The evangelical can learn much from the Jehovah’s witness. The two have lots in common, more than either would boast about….
As the jw associates with Jehovah’s witnesses only, the evangelical hangs with evangelicals only. And as the jw will marry a jw and raise jw kids, the evangelical will marry his own kind and the pair will endeavor to raise content and dutiful evangelicals.
More significantly, both read the same Bible. And no less significant, both verbalize allegiance to that same Bible. A stranger to the two might think that either the jw would become an evangelical or the evangelical would become a jw. But no, it doesn’t work that way….
Both ceded their right and responsibility to analyze for himself; indeed such independence might annoy God. Both are confined by non-Biblical mandates subtly imposed. The two have given themselves over to the way it is, which they generously finance. Both dodge outside influence, both think himself independent, both are team players, both are sufficiently rewarded with praises.
Heart/mind-conditioning is continuous. While sunday morning finds the evangelical submerged in evangelicalism, the jw is doused with kingdom hall logic. Imperceptibly, the bond that binds them to their respective non-Biblical, inorganic, institutional systems is strengthened. Imperceptibly, freedom dwindles.
Their support is wanted, their opinions not. Objections, or even strongly verbalized suggestions, directed to the controllers could put the entire family at risk simply because the institution is the family’s main source of acceptance and approval and spiritual diet. Never make the status quo edgy.
Still, the differences between the evangelical and the jw far outweigh their commonality….
While the one trusts Christ alone for his salvation, the other trusts his organization. While one is heaven-bound, the other heads for a place he doesn’t believe exists. Also, the jw’s serfdom is degrees more severe.
Nonetheless the evangelical who sees himself in the jw offering a free Watchtower at his door might realize his own bondage.
Might apologize to Lord Jesus.
Might become His disciple.