I saw an unbelievable commentary on PBS last night about the Reverend Jim Jones and his church. The comparison to the Witnesses that I was seeing reinforced that JWs are truly a CULT! They are no different than the cultist in Guyana.
Jones' voice was heard 24 hours a day on loudspeakers. Wherever the members were, they could hear the Reverend spouting his divine views. He skillfully integrated blacks and whites with his Pentecostal style church and made everyone feel special. He talked to his followers in such a way that he gained theirconfidence and made them feel that they no longer had to think for themselves! He even convinced over 900 people to drink the KoolAid laced with poison becuse it was better to be free and dead then to let the government separate them from each other.
Most of the followers truly believed that they had the "Truth". They believed they were more enlightened and truly the "happiest" people on earth! And they danced and played music to freany them up as Pentecostals do.
Substitute Jim Jones for Faithful & Discreet Slave and I saw no real difference in how the people were manipulated. Seeing the footage reminded me of how JWs regarded 1975 in the early 70s. They were true believers then. Thankully, I see none of this similarity anymore. Although there are some that would drink arsenic and KoolAid if the Governing Body told them to, I think the vast majority of Witnesses now question the Organization, either privately or more openly than before. Hopefully, we'll never see the Watchtower Organization get away with killing so many innocent lives.