I have a 'loyal' Witness relative suffering various Watchtower-related trials, who, I believe, represents an emerging
new form of Jehovah's Witness. She seems to have a sort of 'spiritual schizophrenia'. ( note: I know I'm using that word
in common parlance, not a precise technical meaning)
It works like this: She still refers to the 'truth' and peppers her conversations with 'Jehovah' this and that.
However, she rants on about utterly corrupt and uncaring elders and how unloving the organization has become.
The whole subject of Witness kids REALLY gets her going, with comments about how "they are seeking what they
can't find in the organization" ( compassion) and leaving en masse. She also knows that "Witness kids are becoming
worse than in the world" and is regularily accosted with the evidence that many adult Witnesses hate each other,
especially when taking sides in lengthy divorce battles.
She has often pioneered ( regular and aux) but can't now due to health reasons. She "came in the truth" after a typical
repentance from a life of sex, drugs, spiritism and alcohol.
She realizes that the religion she enthusiastically joined decades ago has disappeared
amidst rules, indifference and the reign of Pharisees - but she can't think about leaving.
Add the experience of Brother P. to this mix, a sincere elder I know
He laments in frequent astonishment over how superficial - and imaginary - Witness righteousness is,
especially among the young.
It seems a congregation he knows had a wonderful blessing of 6 young people all pioneering together
................ until it was discovered that they were having sex with each other and counting time.
He also notes how vicious and dishonest Witnesses are manifesting themselves to be when marriages
fall apart. He too, in his sincerity, still clings to this fading religion. Maybe he can't survive without it.
Both of these good people are headed for a trail of tears their dying faith won't let them avoid.
The cold , indifferent Theocrats won't ever free their slaves ... or give them genuine comfort.
They recently have been talking about love at assemblies and Circuit Overseer visits.
Since the words are not accompanied with action, the sheep stand to be fleeced, once again.