While there are many definitions of what a cult is, one of the more disturbing features of a deceptive religion has
got to be the habit of "proof" by self-reference.
Go to any "Public Talk" and take note of how the speaker quotes from the Watchtower to "prove" a point!
Worsening world conditions, growing crime and the 'worse and worse' fallacy can all be "proved" as long as you keep
quoting Watchtower publications as your authority. They say so, so it must be true. I think this tendency
has gotten worse, as they used to make more of an effort to offer real evidence in public talks, rather than just
blindly assert whatever they wish to be true. I guess that's what you do when the facts are running in the other direction.
Recently, I noted a Circuit Overseer's talk in which he decried materialism. He then proceeded to give a definition of
materialism - as conveniently provided by the Watchtower.
When did the gerontocrats in Brooklyn become lexicographers?
This nonsense is not new in Watchtower-land. Some old-timers may yet recall that the Watchtower Society at one time
claimed that were not a religion! This is why they could walk around with placards saying "Religion is a snare and a racket".
They simply redefined the word "religion" and excluded themselves.
The dumbest example of self-reference is the phrase "Faithful and Discreet Slave". Why is this the "truth"?
Well, the 'faithful slave' says so! .......... and they are the 'faithful slave' because.....?????