You must be under 40. After many dedicated years and the continual letdowns, false hopes, you will realize that everything just doesn't add up! Try pioneering for 24 years, believing the End could be any day now and then it is time to retire and you have no benefits because you were told meeting after meeting you don't have to worry about it. Now you are in your 60's, working full time, living in a government housing unit, dependent on government health care, needing food stamps, etc. Because you believed everything that was told you and put into print. I challenge you to talk to a long time Witness and ask them how long have they been waiting for Armageddon.
I respect your choice, good luck.
"Nothing that eliminates them from being God's directed people"?? Hmm... lying maybe? Including "proof" that we are living in the last days? Will you lie for the GB about that? Really?
Also remember that the bigger 1500y journey of the Israelites was a miserable one, filled with blood, wars, betrayal, politics, corruption, riots, imprisonment, exile and the rejection of Christ.
You seek God for the same reason everybody does
Comfort in the face of fear
And a sense of community
The two reasons religion was invented
It fills these two needs
It seems to work for many billions of people
Just a few
It doesn't make sense
You just questioned the validity of a report concerning JWS needing
and receiving aid from Church groups
My question is
What difference does it make to you whether the report is true or not?
Have you decided to become a JW apologist?
If so, I respect your decision
You have your work cut out for you
You go back to the cult at a time when many are leaving it for good. This is not like the stock market where, in order to be successful, you are supposed to be a contrarian. Suit yourself. Freedom is not for the weak.
You can't find any proof that they aren't God's directed people...
For one thing, I'm not convinced you really looked. Secondly, try selling that at the door.
Here is your proof. Deuteronomy 18:20-22.
Good luck with that!
All the best.
After much research
Just curious, what were your resources for conducting your research?