This is Jae – I wanted to share with you a song I’ve been working on. Now, chances are, you have heard it already. Most of my network has been somewhat bombarded as I’ve been getting my act together and attempting to solidify my social media presence(s) and also my music.
This will tell the story behind the song, however – as you might know, I am an ex-Jehovah’s Witness. Now, that doesn’t sound like a big deal initially if you are not familiar with this religion. However, being dismissed from the JW’s is not like being expelled from most other churches (if they even have expulsion).
When you are expelled from the JW’s, you are “disfellowshipped.” This means that anyone who is a Jehovah’s Witness, or who wants to stay in favor with Jehovah’s Witnesses must necessarily shun you. Now, typically you have a chance to go back but some people end up speaking out against the organization and their practices. These are called “apostates.” What is truly revealing is that simply not towing the “party-line” is apostasy. So the Jehovah’s Witnesses have, built-in, a process for keeping out dissenters. Apostates are the lowest of the low to them – and this is clearly outlined in an article of the magazine they publish. You can find it here:
but let me show you the excerpt:
6 How can we protect ourselves against false teachers? The Bible’s counsel regarding how to deal with them is clear. (Read Romans 16:17; 2 John 9-11.) “Avoid them,” says God’s Word. Other translations render that phrase “turn away from them,” “keep away from them,” and “stay away from them!” There is nothing ambiguous about that inspired counsel. Suppose that a doctor told you to avoid contact with someone who is infected with a contagious, deadly disease. You would know what the doctor means, and you would strictly heed his warning. Well, apostates are “mentally diseased,” and they seek to infect others with their disloyal teachings. (1 Tim. 6:3, 4) Jehovah, the Great Physician, tells us to avoid contact with them. We know what he means, but are we determined to heed his warning in all respects?
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Using their own crafty interpretation of biblical scripture, they have made a blanket statement that all who are under this label are in fact “mentally diseased.” This is most certainly a bigoted statement, and has come under fire in the EU.
My song uses excerpts from a talk which uses the very same material.
In the song, I am taking an ironic “stance” as a believer, but revealing the actual inner thought process that they may or may not be aware of. One of great dissonance and mental gymnastics. One that causes a person to become more than one person at once – one that can cause great strain, and sever important relationships.