There are quite a few ex-and-current JWs plagued by guilt Perhaps a guilt induced by the dichotomy between "doing what I do not want to do" while simultaneously realizing "I know what I *should* do", indeed, but more complex than this simple reality Paul explained in Romans 7. "I'm not doing enough" "so-and-so is active and faithful, I'm completely useless" "I know the scriptures, but can't quite meet the standard" (this appears in all organized Christian religion, not just JWs) FULL STOP! Our brother Paul told us this would happen in Romans 7. As Jehovah's Witnesses, and as mentioned, all Christian denominations, there is a more nefarious inducement to guilt beyond our personal failing which rightly convicts us and moves us to do better, learning, and discerning. The same guilt imposed by the Pharisees which stems from the suggestion that "God can't possibly love you, or accept you, (or allow you into his Son's 1000 year reign)" without meeting some "inferred requirement" agreed upon by committee . Example from a comment at a meeting recently: "Let us hold fast the public declaration" - Hebrews 10:23a NWT means "go door to door" Click the asterisk next to this term public declaration and, you'll find "public declaration" is "confession" So what is meant by confession? Is it as suggested the public ministry of Jehovah's Witnesses? There is a sister in my hall who can not and should not be in the public door to door ministry. Her personality doesn't work with it. One of the most spiritually beautiful people I know, yet will state that she struggles with faith. What a sad commentary on the application of Christ's teaching by the organized harlot, eh? This must and will end. Just as Jesus went after the Pharisees, who set themselves up as the model to follow, but inside are like whitewashed graves, so will the Christian system end. Exposed for not understanding God and his prodigal son. Trust in God and not men. His mercy will cause the self-righteous to cringe when revealed! Should a person and their interpretation of a word make you feel unlovable by God?