Doug, why are “apostates” usually older and quite knowledgable?

Feb 17, 2013 by

Interesting. Very interesting question Anonymous!

Here is my take on this:

Those that have chosen to leave the organization, especially for doctrinal disagreements, are usually long time adherents, well read, and are middle aged or older.

Why is that?

oldmanBecause they’ve been around long enough to see what the Watchtower does on a micro and macro level. I have long maintained that the Watchtower does its best not to rock the boat but about every thirty or forty years. The biggest changes in the organization have occurred on those exact time-tables. The reason for that is simply that as each “older generation” dies off, the ability to handle massive change is improved in the younger, less experienced, rank and file. There are also very few, if any, original members around to scream “foul!” and even if there are they are so old that the younger generation of Jehovah’s Witnesses simply doesn’t pay them any mind.

More importantly, the older JW set are also painfully aware of the fact that the promises of the organization are still yet unfulfilled. They’ve seen their friends and loved ones who eagerly looked forward to living through Armageddon and into paradise, wither and die of old age. They’ve watched as those who sacrificed their careers, their families, and their lives for the organization leave this life entirely unfulfilled.

The younger generation is more inclined to stick with the program because they believe, in their naivete, that the end simply must come in their lifetime.

I find it ridiculous that the Watchtower leadership and their minions always speak of these “apostates” as “leaving for their own benefit” as if there were some Satan sponsored lottery for leaving the organization. In these cases, where a Jehovah’s Witness has spent decades involved with the organization, they stand to lose everyone in their social network, possibly their job, their home, their marriage, their children, their grandchildren and of course their reputation! What possible upside is there to making this kind of move?

Only one.

They have achieved their freedom from emotional and psychological enslavement.

They, in most cases, have realized that the teachings of organization were false for years. They just lacked the nerve to make that move until they got older. Their reason for making that move is quite simple: The older we get, the less powerful peer pressure becomes. We realize we are going to die and what “brother or sister so and so” thinks of us means absolutely nothing to us or to God.

We learn that we have to be true to ourselves no matter what the cost.

I just have to ask the question:

“Exactly how many generations of Jehovah’s Witnesses have to die before the Watchtower leaders confess that they have absolutely no clue when the end will come?”

They have been beating this same drum since 1874. Here we are, well in to the 21st century and not a single thing that they’ve predicted has come to pass. How many “free passes” is a false prophet supposed to get?

Anonymous, that was a very thought provoking question and one that I’m sure will resonate with Jehovah’s Witnesses everywhere.

If anyone wants to comment on this, be my guest.

Doug Shields is an activist against religious oppression, control and manipulation. He has many years of experience dealing with this issue because he was an active Jehovah’s Witness himself for over twenty-three years. Doug has been privileged to help elders, ministerial servants, full time pioneers and even a circuit overseer to find the strength and determination to finally face the real truth and leave the organization.


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