This was touched on in another thread but after reading the requirements of the New Covenant, I believe since the witnesses do not partake they have no hope. The Mosiac law was a contract between Jehovah and the Isrealites. If they obeyed fine, if not, they broke there end of the bargain. So Jesus comes, ends the old law but institutes a New Law or New Covenant by saying that the new law would be written on the hearts, and would not be overally burdensome. His only stipulation for binding the contract was to drink the wine and eat the unleavened bread and reflect upon your sins and how his shed blood and body covered these. This reflects nicely with the old law. Under the old law the Isrealites had to atone for there sins by means of animal sacrfices. Yet, jesus in the temple yells out to the people that his father wants mercy not sacrfice, or a needless shedding of blood. So the mercy was extended once for all time under a new sacrifice, namely the Christ.
This is at least how I see it. I have been contemplating partaking of the new covenant for the simple reason that I do not believe it is a seperation event (annointed/other sheep) as jehovah knows who he wants to rule in his governement, but rather the new covenant is simply what it says - a new means of having your sins forgiven or atoned for. So I wonder, if one does not partake have they in affect condemned themselves by the simple fact that they have not "signed" that binding contract between them and the christ? Thus no benefits under that contract. I think it is one thing for some bumkin tribe in the middle of no where who has never heard of christianity to be "forgiven" for not partaking since they did not know. However, if YOU know of something and do not do it you have sinned (in relation to this topic), right? So are the witnesses condemning there members and yet the ones they speak against (catholics, etc.) have actually a better stance with the christ for accepting this new covenant? Any thoughts?
So if baptism is an event that starts a clean slate so to speak then participation in the new covenant would mean that you are keeping this slate clean and thus you are spotless before the Lord, right? Whereas, if you do not invoke the new covenant than you are basically piling your sins up and I wonder if prayer is enough for forgiveness? I don't think it is or jesus would not have instituted the new covenant. Jesus gave many examples where he forgave peoples sins - so if you partake of the new covenant, is this how your sins are forgiven?
Sorry for the rambling, just want to see what others think or are doing with regards to this topic. As I said earlier I DO NOT believe the "memorial" is only for the "annointed".