My wife and I have read carefully through Chapter 5 of the new elders manual when we do our " personal study " in bed on Saturday mornings ! So I felt it important to address this controlling information put out in Chapter 4 pg. 55 because it shows how the WT society is paranoid about ANY dirty laundry getting out to outside authority figures, whether it be police, psychiatrists, or ANYBODY who may expose indecent or improper conduct happening inside Jehovah's Witness congregations. Even IF such conduct may break the laws of the land resulting in needed intervention from outside " worldly " authorities.
So without further delay , notice this quote from the new elders manual, " There are times when an emotionally distressed Christian may seek professional help. Whether a Christian or his family pursues treatment from psychiatrists , psychologists, or therapists is a personal decision. An elder should not assume the responsibility of RECOMMENDING a specific practioner or facility. He may draw attention to or discuss material IN THE PUBLICATIONS that provides CAUTIONS REGARDING THERAPIES that may conflict with Bible principles. ( WTF ? ) While participating in group therapy by a professional therapist is a matter for personal decision, there could be a REVEALING OF CONFIDENTIAL FACTS ABOUT OTHER MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION during such sessions if a Christian DOES NOT EXERCISE DISCRETION. "
Let's break this down. So elders are told to ONLY give counsel to emotionally troubled witnesses from the WT publications ? How does THAT help the troubled person ? What if the individual NEEDS professional therapy or counseling from a liscenced psychiatrist ? Here is another angle to consider : What if a emotionally troubled ELDER has had to go to a professional therapist for counseling for depression and received help & benefits by such counseling ? So according to this book he is NOT allowed to recommend a therapist who might have helped him ? That is the message given by this information. An elder is ONLY allowed to give WT society publications information to counsel a depressed Jehovah's Witness. This is dangerous. The WT society is messing with people's lives and mental health. Is it any wonder so many witnesses remain in a depressed state ?
Now- to my other point. The WT society rears it's ugly head in being a paranoid mind control cult by DISSING JW members who may reveal confidential matters to a psychiatrist about OTHER JW's. What does the WT society have to hide ? Could it be they are concerned about depressed JW's revealing THESE types of " confidential " matters that occur inside the Jehovah's Witness organization ? Child abuse, blood transfusions on minors without the child's consent, shunning of family members promoted by disfellowshipping, dissassociating, or even inactive members stopping attending meetings . Also injustices commited by elders towards rank & file members - unjust decisions , lies, gossiping, inaccurate character assault , slander, misrepresentation of REAL facts. ALL of these situations could possibly be revealed by a depressed Jehovah's Witness to a psychiatrist . Need I say more ?
Bottom line is the WT society is running scared. They are VERY concerned about HOW MUCH information gets out to public authority figures regarding WHAT REALLY goes on inside their congregations of Jehovah's Witnesses. They are basically a " closed society " or a mind control cult who is hell bent on protecting it's assets which translates into it's members which translates into $$$$$ to keep 130 + years of deception continuing. So- Just my 2 cents. So what do YOU folks think about this information in the new elders manual ? Have you had any experiences that kind of go along with what is being discussed here ? As always- I look forward to your comments and takes on this. ALL of us have to protect ourselves from ANY manipulative organizations bent on taking our freedoms away. Take care all of you, Peace out to all, Mr. Flipper