If you are presently one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, I want to say this to you up front: I am presently disfellowshipped. In other words, the organization has disassociated itself from me — and expects you to avoid all association with me as well — if that causes you any qualms about reading further or giving consideration to anything I may have to say, then I’m going to ask you to please leave this website now. However, I can tell you that I am no apostate. It’s not my intention to undermine anyone’s faith, nor to influence brothers or sisters to “my side” of any issue. I still consider myself one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, despite having been removed from the organization.
If you are a currently a brother or sister and believe yourself to be suppressing a transgender nature, my heart certainly goes out to you. Above all else, continue to pray about it. Prayerfully consider finding someone in the congregation that you can talk openly with. I do not want my experience, which may well differ significantly from yours, to be an undue influence upon you. Perhaps things will go better for you in that regard than they did for me. Even if they do not, I believe that the longer you hold everything in, the more of a toll it will take on you. I can truthfully say that I have had no regrets about finally coming out and being open with others about who and what I really am.
Having gotten that out of the way, I’m going to be writing largely about my own experiences in coming to grips with being a transgender woman, and some of the special frustrations that result from dealing with this reality as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. While anyone is welcome, I expect the material may be of the most interest to other transgender persons who either have been Jehovah’s Witnesses, or have studied the Bible with Jehovah’s Witnesses, and who share with me a sincere appreciation for Bible truth, as well as a genuine respect for the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses and the worldwide work Jehovah is accomplishing through them, of spreading the good news of God’s Kingdom by means of Christ Jesus. (I urge anyone wishing to learn more about this work, and the much-needed, genuinely upbuilding and life-changing truths found in the Bible, to visit the only website used, authorized and approved by the Witnesses, namely, http://www.watchtower.org, visit a local Kingdom hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, or just try having a conversation the next time one of the Witnesses happens to knock at your door.)
Now, if you’re still here, then you should be either a non-witness, or a former witness, or else a current member of the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses whose conscience is NOT bothered by the thought of giving genuine consideration to the situation faced by transgender Christians (in which case, let me offer a very, very heartfelt “Thank you!”).
Let me be very clear, I am 100% pro-Jehovah’s Witnesses. And yes, that is despite the fact that they have removed me from the congregation, and despite my belief that they happen to be in error for doing so! I do not believe the organization to be “perfect” — no human institution is. I do believe that there is no other religious organization on earth today that is so completely committed to doing the work Jesus asked of his followers, and following in his footsteps, worshiping the God of the Bible in the way that he asks, doing their utmost to not only teach but also live by the truth of his word, and not simply the often-vacillating moral and secular opinions of men. Heb 4:12 states that “God’s word is alive, and exerts power,” and it is an unquestionably a positive force at work in the congregations of Jehovah’s Witnesses. They are the only people I know who strive to be truly united by their religion “in the same mind and in the same line of thought” as Jesus Christ, not just locally, but everywhere around the globe. I know I am not alone in concluding that if all people on earth were Jehovah’s Witnesses, there would be no wars, no violent conflicts. The same simply cannot be said of the myriad of other religions on earth today. This is because to each one who genuinely calls himself or herself a Witness, Jehovah God really does come first, not just in word, but in action.
There is much more to recommend about the organization. As Jesus told his early disciples, “You received free, give free,” and so Jehovah’s Witnesses operate worldwide funded entirely by voluntary contributions. There are no collections at any meetings. There are no fund-raisers. Ever. No one makes money by being a minister of Jehovah’s Witnesses. (Some such as full-time traveling ministers with responsibilities of overseeing of many congregations or circuits of congregations do have their basic needs cared for in the sense of being put up in modest accommodations, and so forth, but that is the extent of it.) Yet, nothing short of miraculously, Jehovah’s Witnesses regularly print Bibles and Bible-based literature in far more languages than any other organization on earth, commercial or otherwise, ever dares to attempt, and they distribute this literature earth-wide, totally free of charge.
There are many more positive things to say, but that is not the purpose of this blog either. Suffice it to say, if you’re not already personally familiar with Jehovah’s Witnesses, I recommend that you “taste and see” more for yourself.
Of course I’m well aware that there are some who are vehemently opposed to Jehovah’s Witnesses, just as some were vehemently opposed to Jesus Christ himself in his day. If that is your inclination, I’m sorry to hear it, but hopefully by now I have made it clear that there will be nothing for you here.
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