that people say "Well so and so is Catholic/Baptist/Methodist but they live with their SO or they get drunk" in effect saying they don't life a Christian life but these same people get upset when they find out that Jehovah's Witnesses Disfellowship those who are Baptized members for willfully and unrepentantly sinning. Yes, I have had many people tell me that is wrong.
Answer by melody77 at 2:58 PM on Apr. 5, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 1:22 AM on Apr. 5, 2009
I think it's because, although, the person talking doesn't believe that "so and so" is really living an example of what Christian life should be like (to most Christians), a lot of people also don't believe that the Church should ever close its doors, so to speak, or turn away from those who still want to learn & follow thier religion. A lot of people think that is the time to go even a little bit overboard with caring & concern for the person, to hopefully help them turn life around, & back to God.
Answer by BubbaLuva at 1:25 AM on Apr. 5, 2009
I agree with Bubbaluva.
All I have to add is I was raised Christian ( Baptist) and was always taught Jesus would never turn his back on anyone, regardless of what they do so we should never turn our backs on anyone either. The whole concept is to be as Christ-like as possible but not to stop being Christian just because your fellow Christian is not. You lead by example and support the person, not judge or abandon them.
Answer by hannahwill at 1:34 AM on Apr. 5, 2009
But the Bible teaches that those (After having knowledge of what is required by God) that reject or turn away from following are to be expelled from the Christian Congregation and this is only after receiving loving counsel from the Bible to help the people to turn around from their wrongful course.This was even done under Jewish Law, the Sanhedrin was the Highest religious court and they carried out expulsions or disfellowshipping so it was not unknow or new that it was also carried out in the Christian Congregations. 1 Cor 5:5, 11, 13; 1 Tim 1:19, 20 ; 3 John 9,10.
Answer by lisarose45 at 2:06 AM on Apr. 5, 2009
Answer by lisarose45 at 2:12 AM on Apr. 5, 2009
Well, I am not going to say the Bible doesn't say that but, that is not how my family/church ever would have done it because Jesus Christ never would have done it himself. Humans make up their own laws etc. but Jesus was perfect. At least that is how I was raised.
Also, the verse Matthew 18:22 ( I think). You must forgive seventy time seven or something of that nature. I am sure you know what I am talking about ;)
Answer by hannahwill at 2:15 AM on Apr. 5, 2009
Answer by NotPanicking at 2:18 AM on Apr. 5, 2009
Answer by Anonymous at 2:18 AM on Apr. 5, 2009
Well, I am not going to say I know why they actually criticize JWs for that because I don't know personally. I do understand that is is hard though because of the reasonsI said before. I personally feel it isn't necessarily right ( probably because of how I was raised).But I do not judge the policy/procedure myself because I have never studied or followed the JW faith, it wouldn't be right of me to question it! I can only speculate why some are bothered by it :)
Answer by hannahwill at 2:22 AM on Apr. 5, 2009