So the question is Whats changed since your were baptized. Baptized in 1970 I have seen myself get older and fatter. Bitter about waking up just a few years ago. Bitter about the fact I was seduced by a cult. But happy I have seen the light. Oh yeah all of the above threads and then some. Totally ADD
Whats changed since you were baptized????
@Karter. It's been actually 3 generation changes since 1986:
1994: The generation is made up of worldly people
2005ish: The generation is made up of the anointed class.
2010: The generation is made up of 'overlapping' generations of the anointed class.
Herp changed to Derp. Lots of Herpa Derpa going back and forth through the "channel of communication" since I was baptized.
Congregation: "Derpherp! Affirmative! Derpherp, everybody!"
Elder to Publisher: "You there! You're not herpderp enough! Armageddon! Herp! Derp!"
Publisher to Householder: "And you see, this is why God says that we must derp when we herp. Do you want to the derp to herp your eyes out? Any further questions? Now we we'll ask brother Herp to Derp with Herp."
Pretty much sums it up.
Bungi Bill --- me, too
I'll just add to your list ....
organ transplants no longer cannibalism
kids permitted to get education (though still under duress)
book studies in homes now gone
generation 'new light'
canned music instead of live piano player at KH
shunning rules MUCH tougher ,,, no longer a 'conscience matter'
oh yeah, food service at conventions gone
literature (mags) free
Armageddon didn't come as promised
What has changed???
The Song Book
Bookstudies are gone
The Revelation Climax Book....several times over
The King of the North and the King of the South
Allowing Field Service time in 15 minute increments (how funny is that??)
Public Talks are shorter
The Theocratic School format/Theo School Book
Divorce......there are so many now....that its not shocking anymore...you just marry another JW and carry on LOL
But the one that had a devastating effect on me???? ---- They took away the cheese danish. I'm still emotionally scarred.
The religion has gone from bad to worse. Back in the late 1980s, there was a semblance of "life" to the message. People were still responding, and one could reasonably expect to see a few come out of the field. And they seemed to know what they were teaching back then. Also, you had comments that didn't merely repeat the paragraph, along with occasional picnics and gatherings among the witlesses.
Now, it is much more stagnant. The witlesses barely know what their own doctrine is. The fun has been sucked out of living. You rarely have comments that don't come directly out of the paragraph, and when you do, you usually see someone getting called to the back room. The rags are more dumbed down now than in the 1980s. It seems that being a witless now means living a sterile and stagnant existence, even compared to the same religion back in the mid and late 1980s.
Since baptized in 95
Live Forever to Knowledge to Bible Teach
United in Worship to Worship God to God's Love
No brochure to Require Brochure to No Brochure to Using New Watchtower feature
Organized to Do Gods Will to Organized to Accomplish Our Ministry
Teachings & Rules
Temple 2 changes
Ezekial vision 1 change
Generations 2 Changes
Heavenly calling ceased
Daniels Toes 1 change
Sheep & Goats 1 change
Signs in heavens 1 change
Civil Service 1 change
Olive Branch 1 change
RBC - No Kingdom Hall should be fully paid off. Ones with no mortgage should take out a mortgage with Society & share with a Hall that is in need of construction or repair
Hospital Visitation Group to Care for visits to lessen load for Hospital Liason Committee
Reg & Aux pioneer hours
Bethelites laid off downsizing
Governing Body & Board seperate
Numerous Corp's started eg Christian Cong/ Kingdom Support Services
Presiding Overseer to Cong. Coordinator
Kingdom Hall Fund seperate from WWwork
Watchtower Library format
Condensed & Shared Literature Arrangement
Ministerial Training School to School for Single Brothers
New School for Christain Couples nothing for the single sisters
Bethel Phonedesk hours
Consciencee guiding clothing choice to a brochure that serves as guideline
Literature to Wallkill
Bethel Housekeepers Manual
Bethelite Guesroom Privilege lessened to more Watchtower Guestrooms with suggested donation
Blood card to Advanced Medical Directive
No longer having to leave Bethel to apply for Gilead
Black GB member
No Book Study
Watchtower Magazine Layout
1 Awake a month
No Change in Pride & Haughtiness
Minimizing involvement of Faithful & Discreet Class
Not coming clean that Governing Body = Faithful Slave