Once again the beloved and loving Governing Body are demonstrating their utmost disdain for the rank and file members of the Jehovah Church. Let us review this interesting trend, starting with some facts! Yay, facts!!!
First off, Memorial partakers have been steadily increasing, despite the WTBTS's claims of the opposite. They have even went so far as to claim that the declining number of partakers is a sign of the Last Days! What do the numbers say? I submit this information, courtesy of Jwfacts.com.
Yikes! Now what?! What's a religious hierarchy to do?? I suppose you could say that anyone who thinks they should partake are suffering from mental and emotional imbalances.... Or you could give a demotion to all in the Faithful Slave class, and claim that only those at HQ are the Slave. Or you could make an entirely new Memorial outline to coincide with the nu-light concerning the Slave? You could make sure to remind the sheep how much they should not be partaking, because if they think they should, they are more than likely wrong.
You could also print article after article that extol the Governing Body and the WTBTS corporation, and you could make sure that loyalty to the Corporation is equated with holiness! Of course some good articles on "apostasy" ( without ever really defining it ) would also be helpful!
I suppose you could even write an entirely new WT article that focuses, not on being a loving Christian, but on making sure you do not partake unworthily, thereby committing a serious sin! Yeah, that sounds fabulous and ever so encouraging! If only we knew where to find such an article....Oh wait, here's one!!
Starting with paragraph 11, they remind they rank and file of the dangers of partaking "unworthily." Not to be missed are some guilt inducing phrases like "Those who rightly partake", and "Individuals entitled to partake", what a blessed relationship these ones have! Who are these "ones?' NOT YOU!
After all," No dedicated servant of Jehovah and faithful follower of his Son would want to show disrespect for Jesus' sacrifice by partaking of the Memorial emblems if he or she actually lacks clear evidence of being an anointed Christian." (paragraph 13) What exactly qualifies as "clear evidence?" Would it include lying in court? Perhaps lying on TV? What about refusing to cooperate with the "Superior Authorities" appointed by God? Would that qualify one to partake worthily?
It was also mentioned that," if a person who partakes has committed a serious sin, he should seek spiritual assistance." Also, they should produce fruits that befit repentance, otherwise he is ," showing contempt for Jesus' sacrifice by partaking.." Ouch!! What would be such fruitage, lying, pedophilia cover-ups, refusal to submit to the "Superior Authorities", perhaps DF'ing any who disagree with human ideas? Or what about labeling them as "apostates" deserving of death as mentally diseased minions of Satan?
I hope this clears things up. If you are wondering about partaking....
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT IT!!!