What many people don't understand is,if the story came out in newsprint through the Watchtower,I ignore the story completely.The Watchtower,as sad as it maybe,love to martyr people all the time.It matters not who they are or why they are there..as long as the Watchtower can get away with saying,"It's a Jehovah Witness,"they will do it.
Let's say there's crunchy peanut butter and smooth peanut butter.I like crunchy...the other likes creamy.So the other guy says I persecute him because I don't like creamy peanut butter.Yet my opinion of peanut butter is not persecution no more then knowing the difference between the Watchtower and having faith on Christ.
Because of my opinion on the Watchtower is different then the opinions of Jehovah Witnesses I'm accused of persecuting those poor Witnesses.Great real people...Why even Russell says that it's not persecution.
Besides,the Watchtower wants you to put faith in it's org. not Christ.
*** w65 7/1 391 What Is Required to Understand the Bible? ***
He does not impart his holy spirit and an understanding and appreciation of his Word apart from his visible organization.
*** w67 10/1 587 Finding Freedom with Jehovah's Visible Organization ***
Thus the Bible is an organizational book and belongs to the Christian congregation as an organization, not to individuals, regardless of how sincerely they may believe that they can interpret the Bible. For this reason the Bible cannot be properly understood without Jehovahs visible organization in mind.
*** w81 2/15 19 Do We Need Help to Understand the Bible? ***
We all need help to understand the Bible, and we cannot find the Scriptural guidance we need outside the faithful and discreet slave organization.
*** w81 8/15 28-9 Serving Jehovah "Shoulder to Shoulder" ***
They say that it is sufficient to read the Bible exclusively, either alone or in small groups at home. But, strangely, through such Bible reading, they have reverted right back to the apostate doctrines that commentaries by Christendoms clergy were teaching 100 years ago, and some have even returned to celebrating Christendoms festivals again, such as the Roman Saturnalia of December 25! Jesus and his apostles warned against such lawless ones.