My name is Giuseppe Longo. I was born and raised in a family of Jehovah’s witnesses . In 1975, when I was 1 year old, my mother began to do studies with the Jehovah’s witnesses. They were studying the book “The truth that leads to the Eternal Life” back then. After a year of studies, my mom was absolutely positive (and she still is!) that she had found the truth and she got baptized in their way in 1976; that baptism is not biblical and not Christian. The truth my mom thought she had found, is a truth based on a false name : Jehovah, invented by the Masoretic in the 9-8 century A.D., it is a truth based on a religion that, according to their opinion, teaches the truth about God and His purposes. But it’s really this one the truth who leads to the Eternal Life? Growing with this notions, when I was 14, I believed in Jehovah and in his organization called “Jehovah’s people” and so I got baptized. I was a pioneer for 7 years (90 hours a month), I went knocking on every door, and I didn’t bring Jesus as the only truth but Jehovah (as an assumed name of God) and I tried to convince the people that the truth was to be part of a true religion, the Jehovah’s witnesses. That was the only way to be saved from the imminent destruction, that would have come very soon on every “evil person”, that is who don’t know Jehovah. I really believed that the destruction would have come very soon, it was sure, and it was thought that the 1914 Generation wouldn’t have passed away before the destruction had come. When I grew up and I was 30, I understood that this destruction would have never come. Then I began to wonder if this religion that I blindly followed was the truth. I was confused, I didn’t know who God was anymore, and what did He want from me; I didn’t know what was the truth, so it happened that sometimes I prayed God, asking Him to show Himself in my life and to let me get this straight. Years of great confusion went by, until I decided to read the Bible, I decided to erase everything, and I began to read the New Testament. When I read, everything appeared clear to me, bright. I read about the Heavenly Kingdom, I read of a great crowd beside God’s throne “in Heaven” and NOT on this Earth!
Jesus in John 10 says that there’s not religion to be followed but Jesus alone, the good Shepherd! To follow Jesus you only have to read the Bible, listen to His Voice; we don’t need any other book but the Bible, the Word of God. The sheep of God don’t listen to foreign voices, but they usually escape from them. I had finally realized that the truth I had been following for 39 years was not the Truth, and that Jehovah’s witnesses religion would have never given me eternal life and salvation.
Jesus said to Pilatus: “You say that I am a king. I was born and came into the world for this reason: to testify to the truth. Whoever accepts the truth listens to my voice.”
And Pilatus asked: “What is truth?” Pilate asked.
When I read this question for the first time, I wondered “Is Jehovah the truth? Or maybe a religious organization?”
John 14:6: Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
John 18:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
The answer is simple. The truth is Jesus, only Jesus saves, He’s our Savior, He has freed us from all the false religion and the false truths.
When I realized that, I dissociated myself from that false religion.Now I am not following men anymore, no directive corps who says to be the truth replacing Jesus. Now I am following Jesus, who gave us a commandment: to love and respect our neighbor, and to love one another. I am not serving a false god, I have accepted Jesus in my life as my Only Savior and Owner.
To Jesus Christ be the glory; He’s the King of kings and the Lord of the lords.