Bobcat,Bobcat wrote:52 years agoJust came from a friend's one-day assembly ("Keep Seeking Jehovah's Righteousness!" - Mt 6:33) and the chariot motif is alive and . . . er . . . rolling. The way the term was used seems to be something like, 'whatever the GB decides, that is the way the chariot is moving, because whatever the GB has decided, that is where Jehovah has decided to move.'
As an interesting little side note: The expenses for this one-day were in the $1800 (US) range. It was held in a rented public school auditorium (quite a nice, comfortable place). The expenses for this little one-day (attendance = ~875) were rather puny compared to the $11,000 expense for a one-day at a Society owned assembly hall (Orangeburg, SC, attendance = ~1600) The one-day 'chariot' above in Waycross, GA is obviously quite a bit better on gas.
I have heard some of the brothers express how humble the GB are, because they have said that they too (the GB) are just trying to "keep up with the chariot". It would be somewhat comical if it weren't so serious.
They come up with a new doctrine that makes no sense and cannot be reasoned from scripture. They say "we love this idea", and then pretend they they too are just trying to keep up with the changing doctrine.
I'm sure it would make for a fascinating psychological study if they were willing to subject themselves to some analysis. Once you are convinced that you have been appointed as the "voice of God", and that key Bible prophecy is being fulfilled through you personally, then I guess some really interesting factors must come into play. And there were probably some interesting factors that got you into that situation in the first place.
That's very interesting about the convention expenses. It does highlight how uneconomical the arrangement of assembly halls currently is. And yet they continue to build.