That video was utterly disgusting with that German GB helper. You can buy your way into being "Jehovah's friend" by donating regularly to Watchtower. Ugh😡
My prediction coming true
God is all powerful, all knowing! He just can't handle money! George Carlin.
No doubt that prediction came true. Do you also think they're moving toward televangelism?
More and likely Watchtower will be an all TV online thing with occasional big conventions in major towns. And it will be pay to play church. Nickel and dime for everything. Donate, Donate will be just the tip of the iceberg. A full TV pay to view network.
They’re pretty much already there.
Seriously, though, I suspect they kinda have to.
Selling off the family silver - i.e. real estate assets - to stay in the black is not sustainable in the long run.
If - or more likely, when - the Org’s tax-exemption reaches the chopping block, they’ll need something else to shore up the revenue flow.
That’s the reason for the recent dialed-up-to-eleven multimedia initiatives, IMO.
Vidiot- yes I would agree with that. If Watchtower would loose it's wonderful tax exempt status worldwide this would be a panic for them. Time will tell.
This sounds very similar to the Church’s past practice of people buying indulgences. I was raised Catholic, by the way.
But, I’m not surprised.. I always felt (even during the time I was active in the JWs) that their constant criticism/ridicule of the Catholic Church was just plain old envy.. I remember it was a total turnoff to a visiting lady when this was done from the platform.. She felt that ‘knocking other religions’ was in poor taste.
It’s entirely possible the future JW religion might resemble a little bit of what you said combined with televangelism.
Anyone who demands regular payouts in order to be their friend sounds like a spoiled brat or a mooch -- someone whose friend I don't want to be.
And anyone who demands I pay them money in order to keep from being destroyed sounds more like a mafia kingpin.