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Former Jehovah’s Witness Comes to Christ

World Religions in a Nutshell

From World Religions in a Nutshell.

Growing up in a Jehovah’s Witness family, Liesl lived in terror of disappointing a seemingly unpleasable God, and feared the repercussions of losing family and community if she voiced the questions that plagued her heart. Then, everything changed when a Christian friend reached out with an invitation.

Born and raised as a Jehovah’s Witness (JW), it was the life I lived up until my early thirties. I left Jehovah’s Witnesses because their faith is based on works and fear. I struggled growing up with this for years. I feared displeasing God but most of all His people. The thought of even questioning the flaws of this organization could categorize me as taking sides with the enemy, an apostate view. I didn’t want to lose my family.

“The most important thing Jesus has taught me is that He will never reject me. God is my Father in Heaven, my safe haven. I’m no longer alone.”

But I couldn’t seem to measure up, no matter how hard I tried serving the Lord. I felt like a prisoner living in fear of God and destruction if I didn’t keep up with the rules. I had the Bible knowledge in my head, but didn’t really have the heart knowledge. The fruit of the Holy Spirit seemed to be missing at times. That’s when I knew something was wrong. Why did this belief of JWs not always permeate the heart, soul, and mind in others and myself? Why did I feel like a robot attending these meetings? How could I question the people who seemed to have God’s tools, the Bible and prayer? Weren’t they imperfect, too? Weren’t they capable of grieving the Holy Spirit? Why did I feel I was on a treadmill serving the Lord? I felt I was being examined and constantly under surveillance like a mouse in a lab experiment. Was this God’s plan for me?

Some years ago, a friend invited me to her church to hear a Christian band. Once I was there, the Lord used a prayer ministry at this church to transform my lie-based thinking into a loving, personal, intimate relationship with Him. I’ve been delivered from the loneliness of guilt and condemnation and adopted into the Body of Christ. I’m a work in progress, but now I serve the Lord with love, not out of obligation and fear.

I discovered in my journey with the Lord that I was really afraid of my Father in heaven. I really didn’t know God in an intimate, personal way. Nor did I really know the depths of grace through His Son, Jesus Christ. I was truly lost and confused. Then, Jesus rescued me and took all the guilt, doubts, and heavy burdens I held inside. I’m now allowing Him to teach me all over again. I’m not afraid of being corrected or disciplined by my Heavenly Father. I can come to Him and even His Body when I’m struggling with an issue and not feel condemned but convicted in spirit and truth.

Now I know that God is all-powerful and full of grace and mercy. I know what He’s done for me through the power of His blood and sacrifice. I’m embraced in the arms of God’s grace and love feeling secure and blessed. The most important thing Jesus has taught me is that He will never reject me. God is my Father in Heaven, my safe haven. I’m no longer alone. I have an adopted family called the Body of Christ. I can serve God anywhere and it doesn’t have to be in a building of JWs.

—Liesl V.

This testimony can be found in Ray Comfort’s book World Religions in a Nutshell.

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Ray Comfort

Ray Comfort is the Founder and CEO of Living Waters, a bestselling author, and has written more than 100 books, including, The Evidence Study Bible. He cohosts the award-winning television program Way of the Master, which airs in 190 countries.

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