This series of articles is confusing and incoherent, to say the least.
Baptism is presented as essential for salvation, yet whether you are baptized or not, you are accountable to God and liable to be killed by him
So, tell me again - if I'm already liable to God prior to baptism, how is it that baptism is so essential?
If Toyota sends me a bill every month for leasing a Corolla, and if somehow I am legally obligated to pay it even if I didn't sign a contract, well, what's the point of signing the contract?
Here's what I see happened: As this week's article pointed out, there are hundreds if not thousands of JW "youth" who are in their late teens or early 20's who still live with mom & dad, & who still show up at the KH, but are not baptized. This bugs the nuts off the COs, and they fire off angry reports to the Service Dept., which gets them riled up, which in turn riles up Morris & co. on the GB.
The Writing Dept. is tasked with scolding the kids and their parents via these articles, but of course the message is inherently contradictory as I pointed out above. So you end up with the jumbled word stew in these WT articles.