It's been over 3 years since the book study in private homes was discontinued and some JWs are still scratching their heads over it. Although a letter was read to all congregations explaining that "book study night" would now be "family worship night", there was still much speculation among JWs as to the real reason behind this decision (the great tribulation was about to start, jehovah was simplifying the lives of JWs, to lessen the burden of poor JWs who had no money for gas, etc.)... But as we all know, decisions like these from the GB invariably have some ulterior motive behind it... and discussion boards such as this one usually finds a way to dig up the truth for all to see... but after reading several threads on this subject, I'm really not sure we've uncovered all the facts yet...
So I have to ask... What do you believe really ended the book study in private homes? (please select one)
- a) The WT was afraid that more apostates were stirring up doubts during book study "after-parties"
- b) Some municipalities were starting to require "Special Use" permits for homes being used as houses of worship (hence the end of the Daily Text reading before field circus)
- c) To avoid possible injury litigation and insurance liability if a JW or "interested one" slips and falls in the private home used for worship
- d) All of the above
- e) None of the above (please explain)
I'm very interested in knowing what you believe to be the real reason behind this decsion...