Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases. Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers.
|Country:||Trinidad & Tobago|
|Published (Last):||28 October 2008|
|PDF File Size:||16.94 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||6.18 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? No customer reviews. How does Amazon calculate star ratings? The machine learned model takes into account factors including: the age of a review, helpfulness votes by customers and whether the reviews are from verified purchases.
Review this product Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon. Verified Purchase. I felt utterly confused. I didn't know what to think about anything I thought I knew so well. This book will help you get your balance. It's like the organization just invented stuff as they went along. Nothing means what they Watchtower says it does. This book gave me some grounding. After leaving, I needed to read this book. After reading I felt at peace and felt hope again.
Now, I believe in the grace of God and finding my own way instead of turning over the responsibility to an organization to tell me what to think or what to do and how to worship and render service to God.
I didn't realize how under Law we still were as Witnesses and how the organization is much like the Pharisees. This is a sad situation, how can so many be so deceived? This is a must read for ex-witnesses, never look back, and rethink everything. After many years of loyalty and submission to Watchtower doctrine, Mr. Franz came to the conclusion that he was serving an organization, rather than God. The Watchtower organization requires that its members faithfully follow every proclamation made by its board of directors, known as the Governing Body.
The Governing Body has identified itself as being the faithful and discreet slave through its interpretation of the following parable given by Jesus: "Who really is the faithful and discreet slave whom his Master appointed over his domestics, to give them their food at the proper time? Happy is that slave if his master on arriving finds him doing so.
Truly I say to you, He will appoint him over all his belongings. All religious organizations have leaders and many of these leaders claim to have a special connection to God. The Watchtower Society claims its authority must be honored because its leaders have been chosen by Christ as his faithful and discreet slave "class. Franz' book explains how cult-like organizations can be identified and he is adamant that true Christians should read the Bible, independent of literature provided by external sources.
Franz does not identify any religion as being the correct one. To him, true Christians are people who believe in and love the resurrected Christ, love God and treat others as they want to be treated themselves.
As a result, "In Search of Christian Freedom" leaves the following questions unanswered: 1. Is the Trinity doctrine true? Even though the doctrine of the Trinity is admittedly a mystery, this incomprehensible article of faith has gained wide acceptance. All of the Watch Tower arguments on this topic as well as those of other non-Trinitarians have convinced many that the trinity doctrine is not true.
Worship Jesus, Jehovah or both? The Watchtower doctrine on this subject changed from worshipping Jesus to worshipping Jehovah. Is worshipping Jesus a violation of the 1st commandment? The Watchtower argument is that only , resurrected ones will go to heaven, while the remainder of resurrected mankind will live forever on earth. Other Christian religions say that all resurrected persons will live forever in heaven.
Will the earth remain forever or die when the sun burns out? If our observations are correct, stars burn all of their hydrogen and convert it into helium and burning the helium causes the star to expand into a red giant and finally collapse into a black hole.
If our sun follows this cycle, as all stars apparently do, how can the earth exist forever? This scenario gives validity to the heavenly resurrection argument. Eternal life in heaven, on a paradise earth or maybe both? Sound arguments for both heavenly and earthly resurrections are made by both sides.
Apart from Jesus, there are no biblical records of any heavenly resurrections. On the other hand, all other recorded resurrections brought back the dead in human form to live on earth, where they all eventually died again.
But Jesus was resurrected in human form and then he ascended into heaven. Is Jesus' earthly resurrection, followed by a heavenly resurrection, an indication of how we may attain eternal life? Is the bible a totally-reliable, fact-based account of history that never contradicts itself? For example, some biblical accounts are difficult to believe, particularly the story of the global flood.
Did Noah's ark really contain pairs of the millions of different land species now present on earth? Was there really enough water to cover the highest mountains, and if so, where did all of that water come from and where is it now?
In one verse the Bible says that Noah sent out a raven, yet another verse says he sent out a dove. This story of the global flood is only one example of a biblical account that seems exaggerated and contradictory. Franz does not steer his readers into what he considers to be the true religion, because he finds fault with all of them.
However, he gives his readers outstanding information on how they can take responsibility for their own salvation by reading the scriptures, independent of conclusions reached by others. His opinion is that Jesus' message was not complicated because spiritual truth was carefully explained in easily understood language and parables. The common people of Jesus' day were very familiar with the topics of Jesus' stories.
His stories of planting and harvesting, the prodigal son, the pearl of great price and the lost sheep explained the kingdom of heaven by relating it to stories of everyday life on earth. I highly recommend "In Search of Christian Freedom" to those who may have doubts about their current religious organization. The weight of a lifetime of oppression has lifted. As I grew older, I hated the organization, but felt guilty and fearful all the time. I always felt like I must be a bad, wicked person who didn't love God because I didn't go to meetings, didn't enjoy the door to door work, etc I would celebrate my child's birthday and then feel extreme guilt.
I got to the point where I almost stopped feeling anything, I think to protect myself from the self hatred. A couple of years ago I somehow stumbled across this book on Amazon, and forced myself to order it.
I was nervous for days, waiting for it to arrive I had a feeling this was going to be a huge experience. When it came, I locked myself in the bedroom and read for several hours. It was shocking - all the little doubts you always have, but repress, were addressed and laid bare, along with many others. When it is all put together in a few hundred pages, it is an incredibly damning compilation of information. I only read about half the book - and that was much more than I needed to see to come to my realization.
I sat there for a while, my mouth open in disbelief that this organization could be so twisted, while realizing the truth of it all was there the whole time but I was too brainwashed to see it. It felt like the shackles had literally fallen off. I was actually overcome with joy for weeks. I mean, I felt like I was floating, probably because I didn't have to leave anyone behind at the church my father still speaks to me and I moved away from there years ago anyway.
I now had confirmation that I wasn't a horrible person for wanting an advanced education or for loving someone outside the faith. God didn't hate me because I didn't enjoy harassing people in their homes. Woo hoo!! I just now have to unlearn so much so that I can open my mind to consider other possibilities much harder than you think - some of these beliefs are set in so deeply, probably because I started going as a small child.
I hope that others will find the relief that I did with this book. I think my relief was instant because I was somehow ready for it, but I hope that it will at least be the catalyst for others who dare. Good luck. The book was written in an informative, and straight forward format. I was one of Jehovah's Witnesses from , age 11, to , age I wished I had had the book to read years ago. I had no one with which to confer. It has been a traumatic journey for me, losing family and all the adjustments to living outside.
Reading Christian Freedom has given me more insight as to where I was and how to continue my journey forward. Go to Amazon. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. DPReview Digital Photography.
ISBN 13: 9780914675174
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again.
In Search of Christian Freedom : Edition for Digital Distribution Abridged Formatting
Apr 20, While his first book, Crisis of Conscience Commentary Press, , focused almost entirely on the Witnesses, their history, and the events leading up to his formal break with the sect, this sequel attempts to put all of that into a broader religious perspective and to answer, for other ex-Witnesses, the all-important question: Where do we go from here? Doctrinally, Franz has come a long way since leaving the Watchtower organization. So, then, where should former Witnesses look for fellowship?
In Search of Christian Freedom