DATA-DOG- Very well put by you ! I enjoyed reading your well expressed experience. I have experienced exactly the same treatment you received from elders before I left 9 years ago. They are legalistic in their views. If you are sitting at the receiving end at a JC meeting the demeanor on their faces suddenly turns digustingly inhumane, and suddenly you feel they are battling you , not helping you- they are aggressively battling AGAINST you on behalf of the WT society & corporation - almost like WT attorneys. It's as if YOU YOURSELF have to become an attorney on your OWN behalf to stand up against these bastards. It's a very disgusting and challenging feeling. These me who had promised to look after your interests - turn on you and become your enemies. It's one of the big things that opened my eyes to leaving the Witnesses too. In fact, I left that very nght they met with me unjustly accusing me. I went to my seat, picked up my books and walked out the door of the kingdom hall- never returning !
KONCEPTUAL 99- I agree. It's so weird to me now that the WT society determined if a person was " spiritual " by the field service hours. A JW could beat the $hit out of their wife at home without anybody knowing , yet if they regular pioneered they'd be appointed an elder. It shows how God's alleged " holy spirit " had NOTHING to do with who gets appointed as an elder. Ridiculous.
NEW YORK 44M- Well, JWs could always lie about the number of hours or number of placements of magazines they do in order to just get appointed into a position in the congregation, so it's not necessarily an accurate assesment for the WT society to " budget " on how many magazines they produce. In essence the WT society treats a field service report as a pulse, or an estimation of how " spiritual " a person is. A person could be a dickhead and turn in 60 or 75 hours a month and they are treated lke royalty ! THAT is where the fallacy is. It's not a true estimation of their REAL character or if they show the fruitages of the spirit love, joy, peace, mildness, etc . in their personal lives ! It's just stupid on the WT leaders part and shows they are more concerned about WHAT JWs do for the WT society - than actually having quality, loving people in their cult.
MC RUBBER MALLET- Exactly, you see the point. If numbers are so important why didn't God have men write that down in his alleged word " The Bible " ? Very well put