Here is a quote from a ex-jw about this subject, I myself had alot of pressure from my family to get baptised and finally gave in at 14, Wish I had left them a present on the way out of the pool that floated..at the Dudley Assembley hall
- I can't justify my entire family (parents, sisters, aunts, uncles, grandma) and friends shunning me because I chose not to uphold a dedication I made at TWELVE years old. Sure it was my "choice" to get baptized. But anyone that was raised from childhood in the religion knows what's expected and encouraged as a JW youth. (Especially having a father as an elder. If you're 16, 17 and still not baptized, trust me.. the other brothers will look at your father as a poor spiritual head.. cuz clearly he must be doing something wrong.) You are praised for going out in service, studying etc. Baptism is the commendable choice. They never say wait until you're out of the "bloom of youth" (adulthood) cuz they want you to do it while you're young, when you're most impressionable. It's by design… they want u young so u never have the option to leave when you're older. Once you're baptized, if you leave, you know the consequences. It's designed to keep you in line.
- Manipulation, plain and simple.
Well what age were you expected to be baptized by?