Are JW's Really Zealous?
Are Witnesses really zealous? They certainly claim to be. They "turn in" field service reports month by month claiming
huge amounts of time spent in a "ministry".
Yet my past experience as an elder strongly contradicts this superficial image. In particular, when dealing with the
fringes or disadvantaged of society, I observed Witness efforts as distinctly inferior.
I was once in the unique position to observe Witnesses volunteering to religiously assist prisoners in a large jail.
They had constant trouble recruiting enough brothers to do this - their meetings were more poorly attended and
vastly fewer in number than what 'born-agains' provided. In addition, I noticed strongly the lack of joy or enthusiasm
amoung them in contrast to the fervor of the local fundamentalists.
This contrast also applied to volunteers in nursing homes and hospitals - the Witness 'ministry' was a half-hearted
burden with most of the congregation opting out or finding excuses - EVEN THOUGH in many cases, bible studies
could be had in large numbers, just for the asking.
When I look at the spiritual needs of addicts, drunks, the poor, the prisoners, and the bedridden, generally Witnesses
found "other things to do" - while other people they DENY as Christians - like the Salvation Army, or fundamentalist
groups - took the lead. It was also common, in my experience, to see Witnesses avoid caring for chronically ill
relatives and congregation members by saying "I can't, I have to go out in service".
The same often applied to bible studies in the field - although fewer in number, most Witnesses didn't want them
unless they were convenient. I personally observed the difficulty of trying to "turn a study over " to someone else
and being unable to find anyone who would take it - including pioneers. ( who often seemed to be on a perpetual
It is all too easy for Witnesses to "count time" doing nothing for others, while holding their heads high
and considering others as damned - like the Pharisees "who considered the rest as nothing".
It is too easy to peddle magazines, knock on unanswered doors, sit in the van, make excuses, go on coffee
breaks, drive to the other side of the county on a return visit, and generally maintain the pretense of a ministry
that offers little beyond boredom and the unmerited superiority that judging people provides.
In Rutherford's day, it was probably a real ministry, however warped that was.
Now, it has all the real spiritual impact of a motor driven prayer wheel in some Tibetan monastery.
The Witnesses just don't want to get sick or murdered, that's all.
When I look at the spiritual needs of addicts, drunks, the poor, the prisoners, and the bedridden, generally Witnesses found "other things to do" - while other people they DENY as Christians - like the Salvation Army, or fundamentalist groups - took the lead. It was also common, in my experience, to see Witnesses avoid caring for chronically ill relatives and congregation members by saying "I can't, I have to go out in service".
***Rbi8 Mark 7:9-13 ***
"Adroitly YOU set aside the commandment of God in order to retain YOUR tradition. For example, Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Let him that reviles father or mother end up in death.’ But YOU men say, ‘If a man says to his father or his mother: "Whatever I have by which you may get benefit from me is corban, (that is, a gift dedicated to God,)"’— YOU men no longer let him do a single thing for his father or his mother, and thus YOU make the word of God invalid by YOUR tradition which YOU handed down. And many things similar to this YOU do."
You got it, Neon!
Since they lack any Divine guidance, the Watchtower can't see the value in genuine joy or compassion. They can't see
that such activities speak louder than a ministry of pretense.
Hey metatron,you want to see a Zealous JW?..Give them some dirt on a fellow dub..You`ll see zealous!!..All the way to the elders,LOL!...OUTLAW
it has all the real spiritual impact of a motor driven prayer wheel in some Tibetan monastery.
I l-l-l-l-like it.
not zealous, just buying into some guilt trip....
For I was hungry and you gave me nothing to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me nothing to drink, I was a stranger and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.
They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?
He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'
oh yeah - they're zealous - just not about christianity
Some of the men are zealous about counting as much time as they can so they look good to the higher ups. Perhaps they can get a coveted elder position offered to them, or should I say, invitation to the club?
I do believe there are many who truly are zealous, only misguided.