Recently I’ve discovered that my brother in law has stood down from his position as an elder™. I’ve of course been intrigued but there’s little chance of him discussing it with me.
However the other day my non JW mother (his mother-in-law) asked him why he’s resigned from eldership. Knowing that JWs have little hesitation in lying to cover up I was automatically suspicious when my mother told me what he’d said. However I am so far inclined to believe it. His reason was that his wife (my sister) did not allow him conduct his life in accordance with scripture, that is to say, after years of trying he’s given up on trying to make my sister a servile sidekick.
My sister by the way is a Watchtower fearin’, dead eyed, all apostates should be hanged, paradise is round the corner, kick ass Witness. She is however a very strong intelligent character, and her husband is quite laid back and quiet. No way has she ever been “the little lady”.
Two questions :
i) Is it a big deal to step down from being an elder? I’ve been out so long that I don’t remember any similar case.
ii) Is his reason good enough and wouldn’t this admittance bring some kind of admonishment for the two of them?
He is in good standing and his son is an elder at a neighbouring Congo™, but what do you think?