Priest embraced Islam, (4) Ex- Jehovah’s Witness Minister (USA)
This is the fourth priest in this series of “Priests Embraced Islam”.
His name: Raphael Narbaez Jr.
He was born in Texas where he attended his first Jehovah’s Witness meeting at age six.
He gave his first Bible sermon at eight.
He tended his own congregation at twenty.
He is a Los Angeles-based comic and lecturer.
He was headed for a position of leadership among some 900,000 Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States.
On November 1991, he traded in his Bible for the Quran.
He embraced Islam, bringing to the Muslim community the organizational and speaking skills he developed among Jehovah’s Witnesses. He speaks with the urgency of a new convert, but one who can make immigrant Muslims laugh at themselves.
He told his story imitating a cast of characters; using his sense of humor and his comic skills.
Raphael Narbaez Jr., the Ex- Jehovah’s Witness Minister says:
I remember vividly being in a discussion where we were all sitting in my parents’ living room and there were some other Jehovah’s Witnesses there. They were talking about: “It’s Armageddon! The time of the end! And Christ is coming! And you know the hailstones are going to be out here as big as cars! God is going to use all kinds of things to destroy this wicked system and remove the governments! And the Bible talks about the earth opening up! It’s going to swallow whole city blocks!”
I’m scared to death! And then my mother turned around: “See what’s going to happen to you if you don’t get baptized, and if you don’t do God’s will? The earth is going to swallow you up, or one of these huge hailstones is going to hit you on the head [klonk], knock you out, and you will not exist ever again. I’ll have to make another child.”
I wasn’t going to take a chance of being hit by one of those big hailstones. So I got baptized. And of course Jehovah’s Witnesses don’t believe in the sprinkling of the water. They submerge you completely, hold you there for a second, and then bring you back up.
I did that at the age of thirteen, September 7, 1963, in Pasadena, California, at the Rose Bowl. It was a big international assembly. We had 100,000 people. We drove all the way from Lubbock, Texas.
Eventually I started giving bigger talks – ten minutes in front of the congregation. And a circuit servant recommended me to give the hour lectures that are done on Sunday when they invite the general public. They usually reserved…