Contradicting Society directives
With the AGM changes, and the changes over the recent few years, it struck me just how contradictory and hypocritical the society is.
We were always told that "wonderful expansion" and growth in halls was PROOF of God's blessing. Now it is the other way around, and building expansion is halted.
We were always told that door to door is the BEST way to take the "life saving" truth to people. Now it is the cart work...
We were always told that the ABUNDANCE of "spiritual food" in the form of publications was PROOF of Gods direction and teaching. Now it has been reduced dramatically yet that is supposed to be Gods will.
We were told that the new website was PROOF of Gods care for us and the community...now its content is being drastically reduced.
We were always told that "Jehovah's people are so well educated" with beautifully written and researched scholarly material in the form of publications that we couldn't keep up with. Now, the writing style is no more than that of a 12 year old's comprehension state.
We were told that unlike Christendom, our message was not just about "feel good" platitudes, but about the "deep things of God". Now the thrust of all material is "ear tickling" fluff.
Have I missed anything?
No, you didn't miss anything. They are contradictory and hypocritical.
It's been some time now since one meeting a week was cancelled and there's been a reduction in the other two meeting times.
Looks like the message is 'Reduce Reduce Reduce' or is it 'Simplify, Simplify, Simplify'?
Rapid numerical growth = proof of Jehovah's blessing
Stagnation or decline in numbers = proof the end is upon us any day now
Dont they see that it is OBVIOUS that they just don't have the money anymore!?
What happened to "Jehovah blessing" them?
Truth is lies.
Ignorance is education.
Stagnation is growth.
Its so true. Hypocrisy at its worst. The WBTS are some of the biggest "spinners" of tales, of any small, organized cult/religion.
Almost everything they have said, in the past, and used as a basis of their own claimed "divinity", and as the very foundations of their beliefs, are now, either completely changed, proven wrong, or disregarded completely for a new "spin".
If ever the words, "the truth is not in them", could apply, is now. I honestly don't know how they can live with themselves. Its such an insult to any logical, and intelligent person, to just think that this complete 180 in beliefs, is "normal", and acceptable.
They would always tout the words "humility", and being "meek". Yet they dogmatically tell all to follow them blindly, and do as we say, not as we do, while flip flopping on EVERY major example of why they are the "true religion".
If the word TRUTH is the basis for them being divinely chosen, then it is very clear God has NOT chosen them. In fact, God has quite forgotten them as they flounder on the shores of untruth. They crumble on the foundations of lies. They are withering away as an organization, as they blow in the winds of lies, with no substance to stand on.
Nicely written Dunedain!
They are streamlining everything and running it like a business,who cares about the publishers. Congregations around here are merging. They only count the empty chairs,not the people
If a congregation got too many empty chairs,well,they are in danger of being sold and told to go to other halls.
Plus,not enough elders and servants to do parts,and the ones left are burning out.
But,I thought the same thing. It used to be the goal for congregations to grow,so that, they needed to split and build more halls. Now,it's seen as cost effective and wise to move congregations,and share buildings.
While you are correct, stuckinarut2, don't forget this important fact:
Everything is proof of God's blessings and proof that the time left is reduced. Good times on Earth are proof of the devil's influence, bad times are proof of wickedness in the end of this system of things.
So to many JW's, the organization is going through a sifting/refining/shaking out or whatever because Satan's machinations are afoot...or something like that.