Irvine had been spreading apocalyptic messages for several years before he was expelled. In 1910, the frenzy of the friends had been noted in newspapers around the globe - even in small town papers (including the paper in my own tiny town).
He wasn't booted out because of the apocalyptic message, which garnered some great publicity and attracted crowds, or because of his personal morality or lack thereof (after all, the guys who excommunicated him were hardly moral paragons). Rather, my view is that he was eliminated because the overseers wanted complete control over their territories without his (or anyone's) "meddling" and, probably also because Irvine had begun to see the overseer hierarchy, organization and ministry itself as useless distractions in an age/world that was coming to a close (which would have threatened and ended the overseers' recently achieved and lucrative positions). Irvine's expulsion is a good illustration of the old cui bono/"follow the money" maxim, which looks to who ultimately benefited from an action to show the motives and people behind it.
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