SIGNS: (really amped up in the last year)
Claims to "spend hours on the internet."
Recently became an MS after 3 yrs of reproof.
After a few months, stepped down and relocated.
Expresses no interest in becoming MS again, calling me saying "Count me in for paintball again."
Shared with me that he "disturbed" a long-time JW friend by expressing doubts about the flood account.
Relayed his flood doubts to me in confidence.
Shared funny stories of a "weak brother" at his new hall and some of the hilarious and shocking things this guy says openly.
While attending convention, made countless witty remarks infront of our mom and his wife criticizing everything from the parking lot traffic directors, the "toes" prophecy (saying that he "doubts it's going to be anything new but we're supposed to make a big deal about it."), hating meetings and service and the "terrible new song book."*
*Incidentally, when HE says these things, he gets a "tsk-tsk" from wifey and momma. When I say anything remotely close to scandalous, I get sincere, audible gasps followed by teary-eyed lectures from wifey and momma.
He's always used "shock-and-awe" humor.
He's married with kids.
Both sides of our families and his wife are die-hard Dubs.
Turned down an invitation to go camping with me and some friends in April because he was auxillary pioneering and had to "get the rest of the hours in."
Am I reading too much into this?
Should I take a proactive step and open up to him about my doubts or is there too much risk involved?
If he's "mentally out" like me, I'd have the closest relationship with him than I've had since we were kids and I wouldn't feel so alone in deceiving our family.
I'd have flesh-and-blood to talk to about this for ONCE! Friends are good, but it's still a very alienating sensation and I get depressed about it often.
If he's not "mentally out," I completely risk outing myself!
If he is, what next? Sure we'd have a team dynamic, but the potential pain we will cause our families and the inevitable strain on his marriage and parenthood could spell disaster!
Ok, lay it on me!