It’s different now.
What I didn’t even consider is that they haven’t been to a kingdom hall meeting for almost two years. Everything has been Zoom and writing letters.
There is no doubt in my mind that the elders have lost a lot of control over the publishers.
The fact that there is no official meetings for field service means that there is no gossip that alerts the elders if someone is doing something bad.
There is no pressure that someone is not attending meetings or field service
A lot of the jws are getting married with non- witnessess. Many are doing their own thing and just avoid the elders.
There was two young baptized jws with their non-jw girlfriends, and no one blinked an eye. Another male baptized jw was there with his new wife who was not a JW. Two teenage jws girls were relating their stories about their non jw boyfriends.
No one made a fuss about any of this.
We talked about forbidden things like normal. Guns, politics, movies about magic, sex, violence, etc.
No one has any idea if someone goes to the hospital and takes blood.
No one cares that it’s the Last Days and no one brought up the last days. I honestly think they don’t believe anymore. Only the real old ones like 80s and up.
The organization has lost a LOT of CONTROL.
I am sure there are still pockets of true believers but I think the whole thing is changing right before our eyes.