Yes there is a definite guilt motivation. It was by the fire and brimstone of Armageddon we had to attend each meeting until 2020 and all of sudden it wasn’t necessary anymore. Then it was by the fire of Armageddon we have ours cameras turned on during the zooms. It’s a very good tactic for a religion. Scare tactics never fail with controlling the masses.Hi Sutterhome
I am in the same position as you.
I was going to step down a couple of weeks ago when the school mandate came out here in Aus.
My wife has talked me out of it for now.
Partly to save face and because of the affect on the smallish cong we are in.
My thinking for now is once you step down you lose opportunities to give talks or make comments that actually refresh and encourage.
Things that counter the negative propaganda in the assigned material.
For example the WT study this week is about hope, but no mention is made of the ransom.
Instead Jehovah is portrayed as a god that needs to be pleased as if he will get angry if we don't go out in the ministry (see paragraph 10)
It's no wonder the brothers feel negative about themselves.
We have been taught that exercising faith means works, but we exercise faith in our hearts, it's called believing.
Every week there is something you can say to counter their guilt propaganda.
I know so many brothers and sisters that are now motivated by guilt, it's criminal.
land on the WT article they did a similar thing the week before in paragraph 18, all of a sudden our ministry became the ministry “Rather than carry out the ministry in our own way, we try to follow the suggestions we have been given”
now they are attempting to take away the freedom of expression in the ministry.
anyway thanks for sharing your story. It’s nice to hear from other active witnesses.