Another enlightening reason why I don't go to meetings
Oh yep! I've heard all of those, including "he must be ashamed for some sin" and "he just wants to pursue worldly materialism "
For all who have had such things like that said, be reassured that EXACTLY the same sorts of comments are said by ones who leave other faiths such as Mormons, Fundamentalist Christians and Muslims etc....
It is standard "high control cult speak 101"
Guilty conscience. Ah yes, that'll be it. It couldn't possibly be because the religion isn't true!
Remember when we were told that people stop attending and become inactive because of some secret sin?
When my father asked me why we didn't attend anymore, I replied:
"well Dad, I thank you for raising me to value the qualities of Truth and Honesty. It's for this reason that I can no longer attend meetings. Truth and Honesty is not present there."
A relative of mine rang to see how I was (for a change). They were more interested in guilt tripping me back to meetings™ after I had totally woken up.
"We need to get you back to meetings™." That's all I recall from the conversation, apart from the infuriating, "What would your Dad think, if he were still alive?"
I just sighed. They just won't get it.