Are witnesses just being good employees following corporate policy or is this a religious cult? Maybe even both? Opinions welcomed. peaceAll paulnotsaul
CORPORATION or CULT??
Employees have certain rights and freedoms. A JW has no rights and zero freedom.
Employees get paid for their time invested in the company, JWs get nothing.
Employees can leave whenever they want, a JW gets threatened with eternal destruction and shunning if they want to leave.
Employees can do in their spare time whatever they want, a JW is under control of the WTS 100% of the time.
Employees can take blood transfusions. JWs are left to bleed to death.
Wow!!! This thread was KO'd on the first hit. Anyone else have anything to at to it? peace paulnotsaul
Cults oe high control groups do not have to be religious. There are psychological, social, commercial, occult, self-improvement, psychotherapy, political, family, racial cults and many others. It has nothing to do with what their beliefs are.
It also has nothing to do with how many people are in it or how many leaders they have.
Those are all common fallacies.
It has to do with how the guys at the top manipulate and control their members, how they get members and what they do with them when they leave - if they leave alive.
In some businesses if anyone chooses to leave they will be blacklisted so getting a job in your field will be next to impossible. That puts it a lot closer to cult status than one would like.
The movie The Firm is a good example of would could be called a business cult. They wanted to control every aspect of his life including what went on in his marriage. (Yea I know - ficton but it happens)
BOTH in One.
Both, dear PNS (peace to you!). It fits the definition of "cult"... however, it is absolutely incorporated, with a board of directors and shareholders, etc. Unfortunately, it is operating unethically, immorally (and, if the truth be told, illegally) as to its "employees" by hiding behind the guise of being a "religion."
Peace to you!
A slave of Christ,
I feel they were a cult under Rutherford, but after he died, the subsequent leaders were merely believers. With the removal of the "president" position in the 70's, they have become more legalistic and I classify them as a high control religious corporation.
The wtbts really doesn't seem to care about it's members. So long as growth is positive they don't care about people leaving. It's merely turnover. Keep the "customers" focused and busy and apostates are merely a PR problem.
And without further ado, The winner is OUTLAW with a combination punch of word customization. The crowd goes wild! Seriously though, everyone of you broke it down in your own way. All points taken. Thanks! peaceeveryone paulnotsaul