There is a question about the WTS's future that I can't answer.
What happens when they 'lose the will of Heaven'?
That's a Chinese version of 'what happens when the Wizard of Oz
is exposed as an ordinary guy'?
I know that the Society fears this - because their unyielding
directive is to maintain the illusion at any cost. Consider
that they cannot apologize for anything - no matter how awful
because that would infer their fallibility. Try telling Joe
Elder that the organization is imperfect - or makes mistakes
and see what reaction you get.
Every Watchtower published absolutely sticks to the principle
of never admitting to be misguided. Even when their prophecies
fail, they express disappointment - but NEVER say "we were wrong".
The idea is hinted that whatever appears as a mistake is actually
some part of the Divine purpose we can't understand.
The 1975 aftermath is presented as a necessary separating out of
unspiritual people from the organization - not really a false
prophecy, with all it's effects.
What I discern here is that - if you build an entire subculture
around a repeated image of infallibility - then there will be
harsh consequences if that image is exposed as false. People
will come to depend on that illusion - and get upset if it suddenly
is yanked away.
Why do think they now allow 15 minute publishers? They are desperate
to avoid their exposure if the disciple making work world -wide
There are a variety of ways that they can - and will, eventually,
be publically exposed as fallible - I guess most Witlesses will
emotionally resist this reality but if they keep getting chipped
away, it will be unavoidable. Congregations full of grey-haired
people - with the kids gone - will be difficult to ignore.
Right now, the Watchtower's primary message is:
"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"
After that fails, I'm not sure what happens
metatron ( maybe we all go to Kansas?)