We had drummed into us in the old WCG government, government, government.
WCG rule No. 1: Your leaders are always right. Rule No. 2: When your leaders are wrong, see rule No. 1.
The issues of the Second War for Independence were not the same as ours in the WCG mess, but the principles of our secession from the WCG were very similar.
Slavery would have disappeared
No, slavery was not the issue in Southern secession. The pernicious evil of slavery would have disappeared more or less peacefully within a generation or two--and 620,000 soldiers on the various sides of the conflict would not have lost their lives.
(The casualties of the Second War for Independence far surpassed America's combined casualties in all other wars, from the Revolution to Iraq.)
Slavery would have disappeared simply because, as mechanization developed, the institution of human beings owning other human beings was becoming less and less economically feasible. The actual issue was an overbearing central government forcing its will on others.
A scene in one of the great movies of our time, Gettysburg, depicts a Southern general, I forget which one, talking with the official observer from the court of Queen Victoria.
The Southern general explained the reasons for the war to the British general. Here's how it went as I remember it:
"It's like this. Say you join a gentlemen's club. [And they had real gentlemen's clubs in those days. Men would sit around in leather chairs and drink bourbon and smoke cigars and discuss books, etc.] Then after a while they change the rules and you decide to resign. But they tell you you can't resign."
That's basically what happened under the Tkach regime. The rules were changed so the church's beliefs underwent a 180-degree turn toward mainstream Protestantism.
So thousands of us, clinging to the Faith Once Delivered, seceded.
Thank God Joe Tkach did not have the armed might of a political government behind him. Because of our secession, God's Truth lives on.