In the early 1990's the Watchtower Society made a major change in their tactics of
collecting money. In most industrialized and wealthy countries, the Society went
from charging a set amount for their literature to placing it on a donation basis.
Setting forth new rules without any explanation as to the real reason for this clever
business move did not matter to loyal Watchtower followers because they are
willing to accept and obey any information that is given to them from their leaders.
For instance all funds would now be given to the Watchtower organization for
what was titled as the worldwide work. The publishers were now to tell the
householders "The literature is free, but if you would like to make a donation to the
worldwide work we would be happy to accept it." Jehovah's Witnesses were told
specifically not to mention how much to donate but could say something like:
"others have donated $5 or 10$", given strict instruction to use the word donation
and not contribution. Although the Witnesses were uncomfortable with this new
arrangement, they remained strictly obedient to the Society's new direction. With
full confidence that the organization they slavishly devote their lives to is under
Jehovah's direction and blessing, Jehovah's Witnesses pressed forward with the new
arrangement regardless of having to present the literature using this cognitive
dissonant message. Missing from these instructions however, was the real reason
for this sudden change in how to sell their literature.
The letter was read at all Kingdom Halls in the United States and their territories on
February 25, 1990, and this new arrangement would go into effect on March 1,
1990. Although the letter explained how their literature was to be placed, no mention
was made about the Society potentially becoming involved in a financially
devastating lawsuit, the same lawsuit for a "worldly" religious ministry which they
believe is part of Babylon the Great. Once again the rank and file Witnesses were to
just accept instructions from "Mother" without question. Although Jehovah's
Witnesses believed the governing body was simply instituting a more simplified
arrangement, the change really took place because Swaggart lost his case in court. In
this spirit directed (money driven) business, this new arrangement (worldwide work)
now allows the Watchtower organization to no longer be accountable for where the
money is distributed. So, where exactly is this money distributed to?
All the money collected and sent to the Watchtower Society is used at their
discretion without any accounting for the six million Jehovah's Witnesses or the
millions of other people who donate money to this so-called worldwide work.
Besides using their millions of dollars for the things previously mentioned, it is of
serious concern for Jehovah's Witnesses as well as the public to know where much
of their millions, perhaps even billions, are really being spent in this so-called
worldwide work. Not only is the Watchtower Society being faced with the ever
growing lawsuits for their concealment of child abuse and the deaths of thousands
of people due to their ever changing policies on blood, but they have also been sued
for wrongful death. One case and point is the story of Frances Coughlin, a mother
and grandmother who was struck and killed on October 8, 1998 by a Jehovah's
Witness named Jordon Johnson who was a full time minister at Bethel. Johnson
was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter, and was placed in jail for thirty days as
well as sentenced to two years probation. He and Jehovah's Witnesses faced a civil
lawsuit filed by Ms. Coughlin's surviving family for damages. As a preventative
measure to avoid public exposure, the Watchtower Society paid the estate of
Frances Coughlin 1.55 million dollars rather than let a jury decide the wrongful
death lawsuit. The Society paid this large sum of money to avoid any negative
exposure on "Jehovah's organization", having no qualms with dipping into the
worldwide work funds that Jehovah's Witnesses so generously contribute to. In the
midst of using loyal members donations to pay off wrongful death lawsuits, and the
fact that Watchtower leaders financially benefit from free labor, the money taken in
from the worldwide work donations must be utilized for something. Now that their
funds are now longer accounted for, this donated money could perhaps be used to
purchase Italian tailor fitted suits for Watchtower cronies, or perhaps first class
round trip tickets to anywhere in the world. How about a five star hotel booking in
Malta, only the best for high ranking Jehovah's Witness executives. Yes, the
Watchtower Society is in a win-win situation, cleverly devising masterful business
schemes, while their followers are duped into thinking the Watchtower
organization is suffering financially.
|In the efforts to deviate from what they refer to as "Christendom", Jehovah's Witnesses
boastfully profess that unlike other religions, they do not solicit for donations. In this
massive elitist bubble however, the Witnesses do not realize that this is the very tricky
tactic used by their leaders to receive more financial contributions. There is no real
difference between a collection plate from the churches of "Christendom" to a
contribution box hung on the wall of a Kingdom Hall or asking for donations at the
door. The only difference is the leaders recognize this humble approach is far more
effective in the mass consumption of finances. Just how much money is taken in from
these "donations" and where does it all go? From the following evidence one can
solidly conclude that this multi-national and multi-billion dollar business empire
known as the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society is cleverly masquerading as a
financially modest Christian religion when they are not.
Contribution boxes are readily seen throughout Kingdom
Halls and assembly sites, and how the money rolls in.
Since millions of Jehovah's Witnesses are engaged in the
door to door preaching work, millions of dollars are
generated per month. All Witnesses who participate in the
door to door work (known as publishers or sales people)
are encouraged to put at least ten hours per month placing
(selling) literature and recruiting new members into this
bona fide cult, and every penny collected is placed in the
worldwide work contribution boxes sent free and clear to
the Watchtower Society.
On Jan 17, 1990, the United States Supreme Court ruled
against Jimmy Swaggart ministries declaring sales tax must
be paid. Swaggart ministries was informed that all tax was
due on books and tapes sold dating back to 1974. Some three
weeks after this ruling, the Watchtower Society knew they
had to act quickly in order to avoid the same repercussions.
Therefore, the Society sent a letter dated February 9, 1990 to
all congregations announcing that their literature would now
be on a donation basis, with absolutely no set price.
This information alone serves as irrefutable proof that the Watchtower Society
cleverly tricks their followers into believing "Jehovah's organization" is
financially modest and the leaders live off a small sum of money. Nothing could
be further from the truth. Through examining these facts, it becomes apparent that
the Watchtower Society does not live up to their claim to be the only true religion.
The subject of the worldwide work alone, not to mention the billions of dollars in
property they own, reiterates that the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society emerges
as nothing more than a multi-billion dollar business that will stop at nothing to
protect their name and their worldly assets.
If you were a Watchtower leader, you would be smiling to.
Rank and file Jehovah's Witnesses are not compensated
in anyway for the expenses incurred in their work.
Regular pioneers volunteer 70 hours or more per month
in field service, using their own vehicles and paying for
their own gas.
According to the Watchtower Society's own figures, the peak publishers (sales people)
in the United States alone for the 2005 service (sales) year were up to 1,035,802. With
this in mind, the money collected on a daily basis is quite sizeable. On any given
Saturday, it is safe to say that at least 20% of Jehovah's Witnesses in the United States
alone are out placing literature and soliciting funds for the Watchtower, a rough
estimate of 200,000 or more publishers peddling Watchtower goods. Assuming just
one dollar was collected by each publisher, the conservative figure would roughly be
$200,000.00 in just one day in the United States alone. Multiply that underestimated
figure by all the Saturday's in one year and the outcome is indeed sizeable. Of utmost
importance is the fact that the money collected from their door to door ministry is just a
small portion of the money sent to the Watchtower Society.
|Mental Distress in the Watchtower