How much damage has internet done against the The Watchtower Society ?

by opusdei1972 42 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • opusdei1972

    In the beginning of internet the Society was worried about the information published exposing its falsehood. So, I wonder how many people lost the Society on account of forums and web sites like this.

  • stillin

    You mean how many people the Society has lost because "many have roved about and true knowledge has become abundant?"

    A great many, I would guess.

  • Divergent
    Count me in as one of them =)
  • Brokeback Watchtower
    Brokeback Watchtower
    1996 or 97 I was on the beginning of internet and I typed in Jehovah, Jehovah Witness, and related words in the search engines that were availible at the time and was astounded at the results it took me until 2001 before I was full out. It all happened because of the internet.
  • joe134cd
    There would be multitudes (me included). But I also believe there has to be an external factor that brings one to search on the internet. WTBTS knows it that's why we're getting all this avoid, reject, Satan, obey and be blessed mantras. Yet at the same time are been forced to indulge in it, primarily because of economic reasons. It's just a shame that the ones sitting in the KH have got no idea of the magnitude of it.
  • opusdei1972
    I remember a talk in 1999 in the kingdom hall in which the elder said that we should avoid to read web pages because are very dangerous against the spirituality.
  • Billy the Ex-Bethelite
    Billy the Ex-Bethelite

    They lost a lot of elders and servants to Internet porn! But that was back when Internet connected computers had to be in a public area of the home and recorded internet history for the wife and everyone else to examine.

    Now that all those brothers have WT-approved tablets and browsers that provide 'private' Internet browsing, they can be hardcore porn addicts and remain pillars in the congregation.

    "Honey, I have to stay in my den and work on my talk tonight, so don't disturb me. Do we have any more hand lotion and kleenex for my dry hands and runny nose? And if you hear me shout, 'Oh god, yes!', it will be because I thought of a good illustration finally."

  • OneEyedJoe

    On jwfacts, he makes a reasonable case that the internet has cost them 6 million publishers so far. That's including those that leave and those that never converted because of the internet.

    Now the internet might not be the sole factor for the sudden decline in growth, but I suspect it's the largest contributor, with the inexorable passage of time coming in second.

  • JW GoneBad
    JW GoneBad

    How much damage has the internet done to the Watchtower Society?

    Suffice to say that Watchtower is now and will indefinitely be in damage control mode for eons of time due to the internet.....eons of time!

  • 1Averagejoe

    Without the internet I would never ever have had a copy to read of Franz's Crisis and In Search. Other sites/ forums such as this one exposing the Borg would be imposibble. Never would have the news of the child abuse and other crimes within and cover ups to support the idea that we have a "spiritual paradise" . That info wouldn't exist. And we would feel alone with our doubts and later when fading.

    Somewhere said now "In the age of information Ignorance is a choice."

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