A wave of momentum!
a wondrous expansion is now taking place !
Yes, all those personal experiences helped me immensely and still do - it's long road out of the borg.
Yes, when I was growing up in the 1960s, the JW rationale about the generation that was old enough to witness the outbreak of World War One would also live to see the end was eerily compelling. The 1914 doctrine (as it is now called) was reinforced by “Scripture”, an unparalleled cataclysmic world event and evidence of phenomenal organisational growth and prosperity.
Eat your heart out, evil Christendom with your crumbling attendances.
It is amazing what a handful of decades can do to plausibility, though.
JW organization’s cornering of the plausibility market is over, along with the growth rates seen back then.
Time has always been a two-edge sword for the organization: it can stir up motivation and zeal on the one hand, and demoralise and unsettle on the other.
That generation that witnessed the outbreak of World War One has passed away- as has perhaps the single most compelling doctrine JW organization even had the good fortune to invent.