Alfred - Well for me there was a combination of factors keeping me in the organisation. I was baptised extremely young and always actively sought parental approval. When one of my parents died, these feelings intensified and the "truth" gained more leverage on me emotionally due to the resurrection hope. However, I had always harboured doubts about certain prophetic understandings. Among other things, it didn't make sense to me that vast sections of prophecy were said to have been fulfilled by the activities of a small group of men in the early 1900s. MTS did nothing to allay my doubts, but it did increase my love affair with the organisation as I could see that I could be of more use. The power, authority and influence all had an impact on me, especially after I was appointed an elder shortly after attending.
Then a complicated series of events, including wrongdoing on my part, led to me stepping down as an elder and moving to another country. The wrongdoing had come about, in part, because I wasn't taking "the truth" seriously enough, and suddenly living in another country with an imposing language barrier led to me becoming disconnected emotionally and mentally at meetings etc. What finally did it for me was the realisation that none of the scriptures so commonly proffered by the society to support their concept of "increasing light" actually describe that concept when read in context. Once this dawned on me, I finally felt I could disconnect from the organisation mentally and emotionally, and I felt even more justified in doing go after reading Crisis of Conscience.
One thing that sums up my "realisation", and the obviously flawed logic of "increasing light" is what I like to call the "makeweight scenario". I have recently started a separate thread on this subject on another part of the forum to see if anyone else finds it useful for friends/relatives etc. I would appreciate your input!
steve2 - I appreciate your comments, but I take exception to you referring to my wife as a "germ", please take that back!