Disfellowshipped Brother Gives Public Talk in Kingdom Hall
That was amazing
All he did was read some scriptures and encourage the hearers to believe what they say.
A cardinal sin when you consider that the message he was supposed to deliver amounted to "we submit to God's rulership today by obeying the faithful and discreet slave without question..."
As a person who always paid attention and listened to what was being said, I recall hearing a number of talks that struck me immediately as not very "JW-ish" but very "Christian-ish". Even when I was fully in, these were always the best--probably because they created less cognitive dissonance than talks that featured the Old Testament. In the liberal area I grew up in, I doubt this talk would have been shut down --maybe a few raised eyebrows or "counsel" afterward for the brother to stick closer to the outline.
Unfortunately, when awake or more liberal JW elders do this, I think it just pulls doubters back into the ranks. If you want to wake people up, be a by-the-book, Old Testament lovin', WT rule quoting and enforcing elder. Who do you think wakes more people: Anthony Morris III on a rant or Mark Sanderson delivering a kind and balanced talk on brotherly love?
Just a thought....I know I would have woken a lot sooner if I hadn't been raised by loving and liberal JWs and grown up surrounded by liberal JWs. I woke as an adult when we moved to another area and the congregation was loaded with controlling, judgmental, meddling by-the-book elders and elderettes....and then the tight pants and colored socks talk...that was it for me.
Eyesopenheartbroken: Unfortunately, when awake or more liberal JW elders do this, I think it just pulls doubters back into the ranks.
I think you're right. However, by stopping that talk in the middle, I am sure that this has triggered some serious questions in the minds of many in attendance.
I think that he was stopped not due to his material, maybe someone in the audience tip off the elders as to the fact that he was DF.
I try to always include some poignant information and thoughts in the comments I give, especially during the Sunday Watchtower study. I often bring up past teachings and policies of the Watch Tower organization, especially regarding Joseph Franklin Rutherford.
Of course, I have to be really careful when speaking into the microphone when it gets passed to me, as I sit with my parents who have been Jehovah’s Witnesses almost all of their lives. (They’re now in their late 70s.)
I feel that I should try to say things in my comments to subtly wake people up. You know, plant a seed.