A few weeks back, a Russian high court ruled against Jehovah’s Witnesses, thereby seeking to limit their activity.http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/283638
Many Jehovah’s Witnesses had been watching and praying for a favorable ruling. But it seems that no such favorable ruling was to be had. Perhaps things will change in the future, I hope so. Because I’m not interested in any kind of restrictions on worship unless such worship is a direct threat to peoples lives and property. That being said, I find it sad and somewhat ironic that, Jehovah’s Witnesses, while fighting for Religious freedom, are one of the foremost groups to grant no such freedom to their members. It seems to be a gross double standard on their part.
A recent Awake magazine (July 2009) carried an article titled “The Bibles viewpoint: Is it wrong to change your religion?” The article went on to develop the theme that changing ones religion was indeed OK, if one found that the religion they had been following, was faulty. The statement was made that “No one should be forced to worship in a way he finds unacceptable or be made to choose between his religion and his family” I agree with that statement. The question is: Does the Watchtower Society, which publishes the Awake magazine, agree with that statement ?
Myself and thousands of others have been isolated from former friends and Family members because of the lack of religious freedom under the Totalitarian rule of the Watchtower Society that we were born into.
If the Jehovah’s Witnesses want freedom of worship in Russia and elsewhere, perhaps they should be more willing to grant it to those within their ranks that want to leave. Are they possibly seeing a fulfillment of Jesus words in Matt. 7 when he stated the following?:
"Stop judging that YOU may not be judged;
for with what judgment YOU are judging, YOU will be judged; and with the measure that YOU are measuring out, they will measure out to YOU.” (Matt 7:1,2 NWT)