From Kingdom Hall to the Kingdom of Heaven: A Story of Redemption
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John Myres was shocked when he found himself being disfellowshipped by his local Kingdom Hall. His small business was failing and he sought advice from leaders in his congregation. He was then cast out of what he believed to be the "only true" religion and was worried he might have lost God's favor forever, based on the decision of the Jehovah's Witness "committee." He suddenly lost his entire network of friends and family. John told us,

"I lived in constant fear I would be doomed if I was not being continually faithful to Jehovah. Salvation was dependent upon proving myself acceptable or worthy to God."

John heard the true Gospel preached for the first time, while visiting a Bible-based church with his wife and children. He was relieved to hear about the complete forgiveness of sin through Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. He also heard that he could never earn God's approval, but can only be accepted by trusting solely in His Son.
“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
Today John and his family actively serve the Lord, motivated by God’s love and not from guilt or fear. John now looks back on the day he was disfellowshipped in a whole new light:
"The Lord delivered me out of my former religion, and if He had not convicted me of sin, righteousness, and judgment, I'd still be in it until this day."

It was a glorious day! Because God was working all things together, according to His purposes (Romans 8:28).

John uses Blue Letter Bible to assist him in preparation for the home Bible studies he leads through his church. He tells us,

"I am privileged to use Blue Letter Bible as my main study application. I truly appreciate that it is lovingly provided online, without cost or obligation. I consider BLB to be a genuine gift from God."

John was delivered from the false teachings of the Kingdom Hall, and now he uses Blue Letter Bible to rightly divide God's Word.

May God and His Word be exalted,

Jim Milligan
Chief Executive Officer
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