Learn who you are and what you want and then move in that direction. The rest will fall into place. Joe Zlomek Share this:Sep 29, · Jehovah's Witnesses are members of a Christian-based religious movement probably best known for their door-to-door evangelistic work.
Great article Brother! I have experienced first hand what goes on in the secret ” back room ” investigations. No love, scriptures taken out of context, a cold, calculating, even aggressive attitude. In the King James version. The only prayer that Jesus is recorded as having said aloud is what is known as The Our Father, and the word Jehovah is not used in it. Based on their interpretation of Revelation , Jehovah's Witnesses believe all other religions are part of "Babylon the Great", a "world empire of false religion" under the control of Satan; consequently, they refuse all ecumenical relations with other religious denominations.
Jehovah’s Witness, member of a millennialist denomination that developed within the larger 19th-century Adventist movement in the United States and has since spread worldwide.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses are an outgrowth of the International Bible Students Association, which was founded in in Pittsburgh by Charles Taze Russell. JB February 17, at am. Agreed.
There’s a difference between intentionally referring to your brother’s girlfriend’s occupation (there’s no need to bring it up at all) and saying “please don’t celebrate my birthday because religion.”. As their interpretations of the Bible developed, Witness publications decreed that saluting national flags is a form of idolatry, which led to a new outbreak of mob violence and government opposition in the United States, Canada, Germany, and other countries.
Worldwide membership of Jehovah's Witnesses reached , in 5, congregations by the time of Rutherford's death in January Jehovah’s Witness, member of a millennialist denomination that developed within the larger 19th-century Adventist movement in the United States and has since spread worldwide.
The Jehovah’s Witnesses are an outgrowth of the International Bible Students Association, which was founded in in Pittsburgh by Charles Taze Russell. Like other Adventist groups, Jehovah's Witnesses emphasize the apocalyptic sections of the Bible, particularly the books of Daniel and Revelations.