Nathan Phillips decided he no longer wanted to be a Jehovah's Witness, and upon expressing his feelings to the elders at his local congregation, Nathan was told he would be immediately disfellowshipped, a JehovahÂ’s Witness term for excommunicating a member from the congregation, if he chose to leave the faith.
According to an article atÂ BBC, Nathan said, "It does make me feel very angry, not with the people so much and not with mum but the way the religion works."
Nathan had stopped attending meetings in 2009, and had take up smoking and drinking Â– the former of which is something JehovahÂ’s Witnesses say goes against the rulings of their religion. While drinking is allowed, it can only be done so in moderation.
Phillips stated Â“My beliefs had changed; my views had changed Â– it just wasnÂ’t me.Â” Jehovah's Witness congregations have a group of elders who are looked up to and considered to be responsible for leading the members of their congregation. Â They are looked up to by many in the congregation and regarded as mentors.
Nathan Phillips said, Â“I was called into a judicial committee of three eldersÂ… They sit in front of you like a panel and asked me questions to see if I had been smoking or drinking Â– basically they sent me out of the room and when I came back in they said theyÂ’d decided to disfellowship me.Â”
It is so sad to know this young manÂ’s life was in the hands of a group of men who passed judgment on him. Â IsnÂ’t it GodÂ’s place to pass judgment?
Nathan added, Â“Obviously I did explain to them about the impact this would have on my family but none of that was taken into considerationÂ”
To know this young man has been torn apart simply because he chose not to be part of a particular religion is horrible. His whole family has turned their backs on him based on the decision of three men in a room.
"It affected my work and it took me quite a few months to get back on track but I've kind of got my head around the fact that's what it's going to be," states Nathan.
Nathan Phillips, a 24-year-old man has lost his family, friends, and has experienced personal emotional trauma because of the decision to excommunicate him from a religion, unwillingly Â– yet his decision to join the JehovahÂ’s Witnesses was made when he was not an adult, but a teenager.
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