Let's see what we have here:
Bearing Thorough Witness About God's Kingdom, page 35, paragraph 20:
"With a generous spirit like that of faithful disciples in first-century Jerusalem, millions of present-day Witnesses support the worldwide preaching work by making voluntary donations. No one is forced to give either his time or his money to support this work. Indeed, Jehovah does not want us to serve him grudgingly or under compulsion. (2 Cor. 9:7) When we do give, Jehovah is interested, not in the amount, but in the motive for our giving. (Mark 12:41-44)"
With all due respect, HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HAAAA!! That is the biggest pile of monkey crap I have ever heard. No, they may not twist your arm--unless you're a minor, in which case your parents might--but oh, they force you. If you don't, you basically don't exist.
Jehovah is not interested in the amount of our giving. If that's true, then that means when I go to my meeting tonight, the elders should not be asking me to turn in my field service time for last month. If they do, then that shows that...well, oh...let's see. Is it Jehovah who is interested in the amount, or is it men? And who am I seeking to please? God? Or men? I think Paul said something similar, didn't he?
I mean, obviously we all know the deal, that's why we're here--apart from a few exceptions who, in my mind, are better off spending their time buried in an Insight book, since they believe in the GB regardless--but...do they actually read this stuff to themselves before they publish it? I guess it doesn't matter--as long as you're under their spell, you take it all in, right?
(sigh) I'm going back. With 1 hour and 1 magazine to report. I have to go back, because there's someone still amongst them that I love more than freedom. I wish it were otherwise. But I'd give anything for this person. Even if she chooses the Borg over me, I'll still fight, because it's worth it. I'll have no regrets. Looking forward to your comments. Keep it clean, and come out fighting! Well, gotta get back to work-related stuff. Take care!