As portrayed in the convention videos this year about Sergei (the fictional JW character in cold-war-era USSR), the JW leaders expect loyalty, even enduring imprisonment and/or death. In one scene Sergei was offered an early release from prison if he would sign a statement renouncing his religion. Well he refused and spent 5 years in prison as a result. This was applauded by the organization and shown as an expected course of conduct for members and a reflection of his true faith.
My questions are these.
How do you justify expecting an individual to stand up for his beliefs regardless of consequences while not expecting the same from a leader of the religion when under oath?
Following the example of JW leadership, why couldn't Sergei sign the statement renouncing his religion as an act of "theocratic warfare"?
Did Geoffrey Jackson indirectly reject his faith by refusing to stand up for his beliefs when questioned? Did he deny his faith and thus his God?
Did the JW organization as a whole reject their faith and their God by permitting this to happen publicly without a word of condemnation?
What say you?..................