Excellent review, as always, Blondie!
I loved this:
serve God out of a pure motive.
Is it a pure motive when children are sacrificed to maintain the "good" reputation of the WTS?
Is it a "pure motive" when a person is serving God for the sole purpose of saving their own hide at Armageddon™?? That is, in fact, first and foremost in the mind of almost every JW. They have had the message that You-Will-Not-Survive-Armageddon™-Unless-You-Are-Going-Door-To-Door-All-The-Time shoved down their throats for so long, that any truly pure motives (like love of God and neighbour) do not even register in comparison.
And this too:
PICTURE in your mind a family that is expecting guests for dinner. The set time for their arrival is rapidly approaching. The wife is busy putting the finishing touches on the meal. Her husband and their children are helping to make sure that everything is" in order. Yes, the whole family is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the guests and is looking forward to a delicious meal and fine fellowship. (probably because no one ever offers hospitality to them at the KH)
As Christians, we (remember only JWs are genuine or real Christians) are waiting for something even more important.
So why, pray tell, do they not finish off the illustration? So this family is eagerly awaiting the arrival of guests who never bother to show up. HOW RUDE of the guests. How long should the family keep waiting? Should the parents make the children go hungry while these rude guests keep delaying? Is that reasonable? Should they keep the meal warm indefinitely, for hours, days, weeks, months, years? How many phone calls from these rude guests should they tolerate, each one saying "I'm sorry to keep you waiting, but I'll be there real soon"? Do they throw the meal away and keep preparing new ones in anticipation of the guests who keep promising to arrive, but keep delaying? Is that reasonable?? Do they go ahead and eat anyway, because they have no idea when the guests are going to arrive, even though an arrangement was made in advance, and the guests of honour took it upon themselves to ignore the arrangements and insult the hospitality and totally inconvenience this family who went to great lengths to prepare for these rude, inconsiderate guests?
I really would like to know where the WTS expects their illustration to go. It doesn't seem to work when you look at it from a practical, reasonable point of view, does it?