3/15/98 WT pages 10 and 11.
Dangers of Following Men
A "sect" has been defined as "a group adhering to a distinctive doctrine or to a leader." Similarly, those belonging to a "cult" have "great devotion to a person, idea, or thing." Actually, the members of any religious group who strongly adhere to human leaders and their ideas are in danger of becoming slaves of men. A strong leader-oriented relationship can lead to an unhealthy emotional and spiritual dependency. ....
Those who have such concerns about a religion need reliable information. Some may have been told that the Witnesses belong to a religious organization that enslaves its members, exercises authoritarian control over them, unduly restricts their freedom, and throws them out of step with society as a whole.
Jehovah's Witnesses know that these concerns are unwarranted.
Heres is some more information from the SAME WATHCTOWER. So one should consider this "RELIABLE INFORMATION".
Accountable to a Governing Body?
Presently, the Governing Body of Jehovah’s Witnesses is composed of ten anointed Christians,.....
Translation: The Governing Body of Jehovah's Witnesses is composed of 10 MEN.
17 Jehovah’s Witnesses are students of the Bible. (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:2; Acts 17:11) The program of Bible education provided by the Governing Body might be compared to a school curriculum outlined by a board of education. ...........
If anyone flagrantly refuses to live according to the requirements of the institution,.... he can be expelled.
Does the position of oversight that the Scriptures assign the Governing Body mean that each of Jehovah’s Witnesses must render to it an account of his works?
Not according to Paul’s words to Christians in Rome: "Why do you judge your brother? Or why do you also look down on your brother?
13Is it not true, however, that individual Witnesses are expected to report their preaching activity?
Yes , but the purpose of this is clearly explained in a Witness handbook....
One more time, I quote this from pages 10 and 11
"A "sect" has been defined as "a group adhering to a distinctive doctrine or to a leader." Similarly, those belonging to a "cult" have "great devotion to a person, idea, or thing." Actually, the members of any religious group who strongly adhere to human leaders and their ideas are in danger of becoming slaves of men. A strong leader-oriented relationship can lead to an unhealthy emotional and spiritual dependency. ...."
Most all here have experienced the unhealthy emotional and spiritual dependency, having been members of the JW cult, strongly adhering to the rules of the human leaders ( the 10 men who make up the GB ). For we did not see the "Dangers Of Following Men." We lived according to the requirement of the Watchtower institution. We were slaves of the Watchtower Publishing Company Inc. The Watchtower publishing company even go so far as to baptize it's members in "association" with itself and call those members "baptized PUBLISHERS". We did not know that we were not helping in making disciples of Jesus all the hours we spent going door-to-door with Watchtower PUBLICATIONS. We were trying to make PUBLISHERS OF THE WATCHTOWER SOCIETY.
Ahh...The Dangers Of Following Men !!!
If you are a JW and have an "expelled Bible Student" relative, whether it be your son, daughter, mom or dad, PLEASE to not continue to follow men anymore. Pick up the phone and call your family member and tell them that from NOW on, you are not going to hold back from loving them, nor hold back from SHOWING them that you love them. From now on, if you claim to follow the teachings of Jesus, then do that. Please don't be a slave to the Watchtower INC. institution, nor it's handbook any longer. Please discontinue judging and condeming your family members who are imperfect. Just like the 10 men who make of the Governing Body of the Watchtower are. Your children and parents are not in Satan's hands, just because your leaders tell you they are. For once, treat your disfellowshipped relatives like Jesus treated tax-collectors.
Read your Bible, not the Watchtower.
You never know how long your loved one will be here. Don't wait till they are gone. Because then it will be too late and you can't go back. Please.