It's ridiculous. I saw this so much in my 44 years in the Jehovah's Witness cult. Whether it was elders, pioneers, or other people in the cult criticizing others for working TOO MUCH at their employment or missing some service or meetings due to employment. I knew one brother who had 5 children aged 5 to 18 come to me in tears one time in 1989 complaining the elders were really riding him to not miss night meetings. But he was a sole provider and could NOT get any other hours in his employment as a produce manager at a grocery store. I told him to not sweat it- providing for his family was more important - don't let them guilt you. I had an elder tell me ( even though I made all the meetings ) in 2002 that I was being " materialistic " when I picked up more work in my cleaning business . I told him at the time I had 3 teenagers, and 2 stepchildren - groceries were expensive. And how many on this board when they were Jehovah's Witnesses were told to QUIT their jobs if they couldn't get time off for assemblies ? It was stupid. It was like the WT society wanted us to give everything we had to them materially- to the neglect of our families. I didn't buy into it. Thus I rarely put money in the contribution box.
One of our lurking JW friends sent us the JW only Dec. 15th Watchtower. Under the article " Busy and Joyful in God's Service " it has some brazenly controlling quotes designed to make rank and file Jehovah's Witnesses guilty for working and earning $$$ too much. It states on pg. 9 " The scriptures command Christians to provide for the material needs of their families. But if secular work consumes too much time and energy, it can rob you of joy in God's service . Some have concluded that putting first God's kingdom has meant SEEKING DIFFERENT EMPLOYMENT . No Christian should allow the FINANCIAL BENEFITS of a demanding job to blind him to the more important spiritual things. " Translation : You need to spend your time working mainly for the WT societies interests $$$$$ and not your own families needs. Gosh- this pisses me off. Doesn't the WT society get enough estates, wills, inheritances, cars, jewelry , etc . willed to them from long time older members ?? That's not enough. They have to " guilt " the younger members into minimizing the importance of earning a good living !
The article continues laying on the guilt : " Good pay and satisfying work are, of course, desirable. Yet , does your present job help you to PROMOTE YOUR FAMILY'S SPIRITUAL WELL -BEING ? " WHAT JOB DOES ??? !!!! Jobs are meant to provide $$$$ to feed our families, buy important necessary goods for our family - not spirituality !! AAHHH !
Then comes the ultimate controlling statement : " If your current employment is not conducive to spiritual growth, YOU NEED TO ADJUST YOUR SITUATION. " Says WHO ? The GB ? The alleged " faithful slave " ? Who the hell are they to tell people in the witnesses to adjust their work schedules ?? Are they missing the fact we are in the most serious economic crisis since the depression of 1929 ? Here 's the point : THEY DON'T CARE. They just want witnesses to keep feeding $$$$$ to the WT society and it's purposes . So they will continue to " guilt " witnesses into giving them EVERYTHING ! Time, money, energy, and will suck the lives of rank and file Jehovah's Witnesses away until they are dead.
So did you folks notice this also when you were Jehovah's Witnesses ? Were you ever made to feel " guilty " about earning a living and not giving time and $$$$ to the WT society ? I know I was many times in 44 years. I think it's tragic what the WT society does to people individually . No wonder many witnesses are broke. As always I look forward to your takes and comments. Thanks, Peace out to all, Mr. Flipper