I would like to get some information on the WMSCOG to make an informed choice.
I am not affiliated, nor have ever been to one of their churches. However, I find myself very attracted to the idea of joining.
Some information about me before we proceed:
I am a Male between the ages of 20 to 40, and a “Christian” (as far as I can claim to be one while being human). I am a divorcee with more than 1 child (all from the same person and have custody of all of them). Also, I am “highly academically educated” with degrees in more than two exact sciences (including a masters in theoretical physics). Financially and career wise I believe to be very successful, with my own house and a 6-figure paying job in an executive position.
I haven’t found much joy in many of the churches I have gone to, mostly are filled with much older folk than me, or have people around my age already in a relationship. Also, I find a huge lack of fraternity outside church/after church within the churches I have been to. And, some of the treatments I have received for being a solo parent.
Currently, I am after more, let’s call it spiritual and relationship fulfillment than I currently have in my life, and I have a picture of what that looks like. To me, the WMSCOG has a lot to offer me in this “pursue of happiness/fulfillment”.
To be honest, I really don’t see it being a “cult”, and I am not too worried if it turns out to be one, the closeness between the members is what I am after. Nor I am too worried about the 10-15% tithe. And, if what I have read here on other posts are correct, I am actually quite content with an arranged marriage, as from my experience love hasn’t really brought me any happiness, and I am fine with marrying the next time for convenience, here assuming convenience is longer lasting than love.
I would like to ask some questions and I would hope to hear from non-members, ex-members and current members if possible (preferentially point that out in your comment). Some of those are based on what I read here as well as some gaps I have been unable to fill with research only. Again, I have no affiliation nor know a lot from the WMSCOG perspective of their truth, so I ask you guys for your version of the truth to the questions I have below.
1- Can members travel and have holidays etc? If so, what happens when they are, for example, overseas and unable to attend a church on the Sabbath?
2- On some professions, can new members be allowed to work on the Sabbath due to the nature of their work? How are those members viewed?
3- I have read here some things about sex, children and abortion, does the WMSCOG allows sex for pleasure? Do they ok birth contraceptives (for instance the pill or implants)? What is their view of the relationship between a husband and wife?
4- How are new members that are divorced treated? How are their children from a previous marriage treated? Is the divorced member able to marry again? Within the church? Outside of the church? If within the church, how long would that take? What would be the pre-requisites?
5- With arranged marriages, how does the WMSCOG decide about the other person? Would there be any input into the member’s preference on age, race and looks? Would be person be also a divorcee or single? With or without kids?
6- I have heard about staying off social media, does that apply to watching movies, tv and anime?
7- In general, if you follow the doctrine, the teaching, and the “rules” of the church, what else could go wrong?
I do look forward to your guys’ reply, and hope to hear from all three sides of the truth.
I guess I would welcome some “advice” as well since you guys probably can’t help but to give it, however I was more after the answer to the questions rather than trying to get my mind changed… I can make a more informed choice based on the answers I will receive.
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