The dividing of the Rank & File Class

by raymond frantz 8 Replies latest jw experiences

  • raymond frantz
    raymond frantz

    Last Thursday the letter for the next Annual Meeting was read as an announcement at the meeting .As you all know this is the first time the GB makes such a big fuss about it as it will be broadcast in many countries at the same time as the one in New York ,or maybe recorded for the countries with many hours difference .It is the first time that they will include members of the Rank & File in such any event ,an event which in yester years was strictly only for the top high ranking officials of the Watchtower .

    My questions are :

    1. Is this a new way to approach their masses ? Stop the allienation between top and bottom ?
    2. Is this the first time that they also try to visibly divide the Rank & File to two classes ? To the loyal ones and the not so loyal ones ?
    3. For the first time it feels like an assembly with closed doors, where you will not be invited because you don't tick all the boxes
    4. Could this also be a way to "divide & conquer " rank and file ,especially now that the apostate community is at an all time high ?

    Clapping Monkeys

  • AndDontCallMeShirley

    I noted this very thing when the new Assembly Hall in my area was dedicated three years ago. The dedication 'ceremony' was by invite-only. If I remember correctly, only those JWs who had been baptized at least 20 years were invited-to the exclusion of all others. And, in that group, there were obvious (but unstated) sub-categories, because I knew some JWs who have been faithful, baptized JWs for 50 years who didn't make the list.

    What is maddening about this is: ALL the JWs in the various circuits throughout the State were held up for the money that paid for the Assembly Hall (or, as I now call it, the "Ass Hall"). Yet, only a few "elite" JWs were allowed to attend the dedication by special invite. The overt message was painfully clear- that class distinctions in the org., not only exist, but are alive and well.

    To your point, Raymond, I think this new arrangement for the Annual Meeting has everything to do with creating a greater delineation between the "haves" and the "have nots" within the organization. It more deeply entrenches the feelings of loyalty to the governing body in those individuals who already have a strong inclination, and need, toward creature worship, while culling the herd of those JWs who do not fit that mold.

    I think it's probably beyond dispute that the WT closely monitors sites like this one to determine what the 'hot' issues are for current and ex-JWs. Class distinctions within the organization is at the top of the list. Many are bothered by the glaring distinction between the "anointed" and the rank and file. Now, there is a clearer distinction in the anointed class itself- the "faithful and discreet slave", exclusively the Governing Body- and all the rest, the "mentally unbalanced" also-rans of the 12,000 plus partakers.

    Now, a greater distinction is being made among the rank and file. You're either in the "in" group-the strongest supporters/worshippers of the governing body- or, you're in the "out" group, those that have the audacity to desire to follow only Christ and the Bible while rejecting the vapid, and increasingly absurd, self-aggrandizing claims of the GB. The Organization leaders are letting you know where you stand with this new arrangement. Those invited to the Annual Meeting can now pat each other on the back and reassure one another of how special they are, while at the same time marginalizing those not in attendance as "amharets"- dirt. It worked for the Pharisees- why not for uber JWs ?

  • blondie

    This process has been going on for years, especially in the release of publications at the conventions.

    With the Proclaimers book and the Insight volumes, jws had to be baptized for 25 years or more, they used their blood cards to confirm the date. On Sunday they dropped it back to 15 years and I finally qualified.

    For special conventions, only jws baptized 15 years or more were invited, but some with less sneaked by with special permission of the CO.

    I can remember one congregation decided rather than inviting the whole congregation to the potluck after the KH dedication, to have only the elders and their wives privileged to have a meal with the GB member and his wife.


    There is no clergy/laity division among Jehovah's Witnesses.

  • designs

    North Korea

  • raymond frantz
    raymond frantz

    couldn't agree more

  • blondie
  • Thor

    I remember being taught what Data Dog said! That was one of the first lies told to us early on, so not true, oh and so many more! Sad!

    Mrs. Thor

  • goatshapeddemon

    Love the subject!

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