Before my transfer from the Engineering Department to the Writing Department in 1989, the architect designing a 30-story staff residence building (that was about to be built near the four Watchtower printery buildings) mentioned to me his need for a professional cost analysis system to be put into place for future building projects. He designed the buildings but the Accounting Department paid the bills.
In the spring of 1975, Frederick W. Franz, considered since the mid-1920s to be the Watchtower’s “official oracle,” stressed the urgency of the Christian preaching work during his public speeches. Why? Because he believed that 6,000 years of human history would end that next September or soon after.
For some Jehovah’s Witnesses the only place they truly feel comfortable is inside a Kingdom Hall. No matter how mundane, repetitive, ridiculous, or overwhelmingly boring the weekly meetings really are, or how excessively long and redundant prayers and “Kingdom songs” are before and after those meetings, they are part of a culture that convinces them they are really in their proper element. Even those who really dislike being Jehovah’s Witnesses will just “go with the flow” rather than ever question why they put up with their environment.
The fact is that ever since the days of Joseph Rutherford, the Watchtower Society has worked overtime to make sure that its members only march to its tune, at its pace, and in its unique style. If they don’t dance with their steps, they will find themselves outside the organization AND THEIR OWN FAMILY!
It is not unusual for Jehovah’s Witnesses to contact me through this website to complain and ask for help to deal with abusive behavior on the part of their local Witness leadership. They frequently complain about their Governing Body using guilt and fear to manipulate them into accepting new and uncomfortable religious views. Many of these new programs and changes seem to contradict the original religious views that they promised to dedicate their lives and adhere to.
Are the descriptions of spiritual “tyranny” found in Ronald Enroth’s 1992 article “Dysfunctional Churches” still valid and worth considering by unhappy Jehovah’s Witnesses? Does the word “dysfunctional” apply to them, their leaders and their religion? Please read it and decide for yourself.
Minibus Driver Jailed for Death of Cyclist – BBC News, Southeast Wales, August 28, 2014
A minibus driver faces five years in jail for killing a cyclist, whom he hit while looking at photographs on his mobile phone. The driver told police that “the cyclist swerved” in front of him causing the accident.
Owain Richard James, 30, died after being hit by Andrzej Wojcicki. Wojcicki had been accused of viewing pictures of vintage sports cars on his cell phone while driving his vehicle. Cardiff Crown Court heard evidence that Wojcicki, 45, of Blackwood, was “distracted” as he drove at 50 mph on the A472 near Newbridge.
During the trial, the jury heard how Wojcicki been driving back from a Jehovah’s Witnesses convention in a large minibus with his wife and children. The court heard evidence that he had been taking and viewing pictures on his mobile phone as he drove the two-and-a-half ton bus along the south Wales road.