This quote is from Jerry Bergman, PhD. I have seen quotes where his opinions are quite belligerent against the WTBTS. However, due to my childhood background, this quote is quite curious.
I have read inuendos about homosexuality amoung Governing Body - but have read no details nor explanations. Does anyone know any further about information - for or against - this quote?
"A good example of the fact that doctrinal deviation results in disfellowshipping far sooner than moral deviation is the case of Governing Body members Raymond Franz and Edward Chitty. Raymond Franz, through extensive research on Biblical questions, became increasingly convinced that the Society was clearly wrong relative to their interpretation of Scriptural prophecy and doctrine. As a result, he was removed from the Governing Body. The single incident of eating with his employer and landlord, who had previously resigned as a Witness, was the excuse that resulted in his disfellowshipping.
On the other hand, one governing member allegedly had a homosexual love affair with a 19-year-old Bethelite, a boy less than one-third his age, who reportedly jumped to his death off of one of the Bethel buildings over his guilt from the affair. Yet, he was merely asked to resign from the Governing Body, reportedly, for committing what most openly consider a grievous sexual offense, not only homosexuality, but pedophilia, which resulted in the tragic death of a guilt-ridden young man. And he was evidently asked to resign only because of the widespread awareness of the incident. Possibly if fewer persons knew about this incident, he would have even retained his Governing Body position. This is only one of many examples that illustrate that the Society is concerned primarily with loyalty. They are extremely reticent to disfellowship for grievous moral offenses, but are not at all shy about disfellowshipping those who they feel lack loyalty to the Society."
I am not bringing up this situation for bashing. I am not as interested in Mr. Chitty as with the 19 year old boy who "allegedly" jumped to his death from a Bethel building. Any information?
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Edited by - waiting on 12 July 2000 8:33:23