What's "THE END" going to look like?
Terry - "I think the Organization has had to take the historically inevitable course the Catholic Church took: hierarchy and Papal Governing Body infallibility."
Well, the heirarchy's already well-established, and the R&F are already expected to behave as though the GB is infallible (in-all-but-name-only), so...
* shrug *
Russell was never a part of the WT. Russell started The Bible Students, which is still around. Rutherford was the printing end, and he broke off, took many members, and started what is now the WT. The people (today) follow the teaching of Russell...who was also off on his own trip. To be a part of the Bible Students you must follow what Russell was teaching, or they won't let you stay. same old song nad dance as the WT...they also sell Russells books.
Russell started The Bible Students, which is still around -----> The Wild Beast.
Rutherford took many members, and started what is now the WT -----> The Image of The Wild Beast.
And I saw another wild beast ascending out of the earth, and it had two horns like a lamb, but it began speaking as a dragon.
but it began speaking as a dragon; "Millions Now Living Will Never Die" --- they positively will not die!
Everything Jesus Christ said would happen, is really happening!
Jesus Christ is AWESOME!
"I have many things yet to say to YOU, but YOU are not able to bear them at present. 13 However, when that one arrives, the spirit of the truth, he will guide YOU into all the truth, for he will not speak of his own impulse, but what things he hears he will speak, and he will declare to YOU the things coming. 14 That one will glorify me, because he will receive from what is mine and will declare it to YOU. 15 All the things that the Father has are mine. That is why I said he receives from what is mine and declares [it] to YOU.
Jesus Christ is AWESOME!
I hope they end up as yet another half burned out Protestant sect such as Adventists or Methodists.
I don't expect a huge exodus anytime soon, lets face it, those 8 million have swallowed all the Bu****t of recent times, so they will willingly swallow more.
A huge public scandal (remember they have covered up so much in the past) involving all, or nearly all, of the GB would do it, as no JW would feel obliged to no longer question and then question some more.
I doubt that will happen, the selection process for GB members must be pretty thorough these days.
A slow drying up of support will happen, eventually that will reach a tipping point where only the hard-core see any point in remaining, but I believe that time to be decades away.
A transition to nothingness...fade to black....no fear....everything will be ok.....