A lot has been discussed here of late about the disfellowshiping of inactive ones.
In my old hall I know a sister that started smoking again and when found out she insisted that her reproof must be private and not public otherwise she would never return to the hall. She pulled it off.
I know a brother that became inactive and started smoking. The elders appeared to leave him alone, but one day they pounced and he is now disfellowshipped.
I know a ministerial servant that caused a great deal of upset in the congregation because of his lies and decietfulness, (causing divisions). Local needs talks' were given concerning this and the advice was, to wait on jehovah. He kept his position.
I know another ministerial servant that came right in the middle of a married couple when they were having difficulties. (He was beating her up) This ministerial servant even lied to the police to protect the brother.........nothing was done, even though it became public knowledge.
Actually, I'm going to stop there. As I sit here and type all the old memories come flooding back and I realise that the list could well be endless. And I'm sure that all of you have similar experiences from your old halls.
My point is.......
There has and I'm sure always will be injustices and errors made on behalf of the elders. They are just as inexperienced and/or corrupt as the next man. What they deem right for one person is not necessarily the same for the next. Some people slip through the net and others are caught.
Is this latest witchunt and it's foretold outcome, really from the top? I mean are there orders or rules to follow? Or will it be left to the same old ineffectual so-called-shepherds. Or at the end of the day is it all just speculation?