Watchtower Rules and Enforcement

by Ding 5 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • Ding

    I've been thinking about the WT's disciplinary system -- marking, private reproof, public reproof, disfellowshipping.

    Did you find their system oppressive while you were a JW?

    Did you find the system theoretically okay but unfairly applied (playing favorites, etc.)?

    Or were the problems not so much with the disciplinary system as with the legalistic rules -- chaperoning, dress codes, hair length, "privileges," reporting of time, etc.?

  • smiddy3

    I`m sad to say I was too far indoctrinated and I blame myself because I wanted to believe it at the time.

  • Biahi

    The answer to your 3 questions is yes, yes, and yes. Pharisees.

  • eyeuse2badub

    It's jehober's way so how could it be oppressive, unfair, or too legalistic? How could you even think such thoughts?

    just saying!

  • blondie

    It is applied differently depending on the status of the so-called offender and their family.

  • stillin

    I certainly saw favoritism in the disfellowshipping of my daughter. About a year after, one of the elders who was on the judicial committee expressed remorse to me about how she was railroaded and the boy, a local favorite, was "repentant" enough to only be privately reproved.

    The most guilty of the three elders is dead now. I had promised myself that I would turn his head around and make him see the error of HIS way. But he died first.He did a lot of damage in that congregation, not just my daughter. Pompous, self righteous, arrogant and Pharisaical, all wrapped up in one bastard elder.

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