Yesterday afternoon, right before I was about to take my wife to the Kingdom Hall (no, I'm not attending, haven't been in 9 months, strangely enough am still thinking of returning if it would help my marriage, but it WON'T), I happened to notice her opened October 15th, 2010 Watchtower. Around page 25 or so, there was an article that caught my eye.
It instructed parents to teach their children to 'not act independently of the organization, even in small matters'. It also encouraged parents to teach their children about the history of 'Jehovah's organization' using the Proclaimers book. The reason this troubled me is because the March 15th, 2011 Watchtower has an article encouraging parents...to teach their children about the history of 'Jehovah's organization' using the Proclaimers book--even going so far as to have kids dress up like the 'colporteurs' of the 20s, holding up a banner saying "Advertise the King and His Kingdom".
These articles are 5 months apart. Telling parents to do the exact same things. Teaching children to be completely dependent on total strangers they have never met and probably never will meet. To trust an organization so blindly that even in small matters they should not deviate from it.
I know what you're going to say, itsacult. "Itsacult," right? I know that already! It just seems like it's becoming way more cultlike than even I can remember. Roleplay as children during our family study might've involved dressing up like David or Saul or something, not Rutherford! I never heard of any such activity being encouraged by the Society when I was growing up in the '80s and '90s. This, to me, is genuinely frightening.
It's unreal. Even Paul told people, look, if we deviate from the original good news, you are free to ignore us, to pronounce us as cursed, even. Where is that attitude? Since when did it become more about control, power, loyalty than about truth, the truth of the message about Jesus itself? Oh, right. I forgot.
It's a cult.