I was baptized at age 16 in 1976. I was baptized "old style" meaning before the 1985 change where one dedicates oneself to the organization in the baptism questions. I was baptized "in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit".
I have some questions:
Can a minor (under age 18 in America) be held legally responsible for a public statement like answering the baptismal questions? In that case, would the WTS really be able to ask others to shun them upon DF or DA and it not be a form of discrimination or slander to even announce it publicly?
Could this be why the elder's simply allow some people to "fade" out of the organization rather than DF them as apostate as it would involve certain legal complications, particularly in some countries? Has this point or one similar ever been contested in court?
Also, since no one baptized as a Witness prior to 1985 was asked to dedicate themselves to "God's visible organization" are they indeed held as having made that vow?
Probably been asked before, but I can't find anything in particular.