Before You Leave

The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
Matthew 7:25 - New International Version

 

To say that separating your self from the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society can be daunting is an understatement of mamoth proportions. The number of things that need to be considered before embarking upon such a move can be overwhelming.  Chances are that you may not have thought much beyond the desire to be free.

The Witnesses do not encourage independent thinking, and depending on the length of, as well as the circumstances under which you became involved with the organization, you will find the process of extricating yourself more or less difficult.

Fear that you will become unredeemable in the eyes of God and that he will damn you to eternal destruction at Armageddon for turning "apostate" is a terrifying fabrication that the organization wields adeptly over the heads of its members.  Coupled with the emotional strain of facing endless judicial committees, family and friends that you may be leaving behind, as well as the inevitable shunning, and you have got a formidable wall of resistance to get through.

Laying a foundation and preparing yourself emotionally, psychologically, and even financially for your departure will help you make the transition from "thinking about" leaving to actually implementing those steps. 

Be Clear About Your Reasons for Leaving

Build a Non-Witness Support Network

Telling Family and Friends

Legal Representation

If You Work for a Witness

Healing