In my first response to this post I highlighted the word skilled used in the article to describe the elders and repeat it is outrageous to think any of them are skilled enough to deal with the problems great enough to move a person to feel they are supposed to confess to elders.
I like your comparison of the help a person receives is like a surgeon doing heart surgery with a bread knife. I've many times made the statement that too many repentant ones end up df'd or da'd anyway due to the judgement of untrained, imperfect, power-wielding men who have no more ability to read hearts than a 3-yr-old.
I also like your question "How many of you would want an "Untrained Volunteer" to do your surgery?"
That says a mouthful. I will remember that and may use it sometime on a family member who is reaching out for elder privileges, only perhaps word it to him like: do you really feel, as an untrained volunteer, you should feel qualified to perform surgery? That's what trying to help an alcoholic, or a drug user, or a molester, or someone suicidal or anyone who qualifies for professional help, would be compared to.
You said alot in the 2 simple examples of JW doublespeak: If they err, its because they are untrained and imperfect. But they do receive the finest training on the face of this earth by God's visible org.
It amazes me how clear all these things are now to me. I can't believe how naive I was, but I guess when that's all you've ever known, it can take awhile for the 'fog' to clear out.
Wondering why it took me so long before I...