Damm!!! I wanted to show my mum about the 3000 halls to be sold. But the video is unavailable.
LEAK: 3000 buildings to liquidate. How to choose? (Watchtower propaganda video)
Lets me honest - the GB , who are constantly referenced throughout the videos as if they had the wisdom of Solomon , don't exactly seem the most intelligent , switched on financial operators. Frankly these guys couldn't run a bath , any more than they can run a multi billion dollar organisation.
The impression I get is that there was a blase "Jehovah will provide and the end is near anyway" mentality , with the finances deteriorating. The hemorrhaging of cash was masked by the occasional selling off of an office block in Brooklyn to Trump's son-in-law for a few hundred million dollars. Despite the collapse of the old business model of selling literature , there was still enough just about enough cash coming in and enough of a reserve to keep things ticking over. I've seen this a lot in old family businesses that have been going for many years , with old deluded owners who are kind of out of touch with what is going on ( which is essentially an accurate description of the Society.)
Then suddenly somebody crunched a few numbers and discovered that the "S**t was going to hit the fan" big time in a couple of years. Hence the panic measures - 25% overall cuts and 10% annual cuts demanded of the branches , new projects cancelled or (like Chelmsford ) heavily cut back , 3000 properties to be sold in a fire sale type operation , congregations to be merged where possible and Kingdom Halls to be flogged off , peripheral none core branches to be closed such as Ireland and New Zealand.
As is often the case , basically everybody else had to take the cutbacks other than the bosses - the only ringfencing was the new vanity global HQ in the USA.
I hope somebody downloaded it for future posting.
The Ole' Harlot aint as pretty as she used to be. Her generation ran out, her clothes became out of style and she developed some strange facial tics like opening her eyes unusually wide while speaking. Gone are the days of the slick, bombastic crooning by Franz and Knorr.
She got old. She can't get the price that she used to get. Christianity, on the other hand is growing.
Over the past 100 years, Christians grew from less than 10 percent of Africa’s population to its nearly 500 million today. One out of four Christians in the world presently is an Africa, and the Pew Research Center estimates that will grow to 40 percent by 2030.
The global religious wildcard is China. Demographers estimate that more Christian believers are found worshipping in China on any given Sunday than in the United States.
And despite requiring the death penalty, Muslims are turning to Christ in unprecedented numbers.
Christians have been preaching the core doctrines of Justification, Sanctification & Glorification of believers for 2000 years and will continue until raptured.
WT, please keep preaching about how awesome your organization is, please, pretty please. Please keep preaching your false gospel of universal sovereignty, sanctification of Jehovah's Holy Name etc.
dozy - "Lets be honest - the GB, who are constantly referenced throughout the videos as if they had the wisdom of Solomon, don't exactly seem the most intelligent, switched-on financial operators. Frankly these guys couldn't run a bath, any more than they can run a multi billion dollar organisation..."
Seriously, your whole post was, IMO, spot-on, but the bit quoted above was my absolute favorite.
"Every body else had to take the cutbacks other than the bosses"
I hope that carrys on as well,because the more kingdom halls they sell they are making it more and difficult for any new people to join them