Please, I need help in remembering where I read this quote. It was a '50s court case (I think) and Fred Franz was responding to questions.
The gist of the conversation went somewhat like this.
Questioner: So, if one has a quesion, or even insight which is beyond the WTBTS, and he submits it to the GB, what should he do?
FF: He should then wait on the GB to judge on his insight and see if it has merit. If it does, they will publish to that effect.
Questioner: What if the GB doesn't publish?
FF: Then he should be patient and wait.
Questioner: What if he isn't patient and talks to others about his viewpoint?
FF: Then he is in the postion of being disfellowshipped for moving ahead of the spiritual light of the Faithful and Discreet Slave. Unity is the main thing in our organization.
Questioner: What if he is disfellowshipped, and then the GB publishes the same new light?
FF: Unity is the main thing. He should have waited on the FDS.
This is not verbatim - I can't remember where I read it, but the case took place in the late '50s.
My point is that deep discussion of scripture - which would involve opinions, and perhaps the changing of viewpoints, can only be brought so far with the Society. They hold the last card - always, and if the JW doesn't like it - he should be quiet or be disfellowshipped.
Even if they eventually come to another decision - as perhaps in the blood issue - if others move ahead of them, they will be disfellowshipped or "will be considered to have disassociated themselves."
The rank and file are in a lose/lose situation when discussing varying viewpoints with the Society and/or it's representatives, in my opinion.
On another site, Shaun's place (Maxee???), there is a series of scanned letters from a questioning elder to the Society in the '70s, and the Society's scanned responses. The elder was removed for having doubts. Notes from his "removal" meeting are scanned also.
Extremely moving - and if you've ever met a quiet, nice, humble elder (I have), his letters to the Society have the ring of truth to them. The Society's letters to him and also to the other elders about him do not have the ring of truth.
It is well worth looking for this site - she just moved to a new address and gave link on H20 within the last day or two.
Edited by - waiting on 17 June 2000 12:20:50