I had finished watching all the videos on the Royal Commission's investigation of Jehovah's Witnesses (yes, I know more videos are being released). I am still processing the information of everything that has emerged. I do not plan to cover it all here, but I would like to point out that it is patently obvious that some of the WT representatives provided misleading information. Just today, I watched Governing Body member Jeoffrey Jackson.
There are many parts of his testimony that I could talk about, but one that is clearly a lie is the one related to corporal punishment. Although he was trying to evade the question of whether or not the Governing Body interprets Proverbs 13:24 as meaning corporal punishment, when cornered, he answered no and stated that he does not encourage it.
This is obviously a lie. There are many instances on the publication and on talks presented in the meeting and at conventions in which parents are encouraged to physically punish their children. Although it is not done so often now, it is still recommended. But I guess Mr. Jackson was using the theocratic warfare principle by clearly lying to people that, from his perspective do not deserve the truth.
I don't have much time now, but just felt compelled to state that this investigation is a real game changer. The fact that it is made public exposes the flaws of the WT and its governing body. For the first time in history, the WT is systematically subjected to public scrutiny and many so-called confidential documents are being exposed.
Some of the WT representatives have spoken as humble, but deluded men, but several others have have shown an unbelievable level of arrogance, which emphasizes how outrageous the cult's believes and attitudes are.
The issue of whether women could be involved in investigations of certain type of misconduct in the congregation has been discussed extensively.
I may be wrong here, but given everything I have heard from people who gave testimony, including Jeoffrey Jackson, I anticipate a very interesting change in the congregation's judicial process. I anticipated that in the near future a committee composed by women would be given the assignment of investigating certain types of misconduct.
Although, as Mr. Jackson stated, there is no way of women ever becoming elders, he and others have hinted on the possibility of agreeing to have women as decision makers in the investigation of the truthfulness of abuse allegations.
Since I stepped down as Elder some years ago, I have never been so confident that change is coming. Now, don't get me wrong, I have no hope of major transformations, but I look forward to the emergence of loopholes that would allow me to finally leave, which I could have done a long time ago, but I won't do it without my family.