O and by the way, when those elderly parents ask the congregation for help because the kids are away pioneering they will reply with an article saying how it's the 'blood relatives' responsibility. They will ask them to ask their kids or any they had been shunning for help. The JW kids will reply w/ the articles about pioneering being more imporant. If they get any help it will end up being those they've shunned most of their lives. If they ask the WT for help, they will refer them to the congregation. So the only help will be shunned family or the charities from all the other religions they've condemned their whole lives as only working out satans work.
Full-time service is MORE IMPORTANT than taking care of elderly parents!!! It says so in the Sept 2014 WT
In complete contradiction to the scripture where it says if a man doesn't provide for his family, then he is worse than one without faith.
Just shows these guys are not Christians whatsoever. They aren't teaching Bible truths or following Jesus command to love their neighbour.
Total cult bullshit.
Total BS! It is the children's responsibility to take care of their parents when they need the help and I for one would never trust the congregation to do it because I have seen too many elderly & sick being ignored because field service is more important than caring for others. They are such money grubers!
So as long as you have strength and power you should work first for the organisation. Family relationships mean nothing and if your parents are ill and infirm it is not your priority to look after them. Family relationships have alays been marginalised in the organisation. The paragraph is addressed to those elderly parents telling them to find some other way to arrange care so their children can still slave in the field. To tall these elderly ones they are a burden when they are already feeling vulnerable is extremely cruel.
Not seeing or feeling the love.
Let me tell you something - especially for the ones who are just looking at this site and have not yet made up your mind to leave / or cannot leave etc / my mother was s pioneer (too old now I think about 78 or so) (she has not spoken to me in 8 or 10 years) but about a year or so ago - my big sister (about 56 years) who is married to an elder and they both pioneer / asked my little sister who (about 50 years) to ask me if I can help with money to get my mother into a nursing home.
My reply was yes (but did not feel in my heart to do so) i will but she must come to me and ask me to my face for help which did not happen - so no did not help and to tell you the honest truth if my mother dies i will not attend the funeral at the kingdom hall - over the years one just does not "feel" like this is my mother.
I am not sorry I feel like this - this is jus the way it is.
.......and the elders encourged my sister to ask others in the family to help - BUT NO HELP CAME FROM ANYONE ELSE in the congregation - just all talk and no carry thru. Bunch of no goods!!
It sounds as though they are losing some pioneers as they enter their 50's. Almost certainly they're hanging up their magazine bags and stating that they now have to provide for their ageing parents. This article is intended to effectively counteract that tendency. The pioneer's excuse to call it a day is now out the window. Poor pioneers.
I was counselled quite strongly that if I failed to look after the inlaws (even though they were very manipulative and abusive to my wife as a child, resulting in her having severe issues in later life...hence we keep our distance), we would be before a judicial committe, and have all "privileges removed"
And we were pioneering at the time!
yet another back flip....
I was counselled quite strongly that if I failed to look after the inlaws (even though they were very manipulative and abusive to my wife as a child, resulting in her having severe issues in later life...hence we keep our distance), we would be before a judicial committe, and have all "privileges removed" And we were pioneering at the time!
Wow! yet another back flip....
I suggest your conclusion that this is a "back flip" is mistaken.
In your case, these "in laws" were clearly members of the "Important" Class of jWs, and you are but a member of the "Slave" Class. That is why you were threatened in that manner.
The Society has always been uninterested in its millions of victims once they are too old to go out harassing people door-to-door, double-selling their useless magazines - except in the matter of bequests in their Wills. My thread of http://www.jehovahs-witness.net/jw/friends/281461/1/The-Complete-Scammers-Guide-by-Pastor-Russell-New-Light will, in due course, present some shocking examples of the lengths to which the Watchtower Society would go to ensure children were disinherited in favor of the Society itself.
Oh, there is a second use the WTS has of post-publishing oldies. That is, to be made fun of on the front of their Spiritual Pornography toxic gangreneous magazines:
This just seems to be a licence for pioneers , Bethelites etc to forget about their parents - I've seen this happen so often.
An elderly sister with borderline dementia in my old congregation has a daughter who is married to a CO. For decades the sole contact they have is a once a year visit for a couple of days - they say hello , turn up at the Sunday meeting , he usually gave a public talk ( a gifted speaker )- then clear off again. She stays with her other daughter ( a very weak JW ) & her non-JW husband who do everything for her. The sister is very resentful and the "worldly" JW is very angry and tells everyone. It's a dreadful witness locally.
Once the congregation made a special effort to clean the sister's small house - basically gutted it and redecorated. One of the brothers phoned the CO asking if he might make a small token donation towards the cost but he claimed that as he was a CO he had no money - just the tiny stipend the Society gave him - he didn't even seem especially appreciative for all the work we did. After that , I was the public talk co-ordinator and I refused to assign him a talk when he came up again - just kept on telling him that we already had a speaker for that weekend. It still annoys me to this day.
All bethelites do this!!! "The most important work on earth..." pigs arse.