Below is the resignation letter I wrote to the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, various congregations and individual Jehovah’s Witnesses on May 27, 1993
Watchtower Bible & Tract Society Brooklyn, New York
My Dear Brethren,
Grace and Peace be with you in His name.
It pains me greatly to have to write you this letter, but, I feel that I must in light of my present circumstances. My life has changed for the better within the past year despite rumors to the contrary. My sincere love for you impels me to tell you about it. It is not a short story, but one I feel needs to be told.
As you well know, it has been over ten years that I have served Jehovah, our Great God, alongside you. I look back on the occasion of my baptism with no regrets. I did what I believed was the right thing to do based on the knowledge that I had at the time. I was willing to become an “apostate” to the faith that my parents raised me in.
My reasons for becoming one of Jehovah’s Witnesses was a result of taking in knowledge. I thank God I never lost my thirst for knowledge. As many who associated with me know, I have a great love for books. I have one of the largest collections of Watchtower literature dating back to the 1800s.
Do you know why I made a hobby of collecting this literature? It was because I wanted to know. To know, after all, is the root of knowledge. I also appreciated the heritage that this literature has recorded and represents. I do not say any of this to boast, but to present my library as a testimony to the fact that I love knowledge.
My faith as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses made me want to share it with everyone. Occasionally I would meet persons in the field ministry who would offer objections based on what opposers claimed about the organization. I wanted to be able to refute these claims, and what better way is there to do so but to examine them and look for the answers in an unbiased way? The ‘Truth’ book which I studied before my baptism says on page 13, paragraph 5:
“We need to examine, not only what we personally believe, but also what is taught by any religious organizations with which we may be associated. Are its teachings in full harmony with God’s Word, or are they based on the traditions of men? If we are lovers of the truth, there is nothing to fear from such an examination. It should be the sincere desire of every one of us to learn what God’s will is for us, and then do it. John 8:32.”
The “Awake!” magazine of October 22, 1973, says on page 6:
“If you were on trial in a court of law, would it be fair if only your opponent was allowed to present evidence? No, you would surely want the court to hear your side of the matter … Reasonable persons agree that the only fair method is to examine the evidence on both sides, both for and against a disputed theory. That is how one arrives at the truth.”
Finally, the “Watchtower” of August 1, 1978, says on page 12:
“Over the years, representatives of different churches have published many books and brochures for the purpose of “exposing” Jehovah’s Witnesses as heretics … Naturally, we are not afraid of this kind of publicity, because we know that it serves to awaken the curiosity of many honest persons.”
Because of my own experience and having gained my new found faith as a result of impartial investigation, I quickly saw the wisdom in the above statements. My curiosity was awakened because I am an honest person. If the Watchtower was not afraid of honest investigation, why in the world should I be?
Some of what I read made my blood boil, because a few of the opposers spoke of Jehovah’s Witnesses as if they were evil, willing tools of the devil. No amount of convincing could persuade me to believe such thoughts. I knew that I wasn’t like that and that the overwhelming majority of the Witnesses were not like that either.
My research did lead me to one conclusion, and that is that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society is not all that they claimed to be. Since 1919 onward, supposedly when the Lord came to inspect his “Church” and approved of the “Anointed Remnant,” the Society has made false predictions for Armageddon (1925, 1945, 1975, 1999, Prior to 1919, it was 1914, 1918 just to name a few). They’ve twisted the Scriptures in support of doctrines that are not in harmony with God’s plans and purpose. They’ve lied and have flip flopped their doctrines. They’ve ruined lives, separated families, caused divisions, divorces and mental breakdowns. All under the guise of “new light.”
Do you remember how the “Watchtower” illustrated its progress towards ultimate truth? In the December 1, 1981 issue of the Watchtower magazine, on page 27 it states:
“…it may have seemed to some as though that path has not always gone straight forward. At times explanations given by Jehovah’s visible organization have shown adjustments, seemingly to previous points of view. But this has not actually been the case. This might be compared to what is known in navigational circles as “tacking”. By maneuvering the sails the sailors can cause a ship to go from right to left, back and forth, (zigzag?) but all the time making progress toward their destination…”
It most certainly has too have been the case! How does that illustration hold through in the light of a more recent “Watchtower”, the August 1, 1992 issue? On page 17, it reads this way:
“Hence, to run ‘not certainly’ means that to every observer it should be very evident where the runner is heading. The Anchor Bible renders it, ‘not on a zigzag course.’ If you saw a set of footprints that meanders up and down the beach, circles around now and then, and even goes backward at times, you would hardly think the person was running at all, let alone that he had any idea where he was heading.”
I could not agree more. I do not think that the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society know where they are going and I am not going to risk my precious relationship with God and Christ by following them wherever it is they think their going. I am not trying to be sarcastic, I’m just stating my feelings as plainly as I can.
What I have shared with you in this letter is merely the shallowest scratch on the surface of the huge number of problems I found with the form of worship I have pursued for over ten years. There are many, many more and they are not petty complaints. They are in fact enough to cause me to determine never to “…be confined again in a yoke of slavery.” (Galatians 5:1)
Some will wonder where I will go now for spiritual enlightenment without the organization. The “Watchtower” of November 15, 1992 says on page 21:
“We will be impelled to serve Jehovah loyally with his organization if we remember that there is nowhere else to go for life eternal.”
The apostle Peter is then quoted. Please note that he asked Jesus not, “Lord, to where shall we go away to?” but, “Lord, to whom shall we go away to?” I have gone to Jesus, there is nowhere else to go.
I thank Almighty God for loving me, for allowing His son to make his unique sacrifice on my behalf and for my wonderful wife. I thank God for true friends who are “sticking closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24) I thank God that I am free.
I have tearfully debated this subject and I feel that in all honesty to you and myself the only remedy is to disassociate myself from the Watchtower Bible & Tract Society and Jehovah’s Witnesses at this time. To remain would be to misrepresent your views and to have you misrepresent my views. This action, therefore, is not to be understood as a withdrawal from the Church of Christ, whose “names are written in heaven,” but merely a withdrawal from our unauthorized human organization whose names are written on earth. I will joyfully remember the many happy years we have spent together.
My brothers, I regret to have to say “good-bye”. Perhaps we will meet again. If we do, I’m sure that it will be in the Messianic Kingdom.
Faithfully, Yours in Christ,