A Young Man’s Decision

Part 1 of Mad Sweeney’s two part series on ‘The Watchtower, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Education.” Although this article is a fictional recreation of many real life stories, it is accurate in its details about the decisions that many young JWs were forced to make in the years prior to 1975.

Would they continue their education, learn a profession or technical skill and prepare for the rest of their lives? Or would they follow the Watchtower’s advice and prepare for Armageddon? For many older JWs, the choices that they made between 1968 and 1975 have forever established their adult lifestyles – many living on the edge with limited resources, no medical insurance, and few retirement funds.

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Corn-pone Opinions

Editor’s Notes: I’m pleased to introduce an old friend, Richard E. Kelly, as another regular contributor to InsidetheWatchtower.com. Dick actually wrote this particular article over two years ago for another website that I was managing. I’ve asked him to allow me to republish it here – not because it was originally directed at Jehovah’s Witnesses – but rather because it so clearly demonstrates their attitude about what and how they preach. Mark Twain had a unique talent for pointing out the hypocrisies and foibles of the people of his time. But like more recent humorists Will Rogers and George Carlin, his well-crafted prose was able to expose truth in a clear and palatable way for his readers. Over fifty years ago, my grandfather shared some words of wisdom that are as relevant today as they were when I first heard them. And they were, “Dickie, you’ve got to read and … Continue reading

District Convention “New Light” Review – 2

“Mad Sweeney” continues his comments on the last major segment of the 2011 “Let God’s Kingdom Come” District Conventions: The final convention segment I think important to talk about is also the final part of the entire convention. It relates to the hype mentioned earlier in this article about the graphic found on the reverse side of the convention invitation. In case the image on the screen is difficult to read, the text is as follows: Jesus taught his followers to pray: “Let your kingdom come.” (Matthew 6:10) What is God’s Kingdom? When will it come, and with what effect? The answers to these questions are contained in the fulfillment of a prophetic dream that was recorded by the prophet Daniel over 2,500 years ago. – Daniel 2:31-45. Why should you be interested in that dream? Because its fulfillment will have a direct impact on the lives of everyone living … Continue reading

Watchtower Puzzle: Spirit-Directed vs Inspired

Scan your Bible and you probably won’t find the term spirit-directed. I searched for that term online and could not find a dictionary that defines it. That’s puzzling in view of the fact that Watchtower publications have used it 33 times. I’ve also been mulling over the question about spirit-direction and inspiration as defined by those publications and I’m not certain that I understand a few other puzzles that seem to crop up. Maybe you can help. Let’s first establish some Watchtower-defined principles to set the groundwork, examining what they’ve told the flock. You’ll see that the following is supported within pages of The Watchtower: Its organization is spirit-directed1 and, in fact, is the only such one on this earth.2 Jehovah’s visible organization is under the control of a governing body3 (currently 7 men). Their governing body is spirit-directed.4 This governing body approves what is written and published.5 The organization is … Continue reading