I think you all may have missed something. Page 20, paragraph 20, says, "In addition to the organizational and doctrinal refinements, there have been refinements with regard to Christian conduct. For example, in 1973 the use of tobacco was seen as a "defilement of the flesh" and was to be viewed as serious wrongdoing. (2 Corinthians 7:1) A decade later, the July 15, 1983, issue of the Watchtower clarified our position on the use of firearms. These are just some examples of the increasing light in our time."
Many will remember that tobacco was tolerated for many years although it was emphasized that no tobacco user would survive into the New World and I believe that no tobacco user could have special privileges in the congregation. That changed suddenly with the 1973 article. I believe that it could be similar with firearms. The WT has emphasized that a Christian will not keep a gun for self protection and that anyone who does so will not be given special privileges. I wonder if the new dogma will have to do with firearms--that any JW who has a gun must be disfellowshipped.
Why do I think that? Paragraph 21 tells us that it is going to be a difficult change. "'Accepting a change when it comes and adapting to it can be difficult,' admits one longtime elder. 'Having the right attitude is the key. Refusing to accept a refinement is to be left behind as the organization moves ahead. If I find myself in a situation where changes seem hard to accept, I reflect on Peter's words to Jesus: 'Lord, whom shall we go away to? You have sayings of everlasting life.' Then I ask myself, 'Where shall I go away to--out there into the darkness of the world?' This helps me to hold firmly to God's organization.'"
Any changes regarding conduct have to be something that won't affect the Governing Body in New York. They don't need firearms. But I know plenty of witnesses who go hunting and a lot who admit they would use a firearm if it was necessary to protect their family. I personally thought it was wrong to use a firearm until Clyde showed me Exodus 22:2,3.
Quote from Clyde: Remember the Watchtower is in the liberal left part of the country, they are trying to be politically correct and are being influenced by the environment in which they find themselves.