Jehovah’s Witness Conference Speaker Tells Audience to Shun Family Members Who Lose Their Faith

If you’re a child raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, and you decide to leave the faith, what should your parents do?

Normal person’s answer: Love you no matter what.

Watchtower representative Steven Bell‘s answer: Cut all ties with your child.

He said as much at the 2013 District Convention of Jehovah’s Witnesses:

JT Eberhard points out the irony in how this conference was advertised:

Yes, Bell preaches family values that are so strong that even if your family falls apart, it’s perfectly fine as long as you’re loyal to Jehovah.

For what it’s worth, the official Jehovah’s Witnesses website says the exact opposite — you should reached out to someone who has been “disfellowshipped” and help them rekindle their faith.

(via JW Survey)

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