Did anyone see what the Society now says bearing fruit means?
FRUITFUL BY SPREADING KINGDOM SEED
What fruit? Well, after a wheat stalk sprouts and matures, it produces as fruit, not little wheat stalks, but new seed. Likewise, a Christian produces as fruit, not necessarily new disciples, but new Kingdom seed.Therefore, the fruitage in this case is neither new disciples nor fine Christian qualities. Since the seed that is sown is the word of the Kingdom (WTS doctrine), the fruitage must be a manyfold duplication of that seed.
I think these extracts are from paragraphs 10 and 11, I'll check to be sure. But could anyone explain what the Society is straining to say here? What is the SEED, and what is the FRUIT, or in Watchtower terminology, the FRUITAGE?? I'm at a loss. The Writer rigmaroles from seed to fruit and says the fruit is the seed or some nonsense like that. The analogy collapses like a house of cards when you notice that it says new seed cannot be produced unless it falls on "good soil", which negates the objective of comforting people working in so-called unfruitful territories. What were the guys in Writing thinking? And those GB members who sign on the articles, didn't they think one of 6 million dubs would notice this nonsense?