I could write a good bit on this topic, but thought I would simply open this up for discussion. Here are a few things to think about:
- The Watchtower has no fundamental writing that it turns to as its foundational text. Instead, teachings and rules are shaped by a "living document" via a collection of "current publications". Because of this, some rules and regulations contained in older publications may or may not apply.
- Given the flexible nature of these rules, enforcers (Elders, DO, CO, etc) have some discretion in how the rules are applied. Some rules may be applied in a rather uniform way across most congregations, others may not.
- The time difference between the creation of a WT rule and its appearance in "current publications" may affect the degree to which it is enforced. The YMCA rule comes to mind.
So what are some rules that you think result in mixed outcomes? Are there certain conditions that encourage or discourage enforcement? Do you think this ambiguity effects the kind of sanctions Elders bring down on those who break the rules?
I have some opinions on this but will refrain until others have commented.