I think we have entered an era where the future of the Watchtower is threatened by the
cost of its own pretensions. Declaring that everyone else is going to die at Armageddon
carries a heavy burden that other small religions may not have to bear.
They must run printing and binding operations - or pay someone else to do it - all
over the world. They must maintain Branch offices and missionaries to preach their version
of the 'good news'. Add to this the increasing threat of lawsuits and they are as threatened
by their own imperial overstretch just as surely as the Soviet Union was. Something has
Eventually, doctrine must change to reflect the downsizing of the branches and missionary
homes. In Russell's day, they allowed for the salvation of other people - and felt that
perhaps preaching to immigrants in New York city fufilled their international preaching
There were/are guys on the Writing staff who have worried about dying before Armageddon
because they may have to preach to China! Disappointment awaits them as cuts roll in.
Other small religions have $ trouble just publishing one monthly magazine in quantities
far smaller than any Watchtower run. Estimate contributions from congregations and the
numbers aren't even close - add child molesting scandals and these guys have just
BEGUN to spiral DOWN.
I believe it is just possible that, if pressure can be maintained with no end in sight,
and their structure of doctrine is completely exposed, they may 'give up'!
No 'one' is really in charge of the Watchtower Society , as in the past. At some point,
even the leadership loses heart and asks themselves "what do we really believe, anyway?"
or "what do we actually stand for?".
A volunteer movement will not long endure if it is forced to confront its own
contradictions - and pay its own way in the world.
The death spiral has just begun
it's just a matter of time til Watchtower leaders realize it.