So, that elder with the job and probably a cushy life was telling YOU that you shouldn’t have one?...I despise any JW with a job/comfortable life who hypocritally preaches poverty to any young person.
I’m glad you did the right thing and SCREW any JW who criticized you for being materialistic, unspiritual and whatever other nasty labels... And I would have NO pity for your first wife..In fact, I have no sympathy for anybody who was not in the workforce or lived on the edge and I don’t want to know about these people.
Even though I wasn’t raised a Witness, I had a similar experience and was treated like an outcast because of my full time job which I kept until retirement..With regard to IRAs, etc. a Witness did my taxes and they very sarcastically told me: “you’ll never see that money.” ..Well, it just so happens I am retired almost 5 years and this JW passed away years ago.
NOW the religion is asking for money left and right and I’m sure they think they are going to target the very people they criticized - along with anybody else who looks halfway decent. I’m glad I’m not there.