Some Reasons Why We Left…

Factors that caused our confidence to be destroyed and leave

Dishonest accounts of doctrine or history; avoidance or lying to all questions

Inadequate dealing with questions; fallacious replies to questions.

Workers using fear and guilt to keep people from examining their behavior and doctrines

Lack of understanding of the deity of Jesus and the complete effectiveness of his sacrificial atonement

Lack of preaching/teaching emphasis on nature of sin and repentance

Lack of understanding the deity, work of the Holy Spirit and redemption.

Lack of accurate teaching regarding prayer for natural things.

Absence of God-centered worship

Lack of spiritual food

Idolization of workers

Idolization of the manmade 2×2 belief system and methodology

Presence of Exclusivism – Living Witness Doctrine- salvation only through the workers

Absence of spiritual bread in workers’ messages

Inaccurate, allegorical and twisted use of scripture

Presence of women preachers

Presence of antifeminism

Incompetent advice and counsel

Indifference of workers towards members

Indifference of head workers and members to the needs of subordinate workers

Unscriptural withholding of baptism

Unscriptural withholding of the emblems

Unscriptural reasons given to keep people from giving testimonies in meeting

Absence of good fruit among workers or members

Inappropriate remarks during funeral messages or at funerals

Lack of unity among friends and workers, yet refusal to admit it

Lack of joy, warm friendships or trust

Refusal to give a written statement of faith

Refusal to examine or teach scriptural doctrines and a denial of some of them

Presence of immorality among workers, elders and professing people

Presence of judgment and scorn for outsiders and for members as well

Presence of hypocrites

Secrecy regarding money

Ignoring the needs of ex-workers. Workers who leave the work have money taken from them.

Secrecy regarding decisions and lack of protection against bad decisions

Abuse of power and authority among workers

Little emphasis on repentance

Little understanding of the gospel, doctrinal ambiguity

Excommunication without any scriptural grounds

Misplaced emphasis on human appearance

Inconsistency in building for conventions and owning property, while condemning others for buildings and property

Refusal to admit the organizational structure within the group

Refusal to admit the names of the group

Members have little to no understanding of scripture or the workers’ beliefs

Lack of teaching for adults and especially for children

No scriptural education for workers, children or members

No warning about sin, no teaching about how to find true salvation through faith in Jesus

Presence of extreme legalism

Misplaced emphasis on works.

Lack of charitable works/activities towards outsiders or insiders

Lack of teaching on finances or the importance of honesty in business matters for members

Unscriptural requirement for workers to be unmarried puts everyone at risk for sexual deviancy and immorality

Moving workers from one field to another to hide sexual immorality

Questioning or disagreeing with workers’ decisions may result in excommunication

Misplaced emphasis on submission, sacrifice and suffering

Worker imposed emotional and mental alienation from society in order to be “sanctified and set apart”

Lack of joy and love

Lack of converts

Indifference to errors.

Not allowing Holy Spirit to guide members. Obedience is mandatory (not a free choice. Conformity is required at the risk of excommunication

Workers too slow in changing traditions; stay too far behind “the world”