Why did the early Christian congregation grow so fast - and why is the Watchtower suffering a malaise?
The Bible gives you a clue at Acts 6:7:
"So the word of God spread" (NIV) And what's the context leading up to this statement? The apostles decided to have
congregation feed indigent widows - food service!
So, why did Christianity spread so fast? BECAUSE THE PEOPLE PERCEIVED THAT SOMEBODY CARED ABOUT THEM!
This is the very opposite of the trend the Watchtower is following today - they denigrate charity and good works in favor of a
increasingly sterile "ministry", often of magazine peddling. They lie to each other about "preaching because of love
of neighbor" - while making jokes about whose house they would like once all the wicked non-Witnesses are
slaughtered at Armageddon - and "put in their time" so that Brother Elder won't come visiting to harass them about it.
When James spoke about faith without works, the context reveals that he was thinking about charity towards "orphans and widows"
- not "preaching". Read it for yourself.
Early Christians didn't need to be badgered or "reminded" about "getting their time in". People naturally gravitated towards
Christians because they saw how Christians cared for one another, in the midst of a cruel empire. Little preaching
was necessary - ask yourself why other religions have growth rates equal to - or better than - Jehovah's Witnesses. In large
measure, it may reflect that other churches take better care of their parisioners.
Why does the Society endlessly nag the friends about college education - but never offer their own college to help preserve
their own subculture?
Why does the Society ignore the only regular Christian meeting referred to in the Christian Greek scriptures,
( "love feasts") while foisting boring and irrelevant programs on Witnesses?
Child sexual abuse? Is the Catholic church really worse? Catholic leaders have formally and officially apologized
for events like these - when has the Society apologized for this - OR ANYTHING? Have they ever apologized for
any of their false prophecies?
The friends are getting tired of all of it. The Society is hell bent to cut back "services" while demanding "do more"
from publishers. The cold hearted old men in charge are going in the wrong direction, like King Rehoboam.