I remember so many Witnesses who were pretty liberal minded. I knew some that were the ones someone would talk to to get a “balanced “ perspective. They were not hardliners. They were reasonable people who actually seemed to care about you.
Whatever happened to them? Did they simply drift off??
I can only imagine how Bible Students must have felt when Jehovah’s Witnesses took the sect over and people were told they had to be turning in reports and following new man made rules. Showing good character was not important. Keeping Watchtower’s rules and regulations were the only thing that get you eternal life.
I think a fraction of Bible Students stuck around. Likewise, I think many “good people” who were Jehovah’s Witnesses just kind of disappeared.