That is great Listener. The leaders would love a JW to do 14 hours a month (3.27 x 52 / 12), and if so they would be well in line for eldership, provided they are male.
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I am surprised that Oprah has not done a show on disfellowshipping. I am sure she would care about the destruction of families. Even if it was to showcase children from a few high control religions, instead of just JWs.
Sally Jesse Raphael did just that several years ago (at least 20). The woman she interviewed had been in a congregation that I used to attend. Everybody I knew was just shocked (including myself) that she would do such a thing, telling the world how her family refused to talk to her because she divorced her husband and married her high school sweetheart. A few years later I saw her at a circuit assembly, and she was reinstated--another surprise. Apparently, it was just too much for her--not to see her children and grandchildren. Have never seen her since, but I don't go to assemblies any more.
"Just as tithing was compulsory for the Jews, field service is now for JW's."
How are frail, ailing, elderly JWs going to accomplish this? Or people who are incapable if they have become injured, chronically ill, or mentally ill?
This sounds to me like Jehovah's Witnesses is becoming a religion only for the young and capable. All others are to be cast aside. Doesn't sound very Christian to me.
What I see young/healthy JWs doing is knocking on doors (of mostly empty houses) for around an hour, then getting a donut and coffee, then stopping by to visit/encourage an injured, ill, etc. JW, then driving across town for an R.V. (likely a non-JW relative or an elderly shut-in), and then calling it a day.
There's your three hours of Saturday morning "service" done and gone. They count 3 hours but only went DtD for 1.
*** w93 7/15 p. 27 Tenderly Shepherding Jehovah’s Precious Sheep ***Inactivity in the ministry or in attending Christian meetings does not mean that the sheep is no longer part of the flock. He remains part of “all the flock” for whom the elders must “render an account” to Jehovah.
Hi Paul, it was the Zone Overseer's visit & special talk.
The whole East Coast were telephone linked into the talk form Sydney. Total of 48,000 in attendance. My ex wife dropped in after the talk, 4 congos squashed into her duplex hall to listen. I asked for the highlights, she could only think of one - "If we are truly appreciative of our spiritual standing we should be doing more in the FS." They then followed it up with lots of "upbuilding experiences."
She did tell me the names of the speakers, though have forgotten. Will ask and find out more info. Cheers, Mattieu
Once again, thanks to Blondie's expertise, we see how the Watchtower messes with people, twisting things around so you can't even think straight. So what is to be followed? The Special Talk or the article?
The contradictions continue today just like they did back when I was a kid.
How many ways can you count time? -----Perhaps if they create a new rule that states:
Time in the Ministry can ONLY be recorded when
-You are knocking on doors, and have a second person there to witness it.(otherwise it's just hearsay)
" He was really pushing field service and pulled out the old one that: If you do not witness you are not one of Jehovah's Witnesses."
I haven't had a visit in over a month, but if they ever come back, I will ask them once again to turn Acts: 1:8 and read it with me.
And let them know that, I want to give them a witness about Jesus, and I will turn to every scripture that backs up Acts 1:8.
I will once again turn to 1 Corinthians 15: 1-26 and show them what paul said the good news was and how it was to be preached
and then I will once again top it off with Galatians 1:8 where paul states anything preached any differently is accursed.
The last visit I had from the JW's I pointed all of this out, they asked me if I thought their religion was the "truth" I told them NO