My wife and I are towards the end ( finally ) of reading " In Search of Christian Freedom " by Ray Franz . ( Long book 728 pgs. )
On pg. 598 & 599 Ray Franz makes very pertinent points exposing how the WT society has always claimed to be of higher moral character than other religion's and that Jehovah's Witnesses don't have the extent of wrongdoing that other religions have. Well- he certainly debunks THAT myth with what went on in Bethel . Notice what he said on pg. 598, " At the Brooklyn headquarters , as I know personally from having worked there, entire file cabinets in the Service department are filled with the records of cases of wrongdoing , some minor, many of them major, within the Witness membership. The entire gamut of wrongdoing is covered, from fornication, adultery, homosexuality, incest and sexual molestation of children to fraud, theft, wifebeating, and murder. Comparable records to those in the U.S. may be found in the branch offices of the organization throughout the world. " So- Translation - If you were ever brought before a JC - all your dirty little details are there for all the Service Department guys to ogle at.
Ray continues on pg. 599, " I can recall cases of branch representatives engaging in theft , stealing from the branch funds, having a record of alcoholism , engaging in adulterous sexual relations, in one case with a prostitute, in another with the wife of a missionary living at the Branch office, and other moral failures. " In debunking a Quebec journalist for saying if all people were Jehovah's Witnesses " we would not at night have to bolt our doors shut and put on the burglar alarm ". Ray Franz said " He may think so. He does not know that at the international headquarters at Brooklyn, where the largest concentration of Witnesses on earth is to be found , it became necessary decades ago to install locks on all doors to living quarters and I never recall a period of any length during my 15 years there when there was not at least one witness thief active within the " Bethel Family ". Periodic warnings were necessary from the head of the table as to leaving valuables unattended or unsecured. " He continued that the " community of persons then numbering 1,900 like a fairly small town, but with a specialized populationfrom which one might expect a far smaller incidence of wrongdoing than in a small town. "
Ray continued, " The Watchtower publications consistently claim that regular activity in the door-to-door " field service " constitutes a strong protection against spiritual weakness and wrongdoing. Yet most of those described in branch offices and the international headquarters were active in such work. " Bottom line : Nothing indicates that " field service " prevented any of these thefts or wrongdoings from happening, In fact just as much wrondoing occured even though witnesses engaged in service .
So did any of you who were in Bethel observe some wrongdoing or skeleton's come out of closets when you were there ? Did you notice any more " righteousness " put into people just because they were at Bethel ? It certainly shows how there is no difference between Jehovah's Witnesses and other religion's all claiming to have " higher moral standards " than those outside who are not religious. As always I look forward to any observations, takes, or comments you have. Thanks, Hope you are all well, Peace out, Mr. Flipper