Once again in a WT study article entitled " Imitate Jesus' Example of Watchfulness " the WT society tries to control JW members through fear mongering, confusing them by inconsistent and contradictory wording, and emphasizing devotion to WT society " sacred service " over devotion to family and friends.
We all know the WT society has always said that " nobody knows the day and hour " of the alleged Armageddon - yet out of the same mouth the WT society claims to know the " day " of the end close enough to have duped people with 1975 and put fear into JW's that the " end " is " imminent" . Notice these quotes from paragraph 4 in this article. It states, " In brief, Jesus wants us to remain watchful because of what we know and what we do not know. " It goes on and says Jesus didn't know the hour and asks, " What about us today ? Is our knowledge of the future limited ? Of course it is ! We do not know just when Jehovah will send forth his Son to put an end to this wicked system of things. If we did, would we really need to keep on the watch ? " Then in the next breath the next paragraph says, " WE DO KNOW a great deal about God's kingdom and what it will accomplish in the NEAR FUTURE . As we look around us , whether at school, at work, or in the territory where we carry out our ministry , do we not observe that most people live in utter darkness regarding these glorious truths ? Each opportunity is precious, and we do not want to squander any. LIVES are at stake ! " O.K. So out of one corner of the WT society's mouth they say " nobody knows the day or hour " - yet they then claim that they know the answers to everything about the " near future " - yet every non-Witness is messed up and in " utter darkness " . What a load of horse manure. So which is it - they know or they don't know ? I lean towards the latter.
Then trying to emphasize how important family is they give this example of Jesus , " Was Jesus so focused on his work that he was a fanatic or an ascetic ? Was he so absorbed in his ministry that he was aloof from practical needs of families ? No, Jesus set a perfect example of balance. He enjoyed life, taking pleasure in happy times with his friends. He valued families, showing profound empathy for their needs and problems, and he freely showed his affection for children. " So this makes you think the WT society is getting ready to encourage family first and relationships - right ? Not so fast .
It continues in the next paragraph, " As we imitate Jesus' example of watchfulness, how can we strive for a similar balance ? We DO NOT let this world distract us from our work. Even well-meaning friends and relatives may urge us to slow down in our ministry or to seek a normal life. " ( Seems like they are DISCOURAGING normal human relationships to me ! ) Then it goes on, " If we imitate Jesus, however, we view our ministry as if it were food . " ( Like THAT'S normal behavior ? ) Good lord.
Then later in the article it puts down husbands for taking jobs which will make them miss meetings. Thus another thing for Witnesses to worry about to appease the WT society leaders and elders. So through keeping JW's in fear of the end times and confusing them with double meanings and hard to interpret, inconsistent " counsel " even regarding how much they should put first the preaching work as opposed to having " normal " relationships with family and friends- is it any wonder most Jehovah's Witnesses are driven around the bend emotionally, mentally, and physically ?
I'm glad I exited 8 years ago. It's been nice to have my sanity back these last 8 years, what about you ? How do you feel about it ? As always I look forward to any and all comments you would like to make on this article . Look forward to your takes on it. Happy new year everyone ! Let's make it a good one ! Peace out to all of you, Mr. Flipper