(PIONEERING) and the way to get ahead: PIOUS SNEERING

by Terry 15 Replies latest jw friends

  • Terry

    The year was 1969.

    I had just spent my 2 years fulfilling my "neutrality" obligations to Jehovah's Organization during the Viet Nam war by going in to Federal Prison.

    I thought I could use my parole to get my life together.

    Getting a job, saving some money, buying a car and getting a place to live didn't seem like radical or worldly ideas to me.

    I guess I was pretty surprised when I walked in to the Kingdom Hall where I had not set foot since 1967.

    Instead of a homecoming I was greeted by----the Congregation Overseer (the pre-Elder days).

    In his hot little hand was the Pioneer Application form. He handed it to me saying, "I know you'll want to continue your serving Jehovah Full Time!"

    Was this a bad joke?

    Prison means "Full Time" because....well....you're an F-ing PRISONER!

    But, apparently, there is no parole from Jehovah's bars and stripes.

    I soon learned the Congregation Overseer's son was Pioneering and needed a companion!

    So, what was I going to do?

    I know what I should have done. I should have said, "I had two years of my life taken from me and I'm in the hole. I need to dig out."

    But, all I said was, "Sure." I signed and it was mailed in and accepted.

    Why Pioneer?

    At that time, the END was actually near because 1975 was THE END (of 6,000 YEARS of human "existence").

    Meaning what?

    JW's don't believe in Evolution. They were Young Earth Creationists!

    All the fossil and archeological "evidence" telling science humanity had evolved over a period exceeding 100 thousand years to the contrary--

    JW's taught the Freddy Franz schedule, instead!

    Man was specially created exactly in the year 4026 c.e.

    Freddy said so.

    The Earth had been created in 6 days that were (get out your gullibility hat) 7 thousand years long each!

    Soooo....using impeccable Rhodes Scholar (candidate...sort of..) reasoning, Fred Franz calculated an amazing thing!

    Franz did it by working backwards--from the end point toward the beginning!

    Meaning what?

    Franz figured that the LAST DAY (the one all of us were living in) must also be 7000 years long.

    We were, therefore, living in Jehovah's "Day of Rest".

    But--Franz noticed just on the other side of Armageddon event was a 1000 year long refurbishing period (the Millennium).


    Counting backwards....from that Millennium toward the creation of man would tell him WHEN Armageddon would be bracketed by events.

    Get it?

    He (Fred Franz) gets to set ALL the dates and make them come out the way he wants!

    Franz came up with 1975 and this was why I HAD TO PIONEER!!

    I was standing there in 1969 looking ahead a scant 6 years until THE END!!

    It was clear to all JW's that only having 6 years left called for some frantic activity!

    For one thing, you had to get on Jehovah's good side. Armageddon was going to be a picnic only for the carrion birds.

    Everybody else would either live or die depending on------on-------on what?

    JW's didn't depend on the mercy of God without works. No way!

    JW's had to work their collective butts off going door to door WARNING people.

    "Get your butt in the Kingdom Hall" was the subliminal message for non-members.

    As a Pioneer I was invested with the opportunity for Pious Sneering.

    It was strictly Take-it-or-leave-it work we were doing! The maximum time we would be willing to give a person was 6 months!!

    You placed a Truth Book, conducted a study, took them to the meetings at Kingdom Hall and told them to Put-Up-or-Shut-Up.

    Baptism or bye-bye to your ass!! I think of it now as Pious Sneering.

    It amounted to this: "You don't listen to me---you DIE"

    What a feeling of self-importance this generated.

    Being a Pioneer was Heavy, dude!

    We were Rock Stars. Sort of.

    We couldn't afford to dress well or own a home or a good car or even go on dates. But, we were IMPORTANT.

    Legends in our own mind! We were engaged the "marking work" separating sheep from goats.

    Step out of the way 'cause I gots the power of J-hovah crackling outta my eyes!

    Yeah, well...

    As you may or may not have heard.....

    1975 was SHOWDOWN time!

    The whole world had been put on notice! All eyes were watching.

    People were holding their breath. Especially the naive ones!!

    There ain't no way Jehovah's Organization would tell us to spend 6 years preparing EVERYBODY for an event unless it was going to be an Extravaganza!!

    RIGHT? Right?

