Recent events in Watchtower-Land (part of Fantasy-Land?) bring into sharp focus
the two possible futures that the organization can take:
Future one: The Rehoboam Strategy
Crack the whip (or scorpions). Shun everyone who isn't 100% zealous. Break up families
with disfellowshipping. Lie to the public and media whenever it creates a temporary
advantage. Explain away all downsizing - or hide it. Change dangerous doctrines and
suppress all dissent with threats of being df'd.
Work hard to increase isolation of Witnesses and discourage their education.
Make the magazines and literature more vacuous and platitude laden.
Repeat "faithful and discreet slave" over and over, especially after scandals that
prove it isn't true. Give up on Western nations and go after the poor and ignorant
in the Third World as more pliable targets.
Future Two: Moderation
Reduce the atmosphere of opposition and negativity that grows and feeds on hateful
Watchtower policy. Change whatever doctrine needs to be changed. Allow dissatisfied
Witnesses to leave without threat or recrimination. Change the meetings to emphasize
real brotherhood and fellowship. Get rid of nearly all disfellowshipping, leaving it
to individual conscience. Start talking about the "Lord Jesus" like 1st century
Christians actually did - without cringing or feeling 'funny' about it.
Emphasize real love - and remove all brothers from responsiblity who feel
compelled to lie or deliberately deceive the public.
I actually wonder if # two may follow # 1 - after a disasterous attempt to repress
the organization fails. It will take a while - but the Rehoboam Strategy doesn't
look like a long term 'winning' plan. Eventually, Witnesses would end up being
looked upon as a sad collection of emotionally stunted, mentally ill, and poorly
educated people nobody (not even Paterson Theocrats) wants anything to do with.
But , we still have remnants of the KKK and admirers of Nazis in the world,
so - with the "Boss's" men in charge, who knows?