The story of Masada didn't have a happy ending.
The Governing Body Rewrites the Organizations Past and Future History
Please bear in mind, I mean that figuratively.
I felt the comparisons to Masada were apt, though, when I realized something as I was posting in another thread: http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/jw/friends/142719/2/A-Man-in-Spite-of-the-Organization-ISOCF
"The GB are full-on authoritarian leader-types, they'd sooner adopt a scorched-earth policy and end the WTS themselves..."
They already have a "my way or the highway" policy.
People like that, when feeling backed into a corner and/or faced with embarrasment or humiliation (i.e. defeat) after a long brutal campaign, will often commit increasingly irrational acts, sometimes going so far as "burning down their own house" just to prevent the Enemy (TM) from doing it first.
Try visualizing the WTS as an organism (social as opposed to biological) with a collective identity/consciousness; a group of individuals who's behavioral processes are fundamentally compromised does act increasingly erratic, but it usually follows pretty predictable patterns, and faced with death at the end, they sometimes elect to self-destruct.
Authoritarian groups that have crashed and burned in the past didn't always start out violent or militant.
The WTS may have a pacifist "reputation", but I don't think anyone here would deny that they use decidedly non-pacifist and eliminationist rheoric.
Why do we on JWN receive the latest up-to-date transmission of "new light", before the "rank and file" JWs have access through their "proper channel"? The Evil Slave is feeding his sheep far quicker, and more accurately than the Watchtower?
New Living Translation (NLT)
16 For evil people can't sleep until they've done their evil deed for the day.
They can't rest until they've caused someone to stumble.
17 They eat the food of wickedness
and drink the wine of violence!
18 The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn,
which shines ever brighter until the full light of day.
The LDS are said to have used real hit squads on enemies inside and out of their organization. So far the Wt. has not gone that route.
The LDS are said to have used real hit squads on enemies inside and out of their organization. So far the Wt. has not gone that route
eah, killing people's family support and ruining their reputations by DFing them is SO much more merciful. Give me the hit squad any day.
A great post Don thanks again
Thanks Don, I started a topic on this a month or so ago and it appears great minds think alike :) I felt this new teaching is to reduce some of the gapping wholes found in the doctrine. Especially the lunatic food Jesus would have approved of during the 1919 inspection.
It just defies logic that people (JWs) will put their trust in a group of men who determine all their religious beliefs, their behavior, and life and death matters for them, all based on the idea that they are following the Faithful and Discreet Slave, when for the past 93 years that Slave hasn't even been able to correctly identify itself.
(The Governing Body is understood to be the Slave which was appointed in 1919, but the Governing Body is just now realizing it. How 'spirit directed' is that? Yikes! )
For any lurking JW readers, think about this: Is it really a good idea to put all your trust in such a group of men? If they have been wrong about who they are, and who the Slave is for all these years, how many other things might they also be wrong about?
That these men have been wrong about who they are for almost 100 years suggests an Incompetent Body rather than a Faithful Slave.
Surely this MUST be a biggy to JWs?
If they have not yet been appointed, then nothing they have supplied post date as 'food' means squat.
all those who died for the WT died for nothing, they had no right to DF anybody, it means they are yet to become God' organization!
I know, I know...cognitive disonance etc etc...but seriously, this is messed up.
This brings up another question, Who is the Evil Slave?
Since Jesus doesn't declare his appointed slave to be Faithful or Evil until he returns for the inspection, as of now there is neither. All the accusations the Society has made -- that the anointed ones who leave the Organization are the Evil Slave -- are now without basis.
The GB may be declaring itself to be the Faithful Slave, but until the inspection, which is still future, that label can't be applied.
Am I missing something?