Latest Watchtower Micromanagement

by metatron 7 Replies latest jw friends

  • metatron

    I noticed that the KoolAid/Study issue of the Watchtower now contains directed scripture citations in bold letters, such as:

    "Read 1 Corinthians 5:2"

    I suppose this is consistent with all the other trends in Watchtower-Land, especially with their new brochure for the illiterate and mentally challenged, "Listen To God". Just when you think they can't get any dumber or more stupidly directive, they come up with something new.

    In Our Next Issue: Remembering to Breathe In and Out


  • Quarterback

    No, Met...That's only in the Watchtower study. It's intended to be a "Must Read, in congregation" alert.

    The Wt Conductor has to select a reader for that scripture. You have to wait for it. If you even touch it or comment on it before the assigned Reader has read it, the Attendants will drag your butt into that Elders room so fast, that you wouldn't have the chance to say WTF.

  • Wasanelder Once
    Wasanelder Once

    It's not the first time they've done this. There have been issues in the past, in the once public/kool aid version, where they wanted to make sure certain verses were read and discussed. They know that some WT conductors tend to head in a direction they think is the main point and miss out on the specific thought of the scripture. The "Read" direction is so that it is read out loud during the congregation study of the material. Nothing to write home about. It's old news.

  • metatron

    So, it's still micromanagement.....


  • blondie

    They have been directing the reading of scriptures for several years now. I point it out once in a while in my comments. It is more a directive to the WT conductors who are notorious for skipping scriptures or depending that someone in the audience will volunteer to read it or comment on it.

    I think it started in 2008.

    *** w08 1/15 p. 4 par. 2 “Keep Watching the Ministry Which You Accepted in the Lord”***

    Jehovah values life. He urges his servants to make all possible efforts to help save as many lives as they can. Each minister of God must make known the lifesaving message found in God’s Word. Our task is similar to that of a watchman who sounds a warning when he sees an impending threat. We do not want the blood of those in danger of perishing to be upon our heads. (Ezek. 33:1-7) How vital, therefore, that we persevere in our efforts to “preach the word”!—Read 2 Timothy 4:1, 2, 5.

  • WTWizard

    And they wonder why the boasting sessions are getting more boring. Make it more dangerous to make a comment, and the comments become totally lame. The more they start dragging people to the back room for making comments they should have been able to for stupid reasons, the fewer comments they are going to get. And the more boring those remaining ones will be--in the words of the paragraph, in the order of the paragraph.

    Certainly, I would not want to raise my hand to give this kind of "comment". This is more a rehash of the paragraph than a true comment.

  • BluesBrother

    It is (IMHO) a ploy to fill the time during the W/Study. It cuts down the opportunity for the flock to give spontaneous answers, which they seem not to like these days.

    The meeting seems to go ahead by rote

  • i_drank_the_wine

    It's the ever tightening noose of control. The JW's have been trained to respond to simple 1-2 word commands, and this just reinforces the hold. Read Obadiah 3:7. Do service. Attend meeting. Don't masturbate. Give comment. No college. Donate money. Die quietly.

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