So, since the laws of the land forbid murder, Jehovah's Witness members treat Apostates — ones who have left their religious organization — as dead. Yes, my children and my flesh-and-blood brother treat me as dead because I no longer wish to be a member of the family religion. How does one treat another as "dead"? By shunning — completely ignoring — such evildoers.
"We are not living today among theocratic nations where such members of our fleshly family relationship could be exterminated for apostasy from God and his theocratic organization, as was possible and was ordered in the nation of Israel in the wilderness of Sinai and in the land of Palestine. 'Thou shalt surely kill him; thy hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him to death with stones, because he hath sought to draw thee away from Jehovah thy God,... And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is in the midst of thee.' (Deuteronomy 13:6-11, AS). Being limited by the laws of the worldly nation in which we live and also by the laws of God through Jesus Christ, we can take action against apostates only to a certain extent, that is, consistent with both sets of laws. The law of the land and God's law through Christ forbid us to kill apostates, even though they be members of our own flesh-and-blood family relationship."~November 15, 1952 Watchtower pp.703-704
I have described my experiences in Religion is Manipulative and Kindness of a Stranger.
I speak from personal experience in saying it may be embarrassing for the Jehovah's Witnesses to admit that they shun anyone. Yet, the religion's members are obliged to shun family and friends who they judge as " wicked."
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