So many are waking up. Pandemic gave jws time to think.

by pistolpete 19 Replies latest watchtower beliefs

  • greenhornet

    I have a stupid question. During a zoom "meeting" do they still have the ministry school? And if you had a #2 talk how is that done?

  • Vidiot

    Regular booster shots are almost always necessary to maintain any kind of ideology.

    In the WTS, in-person group activities like regular attendance and ministry work were vital for that.

    How they expect to maintain group cohesion and solidarity without them is a mystery to me.

    Except maybe by dialling the rhetoric up to 11.

  • road to nowhere
    road to nowhere

    Nowwhat: nope, full suit, tie, dress, nylons, makeup, no striped socks is asked but not complied with. I think a lot of us keep off screen because of that.

    Greenhornet: do the parts with a split screen. The better make believe actors hold a phone to to their ear like they are phone witnessing. The videos show normal door to door and attentive audiences in halls. Strong disconnect; we always knew the leaders have no clue.

  • hybridous

    I always go back to thinking about the lateral enforcement as a very necessary part of the JW Cult.

    JWs enforcing (judging/informing on others) the rules sideways helps the elders police the congregation.

    And that requires JWs to be interacting with one another - before/after meeting, field service, etc.

    Going online as a 'religion' certainly implies a substantial loss of that in-person interaction,

    and consequently, a loss of lateral enforcement,

    shifting that burden directly to elders

    or nobody!

    I just can't fathom how this cult can perpetuate without this mechanism.

    JWs keep each other in-line, but it can't really be done over Zoom, can it?

  • FedUpJW

    CO & the wife of the CO

    Don't you mean the C.O. and the C.O.W.?

    I bet the org will allow brothers to just wear a collared shirt and sisters an appropriate top.

    Just a few days ago I happened to stop by the home of a M.S. as I had some work related items to drop off. He asked if I would wait until 9:45 A.M. as he was scheduled to conduct the Zoom meeting for F.S. When he opened the door, there he stood, in a dress shirt and tie, and dirty sweat pants, and no shoes or socks.

  • HiddlesWife

    @JWGoneBad=> They are also referred to as "The Hateful Eight". A very fitting name for them, as we all well know.

  • Vidiot


    Now I'm picturing an elder giving a public talk in his tightie-whities.

  • TD

    Interesting. Thanks for the link, Pete

    I guess when you think about it, there's acknowledgement of this phenomenon in JW literature itself, with the constant warnings about not missing meetings or developing other interests, because you could become "weak" and "fall out of the truth."

  • Witness 007
    Witness 007

    Thanks good to see

  • Gman2001

    I surely hope so.

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