Was reading Borganized To Do the Borg's Will, and I noticed they applied Matthew 18:15-17 only to property and financial issues, saying that the illustration that followed those words--regarding the slave who owed the king 60 million denarii and who had his fellow slave thrown in jail for owing a much smaller amount--justifies such an application. Since the Borg is making me as angry as Captain Picard after he got assimilated, I'll be blunt: this is stupid. If I were a cursing man, I'd say it even more bluntly.
Anyway, the illustration there is NOT about the money owed. Jesus underscores the real lesson: if you don't forgive people, whose sins against you are comparatively minor, the Father will treat you the same harsh way you treated them. DUH!!! I mean, how do they get away with this stuff? The big warning sign, as I've learned thanks to insightful folks here, was the use of the word "evidently". "Evidently, the sky is green with purple polka dots." I guarantee that'd get Borg members to create glasses with green and purple polka dots just to get rid of the cognitive dissonance.
It is clear that, as always, Big Brother must find ways to explain why they ignore clear scriptural directions. The easiest way is simply to get people to trust every word they say, so that even when they contradict scripture, it doesn't matter. There is no other thought inside the mind of a JW except what Big Bro. put there. The bottom line was, "Jesus said what? No, no, he didn't say that, evidently. [Blank] him--when your brother commits a sin, you go to the elders, period. Skip all that other [blank]. And that's the bottom line, 'cause the faithful slave said so!"
I was just reading up on it 'cause Mom is threatening to go to the Thought Police on account of not being able to verify my activities with my lady. I'm about to disassociate myself by letter. Don't want to do that, but my beloved is still inside and I'm trying to play this delicately. But the [blank] is about to hit the fan. I was raised a WT loyalist and a coward. That's why this is happening. I make no pretense that I'm anything but spineless and whatever else you can say. Just...my life is really going to get frakked up soon. I know you folks probably don't care. I just...wanted...needed to say it all.
I wish we could all forget about the Society and move on with life. I wish my mom hadn't lost her father and started hearing voices before the JWs showed up at our door all those years ago. ... Well, it's too late now. Fire away, you wicked, hateful apostates. Why do you oppose the channel that Jehovah has clearly chosen? ... Sarcasm. Bye.