Sparky, i dont know why we continue to try, other than to pass the time, which is why im about to try again...
sheherdless, lets consider your argument:
”For most of its history, it made the bulk of its money selling magazines (and in the early days, books) to members of the public, not so much its own members. I think one of the Studies in The Scriptures books was the third highest selling book of all time, at one stage long ago (the bible holding the no 1 spot).”
that is 100% backwards. The primary audiance for wt litercrap is jw’s. Nobody outside the wt org gives a damn about their interpretation of the bible and damn sure dont care about their rules and regs which is what their rags
”Other religions tithe. “
As i have said over and over the wt ALREADY tithes with the perpetual kh loan and will tithe on individual members when it becomes necessary. They wont call it that but thats what it will be and rank and file will accept it readily.
“If you count elders as clergy, Watchtower has a much higher ratio of clergy to adherents than other religions”
uhmmm... so what? What does that have to do with their finical situation? Elders are unpaid. Its irrelevant.
“Other religions do have businesses. SDA has food companies, nursing homes, a University, and goodness knows what else. Catholics have huge property portfolios, schools, hospitals, hospices etc. Other religions are far less micromanaging. Watchtower has to come up with a new "church" service twice a week, whereas Catholics, for example, give the identical church service every 3 years. And to top it off, many Christian religions are starting to struggle.”
none of that has anything to do with the orgs money situation. You may as well have been quoting from works of homer. Separate what you want (the orgs collapse) from whats factual. They have adherants. The adherants have money. They give money to the org. Simple buissness model. Easy to understand. Works.