Just look at the hell folks had to endure, to go to assemblies years ago. There are stories of bug ridden hotels, open bleachers with sweltering heat, long journies, sacrifices and sessions that should have made the guiness book of records. These were marathons of mind numbing talks, that lasted 9 hours, in 8 day stretches. They didn't give a rats ass then, for peoples inconveneince.
What a bunch of bullshit that they are concerned about our welfare.
Perhaps they figure it will be easier to fleece people if they have the perception of being eased up on.
Perhaps, they feel less liability for pedophile lawsuits, if they move books studies out of the private homes. Perhaps something.... but it ain't because they decided to be nice all of a sudden.
This reminds me of a scripture I know the witlesses love.
Turn with me brothers, to Hebrews10 verses 24 and 25
" Let us consider one another to love and fine works. NOT FORSAKING the gathering of ourselves together, as some have the custom, but encouraging one another, all the more so, as you behold the day drawing near."
If the day is drawing near why are they forsaking this gathering? In fact why did they forsake their marathons of endurance assemblies. My guess is it doesn't make money. Kingdom business is better eyeballed and controlled in their brainwashing centers, called kingdom halls. Early Christians endured far worse and never forsook their gatherings even to be with the dead in the catacombs.
It could be perceived as tightening its grip. But it could also be perceived as loosening its grip. Either way, I think they are having hard times, and I sincerely think this move, will not stop its decline. This is a cultlike move for more control and less chance of decension, private interpretation and bonding.
The revelation book has been revised and studied I don't know how many times, but if it were studied in a kingdom hall setting, there would have to be, only one perception, or take the highway. Maybe they are as tired of rewritning it, as we were of studying it. It doesn't present the GB as being authorities on the subject at any rate.
They will never snuff out descension. The internet is the most private and easy place to go. Deal with it Watchtower!
You cut out food at the assemblies. You assign them seating so they can't be with their freinds, you have piped your tripe, right into the effin John, so people can't even take a shit without hearing your baloney, and now you have suceeded in removing a very personal gathering to which has been replaced with your little Kindom Hall meeting. The term kingdom Hall, in actuallity, is a term which describes a place to meet for kingdom business. Just as a town hall is aptly named. Business is the key word, Real estate and publishing to be exact, not to mention the stock market. I'm sure you like to keep your business where you can see it, and control it.
very efficient indeed. If it gets any more boring, sanitized and efficient, you might need prozac dispensers.
I don't recall assigned seating at the sermon on the mount.
I do recall Jesus breaking loaves for 5000 in fact, and providing food, rather than taking it away.
And I certainly don't recall Jesus ministering to his disciples, while they were taking a shit!
Jesus knew of peoples physical needs for food, as well as their spiritual need. You know neither.
There was no business hall in Jesus day. It was called a temple. Jesus kicked all the asses of people who were trying to turn it into something else.
I am not defending Christianity, but only pointing out that you do not follow the ethics of what is written.
Oh well. Since when did big business ever have ethics anyways? People that are not team players get shunned and have their families turn on them and their lives ruined. That is a very unethical business practise. Instead of icing your opponents like the mafia you give them a spritual death. Kingdom spiritual business. ( Cult control) Kingdom econmic business( financial control). High order religion, High order business giants. A ruthless and stealthy marriage. A chameleon that lives in a world that changes econimically and intellectually. Survival is a must for both. It is a religious company. It will change when it has to, and under no other circumstances.
Pure religion should never be involved in business. Nor should it be involved in politics. Spirituality is a matter of the soul. Unity of thought is an illusion as the Revelation book seems to demonstrate. Unity for a religious company is a must because it is married into economics. A cult religion can push militancy when it needs more cashflow. With no unity you can't get funds. It's all or nothing! If it pushes to hard, it will again lose membership, which will lose cashflow. It is a delicate situation. The Gb has two markets to keep its eye on. The spiritual pulse of the congs and the effect of that on the economic pulse of their holdings.
Creating prophecies, or big announcements like this one will always have some kind of good econimic effect because the spiritual carrot dangling in front of witness is, this must have something to do with the end. Any announcement they make, short of their failed generation change in 95, which was inevitable ,will always have a positive impact on the econmic situation. It's hype. Hype =sales in a business sense.
Sorry for rambling. I get carried away sometimes.