Banished From Jehovah's Witnesses

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Autobiography, by Dwight Hayes


Have you ever wondered why Jehovah’s Witnesses follow so many unusual and often repressive rules? Blood transfusions are forbidden. They celebrate no holidays including Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. They refuse to stand for the singing of the national anthem. Reading religious literature other than their own is forbidden. It is a seemingly endless list.

Claiming to be Christian yet doctrinally unorthodox, Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that: Jesus is not divine and the Trinity doctrine is ungodly and pagan. Hell is not a place of conscious existence.

Their leadership organization, the Watchtower Society, claims to be God's unique spokesman of truth. All other religions, they teach, are from the devil. Their view on prophetic events includes:

Christ began his invisible reign over the earth in 1914.

The Battle of Armageddon will destroy all peoples except the faithful among Jehovah's Witnesses.

Survivors will live on a restored earth except for 144,000 which will enter heaven in life. They have made numerous prophecies, however most have failed. Dwight Hayes tells of his Witness upbringing, from witnessing house to house as a child to serving as presiding overseer of the local Kingdom Hall. Juxtaposing his recent holy land experiences with events during his life first as a Jehovah's Witness and then as a born-again Christian, he chronicles his childhood struggle as a Jehovah's Witness, his rise to leadership, his struggle of conscience, an ultimate rejection of Witness teachings and his conversion to the Jesus of Christianity.

For daring to accept Jesus as his Lord and Savior he was banished from Jehovah's Witnesses. How would he survive without family and friends? Would his wife and four children journey with him?

Hayes' story provides practical insights for those with Witness friends and relatives. He reveals why Jehovah's Witnesses conduct themselves as they do he offer suggestions on how to graciously introduce them to the Lord Jesus of the Bible. His story will resonate with anyone struggling with his or her own conscience. It will be a help to those attempting to understand the beliefs of Jehovah's Witnesses.