"We never solicit donations" - really?
Inspired by this weeks CLAM article which again "reminds" the brothers pdf their obligation/privilege to donate "voluntarily" I have complied a list of articles or videos in the last 5 years where donations are indeed solicited or encouraged. The society may argue that these are not actual solicitations because no plate was passed around. But a donation box is just a more discrete and subtle version of the plate. And they make this comment in their online article "Can you trust religion regarding money":
"Do the religions in your area imply direct or subtle pressure to obtain money? Is that in harmony with the Bible?"
They may argue it is not direct, but I can't see how one could argue it's not "subtle pressure."
If I've missed any please feel free to add to this list: (seems things have really ramped up since 2015)
w12 1/15 p21-25 - Making whole-souled sacrifices for Jehovah
km 4/12 - Our district conventions
w12 8/15 p3-7 - I am with you
w12 10/15 p12-16 - What kind of spirit do you show?
w13 8/15 p3-8 - You have been sanctified
km 12/13 p8 - Announcements
w13 11/15 p8-9 - How can we help to meet the needs of others?
w13 12/15 p9-14 - Will you make sacrifices for the kingdom?
w14 1/1 p11 - Did you know?
km 4/14 - Maintain your conduct fine among the nations
km 11/14 Announcements
w14 12/15 p4-5 - Jehovah richly blesses a willing spirit
2015 - Jehovah will care for our needs video
w15 3/15 p24-29 - Loyally supporting Christ’s brothers
km 4/15 p5-7 - Convention reminders
km 4/15 p3-6 - Conduct that glorifies God
May 2015 Broadcast
w15 6/15 p27-32 - Live in harmony with the model prayer
w15 7/15 p27-31 - This is our place of worship
w15 9/1 p6 - How our ministry is financed
w15 9/15 p27-32 - How can we show that we love Jehovah?
km 11/15 p4 Announcements
w15 11/15 p15-15 - Show appreciation for Jehovah’s generosity
Dec 17 2015 letter - Supporting WWW
Jan 2016 Broadcast
CLAMwbb16 Feb p5 - Faithful worshippers support theocratic arrangements
May 16 2016 letter - Donations to the WWW using jw.org
Sept 21 2016 letter - Global assistance arrangement
w16 Nov p4-8 - Keep on encouraging one another each day
w16 Nov p19-20 - The work is great
Dec 29 2016 letter - Donations in support of kingdom interests
w17 Jul p3-8 - Seeking riches that are true
w17 Jul p7-11 - Making a donation to our WWW
CLAMwb17 Oct p5 - How to donate to the WWW
CLAMwb17 Dec - Take firm hold of the robe of a Jew
w17 Nov p18-19 - The generous person will be blessed
Dec 1 2017 letter - Donations in support of Kingdom interests
w18 Jan p17-21 - Why give to the one how has everything?
A couple of others -
2015 Sophia Video - Be generous
August 2015 Broadcast
There will be a thrilling increase in this time of the end of requests for donations.
Brilliant thread Doubtful1799!
Thank you for posting this, and for compiling such a great list!
Big spike in 2015, consistent with their financial crisis beginning suddenly that year.
I'm happy to say that I've never donated a penny to the Watchtower even when i was in. I couldn't afford to! It cost me £80 a month in taxi's to the meetings.
I remember giving a talk about giving to Jehovah. I concluded that one of the most valuable things a person has is time. And brought out that we can donate time to the org in preaching, meeting attendance and study. I didn't mention money because at the time i sincerely believed what out CO had told us, that the org dont worry about money.
I was reprimanded for that by the elders.
doG always needs money.
Brother, can you lend a Deity a dime?
But a donation box is just a more discrete and subtle version of the plate.
Honestly, I never felt that the contribution box or these articles brought any kind of pressure on me or my family.
Before becoming JW's, we were Catholics and had neighbours who belonged to another small local Christian sect. Apart from the collections plates that were passed, each month my father received an envelope in which he had to put money and return it back to the Church. While my neighbor always told us about the tithe that they had to regularly pay.
However, after becoming JW's, never were we pressured or hounded by elders to donate to the society which was a welcome change for us.
I regularly read testimonies on this forum, but never have read any story where elders have reprimanded or taken action against anyone simply for not regularly contributing in the donation box. Instead, many here have told that they have never contributed a dime in decades. Many websites have a "donate" button on their websites, we don;t feel pressured by it to donate. We simply ignore it if we want.
Ignoring the contribution box in a kingdom hall is much much much simpler than ignoring the collection plate that gets passed around in a church.
The best formula is to give the amount you genuinely feel reflects the amount you benefit from the religion. If you have zero benefit, then give zero--and that includes time as well as money. If they hound you for more, tell them that if they keep hounding, you are not giving anything at all.