Sherri Shepherd, The View host, left Jehovah’s Witnesses to find Jesus

sherriCelebrated actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd found herself trapped in Jehovah’s Witnesses, but overcame her fears, fled the aberrant group, and discovered a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

“Because I had been a Jehovah’s Witness so long, that was all I knew,” she told BeliefNet. “And as a Jehovah’s Witness I learned that all the other religions were false and that they were from Satan. So when I left the Jehovah’s Witnesses I really thought I was going to die and that I was going to go to hell.”

Ssherri shepherd on magazinehe did indeed “go through hell,” but she was willing to face poverty and hardship to break with the group after their leaders prohibited her from talking with her father.

“Now my dad at that time was working three jobs because we had moved to the suburbs because he wanted a better life for us,” she said. “So it was very expensive where we lived and he was working three jobs to support us. I was like you’ve got to be kidding me, tell my daddy I can’t talk to him and he is working at Denny’s?

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“As the oldest I was a daddy’s girl and loved him with all my heart. My daddy had holes in his shoes so that he could pay for my photography classes. I just kept thinking you can’t be serious and all I could think of was the Scripture that references love (1 Corinthians 13:13) and says the greatest of these is love. I was like where is the love in that?”

Before Shepherd became a notable actress, she passed through a series of misfortunes. In 1993 her mom was dying. Shepherd was evicted on several occasions. Her car was repossessed. Her boyfriend began stalking her and later went to jail. Shepherd herself went to jail for a week due to unpaid traffic violations. Even though she won plaudits for her stand-up comedy, she couldn’t pay her bills.

“I felt like I was going to die. All this stuff was happening to me because I didn’t have God,” said the vivacious star. “I wasn’t going to church. I just felt like it was so evil from my upbringing. Why am I going to go to a church that was from the devil?”

42nd Annual GMA Dove Awards - ShowHer life changed one day when she went to West Angeles Church of God in Christ, one of the largest mega churches in Los Angeles. “I used to pass it all the time on the bus. So on that day, I was feeling so miserable. I really felt like I had no other place to turn so I was like let me just try it,” she said. “When I stepped into that church and that was an immediate sense of peace came over me.”

The peace helped her quickly overcome years of ingrained fear that everything outside of Jehovah’s Witness was of the devil. But as she became a regular attender, Bishop Blake, who preaches at the church, helped her make steps toward Christ.

“One day he said, ‘Would you like to come up and accept Christ?'” she remembered. Read the rest of the story about Sherri Shepherd Christian.

10 responses to “Sherri Shepherd, The View host, left Jehovah’s Witnesses to find Jesus

  1. amen..great witness

  2. Seems 7thD and JW spend 90% of their efforts attacking other denominations esp RC but where is the message of Jesus ?

    • shunningisasin

      They have no “message” of Jesus. If I am not mistaken (and this is one of their best kept secrets), they do not believe Jesus was risen from the dead. He is a creature sitting in his throne waiting to help God rule the next world. The Watchtower Bible and Tract Society alters their bible’s words and their beliefs, and Jesus is not to be worshiped. They are called publishers; heavy into marketing materials and trapped since they do not read anything published outside the Society. They argue in circuitous vitriolic jargon with historical sounding references. They will shun you in a heartbeat to keep “clean” and show no mercy or unconditional love or kindness to anyone outside their HALL. (Unless you want to have a ‘bible study’ with their materials, of course.)

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  4. I can’t stand any of those pop-worldling matriarchs at The View.
    They’re only good for ganging up on Ann Coulter so she can reduce them to rubble ! There is a sort of flashy American celebrity Christianity that seems so false to me. Just my opinion. But still an interesting post of yours. I could well be wrong. God help me.

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