So what will happen now?
The 1914 debacle means that the urgency has gone. "Armageddon Ernie" has slipped into sheol and still awaits resurrection. Elders need 2 witnesses to observe their paedophile activities before they can be ejected. The hundreds of thousands of shunned ones have only to log onto the internet to realise that there are almost as many "Outies" as there are "Innies" and these now have formed there own global community.
Now we have the UN scandal. For whatever reason, the WTBTS saw fit to join. This was no "typing error", this was a deliberate act that needed the OK of 4 referees. Maybe they thought to improve their charitable tax-free status. The panicky rescinding of membership can only raise further questions, why wait until discovery before leaving, why join in the first place?
One thing is for sure, things can not be the same again. The "3 strikes and you're out" mentality that most of us have ingrained in our psyche will certainly kick into place, elders may soon find that they are just not being taken too seriously anymore. Just as a disgruntled employee who lands a better job decides to lip his superior before giving notice, so too will the once loyal dub need just a little bit of harshness from an elder to make him desert the sinking ship.
My guess is that the JW's will not go mainstream. I see there being a mass exodus over the next few years. I think that there will be those who stay and become even more fundamentalist than at present. These one's will soon refer to the "Great falling away" -predicted of course - that occured around 2001 and will say that they have passed a test of faith by remaining.
Personally I don't care very much what happens to the WTBTS, all I want to see is an end to shunning, child abuse - including mental abuse - and blood killing.
The WTBTS are in for an horrendous experience as news filters through to the R & F. Maybe at last, we may be able to see justice being done.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be....