God has a high price for getting into heaven. God always needs money, lots of it!
Not sure. There is a christian tv network called Daystar who are having a telethon asking viewers to donate preferably a $1000 each because that is the amount God requires of them for his blessings on them !
If these people just like the JWs and their blessed governing body are going to fall for this ungodly rubbish talk then they deserve to be deceived!
We do not tithe. The Governing Body receive the same monthly allowance as the janitor or the gardener of the WT grounds or the window cleaner.
Each person is to give what they deem they can afford with absolutely no obligation to give at all
If you have never been into a Kingdom Hall you should go there is never a collection taken and nobody keeps account of how much money that you put into the contribution box that is never checked on nobody checks on how much money that you contribute to the congregation in any way shape or form that sets Jehovah's Witnesses far apart from any other religion
Three years ago they started something, wanting all excess funds and a pledged amount per month from every Kingdom Hall. If I remember correctly, they've added to that 2, 3, 4 times since then. They just did or are about to ask for another bit of money from them all. I lost track of how much it is up to now. The governing body is always asking for more. Not much point trying to keep track. They'll bleed the JWs dry eventually. Thank goodness there is still a mass exodus going on. It's getting pretty pathetic, saying they have extreme growth while not telling JWs they're combining half-empty Halls and selling off the other buildings and all their building equipment.
This issue is another classic case of JW brainwashing.
Here's the JW line.... we don't pass a bucket, we don't pressure anyone to pay anything, each gives according to what they can afford, nobody is paid, etc.
Here are the facts...
Each KH is given an amount it must contribute!
Hmmm. So what JWs are saying is that in the hundreds of thousands of KH's all over the world the totally voluntary, non-pressured giving from JWs ALWAYS exceeds the amount the KH is targeted to give!
GET REAL.........BE HONEST...........GET OUT DELUSION!
The plain reality of circumstance and that revealed by ex-JWs (from the ordinary to elders and leaders) is that there is massive often subtle pressure to give to "God's work". It's constant such that JWs are made to feel guilty if they don't give as much as they're able... sacrificially..... after all the end is near and they won't need the money.
It's extremely clever insidious pressure that not only raises nearly $1billion per year for JWorg but manages to persuade JWs that it's all totally voluntary..... clear brainwashing! More than that, if you ask a JW about how the $1billion is spent they give the stock answer about JW salaries, money on ministry, etc yet NONE of them have seen detailed accounts as to how the money is actually spent. In other words, they DON'T KNOW.... and the kicker is they think they do and they're not bothered........er hello .. CULT!
If you think you can get a really honest answer from a JW here's a great follow on question.........
"If all contributions are entirely voluntary can you assure me that if a JW was earning a good salary and not really contributing would the elders take that person aside and talk to them?"
In 2014 the Governing Body issued a four page letter to all congregations instructing them to pledge fixed monthly contributions to pay for the Society world-wide building programme. Only the first page of the letter was read out at congregation service meetings for the week of May 5, 2014:
“Having sufficient, adequate places of worship is vital, as Jehovah continues to ‘speed up’ the gathering of ‘a mighty nation’. In order to meet these ever increasing needs, the Governing Body has directed that an adjustment be made in the way Kingdom Hall and Assembly Hall construction projects are financed.”
What is this adjustment? “In harmony with 2 Corinthians 8:12-14, congregations will now be asked to pool their resources worldwide to support the construction of theocratic facilities wherever they are needed.” What will this “pooling” of resources involve? “…all congregations will have the opportunity to support Kingdom Hall and Assembly Hall construction work worldwide by resolving to make a monthly donation from congregation funds.”
After the letter was read, congregations had just four weeks (with a final deadline of May 31, 2014) to agree on a monthly figure to be sent to Watchtower, ostensibly for the construction of kingdom halls and assembly halls worldwide.
According to the letter, “Congregation and Assembly Halls will no longer be asked to repay a loan.” However, in the elders-only part of the letter, congregations were instructed that their new monthly pledge must be “at least the same amount as the current monthly loan repayment” for congregations repaying loans for building work.
In other words, if your congregation is paying off a kingdom hall build or refurbishment, your loan repayments must effectively continue indefinitely. If a congregation isn’t already making loan repayments, then a confidential survey is to be taken by passing out slips of paper to determine how much local brothers are willing to pledge.
But who actually owns a kingdom hall, and thus bears responsibility for paying for it? Most congregations now have arrangements in place where kingdom halls are under the legal ownership of a board of trustees made up of local elders. But this doesn’t give elders the freedom to do what they want, even if they are all in agreement. Watchtower ultimately holds all the aces. You see, elders can only BE elders if they are approved by Watchtower. Elders who are removed by Watchtower are automatically no longer trustees, and will have no say in how their kingdom hall is run.
This state of affairs was recently highlighted by the Menlo Park scandal, in which an entire body of elders in California was removed by the organization for failing to comply with the circuit overseer’s insistence that their kingdom hall be refurbished, even though a refurbishment wasn’t deemed necessary. A lengthy legal battle ensued in which some of the ousted elders argued for their reappointment, but they proved to be ill-prepared. They assumed they were victims of one or two rogue individuals in the organization, and thus failed to grasp that the problems they were trying to address were systemic. Their true foe was Watchtower itself.
P.S. Although no collection plate is passed around in Kingdom Halls, at the back are a number of boxes into which all loyal, faithful and obedient Witnesses place their "donations."