An Open letter to the Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses (Elders/ Ex-Elders)
Wow. 5 years goes by fast.
A most eloguent letter and riposte in one. Describes much of what is wrong and therefore troubling to Bro's and Sis' with a conscience.
However, being an elder is very risky. One example is being required to destroy some categories of documents / letters annd which is likely to be illegal in a significant number of countries. Another example is one's mind being closely influenced by a pharisaical paradigm - very unhealthy. Then, there is the endemic competition for an elder's time to the detriment of family - this despite the pseudo pious platitudes of balance and reasonableness.
This Bro is to be congratulated for taking a stand and withdrawing from a position which is inimical to good mental / physical health and is far removed from the "mind of Christ".
My husband resigned because he was a man of honor though the other elders tried to force him to stay. We have been inactive now for 14 years, not a single meeting, funeral, wedding, memorial, assembly or convention, or conversation more than hi/goodbye with jws..
We are past fading, we are already gone.
We knew about 5 elders alone in the congregation that had stepped down on their own and refuse to be reappointed. Can't play the game but feel it is the best place to worship their own way. We were like that until 14 years ago and realized that worship was not tied to an organization.
stuckinamovements open letter touches on truths that will continue to hurt. The GB needs to take note and steer their large ship on the right course by setting things straight (to coin a biblical phrase). THIS MAY TAKE TIME, UT CAN AND MUSTBE DONE. Doing so will enable men of principle to be whole hearted and stem the flow of those stepping down as elders and ministerial servants due to much of what has been highlighted in the open letter