    Well, let me tell ya, Brothers and Sisters.....

    Going back to the same house and knocking the same door where a few months previously you had Piously Sneered....is no happy holiday in the sun.

    "Hey Buddy, what happened to Armageddon, huh?"

    Oh yeah.

    Don't think the Pioneering was quite the same for a long long time after that........

    We weren't Rock Stars any longer. We were Goobers with tinfoil hats with a propeller on top.

    We needed a drool cup.

    Pious Sneering = Doofus!

  • NVR2L8

    Thanks for your post. He took me back in time and I share the same feelings you expressed so clearly.

    Here in Canada there was no military draft during the Vietnam war...but I remember young brothers from Massachusetts attending an international convention at the Montreal Forum in 1966 saying they dreaded returning home because draft cards were received. The frenzy of 1975 approaching made most of us do stupid things, like quiting high school or marrying way too young. I still can't get over the fact that I still believed after the failed prophecies. At that time I was newly married and planning a to have a family despite having everyone telling us this was a big mistake. Today my children are 36 and 33 and I have 2 grand children that started school. I cannot imagine life all alone without a wife and family as many who made that sacrifice for the WT...

  • coffee_black

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  • NVR2L8

    Coffee you have a reply,


  • Terry

    I had lunch Sunday with a small group of Ex-JWs from my old Hall plus Donny from here on JWnet.

    One married couple were each the offspring of Congregation Overseers (Elders).

    They stay faded rather than DF'd.

    The husband got a deferment from his Draft Board because he was a study conductor in the Kingdom Hall. The Society would actually write a letter for you to show the draft board in such an instance. But, rank and file Brothers were just raw meat taking their chances.

    Fun Times back then.

    We had all sorts of things to contend with in the 60's.

    The inconsistency of official (secret) polices was the most maddening.

  • MrFreeze

    Pioneering sucked when I did it but I can't even imagine pioneering in 1976. Must have been a horrible experience.

  • Quarterback

    bYes, this does bring memories.

    I'm from Canada, but do remember those crazy 70's. I somehow enjoyed the pioneering, though.

    I know that the American pioneers increased to avoid the draft to Viet Nam.

    But, really, would you want to be in that Viet Nam war? In the weird crazy Franz's frenzie, didn't it shelter you?

  • Terry

    But, really, would you want to be in that Viet Nam war? In the weird crazy Franz's frenzie, didn't it shelter you?

    99 out of 100 JWs didn't know and still don't know that the choice was not between Viet Nam and Prison.

    The choice was between Prison and Alternate Service!

    A wacky rule applied. If the Judge sentenced you to Alternate Service (work in a Hospital) you could take it.

    But, if they sentenced you to Prison you had to go there.

    You See, the law provided for Alternate Service in lieu of Military Service for Conscientious Objectors.

    But, JW's couldn't accept that. They had to REFUSE. Which led to being sentenced to prison.

    Does that sound insane enough?

    The Watchtower Society wanted you in prison so that you could be the poster boy for religious persecution.

    It strengthened the brand as True christianity--so they thought.

  • WTWizard

    They kept hounding me to pious-sneer. It got to the point that I told them that, since they hounded me excessively, I could no longer do it because I would be serving them instead of Jehovah. I never did it.

    And now I realize that it was a waste for those who did. The end came already--of the Age of Pisces, that is. No pious-sneering. Instead, I had my belief in Christi-SCAM-ity wiped out (I never really believed that crap was any good anyways). Just reading about the source of the lie, trying to research what was left of ancient pagan religions before they were ruined, and formally renouncing Christi-SCAM-ity before Satan. No pious-sneering there, either. And this time, nothing getting thrown away.

  • Quarterback

    That's awful, Terry.

    I knew some American brothers during that time. I think they told me they had the option to become a full time minister (Pioneer) and they wouldn't be drafted. This choice increased the Regular Pioneer stat's during the Viet Nam era.

    I know of some that escaped into Canada, and continued to live here to avoid the draft. Some pioneered. I couldn't understand that we would ok them because we accepted their Pioneer application while they were illegal aliens in Canada. On the other hand we had illegal aliens from third world countries that were trying to break free from poverty. Those ones we black listed, because we thought that was materialistic. They would never qualify for cong duties.

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